Over the last century,
June, July, August, and September have been, with few exceptions, bloody, dark,
and depressing months in both the pre- and post-revolutionary
It was on June 5, 1963 (Khordad 15, 1342, in Persian calendar) that the supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini demonstrated against the Shah's regime, which led to scores of deaths, the Ayatollah's arrest, and his subsequent exile, first to Turkey and then to Iraq. It was then that the seeds of the 1979 Revolution, already sowed in 1953 after the CIA-MI6 coup, gained strength.
It was on July 16, 1952
(Teer 25, 1331) that Prime Minister Dr. Mohammad Mossaddegh, one of
It was on August 5, 1906
(Mordad 14, 1285) that the people were victorious in the first round of the
struggle for a democratic political system and government in
It was on August 19, 1953 (Mordad 28, 1332) that Dr. Mossaddegh's government was overthrown by the CIA-MI6 coup that brought the Shah back to power and started 25 years of dictatorship, leading eventually to the Iranian Revolution of 1979  (see also below). Thus, the sweetness and glory of the Constitutional Revolution of August 1906 were destroyed by the bitterness of the anti-Iran/anti-Iranians August 1953 coup.
It was on August 22, 1941
(Shahrivar 1, 1320) that the Allied forces invaded
It was on September 16, 1941 (Shahrivar 25, 1320) that the Allied forces removed Reza Shah from power, ending his dictatorship, and installed his son Mohammad Reza as the next shah, but it was on September 17, 1953 that the Shah's regime indicted Dr. Mossaddegh.
And, of course, it was in
September of 1978 that the Islamic Revolution of 1979 gathered significant
steam, after scores of peaceful demonstrators  were killed in
What about the
It was on June 20, 1981 (Khordad 30, 1360) that the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO) which, until then, was a legitimate political group and popular among various segments of the society, declared armed struggle against the newly-born Islamic Republic. That declaration, together with large demonstrations of the MKO supporters (and the counter demonstrations by the government's supporters), and the huge explosions in the central headquarters of the Islamic Republican Party, the clergy-controlled dominant political group of that era, that killed over 100 top members of the Party  on June 28, 1981 (Teer 7, 1360), began the dark and bloody years of the 1980s  which resulted in the execution of thousands of political activists and prisoners , and even innocent, non-political people .
Over three days beginning
on July 9, 1999, Iran witnessed nation-wide demonstrations in many leading
Iranian universities, protesting the Islamic fundamentalists' attempts to crush
Iran's relatively free press of the first two years of presidency of Mr.
Mohammad Khatami, which led to arrest of tens of students, death of at least one
Tehran University graduate, Mr. Ezzat Ebrahimnejad, and the beginning of the end
of Mr. Khatami's reforms. Of course, Mr. Akbar Mohammadi, who passed away in
Evin prison in
It was on July 24, 1988, after Iran and Iraq both had accepted the United Nations Security Council Resolution 598 for the ceasefire on July 18, 1988, that the MKO, which by then was nothing but a terrorist cult and Saddam Hussein's ally, sent a large number of its members to their death [9,10] by ordering them to invade Iran from Iraq, with the illusion that, with the support of Saddam's air force and mass uprising by the Iranian people, they would quickly overthrow the Islamic Republic.
It was in July, August and
September of 1988 that Tehran's fundamentalists decided to "solve" the big
"problem" that they had, namely, the thousands of political prisoners who were
languishing in jails, by executing them [11,12,13], even though the prisoners
had only been given jail terms after being put on "trial" in the "Islamic"
courts. The "excuse" that the fundamentalists had was the MKO invasion of
And, of course, it was on September 22, 1980 (Shahrivar 31, 1359) that the Iran-Iraq war started, which resulted in the death of 270,000 and injury of close to 700,000 young Iranian soldiers, and nearly $1 trillion in economical damage and loss.
Now, it is September 2007.
Not only is it the anniversary of so many sad events in contemporary
They [the source's institution] have "instruction" (yes, that was the word used) from the office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war in Iran in the week after Labor day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute [the bastion of the neoconservatives], the [editorial page of the] Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard [the mouthpiece of the neoconservatives], Commentary [a mouthpiece of the Israeli lobby], Fox, and the usual suspects.
According to Rubin, the
information has come from a friend "who has excellent connections in
The senseless rhetoric of
We must also recognize
that, given the quagmire that
In view of some, the
Iranian people do not currently have the capability for self-emancipation. This
group believes that Iranians who live in
Those who prefer to
completely defend and support the Iranian government in its confrontation with
On the other hand, there
are those who regard
Even if we believe that
there are indeed some Iranians who sincerely believe this, they miss at least
one important point: The Bush administration's and the neocons' plans for the
But the vast majority of
the Iranians who, directly or indirectly, advocate
(i) The Iranian die-hard royalists who settle for nothing less than restoration to power of the Pahlavi dynasty, and a large part of the monarchists.
