March 21, 2001
Deal with today
From those who bringup the issue of monarchy vs. presidency in Iran
or president?"], I would like to ask what is the real problem
here? And what is your point? Good or bad, the Shah and his regime are
gone. What happened in 1979 and why it happened, though important to understand,
it has already happened. We now have the "Islamic Republic" to
If you are for fundamental change in Iran, if you are for democracy
and freedom, there are a whole range of problems and issues for you to
think about, discuss and plan for. I cannot understand, where at all, the
issue of monarchy fits. Why even bring it up!
We now live in the 21st century. It has been centuries since many countries
discovered democracy and abandoned the old idea of monarchy. We (Iranians)
too came to the realization in 1979 that the one-man show should stop.
We have also been struggling for democracy and freedom for the past several
I am sure the people of Iran will continue to resist the current regime
to its downfall, and then they would want to replace it with something
far better. Is going backward, again, something we want to do? Is talking
about this or considering it as an option is the best we could do for our
Shouldn't we discuss the numerous social, economical and cultural problems
that nearly 70 million Iranian are facing every day? Is there anybody offering
ways to solve some of these problems? Do we have any grand plan for the
Is crowning Reza Pahlavi the best we can come up with? Is it even conceivable?
What good will it do anyway (except for him and his associates)? Let's
not make the same mistake again and again. Let's have a plan, and this
time, for the good of the people.