I am posting my comments on two of Fred’s blog on my own blog.
The vulgar insults toward Dr. Sanjabi and Mr. Bazargan are alien to the pro-democracy movement and JM/INF. Sanjabi was the Minister of Education in Mossadegh’s cabinet and was chosen by Mossadegh to be the Iranian Judge at the International Court of Justice for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company case. Sanjabi was one of the closest advisers and friends of Mossadegh. The notion that someone like Fred could possibly know what Mossadegh would do and Sanjabi would not is a sad joke.
Sanjabi and Mossadegh were among the most thoughtful pro-democracy Iranians. Anyone who would say Mossadegh did not make mistakes is a moron. Every human being makes mistakes. I have on many occasions enumerated Mossadegh’s mistakes. No member of INF/JM has ever said that Mossadegh did not make mistakes. Only charlatans would say that members of JM/INF think that Mossadegh did not make mistakes. In FACT while Mossadegh was alive and prime minister JM members including Sanjabi told Mossadegh their criticisms.
To name just some of MY criticisms of Mossadegh:
1. On 30 Tir 1331 (July 1952), Mossadegh made a huge mistake of allowing the Shah to say in power. The people rose up and the Shah surrendered power to Mossadegh. The Shah asked Mossadegh what he should do now? Mossadegh told him to remain in power as king. Mossadegh should have ordered the Shah to abdicate and leave Iran. Then Mossadegh should have held a referendum under international (e.g., UN) observation on a referendum (republic of monarchy). Then, hold a free election for a Constituent Assembly to write a democratic constitution. Mossadegh’s MISTAKE thinking that a fascist tyrannical savage person like Mohammad Reza Pahlavi would behave like a decent human being was a huge MISTAKE.
2. On 27 and 28 Mordad, Mossadegh should have called upon the people to come out and support their democratic and nationalist government, and FIGHT against the fascist nokar monarchist elements.
The Shah did NOT agree to the conditions of Sanjabi even as late as Nov 1978. As my blog discusses in great detail, by January 1979, it was NOT possible for JM to save the situation.
Fred’s vulgar insults to Sanjabi and Barzargan are beneath the dignity of civil debate. Sanjabi, Bazargan, and Bakhtiar were decent pro-democracy activists who sacrificed their safety, liberty, lives, and prosperity for the sake of fighting tyrannical and fascistic regimes of monarchy and vf regime. All pro-democracy and all the decent Iranians owe them a debt of gratitude for their brave lives and sacrifices.
In my opinion, the prime enemies of us are the vf regime, NIAC, and monarchists. To bring democracy to Iran, we need to cooperation of all pro-democracy forces, semi-democratic forces, and the democratic left (that accepts democracy, civil liberties, and human rights). There are many differences among the different pro-democracy forces such as JM, NAMIR, Liberal Party of Iran, Hezb Mellat Iran and the semi-democratic groups such as Melli Mazhabis, Bani Sadr, Nehzat Azadi.
This is the strategy of INF-OA and JM.
Step 1. We have been bringing the pro-democracy forces together. Fortunately, today, the various pro-democracy forces are closer than ever before.
Step 2. We have also established friendly and working relationships with the semi-democratic groups (Melli Mazhabis, NA, Bani Sadr).
Step 3. We hope that as soon as we cement in formal organization the coalition of pro-democracy forces to get to work with various republican groups especially the democratic socialist groups and individuals. The goal will be agreeing on a political system based on free multiparty system, NO dictatorial institutions (such as vf, monarch, or One-party system, or president-for-life), civil liberties, human rights, and separation of religion from the state institutions.
As long as a party or group accepts democracy and opposes establishment of dictatorial institutions (e.g., monarch or Vali Faghih), it does not matter they are right, or center, or left, religious or secular. In free, democratic, periodic elections the people will choose whatever party program they so desire and if they do not like the results they can vote them out and vote for a new bunch in the following elections.
In conclusion, the past differences among various wings of Mossadegh supporters such as Sanjabi, Bazargan, and Bakhtiar is not germane today. OUR primary enemy in my opinion is the vf regime (and for us in the U.S. the NIAC), and other tyrannical savages such as the monarchists.
We should NOT fall for the kind of posts by Fred that would divide the democratic forces. We, the Iranian pro-democracy forces, will work harder towards unity among Mossadeghis. We already have good informal and friendly relations. Hopefully, we can translate these into actual ORGANIZATIONAL forms.
Obviously, people like Fred do not want to see unity among the pro-democracy forces. For those of us who consider the prime enemy to be the vf regime, it is essential to ignore the words of Fred and instead work toward unity among the various Mossadeghi and pro-democracy forces.
