It's come down to this
We need a leader
September 3, 2004
In response to Pesare Gol's comment, "Ahura
I must say that your way of thinking does not take into account
the enormous cynicism of Iranians all over the world. You are very
much mistaken in shunning Yazdi's supporters. The fact is that
everyone knows this man is crazy. Of course hell get killed, or
become a laughing stock or what not. Of course he will fail on
all accounts. Of course this is could just be for publicity or
ego. However, think about where our morale for a revolution is
today as Iranians.
At the 1999 student protests, the rebirth of Iranian revolutionary-ism
emerged. Over the next few years, morale was high. We felt the
jolts of governmental instability. Still, over the years, nothing
happened, no revolution. The student protests grew smaller and
smaller over time. Morale weakened. Eventually when the reformists
were cleared out of power, morale was almost completely destroyed.
Most people either gave up hope, or just turned attention away
thinking that EVENTUALLY Iran will change. Given enough time, Iran
will change internally. This view is very simplistic and does not
take into account the various factors that need to be in place
in order for a revolution. Including the fact that the Iranian
students that we cherish so highly, as the pawns of this next revolution,
mostly don't care to get out on the streets and risk their lives. Rather,
many are too busy wasting time and energy at Iran's infamous
underground parties, getting stoned, getting drunk or being jendehs.
At the same time, the mullahs are growing stronger every day.
Oil prices are up, the economy is growing, and their ties to Europe
and international view as a legitimate form of government are increasing.
SO WHERE is this grand revolution going to come from? What is
to get Iranians morale up, and mobilized?
For this to happen we need the support of powerful influential
individuals who can create a mobilized revolutionary following.
So let's look to see who has stepped up to the plate.
Some, (mostly westerners) believe that Khatami is the answer,
but by now we all know that he was just a puppet by the Islamic
Republic set to quell our revolutionary tensions. So, he's
Now we can look at the scholars and student leaders inside
Iran, like Aghajari and what not. As we have seen, the Islamic
Republic will knock out or imprison anyone who stands an outspoken
threat against them. So that's out too.
We must look outside Iran to the West. Who, coming from the
richest most influential nations in the world are coming to the
aid of Iranian revolutionary-ism?
First we have these Iranian satellite TV commentators. Iranians
generally don't care for this. The students inside Iran aren't
the ones watching this. Rather, its middle-aged Iranian-American
males like my dad who are glued to their TV's watching these guys,
eating up their big words like gospel yet not doing a thing to
help the political situation themselves.
Inside Iran they are switching
the channel to "Iran TV" where they just play videos
and do other stupid random low-budget shit, never talking about
politics. While they provide some support, they aren't making a
big impact, so they are out too.
Now we have the guy, who people reading this either love or hate
with a passion. Reza Pahlavi. This is they guy we can't seem to
collectively make up our minds about. On one hand we classify him
as inherently evil after his father; a spoiled brat who just wants
to reclaim his families thrown. But on the other hand, we seem
him on TV, think, eh he looks pretty harmless, and maybe we can
somehow use all his stolen Iranian money and political connections
to destabilize the Islamic Republic, and underneath it all he is
doing more to help the political situation on a global scale than
Regardless, most Iranians hate Reza and won't budge.
Yet, he is still capable of generating a huge loyal following,
even inside Iran where he hasn't layed foot in 25 years. PLEASE
DON'T SENT ME LETTERS telling me how much you hate him or how
he is evil. I already know all that you have to say. All I am saying
is that he still has money and connections and in today's political
world that can take you anywhere.
So, on some level we could
that Reza is out, but we completely. In the eyes of most Iranians,
he's powerless, but to a sizable percentage he has a lot of influence.
So, he's an active player to some degree. (ONCE AGAIN, I WANT
ON REZA PAHLAVI, NONE!)
So where are we now? We have mullahs rapidly growing stronger,
a revolutionary/reform morale that is going down the tubes, no
one inside or outside Iran doing anything truly impactful to help
the pro-democratic hopes.
Here emerges our cynicism. Most Iranians know all of this, and
they are beyond frustrated. We are just sitting here, going to
Iranian.com, watching the satellite channels, hoping some day something
could happen, some grand catalyst to jump start an effective pro-democracy
This is why people are supporting Yazdi [See ]. Crazy, a genius,
a braveheart? Regardless of anything, he's all we have right now.
The fact is
that it's not that anyone truly has faith in him, it's just that "we
might as well" have faith in him.
Somewhere deep inside everyone is thinking, hmm what if he's
not crazy, what if he has 5th column militant sleeper cells in
Iran waiting his arrival. Or, what if him rallying Iranians like
this is enough to get another student protest going. Or, what if
this goes as far as to remind Europe and the ROW that Iranians
do not want the Islamic Republic recognized as a legitimate form
of government, and they should be doing everything they can to
smother the regime.
Some ideas are far fetched and no one really
believes this, but it's the only shred of hope we have right
now. It's not that Iranians are naive as they were 25 years ago,
that where has all our questioning everyone's intentions and
being cynical about everything taken us, NO WHERE!
In my opinion, we need MORE Yazdis [See: Ahura
Who?]. We need insane crazy
Iranians to go out there and demonstrate. To all the male Iranian
out there, put down that bong, finish your line of coke, pick up
a rock and throw it in the window of a government building. To
all the female Iranian students out there, get your head out of
the toilet, take your morning after pill, march in front of parliament
and burn your chador in public protest. (ok, not ALL Iranian youth
are like this, I'm just talking about the polar extreme we all
know about,..once again, no letters...)
It's not enough to just say, "Oh... Iran will change on
its own," if everyone said that than no one will do anything.
It can't just magically happen. You're not going to wake up one
morning and see the CNN ticker headline that's the answer to your
prayers. Think about it this way. If you hate Pahlavi, and
he somehow gets back into power, than it's your fault because you
just sat by letting it happen.
The pro-Pahlavi people are
actively supporting him, so who are you supporting. And don't say
something stupid and simple minded like "Oh, I support the
Iranian students" WELL DUH! That's obvious we all do, but
what the hell does that mean when they can't get anything done.
It's that lazy, turn the other cheek mentality I'm talking about
that keeps anything from actually getting done, and lets the mullahs
The last revolution was lead by a guy who ended up
being remembered as one of the most influential human beings
in the history of the world. We need pro-democracy individuals
will rise to the occasion. In this case we have exactly ONE,
Yazdi, and that's because he's got a screw loose in his head. So
that's what it's come to. I say support him, support him because
he's pro-democracy and can inspire rational non crazy people.
Even if nothing else comes out of this, it's healthy for us.