People who are in this
group, especially those who reside in the
(ii) The MKO. It suffices to note that the MKO is a terrorist cult, nothing more, nothing less. They are completely similar to the secular fundamentalists, at least in practice.
On May 1, 2003, President
Bush, abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln, declared victory in the "battle of
On April 29, 2003, the
author posted an article  in which he predicted trouble for the
The goal of the present
article is to further elaborate on the astonishing similarities between
To put the discussions on a
firm ground, we describe and discuss the views of
In an excellent article
, Mr. Eric Alterman, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a
professor of journalism at
These critics insist on a principled ignorance!
In making hysterical calls for Dr. Krugman's head, the critics even accused him, a Jew himself, of being anti-Semitic.
Mr. Alterman himself had been treated similarly by the neocons after he had discussed  the roots of anti-Jewish violence in France , and had noted its obvious relation to what Israel has been doing in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip (a relation that had even been acknowledged by senior leaders of the French Jewish community). Reacting to the unfair attacks, Mr. Alterman wrote  that,
Conservatives, and some not so conservatives, are testing out a new thesis in their effort to shut out ideas that make them uncomfortable: Any attempt to analyze the origin of a distasteful phenomenon is tantamount to endorsing it,
and went on to say that ,
The line was clear: 'Explanation equals rationalization....' 'We are the good guys, period,' this argument tells us. 'What else do we need to know?'
Mr. Alterman called this
attitude of the
In other words, according to know-nothing-ism, common people need to know very little, if at all, about important issues. All they need to do is trusting a few "good" people who would tell them nothing but the "fact" that they are "good." If people wish to inquire about any important issue and learn beyond what the "good" guys are willing to tell them, their knowledge may make the "good" guys accountable to people, implying that common people have committed an unforgiving sin.
Even a glance at the fundamentalists' actions and declared positions - both in Iran and in exile - regarding any important issue, ranging from the social and political developments in Iran, to Iran's nuclear energy program and what is happening in Iraq, indicates that know-nothing-ism describes precisely the principles by which they operate. The fundamentalists - both Islamic and secular - believe that people should follow certain lines that they dictate. Any deviations from the "official" line cannot be forgiven. They insist on ignorance - unprincipled ignorance.
Worse yet, due to the
How do the fundamentalists enforce their know-nothing-ism?
This also explains why the political dissidents, journalists, and even university students are put on "trial" mostly behind closed doors and without a jury. But, in order to frighten future dissidents, the drumbeats of accusations (without giving the accused any chance to defend him-/herself) and "conviction" of the dissidents are very loud. Moreover, the independent newspapers and publications are "temporarily" closed forever. Why? Because the fundamentalists do not wish the people to learn about the views of dissidents, independent analysts, and journalists and, therefore, enforce their know-nothing-ism.
Why did many young bloggers
spend time in jail a while ago? Why are university students constantly thrown in
jail? Why are the fundamentalists afraid of cultural relations between the
A comprehensive description
of the way the know-nothing-ism of
How do the exiled secular fundamentalists enforce their know-nothing-ism?
All one needs to do is watching their political programs on their satellite TV channels, or listening to them on their radio programs, or reading what their analysts publish and post on the internet. In order to keep people as uninformed as possible and enforce their know-nothing-ism, so that they can advance their agenda, the secular fundamentalists resort to the followings (which represent just the tip of the iceberg):
(i) First, and foremost, what the secular fundamentalists present as news or analysis is a maddening mixture of myths, half truths, innuendoes, and outright lies. The real issues are either never discussed, or if they are, it is done from such an extreme angle that the discussions have nothing to do with reality.
This is completely similar
A good example of how the
know-nothing-ism of the exiled secular fundamentalists is enforced is their
treatment of Dr. Shirin Ebadi , which is precisely the mirror image of that
Most supporters of the secular fundamentalists do not know that, in addition to her work on behalf of women's and children's rights in Iran, Shirin Ebadi has represented, and continues to represent, in Iran's courts many of the most prominent political dissidents, intellectuals and their families, including the families of the late Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar, Mr. Ezzat Ebrahimnezhad (the Tehran University graduate who was murdered during the student uprising at Tehran University's dormitory in July 1999), and of Dr. Zahra Kazemi (the photojournalist who was murdered in detention in Iran in 2003). Moreover, Mr. Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, the disillusioned member of Ansaar-e Hezbollah (a pressure group), Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Dr. Nasser Zarafshan (the courageous attorney who was jailed because he tried to reveal some of the secrets of the infamous Chain Murders), Mr. Akbar Ganji, and many young Iranian bloggers and journalists, such as Mr. Omid Memarian, have all been represented by Shirin Ebadi.
