The Islamic Republic Is Not Iran

We just don't get it. The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in, in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess. The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.
- Michael Evans, Jerusalem Times, Jan 20, 2007
In 1979, the U.S. government (notably Jimmy Carter and the Company), with the help of its allied forces, created the greatest Islamic terrorist nation on the face of the earth and the spurred the rise of Islamofascism elsewhere. In fact, Jimmy Carter, by his interference in another country, betrayed the most valued friend to the West, the late Shah of Iran. Carter is perhaps responsible for the formation of Islamic terrorism -- not only in Iran, but around the world, including in the United States. There have been more than 10,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11, with 60,000 dead and 90,000 injured.

Carter's pro Human Rights campaign shocked the foundations of many American allies including the late Shah of Iran who was running an ancient country with cultural and historical complications that needed time to be corrected.

In November 1978 then President Carter nominated George Ball as a member of the Trilateral Commission. The commission acted under the direct control of the National Security Council's Zbigniew Brzezinski, an ardent opponent of the Shah of Iran. This commission cultivated a clandestine Iran task force. While serving on this commission, George Ball championed cessation of United States support for the Shah and clandestine support for Ruhollah Ayatollah Khomeini who, albeit in exile, led a proletariat Islamic opposition.

It is interesting that Carter's U.N. ambassador, Andrew Young, called Ayatollah Khomeini (an Islamist mass murderer) "a kind of saint." Ironically, after 31 years of devastation of civility by the radical Muslims, Mr. Carter is still active in siding with terrorist groups such as Hamas and other terrorist organizations, a trend the current administration appears to be following.

Jimmy Carter's belief that every crisis can be resolved with diplomacy has had many catastrophic results. What we encounter today, as Islamic Terrorism mostly backed by the current Iranian regime, is one of the few gifts of Carter's failed foreign policy. Had he shown resolve in dealing with the 1979 revolution and the US embassy hostage crisis, we would not be in this mess we are today. Diplomacy is a great tool to enforce your policies, if other tools of foreign policy including military might and economic incentive and disincentives correctly back it. Jimmy Carter didn't apply these tools properly in order to handle many crises he faced during his 4-year presidency. All the blame does not lie with Carter's failure but he played an important role in this.
- Michael Evans

To most Iranians, including me, the name of the Ayatollah Khomeini was unheard of until the Western policymakers decided to remove the Shah (the best friend of the West) and install a so-called "Holy Man," whereupon they forced the Shah of Iran to leave his homeland.

For 31 years, the U.S. has been and is still making big mistakes with respect to its policy regarding Iran. It is as though the U.S. is unable or unwilling to recruit experienced and capable people as advisors on Iranian affairs. For the past sixty years, every U.S. policy with respect to Iran has been a failure upon a failure. Currently, pro-Islamic Republic lobbyists known as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) have been given carte blanche by the Obama administration. Instead of confiscating their assets, sealing their offices, and deporting them immediately, the Obama administration has allowed this pro-Islamic Republic group to comfortably find its way into the White House.

As early as December 1954, the Shah noted,

[T]he potentialities of friendly and close relations between the people of Iran and the United States are immense. There is a deep and fundamental identity of national interests which overshadows everything else. We both believe that the individual is the central figure in society, and that freedom is the supreme blessing. ... Iran has a great deal in common, in convictions with the Western world regarding freedom and democracy.

During the revolution of 1979, the communists, of course, were very active in the original uprisings against the Shah. A very strange marriage took place early on between the Islamists (who were an insignificant minority) and the various communist factions. They buried their hatchets and supposedly "unified" the nation for a "common" cause, which was supposed to be the achievement of democracy and political freedom.

Unbeknownst to most Iranians, who jumped on the bandwagon with these two main groups, the communists had the dream of socialism, and the Islamists wanted to bring about Islamic fascism. They both lied to the people and betrayed their trust. Periodically, the Islamists used the idea of taqqeya, or an Islamic lie, to take the nation and its revolution hostage.

Then the Islamists started to arrest and murder the communists and anyone else they found to be against the establishment of an Islamic Ummah. This is exactly the way these forms of uprising turn out. You can see it played out almost as a parallel in the October Revolution in Russia.

For the past 31 years, the Iranian people have been kept hostage in their own county by a group of barbaric Muslim terrorists who despise anything Persian and are slowly purging the remnant of pre-Islamic Persia, as well as Persian textbooks. These pro-Arab invaders are not Iranians by any means. "Iranian" is defined by a state of mind, not by a place of residence. The barbaric Islamist mullahs and their mercenaries presently ruling Iran are not Iranians. They are Islamofascists who have betrayed their magnificent heritage and have enlisted themselves in the service of a most oppressive, discriminating, and demeaning ideology.

