An interview with Reza Pahlavi by Barbara Walters

by Tapesh

An interview with Reza Pahlavi by Barbara Walters from 2002 with farsi subtitles.


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Ideally I want Iran to get to the stage where the king is 100%

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Out of Politics, with the exception of a crisis.  I believe after interviewing many people that worked with the late Shah, that that was his goal, in his own words for Iranians to develop ther own democratic systems from a place of freedom, peace, prosperity and development.

I prefer a Constitutional Monarchy to Republic, because of the results.  The nature of the prime minister working on behalf of the crown and not having the power to choose the head of the secret service, who's job like the prime minister is to serve constitution, this structure protects a country from extremist ideologies and keeps absolute power out of the hands of politicians, they are one step away from ever being able to have absolute power as we see republics checks and balances do nothing to protect citizens from a govt that doesn't adhere to the constitution.

In Irans case it means that it won't be another, India/pakistan/turkey/afghanistan/iraq etc where foreign influence dominates the government and they can never develop or gain strength.  Because in monarchys the secret service plays a role too and no politician can choose them or replace them.  Since wealthy govts can control poorer ones this position not being in politicians hands means its not in the hands of wealthy governments also and their power to cheat/corrupt a country is limited.  At our stage of development I'll take any form of monarchy for the IRI or a republic.  For me its all about what is best for the people. Shah served them very well. 


reign or rule

by religionoutofgovernment on

Let me ask you a question. We know you are a royalist. But, do you believe the Shah should only reign or you think He/She should also have ruling powers? I am not trying to start a debate. Just wondering!


That much I know about them, I'm Liberal myself,

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Is that supposed to explain why he says I'm a Basiji/Mullah.  So what, he wants to lie about me, use his own formula of manipulation on me?  How likely is he to fool people into thinking that way regarding my comments? Constitutional Monarchys are the most democratic forms of govt with the most opportunities for Socialists to bring forth their ideals, shouldn't he be promoting monarchy, instead of betraying it and Irans future along with it? 


Communism wouldn't work well for him if thats the case, since he relies on lying he should focus more on religous conservatism.

To be a commie you have to adore mediocrity.



by religionoutofgovernment on

If I may, this may explain a little about Roozbeh's comments. Maryam Namazi is a communist, actually a member of the central committee of the Worker's and Communist Party of Iran. Roozbeh is also a Communist/Socialist, and hence a supporter of Maryam's political views. Both of them opposing all royalists. I hope this helps. 


VPK this Roozbeh guy really thinks I am a Mullah?????

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Look at his post to my comment. //

Why does he think that?


You got to know how Iranians work,

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

what causes them great triumphs and successes and what is their achilles heel. We are all brought up by our language and national ideas.  We follow a leader and within each of us show up with 1000 times more courage than the leader for peace and freedom.  We go as far as communication allows in the given time due to seeing the human and valuing loyalty, more than race.  If your on our side, you could be a dagastani, a kyrgystani, a hindi or an egyptian we won't change anything you choose.  Thats the general drift.  So once we find the leader if mossadegh says A vs B we all say A, if khomeini says B versus A we all say B. 

Provided we choose Reza Pahlavi, people will C because they believe in the leader and he said choose secular, multiparty constitutional monarchy.

All of Europe was given it, but that was a different time VPK, back then the manipulation was to divide the world based on black and white people, they backed it up with science policies etc etc, today the manipulation they use is between democracy and dictatorship.  So their goal is to pretend to wish for democracy, bring a dictator and then 40 years later knock them down wishing for a democracy but creating situation where only a dictatorship will come, then securing it and working with if for a while and then on and on.  For Iran to break out of their manipulation it has to go down a different path, their definition of democracy is elections every few years and change of leaders, we can play that game too, of course we know this is a lie and a manipulation, but we need to cut off their options for manipulating us based on the techniques that work on their own intellectuals in their own societies and then using it on us with the real intention of bringing to power leaders that will set us backwards, they won't be able to do that in a consttutional monarchy which is why they don't want it, they want a republic like india, pakistan, iraq, afghanistan etc, its why they killed the shahs younger brother and why the shah can't do a thing except play this position which if they go aganst him, will reveal their hand that they don't want progress and evolution for iran and then the people of iran will clearly realize their mistake and later on rally around for another king if they kill him.

This move is how an intelligent person can tell that RP cares more for Iran than his own life or becoming King. It is very good for Iran, above himself. 


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Not a referendum

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


That is what brought "legitimacy" to IRI in the first place. I rather go all the way; kick out the Mollahs with NO referendum. Impose a Secular system with guaranteed basic right. Though if some Basiji thugs don't like it.

Otherwise you get lots of hype; intimidation and plain BS. People get scared int o voting for something they do not even understand just like 1979. Both Germany and Japan were GIVEN a secular "democracy" with no referendum. That is what we need now.


5.27 He asks for the USA to support the dissenters & support for

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

a national referendum. 

That would be nice.  If the EU and USA weren't so hypocritical and so in love with islam, forgetting all our human rights the west has done everything to keep this regime and negotiate with it, no matter the unprecedented scale of hurt on iranians.  Now there is talk of learning to live with the IRI regime, since most feel they have squeezed iran as far as they can with out causing regime change.  Lets hope this UK embassy thing causes the west to consider giving up the idea of living with this regime, and also gives up the policy of supporting and arming seperatists to carve up Iran.  Support the people of iran this time for once instead of the terrorists. Show the world that the wests no longer wishes to pursue policies that send iranian people backwards, but is okay with them emerging as a leading world power.

Stop pretending it wasn't your goal (the wests) to support khomeini, that you had no idea it would send iran backwards (thats why you chose him), because that is the true nature of your opposition to the pahlavi's, why you manufactured dissent against them and got people to see the late shah not as he really was, a decent man, but a dictator.

Maryam Hojjat

Timely Video, Tapesh

by Maryam Hojjat on

Thanks.  It was like he was talking to Barbara today.  I has seen this video in 2002 as well.