Reza Joon, man up or get out!

Need to challenge IRI with courage not words


Reza Joon, man up or get out!
by Siamack Baniameri

On March 6th at 12am, a BBC reporter slipped into the city of Zawiya under heavy fighting between the Libyan government forces and the rebels. As he wondered the streets, the BBC reporter came across a rebel fighter who was walking about, smoking a cigarette. The reporter stopped the rebel and asked him who and where his leader was. The rebel pointed at the sky and said, “God. He is up there somewhere.”

Just like the Libyan uprising, the Iranian democracy movement is pretty much in the hands of fate. With no cohesive strategy, mixed signals, characters with questionable pasts, infightings and conflicting reports of whereabouts of green movement leaders, the people’s demands for that illusive democracy is again grinding to a halt.

As the green movement’s leadership goes MIA and its organizational structure falters under the weight of IRI pressure and self-inflicted wounds, Reza Pahlavi finds an opening to fill the vacuum. Pahlavi in recent weeks has stepped up his efforts to repaint a new image of himself among Iranians. Pahlavi, who understands the value of good PR, has been making the rounds in Iranian satellite TV circus, answering questions that have been haunting him for the past thirty years. This sudden shift of strategy is helping his image and keeping him in the loop as a possible contender.

RP is taking a page from the US political playbook. His strategy is simple. Wait for the right opportunity to throw jabs. He comes in to political forefront every time the green movement suffers a setback. And during the green movement’s occasional moments of glory, he fades into shadows and waits for the next opportunity. This strategy keeps him around as a relevant player without exposing him to too much risk. RP is betting on the possibility that the green movement will eventually evolve into a secular movement with nationalistic connotation, and if that happens, he will be the VIP guest at the party and most likely at the top of the leadership food chain.

But Reza is committing a serious miscalculation. He does not quite understand the mentality of the very same people his father and especially grandfather ruled for many years. Reza Pahlavi is betting his money on a few westernized, educated Iranians who embrace and understand the structural hierarchy of a sound political system. That strategy is a big failure. Iran is a heavily traditional society. A society that heroism and valor is embedded in its DNA.

The very fiber of Iranian society is made from what Fereydoun Hoveyda called “Rostam Syndrome.” Iran is a country that its core population embraces leaders who display selfless acts of bravery... leaders who are willing to sacrifice everything they have to fight against what they believe are direct attacks on the good of the society. Now, that has not always paid off for our people. We often end up with leaders who hurt us more than they help us. Nevertheless, we are who we are.

Reza Pahlavi’s grandfather is a good example of Iranians’ infatuation with bravery in leadership. Reza Khan was a commander that led from the front. He repeatedly displayed courage under fire as he stored his dominion. He began an all-out assault against tribal bandits who terrorized the Fars province. He personally battled the tribal leaders, killed the bandits and stored order in a region that had never heard of the word: law. He then went to war against mullahs and did something unheard of before him. He intimidated, harassed and hung mullahs from ropes. That was challenging the status quo with courage not words... something that Iranians had not experienced much during the reign of the Qajar Dynasty.

Unlike Reza Khan, his son was not exactly what you call the icon of bravery. He repeatedly fled the country during the times of crisis and hardly ever showed any acts of selfless courage. Khomeini on the other hand, driven by paranoia that crusaders were still at war with Islam, and Israel and the US were on the path of destroying the very fabric of the Islamic values, showed courage by standing against shah and the imaginary forces behind him. Khomeini did not carry much credibility with Iranians at the beginning of the revolution but his status was elevated to Rostam when he intimidated shah to pack and leave.

Reza Pahlavi so far has shown no such courage. He has repeatedly missed opportunities to capture his people’s imagination. He seems to be relying too much on good old lip service (I volunteered to go back to Iran as a pilot to fight against Iraq’s invasion) instead of showing true courage through actions.

