By: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh
As the year
2005, draws to a close, the dogs of war and separatism against Iran
howl ever louder. What is especially alarming is the alarming rise
of "information warfare" against Iran
- especially after the recent AEI conference questioning Iran's
very legitimacy as a united nation. Consult the link below:
Panel Lambasts Iran’s Ethnic Policies
One of my
students informed me of a new site posted by Dora Sor,
a young pan-Kurdish nationalist who is a public advocate of destroying
as a nation.
Mr. Sor is an active supporter of
Mr. Morteza Esfandiari
(Representative for the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan).
He is based in Norway as a "fashion student" - he posted
the following site on October 5, 2005:
Land of the Sun: Kurdistan
Message From East Kurdistan (meaning West Iran)
What is very interesting is Sor's main topic: "Freedom Invasion; Iran".
Simply put, the author states the following:
"Iran is a country which is made up of many ethnicities...a
coalition, like the one that operates in Iraq should be established...UN to legitimize
The author then justifies the invasion in the name of the following:
"...Women rights, religious rights, ethnic minority rights,
HUMAN RIGHTS, freedom of speech...the Kurdish issue, Azeri issue and
Sound familiar? The same tunes were played to pave the way for the
dismemberment of Yugoslavia - just as they are being used to support a Basque Seperatist movement in Spain. By the way (this will shock you) - ETA
(the Basque Seperatist Movement) is a creation
of British Intelligence and MI6 continues to support
this against France and Spain. ). ETA signed a cooperation treaty
with the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in 1971.
An excellent summary of the relationship of British intelligence
to ETA (as well as the alliance with Kurdish separatists) is provided
the 'mother' of separatist terrorism
[This also appeared in November
in the Executive Intelligence Review]
Allow me to provide select quotes from that
separatism was created…around a manufactured ethnic identity,
in the cauldron of race scientists and ethnologists who were
working in the British orbit [in the late 1800s to early 1900s]… This
artificially created identity has been used to foment terrorist
irregular warfare on London's behalf…provided
a perfect vehicle for undermining the nation-state, thus serving
British geopolitical aims on the continent of Europe…Basque
a center for industrial development that threatened British economic
Allow me to focus on some of the highlights
on the above passage and draw the comparisons between ETA and the
separatist movements now forming against Iran and the Near East:
Manufactured ethnic identity: The manufacture of a separatist
identity among the Basque has been an effort that has spanned nearly
a century, just as it has in the Near East
with Kurds. A new “history” began to appear among London-based ethnologists who
were hostile to the legitimacy
of Spanish and French historical unity. A prominent proponent
of "Basque human rights," was Fernando de Salas (died 1993). He has
been accused by Spanish authorities
of links with “our supposed
allies in the Anglo-Saxon
establishment”. “Maps” of the Basque began to appear. Interestingly,
the first “Map of Kurdistan” appeared in 1905, not on the Near
East, but in the Offices
of the London Geographic Society.
Interestingly, only 3 percent of people in the Basque region speak Eskuri (the Basque language). ETA
has been known to engage in intimidation of local residents to “de-Latinize”
and abandon French and Spanish as their vernaculars. The “Kurdish issue” is even more interesting.
Perhaps the greatest success
of the Kurdish separatist movements has been to convey the false message that Kurds speak
a single language and have a history unrelated to Persia.
Both are patently false.
“Kurdish” is not a single language. There are
five distinct languages that are as distinct
as Portuguese is from French. In general there are the five vernaculars of Sorani (South Kurmanji),
Gowrani and Zaza. Sorani is widely
spoken in Iran
but in parts of northwest Iran
is now found inside Turkey.
While Kurdish activists continue to state that they all speak “Kurdish”,
this is false if they mean a single mutually intelligible language.
Gowrani is as distinct
as it is from Luri
or Persian. What all of the “Kurdish” languages share with Persian,
Luri, Gialki, Mazandarani
and Baluchi is that they are all derived from Middle Persian, known as Pahlavi. Pahlavi developed in the Parthian and Sassanian
eras, and by the time the Arabs began their invasions of Persia
in 637 AD, two dialects had
developed: Parthian Pahlavi and Sassanian
Pahlavi. Kurmanji Kurdish
(Sorani and Bahdenani)
is a combination of both,
whereas Zaza is the last
vernacular of Parthian.