Iranians are proud spiritual descendants of King Cyrus the Great, the author of the first charter of human rights. Some of Cyrus' children live in the patch of land called Iran. The overwhelming majority -- free humans with human beliefs -- live in every country, city, and village of the earth.

These worldwide people, one and all, irrespective of nationality, color, or creed, are Iranians because they all adhere to the Cyrus Charter; they practice and defend its lofty tenets, and they transfer this precious treasure of humanity to the next generation.

What makes people different is not their biology, but the "software" that runs them.

There is ample proof to support the above assertion. A case in point is the present menace posed by the people whose life is programmed by the software of Islam: an ideology anathema to the Cyrus Charter. And the results are self-evident. Hate, superstition, violence, and a raft of other inhuman beliefs drive these religious fascists. These captive followers of the primitive Islamic Charter are both the perpetrators and the victims of much suffering. The result is backward Islamic societies that are intent on dragging the rest of the world into the same sorry state. Misery loves company, it is said.

We recognize that the dysfunctional Islamic software is deeply ingrained in the minds of many Muslims, who opt to remain in mental bondage rather than purge their minds of the Islamic programming and join the rest of the human family with a new emancipating program for life with liberty.

Islamic clergy, the parasitic prime beneficiaries of Islam, are master practitioners of the carrot-and-stick strategy. By drawing heavily from the Quran and the Hadith, the conniving mullahs and imams have assembled a potent arsenal of threats and promises to keep the faithful in line. They had little trouble in doing so, since Islamic scripture is replete with graphic, horrific punishment awaiting the wayward and the unbelievers, while the rewards for the obedient docile, if he is male, are described as an endless variety of sensual pleasures. Anyone daring to leave the corral of Islam is an apostate, automatically condemned to death. And that's just for starters. The punishment awaiting the ungrateful deserter of the one and only true path, Islam, incurs a raft of horrific eternal torment in Allah's hell.

And for the true faithful, the promised rewards, all physical pleasures, are infinite and eternal.

In spite of these horrid threats and empty promises, more and more people are beginning to recognize Islam for what it is. It is difficult, but not impossible to leave Islam's captivity. Millions of Iranians have done so successfully yet aren't able to announce it for the obvious reason, and hundreds of thousands of non-Iranians have left Islam as well and are enjoying the blessings of liberty.

A great threat facing free people is the recently petrodollar-energized Islam embarking on a campaign of recruiting more people under its dark banner. Millions of disenfranchised underclass in the non-Islamic world may flock to Islam, deluded by its empty promises.

Islam is no longer in its own self-made cage. It has broken out and has established a powerful presence in much of the non-Islamic world. Islam is a charter of submission. It is a sworn enemy of freedom and views the Cyrus Charter as heresy. Freedom and tyranny are incompatible. Free people must do all they can to preserve their birthright of liberty and assist others to break from the bondage of Islamic captivity.

The interdependent world community faces great challenges that demand a united effort, uncompromisingly based on justice, to meet the various ills it faces. We can no longer be complacent about events in a distant world affecting alien people. Distances have been bridged, and alien people are now diverse members of the human family.

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for proclaiming from a Birmingham jail, "Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere." To demand justice for others, he risked his life, left his native Georgia, and ended up in jail in the then-bigoted South -- Birmingham, Alabama. We "Iranians" of the world -- free humans -- must do no less. We must demand justice for our belief-kin who are suffering under the yoke of Islamofascism in Iran or anywhere in the world.

Now the world is facing wall-builders of a different kind: the Islamofascists, who have been at their shameless work for centuries. As their walls, built with superstition, discrimination and blood, are crumbling, they become ever more intent on rebuilding in new territories.

But once again, human decency is rising to the challenge, this time in the voices and actions of billions of free people who proclaim: We are also children of Iran in the spirit of Cyrus the Great, "we meet any challenge and pay any price" to defeat Islamofascisim, and we will not rest until humanity is completely free of the despotic rule of Islam.

We Iranians in spirit -- free people of the world -- greatly cherish liberty, where the mind is imbued with enlightenment and every individual, by the virtue of being born human, is afforded measured freedom. It is within the open expanse of liberty that each and every person can be at his or her best. And when the individual person is at his best, humanity is at its best.

