Let the world know
... about the abuses and attacks on freedom in Iran
October 4, 2004
We, the Iranian-Americans living in the U.S. as other Iranians
across the Western hemisphere, fortunately live in free societies
where we can express our beliefs.
The people in Iran have voiced their desire for regime change.
There is no need for military invasion as in Iraq, rather moral
support for their struggle to oust the mullahs. The mullahs should
go back to their mosques and schools and attend to their religious
duties. The people, within the framework of a supervised referendum,
would then be free to vote for whatever system of governance the
What can help the Iranians if they attain their goal of a democratic
government, will also help the people of the new Iraq, Afghanistan
and the region. Stability in Iran will lessen terrorism in the
Middle East. The present regime in Iran has been creating instability
through sponsoring terrorists, thereby also keeping their own power
base intact. They are doing so in Afghanistan as well as meddling
with the Shiites in Iraq.
Why not help the one country where the people are ready to liberate
themselves without military intervention - Iran ?
The threat posed by this dictatorial and fundamentalist regime
has been neglected for far too long and we need to make Iran a
priority in our war against terrorism.
With a stable and democratic Iran, the issue of WMD would no
longer pose a danger. It is obvious that it is the mullah regime
that cannot be trusted with them and not an Iran with a stable
and pro-Western government. That does not mean we need to bow to
Western countries. Instead we need to distance ourselves from Arab
influence and regain our own dignity and legitimacy.
We know the so-called 'reform' movement within the regime has
failed the Iranian people's aspirations. We need to conduct a dialogue
with the Iranian people and not with their corrupt leaders, elected
or unelected. We cannot ignore the human rights violations that
are taking place in Iran on a daily basis.
Bloggers inside Iran, endangered by regime harassment but courageously
pursuing their only means of getting their messages out, are under
constant scrutiny by regime agents and risk imprisonment, torture
In recent days a
list has been printed in Iran's conservative
Kayhan newspaper. Kayhan is "exposing" a network of Internet
journalists and bloggers, inside and outside Iran, accusing them
of having a sophisticated network to undermine the Islamic Republic
of Iran, even linking them to the CIA. This is a clear sign that
the IRI feels endangered.
We need to bring this to the attention of the Western media.
We cannot let our youth be silenced and perish through inaction
by us, we who have the freedoms they sorely lack.
The future of Iran lies with its people, especially the younger
generation. The best way we can help these young freedom-loving
Iranians is by supporting them and regime-change in Iran.
We in the West must recognize the suffering of the Iranian people
and their desire to be liberated from the fundamentalist mullahs.
Iranians under the IRI are not free to speak or write, but they
relentlessly send messages and shown the world their desire for
freedom and their hope for moral support from the U.S. and other
Western governments. The IRI slyly lets them speak and write at
times, but when 'push comes to shove', their iron fist comes down
Let us not be silent and apathetic; let us not be weak and indifferent.
Write to your local media, your Senators and Congressmen. Let them
know of the injustices of the Islamic Republic of Iran vis-à-vis
the people. The European community must put pressure on its governments
not to continue economic interaction with this regime, thereby
propping them up. Let the next President of the United States (Bush
or Kerry) and his Administration know that there should never be
dialogue with this regime, only moral support for Iran's people!
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