February 1, 2001
With all due respect to your clairvoyance, how can you conclude that:
"Given a choice, there's "absolutely" no doubt that the
people would choose a democratic republic rather than the restoration of
the monarchy." ["Citizen
Pahlavi"] Do you base this statement on the latest Gallop-poll
of Iran's political inclanation or is this viewsimply your own opinion.
While I do respect your belief, as an editor your writing should reflect
a degree of evenhandedness and an unbiased approach to the subject.
The usage of "absolutes" simply puts you in the same category
as the clerics (i.e. mollas) in Iran who believe that the Iranian people
"absoluetly" want the current Islamic system and "absolutely"
do not desire reform.
Unfortunately, assuming what other Iranians desire is an arrogant trait
of many Iranians (and not only that of the good editor of this journal).
Therefor, let us be at least as equitable as Reza Pahlavi and let the
Iranian prople decide what they want, don't assume that what you desire
is necessarily the will of the majority.
Amir Arsalan Afkhami