Sunday, February 06, 2005

There is hope...

N. Alavi
n_alavi123 [at]

Today in London the US secretary of state Dr Condoleezza Rice announced that attacking Iran is “not on the agenda at this point in time."

Yesterday the US President George W Bush, in his 2005 State of the Union address put: "to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you."

But one has to just simply look at neo-con media to see that long-time exiled groups associated with the ousted monarch or even groups such as the “National Council of Resistance of Iran” - as they like to be known now - or the Mojahedeen Khalgh as they are commonly known in Iran are being referred to as a pro-democracy opposition group!

Only last week Ms Maryam Rajavi was given space in the International Herald Tribune, where she talked of her democratic credentials! It is well documented that the Mojahedeen Khalgh took refuge in Iraq after the early days of the Iranian revolution. And during the Iran/Iraq war that resulted in a million fatalities they fought alongside Saddam against their fellow nationals.

Would any American ever forgive another American group or individuals who fought against the US? Why does the IHT, a paper so close to the US government give space to a pitiable cult that was for nearly twenty years in bed with Saddam?

Is it not demeaning to the goals of Iranians striving for a democratic Iran to be linked in such a way with the deliriums of a violent cult? One wonders, is it the Mojahedeen Khalgh sort of democracy what president Bush proclaims he will “stands with”!

So has it really come to this? That the US now wishes to bomb Iran into a democracy and instate the likes of the Mojahedeen Khalgh upon our nation?

As Emadeddin Baghi, a leading democracy advocate in Iran has recently put:

“Many people in the West believe that the deadlock in Iran's
domestic politics blocks any hope for societal reform. But from my viewpoint
here in Iran, there is hope. Let me tell you why. Society itself, not the
government, creates change. And there are deep transformations occurring in
Iran. Out of sight of much of the world, Iran is inching its way toward

Iran does not need to be bombed into a democracy! President Bush you are the last person in the world the Iranians wish to “stand with”!