In fact, 80% of all the
political prisoners and dissidents in
What do the exiled secular
fundamentalists do in response to all the courageous work that Dr. Ebadi and her
colleagues have been doing in
(ii) The secular fundamentalists
label anyone a lobbyist of the Islamic Republic who defends
The author is almost certain that most, if not all, of the secular fundamentalists have never bothered to read these international treaties (and these treaties that the Shah regime signed and ratified), and only rehash what nonsense the American and Israeli warmongers keep repeating.
(iii) The secular fundamentalists
equal the defense of
This is what has repeatedly happened to the author  and many others.
(iv) Lacking the courage and honesty
to explicitly advocate a war with
(v) To justify their warmongering,
the secular fundamentalists blame the people of
Who says that the Iranian
people are waiting for the
(vi) The secular fundamentalists
have never bothered to understand the root cause of the Iranian Revolution.
Since they have no legitimacy, as the Pahlavi regime was installed by foreign
powers, they also attribute the cause of the Revolution to foreign powers. Thus,
in their view, this was a conspiracy by former president Jimmy Carter and the
West (the same West that they now beg to attack
In fact, the secular
fundamentalists attribute the root cause of the Revolution to anyone and
anything, except the real culprit: the Shah's corrupt dictatorship. Some of them
have gone so far as claiming that the people of
(vii) Despite being anti-religion,
the secular fundamentalists worship President Bush, and present him to the
This is while the Bush
administration lied to the world in order to justify the illegal invasion of
President Bush has had enormous success. Those who oppose him are either jealous of him, or are committing treason.
This explains why whenever
this analyst speaks in one of the satellite TV programs in
(viii) The secular fundamentalists worship President Bush, even though they are anti-religion and the President is a Christian fundamentalist.
President Bush believes that he takes orders directly from God. In June 2003, he told Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who was the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister at that times, that 
God told me to strike at Al-Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East ...
How different is this from what Mr. Ahmadinejad has claimed about his relation with God? He has claimed that when he spoke at the UN General Assembly in 2005, he was protected by a "crescent of light" (presumably created by God), and that he speaks directly to God.
(ix) The secular fundamentalists are natural allies of the neoconservatives, and, in fact, not only do they repeat, verbatim, whatever nonsense the neoconservatives claim about Iran, but also add to it their own exaggerations, half-truths, and lies.
The sad aspect of this is
that, the secular fundamentalists never realize that the
(x) The secular fundamentalists describe Iraq as heaven on Earth when, in fact, Iraq has been destroyed; hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed; over 4 million Iraqis have been displaced; the sectarian lines have become too obvious to ignore; a low-intensity civil war has been going on for quite sometime, and terrorists who did not exist in Iraq before the invasion now have safe bases in Iraq to operate from .
Even such people as Dr.
Alireza Nourizadeh still speak of the "democracy that President Bush has brought
The goal is to enforce know-nothing-ism; that is, keeping people uninformed, so that the agenda of the secular fundamentalists can be advanced. In fact, what they "export" to Iran through their satellite TV programs is a counter-culture of self-righteousness and intolerance, all in the name of freedom, democracy, and human rights. This is not, of course, surprising, as these are the same people who supported the Shah and his regime, one of the worst violators of human rights.
The Information Matrix
Despite their belief in
know-nothing-ism and attempts to enforce it,
In an excellent article  Mr. Frank Rich, a Sunday columnist for the op-ed pages of the New York Times, commented on the power of AOL Time Warner, the producer of the movie "the Matrix" and its sequels - "The Matrix Reloaded" - and more generally the media giants of the U.S., for publicizing their products and fixating people's attention on them, but carefully controlling, and even limiting, the flow of information to their own liking. He wrote  that,
It [media giants in the
In other words, the media giants create an information Matrix and have people inhabit it. The flow of information into this Matrix is tightly controlled, so that, eventually, people may come to believe whatever flows into the Matrix, even if the information is completely false.
Creating an information Matrix and trying to have us inhabit it is another facet of the Iranian fundamentalists - both Islamic and secular. In fact, the Matrix is created so that know-nothing-ism can prevail; if know-nothing-ism is violated, the Matrix will collapse, but the people will also pay a heavy price.
