Erfan Fard

Pahlavi’s Stand at NatCon4: Iran’s Cry for Freedom

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In a recent speech at the National Conservatism 4 conference in Washington, D.C., a poignant narrative was unfolded by the Crown Prince of Iran, drawing stark parallels between the historic upheavals in Iran and the looming threats to Western civilization today. His words were not just a reflection on past grievances but a clear warning signal and a rallying cry to the free world.

Forty-five years ago, Iran stood as a burgeoning epicenter of progressive ideals and national pride in the Middle East. However, the Islamic Revolt of 1979 marked the beginning of what the Crown Prince described as an “unholy alliance of the red and the black” – radical Marxism intertwined with radical Islamism. This alliance, according to him, set the stage not for creation but for the annihilation of the Iranian national identity and sovereignty.

Khomeini’s return to Iran wasn’t just the homecoming of a fake religious leader; it was the onset of a radical ideological overhaul that saw the disintegration of national symbols and systems. The National Consultative Assembly was rebranded as the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the national army was sidelined for the IRGC’s terrorist thugs, and the traditional Lion and Sun flag was replaced with a motif glorifying religious fervor over national unity. Khomeini’s disdain for nationalism, preferring a global Islamic brotherhood, catalyzed policies that suppressed any form of patriotic sentiment.

Fast forward to today, and the implications of these shifts are not confined to the geographic or political boundaries of Iran. The Crown Prince’s address shed light on how the Iranian regime has exported its radical ideology far beyond its borders, influencing regions from Europe to Latin America. This expansion isn’t merely about spreading influence but about destabilizing existing structures through supporting terrorist cells, undermining educational institutions, and perpetuating conflicts that align with their doctrinal agendas.

The persistence of this regime’s tactics was emphasized through its media manipulations and the recent portrayal of Iran’s new president as a reformist. The Crown Prince vehemently refuted such characterizations, exposing them as strategic misinformation aimed at painting a palatable picture of a regime that remains fundamentally radical and expansionist. The regime’s declarations of reform and moderation are, as he puts it, a masquerade intended to obscure their unyielding commitment to a radical, imperialist ideology.

Yet, the core of his speech was not just to expose or lament but to mobilize support and action. He highlighted the indomitable spirit of the Iranian people, who have not succumbed to the regime’s oppressive tactics. Despite severe repression, a national reawakening is stirring within Iran – a renaissance of the rich Persian heritage and a renewed assertion of national identity. This movement is not a mere reaction but a proactive assertion against the regime, symbolized by the rallying cries echoing from the streets to the tomb of Cyrus the Great, proclaiming, “We will fight, we will die, we will reclaim Iran!”

However, the Crown Prince also pointed out the complicity of Western political elites who have, over decades, either ignored or underestimated the malignant nature of the mullah’s regime. The misguided engagements, influenced by political naïveté and fears of being labeled Islamophobic, have only emboldened the regime. He criticized these approaches for enabling the regime, directly or indirectly, to sustain its oppressive rule not just over its citizens but extending its doctrinal conflicts across the Middle East.

The message from the Crown Prince was clear: the battle against the Iranian regime’s radical ideology is not Iran’s alone to fight. It is a global challenge that the Western world must acknowledge and actively engage in. He called for a partnership based on shared values of democracy and human dignity, urging the United States and its allies to realign their foreign policies to support the Iranian people genuinely striving for freedom.

As the international community continues to grapple with the complexities of Middle Eastern politics, the Crown Prince’s speech serves as a crucial reminder of the broader implications of Iran’s political dynamics. It is a call to shift from passive observation to active support, recognizing the intertwined destinies of the Iranian people and global democracies.

In conclusion, while the Crown Prince’s detailed exposition at the National Conservatism conference illuminated the persistent threats posed by radical ideologies, it also highlighted a pathway toward solidarity and support. It’s a reminder that the spirit of national pride and the fight for sovereignty, as demonstrated by the Iranian people, can inspire global movements towards stability, peace, and genuine democratic governance. As we ponder the future, let us remember that the fight for freedom transcends borders and that our support for such movements can shape the course of history, ensuring that nations can reclaim their destiny from the clutches of tyranny.

Moreover, it is crucial to note the hope that the future U.S. presidency, post-November 2024, will support the option of regime change in Tehran, recognizing that this villainous, rogue, and terrorist regime has no connection to the people of Iran. Naturally, for stability and peace in the Middle East, this regime, a servant to Russia and China, must be removed from the scene. Otherwise, the end of Islamic terrorism and aggressive, warmongering behavior will not be achieved, and the criminal mullah will continue his destructive actions.

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About the Author
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, DC. He is in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran, Counter terrorism, IRGC, MOIS and Ethnic conflicts in MENA. \He graduated in International Security Studies (London M. University, UK), and in International Relations (CSU-LA), and is fluent in Persian, Kurdish, Arabic and English. Follow him in this twitter account @EQFARD