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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


February 13, 2001

Inspiring revolution

The chronology of the early events that shaped the revolution ["Memory lane"] this morning helped clarify some aspects of where I stand vis-a-vis this life-defining moment in our history.

I was reminded of why I first supported the revolution and why -- despite much personal damage inflicted on my family and myself by the IRI -- I still admire the late Ayatollah Khomeini and am proud of the truly popular revolution that we, Iranians, made.

This is not to say that I believe in the theocratic regime that still rules autocratically to this day. Nor do I condone the unlawful acts that took place after the departure of Bakhtiar -- or the insipid continuation of the war with Iraq that went on for too long.

But, when I read the story of the revolution I cannot help but feel a certain admiration for Khomeini, the one personality who stands out for acting consistently and honorably at least in those first stages of the revolution. No wonder we all rallied for him (or most of us anyway).

Bakhtiar appears as vacillating as the Shah. And no one else had the popular backing to discourage the Americans from staging a coup. You cannot tell me that any Iranian, no matter what their personal loss, would want TWO American-led coup's within half a century in the modern history of our country!

One cannot help but be proud of the fact that the American government and General Huyser could not intervene simply or mostly because of the popular nature of the revolution.

Our revolution did much to end arrogant armchair coup- d'etating by the super powers. Ours was a great popular revolution and we should all be proud of that.

Now, the revolution did take a wrong turn and the government today is as guilty as the Pahlavi regime was before ["Happy anniversary"]. But our ability to rise as a people should not be forgotten.

The memory of the Iranian revolution should be an inspiration for the continued struggle for freedom and justice in our country, like the French Revolution in Europe many years, and indeed decades, after the Reign of Terror.

Setareh Sabety


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