Pahlavi strikes me as a person who genuinely believes and respects personal freedoms. He displays a high degree of intelligence and great love for his country. He also seems to be an opportunistic politician who gets his moments in the spotlight as they come. He is not a risk-taker and does not seem to have the killer instinct that his grandfather had. And ultimately, he does not strike me as someone who can satisfy Iranians’ “Rostam Syndrome.” Maybe someday he will prove me wrong... but it’s highly unlikely.

Now, some say that Reza has chosen the path of nonviolence. So did Gandhi and Martin Luther King. But what separates them from Reza and people like him is the simple fact that Gandhi and MLK never hesitated to put their lives, families, fortunes and comfort in jeopardy for their people. Courageous leadership like that inspires people.


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Esfand Aashena

Ali jaan I encourage Prince Chubby to go back!

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred


The moment our King does his

by alimostofi on

The moment our King does his job and says he wants to go back everything will start.
So we need to encourage him to do just that.

Ali Mostofi



Esfand Aashena

Anahid jaan Ebadi or Sadr are not claiming "the" leadership role

by Esfand Aashena on

They're claiming "a" leadership role or as you put it a leadership role in the future of Iran.  Prince Chubby is announcing his candidacy for "the" leadership role of Iran!  There is a difference. 

It is highly unlikely (not 100% impossible) for the future leader of Iran to come from outside Iran.  By a military intervention maybe but not straight out of Iran with a simple vote by the people.

People are going to vote for someone who knows their pain, trials and tribulations first hand.  Not everyone is leadership material and as Siamack points out there is a price to pay.  Those willing to pay the price have a higher role in the leadership role of future Iran.

Everything is sacred

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan


by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on

How miserable we as a nation have become to see this clawn as an option !

I do not consider you a part of "This Nation". Reza Pahlavi is worth a million like you. He is an educated honorable and decent man. What are you? A person who lives in the West whilst hating her host nation. Why does the West allow people like you is beyond reason. RP wants what is best for Iran. Your gang want the pay check from IRR. That is one difference between you. Do you even celebrate Noroz?

The good thing is that people see through the left wing nonsense. Both left wing "peace" types and right wing "Islamist" types are part of the past. Future belongs to patriotic people with a realistic vision.

بت شکن


by بت شکن on

and thank God you are not!


anyways, since yesterday your time is up buddy. Enter, Farvardin. Butt out Esfand :)))

Anahid Hojjati

Esfand jaan, what about Shirin Ebadi and Shadi sadr?

by Anahid Hojjati on

they finally fled Iran.  Does that mean that they can not have a leadership role in future of Iran? Were they supposed to stay so they could join Nasrin, Bahareh, Majid, and countles others in prison? I don't hold that against Ebadi and Sadr that they did not stay in Iran. Do you think Iranians inside Iran hold that against them?

Esfand Aashena

Anahid jaan we fled but we're not claiming leadership for Iran!

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred

Anahid Hojjati

Millions of Iranians,myself included and thousands of IC readers

by Anahid Hojjati on

we all fled  Iran during time of crisis. I guess we should have all stayed. Places like Khavaran and Evin needed more bodies and writers like Siamack would have written that we appealed to Rostam complex of Iranians.

Esfand Aashena

"He repeatedly fled the country during the times of crisis" =

by Esfand Aashena on

He repeatedly gives lip service from outside the country during the times of crisis!

Siamak I think your quote above is the gist of your article and it ties nicely with this statement from this article (in Farsi) when the author said since he left the country they knew he wouldn't stay eventually:

"In 1953 we were thinking/planning for 1979!" 

Everything is sacred

بت شکن

Why some don't stick to their day jobs?

by بت شکن on

You see this is where we Iranians get things wrong. What is wrong with being a stand up clown (sorry I meant comedian) or "arbadeh-keshi" (sorry I meant singing rap). These are very popular professions among Californian Iranians and there are at least three of them present here. 


Right and wrong

by hirre on

I think RP's message is correct and up to date as well as his character, he would for sure have my vote...

However some of you other people that are commenting here are neglecting important facts that S. is bringing up...

