of WMD attack on Israel, calls for 'new Iran'
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
A Washington-based group said Hizbullah's ongoing rocket and
missile attack is intended to "swamp regional defenses" so that
Iran's strategic missiles can "deliver WMD against Israel."
In a full-page advertisement in today's Washington Times, the
Azadegan Foundation, an exile group headed by former Iranian
diplomat Assad Homayoun, urged "an end to clerical rule, and the
introduction of representative government for all of Iran."
The current war between Israel and Hizbullah comes as no surprise,
the statement said.
"We have know for some four years that Iran's clerical leadership
has, mostly through Syrian and with active participation from
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, been pouring thousands of
Zalzal-2 and Fajr rockets and missiles into HizbAllah and Iranian
Revolutionary Guard (Pasdaran) units in Lebanon's Beqa'a Valley,
for use against Israel. Now they are being used. And, clearly,
this is only the beginning. They are the mass barrages meant to
swamp regional defenses so that Iran's strategic Shahab-3
ballistic missiles and other weapons can deliver WMD against
Israel and other targets in the region."
The statement, titled "War in the Middle East will continue to
escalate . . .", emphasized that "the small number of clerics who
dominate Iran do not represent the Iranian population, or even
Persian or Muslim traditions."
The advertisement charged that war is the key to the mullahs'
ability to maintain their power (such as in the 1982 Iran-Iraq
War), but offered "options." There is, it continued, "a viable,
experienced team of leaders capable of re-shaping Iran." The only
name mentioned in the statement was that of Dr. Assad Homayoun.
The statement emphasized what was not needed from the United
"No need for covert action";
"No need for U.S. funding or direct U.S. military action";
What is needed "from the international community is its
enthusiastic, open and direct support of the Iranian people to
A separate vision statement released by Homayoun said the Azadegan
Foundation "believes that the clerical rulers of Iran have lost
the last vestiges of political, moral, and religious legitimacy."
Homayoun outlined a strategy for the "liberation of Iran" which
included influencing world public opinion, forming a
government-in-exile, cultivating sympathetic segments of the
military and security forces, and culminating in a general
Among the bedrock principles for a new system of government in
Iran, Homayoun's statement included the following:
- "Separation of religion and state must be enshrined in the laws of the land
so that the possibility of a recurrence of another episode of theocracy will be
- "It is in the national interest of Iran for the transition of power to take
effect in a peaceful manner. Bloodshed and vengeance must be prevented." "Women
must have their natural rights of full and equal participation in the political
process and economic progress."
- "Azadegan supports a free market economy compatible with he needs and
realities of Iranian society, dedicated to the expeditious economic reform and
rebuilding of the shattered economic infrastructure as well as the industrial
and agrarian sectors."
- "The foreign policy based on ideology promoting revolutionary Islam is
against the national interest of Iran and its regional stability and world
peace. Iran must pursue and independent foreign policy based on its national
- "Iran must denounce, repudiate and sever all relations with terrorist
organizations and groups."
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