Amil Imani is the author of Obama meets Ahmadinejad.
We just don't get it. The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in, in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess. The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.
- Michael Evans, Jerusalem Times, Jan 20, 2007
In 1979, the U.S. government (notably Jimmy Carter and the Company), with the help of its allied forces, created the greatest Islamic terrorist nation on the face of the earth and the spurred the rise of Islamofascism elsewhere. In fact, Jimmy Carter, by his interference in another country, betrayed the most valued friend to the West, the late Shah of Iran. Carter is perhaps responsible for the formation of Islamic terrorism -- not only in Iran, but around the world, including in the United States. There have been more than 10,000 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11, with 60,000 dead and 90,000 injured.

Carter's pro Human Rights campaign shocked the foundations of many American allies including the late Shah of Iran who was running an ancient country with cultural and historical complications that needed time to be corrected.

In November 1978 then President Carter nominated George Ball as a member of the Trilateral Commission. The commission acted under the direct control of the National Security Council's Zbigniew Brzezinski, an ardent opponent of the Shah of Iran. This commission cultivated a clandestine Iran task force. While serving on this commission, George Ball championed cessation of United States support for the Shah and clandestine support for Ruhollah Ayatollah Khomeini who, albeit in exile, led a proletariat Islamic opposition.

It is interesting that Carter's U.N. ambassador, Andrew Young, called Ayatollah Khomeini (an Islamist mass murderer) "a kind of saint." Ironically, after 31 years of devastation of civility by the radical Muslims, Mr. Carter is still active in siding with terrorist groups such as Hamas and other terrorist organizations, a trend the current administration appears to be following.

Jimmy Carter's belief that every crisis can be resolved with diplomacy has had many catastrophic results. What we encounter today, as Islamic Terrorism mostly backed by the current Iranian regime, is one of the few gifts of Carter's failed foreign policy. Had he shown resolve in dealing with the 1979 revolution and the US embassy hostage crisis, we would not be in this mess we are today. Diplomacy is a great tool to enforce your policies, if other tools of foreign policy including military might and economic incentive and disincentives correctly back it. Jimmy Carter didn't apply these tools properly in order to handle many crises he faced during his 4-year presidency. All the blame does not lie with Carter's failure but he played an important role in this.
- Michael Evans

To most Iranians, including me, the name of the Ayatollah Khomeini was unheard of until the Western policymakers decided to remove the Shah (the best friend of the West) and install a so-called "Holy Man," whereupon they forced the Shah of Iran to leave his homeland.

For 31 years, the U.S. has been and is still making big mistakes with respect to its policy regarding Iran. It is as though the U.S. is unable or unwilling to recruit experienced and capable people as advisors on Iranian affairs. For the past sixty years, every U.S. policy with respect to Iran has been a failure upon a failure. Currently, pro-Islamic Republic lobbyists known as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) have been given carte blanche by the Obama administration. Instead of confiscating their assets, sealing their offices, and deporting them immediately, the Obama administration has allowed this pro-Islamic Republic group to comfortably find its way into the White House.

As early as December 1954, the Shah noted,

[T]he potentialities of friendly and close relations between the people of Iran and the United States are immense. There is a deep and fundamental identity of national interests which overshadows everything else. We both believe that the individual is the central figure in society, and that freedom is the supreme blessing. ... Iran has a great deal in common, in convictions with the Western world regarding freedom and democracy.

During the revolution of 1979, the communists, of course, were very active in the original uprisings against the Shah. A very strange marriage took place early on between the Islamists (who were an insignificant minority) and the various communist factions. They buried their hatchets and supposedly "unified" the nation for a "common" cause, which was supposed to be the achievement of democracy and political freedom.

Unbeknownst to most Iranians, who jumped on the bandwagon with these two main groups, the communists had the dream of socialism, and the Islamists wanted to bring about Islamic fascism. They both lied to the people and betrayed their trust. Periodically, the Islamists used the idea of taqqeya, or an Islamic lie, to take the nation and its revolution hostage.

Then the Islamists started to arrest and murder the communists and anyone else they found to be against the establishment of an Islamic Ummah. This is exactly the way these forms of uprising turn out. You can see it played out almost as a parallel in the October Revolution in Russia.

For the past 31 years, the Iranian people have been kept hostage in their own county by a group of barbaric Muslim terrorists who despise anything Persian and are slowly purging the remnant of pre-Islamic Persia, as well as Persian textbooks. These pro-Arab invaders are not Iranians by any means. "Iranian" is defined by a state of mind, not by a place of residence. The barbaric Islamist mullahs and their mercenaries presently ruling Iran are not Iranians. They are Islamofascists who have betrayed their magnificent heritage and have enlisted themselves in the service of a most oppressive, discriminating, and demeaning ideology.

