AZADEGAN OPPOSITION GROUP RECEIVED WHITE HOUSE ATTENTION
Posted on 08/06/2006 12:55:33 PM PDT by
| August 5th, 2006 | Assad Homayoun & Alan Peters
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AZADEGAN OPPOSITION MOVEMENT
A Message to the American People, to President George W. Bush, and to the US
War in the Middle East will continue to escalate, with
global consequences, as long as Iran’s clerics arm, train,
and command HezbAllah, HAMAS, and the rest of the world’s
jihadist terrorists ...
We have known for some four years that Iran’s clerical
leadership has, mostly through Syria and with active
participation from Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad, been
pouring thousands of Zalzal-2 and Fajr rockets and missiles
into HezbAllah 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 consequences will be felt not only by Israel, but by all
other regional states, and by the innocent people of
Iran, who have been
living in misery and terror while the Islamic Republic
spends billions on terrorism and nuclear weapons.
(Alan's note: workers' salaries have often not been paid for
nearly a year, drinking water has become unavailable
throughout many parts of the country as the systems have
fallen into disrepair).
It is critical to understand that the small number of
clerics who dominate Iran do not represent the Iranian
population, or even Persian or Muslim traditions.
They fight to ensure their own continued control of Iran, and to expand
their own power.
The continuance in power of the clerics threatens not only
Israel, but all of the peoples of Iran, the Middle East, and
Muslims, Jews, Christians, and others. The damage to global
stability, as well as to the prosperity and well-being of
the region, has been profound since the so-called Iranian
revolution of 1979.
But the situation is likely to become much worse, unless the
People are empowered to act against the clerics.
Iran’s Opposition is Now United ... in the desire to remove
There are many strands to Iran’s opposition movements:
monarchists, socialists, nationalists, and so on.
They have on occasion been accused of disunity. But one
umbrella leadership organization with an untainted record —
Azadegan — helps
unify them all by supporting their common objectives, which
An end to clerical rule, and the introduction of
representative Government for all of Iran;
The preservation and strengthening of Iran’s sovereignty and
historical borders; Peaceful and cooperative Iranian participation within the
global trading and social systems.
Azadegan President Dr
an internationally renowned diplomat and scholar — has said,
in the organization’s Vision document, that a new Iran,
under moderate leadership, can end generations of
competition within the Middle East.
A new, moderate Iran can act as a guarantor of the
sovereignty of other regional states, ending the covert
support of terrorist
groups, and ushering in a new era of regional economic
development which would truly transform the economic outlook
of the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the
Levant, and the
Maghreb and Mediterranean trading basin.
The Clerics Need Confrontation to Survive …
Iran’s ruling clerics are divided among themselves, but are
united in one thing: the knowledge that an international war
can force the nation to rally around them.
Khomeini, on the brink of being removed by popular
discontent, saw this in 1982, and embraced war with Iraq,
saving the clerical
Armageddon-minded Pres. Ahmadi-Nejad is even more
fatalistic, and would not hesitate to apocalytically
sacrifice a million Iranian lives in order to survive in
It will take creative planning to ensure that the present
crisis results in the restoration of moderate leadership to
Iran, without the
region and the world being plunged into major conflict. But
there are options.
And there is a viable, experienced team of leaders capable
of re-shaping Iran.
available to help manage the process of change in Iran; it
has the experience and integrity to help ensure an outcome
which will be in the best interests of the Iranian people,
the region, and the global community.
There are 50-million Iranians (out of a population of around
70 million) under 25 years of age, an awesome social force
which can rapidly change the equation in Iran.
A Free Iran Can Be at the Core of Peace and Prosperity
in the Middle East!
Foundation believes that there will be no risk to those
nations giving moral and political support to Iranians in
their struggle for freedom:
No need for covert action - no need for US funding or direct
US military action. What is needed from the international
community is its enthusiastic, open and direct support of
the Iranian people to establish democracy.
We call for the international community to express support
for the Iranian people who demand an end to their
Dr Assad Homayoun is President of the
a registered tax-exempt, non-profit organization [501(c)3] of
Iranians and others, dedicated to the freedom and democracy
and establishment of a freely-elected secular Government in
It seeks the support of all expatriates in this objective at
this critical moment in Iran’s history.
Inquiries should be addressed to:
PO Box 40152,
Washington, DC 20016,
United States of America.
symbol is a modernistic version of the ancient Persian
symbol “Faravahar”, which can still be seen on many ancient
as well as modern buildings and structures, particularly in
Faravahar is the essence and spirit of goodness, found in
every person and thing. It has been expounded upon in the
Zoroastrian religious classic, the Avesta. It is also the
name of the first month of the Persian year.
It symbolizes the good, and is the custodian of goodness,
and the guardian of “Iran Zamin”: “Our Land”. It also
symbolizes a clear-visoned being, who is the culmination of
man’s quest to reach the zenith of humanity.
Alan's note: I do not normally promote any specific group,
not even the Monarchy with which I was close, though you may
cite my recent retrospective article about the late Shah,
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as belying my comment.
The Monarchy is not a political party, it is an umbrella
under which political parties could operate with a
constitutional "referee" to keep them less at each other's
I know Dr. Homayoun and his squeaky clean mind sets. With
few others in the way of decent minded opposition leaders
present or on the horizon, who care more for their country
than for their personal political careers or political
"isms", proferring Azadegan seems a logical action.
There are "street level" people like Ahmad Batebi etc., who
might help rally crowds (if they survive the next few weeks)
but have neither the experience nor mental stature to be
leaders of a country.
And others, also street level, like Akbar Ganji, a former
Revolutionary Guard torturer, might find themselves under
indictment for crimes against their people and not a place
at the table of leadership.
By contrast we have a plethora of Mullah shills, who appear
ever more frequently - like Vali Nasr, recently on talk
shows and TV, such as the Charlie Rose show, which has been
an apologist for the Islamic Regime, proclaiming the need to
talk and negotiate with the Islamic regime.
He and others like him, know the American mentality approves
of "talking to resolve" and will thus split any unified mind
set to do away with their Mullah masters. Their sheep's
clothing is that they want to prevent military intervention
that could harm innocent civilians.
One such person - with a marked lack of logic in the end -
stated on Rush Limbaugh's Friday call in program - that the
West should incite civil unrest instead of planning military
intervention or bombing.
By estimates, in bombing pre-determined 5,000 military
targets and a 400,000 military personnel eradication of the
Iranian Mullah and Revolutionary Guard or Bassiji power,
there would be some 30,000 civilian collateral deaths. Which
But, the illogic of the caller went along these lines:
Incite civil disobedience so that thousands would come into
the streets to oppose the Mullahs, THEN if the Mullahs under
Ahmadi-Nejad killed several hundred thousand of them, the
UN, the West and "others" would be forced to take action and
destroy the Mullahs!!
Thus, instead of killing 400,000 military personnel and some
30,000 civilians, after the death of a similar
number of innocent civilians pushed into the streets by
Western campaigns, we would then kill another 400,000
military pesonnel - in addition to the civilian casualties
we cause by promoting civil disobedience.
And NO, Ahmadi-Nejad and his Hojatieh mind set, having spent
$250 million in re-equipping, arming and modernizing the
mostly Arab mercenary Bassiji para-military, whose task is
to suppress street demonstrations, will not hesitate (as did
the Shah) to set off a bloodbath and destroy multiple
thousands of demonstrators, who dare oppose this brutal