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Are we worthy?
... enough to have Reza Pahlavi back? Yes we are.

June 18, 3003
The Iranian

Ahhh, Miss Fariba Amini again. It's been a long time; I missed her "interviews". And who should be the prized catch in this article, "Change will come from within"? With interviews with Nosratollah Amini, Mossadegh's confidante and personal attorney, from Forouhar, Nehzat Azadi, Jebh-e Melli to the next generation promoters of Imam Mossadegh like Roozbeh Farahanipour, who will she be interviewing this time? Which of the two themes is it going to be?

Will we be re-living every second of the 1953 coup (and omitting altogether who staged the coup and who the counter coup) as if since the day this one political party lost power, another Karbala happened and the lights of every Iranian was switched off for 25 years (or should have been) only to be switched back on by Shapour Bakhtiar (who by the way freed "political prisoners" the likes of Ali Khamenei and Rafsanjani from Evin prison).

Or will we be hearing yet again the "reality", that since this political party and other Left leaning parties hates the idea of our imperial heritage more than anything else, that monarchy must therefore have died, finally, and we must just face the facts as it can never, never, never return to Iran, as Iranians want a Republic to be their King for ever more.

Oh but of course, it is Henry Prescht. It's true what they say, the blind eventually do find each other. I have Miss Amini and like-minded people pretty much figured out by now. I will take the unusual step of predicting who will be in her future interviews: Marvin Zonis, Gary Sick, and if Miss Amini can climb so high (or low) Jimmy Carter and Mohammad Khatami.

The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, which determines the success of a society. The central liberal (Left) truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself. Only problem is that in Iran the overwhelming majority of Iranians are at heart conservative. Hence any show of popular will, inevitably, leads to the liberal (Left) being marginalized, time and time again.

However instead of accepting a minority power-sharing role in government with the aim of influencing policy, what do we have? The Liberal-Left in Iran staging coup in 1953 (an act of deceit), revolution in 1979 (an act neither legitimizing or ennobling) and now we have Khatami's implementation of Liberal Democratic "reforms" 1.) a democracy without actually sharing any power! 2.) within the context of an anti-Koranic Islamic framework.

(To better understand the pathology of such people I have come up with the following in-depth analysis, which is a bit long so I shall only leave a link for those interested.)

But suffice it to say, I don't expect the people involved in bringing upon our country the darkest period in centuries to understand and less to accept responsibility for what they proposed, what they got instead, and why. Their policies and worldviews are all cut from the same cloth, and fortunately with the failure of Khatami, the champion of the pro-Mossadegh and anti Pahlavi sentiment in Iran, their political hold on our country is coming to an end.

But, boy oh boy, the cheek they have to speak as they do after their misguiding adventures and it's consequences on the average people. It has always been my contention that truly religious people and especially their leaders, the clergy, only care about themselves and their own families. It's beginning to look like the Left of Iran is only focused on political power regardless of the consequences also.

(Memories of Christain Amanpour mission to promote, before the whole world, Khatami's Iran flash back to mind and all the other wastes of our precious national time to ensure that the essentially good idea of Republic stays in Iran no matter what.)

And it never dawned on these Liberal Lefties that the issue is neither Monarchy nor Republic, as both operate democratically in the West and both are repressive in the East. The issue is the value system that accepts popular sovereignty (and liberal democracy), which we would be nearer today if the people Miss Amini so admires had not incited the population for revolution in 1979 and opted for the free election with UN supervision.

Even today, despite 1979, we could be in a better political situation if instead of all this jabbing at Reza Pahlavi and the institution of Shahanshahi, the focus was a secular consensus focusing on a national referendum under international observation to determine who's who and what's what.

But no sir! They are in the minority and they cannot in any shape or form accept the will of the majority if it means Pahlavi's returning home triumphant. So we are left with recollections of one version of history, again, while our youngsters rot in jail.

And much of what Henry Prescht recollects as problems with Iran were not particular too it. Other countries with similar military spending plans or walled gardens did not have a "popular" revolution.

What he forgets is that all revolutions declare to be natural and inevitable, once they are successful. The 1979 debacle should not have been allowed to happen. It was not inevitable, and the fact that initially the Mossadegh supporters clothed it with unquestioned respectability of the triumphant fact will not be easily forgotten by the Iranian people or historians.

The institution of Shahanshahi is not only in our hearts. It has been reached by rational and open minded thinking. Considering the alternatives, namely the Republics all around us and the Islamic Republic no less, the Shah's success in rapidly building up the country in 25 years after putting an end to political bickering that was going on at the expense of the nation (many thanks to Mossadegh for giving the pretext for a couter-coup), and of course it is in our hearts because of the moral high ground that Reza Pahlavi 2 has taken.

We accept the will of the majority in a free and fair referendum, and should they not choose Shahanshahi, so be it, we shall not resort to war to enforce it. Hence Reza Pahlavi II's focus only on Iran and bringing it to freedom as soon as possible, rather than political statements on this form of government or that, what happened in the past, and various what-if scenarios.

History is about to repeat itself. A story as old as time is about to unravel before our eyes. The moral of this story is expressed over and over again in human history, and is summarized in productions such as Disney's Lion King. Ill intentioned characters, convinced the object of their jealousy is only in it for his own gain (because deep down at a sub-conscious level they are themselves), overthrow the righteous power and plunge the people into darkness and misery.

The political heir then returns and the nation is reborn. And it will feel like a fish being put back into water. Are we the people of Iran worthy enough to have Reza Pahlavi back though? To continue the Pahlavi tradition of "positive" contribution to our nation? Yes I believe we are.

Shaady nazdikast! Shaady nazdikast!
Referandum! Referandum raah-e nejaat-e mardom!

(Joy is near! Joy is Near!
Referendum! Referendum is the road to people's salvation!)

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