Monday, August 11, 2003

We usually do not write about politicians. Farid and I believe that writing about them are wasting time. But I could not ignore this topic. Let me know what you think.

Hussein Khomeini and Reza Pahlavi

Recently Hussein Khomeini has moved to Iraq and started to criticize Iranian Islamic regime and suggested military intervention by the United States as a possible path to liberation. I see a similarity between him and Reza Pahlavi.
Let’s see Reza Pahlavi profile:
He is a son of Iranian shah (king of kings!) who is looking for power in Tehran. It is not important for him how since he believes that he must do this mission and liberate his people though I have not seen any invitation letter for Iranian people!

Seven years ago, in one of his interview with BBC, he said that military intervention is the only way and he had reached to the point that there is no peaceful way. After presidential election in Iran and Mohammad Khatami election, he realized that other ways exist and he published his doctrine regarding the democratic state. After changes in geopolitical situation in Iran’s neighbors, he realized that it is the best time to start his mission to take power in Iran. Still I do not know this mission is from God or Iranian people.

Hussein Khomeini
I have never heard any thing about his political activities in Iran. After the US attacked on Iraq, he found the best time to join the race to take power. Nobody knows where he has been in these years. When Ayatolah Montazeri, Mohsen Kadivar, Hasan Yusefi Eshkevari were placed under house arrest or jail, I do not know why he did not express his liberal idea!.

I think there are many similarities between them.
Both of them are seeking a future political role.
Nobody knows about their popularity in Iranians
None of them criticize the political systems that Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini established in Iran.
Both of them have liberal idea about the political systems but they have not shown that they believe it or are ready to pay its price. Of course it is understandable since Iranians are going to liberate themselves sunder their leadership!
Both of them agree with the US military intervention to liberate Iranians

The interesting point is that both of them say that they believe a secular state is the best system for Iran. This point is interesting issue for western media. I think western media try to show westerners that western politician support secular movement in Iran.

But we should not forget that Iran is not like Afghanistan or Iraq and nobody says that they support Islamic regime, neither opposition groups inside Iran nor Iranians.

Anyway, I do not know what I have to call these people. They are in the safe place and encourage military interventions. What do you call politicians who merely think about their benefits? Maybe it is too soon to call them Opportunist. Let’s keep an eye on them.

(posted by Iman)

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