RP needs to show more political strength, and I don't mean in a sense like his grand father, but rather starting to unite iranians from different political fields in the open. Reza needs to show collaboration with the green movement leaders outside of the country. Unfortunately he is running his own fraction of the green movement. He needs to really be a teamplayer among the other leaders, they have far more experience from Iran because many of them fled recently. Now is not the time for running own campaigns...

This is one issue, another is that he needs, for the sake of the iranian people, cut loose the knots between him and the hardcore royalist  relics. Those people damage his character more than he understands and this is also why he never speaks of them in interviews. He must understand that most iranians want to see serious actions for unity and a fresh start, he really has an ultimatum here, the iranian people or the royalits... He also needs to create or join a forum, almost like a psuedo-parlament where all opposition leaders (no matter of political background) can gather and discuss a serious approach towards Iran. Unfortunately the only organized group that has actually done something concrete like this, that also have had an impact on Iran, no matter how small, right or wrong is NIAC. They have e.g. serious lobby talks with the US government, something the green movement haven't.

The iranian opposition must create a large lobby mass with one message and they need to start talking to each other no matter the differences. It is okey to unite with the goal of democracy in Iran and disagree about everything else, but at least there should be large opposition conferences, gatherings and so on. Right now everybody is attacking from where they are standing (even though the goal is >90% the same). This gives a split opposition impression and it becomes very hard for countries like the US to work with anybody, because they are afraid that a group don't represent the majority, hence they don't want to risk iranians becoming anti-american like in 1979 again...

Unity is the keyword. This means getting rid of the old relics, starting something fresh without prejudices. Also note that there are far worse examples of opposition leaders than RP, e.g. many communists won't let go of any aspects from the past, hence they are more relics...

Pointing out flaws is good because it can affect the leaders in order to become better in the future, those who are not mentioned so much in political analyses, like the MKO, communists in general mean that they have long ago played their own part and that people (ordinary and politicians) are not considering them in the future...

Ali Mostofi: if RP goes to Iran he would just get killed, so that doesn't accomplish anything and therefore he do not need to say it... However something that will create an impact far greater on the mixed opposition in and outside of Iran is if he says (which he will probably never ever do): "my father was a dictator". This will shut the mouth of all people who link him with the past once and for all. Unfortunately he will probably never do this because of the father-and-son love and also because he indirectly believes (because of his royal background) that you can label people that have absolute power in the society with something other than "dictator" if they had an initial noble cause. From a PR perspective this is the best thing RP can say to those who are in doubt right now. He has only mentioned in interviews not to confuse him with his father, but that is not the same thing as saying that his father was a dictator. I believe that except from this, everything else about RP is laid straight on the table...


This is how you treat Your King?

by Escape on

  I don't support any unelected leader but I think showing Respect to the Royal Crown Prince of Iran is something every Iranian with any decency would do.His opinion holds more weight than the rest of the exiles,as he is your Crowned Prince of them.The last I knew YOU and YOUR Prince were both running from Iran.Where does this disrespect come from? Where is your right to be jealous of this man? ? Jealousy? Political opinion? His Father's Sin's? Or is it really Frustration that he didn't REMAIN your Crowned Prince of Iran and now we have Mullapolooza.The man lost out of being a King,he should be leading a Revolution but he choose to be a peaceful soul and dedicate his life to exactly what I read here 'Perserving the Royalty'.That really means alot for History and one guaranteed way of doing it was being Peaceful.

Iran could have went past many different scenario's depending on the Action's of Pahlavi.Most men at their prime with all that money and losing out on being a king would have bought a Army and stormed that Khomeini/Arafat party in Tehran.But I am not sure what the reaction would have been welcoming him at any of the times of the past.Iranians were eating and drinking Khomeni Islam.Khomeni was played-a-stein by Arafat and Saddam,to this day.They backstabbed him and brought War.Not a good time for Pahlavi to try to hit the stage.

