Others want to just use the tri colors ( which don’t constitute the Flag but an Emblem of the flag) for the same hypocritical arguments on grounds of neutrality.
I don’t want to blame JJ or Iranian.com which has evolved like all of us have in the past 10 to 15 years for that matter. I don’t think I see things anymore as Black or White as far as the Monarchy or the Revolution is concerned as I did when I left Iran or the first decade that followed. We have grown up and matured in the process through our discussions on these public forums and with a better knowledge that our community is diverse and rich with new ideas and philosophies.
But I do Hold IRANICAN Community at large and some lobbies like NIAC / AIC as well as nearly All these Diaspora Websites for having entertained in the minds of many and particulartly in the minds of the younger generation that the slightest support for the Monarchy was not only an obsolete behavious but even nothing short of an act of Treason.
Why doesn’t NIAC Use the Sun and Lion Flag on it’s website be it without the Pahlavi Crown ? Where is it a Shame ? Isn’t the Diaspora Community in the US most of whom grew up during the Pahlavis and left in the early years following the revolution a direct product of that era ? Most of us who fled or left Iran for good Never had anyother passport until we got an american citizenship. Even those who consider themselves Republicans only because of the so called 1953 Coup and staunchly Defend Mossadegh forget that Mossadegh’s Party the National Front celebrated the Shiro Khorsheed Legacy. All photos of Mossadegh or Bakhtiar can be seen with the Shiro Khorsheed Flag.
Now the Amoo Nowrooz is Politically Incorrect because it would be assimilated to the N … Word.
If I can understand this for obvious reasons that it can be offending in a foreign land and amongst people unaware of the significance of our “Iranian Santa Clause” particularly in america which has also elected a Black President ( For whom I also voted) I don’t understand the rejection of the Shiro Khorsheed and All the So called ARMANHAYEH MELLI (all of which have been Supplanted by Arabic Signs of all sorts) which by definition are historically linked to the Monarchy whether we like it or not.
We never had a Republic in our entire history. Which does not mean we won’t one day if the majority decide so but to claim that the Sun and Lion is a Not a Royal Sign is Pure Hypocrisy base not just on ignorance so common amongst You IRANICANS but it’s also Intellectual dishonesty. It is a ROYAL emblem but it is also a National Emblem.
Austria and Germany and Even Russia today all of which are Republics have all maintained their National Flags intact ( albeit periods like the Nazi Era for Germany and Austra or the Communist Era for the Russians).
None of You guys who left Iran claimed to have a different Flag even after the Revolution was victorious all the more that most felt so ashamed to be associated to the Islamic Republic.
It was only When all this BS reform Movement and the Soccer Games started at the World Cup that people started to question the legtimacy of the Sun and Lion Flag and even pay Brandish the Islamic Republic Flag. I don’t blame those living in Iran doing that all these years of those who grew up with it.
But of all people the IRANICAN Diaspora ? What BULL SHIT and Hypocrisy on Your Part !
So the least I can say to the IRANICAN’s whether You Like Reza Pahlavi or Not He is a Patriot and Crown Prince of Iran by birth and heritage extending an Olive Branch to ALL Patriotic Iranians regardless of Political background or convictions, Religious Faith or Ethnic background.
It’s Up to You to accept it or Reject it or a minimum accept a healthy and constructive dialogue but don’t come back Rushing for Help when Your in Trouble next time or feel misunderstood.
Where did anyone of these other exiled Opposition groups including the recently exiled Reformist camp extend an Olive Branch to Reza Pahlavi ? Neither Shirine Ebadi who was against financing the Opposition ( including medias like Radio Farda and VOA Persian) but who was the first to rush and speak on these media outlets to demand support when the IRI turned against her offices and arrested some of her colleagues and family. the exiled democratic opposition to date ? Nor Akbar Ganji, , Soroush or Mohsen Kadivar and the other two blokes I forgot their names who in an open suggested a solution to the current crisis but which was mainly adressed to their own constituency and anyone who still believed in the Islamic Republic’s reformability ? …
David I don’t refuse YOUR Olive Branch as the Secular Republican you are if it means to enhance Cooperation between Democrats of all political sensitivities all the more that I do not claim to have the answers nor adequate solutions to Iran’s current crisis ranging from Regime change to drafting a new constitution or to avoiding the risks of War but I refuse to Apologize for Believing in a System of Government of my Choice which you clearly do not understand how it works nor where the entire concept of a Constitutional Monarchy originates in the History of Democratic thought and Democratic evolution.
David Jaan sorry to be blunt and my aim is not to offend you but at times you truly come across as someone who hasn’t Understood ANYTHING in the past 30 years ? Despite the LUXURY of Living in Exile and being exposed to realities of life in western democracies which Our very own Compatriots back home are deprived of YOU Distort EVERYTHING I have written or Supported in the 10 years I have been contributing to this Site and others Diaspora Medias defending Not Only Human Rights but Denouncing Absolutism and SHAHOLLAHI attitudes within my own pro monarchist camp !
Lastly I want to say that contrary to what you may think I find this conversation VERY HEALTHY and interesting on many levels because it helps clarify misconceptions on both side. But before Claiming to some Moral Superiority in the field of democratic values simply because you believe in a Republic and begin lecturing us monarchists on democracy and democratic thought I would suggest you and Your Republican Constituency to Clean in front of Your Own Doors Steps first.
For Accountability goes both Ways.
My Humble BUT Firm Opinion,
An IRANICAN Expat in France Aspiring to Knighthood (sic) !