DESTINY OF IRAN IS IN THE HANDS OF THE IRANIAN PEOPLE
"They [the Mullahs] have treated the Qoran like the founders
of various sects, the moment they find verses of the Qoran at
odds with their own system of beliefs, they do not hesitate to
invent and assign a hidden meaning to it! Instead of gauging the
integrity of their beliefs with the contents of the Qoran, they
compare the integrity of the Qoran to how closely it matches their
own whims and inventions."
On Islam by Ahmad Kasravi Tabrizi -Iranian
"The Islamic Republic has no precedence in Islamic Jurisprudence,
and, from its inception, has been contradictory and illogical
in practice. To me, as a Mujtahed' (Islamic authority) the regime
which has usurped the power of its people by considering them
as minors and delegating all authority to the Supreme Theologian
(Fagih), has never had legitimacy; therefore, all legislation,
laws, rules and regulations promulgated by it must be declared
null and void."
Translated from HEKMAT VA HOKUMAT By Dr.
Mehdi Haeri Yazdi
(Dr. Haeri Yazdi is an acclaimed Islamic theologian and Mujtahed,
with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. The book was published
and distributed in London, but has not been allowed to be distributed
In late December 1995, it was reported that the White House, under
pressure from House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has agreed to accept
a bill for $20 million authorizing small scale covert actions
aimed at blunting the political plans and actions of the Islamic
regime in Iran. Speaker Gingrich has often described Iran's clerical
regime as the most dangerous in the world, so it would follow
that he would probably be more pleased to see the replacement
of the regime altogether, rather than sanctioning some more token
defensive actions against the fundamentalists ruling Iran.
If the lessons of the past 17 years are to be heeded, it is abundantly
clear that the clerical regime does not look at the world from
a conventional point of view, and feels no compunction to abide
norms of behavior. It is also clear from past 17 years of experience
that conventional means of diplomacy and negotiation with the
clerical regime are also ineffectual.
Focus on Iran believes that the Iranian problem will be a major
foreign policy issue for the American administration in 1996.
When, the peace process between Israel and Syria is completed,
the Iranian issue will have to be dealt with, one way or another.
To forestall another fiasco, we would like the American Government
to hear the Iranian peoples' point of view loud and clear.
Our concerted and unwavering belief is that the American Government
can be far more effective by not spending a penny of the U.S.
tax-payers' money on such programs. The destiny of Iran must be
decided and shaped by the Iranian People. To achieve their freedom
more expeditiously, the Iranian people only need the moral and
political support of the American people and government.
DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN THE IRANIAN PEOPLE AND THE CLERICS' REGIME
President Clinton, in an interview on December 20, 1995 with the
Arabic newspaper Al-Shargal Owsat, published in London, referred
to an extremely important notion. He said the U.S. has no quarrel
with the Iranian people. The problem, he pointed out, is with
the Islamic regime which supports international terrorism, undermines
the peace in the Middle East, and violates the rights of the Iranian
people. Fortunately, many other American leaders and elected officials
in the U.S. Congress are also very much aware of the clerical
regime's fundamentalist policies which harbor and propagate domestic
and international terrorism, and disallow the most basic rights
to the Iranian people. But the U.S. government cannot seriously
believe that the $20 million budget for covert operations against
the policies of the clerical regime will even make a dent in the
armor of a well prepared adversary. Much larger budgets have been
spent in the past, and many lives lost, without anything but negative
results.(This paltry sum isn't even large enough to bring a smile
to the face of some Iranian expoliticos who normally benefit from
such largess.) Airwaves, newsprint, covert military and civilian
action and many other means have been used, but the net result
has been that the regime is still very much in power after 6,200
When, how, and what way this money is going to be spent is still
unclear. Some believe that most of the budget will probably be
spent on psychological warfare. This is not new. By now, one would
think that it would be clear to all, that the regime is incapable
of changing its behavior
by listening to advice, or learning from example. And there is
a very good reason for that. The philosophy and ideology of the
regime is based on the theory of "Velayate Faqih" (the
governance of the jurisprudent or the supreme theologian) which
is sacrosanct. It has come with the clerics, and will only end
when they are sent back to the mosques. This is a cultist regime
which has but one specific agenda: to spread the fundamentalist
ideology -- no holds barred. Therefore, democracy, moderation,
and other such notions are basically incomprehensible and totally
foreign to them. One only has to follow the Friday prayer speeches
at the Tehran University to understand this notion.
