Today Everyone Is an Iranian
June 20, 2009
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent
– John F. Kennedy
Today, all Iranian expatriates are united in solidarity with the Iranian
people in Iran. Today, we are all standing tall to let the world hear
our continuous aspiration for a free and democratic Iran. Today, we
pledge ourselves, under the divine inspiration, to stand beside the
Iranians in Iran and echo their voices around the globe. Today, we make
history, yet again.
It is critical that freedom-loving people, governments and media, rally
behind the Iranian people and end the tyrannical mullahcracy that is a
scourge on Iran as well as the world. The Iranian people themselves are
fully capable and are determined to remove the cancer of Islamism from
their country. The United States and Israel and other democracies have a
huge stake in the success of the Iranian people to rid themselves of the
Islamic oppression and tyranny.
The situation in Iran is dire indeed. Anyone who believes that sane
rational people on both sides are engaged in brinkmanship to secure the
best advantage, but would eventually work out a compromise, is deluding
himself. In some cases, time works as a healer and even as a solution of
thorny problems. Yet, this problem will not go away, and time would only
make the cataclysmic clash more likely and deadly. The best chance for
resolving the impasse is regime change in Iran.
For the past
thirty years, the intrepid Iranians have been paying with their
blood for liberty, independence and human dignity while the world looked
the other way and did business with the Islamist rulers in Iran. Thirty
years ago, a fanatic Shi’a Muslim by the name of Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini, with the assistance of western governments (with
Jimmy Carter on top of the list), succeeded in overthrowing the Shah
of Iran during
Iran's 1979 revolution.
Khomeini promised Iranians heaven, but he created hell on earth,
turning Iran into a bastion of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.
Ever since, tens of thousands of political activists have been killed or
imprisoned. Tens of thousands of opposition groups, women, ethnic and
religious minorities, have been subjected to inhumane treatment and tens
of thousands of political prisoners are spending their precious lives,
in the medieval barbaric Islamic Republic dungeons.
Since 1979, this illegitimate government of the Islamic Republic has
been waging a brutal war against the entire population of Iran who has
been fighting for individual and religious freedom. In spite of tens of
thousands of political executions, other brutal practices and years of a
reign of terror, the Islamists have not succeeded in uprooting the
nationwide movement for democracy in Iran.
We honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for proclaiming from a Birmingham
jail, "Injustice anywhere is a 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” must do no less. We must demand justice for our compatriots
who are suffering under the yoke of Islamofascism in Iran.
We also do well to recall the example of an Irish-American
President—John F. Kennedy—looking at the Communists’ Wall of Shame in
Berlin, proclaiming, "Ich bin ein Berliner”—"I am a Berliner.” By so
claiming, he helped rally free people of the world that brought down the
wall and created a momentum that eventually swept the totalitarian
Communist wall-builders into the dustbin of history.
Another great American President,
Ronald Reagan, took a stand on freedom with the Polish people. "The
Polish nation, speaking through Solidarity, has provided one of the
brightest, bravest moments of modern history. The people of Poland are
giving us an imperishable example of courage and devotion to the values
of freedom in the face of relentless opposition. Left to themselves, the
Polish people would enjoy a new birth of freedom. But there are those
who oppose the idea of freedom, who are intolerant of national
independence, and hostile to the European values of democracy and the
rule of law.”
records that Reagan's decision to take a strong stand for Polish
freedom -- and bringing down the Communist system itself -- was the
right one.” Reagan led and inspired the Poles to continue the struggle
which resulted in half of Europe being freed from iron-fisted
domination, by then, the Soviet Union.
European Union called on Islamic authorities to investigate
allegations of vote-rigging during Iran's presidential election on
Friday, expressing concern at Tehran's crackdown on protesters.
Germany’s Angela Merkel took a much tougher stand than President Obama
did, calling the oppression "totally unacceptable,” while all
Obama could say was that it’s "deeply troubling” (video
President Obama’s halting comments only made clear his fundamental
misunderstanding of the nature of the Islamic regime. It appears
President Obama is going to
betray Iranian people as Jimmy Carter did 3 decades earlier.
Senator John McCain, President Obama's rival in last year's US
election, described the president's response as "tepid," and blasted him
for abandoning the "fundamental principles" of the United States.
Iranian people don't expect the Americans to come to Iran and fight for
them. Every decent and freedom-loving nation knows that the Iranian
people have the right and the duty to change their form of government.
What Americans can do for the Iranian people is to lend them their
support; not to fight on their behalf, but to rally to their side and to
cheer their struggle.
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 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
Today, we are reaching outside of ourselves.
Today, we are raising our own standard.
Today, we are standing tall and declaring our perpetual commitment to
the liberation of Iran and her citizens.
Today, we are marching for the support of the brave and courageous
people of Iran.
Today, our demonstration is inspired by demonstrations of the Iranian
people inside Iran against the dictatorship and barbarity of the Islamic
Republic. We shall all demonstrate until every Iranian is free.
Today, everyone is an Iranian.