And There hasn't really been a time for the Royal Crown Prince of Iran who should be the Respected Royal King of Iran today,to come back to the stage.Now is as good as time as any.His punditency seems a bit lukewarm but his tent is big.Keeping the Royalty is good for the future of Iran to restore it's pride once this blood sucking leach is removed.But this will never happen until Islam is confronted head on and changed in Iran.


"He is not a risk taker"

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

But even before taking risks he needs to have some form of organisation in place in Iran in order to mobilise support and take risks!

 I happened to be back home during the post election uprising and was actually quite surprised not to see any visible support for the RP or late Shah. I was equally surprised to hear chants for and pictures of Rjavi (MKO), given the low support for them and obvious risks attached.

 But I do agree with you that he comes across as a likeable guy and a genuine believer in the cause of democracy. He just needs to watch who he hangs out with and beware of some of his supporters who seem to display some of the worst elements of Pahlavi dictatorship, and that is even before they got any power!

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Analysing what was said in this literature

by Siavash300 on

 "Reza Pahlavi is betting his money on a few westernized, educated Iranians who embrace and understand the structural hierarchy of a sound political system. That strategy is a big failure. Iran is a heavily traditional society. A society that heroism and valor is embedded in its DNA. "

Sure, society need educated people for prosperity, not dumb or stinky Islamic murders. Those Islamic monsters can't even control their body odors. That is why they destroyed Iran for last 31 years. In fact, this Crown Reza Pahlavi strategy is winner, not failure. Why? Because, the biggest reason that our country progressed during Pahlavi dynasty related to the fact that Reza shah valued education and western model of thinking very highly. Not because he was a good killer or he had a killer instinct.  Shah himself encouraged youths to go aboard and get western education and come back to build Iran. Unlike these days that Iranian women with scarf portrait like a maids or house keepers in western media, under shah's smart leadership, Iranian women competing with latest fashion models in Europe and America. Leaders should lead the traditional society, not traditional society lead the leaders. In that scenario we will see our DNA change and instead of following lizard eater arab laws which belong to 1400 years ago, we will follow modern and civilized laws which bring us respect and make our country progresses to the level of international norms.


Meaning of hero

by Siavash300 on

This is the meaning of hero according to the writer of this literature.

 "He (Reza Pahlavi) is not a risk-taker and does not seem to have the killer instinct that his grandfather had. And ultimately, he does not strike me as someone who can satisfy Iranians’ “Rostam Syndrome."

Now, look at the supporters of the above idea:

 "Shirin Ebadi is a hero with far more courage, substance, integrity, skills and political experience than Reza"

Wow.... Shrin Ebadi has killer instinct.



by deev on

Some monarchists take cluelessness to the next level to think a hero translates into "body builder as a leader" and with fans like this Reza Pahlavi really needs no enemies!

Shirin Ebadi
is a hero with far more courage, substance, integrity, skills and political experience than Reza, and none of the muscles!

Mash Ghasem

Reza Pahlavi Is A Giirrgly Man, said Arnold

by Mash Ghasem on

look at those biceps, got no mass, or mass base, except cyber creeps and VOA. Concur said Mashti.


How about a body builder as a leader?

by Siavash300 on

How about we go to body building club and find someone who has a lot of muscles and he is brave for leadership of our country?  No, no need to search, Emal Tegh zan who is holding high position in law enforcement in Iran can do the job. He is ex-pimp and infamous for cutting people with razor blade. He fits the criteria of "Rostam syndrom". Or the guy who is C.E.O of Donya Felez and we could see his dagger during demonstration in june 2009? he is very brave and meet the criteria of Rostam as well. He cut so many of our people during demonstration. His picture with his dagger in his hand is all over the internet. How about him? 

Can you see how dumb these suggestions appears to you? but there are some of our country men and women thinking this way. That is embarresing to call these people my country men and women. I believe my country men and women should be smart. Of course, some of these people are on payroll by mullahs and they are doing their job and get paid. This is not accusation. it is simple fact.  I am not talking about those people I am talking about those who sincerely believe in Rostam syndrom.Because of those people we see all the sudden one monkey become Iran president and stinky mullahs run the country for 31 years. Once Voltair said people deserve their own establishment and I see what he meant.

