SOS from the people of Iran to the people of Israel: Two former top diplomats
take a stand against war: Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi, Former Foreign Minister
and Last Ambassador of Shah to Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former
Minister at Iranian Embassy to Washington
By Sheda Vasseghi
Sunday, January 29, 2012 INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING
The following is based on recent statements by Amb. Ardeshir Zahedi,
former foreign minister and and the last ambassador of the Shah in
Washington, and Dr. Assad Homayoun, former minister at the Iranian
Embassy in Washington.
“I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in
This is the profound conclusion of a well-documented article by
political analyst Ronen Bergman published recently in The New York
The hype over Iran and its future is creeping ever so closely to “a
point of no return.” The news media have been obsessing over the
Islamic Republic regime for months. No sooner have Americans ended
their involvement in Iraq and looked for solutions in Afghanistan
while at home facing dire domestic economic woes than they are
bombarded with a not-so subliminal message of another military
campaign which could be the Big One!
Then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Shah of Iran and Amb.
Ardeshir Zahedi in 1973.
American policymakers made a huge mistake 33 years ago in 1979 in
their moral support of the idea that an Islamic regime in Iran would
block former Soviet communist expansionism and keep the Free World
After 33 years, both Americans and Iranians have learned that an
Islamic regime following Sharia laws is no friend to a modern,
civilized world as it is not based on equality, equity and Free
Will. Let’s not even discuss its retardation of scientific
advancement, the basis for a civilization.
Since the fall of a secular, nationalist Iran to an unknown, radical
clergy Ruhollah Khomeini and his successors, the world has changed
drastically and for the worst. Iranians became entangled in an
unnecessary and unwanted 8-year-old bloody war with Saddam Hussein,
witnessed tens of thousands of intellectuals and nationalists being
slaughtered both in Iran and abroad, watched their national history
and identity get trampled and trashed, saw unjust and prejudicial
inhumane actions against women and minorities, and shed blood
through countless “Nedas” in attempts to regain their liberty and
As for Americans, the events of 9/11 is now part of their modern
history since with the rise of Islamism in a rich country such as
Iran, its radical tentacles spread globally as it gave birth to or
fed similar “brotherhoods.”
It is understandable that when the Iranian people are placed under
severe duress socially, politically and financially whether because
of restrictive and meddling domestic policies like Sharia laws
and/or foreign affairs such as extreme international sanctions that
they are willing to accept any fate in the hopes to have some “light
at the end of the tunnel.” But that is not a good enough reason to
accept fatalism – that is, a military strike against their nation
and its innocent people as inevitable.
Dr. Assad Homayoun
Politics make history and history makes politics! Political acts
committed by imperfect humans affect and shape world events. As the
Bergman article quoted the former head of the Mossad, Meir Dagan,
“The fact that someone has been elected doesn’t mean that he is
smart.” Democracy is not perfect, because regardless of its election
style, it leaves people in charge. People have to make decisions and
they are driven by many forces including personal fears and
Needless to say, the elected officials of two democratic nations on
the forefront of this global danger, the U.S. and Israel, are split
regarding future acts towards Iran. In this regard, even former
Iranian diplomats have risen to stand for a free Iran from an
Islamist problem-child regime in Tehran and against any foreign
military attacks directed at Iran.
In an interview earlier this month, former Iranian Ambassador to the
U.S. and former Iranian Foreign Minister, Ardeshir Zahedi,
vehemently opposed any military strikes against Iran [an English
translation of Zahedi's interview was published by:"Defense &
Foreign Affairs" (Vol. XXX, no. 4) dated Jan. 25, 2012].
Zahedi made it clear he does “not want the 75 million Iranians all
of whom [he] considers as [his] brothers and sisters to be in danger
or be killed.” Zahedi noted that in its 3000 years of written
history, Iran has been under attack from many different directions
on countless occasions, but the nature of his fellow countrymen and
women has not changed. That is, Iran is historically a country that
promotes peace and cooperation. Despite having been wronged on
numerous occasions by “friends” in the international community,
Iranians are also not a vengeful people.
Zahedi addressed Iran’s nuclear energy dilemma. He acknowledged a
unique country such as Iran given its strategic geopolitical
situation has the right to have potential nuclear technology even
nuclear weapons, but with a responsible regime in place. Zahedi
believes that on this matter, “the prime objective is to either have
the countries that possess nuclear weapons sign the Nuclear
Non-proliferation treaty or to declare the Middle East a nuclear
According to Zahedi, “The world these days is quite interdependent.
