The barbaric regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran recently amputated hands
of several convicted thieves in the city of Hamedan or ancient Ecbatana, one
of the capitals of the Achaemenid Persian Empire (550-330 BC) whose founder
Cyrus the Great declared the world's first known Bill of Human Rights. Ms.
Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani was forced to confess an alleged adultery after
enduring 99 lashes. As countless Iranian women before her, she awaits an
execution by stoning pending a global uproar against the regime's barbaric
The efforts of the clerics in Tehran to destroy Iranians as a people is not the
beginning of the Iranian genocide, but the continuation of the policy of the
Muslim invasion of 7th century which spread by making Iranians the subject of
grand scale destruction. Sharia Laws provide any and all violent means to
accomplish this goal.
Iranian philosophy based on freedom of choice and equality cannot naturally
co-exist with a system based on intolerance and prejudice towards women and
people of different faiths. Simple conversion to Islam is also not sufficient
given Islam ignores pre-Islamic history and culture, and does not recognize
national identities. Iranians were aware of their national identity at least as
early as 1500 BC prior to their migration from Central Asia to what is now known
The past 31 years of gross violation of human rights, amputations, hangings,
child executions, prison rapes, punishments by stoning, assassinations of
nationalists and opposition leaders, and the like are only the continuation of
what Iranian people have endured in their own country at the hands of these
foreign invaders. The defeat at the battle of Qadisiyyah in 636 is considered
the beginning of the Iranian plight. The victory of an Islamic Revolution in
1979 is labeled by many Iranians as Qadisiyyah II.
With their systematic conquest of the affluent Sasanian Persian Empire
(224-651), the Muslims burned Iranian palaces, thousands of libraries, and
priceless archives. Muslims called Iranians "ajam" or mute and "najis" or
impure. Thousands of Iranians were slaughtered, raped, and forced into slavery.
Immediately after the conquest of Iran, Muslims gave the status of "dhimmi" or
rights of residence in return for special taxes to the majority of Iranians, who
were Zoroastrians. Under this status, Iranians were subjected to frivolous
persecution, discrimination, forcible conversion, and harassment. Thousands of
Iranian priests were executed and hundreds of Zoroastrian temples across Iran
were either destroyed or converted to mosques.
The Iranian genocide has been an ongoing project for centuries. Besides violent
attacks against their culture, history, national memories, arts and sciences,
wealth, standard of living, and natural human rights, Iranians were also on the
verge of losing their language which was revived by a national poet-hero
About 200 years ago, because of an incompetent government and excessive meddling
of the clerics in the country's affairs, Iranians lost approximately 1.35
million square miles of territories via forced treaties.
Unfortunately, history was repeated when in 1979 the mullahs took control. Their
meddling led to a bloody war with Iraq in the 1980's resulting in hundreds of
thousands of deaths and mutilations and destruction of cities. Because of the
clerics, Iranians are once again facing destructive and detrimental separatist
movements in Sistan-Baluchestan and Khuzistan which would result in loss of
additional territories. Because of the clerics, Iranians face potential military
strikes by those nations threatened by the theocracy in Tehran which could
result in more territorial losses.
Because of the clerics, Iranian national archives that were painstakingly
collected by nationalists such as the late Dr. Shojaedin Shafa prior to the 1979
Islamic Revolution were once again destroyed. Because of the clerics, Iranians
continue to live with sanctions denying them access to open market goods and
services while endangering their health and financial well-being. Because of the
clerics, millions of Iranians are addicted to drugs because of depression and
oppression. Because of the clerics, Iranian girls and women are being raped in
prisons and sold to sex slavery trades in the region. Because of the clerics,
millions of educated nationalists fled the country taking their wealth and
knowledge with them. Because of the clerics, the Iranian genocide continues.
Over 3 million brave men and women of Iran have poured into the streets since
June 2009 against the anti-Iranian occupiers in Tehran. Iranian nationalists
living abroad continue to support their efforts by holding demonstrations and
using technology to show the regime's atrocities to foreign nations. Despite
epic rise of terrorism across western countries, the U.S. and the Free World
continue to play around with the Islamist regime assuming that short-term
benefits received via sanctions and black market are worth the long-term damages
in the near future.
The longterm prospects for mullahcracy are not good. As Samuel Johnson
(1709-1784) put it: "No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not
bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us
safe under every form of government."
And let us not forget the words of Thomas Jefferson: "In every country and every
age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."
Iranians will not cease their centuries of struggle against inhumanity. The day
will come when a free, secular, and democratic Iran under a nationalist
leadership will once again protect its people's rights and security. The Iranian
genocide organizers and supporters will be hunted down one by one. It is time
for the Free World to practice what it preaches and support the Iranian
opposition against tyranny. Regime change is a must! It would be good for Iran,
the Middle East, and world peace. The West should stop engagements with
pro-Sharia Law "reformists" and provide media communication venues badly needed
by the pro-democracy nationalists so they can guide and educate Iranians during
their national uprising. A secular, democratic Iran will end Iranian genocide,
and foster healthy, prosperous relations with other freedom loving nations. Time
is of the essence!
Sheda Vasseghi is on the Board of Azadegan Foundation and is a regular
contributor to WorldTribune.com on Iran’s Affairs.
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