Memo to the New Yorker: Iran's Green Party? It is long gone, and the regime is
Friday, August 13, 2010 INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING
By Sheda Vasseghi
A recent article entitled "Letter from Tehran: After the Crackdown" in The New
Yorker by Jon Lee Anderson suggests the Green Movement is over. Apparently, it
is of little threat to the Islamic Republic regime, he writes, because it was
originally made up of groups with different goals who have since dispersed.
Further, the disgruntled middle class Iranians are not willing to die for
freedom and liberty. Although the members of the movement have not changed their
minds about the regime and its fraudulent 2009 elections, the regime has won. It
has killed and tortured enough civilians during the past year to teach them a
lesson. In the mean time, the Obama Administration is stepping up its efforts to
deliver its campaign promise of dialogue with the clerics in Tehran.
What Anderson and the mainstream media invariably appear to miss is that there
is no sign of the Green Movement, because it was cast aside months ago as the
symbol of the opposition since it did not represent the wants and desires of
The Islamic Republic of Iran, a belligerent and bully regime, is out of control.
In retaliation against the recent rounds of sanctions in response to their
continued clandestine nuclear activities, the mullahcracy has announced it will
expunge U.S. dollars and Euro reserves. Following its violent mode of operation,
Australia and South Korea have been added to the regime's list of hostile
countries which need to be "slapped."
The Islamic Republic is also moving fast in strengthening its not-so
behind-the-scene spheres of influence where Islamofascist movements abound such
as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Collectively, by extending their tentacles
across the region, they hope to cause more issues and complexities for any one
force to tackle successfully. The mullahcracy has probably placed its sleeper
cells and lobbyists across the Western countries on alert pending potential
foreign military strike or an internal coup. The clerics' livelihood and fat
bank accounts are at stake.
Ahmadinejad was purportedly targeted a few days ago. Mixed reports either
claimed the assassination attempt failed or rejected the notion of an
assassination attempt all together. Given Iranians know their problem is not a
person or persons but rather the theocratic regime in its entirety, and
assassination attempts in Iran have traditionally been at the hands of
Islamofascists and leftists NOT nationalists, then it is more likely this was an
internal ploy to shatter the spirit of the national uprising in portraying the
members of the regime as untouchable. The Islamic Republic has mastered
psychological warfare as well as the use of Western mainstream media's naïve and
self-destructive journalistic tendencies.
Is the Islamic Republic flexing its muscles by showing the world that it has
successfully imprisoned 70 million people, and if its existence is truly
threatened, it can and will cause havoc on multiple fronts so that everyone can
experience life under mullahcracy?
To the contrary, the Islamic Republic's desperation is now more apparent. Its
power is an illusion. Among the leadership there are major factions and
disagreements. Divided into two groups, the elite ideologues such as Ahmadinejad
want to use the country in bringing about the apocalyptic while elite charlatans
such as Rafsanjani want to continue laundering the nation's wealth. In the mean
time, the Iranian people have announced they will not sacrifice themselves or
their country for the sake of Lebanon (Hizbullah), Gaza (Hamas), or the Islamic
Republic Supreme Leader Khamenei despite his recent decree that he must be
obeyed by the people!
So the men and women of Iran are being threatened and bullied more than ever
before. The youth, majority of Iran's population, express their anger and
frustration by defying strict Islamic social rules and codes of conduct.
Fearless and strong, the youth challenges the regime through public debates,
literary works, and underground cultural activities. In the eyes of the Iranian
teens and 20-somethings representing 75 percent of the unemployed, the previous
generation is guilty for taking part in the 1979 Islamic revolution!
Iran's pre-Islamic heritage remains under attack by the regime's massive
construction projects that plow through ancient sites since nationalism has been
and always will be an internal threat. There are reports of fast boats equipped
with launch missiles and torpedoes in the Persian Gulf essentially creating
Iran's first terrorist naval force. Since the clerics, their families and
friends, as well as members of the Revolutionary Guard control the country's
imports and exports, the regime is threatening to increase tariffs by up to 200
percent allegedly to hurt countries hostile to the Islamic Republic when in fact
higher tariffs will mostly squeeze middle class Iran.
The regime's threats and temper tantrums clearly indicate they are cornered and
isolated. Their lack of focus and reason is borderline insane. There is no
reasoning with irrationality. Iran is at the verge of internal eruption.
Something will have to give. Pressure can only be sustained for so long.
Anderson's evaluation of the Green Movement is flawed. The Green Movement was
swept away by the national movement months ago. Iranian population is
overwhelmingly under the age of 30. They are young and hip. Having grown up in a
dual environment — unpopular Islamofascism teachings in public versus cherished
Iranian culture of tolerance and modernity in private — Iranian youth showed the
world what they are capable of doing and enduring. Their savvy tech skills are
their strength. They are in touch with the world despite communication
crackdowns, and quiet aware of and vocal about what they want and do not want.
They are neither confused nor fatalists.
Mousavi and Karoubi did not and do not represent this national movement since
they were part of the regime from the beginning and played a major role in its
foundation and survival. They believe in the theocracy and its Constitution
based on Sharia Laws which the world now knows is not based on justice and
equity. Anderson should note the Green Movement shifted a long time ago as it
was an excuse for the people to rise against three decades of torture and
terror. It has given way to the birth of the Iranian Movement which is here to
The real opposition to the regime and the one force that can topple it — and
rather quickly — is Iran's national identity and culture which has risen and
spread not only within the borders of Iran, but across the globe among Iranians
in exile. A powerful sign of the national movement against mullahcracy is
reflected in daily greetings where the word salam (Arabic) has been carefully
and consciously replaced with dorood (Persian).
A government rejected by majority of the people will not survive. The question
is how, when, and what. Pacifying the regime in Tehran via dialogue is suicidal
and not worth any short-term benefits. Sanctions are not sufficient since a rich
Iran has ties with corrupt governments around the world. And the black market
only enriches the clerics and their paid thugs.
Military strikes are not feasible given the obvious
political and psychological backlash resulting in unexpected, undesirable
According to former Iranian diplomat and president of
Azadegan Foundation, Dr. Assad Homayoun, the United States has a great
opportunity to regain its unique strategic asset in Iran — the people of Iran.
Contrary to the regime's propaganda, the Iranian people are the only
predominantly Muslim people, who admire the U.S. Even the billions of dollars
that the U.S. has and continues to pour into Pakistan and Arab nations have not
gained the trust and respect of those populations. According to Dr. Homayoun, in
the past, the U.S. failed to recognize its asset in the Iranian people. The U.S.
now has a second chance and should seize that opportunity. Those who support a
war policy do not understand that in case of war this unique strategic asset
will become a great liability.
The only win-win solution is to recognize the shift in the movement — the
Iranian Movement. It should be supported by all means to bring radical change
from within without the need for direct involvement of the Free World. Iranian
people are very ready, willing and able to change the direction of their nation.
The Free World will not escape the spread of terrorism and instability should
the Middle East continue its current path. And the Middle East cannot and will
not move towards progress and away from chaos without a secular, free Iran.
Sheda Vasseghi is a member of the
Board of Azadegan Foundation and persepolis3d.com. She is a regular contributor
on Iran’s affairs.
This Article published in the
World Tribune this is a courtesy copy
to the original article.