24 April 2003

Neoconservatives Promoting Return of Son of Shah to Iran

Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of the former Shah of Iran who ruled from 1941 to 1979, is waiting in the wings for Operation Iranian Freedom. Pahlavi, a USC graduate and US Air Force trained fighter pilot, has even got an excellent website up, detailing his goals for a new free Iran:

Today, however, the time has come to write a new chapter in the history of my country.

My goal is simple, achievable and straightforward. I envision an Iran: wherein its prosperous economy gives every Iranian an equal chance for hope and opportunity; An Iran where its women fully participate in the political, socio-economic and cultural life of their homeland; An Iran where its press is free from intimidation, harassment, imprisonment and torture; This vision includes a progressive, civil and stable society in which the separation of Religion and State is recognized. Finally, the Iran of tomorrow ought to have a foreign policy based on principles of harmony and mutual respect.

Yes, yes, a return to the planting and nurturing of CIA puppets that brutalize and terrorize their subjects is in full bloom ...

Grandfather Reza Khan was a respected warfighter in the Cossack Brigade in the late 1800's, and ultimately led a coup to rid the country of a government that allowed British, Russian and Ottoman troops to occupy Iran during World War I. Khan became Prime Minister of the new government and four years later in 1925, ascended to the throne replacing the weakly Ahmad Mirza Shah. He took the name Reza Shah Pahlavi (Reza Shah Kabir or Reza Shah the Great) and the dynasty was underway.

According to IranChamber.com "Reza Shah introduced many great reforms, reorganizing the army, government administration, and finances. He abolished all special rights granted to foreigners, thus gaining real independence for Iran. Under Reza Shah's 16 years of rule, roads and Trans-Iranian Railway were built, modern education was introduced and the University of Tehran was established, and for the first time, systematic dispatch of Iranian students to Europe was started. Industrialization of the country was stepped-up, and achievements were great. By the mid 1930's Reza Shah's dictatorial style of rule caused dissatisfaction in Iran. In World War II the Allies protested his rapprochement with the Germans, and in 1941 British and Russian forces invaded and occupied Iran. Forced to abdicate in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, he died in exile in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1944."

Like father like son, so yet another cliche has it, and Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi was also forced to abdicate and subsequently died in 1980, exiled in Egypt. This Shah of Iran was embroiled in the CIA coup that ousted quixotic Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq and was a pawn of successive American administrations during the Cold War, which pitted the USSR against the USA. His popular legacy is the current theocratic regime in Iran and SAVAK--the brutal intelligence arm of the Shah. For a short time, though, he waived the flag of democratic reform and Iranians had high hopes for democracy. He instituted the White Revolution, a 1963 program that included land reform, the extension of voting rights to women, and the elimination of illiteracy. But the trappings of power, fear of opposition groups, and insensitivity towards Islam (Arab Muslims conquered Iran in roughly 650 BCE) led him, like his father, into an insular dictatorship and all the wretched practices that method entails.



