Has Iran found a new savior?
August 30, 2004
Recently there has been a buzz in Iranian satellite
TV stations about a middle-aged man claiming he is
Iran's savior. Dr. Ahura Yazdi is an aeronautics engineer who on
is planning to go to Iran along with 50 chartered airplanes filled
with patriotic Iranians all ready to take their country back. Whether
a savior or a delusional schizophrenic, Dr. Yazdi's promises
have also reaffirmed another fact [Also see: "Free
Iran on October 1st" Coincidence?].
After supporting a man with empty promises
twenty five years ago,
shown that they have not yet learnt their lesson.
The well groomed Yazdi has been telling Iranians
for the past few months about his plans. Apparently he has hired
50 chartered planes are ready to land in Iran on October 1st.
The image is reminiscent of Ruhollah Khomeini's arrival at Mehrabad
Airport in February 1979 and the beginning of the Islamic Republic.
Their similarities, however, end right
about here. Khomeini
had the support of the majority of Iranians, faced a demoralized
army and had the green light from Western nations.
The problem with Yazdi's promises is that they are simply
just words and defy all the principles of logic.
He claims that
on October first he plans to go to Azadi Square in Tehran and
join millions of rejoicing Iranians in celebrating freedom of Iran.
At this point all the ruling Mullahs have either disappeared or
have joined the movement of the people.
The response to his plans
have been quite mixed. Some think that he is a pure charlatan.
Others see it as pure humor. In fact one person called and said,
"We will come with you but you have to tell us what's for lunch
the day of arrival; if it's chelokabab, we're there".
Iranians, unfortunately, believe in the man and think that on
October 1st, there will be regime change in Iran.
When asked exactly how he plans to overthrow the regime, he usually
dodges the question stating that the mullahs will be leaving voluntarily.
Yazdi recently had a press conference and despite the hype
he tried to create around this event -- saying that it will
be attended by major foreign journalists -- only a few Iranian
journalists turned up. No CNN, BBC or...
My personal feelings?
The man is suffering
or chronic hallucinations and desperately needs psychiatric
help. Of course to him all of this is real but to many others
can think logically, it may be a handful to remove a regime just
There is one, although sad and worrisome, lesson that can be
learnt from all this. The thousands or even millions of Iranians
who have embraced this ridiculous idea have shown that after being
ruled by a dictatorial regime for twenty five years, they are still
not ready to think rationally and are unable to choose the right
direction for their country.
This movement has shown that Iranians
are an easy sell to basically every kind of promise no matter
how ridiculous it would sound. I wonder why we are still striving