Likewise, the secular fundamentalists carry on the same "traditions." They control almost all of such important means of mass communications as satellite TV and radio stations. In addition, through the "articles" that they post on various sites, as well as the profanity-laden e-mails that they dispatch to whoever that does not follow their line, the secular fundamentalists try to silent their critics by threatening them with all types of retributions, ranging from denying their business to relatively independent Iranian radio and TV stations in southern California, to spreading unfounded rumors about them, and viciously attacking the critics who post on the internet articles that criticize them.
In fact, what
(i) The Pahlavi regime tried to
silent journalists, intellectuals, and dissidents by murdering them, or keeping
them in jail for a long time, the same as what
For example [30,31], Mohammad Farrokhi Yazdi, the great poet and journalist, who had been jailed in 1909 with his lips sewed to make an example of what can happen to dissidents, died in Reza Shah's prison in 1939. Mohammad Reza Mirzadeh Eshghi was assassinated by the security forces of Reza Shah (who was the Prime Minister at that time) in 1924 at the age of 31, and Dr. Taghi Arani, the distinguished leftist intellectual, died in 1940 in Reza Shah's prison at the age of 35, after he was deliberately infected by typhus. After the CIA-MI6 coup of 1953, Dr. Hossein Fatemi, a journalist who was Foreign Minister in Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh's government, was carried on a stretcher to the firing squad. Karim Pourshirazi, a journalist, editor of Shouresh newspaper, and inveterate critic of the Shah and his sister Ashraf, was burnt alive in a military prison after severe torture. Journalist Khosrow Golesorkhi, film maker and teacher Keramatollah Daneshian, Bijan Jazani, Hamid Momeni (who published under the name M. Bidsorkhi), and tens of other leftist intellectuals were all murdered, simply because they opposed the Pahlavi regime.
Similarly, in order to enforce their know-nothing-ism and protect their information Matrix, the fundamentalist perpetrators of the Chain Murders eliminated up to 80 intellectuals and political dissidents from 1988-1998, in addition to executing thousands of political prisoners. Both groups of fundamentalists believe in the philosophy of Joseph Stalin that ,
Death solves all problems. No man, no problem
(ii) Both groups have no mercy even on their own disillusioned followers, who may attempt to partially lift the shroud of secrecy and reveal what they have been doing to their opponents, since such attempts would represent deviations from know-nothing-ism and damage the information Matrix.
Saeed Emami, the chief enforcer of Stalin's philosophy and know-nothing-ism, "committed suicide" so that the murder of about 80 dissidents and intellectuals would remain shrouded in secrecy (although the secrecy was partially lifted by the efforts of Mr. Mohammad Khatami and the reformists).
The same thing happened
during the reign of the Pahlavies, the same regime that the secular
fundamentalists worship and support. The victims included men who had served
fundamentalists' Matrix the true reformists - those whose main goal is NOT
achieving or preserving power, but CHANGING the structure of power in Iran -
defenders of human rights, and advocates of democratic principles are all agents
of foreign powers. In that Matrix, most, if not all, of
Likewise, in the secular
fundamentalists' Matrix there is no difference between
Note, however, another
facet of the information Matrix of the secular fundamentalist: They attack and
vilify anybody who does not believe in what they believe. But, if the same
person is murdered, they elevate him/her to the status of a national hero and
shed crocodile tears for him/her. Recall, for example, that so long as the late
Mr. Ali Akbar Saidi Sirdjani was living, he was vilified by many secular
fundamentalists, particularly those who are based in
Reloading the Information Matrix: Rewriting the History
Not only do the current Matrices of the fundamentalists - both Islamic and secular - have little to do with reality, but so also do their historical Matrices. That is, their versions of the history. The fundamentalists cannot read the history as it has actually happened and, therefore, they constantly try to rewrite it - that is, try to reload their information Matrix - with the hope that they can produce a new history - their historical, reloaded Matrix - that makes people believe their distorted or imaginary versions of the history. Consider just a few examples:
A. Day of University Students
The secular fundamentalists
consider July 7, 1999 (18 Teer, 1378) as the day of university students. As
mentioned above, this was the day when paramilitary and vigilante groups
However, the enthusiasm of
the secular fundamentalists for this tragic day is due to the fact that, they
want to erase from their historical Matrix another important day of university
students, namely, December 7, 1953 (Azar 16, 1332). This was the day when,
during students demonstrations at the Faculty of Engineering of Tehran
University against the visit to Iran by Richard M. Nixon, the then U.S. Vice
President, three courageous students - Mostafa Bozorgnia, Ahmad Ghandchi, and
Mahdi Shariat Razavi (the brother-in-law of the late Dr. Ali Shariati, the
distinguished Islamic intellectual) - were murdered by the Shah's security
forces. Nixon was visiting
In fact, BOTH are important
B. Executing the Political Prisoners
As mentioned above, during
July-September of 1988, a large number of political prisoners were executed.