Another possibility is that the budget or part of it is to be
used for covert operations with the hope of precipitating the
change of the clerical regime. In our view, this cannot be possible
either, because, first of all, the budget is not large enough.
Second and more importantly, this is not 1953. Any meaningful
change can and must only be brought about by the Iranian people.
THE IRANIAN PEOPLE MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES
We believe that 959'0 of the Iranian people are against the regime,
because they are fed-up with misery, repression, uncertainty and
instability. They have lost all faith and trust in the system,
and are ready, willing and eager to replace the regime. They hesitate
only because they want to make sure that this time around they
do not make another fatal mistake. They do not want more repression
under yet a new cultist regime such as is being offered them under
the guise of the "NCR - National Council of Resistance",
another cover for the discredited cult of the Peoples' Mojahedin
What the Iranian people need in order to exercise their sovereignty
and regain their freedom is only the moral and political support
of the people and
government of the United States of America. Iranians have bad
memories of covert operations since the fall of the nationalist
leader Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953, who was toppled by covert
operations financed by the CIA. Since that time, the Iranian people
have become very skeptical regarding any foreign intervention
in their national affairs.
At the same time, the greater majority of the Iranian people
are well aware that for any change from dictatorship to democracy
in Iran, the role of America as a catalyst, would be important
and decisive. They welcome and actually look forward to American
support, but not covert operations. Therefore, moral and political
support is enough. The American Leadership must also refrain from
sending the wrong signal to the Iranian people. Expecting the
regime to moderate itself, is one such signal. Instead, the United
States Government should come out categorically in support of
the Iranian people.
As noted before, any alternative to the present regime must have
the full support and confidence of the Iranian people. Today,
public opinion has become the center of political gravity (because
of the mass media revolution). It would be a grave error, and
at best, counter productive for anyone to support any faction
or person who does not have the support of the Iranian masses.
Among the 70 million Iranians living inside Iran and some 4 million
outside, there are great reserves of dedicated men and women capable
of carrying out any task, no matter how difficult or dangerous.
We must strive to identify and unite these individuals and/or
groups. The leadership that would be acceptable to the Iranian
people must be clean, untainted, moderate, nationalistic and democratic.
Given the opportunity, the Iranian people will choose a system
that will contribute to their individual freedom and prosperity,
that will unite all Iranians regardless of ethnicity or religion,
and that will afford all Iranians equal
opportunity to participate in the political, social and economic
reconstruction of their country.
The Iranian people would like to put an end to international
terrorism, would like to see the separation of religion and state,
and would like to improve, and indeed establish cordial relations
with all their neighbors as well as the U.S. To help rebuild Iran,
all economic help -- especially that of the U.S. -- will be essential
Focus on Iran has always advocated a peaceful transfer of power
from the clerics to the people, however, it would be a waste of
time and resources for anyone to even consider moderating the
present clerical modus operandi. Furthermore, it would be wishful
thinking to expect that the present regime would be capable of
holding free and honest elections. The only solution is for the
Iranian people to return them to their appropriate place -- i.e.
FREE "ELECTIONS" -- CLERICAL STYLE
March will see "elections" to the 5th session of the
Islamic Majles (parliament) in Iran. People will be "free"
to choose only from the hand picked candidates of the regime,
whose revolutionary Islamic credentials and competency have been
duly verified and approved by the "Council of the Guardians"
-- a round table of black and white turbaned clerics -- who are
in turn and in essence appointed by the "Supreme Spiritual
Leader". Astonishingly, a few prominent Iranian expatriates
have lately developed the opinion that such elections are actually
constructive, and that free elections are actually possible under
the clerical regime. They have even gone so far as to say that
the relations between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. could
be normalized. It seems that they are unaware that nearly all
of the external and internal opposition groups have declared the
elections under the Islamic regime a sham, devoid of any