Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran was on Voice of America TV talk show the other night speaking about the EU3-UN resolution on Iranian nuclear issue.
His highness talked about variety of topics including the regime's aid to Hezbollah while Iranian people are starving, and that mullahs want a foreign invasion to toughen their rule over the poor people of Iran and the fact that Islamic regime has run Iran into abyss since the start of their bloody revolution in 1979. He also made comments on the fact that int'l community won't let Iranian regime acquire an A-Bomb and he mentioned the necessity of unity among opposition forces in this one hour program.
I am going to make a few sentences on his highness call for unity among regime's opposition groups while I strongly agree with every thing he said in this recent talk show. I don't hide my feelings about the Iranian royal family. I like them and I feel sorry for what they have gone through in the past 27 yrs and I do have utmost respect for Her Majesty Queen Farah though.
There is only one thing I don't quite understand about Reza Pahlavi's campaign against the regime and that would be his refusal to form a government in exile as an alternative to the evil regime occupying Iran today. While I understand why he doesn't want to form the government in exile and claim a role for himself which is really nice of him, it is not right to do so though.
Prince Pahlavi has to form a government in exile with ministers from every opposition group and put this shadow government on table for foreign governments to accept. If this government is formed, then world community will see a solid, strong alternative to the mullahs of Iran and, believe me, will try to back this one. It might be a risky job but freedom is not free.
Prince Reza must rush to meet with US Senators and congressmen convincing them to sign the Iran Freedom Act in Senate which wasn't approved last time it was put for voting [MORE]. He should make them understand why it is important for them to support a free Iran. [link]
Let the Democratic senators realize that if they cooperate in this, their country will benefit from future trade and business deals with Iran and make Republican representatives understand that if the country is freed, the threat of Islamic terrorism will decrease, Iranian defense sector will create jobs for Americans and the US will have a strong ally in the war on terror.
His highness has to meet with US government officials, especially VP Cheney and his staff, convincing them to fully cooperate with the will of Iranian people to be free from the rule of mad mullahs and these meetings must be publicized to frighten the mullahs.
Prince Reza may argue that his opponents wouldn't like him running for leadership like this but there are counter-measures he can apply to defuse these people crying and moaning against him, which is to form the government in exile, take as many different people in this shadow government as possible and then once Iran is freed from the rule of Mullahs he would dissolve this shadow government and the assembly of the Iranian people will determine what type of governance Iranians want in future.
Let me be clear, I left Iran fairly recently and I am in constant touch with friends and family back there. The only thing people want right now is to get rid of the mullahs as quick as possible, right or wrong I don't know but this is what I am hearing. They don't give a damn who is going to do this, they only care how and when this is going to happen and I repeat, the only thing they care about is to be free soon. Iranians are fed up with the regime for sure. They need to be told what to do and how to do it. That's what matters to them. They are desperate. I don't know if some one who has been out of Iran for too long understands what desperation means in today Iran. One can feel it but may not comprehend that, but I do.
Crown prince Pahlavi must be more pro-active and listens to what people inside of Iran say not what people outside of Iran want. Of course, every single opinion must be respected (except those of regime's) but this is not an easy period and we are running out of time.
It's just matter of time that Mullahs acquire nuclear weapons and claim victory. I don't want that day and I don't think the rest of the world would be okay with the nuclear armed Islamic regime of Iran. All I care about is to see a free and prosperous Iran where every citizen can be happy, have a say in his represented government and earn enough money to run his/her family.
Time is not in our favor...