I was waiting to see how many Iranians would stumble across each other to post Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Women's Day Speech to commemorate Internationals Womens Day. It then occurred to me reading another Blog and peoples views on IC that a large part of our people are still pursuing anti-intellectual thought manufactured outside Iran, but sadly it rings true in our peoples minds because many of us are still backwards thinking, anti-intellectual and with a 3rd world mentality. It was a comment by Reza Parchizadeh in his article that I thought needed an explanation. "Enraged by decades of tyranny, corruption, and dependence of the monarchic regime."
Let's Assume that this statement is correct, lets even assume that it is based on a scientific study by speaking with a precise cross section of the people who participated in the 1979 and the scientific study found that people were out in the streets because they were absolutely enraged by 1) decades of tyranny, 2) Decades of corruption, and 3) decades of dependence of the monarchic regime.
Does this not go to show that the revolution actually followed the path of anti-intellectuals and extremists and this is the explanation for why the fruits that all Iranians can see today with their own eyes and taste as a result of 1979 are so rotten and so bitter???????
Isn't this a great shame and massive waste, deeply saddening and very troubling that "Iranians followed the Voice of Stupidity, of Ignorance, of Selfishness and of Betrayal against both King and Country? It is No Surprise to an intellectual why Iranians are today paying such a comparatively heavy price for listening to such repugnant and detrimental voices and even acting on them with conviction. Had Iranians followed the voice of wisdom, the voice of reason, the voice of courage, the voice of honesty i.e. grasping what Iranian Intellectuals were saying in contrast to what anti-intellectuals were saying and therefore not participated in the 1979 revolution, but fully opposed it, most Iranians rightly know they would have not paid such a severe price and their lives would be so much better today.
So lets reflect on why people who participated in 1979, were following anti-intellectual thoughts, if in fact they were holding views and beliefs that they were rebelling against 1) decades of tyranny 2) decades of corruption 3) decades of dependence on monarchic system?
Ever notice how every leader, from every resource rich countries which are undeveloped from chavez, to assad & gadhafi, are corrupt and tyrannical, but every leader of every country that requires those resources and is in contrast developed like the USA/UK/France are all clean as a whistle and never tyrannical. The reason I put it this way is because whether you know it or not, there is a connection here that most people can not make. The most corrupt nations on earth are those that are starting wars of choice and killing people for profit and to plunder greater wealth. Ironic that the USA, UK, and France are not on the front of most peoples minds for corruption. In the USA, UK, France those people who expose crimes to expose the military sales /murder for wealth corruption of the world like Julian Assange are the ones pursued. not those who commit the crimes. The International Institutions which financially back the worlds greatest corruption were recently caught for fixing libor interest rates over 20 years, whats worse everyone in the know knew it and it was criminal and people have been charged, but do you think the people who lost over 50 Trillion US Dollars at the hands of these criminals will ever get justice or reimbursement? In societies so corrupt where banks are too big to fail, of course they are going to be too big to face justice too. For all the good the late shahs team was doing for Iran for helping create the largest middle class growth in the world, corruption in comparison to the military base corrupt empire of the west which has invaded many countries in the middle east and done what ever they wanted is not the thought of an intellectual but an anti-intellectual. The shahs Iran was one of the least corrupt nations on earth in reality and corruption was taken so seriously that Iran had a higher percentage of its wealth going to fund institutions to pursue and investigate corruption that it was under better control than most places. It was the lack of corruption and focusing on the people that helped our namaknashnas anti-intellectuals lives improve far beyond their minds and their thoughts. The Best description an Intellectual can provide to explain 1979 is explaining the known facts of how tyrannies like the IRI come about. First people have to have freedom, like they did, second they have to use their freedom with out responsibility, for example pursuing anti-intellectual thoughts. (Note to those with a sense of fun and humor, Another Anti-Intellectual belief and view on the same line which would have produced a similar result would have been to just say "the late shah was the devil and had four horns and three balls," but at least with this claim, you might also make someone somewhere laugh for a moment).
Why not Listen to The Voice of Intellectuals Today and Learn form the Mistakes of the Past? Is admitting that one was wrong and seeking to find the various faces of the truth instead such a bad thing? If it is tough for one person to grow their mind from Ignorance to Wisdom (by following Intellectual thought), Imagine how tough it must be for an entire Nation which acted Irresponsibly to lose the freedoms that they had (by following anti-intellectual thought) and replace their freedom with the hardships/tyranny they now suffer from. I sincerely wish that this explanation after some time makes sense and sinks in, What we can depend on is for the Western Powers to demonize our own great culture and honest leaders as corrupt, despotic, tyrannical etc and help manufacture thoughts accepted by anti-intellectuals. Because the West has the institutions, management, organization and development to conceal their own daylight corrupt & tyrannical actions and they have a need to control certain countries resources. The west fully expected the late shah to do as he was told in opposition to the needs of the people of Iran, he would not give up basic Iranian rights to freedom and development and he was removed for this reason by anti-intellectual thought which originates in the west and has the purpose of concealing their own blatant corruption and tyranny.