February 6, 2001
Something inherently wrong
I never thought Iranians would be so overly blind and reactionary as
to reconstitute a deposed monarchy ["Our
demands"]. Every Iranian has his/her own critique on the old
and new order, but the overwhelming number of worthy Iranians agree that
there was something inherently wrong with a disillusioned dictator who
left his country on two occasions, with little hope of returning on both.
By worthy Iranians, I am referring to those Iranians who live in Iran
(unlike myself), as it is them who should have the final word as to what
and who should rule their country and not someone who resides in the United
States, Canada, Dubai, Australia, or anywhere else.
More importantly, many Iranians who have or have not left their previous
state of poverty, outside of the cities, as well as, a new generation of
capitalist businessmen, would hardly accept the return of a non-enforced
constitutional monarchy or an aristocratically-ruled economy.
Three upheavals of the monarchial system in the previous century are
proof enough that Iranians wanted an end to dictatorships. Some desired
an Islamic Republic, others a secular democracy, and, still, others wish
for a socialist or communist regime.
However, I believe very few would approve of a monarch dictating the
future of their country from atop the peacock throne.