July 2, 2007
Iran: It's Time for a Progressive RevolutionBy Amil Imani
The thuggish revolt in Iran, better known as the Islamic Revolution, was anything but a progressive movement. This was a conscious assault on the 2500 year old Persian Empire and the progressive Iranian people of the twentieth century. This untimely revolution outrageously installed the most oppressive theocratic Islamic system known to the history of mankind. With that, it renewed an era of Islamic terrorism and the revival of its never-ending passion for world domination.
The father of the Islamic coup d'etat in Iran is also considered one of the twentieth century's founders of Islamic terrorism: the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Khomeini was an extremely brutal man, instilled from his upbringing with Islamic superstitions and prejudices, but otherwise possessing little education. Claiming to be descended from Muhammad, Khomeini was steeped in anti-secularist, Islamist supremacist thought that is often bred in Islamic seminaries.
As his religious beliefs inevitably mixed with political and social doctrine, he became a part of Iran's rapid descent from a nation re-emerging as a free and prosperous country to an Islamic theocracy. His role became increasingly one of justifying and urging Sharia and the suppression of human rights as a means to perpetuate Islamic rule. He insisted that all Iranian freedoms not specifically authorized in the Quran were a part of the American and Zionist "agenda", and he urged civil unrest throughout the nation.
He was deservedly exiled to Iraq for 15 years. In the midst of the civil unrest, Khomeini returned to Tehran in February, 1979 and turned the rejuvenated Islamic passion into rabid anti-Americanism and anti-Western values.
Fortunately for him, Khomeini would soon find that he had friends in high places. The US had just elected Jimmy Carter as President, a man considered hostile to Israel and pro-American interests in the Middle East. It was Jimmy Carter who reassured the world that the Ayatollah Khomeini was a peaceful and "Holy Man". With Carter's support, the Ayatollah Khomeini was installed as the unelected dictator of Iran. For his monumental ineptitude, President Carter earned for America one of the greatest and shameful events known as the "Iranian Hostage Crisis", which perhaps not only cost Carter his presidency but also helped the hostage taker, President Ahmadinejad, earn his.
One might think that former President Jimmy Carter has learned his lessons during his presidency and now he should be en route to promoting freedom, or given his manifest maladroitness, perhaps he should just quietly enjoy his retirement. Instead, he has continued to spout anti-American sentiments and nearly treasonous accusations against more sensible American policies, as he willingly allies himself with despots, dictators and many Islamic terrorists around the world in the name of "dialogue".
Jimmy Carter has earned himself a reputation for actively participating in strategies that aim at the destruction of America and the State of Israel.
In addition to assistance from Carter, the Khomeinist Revolution was aided by many left-leaning, anti-American, anti-Israeli power brokers in Europe as well. One example of such prejudice and arrogance is the Nobel Committee, which eagerly bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize upon the man who helped set the stage for Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, who recently accused Israel-the only remaining Democracy in that region of imposing "Apartheid"!
Perhaps we should not be shocked by their rewarding one of their own for prejudice and incompetence. After all, the committee must have known that Carter had made the terrorist Yasir Arafat a mega-millionaire by giving American tax dollars to such a ruthless, conniving thug in exchange for a temporary truce that would last just long enough for the dishonorable Carter to receive his "honors".
But then again, what else might we expect from a group so committed to anti-Americanism that they would not only promote one of America's worst Presidents, but also the former Palestinian terrorist, Yasir Arafat (who was responsible for thousands of terrorist attacks against the Israeli people), as well as Peace Prize Laureate, Ms. Shirin Ebadi, who has become the spokesperson for the most ruthless government in the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran?
With this help, Khomeini deposed the Shah and accomplished his great wish, the enslavement of a free Iran and the establishment of a base for exporting terrorism. However, this revolution was anything but popular. Certainly, the effects of authentic revolution will always involve greater masses of people, whether they actively participate or not.
In Iran's case, only 8 to 10 percent of the population was involved in establishing the plenary Islamic State. Nevertheless, the Islamic Revolution brought about a massive shift of power from the State to the incompetant and dogmatic terrorist clergies. Progressive Iran had been derailed. Instead of a Persian society moving toward secular rule, democracy and individual rights, it lurched backwards into the hands of a clergy that would rule with the pre-enlightened tactics of terror and brutality that is Sharia.
Bluntly speaking; one cannot be an Islamic cleric without being a terrorist. Terror and Islam go hand in hand. They are inseparable entities, conjoined in scripture, sanctioned by Muhammad, and demonstrated throughout Islamic history.
The Islamic revolution of 1979 was one of the most regressive and oppressive revolutions in the history of mankind. It directly led to continuously violent bloodshed, cruelty, hatred, poverty, prostitution, drug addiction, intimidation, stoning to death, forcing Iranian women to wear compulsory hijab, execution of thousands of innocent people without any due process, creating a culture of nihilism and despair.
These are the fruits of Khomeini, Carter and smug elitists, like those at the Nobel committee, who hate Israel and America so much that they would encourage any form of depravity rather than witness the blossoming of a society that desires freedom, independence, and tolerance in alignment with the principles that also happen to make up the foundation of America. At the hands of the leftist-Islamic alliance, the Islamic Revolution in Iran was able to suffocate its entire population and now threatens the world.
While some Westerners polish their "peace" prizes, congratulate themselves, and pay honoraria to each other for making lofty but irrelevant speeches, the world is in chaos. Those in the West who are responsible for helping pave the way for this barbaric system of terror in Iran now find themselves and their children at war with radical Islam themselves. As the saying goes, "you reap what you sow" and the world is reaping the whirlwind.
