The Three Things the Ayatollahs Fear Most
By Sia Ayrom (based on an analysis by Manook Khodabakhshian)
In the forty one years that the ayatollahs have had Iran under their rule, they’ve spent untold billions of dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to eviscerate every semblance of Iranian heritage, culture, and morality. From their Islamification of the educational system, to the plunder & destruction of historically significant sites and artifacts, to the subjugation of the ancient Iranian code of morals for their Khomeinist version of Shi’a code of ethics, they’ve been faced with nothing but strong resistance from the Iranian people.
There has been much discussion in western media regarding trivial fights between the people and the ayatollahs such as compulsory hijab, but the three subjects that give the ayatollahs constant nightmares are these three things; The Pahlavi Dynasty & a return to Pahlavism, the Trump Presidency, and the current Iranian renaissance generation, which the late Manook Khodabakhshian always referred to as the “Chic Pasargadae Generation”.
Return to Pahlavism
Pahlavism, as first described by Khosro Fravahar, a leading opposition activist, historian, and political analyst, is as follows:
Pahlavism is liberty, glory, pride, progress, Iran centric.
Pahlavism means being proud of the past and hopeful for the future
Pahlavism means respect for ethnic and religious minorities
Pahlavism is complimentary nutrition
Pahlavism is the unveiling of women
Pahlavism is coast to coast railways
Pahlavism means having a National Bank & a Central Bank
Pahlavism means having our currency printed in Iran
Pahlavism means having a national oil industry
Pahlavism is Tehran University
Pahlavism is Imperial Iranian Armed Forces
Pahlavism means building a mausoleum for Ferdowsi
Pahlavism means having a science army, agriculture army, and a health army
Pahlavism is equality and a right to vote for women
Pahlavism is National land reforms
Pahlavism is Forever Persian Gulf
Pahlavism is 50% ownership of the Caspian Sea
Pahlavism means Pan-Iranism
Pahlavism means Greater Iran
Pahlavism means Iranian Identity
For the past 41 years, successive generations of Iranians have become much more aware of the devotion, dedication, and the sacrifices of the Pahlavi dynasty, mostly because of the tireless work of a small band of dedicated and independent historians, authors, and media personalities who have managed to successfully combat the ayatollahs’ propaganda and fake history. The first signs of this popular realization that put the fear of God into the ayatollahs and shook their spines right down to the bone was the omnipresent slogan, “Reza Shah, bless your soul”, which was heard everywhere during the massive uprising of 2017. This and many more slogans in praise of the Pahlavi dynasty were amplified much further during last year’s m protests which frightened the regime so much so that, it resorted to illegally shooting over 1500 protesters in the streets and also resulted in the mass arrest of tens of thousands more peaceful protesters, none of which, the regime has been made to answer for by the international community.
Ever since then, the ayatollahs have been hastily attempting to sell the Iranian people a myriad of alternatives to no avail. The fear of a return to Pahlavism led by Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi had so preoccupied Ali Khamenei, that he’s resorted to publicly attacking the Crown Prince. These attacks have been met with much public scorn from Iranians on social media as well as some keen and witty retorts by State Department officials.
In a last ditch effort to prolong their rule, the latest rouse by the regime is to float the possibility of a female president in the next election cycle. To advance this political circus, they’ve coordinated with the Macron government and friendly human rights NGOs, mostly funded by George Soros, to promote a regime friendly attorney by the name of Nasrin Sotudeh, as an anti regime political prisoner. This couldn’t be further from the truth. With only a cursory search of the internet, everyone is able to discover that Sotudeh was a member of the Khatami government, she was instrumental in leaking over one million protester names to the ministry of intelligence, and was singularly responsible for obtaining forced confessions from protesters in 2009.
The fact that the ayatollahs’ lobby in the US, NIAC, is the party responsible for funneling the funds for the New York Times one page advertisement for Sotudeh, brings us to the next thing the ayatollahs are deathly afraid of, namely, President Donald J. Trump.
The ayatollahs are scared of The Donald.
From Jimmy Carter, who gave Khomeini $150 million to gain power, to Ronald Reagan who sent Rafsanjani F-14 parts, weapons, and chocolate cake, to the bushes & Clinton, who turned a blind eye to their hijackings, assassinations, and terrorist bombings all over the world, and finally the Obama administration’s feeble policy of appeasement, the ayatollahs had been able to keep consecutive US presidents wrapped around their fingers, then came Trump.
Trump, unlike all other presidents, instinctively understands what makes people tick. Coming from a construction business background, Trump’s mastery of sales psychology makes him a truly formidable opponent of the ayatollahs. The ayatollahs philosophy of diplomacy is essentially that of a used rug salesman. This technique has been utterly successful when placed across the table from politicians schooled in the ways of Wilsonian win-win diplomacy, but it cannot hold a candle to Trump’s simple business philosophy; reward your friends and punish your enemies.
It’s not a big secret that the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign has squeezed the ayatollahs to the point of economic collapse. It’s also not a secret that the historic peace deals between Israel & the Arab world has shifted the geopolitical paradigm in the Middle East. What has somewhat remained a bit of a secret, at least to pollsters, is the overwhelming support of the Iranian American diaspora for Trump’s reelection. Obama won reelection in California, New York, and Texas with 54%, 47%, and 37% of the Iranian American vote, respectively. The latest tracking polls of Iranian American likely voters places support for Donald Trump at 66%, 72%, and 78% respectively. The killing of terror kingpin Soleimani is most given as the reason for the huge uptick in support for Trump. This brings us to the third and most dangerous thing that the ayatollahs fear, the Chic Pasargadae Generation.
The Chic Pasargadae Generation
This new renaissance generation announced itself to the world on October 28, 2016 with a bang, by holding a day of thanks at Cyrus the Great’s tomb in Pasargadae, outside Shiraz, Iran. The ayatollahs were caught entirely off guard and their security and intelligence services were unable to muster enough forces to quash this peaceful protest. One of the main slogans that was chanted that day was, “Iran is our homeland & Cyrus (The Great) is our father”, thumbing their noses at the ayatollahs and their insistence on Islam & their belittling of Iran.
This show of defiance by the new generation proved three things. First that the regime’s Islamic education system had utterly failed. Second, that this generation was internet savvy and got their news and views from a small band of Iranian pro Pahlavi media personalities outside the country who dared to dream of a markedly different future, one where being Iranian was the most important thing, not Islam. And third, that the massive investment by the regime, its European strategic partners, & even the badly managed VOA, hadn’t been able to sour Iranians of their love of the Pahlavi monarchy.
Since that day, the love and devotion for the Pahlavi family, and Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi has only grown, it has begun to break through the spiral of silence governing western media. We are witnessing what will be called “Iran’s Greatest Generation”, finally get rid of the rule of the ayatollahs, and usher in a return to Iran’s roots, a constitutional democratic monarchy, indeed a return to Pahlavism.