They had been sentenced to prison terms by
Every year the anniversary
of this event - which is truly a crime against humanity - is passed in absolute
But, in addition to the
fact that the Shah's regime executed hundreds of political prisoners, the
secular fundamentalists who speak loudly about the 1988 executions, are
absolutely silent about an exactly similar crime that was committed by that
regime, because they would like to erase that crime from people's memories and
On April 19, 1975 (Farvardin 30, 1354), nine courageous political prisoners - Ahmad Jalil Afshar, Mohammad Choupanzadeh, Bijan Jazani , Mash'oof (Saeed) Kalantari (Jazani's uncle), Aziz Sarmadi, Abbas Sourki, Hassan Zia Zarifi [35,36], and Mostafa Javan Khoshdel and Kazem Zolanvar  - who had been sentenced by the Shah's military courts to prison terms, were murdered by agents of the SAVAK, the Shah's dreaded secret service. Jazani had been given a 15 year sentence, Zia Zarifi a life sentence, and the rest 10 years who had already done 7 years of their sentence.
The executioners' leaders
were Reza Attarpour - A notorious SAVAK agent known as Dr. Hossein Zadeh (who
We took the prisoners to the high hills above Evin. They were blind-folded and their hands were tied. We got them off the minibus and had them sit on the ground. Then, Attarpour told them that, just as your friends have killed our comrades, we have decided to execute you - the brain behind those executions .......
Jazani and the others began protesting. I do not know whether it was Attarpour or Colonel Vaziri who first pulled out a machine gun and started shooting them. I do not remember whether I was the 4th or 5th person to whom they gave the machine gun. I had never done that before ......
At the end, Sa'di Jalil Esfahani [another SAVAK agent, known as Babak] shot them in their heads [to make sure that they were dead].
It was then announced that those brave men had tried to escape while being transferred from Evin and, thus, had been killed . The SAVAK did not allow the medical doctor, who had examined the bodies of the nine, to question in his report the cause of death, since he had seen that the bullets had entered their bodies through their chests , not their backs. The murder of those brave men was apparently in retaliation for assassination of Abbas Shahriari, a notorious SAVAK agent who, by penetrating the armed-resistance groups, had caused the arrest and executions of many brave political activists, and Brigadier General Zandipour, who headed the infamous the "anti-terrorism committee" within the SAVAK, whereas in reality those nine men had nothing to do with the assassinations.
When Amir Asadollah Alam, the Shah's long-time confidante and Imperial Court Minister, asked him why those [brave] men had been murdered, the Shah had responded that ,
We had no choice. They were all terrorists, and would have escaped, which would have been worse,
hence indicating clearly that the Shah himself was a culprit in the crime.
While it is true that the numbers of the political prisoners who were murdered in the events of 1975 and 1988 are vastly different, do numbers really matter when it comes to such heinous crimes?
In fact, execution of the political prisoners in 1975 and 1988 are BOTH crimes against humanity, not one or the other. None must be forgotten. In both cases, the murderers could not recognize that nothing would change by executing the political prisoners, because the prisoners were the product of the dominant conditions of the society and, therefore, so long as the conditions did not change, more brave people would come forward to change them.
C. The 1953 Coup and Dr. Mohammad Mossaddegh
Iran, because of its enormous geopolitical importance over time, has been the subject of quite a lot of abuse from various Western nations. I think sometimes it's quite important to tell people, look, you have a right to be angry at something my country or my culture or others that are generally allied with us did to you 50 or 60 or 100 or 150 years ago.
Then, on March 17, 2000, Secretary of State Madeline Albright apologized  to Iranian people for the 1953 coup.
But, despite the confessions of the culprits themselves [42-44], the secular fundamentalists still insist on reloading their information Matrix by rewriting the history.
Sometimes, they insist that
had the coup not happened, the Tudeh (communist) Party would have taken
The fact that Donald Wilber, the Princeton University expert on the Middle East architecture and the CIA strategist of the coup , and Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, Jr., the CIA head of Operation TP-Ajax (that is, the coup)  both made the same claim has no significance, because that is the only way they could justify their crimes.
Note that, Mr. Roosevelt
had met the Shah secretly in a car in
"I owe my throne to God, my people,
my army - and to you," sobbed a grateful Shah of
The Shah always believed
that God was on his side (just as
The Shah also told Mr. Roosevelt  that,
If I find [Dr. Hossein] Fatemi [Foreign Minister in Dr. Mossadegh's cabinet], who brought down my sculptures and my father's, I will immediately execute him ....
which, of course, he did (see above).
