Erfan Fard

The Enduring Influence of the Pahlavi Name in Iran

Iranian rally in Los Angeles; (, Photo)

Forty-five years ago, in days like these, the world’s media heralded Khomeini as a religious leader and a celestial figure. Yet, in essence, he was merely a cunning Shiite mullah who, under the guise of falsehood, declared himself a defender of humanity. However, his doctrine brought nothing but a blend of savagery and terrorism to the human world.

In 1979’s revolt, both the Marxist and Islamic opposition groups in Iran united behind Khomeini’s cloak against the late Shah. Many of them were admirers of China, Russia, Cuba, Albania, Syria, Iraq, and Libya. Remarkably, none of the participants in the 1979 upheaval mentioned democracy or human rights in their declarations, speeches, or books. It seemed as though they were on a mission to devastate Iran, a mission they accomplished with notable success.

Today, remnants of the 1979 era, now over 80 years old, still spread venom against the Shah of Iran with a peculiar bitterness. Some participants of the 1979 turmoil seem reluctant to move past that year, showing no desire for a regime change in Iran. Others, including former terrorist allies of Saddam Hussein like the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) , the Komala, the KDPI, and others, lack credibility, value, and standing among the Iranian society. The younger generation, thinking about Iran and possessing a sense of nationalism, sees their national pride, lost in 1979, embodied in the figure of Prince Reza Pahlavi.

In recent years, amidst nationwide movements against the mullahs’ regime, the only name echoed in the streets and alleys has been that of the Pahlavis. Since Reza Shah‘s rise to prime minister on October 28, 1923, and subsequently to monarchy on December 15, 1925, the Pahlavi name has maintained a century-long respected and honorable presence in Iranian history, immune to censorship.

Despite the mullahs’ 45-year-long propaganda machine spewing lies against the Pahlavis, and the 1979 participants’ continued battle against the Pahlavi name parallel to the Islamic Republic’s actions, the rest of the fake opposition, like the corrupt reformist mafia (supporters of Khatami, Mousavi, Karroubi, Montazeri, Hashemi, etc.), the communists, the separatists, and overnight celebrities propelled by some media, cannot compete with the Pahlavi legacy.

The reformists’ conspiracy following Mahsa Amini‘s death in 2022-2023 was to stage a drama abroad, a mere historical trickery, all vying for credibility alongside the Pahlavis but ultimately offering nothing substantial to Iranian society. Most are mere media-made figures, lacking influence or standing within Iran.

Such illnesses and uncivilized, underdeveloped behaviors have led no government to trust or believe in the Iranian opposition. A regrettable state of affairs.

Now, with the focus on the continuation of the destructive regime inside Iran after Khamenei‘s death, the opposition awaits an opportunity to capitalize on the situation. Yet, perhaps the only voice still resonating with millions is that of The Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, a fact that cannot be denied. The Iranian opposition remains in a state of disarray, hindered by its past actions and lack of cohesive vision for the future. As Iran stands at a critical juncture, the voice of Prince Pahlavi emerges not only as a symbol of lost national pride but also as a beacon of hope for many who yearn for a significant change in their homeland.

The current reality in Iran reflects a deep-seated yearning for transformation, a longing that the present opposition seems ill-equipped to address. The Pahlavi name continues to evoke a sense of national identity and pride, transcending the tumultuous politics of recent decades. It’s a testament to a legacy that has endured the test of time and the shifting sands of Iranian politics.

In conclusion, the Iranian opposition’s failure to present a unified and credible alternative has only deepened the nation’s woes. Amidst this backdrop, the enduring respect for the Pahlavi name highlights a collective yearning for a return to stability and progress, underscoring the need for a new vision that truly resonates with the Iranian people.

These days, even the government reacts harshly to political prisoners who support the Iranian monarchy and the Pahlavi dynasty. This response signifies the government’s fear of the Pahlavi name and the promotion of the Pahlavi legacy. Over the years, the national flag of Iran from the Pahlavi era, nationalism, and an interest in Iran’s ancient history have garnered the attention of the young Iranian generation. This has caused jealousy and anger among Leftist, Communist, Marxists, Islamists and Separatist figures. However, it is of no avail.

The Iranian opposition suffers from this ailment, and these issues have led to a general disregard for other opposition figures in Iran who are eager to become president, rule, and pursue their group’s financial interests, especially in discussions about Iran’s future and regime change.






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
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