Analysts compare uprisings and oustings of dictators in the Arab world to the situation in Iran. They are wrong. Some articles are emotionally and poetically well written, but are wrong, also dangerous. They are dangerous because they indirectly invite for violence, even though calling people to unite.
If, like me, you do not agree with things the way they are in Iran, you should however realize it is not due to a dictatorship behavior of the head of states. The cause was the people who (following Imam Khomeyni's charismatic leadership, or hating the Shahinshah) voted for the present Islamic Republic. Our leaders, whether, Ahmadinejad or Mussavi, whether Rafsandjani or Khatami, and even more the Leader Khamenei, are just following those rules.
Iranians voted for those rules over 30 years ago.Too bad for them.
I am writing this because most if not all unhappy Iranians are making the mistake as to the cause of some of our problems. Examples are numeorus. Lately, here in Iranian.com, the prolific Hossein Bâqerzâde compared Iran to Libya, amongst many other analysts. Same with
Ramin Jahanbagloo in his if people unite...
Well, first Iranians are not united and differ widely in opinions, But if people unite in Iran, I wish the following:
If people unite in Iran, I wish it would not be with the idea to oust dictators like in Libya, Egypt, etc... Because the comparison is wrong. Our presidents, in Iran, were not dictators, none of them, not President Banisadr, not president Khamenei, President Rafsanjani, President Khatami or President Ahmadinejad. And M. Khamenei as the Leader of the IRI cannot be called a dictator, really.
If people unite in Iran, it should not be with the idea to put their hope on the Anglo - American help. They encouraged and created more Islamic republics, in Irak and in Afghanistan, as they did previously with the creation of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and of one of the world's most backward state, Saudi
Arabia, all their allies.
If people unite in Iran , I wish it would be, in a civilized and peaceful manner without allowing any anglo-american interference, through a referendum following an open discussion, to change the present Islamic constitution and the present Islamic rules that promote inequalities, that confuses responsibilities, and that intrudes to individuals and families' ways of life, to a secular one.
This would be the kind of Iranian solution for Iran, based on pendâr-e nik, goftâr-e nik, kardâr-e nik.
Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian
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