"If Iranians just sneeze together, it would
be a hurricane to destroy the regime."
By Megabiz Irani
January 12, 2004
As I watched Lord of the Rings: the Return of
the King, the movie that I had impatiently waited to see,
in a local movie theater, I was amazed to realize what this breathtaking
could teach us. Even though this epic perhaps reminds us of Ferdosi's
Shahnameh (Book of Kings), one can also learn lessons
of dignity, unity, courage, patriotism and hope for the future
of our beloved homeland
Unfortunately, our country is still in darkness,
as the malicious powers of the Islamic Regime destroy Iran, the
heritage of our
great ancestors, in order to fill up their evil long pockets, yet
sadly we have shown in the past few years that we are unable to
unite against the government in domestic movements.
As a student in Tehran, I remember most of us including
myself could not do anything when the police and the militant groups
the dormitory of Tehran University.
In reality, people showed a little support and cooperation.
In my own family, I was kept away from unrest, but when finally
father and I decided to join, it was too late. It seems most of
us have been unable to let go of the fear in order to display a
stronger popular resistance in Iran.
Supporting the resistance is not being agree with
destroying banks, looting museums, or killing people in the country.
What we always
complain is the lack of domestic leaders in our homeland, but when
it comes for our support most of us including myself would either
step away or hide in closets.
Yes, at the arrival of Shirin Ebadi in Iran, people
brought flowers, hold poster, and chanted slogans, but what causes
a change in Iran
is the popular willing to stand up not just in a particular occasion.
Supposedly, many see Ebadi as Frodo who destroys the ring
while the rest of us rest and shamelessly watch her.
Of course, freedom is hard to achieve, but with
"who cares" or any other phrase like this nothing will happen.
We should be proud because for the first time in
modern Iranian history, someone has finally received the prestigious
Even though this award could bring some short-term international
attention and support toward Iranian resistance in achieving freedom,
but in the long run Iranians, inside and outside of country, are
the only major factor that could bring any change to the current
political system in Iran.
I never forget what a friend of mine told me long
time ago. He once said, "If Iranians just sneeze together, it would be
a hurricane to destroy the regime."
I've not forgotten the days when Khatami was
elected president. Many imagined he would lead
country to a better political condition, and I recall how I was
opposed by many when I disagreed on their childish dream and criticized
the reforms under him who later was mostly silent on key problems
facing the Islamic Republic. As I had expected not much happened,
and he later showed he is just like other beneficiaries of this
Sadly, some of us just dream of a powerful hero
who would free us with his or her magical power in a night, yet
in reality each
of us is responsible for our future. Why should we hope for an
American invasion of Iran? All of us are masters of our destiny
and that of our land. Evil is strong, but we are stronger if
all us stand up regardless of the help of the East or the West.
can make a difference if only we stay united.
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