In an interview with The Associated Press, Pahlavi equated the climate of the unrest in his homeland with the "revolutionary atmosphere" that preceded the fall of his father from the Peacock Throne 30 years ago, when the monarchy was replaced by an Islamic republic.
In the letter Pahlavi urged the U.N. chief to press Iran to release those arrested and act to "halt the intolerable and increasingly dangerous march of events." The letter was given to the AP Thursday.
Pahlavi said that recalling ambassadors would be a "minimal but clear indication" by U.N. member states of their support for the rights of Iranian citizens and objections to violations of these rights by Iranian authorities.
"This is not about me. I'm not here to advocate anything but ... freedom and democracy for the Iranian people at first and I've determined this as my unique mission in life."
Still, he acknowledged that "I carry on my shoulders the historic weight of an institution that I may potentially represent."
Thursday, December 31, 2009
The son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown and exiled 30 years ago (by the very regime in power today), continues to speak up and is pleading to the international community to join protests against the regime in Iran. He is urging nations to withdraw their ambassadors in objection to Iran’s brutal crackdown of peaceful protesters. In addition to requesting the removal of envoys, he has also written a letter to U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for investigation into human rights violations. (which means nothing as we know they are useless but the gesture is understandable
I absolutely agree his with his contention regarding the retraction of ambassadors. In solidarity, the doors need to shut. Unlike the revolution that occurred 30 years ago, these embassies do not have to fear the demonstrators; the thugs are the ones in power, these people just want their rights back. As he stated, while the act may sound minimal, it sends a clear indication of disapproval to the regime along with support for basic human rights. Since the last revolution, the United States has not had an embassy in Iran but surely Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden (among others) can remove their ambassadors, can they not? If not for human rights, then certainly for our own defense, Obama should be meeting with our allies and making the same request as Pahlavi. During the same meeting, sanctions should be discussed and applied (obviously with the approval of congress).
I must apologize, how inappropriate of me to suggest the President take time off golf to tackle important issues.
Lest we not forget that Obama has been shunned by the mullahcracy once again as 2009 has passed along with Obama’s deadline for Iran.