Dr. Arash Irandoost is the
founder of Pro Democracy Movement of Iran (PDMI) which focuses
on human rights and pro-democracy initiatives. He is an
Iranian-American activist, who works to inform and educate about
the threats posed by Islamic Republic and radical Islam. He
believes that Islamic Republic cannot be reformed and regime
change is the only viable option. Dr. Irandoost is a researcher,
a literary translator, an essayist, and a political analyst. He
writes regularly for online publications such as New Media
Journal, The American Thinker, Faith Freedom International, Free
Republic, Israel National News, Right Side News, Global
Politician and the Iranian Online magazines. The pen name Arash
Irandoost is used due to his concerns for personal safety. He
maintains a website
Message to the Egyptian People
In a Name?
Islamic Republic Lobby & Human Rights Activists
Refugees: A Human Rights Disaster
Republic of Iran's Smoke & Mirrors
Shades of Iran's Green Movement
Nation's Deadly Silence on Iran
No Room for
Public in the Islamic Republic
Without the Islamic Republic...Imagine!
A Message to the Egyptian People
January 31, 2011
Iranian revolution 32 years
ago was hijacked by Muslim extremists who deceived the Iranian people and turned
Iran to what it is today, a country of misery, corruption, high inflation,
unemployment, human trafficking, drugs, prostitution, rape, torture, hunger,
poverty, hangings and murder.
Thirty-two years ago, President Carter
back on the United State's long- time ally and sided with Khomeini. Carter,
in his naiveté, thought that Khomeini would bring democracy and freedom to the
Iranian people, even though he called Iran the "island of stability in the
Now, Iranians are much yearning for the freedoms they had, not to mention the
democracy they aspired.
Rulers of Iran have indeed taken the country back to the medieval times.
Boys and girls cannot hold hands while walking on the streets. Islamic dress
code is strictly enforced. All forms of entertainment and joyfulness are
prohibited. Women are treated like second class citizens. They are hanged or
stoned for having sexual relationships with the opposite sex, even though in
some cases their male partners might have been the culprit. Political freedoms
are taken away. Corruption runs rampant. Independent newspapers are shut down.
Religious minorities are persecuted. Many political activists, who helped bring
this regime to power, are killed or forced out of the country and their latest's
"son of revolution",
Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi, is now rotting in regime's jail. Second to China, Iran is
the most violator of human rights in the world. And the President Obama,
unfortunately, is in bed with both.
Right after, the
Shah of Iran left Iran, Islamists headed by hate-filled and arrogant
Khomeini, forgot all the promises made to the Iranian people and started a reign
of terror, cultural and human genocide that is continuing to this day.
As Iranians, we are much worried about you and the future of Egypt. The
situation at hand has much in common with what took place in Iran 32 years ago.
Your future does not look promising and your options are much limited, after
Hosni Mubarak's departure. Do not repeat our mistakes and take lessons from our
On one hand, there is El Baradei, with questionable ties to the Iranian regime,
who is promising a secular democracy for Egypt. Frankly, he lacks the charisma
and political savvy. His questionable past, as the head of IAEA, who
stood by and allowed the regime to continue its nuclear program, and his
current affiliations with Iran leaves much to be desired. He might be a
short-term fix but not a long-term answer to what lies ahead for Egypt.
On the other hand, there is the Muslim Brotherhood. They are much akin to
Khomeini who promised us reform but never delivered.
Iranian lobbyists and organizations such as
CAIR are serving as the mouthpiece for them to convince the world that they
are the only option to bring democracy and stability to the region. Much like
Marxists and the Tudeh Party served as the mouthpiece for Khomeini with similar
message. They are intentionally quiet and the liberal leaning Western media is
not talking about them, since the ordinary freedom fighting Egyptians are doing
their dirty work for them, for now. But soon, their ugly head will rear
itself. President Obama's measured speech, reiterated by Secretary Clinton and
Senator John Kerry clearly show which side they are on. Wikileaks
documents clearly show that the United Stated has been behind the uprising.
PDMI, as a
real Iranian opposition body, appreciates and supports your quest for freedom
and democracy in Egypt and hopefully the greater Middle East. But as the saying
goes: It is not what it seems. Muslim Brotherhood, funded by Iran and aided by
Hezbollah and Hamas, is much in control of the uprising and if not careful, will
lead Egypt toward the future Islamic Republic of Egypt. If you indeed have
followed events of 32 years in Iran and have witnessed the brutality Iranians
have suffered under the dictatorship of Islamic Republic, you would stay alert.
History has shown that, mixing religion with state is not the solution to
complicated social, political and economic problems of a country. Despite its
oil revenues of $80 Billion annually, Iran has been set back almost a century
under the corrupt Iranian theocratic regime. Is that what Egyptians want for
Brave Egyptians should not settle for anything less than a secular democracy
with free and transparent elections where all Egyptian can participate. History
has shown that the West is more interested in "false" stability rather than true
long-term and lasting democracy and human rights in the Middle East.
Soon demonstrations will be propping across the world. But, initial messages of
democracy and freedom will be replaced by pro-Islamic slogans as soon as crack
in Mubarak's government will appear.
Muslim Brotherhood and its stooge CAIR are much aware of the situation in
Iran, so they will hide their true intentions. They might even claim that Egypt
is not Iran which is true, but what they have in store for you is very much like
Islamic Republic had for us.
Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Islamic Republic and Iran, and to some extent
Nouri-al Maleki of Iraq have much in common than they are leading you to
We wish you much success in your endeavors and are anxiously and nervously glued
to the news coming out of Egypt. May you not repeat our mistakes and stay
resolute until a true democracy and long-term stability is achieved for Egypt