by Eliana Benador
“I will bless those who bless Israel and I will curse those who curse Israel” ×‘×¨××©×™×ª – Bereishit
Ever since the fall of the Shah of Iran, as a result of the Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini and his colleagues, figures like former Prime Minister Amir Hoveyda were summarily beheaded. Others such as Prime Minister Chapour Bakhtiar and Ambassador Fereydoun Hoveyda, Amir’s brother, managed to escape to the safety of Paris… But on 7 August 1991, Bakhtiar was murdered in his home, along with his secretary, Soroush Katibeh, by three assassins, agents of the Islamic regime.
As time went by, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadh took power since August 2005. Ever since then, he has been vociferous in his venom against America, the Land of Israel and the Jewish people.
But it was on December 14, 2005, that he went above and beyond his previous rhetorical attacks against America and Israel, when he suggested that the Holocaust was a myth, causing many European leaders, who were among Iran’s most lucrative business partners, to be outraged.
Since then, the world could hear Ahmadinejad or some of his colleagues, such as Larijani, in violent rhetoric against the big satan, America, and the little satan, Israel. I had once heard Larijani, Iranian chief nuclear negotiator, address a crowd in Dubai, exciting the people when he vociferously attacked “Israel” and the “Jews”.
The Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193) says: “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
Recently, an article written by an analyst and strategist from Khameini’s camp, Alireza Forghani, has been posted on most state-owned sites, including the Revolutionary Gard’s Fars Agency -showing the official endorsement of the regime.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called Israel a danger to Islam and is reported to have said that they should not miss the opportunity to remove “this corrupting material because there is “legal justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel and that Iran should take the helm for that endeavor.
Israel has been threatened time and again by the Iranian regime. The world has been successively and endlessly negotiating and sanctioning Iran. And, according to scientific reports, Iran seems to be very advanced in their quest to have a nuclear bomb.
The above declarations are not from a few year ago, but from a few days ago. The West is used to listen to dictators’ threats without wanting to believe in them. But, the time has come to listen to Ahmadinejad.
As such, one can no longer heed to the argument that “if anyone would attack Iran, the whole population would turn against their aggressor…” It’s a fair position, but, we have been waiting for the Iranian population or the Iranian student movemetns to develop an organized resistance, but our waiting time has been in vain.
We have been told from the beginning that the Iranian people are the most Westernized in the region and a new regime in Iran would transform them and the world, ending terrorism; Iraq and Afghanistan could become much more stable, as would other countries in the region and beyond. Sure, but on the condition that we support the Iranian people in their aspirations for freedom, without appeasing or negotiating with their leaders.
We have often been told that anything else short of helping the Iranian resistance, would backfire as it would create Nationalism in Iran and destroy the resistance. Indeed, Iranians are patriotic as the world could see when Saddam decided to attack a weak Iran, who had no spare parts and whose leaders had been executed, yet the Iranians fought fiercely for 8 years . This was despite the fact that the US, USSR, Britain, France and all the Arab money were backing Saddam.
However, the problem is that the Iranian people and student movement, for whatever reason, have not gotten their act together, while the nuclear is moving forward. Many have had faith and have counted on them to start a counter-revolution, but for when, what are they waiting for…?
It is clear that roughly eighty million people can decide to overturn an evil regime; as we have seen throughout history, revolutions have happened.
Saying that “The Iranian people are the most Westernized in the region and a new regime in Iran will transform the world” sounds great, but the big question is for WHEN?
Being too westernized, too pro-democracy is proving to be counterproductive in the end… When push comes to shove, there is a lot of talking from the Iranian ‘resistance’… but the nuclear is making progress in Iran -and the world cannot wait forever.
So the time has come to realize that one can no longer wait for the Iranian population to remove their evil regime.
Virulent speeches must be heard and kept in mind, because words reflect a state of mind. And actions, that speak louder than words, can make possible to turn that state of mind into a reality. Israel is being attacked by the whole world; at this point, world opinion can be relegated behind the only One force that counts, that has always and will always stand by the Land of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide: God.
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Goodwill Ambassador Eliana Benador is a national and international global strategist and the former CEO and founder of Benador Associates.