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I HOPE EVERY ONE THAT READ THE ABOVE LINES ALSO TO TAKE TIME TO READ THIS.
I AM SURE EVERY ONE OF US FROM ANY COUNTRY OR REIGON,
ARE FAMILIAR WITH SMALL OR TRIBAL TRUTH ABOUT OUR PAST,WELL I AM AN IRANIAN,AND I LIVED IN MY COUNTRY BEFORE AND DURING REVELOTION IN 1979.
I HAVE OTHER FIRST HAND INFORMATION ABOUT OUR BELOVED SHAH ,THAN MOST PEOPLE DONOT,BUT ITS NOT THAT RELEVENT FOR MY ANSWER/OPINION TO ABOVE LINES.
I CAN TELL THAT THE GENT WHO WROTE IT IS PRO COMUNIST
WRITER,WITH IDIOLOGISTIC OPINION BORDER LINE MARKSISM.
WHY I SAY IT..HE REFERED TO SHAH'S OLD PRIMINISTER MOSADEGH.
MOSADEGH WAS AGENT OF RUSSIAN SIMPOTIZERS,TRYING TO DEAL/SELL OUR OIL WITH PRE ARRANGED MARKETTING TO RUSSIAN'S.
PROVOKING THE OIL MANIFACTURERS UNION.
I TELL YOU MOSADEGH WAS A WEAK,RUSSIAN AGENT.
WHAT SHAH DID WAS CALM THE PEOPLE,CARRIED ON OIL DEVELOPMENT AND AS PROMISSED,STARTED OPEC YEARS LATER,AND IN LAST YEARS BEFORE OUR REVELOTION(WASNOT MINE)DR.J.AMOSEGAR WAS CHAIR MAN OF OPEC(HE WAS OUR PRIMINESTER ).
SHAH DIDNOT LET ANY ONE,ANY ONE KNOW HE WAS SICK WITH TERMINAL DISEASE,MOSADEGH,EVERY TIME PARLIMENT REQUESTED HIM TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF THEM AND EXPLAIN HIS POSITION WHY NOT HELPING THE OIL WORKERS UNION TO GO BACK TO WORK,HE WAS IN HIS PIJ,
AT HOME,SMOKING HEROIN,THERE ARE VERY WELL KNOWN PIC IN NEWS MEDIA SHOWING HIM ,TALKING TO REPORTERS FROM BED AND SMALL MANGHAL AND VAFOUR BY THE BED(ITS TOOLS TO SMOKE HEROIN).
SHAH COULD HAVE STOP THE REVELOUTION,BUT AS HE SAID IN THE AIRPORT ON THE WAY OUT WAS,(HISTORY WILL WRITE ABOUT ME AND MR KHOMEINI).
HE JAILED ONE OF HIS FOUR STAR GENERALS(GOOD CHILD HOOD FRIEND)WHEN FOUND OUT HE IS PLANNING TO SHOOT DOWN THE PLANE CARRING KHOMEINI TO TEHRAN'S AIR PORT(I WISH SOME ONE WOULD HAVE).
HE DID NOT STEAL ANY NATIONAL TREASURES,HIS WIFE,MY QUEEN,FARAH PAHLAVIE,IS WORKING DEDICATEDLY FOR PEACE AND THE NEEDED HELP FOR POOR IMIGRANTS.
PLEASE I CANNOT WRITE SO MUCH.BUT REMEMBER FROM ONE IRANIAN...DONOT BELIEVE EVERY THING YOU READ,ASK AND COME TO CONCLUTION YOUR SELF.
IF I NEED TO NAME A SAINT,I NAME SHAH FIRST.
TO THE GENT WHO WRITES ABOUT SAVAK...I LAUGH AT YOUR IGNORENCE.
I AM SURE YOU PROBABLY NEVER MET ANY ONE WORK FOR SAVAK,OR THE 3RD DEPT OVER LOOKING AT SAVAK OR THE SHAH'S OFFICE OVER LOOKING AT ALL CONDUCTS.
DO YOU KNOW ONCE JUST WITH ONE LETTER SHAH ORDERED HIS OWN BROTHER BE BROUGHT AND PROSECUTED IN A LAND DEAL,WHITCH HE PAID CHEAP PRICE TO A SMALL LAND OWNER?
I DONOT KNOW WHERE TO START OR TO END.IF JUST HAVING AN INTELIGENT AGENCY IS WRONG,THEN DO ME A FAIVOR READ 600 YEAR OLD BOOK OF MAKIAVELLI"THE PRINCE".
THATS WHY ABOUT TWO YEARS BEFORE REVELUTION SHAH WAS WARNED BY FRENCH PRIMINESTER AND INTELIGENT THAT REVELOUTION AGAINST HIM IS UNDER WAY..I BET YOU DIDNOT KNOW THAT.
WHY HE DIDNOT DO ANYTHING??
YOU BE HIM...KNOW YOU HAVE CANCER..POWERS AGAINST YOU ARE UNBEATABLE..HE PUT HIS TRUST IN TO GOD AND PEOPLE...BUT AND THATS THE BUT PEOPLE FOR YEARS LIVED SO COMFORTABALY,THEY EVEN BELIVED WELL IT COULD BE BETTER...AND THEN THE GIULT OF RELIGOUNS(IF ASK ME,MOST ATROSITIES ARE COMITTED IN THE HISTORY OF MAN KIND IN THE NAME OF GOD AND RELIGEON).
I HAVE TO GO TO BED,I NEVER RESPOND TO THESE COMENTS,BUT I COULDNOT THIS TIME.
PLEASE READ ABOUT THE TRUE KING,OUR SHAH(GOD REST HIS SOUL).
GOOD NIGHT.
As an addendum, I thought I would pass on quite
an interesting link to an excerpt from book dealing with this period from history. I should
also add -as a political moderate - that I hope
one day to see a secular democratic government in Iran complete with a separation between the powers of church and state. Along with the foregoing, a respect for human rights, freedom of speech, economic prosperity, accessible higher
education and health care for all Iranians - all while maintaining an opposition to the policies of religious and political extremism. In short, the truth doesn't have to hide from anything or anyone, nor resort to the policies of repression to advance its interests. It's also worth stating
that specific rights can be enshrined in terms
of constitutional law, which no government is
in a position to violate.

