March 15, 2001
Content over form
I couldn't agree with more ["Shah
or president?"]. Once again you've hit the nail right on the head
and I find myself in the fortunate position of having a partner in politics.
Especially when you say: "The real problem facing Iran is not choosing
between monarchy or republic. The problem is how to reject theocracy and
backwardness." That just brings tears to my eyes, because for the
past 20 years I have been saying the same thing and begging the all-so-important-
figures in the opposition in my town to not make themselves so preoccupied
with form at the cost of forgetting content.
I also hear your pleas loud and clear when you "preach unity among
the opposition abroad". I believe that once this opposition rises
above factional disputes and gets its act together, then it needs to seriously
consider building a bridge to the opposition inside the country (of course,
in the long run) and attempt to unite all opposition to the regime.
This I believe is possible (albeit not soon enough), if everyone, every
Iranian at least, considers that factionalism within the opposition is
the single most important factor responsible for maintaining the status
Let me shake your hand, and the hand of every secular member of the
opposition whether a nationalist, monarchist, leftist, et al.