Mullahcracy rams home a centuries-old curse on the Iranian people
By Sheda Vasseghi
Friday, January 1, 2010
Mullahs or Moslem clerics trained in the doctrine and laws of Islam
have played a significant role in Iran’s current demise.
The horrific destructions caused by 7th century Arab invasion and 13th century
Mongolian massacres that hurled Iran into the Dark Ages gave the mullahs the
opportunity to control the emotional, social, and political aspects of Iranians.
For centuries the clerics’ relentless and audacious preaching and
meddling in all aspects of life 1) imprisoned women and minorities,
2) maintained ignorance and illiteracy for the majority, 3) promoted
dangerous religious indoctrination and baseless superstitions, 4)
caused political disarray and foreign invasions, 5) damaged Iranian
culture and falsified history, 6) instigated assassinations and
terrorism of enlightened nationalists, 7) endangered national
interests and wealth, and 8) caused an overall economic devastation.
At the beginning of 1900’s, only about one percent (1 percent) of Iranians were
literate and the limited number of “schools” was run by mullahs. Most clerics
were not educated in the Persian language and had questionable skills in Arabic.
The subjects were basic and mainly religion-based. The main book taught was the
Koran, or more specifically, “convenient interpretations” thereof.
Many of the mullah-teachers were infamous for emotional abuse and harsh
physical punishments of children entrusted to them for education. Iran had no
materials of the civilized world such as healthcare, railroads, telephone, and
electricity. The central government had no control and the countryside was
ruled by bandits. There was no national army or proper police force. Women were
not educated and viewed as an invisible part of society. When Iranians revolted
in 1906 in favor of a constitutional monarchy, their first step towards
democracy, the majority of clerics fought against the national movement and any
part of it once it became apparent the new constitution involved secular laws
and rights for all citizens.
Ahmad Kasravi (1890-1946) was one of the first Iranians to warn against the
clerics’ destructive meddling for which he was later assassinated at the hands
of radical Islamists. The clerics continued their battle against Iran’s
modernization through the 1970s. Some of the clerics thrown in jail at the time
for domestic disturbances and promotion of violence include Khomeini, Khamenei,
Montazeri, Rafsanjani, and Khatami. These names are now internationally
recognized as they were the founders and architects of the current
Islamofascist regime in Iran.
The clerics brought down a nation on its way to modernization and greatness by
installing a violent, unpopular theocracy in 1979 that is out of touch with
the 21st century modernism and basic principles of humanity. The current,
phenomenal nationalist uprising which started in June 2009 has clearly brought
the war of the classes in the forefront. In Iran there were and are two
distinct parties in complete opposite spectrum that cannot co-exist. This
class struggle has been present on and off for centuries. Today, thanks to
modern technology, their distinct differences and struggle can be witnessed
without a doubt.
The first class is the one created and maintained by the clerics. The members
of this class have been in power since 1979. Their entire lifestyle and
beliefs involve Islamofascism and all it encompasses. They lack comprehension
of modernity, civility, and basic human rights. Their politico-religious
fervor makes them a dangerous and violent group. They hate anything Iranian
including its language, history, and culture.
The other class is simply Iranian. This group encompasses the majority which
has been the heart of the uprisings against the mullahcracy in Tehran for its
backwardness and social injustices. This group fears for its country’s future
and cultural survival. Although they are the majority, they have been held
hostage for three decades and are victims of an ethnic and cultural genocide
at the hands of the minority anti-Iranian clerics and their followers. The
Iranian majority wants a secular, nationalist government working for the
people and the prosperity of their beloved, ancient land.
The current national uprising will not only result in Iran’s final achievement
of modernity and advancement, but stability and prosperity in the region as a
whole. A secular, democratic Iran will be a valuable ally to the western
countries currently involved in “war on terror.”
The history lesson has been taught. With the fall of Iran, radical Islam rises
and spreads across bordering states. In order to contain and defuse this
abstract threat, Iran must first become free of mullahcracy.
The world is watching Iranians fight their own war on terror within their
borders empty-handed. If anything, this should galvanize the western nations,
who sent trained armies with military and intelligence support to Afghanistan
and Iraq in fighting a common enemy. It will not be an easy task and it will
take years to undo the damages caused by the Islamic Republic, but we are
witnessing the dawn of a new era when the freedom-fighting and peace-loving
majority will once and for all topple the weak and unfit minority.
Sheda Vasseghi is a member of the Board of Azadegan Foundation. She is a
regular contributor to WorldTribune.com on Iran’s affairs.
Original Article found on the Wrold Tribune