For those who missed the first part, I have included it followed by the second part.
It is a fact that we Iranians always talk about politics in any public or private occasion. It is partly due to not having a voice in running our own affairs. I believe in democracy and as a researcher like to involve everyone to join in trying to run our own country. Remember big projects always start from drawing board and this is it.Let’s assume, for some reasons, the situation in Iran completely changed and mullahs decided to pack their bags and run (no government lasts forever).
If you were offered the grand task of running Iran (you never know, could happen to you) what would you do? By no means, this is going to be an easy task and all the time you should bear in mind that if make mistakes your life and other peoples’ lives may be at risk. Be serious because politics is the art of dealing with crisis and people. Due to the geographical and political situation, Iran inherently has been an unsafe country. What should be done to overcome this? You really need to consider the fact that there is nothing so far done properly. You should consider every aspect of daily life including international issues related to Iran.
And finally try to be as realistic as possible. Do you hire other people to do this for you? What if there are not many people who are qualified to do it? Assume you are the brain behind this change of government (and trust me to take over mullahs you need to be a political brain because mullahs have a way of influencing masses and so should you). To help you to decide better you need to consider if you want to be crowned or be a president and why? Both have their own advantages but just choose one.
LEADERSHIP part II
It may be surprising, for a historic nation of ours which is famous for its history and hospitality to have nearly 1001 problems. These problems rang from majority of issues in the country, in other words an A to Z list. Since we ordinary Iranians are not supposed to be in charge of our own country this issue can be very new to us. So I created a list of your chosen agenda in alphabetical order. Need to remember these are important issues to consider at least for a short while at the beginning:
– Army: What do you do with an army that been following the previous regime? Do you discharge its personnel or not? Do you expand it? Should you buy more arms? Or maybe just let them sort it out for themselves?
– Arms control: There are a lot of people with guns in Iran what do you need to do about it? Should you just make sure your personal protection is well equipped. Does democracy allows them to keep their revolution era weapons?
– Authority: Who makes decisions and how making sure they obey your instructions. Need to bear in mind even educated Iranians do not like to take orders. Do you select the initial politicians or the public by voting?
– Budget: This is very important. A government with no budget is like a runner with no shoes. You probably will discover, with a shock, all the money Iran earns in the coming years from oil has to pay for outstanding debts mullahs created to keep them going! Your new government will not go anywhere if you cannot afford to pay for all expenses. This budget needs to be pre-determined and how are you going to get this money (here you need to assume mullahs’ families have taken it all and nothing left). You need to roughly predict this amount beforehand. Running a country with over 60 million populations is not cheap. No one wants to believe your political ideology if your government cannot afford it. These days money and politics go hand in hand.
– Boarder control: Iran is a vast country and historically anyone just walks in. Believe me it is habitual for some. Now that your government is establishing some may want to threaten your government. Maybe just, to take the advantages of all the changes. Who is going to protect your boarders and how? Do you need to consider this at all?
– Business and banking: This is an area which needs to be established correctly and efficiently. If we had all the world oil and gas still need to create a better impression of our country by doing professional business. This area historically not well defined and developed. This is why a lot of people do not want to invest their money in industry or even save it in bank accounts.
– Commerce: Again as business and banking needs improvement. Since the discovery of petroleum politicians preferred us to be consumers and just purchase what they wanted us to buy.
– Communication: Emails, faxes, phones and etc. Should they be allowed during the initial days or not? Or are they important at all?
– Community work: Is there a need for this or things will improve as time passes. Are there people who need help and not involved in politics at all?
– Corruption: Both pre and post revolution governments were corrupt. Do you think you may have this problem or not. You may need to consider what are the roots of corruption? Corruption is the biggest problem in that area.
– Crime: Believe it or not average Iranians by nature are not good criminals. But we do have it which may need special attention. This can be a long discussion but just let’s make it simple for now. How are you going about it? Also do you agree too much freedom and democracy helps criminals?
– Currency and monetary system: I do not think there is an Iranian who does not know about disgraceful state of IRI’s exchange rate. What do you do about that? Do you see a need for totally changing the image of Iranian currency? As a leader how do you set about to improve our currency.
– Democracy: It is a strange thing because everyone from our friends to our enemies repeating it. Democracy is a keyword search for any politicians’ website. What do you do about it? Is it necessary? Dictatorship has its own glamour!! Financially democracy is more costly. Maybe better to have a dictatorship but just call it democracy. This is a trend at the moment in most under developed countries.
