Written by Mansur Rastani, Ph.D.
Iranian Sycophants are Planting the Seeds of Idolatry today in the Hope of Reaping a Piece of Prosperity Crop Tomorrow
I recall a discussion I had with a friend of mine a while back trying to determine the basis for the general status quo regarding the lack of the unity among Iranian opposition groups outside the country. In our dialogue I was leaning more toward the conspiracy theory and blaming the World Powers, which during the last three decades have shadowed and slowed down the efforts of genuine Iranian opposition groups in finding their way toward establishing democracy in their country.
My friend on other hand, while not denying such meddling of Foreign Powers, was putting the blame on the shoulders of opposition groups mainly due to the culture of egoism and opportunism imposed upon our public communities. At the time I did not agree much with my friend's opinion, however my observations on numerous occasions of such measures among Iranians have proved me wrong.
We are witnessing some of the opportunistic key players among political parties who, in their view, are actively involved in advancing awareness among the common core of the society through public news medias. At the same time they are wittingly propagating and publicizing self-centered characteristics and egoism among people.
For instance, in a democratic society, when a political party or group is endorsing and promoting some political or historical leader of their own, the partisans of the party expect to hear a fair-minded elaboration on his strong leadership quality, useful services rendered for his country, his critical decisions in domestic and foreign policies that have led to the recognition and glory of the nation, etc., so that more people from even outside their faction can be persuaded to join the party.
Unfortunately, except for a few key players who have preserved their professional standards and personal dignities, never losing their regard for democracy - we are witnessing the majority of these groups with their noisy political gestures and empty slogans - hiding behind their mask of patriotism and nationalism in their TV shows. In their humiliating programs the "masked patriots" get excited and carried away - raising their voices as they go with their eulogies - they begin sweating and getting red faced and stiffened necks - and soon their tone turns into yelling the empty slogan of "Javid Shah" - as they try to ram their message into the public's brain. These "masked patriots" even try to dictate to the people viewing their show to take up the chant "Javid Shah."
Not knowing that the harder they push the less effective their message will be, since the core of the message in their program is not about the qualifications and accomplishments of their leader - but about the name and the place of the leader.
During a night rally in California of Iranian opposition supporters, a key political player, while at the microphone, faced the moon, and actually directed the crowd to look up and witness "his vision" of the portrait of Shah in the moon. This was a blatant attempt to invoke the same superstitious mentality among people that the religious sycophants committed 30 years ago to promote Khomeini.
Many in the Persian News media endorse those political elements who radically insist that when calling on the name of Reza Pahlavi, instead they use the name "Shahansha" Reza Pahlavi. Others even demand that any future vision for our country is wrong except that of the Reza Pahlavi. It is as if they are competing against each other in planting the seeds of idolatry today in the hope of reaping a piece of some prosperity crop tomorrow.
We know that everybody is free to express his opinion because that is the first principle of democracy, however when one holds the public microphone in his hand he becomes liable [responsible] to the public for what he says behind it. Reza Pahlavi, himself, on several occasions has emphasized that until the fall of IRI he considers himself as an Iranian civilian and only thereafter his faith will be determined by the votes of the people in Iran. It seems like no matter what, some groups of people are always pursuing their egoism doctrine regardless.
All these remind me of the opportunistic sycophants during Shah's time. At that time some people believed that Shah had created a good impression of himself among different communities in the nation. While this may have been partly true, it was his associates that generated a bad image of him in public. This remark could be very true since the duties of a king's associates were to provide people with awareness about their history, their culture, and their Persian identity in order to encourage patriotism and nationalism among them. However, because they were just a bunch of opportunistic sycophants that, due to their nature of egoism, always stood in frontlines and shouted "Javid Shah" and established a culture of idolatry among Iranians.
The current young generation movement in Iran most certainly loves their Persian history. They have a great respect for their historical leaders - but opposite to those old opportunists and sycophants who are still continuing on their parasitic missions - are not saying "Javid Shah" but "Javid Shahanshahi". Because the young generation don't [yet] believe in idolatry, what they believe in is their country, their nation, and their history.
Another time I was stunned by the act of one of our Persian TV stations which I highly respect, when I noticed that in the memorial anniversary day of the Shah in Egypt, almost every member of that TV had sent a bouquet of flowers under their individual names. I understand that everybody can love his king, there is nothing wrong with that, and in fact it is admirable and is a minimum tribute one can make for his past leader, but wouldn't it be impractical if everyone who loves Shah wants to send a bouquet to his tomb? Above all, such practices deliver a message to the public that even the people within a TV station cannot unite together under one roof, if the public role models do not exercise unity among themselves what would be expected from the rest of our society? It is a "no brainer" to see that it would be a propagation of unity among the viewers if only one bouquet of flowers was sent on behalf of that TV station.
Political activists need to stop engaging in sycophancy and opportunism. These activists need to endorse their chosen candidate by declaring what that candidate actually believes in, what they stand for. As for Reza Pahlavi, they should concentrate on analyzing his many praiseworthy and notable interviews. They could then elaborate on the key points he made and stress the importance of his message in those interviews to the people. This way they can promote the public awareness about their leader and even persuade those outside to join the party.
Upon the fall of IRI and if the people of Iran voted for the parliamentary kingdom of Reza Pahlavi, I am sure the current Iranian movement inside the country will ask him to keep his distance from any of his old generation associates and try to surround himself with the new and young generation. The old generation was tested 30 years ago and they all failed. The old generation has nothing new to offer. The young generation in Iran doesn't want to repeat the history. They do not want a bunch of opportunist sycophants to run the country again. The future of our country belongs to them and it is time for the old generation to step aside and leave the way open for the future young intellects.
Mansur Rastani, Ph.D.
April, 16, 2010
Dr. Mansur Rastani is a retired mechanical engineer. He was a member of the faculty in the mechanical engineering department in NCSU, NCA&TSU and CSU. He is interested in philosophy, cosmic and politics. Dr. Rastani has authored numerous scientific articles. Currently, he assists the Iranian movement by getting their messages to the US and other international political authorities across the globe.