Iranians are proud spiritual descendants of King Cyrus the Great, the author of the first charter of human rights. Some of Cyrus' children live in the patch of land called Iran. The overwhelming majority -- free humans with human beliefs -- live in every country, city, and village of the earth.

These worldwide people, one and all, irrespective of nationality, color, or creed, are Iranians because they all adhere to the Cyrus Charter; they practice and defend its lofty tenets, and they transfer this precious treasure of humanity to the next generation.

What makes people different is not their biology, but the "software" that runs them.

There is ample proof to support the above assertion. A case in point is the present menace posed by the people whose life is programmed by the software of Islam: an ideology anathema to the Cyrus Charter. And the results are self-evident. Hate, superstition, violence, and a raft of other inhuman beliefs drive these religious fascists. These captive followers of the primitive Islamic Charter are both the perpetrators and the victims of much suffering. The result is backward Islamic societies that are intent on dragging the rest of the world into the same sorry state. Misery loves company, it is said.

We recognize that the dysfunctional Islamic software is deeply ingrained in the minds of many Muslims, who opt to remain in mental bondage rather than purge their minds of the Islamic programming and join the rest of the human family with a new emancipating program for life with liberty.

Islamic clergy, the parasitic prime beneficiaries of Islam, are master practitioners of the carrot-and-stick strategy. By drawing heavily from the Quran and the Hadith, the conniving mullahs and imams have assembled a potent arsenal of threats and promises to keep the faithful in line. They had little trouble in doing so, since Islamic scripture is replete with graphic, horrific punishment awaiting the wayward and the unbelievers, while the rewards for the obedient docile, if he is male, are described as an endless variety of sensual pleasures. Anyone daring to leave the corral of Islam is an apostate, automatically condemned to death. And that's just for starters. The punishment awaiting the ungrateful deserter of the one and only true path, Islam, incurs a raft of horrific eternal torment in Allah's hell.

And for the true faithful, the promised rewards, all physical pleasures, are infinite and eternal.

In spite of these horrid threats and empty promises, more and more people are beginning to recognize Islam for what it is. It is difficult, but not impossible to leave Islam's captivity. Millions of Iranians have done so successfully yet aren't able to announce it for the obvious reason, and hundreds of thousands of non-Iranians have left Islam as well and are enjoying the blessings of liberty.

A great threat facing free people is the recently petrodollar-energized Islam embarking on a campaign of recruiting more people under its dark banner. Millions of disenfranchised underclass in the non-Islamic world may flock to Islam, deluded by its empty promises.

Islam is no longer in its own self-made cage. It has broken out and has established a powerful presence in much of the non-Islamic world. Islam is a charter of submission. It is a sworn enemy of freedom and views the Cyrus Charter as heresy. Freedom and tyranny are incompatible. Free people must do all they can to preserve their birthright of liberty and assist others to break from the bondage of Islamic captivity.

The interdependent world community faces great challenges that demand a united effort, uncompromisingly based on justice, to meet the various ills it faces. We can no longer be complacent about events in a distant world affecting alien people. Distances have been bridged, and alien people are now diverse members of the human family.

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for proclaiming from a Birmingham jail, "Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere." To demand justice for others, he risked his life, left his native Georgia, and ended up in jail in the then-bigoted South -- Birmingham, Alabama. We "Iranians" of the world -- free humans -- must do no less. We must demand justice for our belief-kin who are suffering under the yoke of Islamofascism in Iran or anywhere in the world.

Now the world is facing wall-builders of a different kind: the Islamofascists, who have been at their shameless work for centuries. As their walls, built with superstition, discrimination and blood, are crumbling, they become ever more intent on rebuilding in new territories.

But once again, human decency is rising to the challenge, this time in the voices and actions of billions of free people who proclaim: We are also children of Iran in the spirit of Cyrus the Great, "we meet any challenge and pay any price" to defeat Islamofascisim, and we will not rest until humanity is completely free of the despotic rule of Islam.

We Iranians in spirit -- free people of the world -- greatly cherish liberty, where the mind is imbued with enlightenment and every individual, by the virtue of being born human, is afforded measured freedom. It is within the open expanse of liberty that each and every person can be at his or her best. And when the individual person is at his best, humanity is at its best.

Amil Imani is the author of Obama meets Ahmadinejad.

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