If there's anyone who is opposed to this, let us
debate it non-violently and in an intelligent
manner here over the internet.

http://www.thirdworldtravel...
The comments of J.KESHVARI are those of a true
believer, embodying as much the character of
extremism as they do of ignorance. Is he actually
attempting to foist the belief via his fractured
English and scrambled grasp of history that SAVAK didn't exist, or that it was a benign organization? In reality, the repressive
policies of the latter were recognized by none
other than the CIA themselves.

As well, Keshvari's accusation that the previous writer is a communist or marxist simply because
he mentions the name of MOSADEGH -past PM of Iran, is absurd. This would make any historian who
has done likewise a marxist - truly a perspective of the mentally-enfeebled
if ever there was one.

The historical facts speak for themselves, to
the effect that the Shah was a despot who utilized
the apparatus of repression -i.e., SAVAK- to quell
dissent. In the face of this, there exists a
higher road. The name for that higher road is
'democracy', 'freedom of speech', and 'human rights' - elements which were entirely missing
from the final years of the Shah of Iran's rule.
One final comment - as I've expressed, I would hope to see a balanced, moderate approach towards
the end of articulating or advancing a solution to
Iran's problems. As stated, specific human rights
can be enshrined via constitutional law, which
provides an independent judiciary a reference
point in formulating decisions. As far as economic
solutions are concerned, education and small
business investment are important factors, as well
the establishment of cooperatives and worker
investment / shareholding arrangements in order
to stimulate productivity and /or incentive.
In short, an across-the-board democratization
of the workplace with worker input can be seen as a productive move for a number of employment or work environments.

My own background is that of an electronics
design engineer with over twenty years industrial
experience, as well as being the president of a
company involved in the manufacturing of
electronic music / sound synthesis and sampling high technology for the professional music / sound production market. That is all for now.
Shah helped iran in economic problems but the biggest problem that led to the reveloution was that in the shahs goverment people did not have freedom of speech.Shah did not let mosadegh to make the political reforms that were necessary
Thank Allah that the revolution of 1979 created an era of unbridled freedom, liberty and respect for human dignity for the Iranian people.

Thank Allah, the benevolent regime kept the peace in the Middle East by forming alliances with the USSR, thus creating a festive, happy atmosphere in the Middle East for decades after 1979.

Thank Allah that smart ones like TJL educate us about the horrid leaders like the Shah, while elevating the true heroes like the Ayotollah and other communist leaders, like Castro who "taught his people to read (the Communist Manifesto)".

Such black and white distinctions in the gray torrid era of the Cold War are a welcome relief from the realists who were certain that the Shah was much preferrable to the successive regime. These shortsighted realists really had nothing to fear from a soviet presence in the Middle East. There was no threat, was there?
Realists feel that the US would never have had to align with Iraq in the 1980's had Iran remained under the rule of the Shah.
Afterall, these fools believe, wouldn't it have been easier to encourage such rights in a Shah regime, rather than a soviet loving, people hating, fundamentalist regime that loved to kill?

Thank Allah that TJL has informed us that 25 years of a repressive regime, unadulterated murder, political executions, terrorist support and regional wars (hundreds of thousands killed)was preferrable to an American ally that was saintly in comparison; one that could have been pressured to change with time.

Cambodia, seized by the Khmer Rouge in 1975: (2 million killed): better than US intervention in Vietnam. Speaking of which, isn't that country just a metropolis of wealth and freedom?

Iraq, under Saddam: (1 million plus killed). Despite the early alliance(it was necessary to counter the communists in Iran)the US determined that 12 years of UN pathetic meandering and appeasement was enough (I assume you're livid about his downfall and our presence in the country).

Thank Allah for appeasers and do nothings who just want America to be great, so they can feel sympathy and mock sorrow for the downtrodden.

Communists, or socialists writing on this site? Say it isn't so. You report, We decide.
What Iran needs is a national referendum on a future form of government. I would plead for the restoration of the monarchy, yet a parliamentary monarchy, not constitutional one. The Palavi's would only have representative functions, while a national-secular government would decide over national policy. I think this could be a good comprise for nationalists and monarchists, who love to batter each in endless rounds over who is responsible for 1979 disaster. Time to move on, and time for the hyporcritical mullahs and their disgusting ilk to be dumped into the dustbin of history.

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