Characteristics Of An Alternative To The Islamic Republic In Iran

The future political system of Iran (whatever it is called) that will replace the regime of the Islamic Republic in Iran must have at least the following characteristics:

(A)  Secularism- This means that the people are sick and tired of religious ideas and especially extremism. The religion is a personal thing and it should be confined to the private life of the people. Imposing religious-Islamic ideas is against the freedom of expression and violation of the people’s human rights. The religion should be separated from the state administration. A special organ should be established to find and discards the religious things from the state affairs.

(B)  De-Islamization- Iranians are not serious religious and especially Islamic people.  A look at the life and behavior of Iranians show that after three decades of forceful indoctrination, suppression and oppression that the regime of the Islamic Republic in Iran has imposed upon the people of Iran, still religion forms a very superficial and ignorable part of the life of people.  The people of Iran are not serious Muslims and they do not intend to be so. Unfortunately, the Government of Iran that does not represent the people of Iran has taken policies that are against the Iranian ideas and interests.  The Government of Iran has been killing itself during the last three decades to make the people more Islamic but the product of all those efforts are in vain.  The people of Iran at the moment are less Islamic than the time of the previous regime. The Islamic regime has taken so many steps visibly and invisibly to impose, attract, lure, deviate, make interested or push the people toward Islam and it has failed.  The next political system in Iran should stay away from identifying itself with Islam.  These are some of the practices used by the Islamic regime in Iran that all should be discarded in the new political system of Iran:

–                Publishing religious books, including Koran in millions of copies every year and distributing them free of charge inside and outside of Iran

–                Changing the program of the schools and universities by inclusion of religious materials, inserting distorted historical stories (based on the fake sources) in the text books, giving higher priority to the good marks in the courses related to the Islamic subjects.

–                Imposing the barbaric laws of the ancient Arab nomads under the name of Islam to the judicial system of Iran

–                Establishment of hundreds of Islamic theological schools all over the country that produce thousands of a certain type of narrow-minded and single-lined graduates with and without turbans, every year.

–                Expansion of the Islamic rituals like the special congregational prayers (like Friday prayer) under the supervision of the hard-line and low-understanding Mullahs.

–                Expansion of Islamic propaganda inside and outside the country by using the mass media, especially the radio, TV and cinemas.

–                Creation of a kind of division between the people that are called “ the insiders and outsiders”.  The insiders are the sheepish followers of the Islam as interpreted by the regime and they are considered as human beings that have some limited rights.  The outsiders are worse than animals.  The regime does not care who does what to the outsiders.

–                Adding the word of “Islamic” to all governmental and non-government institutions in order to create limitations for the managers.

–                Clear prejudice in favor of the small minority of Iranians that follow the Islamic gibberish of the regime.  Even most of this minority does not believe in what is indoctrinated by the regime as Islam.

–                Trying to disconnect Iranians from their glorious past.

(C) De-Arabization. Iran is not an Arab country. De-arabization of Iran has nothing against Arab people or countries. Although Iranians have received Islam through Arabs, they do not feel any respect to the Arabs for the same fact. Many Iranians still feel the humiliation of an imposed religion. Some Iranians believe that Islam was planted by the Iranians in the Arabia, which was a part of lands ruled by Sasanid and other Iranian dynasties. Also, a number of Iranians believe that what we hear about great Islamic civilization is in fact the Iranian rich heritage captured and redistributed by Arabs who lived in nomadic tribes of Arabia at the advent of Islam. Many Arabs look at Iran as another Israel. They do not see Iranians as Muslims. Dearabization of Iran is a mission for all Iranians and it is the defense of the separate identity of Iranians. The Arabs have been doing the same thing since the advent of Islam among the ancient nomadic Arabs in the present day Saudi Arabia. They have been praised for conquering the Great Empire of Iran and trying to impose their culture over the people of Iran. The identity of Iranians was so important that unlike all other countries conquered and culturally devastated by Arabs (like Egypt), Iran never given up its cultural identity and even Iranians have invented (almost fabricated ) the Shiite sect of Islam as a defense against the main stream Sunni Islam. The Arabs have been criticizing Iranians since then for the invention of Shiitism.