At other times, the secular
fundamentalists insist that the coup was, in fact, a popular revolt against Dr.
Mossaddegh . This defies logic: How could millions of people who had
supported Dr. Mossaddegh a short time earlier to dissolve the Majles, turn
against him and be against nationalization of Iran's oil industry and its legal
ownership by Iran? Yes, there was demonstrations on the coup day, but the
demonstrators were mostly thugs, bought with millions of dollars that Mr.
Roosevelt and others had taken to
Did Dr. Mossaddegh make
mistakes during those turbulent and difficult times? Of course he did. Could he
have done better? It is possible. But, nothing changes the fundamental fact: the
August 19, 1953 events were nothing but a coup against
When it comes to Dr.
Mossaddegh and the 1953 coup, and more generally
For example, they claim that the reason that Ayatollah Sayyed Abolghasem Kashani stopped supporting Dr. Mossaddegh was that, he was not happy with, and was afraid of, the influence of the Tudeh Party. Therefore, both groups of fundamentalists have created an imaginary super-powerful Tudeh Party which enables them to reload their historical Matrices with their fantasies.
At other times,
This is not surprising though; rewriting the history is an expertise of the fundamentalists - both Islamic and secular. The author shudders at the thought of the time that will take to correct the history again for the future generations.
D. The Good SAVAK Versus the Bad SAVAK
There is a secretive
monarchist/secular fundamentalist group in southern
Any time a person, such as the author, posts an article on the internet or publishes one that contains something - anything - that they do not like, the group dispatches e-mails to him and others that are full of baseless accusations, profanities, etc. Often, they attack the author, regardless of what he/she has written about, due to the preconceived notion that they have of the author. They are so "courageous" that their e-mails never have a name, signature, or address (this is a hallmark of the secular fundamentalists).
Recently, when an article
of the author was published , they "warned" him in an e-mail that they are
watching him "like a hawk," because the author has "supported
That they watch people like
a hawk and in secret is not surprising. They are too Americanized - despite
their boastful claims of being super-patriot Iranians - and have forgotten that
a hawk is the symbol of the
This group has been involved in some of the most absurd rewriting of history, in order to recreate the Shah's image as one of a kind ruler. For example, in a recent e-mail exchange with a progressive American academic, they claimed that there were in fact two SAVAKs, a good one headed by General Mohammad Nasiri, and a bad one headed by General Hossein Fardoust. They claimed that very few people knew about the bad SAVAK, not even the Shah, and that one of the few who knew was Amir Abbas Hoveida, which is why he was executed after the 1979 Revolution. They also claimed that all the SAVAK's crimes were (naturally!) committed by the bad one which is, in fact, still operating today and is none other than the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Intelligence. In other words, even before the 1979 Revolution, the Islamic Republic was already in place!
Such fantasies need no explanation, and must be seen for what they are, namely, rewriting the historical information Matrix, in order to keep people as uninformed as possible.
E. Selective Amnesia and Memory
The "disease" of rewriting
In a recent interview , Dr. Abbas Milani cast doubts on whether the August 19, 1953 events constituted a coup. The purpose of Dr. Milani's book on Amir Abbas Hoveida, despite the scholarly work that had been done, also appears to the author to be, first and foremost, exonerating Mr. Hoveida.
It also appears that Dr.
Milani, a former Maoist himself, believes that there has never been a true
leftist intellectual in
if you ask any Iranian, who are the
top 10 people that are working on
Clearly, there is a large number of Iranian leftists who disagree with the above statement. So, it appears  that, in taking his imaginary poll, Dr. Milani has acted the same way that the Tehran's fundamentalists' Guardian Council does, namely, he has disqualified some Iranians from participating in the poll, while allowing others to express their opinion, which explains how he reached the conclusion that, "any Iranian ..." In the same interview, Dr. Milani also "dismissed" most of Iran's towering contemporary intellectuals and literary figures. So, Dr. Milani is also busy rewriting the history . These are indeed strange times, dear.
Dr. Jalal Matini, who never spoke against the Shah's dictatorship and was also silent over much of the post-Revolution era, suddenly presented a quasi-scholarly study of Dr. Mossaddegh's government and legacy, in order to rewrite the history. He presented the August 1953 events as anything other than a coup, and tried to exonerate the Shah's regime [56-58].