Crown Reza Pahlavi has been trained to lead the nation, the same as his father who were trained in Switzerland to lead our nation for 39 years. That was a golden time of our country. Everybody were happy. Crown Reza Pahlavi speaks 2 languages beside his mother language Farsi. The same as his father who was smart man, Crown Reza Pahlavi can welll represent Iranians in international community and gives good image of our people. His father gained a lots of respect for Iranians during his time. We were well respected around the world till these Islamic monsters by trick took power in 1979.

 We are living in 21 century,in the era of internet and information system. We are way far from Premitive societies and middle age who valued sword and courage like Rostam.


well said

by deev on

Particularly when you say "maybe someday he will prove me wrong but it’s highly unlikely."

Now be on the lookout for an avalanche of insults and accusations from all the Pahlavi worshipers for doubting the son of god!


Dear Piyalechi

by pas-e-pardeh on

It seems like you are channeling Siamack. Thanks for explaining his meaning.  But, does anybody know where he goes when he is challenged?  I'd like to take advice on manlihood from a man who stands up like a man.


@ pas-e-pardeh, and the likes...

by Piyalechi on

Look, I will die to defend that RP hasn't said anything or taken any stance so far that has not been rational and honorable.

I think he is a very honorable, educated, and intelligent man that can be at the best service of his beloved nation.

In fact, I have praised him from the first day that he said something in the lines of "First let's get a free and fair referendum going, and then If people want monarchy and want me as a monarch, It will be my duty to oblige..." 

But anyone one can say a modified version of that to suit!...

He needs to produce and show/do something "Kingsly!"... You know what I mean?...

But like Siamack hinted, talk is what it is, talk. It's now time for the Prince of People to figure out how, and walk his talk. A lot of Iranians dream of him becoming their King. He needs to put his crown on his head and pick up his royal sword...



subtle way of supporting mullahs, cleverly done

by Siavash300 on

Huh... Got it. Sounds like stinky mullahs are changing strategy. Now, They are targeting oppositions leaders.

 "Rostam syndrom" belong to middle age, not 21 century. We live in 21 century. Crown Reza Pahlavi is highly educated and intelligent.  Sure, He deserves to lead the nation.  

Payandeh our Aryan Land Iran.


Our King just needs to say,

by alimostofi on

Our King just needs to say, " I want to go to Iran", and the reactions from the people of the world would take care of the matter. Simple.

Ali Mostofi



Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Was it Zaal, Saam, Rostam, & Sohrab,.. or the other way around?

by Everybody Loves Somebody ... on

With all due respect SB, how do you suggest RP take on the mullahs and their killer machinery? Any bold initiative by RP against the latter requires international support and military strikes (e.g., by USA) just like in Libya!? Didn't his grandfather receive the same type of support from the Brits?

Just look around this Hamoom Zannoneh (e.g., IC) where the elites of the bold Iranians hang around and see the kind of demagoguery they subject RP to! RP goes out of his way to reject and denounce outside intervention and these clowns accuse him of being a US/Israeli puppet!

RP's calculus is based on how Iranians treated his father and grandfather (which was Namak Kordand and Namakdoon Shekastand) and he should think twice before sticking his neck out for a bunch of unappreciative, selfish, and unfaithful that Iranians are!

RP should stay the course until the day when every Iranian who chanted "Death to the Shah" 32 years ago come out begging for forgiveness and this time chant "Ma Go(*) Khordeem!" Only then, RP should show boldness!

Hope I didn't rain on your parade!


aah! .. Look

by pas-e-pardeh on

Piyalechi thinks just like bani-bimari.  Writes like him too! He is also very proud of bani bimari's most glaring mistake: "Rostam Complex".  So very AhmadiNejad to deny any mistakes.   Lovely. 