Apparently the Ayatollah Khomeini forgot to mention to former President Carter that the Islamic Revolution was never intended to stop at Iran's borders. The "holy Quran" is clear about this: the entire world must submit to the authority of Sharia and all must bow to their true masters under the domination of Allah.
Khomeini and his successor, the Ayatollah Khamenei, have raped Iran economically in a bloodthirsty quest to finance their obligation under Islam, which is to export the Islamic Revolution throughout the world, including, but not limited to, nations where Islam already has a foothold. In comparison, Vladimir Lenin also believed in exporting a working class revolution and insisted on uniting the working class against the imperialist West. He said: "The Russian Revolution is only one of the contingents of the international socialist army, on the action of which the success and triumph of our revolution depends." The parallels between leftist idealism and Islamic idealism are real.
Sickeningly, the Iranians, historically among the most civilized and tolerant of mankind's peoples, are now viewed as the base recruits of a primitive seventh century barbaric campaign of Islamofascism. Iran, under the stranglehold and machinations of the Mullahs, has been transformed, in less than three decades, into the lead perpetrator of all that is abhorrent to humanity.
I urge my Western friends not to blame all of Iran for the faults of the regime. Most of these people have suffered immensely under the banner of "Islamofascism". They are oppressed people with no voice. Do not give up on them, as they are an underclass with no power, controlled by a rank of enforcers and war-makers called the "Mullahs". The last thing they need is appeasing negotiators to give the Mullahs a new lease on life, or a shower of bombs from the skies.
Let me also assure my Western friends that not only every single Iranian alive today will support the total integrity of Iran, but they would rather die than to see an inch of their country taken away. Resentments of the Mullahs aside, first and foremost, all Iranians believe that Iran must remain intact. Iranians will never negotiate away their country for their freedom. It must be fully understood that separation is not on the table.
Shiite Iran is currently home to over 300,000 Mullahs. The most descriptive term for Mullah is parasite. A Mullah begins his career as a parasite, lives as a parasite and dies as a parasite, simply because he contributes absolutely nothing to the necessities of life, yet gobbles disproportionately more of whatever resources he can devour.
A Mullah is the principal agent of terror, believing his cause to be the cause of Allah. This misanthrope is the outcome of Islam. He is the result of adherence to the Islamic creed, precisely as codified in scripture. This raw, despicable regime represents the inevitable result of Islam, and its calling card of terrorism is now marching from the Iranian focal point to all parts of the globe.
Progress only thrives in a marketplace of free ideas, where beliefs and viewpoints clash, not people. It is through the unimpeded clash of ideas that the best decisions and actions are reached. Islam is anathema to this invaluable principle. By forcing itself on any and all people it could, Islam violated this vital principle and it aims to continue to do so to this day. It is not the non-Muslim world, the convenient scapegoat, but Islam itself that is the culprit for our chronic ills. Most of the people of Iran know this, and seek to put Islam in its proper place.
It must be noted that the overwhelming majority of Iranians of various ethnicities and religions remain faithful to their ancient creed- a creed that was given to the world by Zoroaster, the triad of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds. It is of vital interest of the free world to stay the course with the Iranians and enlist its power in support of freedom-loving Iranians to topple the ruling Islamofascists who are bent on wreaking death and destruction in the world.
For nearly twenty-eight years, in the name of Islam, the Iranian people have been paying a heavy price for these despotic parasites. In the name of Islam, individuals have been stripped of all the rights that they ought to enjoy. In the name of Islam, the economy has been destroyed and the historic culture is being extinguished. In the name of Islam, the Islamic regime is purging Iranian identity.
The time for a progressive revolution has arrived. The majority of Iranian people refuse to be fooled and intimidated any longer. They refuse to obey orders from the beasts of Allah currently ruling Iran. Iranians have recognized the fundamental weakness of their oppressors. With a little help here and little help there, they can be transformed overnight from seemingly subdued and helpless sheep into mighty lions.
Unlike what you may hear from the regime's propagandists, dissatisfaction with the rule of the Mullahs is widespread. You will not read about it in many anti-American media outlets, but Iranian students, traditionally the vanguard of political and social reform in Iran, continue their valiant struggle in the face of torture, imprisonment and death. Labor unions, although tightly controlled, are in a constant state of rebellion against the inhumane treatments by the Islamic State. Ethnic and religious minorities suffering under the ruthless Islamic injustice and pogrom-like measures are ripe for mass eruption.
The past week's gasoline riots in Tehran were the signs of unhappiness with this incompetent regime and people's readiness for a full-fledged revolution. There are some similarities between the last revolution and the upcoming revolution. But this time around people's participation will be much higher, and unlike the Shah, who left the country to avoid a bloodbath, the ruthless Mullahs will most likely crush thousands or even millions of people before they give up power.
It is extremely important to keep in mind that the key to victory in Iraq is also in the hands of the Iranian people. Thus it is for the good of all concerned that we start supporting the Iranian people and their success of toppling a terrorist regime. Let us hope that the world has learned its lessons.
It is time for the Iranians to strike, gather forces, organize, and especially demonstrate in the streets in increasing numbers, even in the face of massive, gruesome, bloody repression by the Islamic rulers who still have a powerful armed apparatus at their disposal. It is time to unleash the wrath of the Iranian people on the Islamic zealots. It is time to become even more defiant and end the barbaric theocratic regime by massively participate in a progressive revolution.
Amil Imani is an Iranian-born American citizen and pro-democracy activist residing in the United States of America. He maintains a website at Amil Imani.com