Some time ago, Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh wondered aloud why Iranian intellectuals do not apologize to Iranian people for supporting the 1979 Revolution. He has conveniently forgotten his own well-documented support for, (i) the Shah; (ii) Ayatollah Khomeini ; (iii) Mr. Rafsanjani; (iv) Mr. Khatami, and (v) President Bush and the American and Israeli warmongers. In the last case, not only has he been repeating, verbatim, the nonsense of the President and his allies, but has also been adding his own exaggerations (which only a thin line separates them from lies) to it. Justifying his zig zag by saying that, "I was young," does not wash, because he has continued to zig zag throughout his political career, so his problem is deeper than youthful mistakes.
These people have selective
amnesia and memory. They want us to forget about the 25 years of the dark
dictatorship, from 1953 to 1979, simply because they have emptied their
historical Matrix of this period and are trying to reload it with fantasies.
Since they are not capable of reading the history as it has happened, they are
also incapable of recognizing that the
Anyone who does not like this
[one-Party political system] can obtain his passport and leave
Just like what
Before Rastakhiz political breathing was forbidden. With Rastakhiz, human breathing was also banned. They [the SAVAK] will murder us
and they did.
Those who are trying to
rewrite the history are not capable of recognizing that the crimes that have
been committed by
But, in fact, no period of
In the author's opinion,
there is not much difference between
References and Notes
 The figure is according
 The figure is according to Tehran Keyhan, July 17, 21, and 22, 1952 issues (Teer 26, 30, and 31, 1331, issues in Persian calendar).
 See Stephen Kinzer's
excellent book, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle
East Terror (Wiley,
 Although it was initially claimed that hundreds of demonstrators had been killed on that day, later research, most notably by Mr. Emad Baghi, a leading human rights advocate, indicated that the number of deaths was far fewer.
 To this date, no one knows with reasonable certainty which organization (if any) was the culprit behind the explosions. The MKO never officially took responsibility for them, and the main suspect, a man named Kashmiri, was not a known member of the MKO or any other political group.
 In the author's opinion, both the top leadership of the MKO and the extreme reactionary elements of the government at that time - led by Asadollah Ladjvardi - wanted a bloody confrontation. Therefore, both groups are responsible for the carnage that took place.
 Including the author's 23 years old brother, three cousins (all between 19 and 24), and numerous friends and college contemporaries.
 One example of such innocent people with which the author is completely familiar:
 The operations were called Eternal Light ("Forough-e Javedan" in Persian) by the MKO, and Trap ("Mersaad") by the Government.
 The total number of MKO members who lost their lives during that invasion is unknown. The MKO itself has admitted to losing at least 1315 members, with 1100 injured, while others have put the actual figures around 3000. See, for example, the report by Human Rights Watch, www.hrw.org/backgrounder/mena/iran0505/3.htm
 Including two of the author's closest friends.
 The precise number of executed victims is not known, because the Iranian government refuses to even acknowledge that the executions took place. In his memoirs, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri put the number at 2800 - 3800, but acknowledged that it may be imprecise. See, www.amontazeri.com Other activists have put the precise number at 4481. See www.asre-nou.net. Thus, such numbers as 30,000, claimed by the MKO, have no basis in truth.
 Amnesty International
recognizes September 1 as the Day of Political Prisoners, in light of the 1988
 B. R. Rubin, Post
Labor Day Product Rollout: War with
 See, for example, M.
Sahimi, U.S. Strategy for Regime Change in
 One example (and the tip of the iceberg): In May 2004, after the author posted an article in which he criticized the monarchists' harsh treatment of Dr. Shirin Ebadi, he received insulting e-mails from a few "super patriots" (those who consider patriotism as their own private property), and in particular from the well-known female die-hard royalist, insulting him for the article. She was under the illusion that by dispatching the author one or two e-mails full of innuendoes and insults, he would simply abandon his political views that have been formed over three decades. When that did not happen, a monarchist analyst viciously attacked the author by name in his satellite TV program, without even explaining to his viewers the reason. To read that article, see, www.payvand.com/news/04/may/1128.html
 M. Sahimi, The Emergence of a New Axis: Los Angeles/Tel Aviv/Tehran; www.payvand.com/news/03/apr/1141.html
 See, M. Sahimi, Traitors, Charlatans, or Patriots? Part I; www.payvand.com/news/07/may/1042.html Part II is forthcoming.
 The author takes such attacks as a badge of honour. As Theodore Roosevelt said,
It is unpatriotic not to tell the truth
even in the face of such attacks.
 E. Alterman, The Nation magazine, November 17, 2003, p. 10.
 P. Krugman, the New York Times, October 21 and 28, 2003, the op-ed page.
 See also, J.J. Mearsheimer and S.M. Walt, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, London Review of Books, Vol. 26 (No. 6), March 23, 2006. Download the article from www.lrb.co.uk
 See, www.Altercation.msnbc.com for Mr. Alterman's writings.