The modern day Arabs do not trust Iran too. Even when the regime of Iran speaks against Israel or in defense of the Palestinians, the Arabs feel that an outsider is interfering in the affairs of their “Arab brothers”. Among the Arab countries, Syria has made itself closer to the regime of Iran due to getting cheap oil from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Thousands of Iranians go to Syria each year to spend money, and Syria gets all kinds of weapons from Iran (or Iran pays the cost) and they give them to the Palestinians groups that follow the Syrian line.

However, even the Syria has never supported the rights of Iran in any occasion. The Syrians along with all other Arab countries, especially the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council [the Iranian regime always puts a “Persian” before the name of the “GCC” to give the impression that Arabs have acknowledged the historical name of the Persian Gulf, while in fact the name of “GCC” is another example of the violation of the Iranian rights by the Arabs] have been condemning Iran for occupying the three islands claimed by the United Arab Emirate (UAE). However, they have intentionally forgotten that Iran played the most important role in creation of the UAE. There was no UAE at the time that Iran took back some of its islands and failed to get others in order to pave way for independence of the UAE. Almost in every occasion, including the GCC’s meetings at all levels and the sessions of the Arab League, at least once and sometimes repeatedly, the Arab countries support the baseless claims of the UAE against Iran.

It is the duty of every Iranian to reciprocate this heartfelt feeling. The people of Iran, unlike the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, do not feel any obligation to support the nationalistic or Arab oriented policies of any Arab group.

Here are some of the practical ways for defending the cultural identity of Iran, as a separate culture from the Arabs:

1- Take out Arabic words from your language as much as possible.

2- Do not listen to any speaker who uses too many Arabic words, especially the Mullahs.

3- Try to explain for as many as possible people around you, starting from the family members, and extending to the people you meet at work place, neighborhood and so on and take any occasion to explain that Iranians are not Arabs.

4- Explain your Iranian sentiments about the ancient nomadic Arabs who invaded Iran in every occasion.

5- Do not let the issues about Islam, as a religion, which is like any other, block your view about the barbaric Arabs who plundered Iran and changed the fate of a civilized nation.

6- Find new ways to do this task and let others know them.

(D) Respecting human rights as mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

(E) Equality of women in all aspects with men as a general principle.

(F) The government must be elected. The people of Iran like almost all peoples in the world are seeking a democracy for their country. They have been struggling for this purpose during the last hundred years. Iranian people were far earlier than many other nations in these regards. Unfortunately, the efforts of Iranian people for getting to democracy have been undermined by various internal and external elements.

(G) Changing the Iranian calendar to an Iranian form.  It is meaningless for Iranians to choose something in the Arab history as the basis of the history. The Iranians had a great civilization before the developments in the Arab regions and something like the date of the first universal declaration of human rights, issue by Cyrus the Great, and must be the basis for the Iranian calendar.  This is a necessary goal for the new regime.

(H) Free economy based on the market and the governmental supervision. Centralized economy is a bad idea. Iran has suffered a lot due to the economic policies of the religious zealots who have tried to impose the Marxist economy under the Islamic disguise.  The new regime of Iran must stay away from the centralized economy.

(J) Good relations with the West especially the USA–Iran and Western countries, especially the USA, have many common interests in many issues. Iran can get its proper position in the region and the world through cooperation with the USA. Only suppose what will happen in the case of the Iranian rights in the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf if the USA is in the Iranian side.

(K) National reconciliation. Many of the people who work with the present regime of Iran are forced to do so for survival. The new regime or the alternative to the Islamic regime must have enough capacity for a national reconciliation in order to avoid bloodshed and use all forces for the development of the country.

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