terre in Iran…
By: Koorosh Afshar
25 years of living under an ochlocracy, we, the Iranian people, have
well learned the nature and the ways usual to the mullahs. Nowadays
everybody in Iran believes that the ruling clerics are terribly busy
something evil and nasty in the neighboring Iraq. In fact the mullahs
clearly perceived that, with a free and prosperous Iraq, they would not
any chances of prolonging their corrupted reign of terror and tyranny in
Although the two countries of Iran and Iraq were engaged in an
against one another, which left hundreds of thousands killed, many more
and amputated and some totally disappeared, these two nations have a
history together rooted deep in the distant years of history. One can
find people in both countries who have their relatives in the other one.
difference between these two nations, generally, is the fact that –
our Iraqi neighbors – the Iranians have had the experience of a
semi-democracy in their country, and the process of modernization
Iran proportionately very early at the time of Reza Shah. The people of
started their modern political life much earlier – nearly a century
ago – in
the constitutional movement (I wouldn’t use the term “revolution”
here as it
only reminds me of destruction and loss which is far from the objectives
constitutional movement) when they raised against the traditional and
tyrannical government of the age, and achieved what they were seeking in
end. Although these achievements were not that long lasting, they had a
tremendous effect on the mindset of the Iranians. What our noble fathers
and struggled for, if not fully achieved at the time, has left us with
honorable and glorious legacy. Unfortunately, not many Iranians are
with their own history.
people have a long history of nonviolent and democratic movements. They
have proven that they can make a change whenever they decide to do
But the same teacher – history – has taught us that, with blood
like Ayatollah Khomeini and his like minded henchmen, the next thing
happen after the desired change is only a big U-turn that can
us back even years before the starting points. I, as an Iranian
student in Iran, fervently believe in these words of that British
“The humble and meek are thirsting for blood.” Our people are not.
A quarter of a century of blood shed, war and persecution is enough.
since I had the chance to let the people of the world hear my voice, I
had the opportunity to befriend many brave people from all the corners
globe. The message of freedom cried by the Iranian youth was so strong,
able to bind the hearts of the people of various countries and ethnic
together – Americans in particular. Only I would like to tell
more time, that we are NOT worried whether or not the politicians of
country or any other country say something in favor of our struggle, as,
you, they might not know that your freedom and ours cannot be separated.
we are concerned about is YOUR message of support. It is YOUR resolve
warms our hearts and gives us more hope and stamina to move forward
that final free and secular Iran that all of us look forward to as the
of our beloved homeland.
can we help?” a lot of you might ask. The answer is very simple: let
others hear our message. Tell the others who might not know that the
and the ruling minority are a very small fraction of the more than
freedom-and-peace-loving-Iranians. Guide them to informative sources,
give them a vivid and true image of Iran’s youths.
the whole period of these 25 years my nation has never been this much
hopeful for her future, although we are standing with our clenched but
hands, à terre. But please, remember that
every little thing helps.
I remember that once I read somewhere from Hartley Coleridge: “But
Freedom? Rightly understood, a universal license to be good.”
OUGHT TO be “good” together. That is the only path to a bright
future for all
- Koorosh Afshar is a pseudonym for a
student in Tehran. His name has been
changed for his protection.