– Economy: Don’t even mention this. This is one of the most difficult duties of any politician and that is why at the moment all of them ignoring it. If you can truly improve Iranian economy to just 4 or 5% inflation with no unemployment, without having to sell your country and its’ people, then you deserve to be a king.
– Election: Should there be one at all, is there a need for it really!! First you need to decide if you want to go with the trend and announce your government democratic and then ban all elections. Seriously if you are the one behind overthrowing of mullahs and go for an election you may lose because others may take the advantages of democracy, then what do you do?
– Food supply: Do not look at your own table because you may make the classic mistake of mentioning in public ‘if people do not have bread to eat why don’t they eat cake!’ Iranians have enough of shortages how do you deal with this one? Anyway it is for a short while would they like it?
– Freedom: First of all you need to consider what you see freedom and what you don’t. At the beginning is it needed? And how far will you go to provide the freedom. Just as an example, if you let woman to dress in any way they want what general effect will it have. Will it strengthen or weaken your political standing.
– Foreign affairs relations: This is an issue a lot of people complained about after the revolution. What is your solution? Even though there are a lot of governments that do not agree with IRI but their media may have their own attitude about a new regime in Iran. As a nation famous for hospitality how do we go about this? Is it your responsibility or other peoples’ responsibility.
– Fuel: Any foreign national who pass through Iran and see queues at petrol stations wonders why these people are queuing for petrol. Imagine if there was a change of government. There would be more queues. Beside what about heating and cooking. Do you need some arrangements for this?
– Government departments and ministers: Here you have two issues. One is what to do with the previous ones, not all of them are guilty so you cannot get rid of them but which ones? The other is selecting and establishing your own backed officials.
– Leaders residence and office arrangement: Should you use the existing arrangement whatever there is? Where do you want to function as the leader and where do you want to leave. Would you move into an existing palace or a hotel?
– Law and order: How do you go about this one? One of the worst side effects the existing government created is the lack of law and order. The general trend in Iran is to follow what already been there, do you think this is sufficient?
– Justice: Forgive and forget or not? This is a question. Americans did this at the end of 2nd World War with Germans. They decided not to take legal action against a lot of officials. Do you need to go that way or is it too good for your opposition?
– Human rights: This includes all ages and sexes. How are you going about this as at the beginning it might look undemocratic if ignored?
– Martial law: Is there a need for it? Armed opposition can overthrow you. On the other hand, is it fair to the public who just want to go about their business?
– Media: In the last few decades there were numerous newspapers, radio and TV channels established. Also there are a lot of foreign ones. Should they be allowed to function? Then what to do with the ones who backed the previous government. Should they be closed down?
– Policing and Public safety: Iranian had enough of the insecurity and disorder. This is similar to law and order but you need to consider if there is a real need for policing. During the past few governments, politicians tried to copy western countries to police Iran (e.g. paseban). However as most people know it did not work. You need to consider what steps to take. A nation with no police force is like an individual with no immune system.
– Political jails and political prisoners: Do you want to continue with this trend. Mullahs disliked it but continued with it. What will you do? Is torturing acceptable by you? After all it will secure your existence. Some of you been leaving away from Iran for different reasons for too long, the last thing you want, after all these struggles, to end up in exile, do you?
– Public service: These are water, electricity, gas etc. They need to continue, how do you go about this?
– Security: Due to geographical and political situation, Iran inherently has been an unsafe country. What should be done to overcome this? This is different from general law and policing. For example how do you deal with terrorism?
– Opposition: The losers which are mullahs and the other oppositions, how are you going to face them? The other oppositions don’t want to share leadership with you but they want to be in your place. You can’t agree with this, how do you go about this? Will you be willing to share it with them? Then there are mullahs in a country with so much feeling towards religion how do you deal with them? Remember these oppositions could also be your enemies.
– Religious fanatics: In particular dealing with Hezbollah by no means is easy no matter how many millions in the world dislike them dislike them.
– Public Relations: Iran is a multi cultural society and PR can be a difficult task. Past those days you could throw tea and cake parties to get every ones satisfaction. Iranians these days are better informed and educated, so they expect more. They may require daily updates about the state of the country, do you have anything to tell them. If you seat back and let the nation run Iran at the beginning what do you have to tell them?
– Transport: In countries like ours it is customary to close the boarders (e.g. airports, etc) and even movements between towns during the first few days. What should you do? Again these are measures just for the short while at the beginning. They are not long term and not a complete list. Considering this is a lengthy list, you may mention the top most important actions you prefer. You are also free to add what is left out, as this list by no means is complete.