Reza Pahlavi's Antidote

May 30, 2004
Reza Bayegan
I said goodbye to an Iranian relative who had come to visit me from Italy at
Paris's Bercy station before attending Reza Pahlavi's panel discussion at
Sciences-Po, one of Franceís elite academic institutions. As he was
embarking his train he held my hand and said: "let me know what happens at
the meeting."
As the situation in Iran becomes more devastating each day, the campaign
trail of Reza Pahlavi who is fighting to bring an end to dictatorship in his
homeland is followed by Iranians with an increasing sense of urgency. On 25
May 2004, at this French center of learning and enlightenment, his message
consisted in highlighting the great potential of his nation for being a
beacon of modernity and stability in the troubled region of the Middle East.
Referring to the 'obscurantism' as the congenital and incurable disease of
the Islamic revolution he elucidated its pernicious effect on Iran's
material and spiritual resources:
"Turning into instruments of religious fascism, the Islamic Republic has
sapped all the moral and spiritual bases of an ancient country with several
millennia of civilization and history. The harmful effect of this type of
fascism is dualistic - it is both temporal and spiritual."
All those Iranians who are able to look at their homeland and recognize the
weakened body of their nation suffering a fresh blow everyday, undergoing
another new humiliation and pain by the hour, can identify with the message
of the king and fathom the depth of his anguish.
Keeping the country up to its neck in unceasing calamity, or as Reza Pahlavi
calls it a "permanent state of crisis" has from the beginning of the
revolution been the survival tactic of the dictators in Tehran. The prime
objective of such a style of governance is to create a state of moral
fatigue where the political esteem of the population is constantly assaulted
and its spirit of resistance debilitated.
The main thrust of Reza Pahlaviís campaign for the past two decades can be
characterized as an antidote to this kind of moral and political infection.
By constantly encouraging Iranians that they should not settle for any
destiny except the best they deserve, he has kept alive a national dream: A
national dream of human excellence, dignity, liberty and democracy that is
bound to prove itself more powerful than any nightmare concocted by the
tyrants of the Islamic Republic.
There is no doubt that the force of international pressure can play a major
role in helping Iranians to fulfill their political aspirations. World
solidarity in the past has played a major role in overthrowing tyrannies
such as the Apartheid regime in South Africa. In Sciences-Po, the Iranian
king reiterated what he has been saying all along: The removal of the
Islamic Republic is a sine qua non to global security and a requisite step
for establishing a democratic government in Iran.
Reza Pahlavi attends meetings, conferences and interviews around the clock.
While owing to his stature, position and impressive character, all eyes are
turned upon him, his own gaze remains focused on the plight of his people
and their release from the claws of religious tyranny. He is a man moving
from standing ovation to standing ovation without being distracted from the
long term objectives he has devoted his life to accomplish. His real appeal
comes from his modesty, sincerity and above all lack of any ambition for
political power for himself.