Gowrani is probably
close to what the Sassanian Persian dynasty
spoke, a language known as “Parsee-ye
Dari”. The London
strategists who worked closely with their ethnic scientists
in the early 1900s, were looking for ways to undermine the Ottoman
– they quickly realized that much of Western Iran
and Eastern Anatolia is teeming with a large
number of West Iranian speakers.
the Basque who are being used
to destabilize Spain and France, the Kurds are being used to destabilize Iran, Turkey and the Near East. Kurdish activists
reject this information and insist that their “nation” has existed
for 7-10000 years. Their “evidence” has been amassed in much the same
way as the London-based “Al-Ahwaz”
movement for Khuzistan as well as the SANAM movement for Azeri separatism. Information is either manufactured, re-interpreted/re-labelled or deleted. The aim is to produce books that expunge Iran’s legacy in Kurdistan. Azerbaijan and Khuzistan…
historiography constantly portrays the Spanish
as cruel, unjust and racist
– just as Mr. Sor does with “the Persians” in his website. Note the multitude of pictures that he posts as evidence of
brutality against the Kurds”. The pictures are of course never
explained in context. Turkey
has long accused London
of sponsoring separatist media aimed at Turkish Kurds.
Undermining the nation-state: Why would London
be hostile to the Spanish and the French? After all, they are fellow
“Europeans” and are seemingly united today under the banner of the
EU. We must look beyond the realm of news smiling politicians at photo-ops:
enter the real world of geopolitics. Spain
are potential industrial and economic rivals of
The Basque region which straddles
both Spain and France
through the Pyrenees is key centre of industrial and economic development. Western Iran, especially Azerbaijan,
are important centers to Iran
with respect to natural resources,
agriculture and industrial development. This greatly enhances
geopolitical position towards the Caspian Sea, Central Asia and the Persian Gulf: regions awash
in oil and gas.
To undermine Iran as a nation, Professor Bernard Lewis unveiled the following map at Baden, Austria at the annual Bilderberg Conference (May 27, 1979):
Note how Iran is renamed as “Iranistan”. This “Iranistan” is now a puny ineffectual state with virtually
no access to the Caspian
Asia and the Persian
Meanwhile a series of mini-states
have been developed that are rich in resources and beholden to geopolitical-petroleum
interests. How will this be achieved? A series of geopolitical constructs
have been mobilized against Iran usually under the banner “Rights”. As in Yugoslavia, “human Rights” is used in the endeavor
to ignite ethnic conflicts.
Like many separatist groups hostile to Iran, Sor provides
an itinerary of who is to be involved in Iran's "liberation":
"...a list of those prefered
to be involved in the invasion of Iran...US, UK, South Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkemenistan, Pakistan...South Kurdistan should be given comend
Kurdistan, Azerbaijan should be given command over South Azerbaijan
After the setting up of "Free and unbiased Elections"
Iran would cease to exist:
Note the striking similarity
of this map to that proposed at Baden
27 years ago.
The Bernard Lewis plan has spanned generations.
And why not? It’s tough to dismember an ancient
civilization and to brainwash its people against themselves: this
is why so much taxpayer dollars, Euros and Pounds have been wasted
in the west.
Mr. Sor quotes
the usual "statistics" and pastes pictures of "violations"
- and insists that all of Iran's "oppressed minorities" crave
for "Liberation". Yet, he produces no fieldwork or
credible census to see how many people actually feel as he
does. The figues that are cited cannot be statistically verified.
It has been suggested that Mr. Sor is directly
or indirectly associated with the recent seperatist
platfrom of "scholar" Michael Ledeen (photo below). Mr. Ledeen's
AEI platform intentionaly hosted
select individuals with seperatist politics,
while attempting to bar the majority of Iranians who reject such
narratives from speaking.
The "Liberation" of Iran is wholly consistent with unconfirmed reports
for an intended surprise attack on Iran - as I have humbly stated numerous times
before - the real agenda is geo-economics: Petroleum Diplomacy. Translation:
Oil of the Persian Gulf and Central
The above "Maps" remove the last united political-cultural
entity in the "way" of that endeavor.
These efforts are doomed to fail - irrespective of Sor's
passionate Pan-Kurdism. Perhaps Mr. Sor may wish to meet my wife Parnian
who is herself a proud Lur-Kurd and
whose family has very ancient roots in what he calls "East Kurdistan" (see photo below).
Parnian is a descendant of Karim Khan Zand from both sides of her family.
She, like the majority of Kurds and Lurs
vehemently reject people like Sor
who are designated as "Jash".
Jash in Kurdish means a stupid
man who behaves like a braying donkey for his enemies. People
like Mr. Esfandiari, Mehrdad Izady and Dora Sor keep forgetting that the majority of Iran's population, including Lurs and Kurds reject their message and know what the real
agenda of the "Human Rights" activists is.
Mr. Sor is indeed what Kurds call "Jash" - the west Iranian equivalent of
what Marx, Lenin and Stalin called "Useful Idiots".
It is almost certain that he would disagree of course. To that end,
may we suggest that Mr. Sor enlighten himself
by reading some genuine history books and confining his creativity
to the world of fashion.