The stronger the cooperation and unity among the various pro-democracy forces (left, center, right, secular, religious) the higher the likelihood that we could defeat the vf regime and establish democracy. The broader the coalition the higher the likelihood of success against the vf regime and the establishment and consolidation of democracy.
1. Please read Ms. Mahshid Amirshahi’s very strong attack on the monarchists.
2. Ms. Amirshahi is affiliated with the Iran Liberal Party, whose two top leaders are Dr. Kamran, Behgar. The ILP is close to us. See:
3. This is the solidarity message from Hassan Behgar, of the leaders of ILP:
4. Now imagine that Dr. Bakhtiar fully succeeded and in a few months calm was restored. The Shah NEVER abdicated and had only gone on a vacation and he was in constant contact with his supporters inside Iran. The Shah would come back. Would the Shah retain Bakhtiar or would he do as he did with Qavam and Gen. Fazlollah Zahedi? Did the Shah ever respect the Constitution or did he always and consistently an absolutist king? In a confrontation between the Shah and Bakhtiar would the armed forces side with the Shah or Bakhtiar? And if Ms. Mahshid Amirshahi wrote the above article, would the Shah and the armed forces respect her right of free expression or they would do to her what they did to Karimpour Shirazi and Dr. Hossein Fatemi??????
My friend Parham,
The reason that Ms. Mahshid Amirshahi is alive is that Dr. Bakhtiar did not succeed. If Dr. Bakhtiar had succeeded, the result would have been the return of the fascist monarchists to power, and if Ms. Mahshid Amirshahi wrote what she did, she would have been jailed, tortured, raped, and murdered by our monarchists as they did repeatedly to any poor soul who wrote a criticism one-hundredth milder than what she wrote against the monarchists.
Khomeini’s success resulted in the deaths of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Dariush Forouhar, and Parvaneh Forouhar. Had Dr. Sanjabi not escaped, he would have been executed by Khomeini. Dr. Bakhtiar’s success would have resulted in the deaths of Bakhtiar and Ms. Amirshahi. That is the logic of the division of pro-democracy forces and the strength of the dictatorial forces (monarchists and fundamentalists).
The solution is the unity of the pro-democracy forces so that we would not be victimized by the fascist monarchists and fundamentalists.
Fred has been viciously attacking various wings of the pro-democracy Iranians. Why? Let me speculate.
Either Fred is a simple pro-Israeli dude or he is an agent of Mossad. If Fred is simply a person who writes as he wishes, then no problem. They would be sources of information, analysis and even entertainment (and sometimes outrage). But if Fred is an agent of Mossad, there are serious policy consequences. Let me explain.
Mossad agents get their instructions from the Mossad leadership. Mossad leaders get their instructions from the Israeli government. Reza Pahlavi has been very close to the Israeli government from the get go (overtly and covertly). About 2 months ago, Reza Pahlavi publicly asked for help from the Israeli government in his radio interview. I suppose the Israeli help come in various forms. One form would be covert funds to Reza Pahlavi. Another would be overt and covert Israeli help to Reza Pahlavi in propaganda so that he could undermine his rivals. Monarchists lack both brain and supporters. Mossad could engage in activities to help the monarchists by supporting him and attacking the opponents of Reza Pahlavi. Here enters Fred and others here and elsewhere in the past 2 months in support of Reza Pahlavi and vicious attacks on pro-democracy Iranians (JM, INF, democratic left that supports Mossadegh, and other Mossadeghi forces).
The Pahlavis have a long history of collaboration with foreign intelligence services against democratic Iranians. For example, Mohammad Reza Shah in 1941-42 asked for help from the UK and US in becoming absolutist king and in exchange he would serve their interests. In 1953 coup, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi collaborated with the CIA and MI6 against JM-Mossadegh.
Mossad has a long history in Iran and long collaboration with the Shah. Mossad trained SAVAK agents. We all know that SAVAK was responsible for imprisonment, torture, rape, and murder of the Iranian people. There was a prolonged collaboration between SAVAK and Mossad and other Israeli intelligence services.
The Israeli government also had close cooperation with the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. There was close collaboration between various Israeli agencies and the racist apartheid regime.
The Israelis also had close cooperation with the right-wing death squads in Latin America.
In their collaboration with the Shah, the CIA and MI6 engaged in character assassination of Dr. Mossadegh and other JM leaders. They spread lies about Mossadegh. Now, we see that Fred is using vulgar insults against our pro-democracy leaders.
The Israeli government and Mossad will do what they consider to be in the national interest of Israel: whether to train the Pahlavist SAVAKi torturers and rapists or help the racist apartheid regime or ….