It is like when you throw a stone into a swimming pool, the wave
reverberates in all directions.” In that regard, wars in general
have no winners. The religious tension which did not exist prior to
the fall of Iran in 1979 is being fed by foreign powers to maintain
control of an important region such as the Middle East. Zahedi
believes that this is an extension of former Western colonization
policies which places innocent lives in danger. There is no doubt
that the Islamic Republic is problematic for Iranians and the world,
but the regime has a limited lifeline while Iran is eternal.
Iranians must remain patriotic and work together to solve their
present demise without foreign interference, Zahedi said.
In an interview earlier this week, former Minister of the Iranian
embassy in Washington and the current president of the Azadegan
Foundation, Assad Homayoun, stated the Islamic Republic places Islam
first and Iran last. Seasoned past policymakers should not be silent
at such a critical time in world history, he said. Iranians must
unite and remove the regime in Tehran which is the source of this
global crisis, but remain vigilant against any attacks on Iran.
Homayoun reminded Israeli politicians that the Persian king Cyrus
the Great is one of the main players in the Jewish people’s
historiography. As such, Israelis should not attack the land of
Cyrus which is now held hostage by a common enemy. Instead Israelis
should stand with Iranians to remove the regime with minimal danger
to its peoples.
Homayoun warned that today’s global leaders should not let the
situation reach a point of no return. Five million successful and
wealthy Iranians in exile should not remain silent against the
crisis in which they find their homeland. They too share a
responsibility to resolve the situation. Iranians in exile have
power, money and resources, and as such, they have a duty to the
well-being of their homeland Iran as well as adoptive nations, he
Homayoun is in agreement with Zahedi that Iran as a country has the
right to defend itself. It is in need of some nuclear deterrent
given that it is surrounded by nuclear nations such as Pakistan,
India, China in the east, Russia in the north, and Israel in the
West. But he is not in support of a nuclear domestic Islamic regime.
“The regime in Tehran is dangerous and ignorant, but that is not a
good enough reason to destroy Iran and its people by setting off a
regional or perhaps world war,” he said.
Homayoun also confirmed that the Islamic Republic will be gone but
Iran will remain and there is an ancient friendship between Iran and
Israel that history-revisionists cannot delete. The small group
dominating Iran’s affairs do not have the interest of Iran at heart.
“They have usurped a big, beautiful castle and its inhabitants, but
it is not necessary to destroy the castle and the people to get to
the evil source,” he said.
Iranians must unite against these pressures now and take the matter
into their own hands with moral support from international
community, because neither war nor negotiations with the Islamic
Republic will be successful.
According to the most seasoned Mossad operatives, Rafi Eitan in a
recent interview, “The way to fight [Islamic Republic regime in
Iran] is by changing the regime there. This is where we have really
failed. We should encourage the opposition groups who turn to us
over and over to ask for our help, and instead, we send them away
In 539 BC, Persian king Cyrus the Great freed the Jewish captives
from Babylon and declared they may return to their homeland. He
promised to rebuild their destroyed temple. Subsequently, the
Persian king Darius the Great was notified by the Jewish authorities
that the funding promised by Cyrus had not been sent and the temple
was still unfinished. After reviewing the records, Darius confirmed
“In the first year of Cyrus the King, King Cyrus decreed: Temple of
God in Jerusalem … will be rebuilt” and the expense is to be
provided by the royal household. The Persians eventually completed
the funding of the Jewish temple, because in their culture a promise
is a promise!
Now in 2012, some 2500 years later, the children of Iran are sending
an S.O.S. to the children of Israel. Israel should help the
secularist, nationalist Iranian opposition group that is willing,
ready and able to overthrow the Islamist regime in Tehran.
Iran’s foundation was based on tolerance and peace. This Iranian
grand strategy has endured throughout the centuries. Israel, more
than the U.S., has a close and binding “blood-oath” with Iran. It
had an ally in a pre-1979 secular Iran, and it will have one in a
post-Islamic Republic Iran. This is what the Israelis should
nurture. Answer the Iranian people’s S.O.S. and stand with them with
all you have for the sake of both peoples, and not the irrational
and primitive sense of fear.
Sheda Vasseghi is on the Board of Azadegan Foundation, and is a
regular contributor to Freepressers.com and WorldTribune.com on
Iran’s affairs. Join The Official Site of Sheda Vasseghi on
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