Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Son of shah wants to overthrow Iran's mullahocracy

Found via Threats Watch, Reza Pahlavi, son of the late shah, says he is a organizing a movement aimed at overthrowing the government of Iran. In an interview with Human Events, Pahlavi answers a wide range of questions and presents his philosophy of an Iran freed from an Islamist therocracy. A sample includes:

Pahlavi's opposition to any type of US military intervention:

As a matter of principle there’s no way that I can support any kind of military intervention regardless of the crisis because as a matter of principle, and as a nationalist, I cannot even imagine the fact that my country could be attacked, and today it’s a very different scenario from, let’s say, the Second World War where you are occupied by Nazi forces and there’s a liberating force coming in. This is a strike against Iranian installations that are part of our national assets. That it’s used wrongly by the wrong people is beside the point. So there’s no justification as far as I’m concerned.

He has no problem with state of Israel and even speaks of a kindred bond with the Jewish people:

We have a biblical relation with Jews, and we have no problem with modern day Israel.

On how he feels about the Iranian people supporting his cause and spurning the mullahs:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find out that the minute you criticize any aspect of this regime you are going to be at the very least incarcerated, possibly tortured, and at the very worst, executed. Last week, there were six bodies of women found in South of Tehran, because of the new edict by Ahmadinejad—and I’m not saying “edict” as a cleric because he’s not, but the new law—to further strengthen the strict code of how you dress! People can be fined if they happen to have a dog on a leash because dogs are supposed to be bad in Islam. You cannot even walk your dog on the street and not be fined. Imagine if you were to criticize the regime! Don’t you think people get that? They do.

He also claims to have contacts within Iran's Revolutionary Guard and discusses his thoughts on the institution of the Peacock Throne.

I don't know if he has any chance of pulling it off, but I like his spirit. I hope he succeeds.

Good read.


Blogger Joe Guarino said...

Cool post, and great news if he can pull it off. Perhaps we should be helping him.

Blogger Glenn said...

Thanks Joe. Maybe we'll get a chance to see what he can do. Hopefully, there are others out there with similar goals.


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