When tomfool simpletons claimed to have seen the portrait of Khomeini on the face of the moon, they never thought they would be blessed by a king! It took them a quarter of a century to have Mr. Sheibany, in his self defeating argument (Are we worthy?), ask if we the people, as one of the most civilized nations of the world, are worthy of Mr. Reza Pahlavi. He, of course, wastes no time to say “I believe we are”. He might have thought we are not capable of answering the intelligent question!
Regardless of your political point of view or whatever Reza Pahlavi stands for, an individual or a dynasty or a political institution is ONLY to serve a nation no matter how great or insignificant that nation maybe. Then the question must rise to its proper position of: if Khomeini or Reza Pahlavi or Khatami or whoever else is worthy of serving such a great nation? It can never be asked the other way around. Otherwise, to sanctify an individual to be above the people is simply moronic logic.
Then we have the infamous theorists who still claim the popular uprising of a nation against the late shah and his despotic regime was masterminded by the west and carried out by Palestinians. All of a sudden, they find a perfect application: Let’s put it to test or simply actuate it. Given our tradition of anniversaries, it was obvious a demonstration was to be organized by 18th of Teer. So let’s talk about it, and invite the new tyrant of the world to the party. Okay, it was the other way around! But they did not account for a flaw in the timing. Something went terribly wrong.
However, they did put the conspiracy scheme to work, except in a different scenario. A much anticipated protest took place before schedule. The regime being on the defensive side, and having learned from its past mistakes, tried to contain the spread of unrest without using force, but somehow the element of “the plain clothes thugs” reminds me of the
The majority of Iranians, students in particular, who were leaning towards
Some bumper stickers are really worth reading, like “Don’t follow me, I am lost too” or “think globally, but act locally” both of which seem to explain, and/or suggest intelligence for, our current state of political affairs better than a million words. Don’t get me wrong, I do not intend to belittle the enormous contribution of people who have something to say about, or something to do with, our struggle. Quite to the contrary, I think, and thanks to this new wave of global communication, we are fortunate not only to learn more, but also to participate better. Also as Sa’di enlightened us centuries ago “ta mard sokhan nagofte bashad eib o honarash nehofteh bashad” that can be paraphrased as your strength and weakness are revealed through communication.
It is equally important to stay focused on the issue at hand. History has long thought us that in the time of any political crisis or turmoil if you will; there are always opportunities to explore and pitfalls to avoid. G.W. Bush took the September 11 tragedy as an opportunity to not only reclaim or boost American supremacy but also to settle some old scores. He, of course, was too arrogant to avoid the pitfall of making
How about us, the battered Iranians? We have a golden opportunity to reclaim and/or advance our national independence. We have a great prospect for freedom. Yet, it seems to me we are competing with each other to go down with the pitfalls. The Iranian mass media is, mostly, either sold out to
Bush does not refrain from thuggish remarks against anyone he chooses to. But
As Mr. Mirfendereski pointed out in his remarkable short article “Naked in a tree-less forest”,
Contrary to opposition’s illusion, signs from within
What it all ads up to is simply this. The great majority of Iranians, whether inside or out of
I guess we have reached the point where we can “think globally, but act locally” and we can pass the fellow with “Don’t follow me, I am lost too” stamp on his political driver license. We have an inalienable right to our freedom, our national sovereignty, our national resources, and our national infrastructure and defensive system. We still hold our government, no matter what a suppressive regime it may be, responsible to protect our national wealth that includes our nuclear infrastructure. While we fight our government for our freedom, we do require it to abide by our international obligations. But we should not allow our national wealth, including our nuclear infrastructure, be destroyed under any pretext or circumstances. However, the world has the unique opportunity to ask for expansion of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to make sure all nuclear infrastructures around the globe are for peaceful applications.
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is only meaningful if it is signed by each and every country of our planet.