Sunday, July 19, 2009

Yazdi on Islamic Republic

Ebrahim Yazdi, a confidant of Ayatollah Khomeini, who played a key role in establishing the Islamic Republic and who became the foreign minister of the young republic, today warned that the Islamic Republic is following the path of the of the former Soviet Union, being a “strong totalitarian regime with a very high effective but corrupt secret police.”

Yazdi’s comments were published in today’s edition of Asharq Al-Awsat.

“The former Soviet Union collapsed because the leadership moved too late to respond to the demands of the people and implement reform…I believe Iran is following this same path but with two key differences; firstly Iran is not an empire that can be broken up into different republics and countries. Secondly, the collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the end of the Marxist ideology…however Islam will not disappear as Marxism did. Islam is a part of our identity and culture. I am not worried about Islam, for Islam has a God to protect it…however I am afraid for the Republic of Iran and [the fate of] democracy in my country,” Yazdi said.

Yazdi is currently the secretary-general of the Freedom Movement of Iran, one of the parties of Iran's reformist movement.


Paul Iddon said...

a lot of much bigger factors led to the fall of the Soviet Union

Glasnost was supposed to help fix all that. This was Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of loosening media controls and restrictions on freedom of speech. The policy of openness was intended to put pressure on ruling conservatives within the Communist Party who opposed Gorbachev's policies on economic reform (known as Perestroika).

Soon, stories were popping up all over Russia about the incredibly poor Soviet economic and social situation.

Knowing that those lines are just as long everywhere else and it's your government's fault? That makes a person want to get a new government.

Nationalists began winning elections in the U.S.S.R. and one by one, those republics declared their independence.

I think the whole Iran situation at the moment is A LOT DIFFERENT than what led to the collapse of the USSR, the worst case scenario would be a two party state (like the United States), if the majority of the people are Islamic I doubt that the Islamic Republic will fall!

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the Iranian People realize they need change in there government and they want positvie change for there themselves and there family and friends and there land/country from within there country begining the sooner the better for the sake of there future of the Iranian People and Iran there ways of life and culture,for future genernations of Iranians to come.So the question is what and how to make the necessary changes that are truely needed?