 E. Alterman, The Nation magazine, March 28, 2005, p. 10. Note that Mr. Alterman is, in his own words, "not only a pretty serious Jew - bar mitzvah, educated in Israel, lights candles on Friday nights, goes to shul, sends kids to Hebrew schools, etc. - but has been writing on Israel and anti-Semitism, speaking in synagogues,...."; see the above article.
 Note that in the 1850s
there was a political party in the
 Most recently by Mr. Alireza Meybodi, the supposedly "moderate" and "informed" analyst.
 As an assistant to a
sports reporter, this analyst used to help reporting soccer games on the Iranian
TV in the 1970s. Then, in 1980-1981, when he was working in a dry-cleaning store
 F. Rich, International Herald Tribune, May 24-25, 2003, p. 20.
 For an excellent account of the history and fate of many Iranian intellectuals see, B. Momeni, The Condition of Intellectuals in Iran, www.tvs.se/womensvoice/condition_culture.html
 See also, M. Sahimi,
The Sad Story of Censorship in
 See, for example, www.brainyquote.com/quotes/j/josephstal109570.html
 On October 9, 1970, a
Boeing 727 of Iran Air with 44 persons abroad was "highjacked" and taken to
 Bijan Jazani, who was murdered at the age of 38, was a leading leftist intellectual, who contributed greatly to the theory and discussions about how to confront the Shah's regime, including the books, The Thirty Year History of Iran, and, How Armed Struggle Becomes Popular.
 To read more about Jazani's life and death, and also those of his commrades see, for example, On the Life and the Work of Bijan Jazani, a Collection of Essays (Khavaran, Paris, 1999).
 The first seven were members of People's Fedaaein Guerillas of Iran, founded in February 1971.
 The last two were members of the MKO, founded in 1965.
 Naderipour was
responsible for savagely beating and torturing many political prisoners,
including many of the authors' friends and contemporaries in Faculty of
 A. A. Alam, The Alam
Diary, edited by A. Aalikhani (Maziar Press,
 The White House Press Briefing, April 12, 1999.
 For Dr. Albright's remarks see, www.secretary.state.gov/statements/2000/000317.html
 J. Risen, The CIA in
 Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit_Roosevelt,_Jr.
 Kermit Roosevelt, Jr.,
Counter Coup: The Struggle for the Control of
 The Rashidian brothers' father was a wealthy man with much admiration for everything that was British. The MI6 was paying the brothers 10,000 British Pounds/month (a huge sum for that era) to "buy" loyalists for the Shah.
 P. Davar Panah, Familiarize Ourselves with the Planners and Executors of the Mordad 28 Coup (in Persian), www.kar-online.com/siasat/siasat-davarpanah-l.html
 In addition to
countless other claims, see, for example, the advertisement by Mr. Ardeshir
Zahedi (son-in-law of the Shah,
For a recent very good article on what happened between Dr. Mossaddegh and Ayatollah Kashani see, for example, www.ayandehnegar.org/kvm.htm
 M. Sahimi, Iranian-American is Twice Victimized, the Los Angeles Times, June 22, 2007.
 The author would be delighted to speak to any legitimate and peaceful group, including an Islamic one. But, the fact is, contrary to the claim of the group, he has never spoken to an Islamic group. This is just another lie by this group.
 The interview can be
downloaded from, for example,
In an interview with Mr. Hossein Hedjazi on KIRN 670 AM radio on Sunday August 26, 2007, Dr. Milani repeated the same doubts about the 1953 coup.
 Quoted from, M. Bayat Zadeh, Zarafshan and Milani, www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=11116
 There have been many articles responding to Dr. Milani's diatribes. See, for example, Ref.  and the article by Dr. Nasser Zarafshan, web.peykeiran.com/vs2005/article-body.aspx?ID=11439.
For articles criticizing
Dr. Zarafshan's response to Dr. Milani, or commenting on his article, see, for
 See, J. Matini, On the
Political Legacy of Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh (in Persian) (Ketab Corporation,
 For a response to, and critique of Matini's book see, for example, the article by Mr. Hassan Behgar at www.iranian.com/Behgar/2006/August/Review/index.html
 See Dr. Mossaddegh's entry in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Mosaddeq for many references on his life and legacy (both pro and con) and the events of 1951-1953.
 See, Raah-e Niyaakaan,
No. 7, p. 2 (published in
Muhammad Sahimi, the NIOC
Chair in petroleum engineering, and professor of chemical engineering and
materials science at the
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