|Khatami's last chance
Hasn't the time come for Khatami to stop this ridiculous game and once
and for all call it what it is?
By Mani Farhoomand
November 20, 2002
As I was surfing the TV channels to find a decent piece of news programming
to watch (something that can only be found on BBC News these days) I came across
CNN International, a channel that , in my opinion, has long lost its credibility
especially because of its obvious warmongering and cruel bias against Palestinians.
To my pleasant (yet cautious) surprise it was a program on the student demonstrations
The distinguished guests: Amir Taheri (conservative monarchist intellectual); Rob
Sobahani (university professor who's pro-monarchy and has made no secret of his pride
in being a citizen of the "greatest nation on the face of the earth", i.e.
America) as well as a fellow named Aryo Pirouznia, a spokesman for the "Student
Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (a monarchist organization).
I didn't know whether to be furious or surprised at CNN's diverse choice of panelists,
but again nothing on CNN surprises me anymore. CNN once again showed its true colors
by selecting a group of panelists who do not represent the whole of Iranian community
and did not even once disagree with one another during the whole program.
Moreover, our beloved monarchists spent the whole hour to propagate against Hashem
Aghajari (it's amazing how much Shahollahis and Hezbollahis have in common )
and the whole student movement they claimed to be so knowledgable about and represent.
It was this charade on CNN that reminded me of the historic times we are living in.
A second revolution is coming and the people who are cleverly taking its lead are
the monarchists and their American friends.
It's a tragedy that we always seem to be repeating history. We had a revolution (albeit
one that was betrayed) and forced the old dinosaurs out. Despite all this, slowly
but surely they are resurging as the only popular alternative and the whole responsibility
for this dangerous development lies solely, I repeat solely, on the shoulders of
Kahatmi (let it be said that I never believed in him) was suppose to bring us "the
era of transparency, responsibility and accountability in Iran", he was supposed
to confront the establishment and reform it (or bring it down) from within instead
he has only vowed to name the true enemies of his "democratic reforms",
his adversaries, or as he calls them "shadowy forces".
How is it that every two-year-old in Iran knows the names of these "shadowy
forces" yet they remain shadowy in the president's mind? Why is he hesitant
to point fingers? Hasn't the time come for Kahatmi to stop this ridiculous game and
once and for all call it what it is?
What shadowy forces? If Khatami is referring to the Vali-e Faghih (supreme leader
Khamenei) and his gang of thugs, we all know their names. The real mystery for us
though is not their names but rather Kahtami's own conduct in the last five years.
How can an intelligent man like Kahtami keep deceiving, smiling, and promising while
these "shadowy forces" imprison his closest allies and kill the hopes of
a generation so desperate for freedom that many of them would welcome the return
of a corrupt monarchy, or even worse an American military intervention, over the
In my opinion, Khatami has proven to be a weak, incapable human being who simply
looks the other way while his "civil society" has become a big prison where
every citizen is a either a suspect, a prisoner, or a dead man.
the eyes of the Iranian nation, Kahatmi's integrity, honesty, and reputation has
all but vanished. Yet at this critical junction of Iran's history, Khatami and his
comrades have one very last chance: They can either prolong the survival of a failed
system for a couple more years followed by another bloody revolution or they can
leave the failed system and join the domestic opposition forces (nationalists, religious-nationalists,
socialists, and other independent groups) to ensure a smooth and non-violent evolution
to a democratic republic with no contradictory adjectives or Vali-e Faghihs attached
Khatami and his comrades have a historic choice to make. They can either give in
to democratic demands of the masses and become part of history's brave men (like
Mossadagh and his comrades) or go into the garbage bin of history by effectively
handing over the country to those who want an American satellite-state like Jordan
with a savvy king who talks about tolerance, freedom, and democracy on CNN but violently
oppresses his own people back home. There is no third way for Khatami. This is his
Does this article have spelling or other mistakes? Tell
me. I'll feex it.