One more thing you need to know about this manly siamack's manlihood: he always disappears when put to the test- like when somebody pointed out in his last post the fact that he lives outside Iran (and Egypt), and constantly goads others to attack! He drops his own posts and disappears.  Good thing other avatars show up to pat him on the back.   

Hey! Manly Siamack! Where's the reply to messing up Hoveyda's "Rostam complex" analogy?  Where did your manly manhood go, man? 


Awesome Balls, Needed!

by Piyalechi on

Balls, baby, balls!...

I mean a pair of cojones so magnificently solid and grande in possession of a king, that’ll make his subjects cry in reverent awe, is what’s needed to make Iranians believe in monarchy again in these treacherous times of theocratic thugery.

In fact if he ever produce and uses them, I’ll fight to be the first in the line of eager volunteers to buff  those Royal Jewels shiny with a handkerchief made of the finest silk every day, so long as he holds on to them…

But is his highness ever gonna show that he’s got what it takes? That he can do more than lip service?...

Sure, on the account of “always expect the unexpected,” of course…

Siamck jaan, I applaud your honest read of our past and present history and demographic psyche in your sober analysis.

I loved how you nailed it with that “Rostam Syndrome” analogy.

Been a long time fan, hombre...



RP is talking about a 21st Century solution

by pas-e-pardeh on

and this guy suggests we go back to sticks and stones. Get a life.

By the way, leave the late Feraydoon Hoveyda out of this and do not cite him.  You have no idea what Hoveyda meant by "Rostam Complex".  It had nothing to do with machoism.  You are ignorant.

Hoveyda was comparing the Western "Oedipus Complex", where a son kills his father, to our Iranian complex where the father (Rostam) kills his son (Sohrab).  He was reasoning that is why West goes for youth and strength and we go for wise old men. Get it?


Not very rational are we siamak ?

by BBNaftee on

Probably the first time I am reading one of your pieces. I see a lot of personal issues here. I see the profile of a very disturbed and insecure individual finding an outlet here. What do you do for living siamak?



by afshinazad on

 Here we go again, bashing RP from some left- right-commies, IRI, Islamist green, and everyone is talking about democracy and I wonder which democracy? we don't have anything yet, still IRI in power and still they are killing and imprisoning our people, so all these bashing RP either he is brave enough or not is not going to make him brave and to get his own F14 and start bombing.The question is? Are we brave enough to welcome every group of opposition to unite against the monster regime.I am going to call him now and you and I and him, we all going to Tehran and let's see if we could do the same job is REZA SHAH KABIR did, Are you really serious? His grandfather had an army and he was in army most of his life and beside today’s Iran is not 90 year ago to go defeat some rebels. You are asking him to go on the streets and start killing people.He knows more about young Iranian than you and I know and I give you small example, go to Iran and ask people who live in villages and go to cities and ask young kids which they know about RP and his Facebook and web site and same young kids who always blame their parents every time they look at their family album, why they had to take the modern life away and adopt the stone age living, because every year I go for two month and I like to go places and talk to poor people and help them in any way I can. This has been my part for my country from last 15 years, but believe me there are a lot of Iranian want monarchy. If there was a election to choose, you will find out how many people will vote for him, and I hope there would be such a day that you and I could see that and I should say we Iranian as you know we don't like to open up to public about our feelings. In reality RP is not a problem for his opponents, but those who oppose him they don't want full democracy but they want a total power for themselves and they don’t want people like RP in their way.


Darius Kadivar

IRANICAN Minds need to use their neurons more than testosterons

by Darius Kadivar on

Halah Sabre Kohn Yek Javabeh Moffassali beh Shoma Bedam adressing each and every point you make in this article.  

Stay Tuned till tomorrow morning. It's Too late for me to brainstorm on this side of the Civilized Atlantic ... 



In the meantime ponder on Your Own ANN TELECTUAL Evolution:


SATIRE: Evolution of the Iranican Mind ;0) 


SATIRE: The Burqa Republic of Our IRANICAN Dreams ;0)


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