One of the tactics that the CIA and MI6 did was to DIVIDE the JM and isolate Mossadegh. One of the tactics that Mossad could use (or already is using) is to DIVIDE the pro-democracy forces and isolate the most respected and the largest pro-democracy party in Iran (JM and INF).
I would like to plead with you to PLEASE think about what is in the best interests of the Iranian pro-democracy forces? Is it for the various wings of the Mossadeghi forces to be fighting each other? Or it is in the best interests of democracy that various pro-democracy forces cooperate with each other?
Please read the very short articles by Dr. Mehmanche that I included for our friend ROOG:
Dr. Mehmaneche was a close friend and adviser of Dr. Bakhtiar. He is now one of the three elected members of INF-OA Executive Committee. This means that he is one of the top 3 leaders of INF-OA. Other top leaders of NAMIR such as Hamid Sadr are also elected members of the INF-OA Central Committee.
I personally disagree with the interpretation of Dr. Mehmanche and Sadr and other members and friends who think that Dr. Bakhtiar was right. My analysis was, and is, that Dr. Bakhtiar was wrong. And that by November-December 1978, it was too late to save the situation. And that if there was ANY chance, it would have been if Sanjabi and the entire JM along with Bazargan and his NA could have formed a government. But this is my analysis. What REALLY MATTERS is that TODAY all the Mossadeghi forces to work together and form a broad alliance that could fight against other dictatorial forces such as fundamentalists and monarchists.
The process of coalition building is not easy among Iranian activists. It needs to be nurtured. There are many malevolent forces that want to divide us. The success of anti-democratic forces such as fundamentalists and monarchists is based on the division and weakness of the Mossadeghi forces. Every single one of us, has to be aware of the threats to us. We need to think long-term. We should be aware that the anti-democratic forces will try to manipulate our emotions and demagogue the old issues to DIVIDE us.
Democracy in Iran could best (or only) be established by democrats. Dictatorial forces could not establish democracy: it is not part of their ideology or their interests. If you and I want democracy, we have to learn to be aware of the tactics used by the likes of Mossad to manipulate the emotions of various groups and individuals. We should learn from the lessons of 1953 so that we would not fall for the similar tactics by Mossad in 2012.
The most likely way (if not the only way) that democracy is going to be established in Iran is by us. The ONLY way that we could do this is by our UNITY. Pro-Mossadegh forces are diverse. Some are centrists, some are left, some are right, some are religious, and some are secular. These varieties could be sources of strength or weakness. If we learn to respect the diversity among us, they will be our strengths. If we let the nefarious forces to DIVIDE us, they will be sources of weakness.
If the anti-democratic forces succeed in dividing us, the results will be the crushing of democracy in Iran. This is what the Pahlavist savages want. This is what Mossad (Reza Pahlavi’s ally) would want to do.
It is the responsibility of you and I and all others who care about democracy, civil liberties, and human rights to be aware of the nefarious activities of the anti-democratic forces. It is OUR responsibility to work with each other and not allow these nefarious anti-democratic forces to DIVIDE us.
If you look at this site and almost all other similar venues, there has been a massive effort to attack Mossadegh, JM, and INF. Part of that effort is the natural fights between the monarchists and the pro-democracy forces and individuals. Perhaps, more sinister and nefarious being conduced by Mossad in helping Reza Pahlavi and monarchists. It stinks and it look fishy. Just look at the many weird articles and posts by several on this site alone. Just look at some of the blogs Fred has been writing in the past month or two. It was part of his writings to attack Shariati. But I do not recall Fred attacking supporters of Mossadegh such as JM, INF or leftists. Certainly Fred was not engaged in a persistent campaign of repeatedly (and out of the blue and unprovoked) to attack JM, INF, and the leftists who support Mossadegh. May be he is just doing weird stuff. Or if he is a Mossad agent, this has been his new instructions. In my opinion, Fred is too smart and too sophisticated to all of the sudden change his MO and for no apparent reason begin to viciously attack the pro-Mossadegh forces.
You are a thoughtful person. Please think about my concerns. Please think long term. Please try to consider how our emotional buttons could be pushed and our emotions manipulated. Please think who benefits and who loses when there the various Mossadegh forces are divided. I hope that you think about my concerns.
Best regards my friend,
May I please plead with you to listen to the following interview between Hamid Sadr who is both a top leader of NAMIR and an elected member of the Central Committee of INF-OA? He is interviewed by a Shahollahi dude who did that ugly anti-democratic disruption of a gathering by leftists in Sweden several weeks ago.