The past 31 years of gross violation of human rights, amputations, hangings, child executions, prison rapes, punishments by stoning, assassinations of nationalists and opposition leaders, and the like are only the continuation of what Iranian people have endured in their own country at the hands of these foreign invaders. The defeat at the battle of Qadisiyyah in 636 is considered the beginning of the Iranian plight. The victory of an Islamic Revolution in 1979 is labeled by many Iranians as Qadisiyyah II.
With their systematic conquest of the affluent Sasanian Persian Empire (224-651), the Muslims burned Iranian palaces, thousands of libraries, and priceless archives. Muslims called Iranians "ajam" or mute and "najis" or impure. Thousands of Iranians were slaughtered, raped, and forced into slavery. Immediately after the conquest of Iran, Muslims gave the status of "dhimmi" or rights of residence in return for special taxes to the majority of Iranians, who were Zoroastrians. Under this status, Iranians were subjected to frivolous persecution, discrimination, forcible conversion, and harassment. Thousands of Iranian priests were executed and hundreds of Zoroastrian temples across Iran were either destroyed or converted to mosques.
The Iranian genocide has been an ongoing project for centuries. Besides violent attacks against their culture, history, national memories, arts and sciences, wealth, standard of living, and natural human rights, Iranians were also on the verge of losing their language which was revived by a national poet-hero Ferdowsi (940-1020).
About 200 years ago, because of an incompetent government and excessive meddling of the clerics in the country's affairs, Iranians lost approximately 1.35 million square miles of territories via forced treaties.
Unfortunately, history was repeated when in 1979 the mullahs took control. Their meddling led to a bloody war with Iraq in the 1980's resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and mutilations and destruction of cities. Because of the clerics, Iranians are once again facing destructive and detrimental separatist movements in Sistan-Baluchestan and Khuzistan which would result in loss of additional territories. Because of the clerics, Iranians face potential military strikes by those nations threatened by the theocracy in Tehran which could result in more territorial losses.
Because of the clerics, Iranian national archives that were painstakingly collected by nationalists such as the late Dr. Shojaedin Shafa prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution were once again destroyed. Because of the clerics, Iranians continue to live with sanctions denying them access to open market goods and services while endangering their health and financial well-being. Because of the clerics, millions of Iranians are addicted to drugs because of depression and oppression. Because of the clerics, Iranian girls and women are being raped in prisons and sold to sex slavery trades in the region. Because of the clerics, millions of educated nationalists fled the country taking their wealth and knowledge with them. Because of the clerics, the Iranian genocide continues.
Over 3 million brave men and women of Iran have poured into the streets since June 2009 against the anti-Iranian occupiers in Tehran. Iranian nationalists living abroad continue to support their efforts by holding demonstrations and using technology to show the regime's atrocities to foreign nations. Despite epic rise of terrorism across western countries, the U.S. and the Free World continue to play around with the Islamist regime assuming that short-term benefits received via sanctions and black market are worth the long-term damages in the near future.
The longterm prospects for mullahcracy are not good. As Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) put it: "No government power can be abused long. Mankind will not bear it. There is a remedy in human nature against tyranny, that will keep us safe under every form of government."
And let us not forget the words of Thomas Jefferson: "In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty."
Iranians will not cease their centuries of struggle against inhumanity. The day will come when a free, secular, and democratic Iran under a nationalist leadership will once again protect its people's rights and security. The Iranian genocide organizers and supporters will be hunted down one by one. It is time for the Free World to practice what it preaches and support the Iranian opposition against tyranny. Regime change is a must! It would be good for Iran, the Middle East, and world peace. The West should stop engagements with pro-Sharia Law "reformists" and provide media communication venues badly needed by the pro-democracy nationalists so they can guide and educate Iranians during their national uprising. A secular, democratic Iran will end Iranian genocide, and foster healthy, prosperous relations with other freedom loving nations. Time is of the essence!
Sheda Vasseghi is on the Board of Azadegan Foundation and is a regular contributor to WorldTribune.com on Iran’s Affairs.