January 26, 2001
Never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi
This is in response to your editorial ["Citizen
Pahlavi"]. Reza Pahlavi never claimed to be more than Citizen
Pahlavi. He has always stated his view, as a responsible citizen. He has
never proposed different; his goal is for people to decide, even if they
decide against his inherited monarchy.
Reza Pahlavi has always clearly stipulated -- as in his recent conference
in National Press Club in Washington ["Democratic
republic, or..."] -- that the monarchy is 3,000 years old, but
he won't insist on it .
He has always mentioned that he is not living in a dream world and things
have changed. It will be wise to give him the credi. He has always maintained
a stable, honest, continuous support for the people of Iran while others
have been jumping from one mandate to another.
This young man sounds like a democrat because he is willing to sacrifice
the monarchy and give the people of Iran a chance to built their future.
Otherwise, it would not be difficult for him to declare leadership and
gain the power back.
Beyond that, it's up to the people to decide. He has always considered
it an honor to call himself a free man and simple citizen of Iran to serve
Please set the record straight.