March 12, 2001
Martin Luther King: No chance in Iran
I read Fariba Amini's "Thy
father's sins" and the great advice she has given Reza Pahlavi.
Then I read responses to her article by Khosrow
Moniri and H.M.
Jalili. Frankly I had to re-read Amini's article and could not
see any of the points the two responders' are raising.
Amini has rightly indicated that the revolution was hijacked by the
mollas. She has correctly pointed to the grave mistakes made by the
Pahlavi regime. While Jalili seems to be very knowledgeable about
the history of civil rights movement in America, he fails to recognize
that if Martin Luther King was in Iran during the Shah's regime, he could
not stage any of his non-violent demonstrations for a minute.
All I have to say to the people who are still in denial is this: "Wake
up. There was a revolution in Iran 22 years ago. The monarchy is gone.
Mollas stole the revolution but the movement is going forward."
As for calling the people who scarified their lives during the revolution
"animalistic"; that is an insult to millions of Iranian men and
women who took to the streets to fight for their freedom. They might
not have gotten what they asked for, but their struggle and sacrifice at
removing the Shah's regime is unfairly ridiculed by people like Moniri
whose view of democracy is so obvious when he says: "In
my view, people like Fariba Amini have no right whatsoever to make any
comment about the future of our country!!!"
The current mollas in charge of the country in Iran are indeed bad and
evil but so was the Shah's regime. By the way Mr. Jalili, Americans also
have another famous saying " Two wrongs don't make a right".