Thursday, September 30, 2004

Up the Revolution

Fighting in Iran Intensifies.

Wed Sep 29, 2004 11:53 am

Reports over the past 24 - 48 hours via several important information services such as SMCCDI, Peykeiran, Zagros and direct email reports and phone calls from Iranian citizens is beginning to shine light on what at this time looks to be country-wide fighting and quickly escalating into what could potentially become a freedom revolution.

Several independent citizen sources have reported the formation of significant crowds throughout the country, and have heard many loud explosions and gun shots, including in the cities of Tehran, Esfahan, and Shiraz.

SMCCDI and Peykeiran have both reported intense battles between freedom-loving Iranian citizens and the regime's fanatical militias in the village of Meeyan Do Ab. Both sources are reporting many deaths and injuries both to the villagers and regime's forces.

In the past week and recent days, many regional commanders and leaders of the regime's militias have been targeted and killed along with many of their militiamen.

I think the critical point here is that the uprisings are nation wide. This is so much like Iran before the fall of the Shah.

My guess is that the regime is not expected to outlast the revolution. Which is why the Euros have applied pressure to Iran on the nuclear front. They are edging towards the winning side. Craven cowards, they do know which way the wind is blowing.

Another report: A village of 1500 leveled. This is as of now unverified.

I have a report about Dr. Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi who according to the report intends to free Iran on October 1, 2004 by flying 30 chartered planes filled with Iranian dissidents into it..... Go visit. Lots of links.

Here is another site about Dr. Yazdi along with count down clock to revolution. As of this posting (12:33z 30 Sept '04) There is about 1 day 16 hours and twenty some minutes to go.

Dr. Yazdi gives a press briefing on 7 Sept '04. This is the Press Release.

DCPersian, an english message board about Iran, discuss Dr. Yazdi on 6 Sept '04.

To me, as an American, he seems a little New Age goofy. OTOH I didn't understand Kohmeni either. So what do I know? There is street fighting every day in Iran country wide. Evidently like Iraq there is no security any where in Iran.

Here is a 20 Sept quote about Dr. Yazdi from 9karevatan at DC persian from this page:
bachaa i just came from iran and everyone loves this guy and if he comes to the airport the government cant kill him because everyone will be there waiting and there will be problemsssssss
Here is more from Liberty Forum:
A respected Iranian ex-patriot, Dr. Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi, hosts a news program on a southern California based Iranian satellite broadcasting station (Rangarang TV, which means colorful), has recently announced he is returning to Iran to serve as a catalyst for a regime change in Iran no later than that date.

He claims to have the support of leaders inside the Iranian government and military institutions and has booked several chartered aircraft for his return to Iran with his supporters on or before that date.

Dr. Yazdi is a highly respected Iranian Zoroastrian, but a return to Iran without massive public support and protection would surely end in his immediate arrest. This move on his part is one of the boldest of any Iranian ex-patriot in recent memory.
It is all beginning to make sense to me. There have been numerous reports of public celebrations of the Zoroastrian religion. In fact a day or three ago I made a semi-snide remark about how our American Christans would deal with an ascendant pagan religion. I guess we may find out before too long.

Here is a short bit on the Zoroastrian religion from the Library of Congress from a url called countrystudies.

Here is an interesting bit about the influence of the Zoroastrians on the Jewish religion. you will have to scroll down to find it
The "Evil One"

"After the Exile of the Jewish people and later through contacts with Jews of the Diaspora in many parts of the Mediterranean world, Zoroastrian concepts influenced Jewish thought. Certain ideas about last things, salvation, and Satan (the Evil One) stem from Zoroastrianism."
- Ninian Smart, The Religious Experience of Mankind
Here is what Dr. Yazdi has been up to before he decided to free Iran. There is more at the link but I found this interesting:
Dr. Yazdi's pursuits include various space and environmental projects. His interests include research, sports, music, and nature. Analysis and prediction of world politics and economy are his favorite spare-time pursuits.

Reuters tells the story of pro-Democracy protests in Iran.
TEHRAN (Reuters) Sunday, 26 September 2004 - A rare pro-democracy protest in Tehran gained momentum late on Sunday with hundreds of cars pouring onto the streets, blaring horns and provoking an appearance from hardline vigilantes, witnesses said.

Local residents said Persian-language television channels from the United States had been broadcasting callers throughout the day who had exhorted Iranians to turn out for demonstrations.
Thanks to Instapundit for the link.


Anonymous said...

I wish it were true, but for about 10 years we have heard this before.

My hope is that my government (the US) will finally realize that instead of negotiating with nonexistant "moderates" we should be supporting the opposition.

Anonymous said...

FWIW, my understanding is that Zoroastrianism actually underpins a lot of Iranian Shiism, so it isn't like importing some kind of alien belief system.


Anonymous said...

I don't think Zoroastrianism can properly be considered 'pagan' any more than Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are 'pagan.' Indeed, Z-ism (It's just easier to type it that way) is essentially the forgotten and nearly-extinct foundation of the Big Three Western Religions.

Z-ians have had a tumultuous history w/r/t Islam. Persia was Zoroastrian, and at the time of Christ it was the largest unified religion in the world. It even rated a sort of 'cameo' appearance in the gospels (The "Magi" from the East are obviously Z-ian clerics, and several apocryphal scriptures from the late roman era state this openly), but by the 6th century it had evidently ossified into a great big semi-corrupt mess. When Islam headed East into Persia, it appealed to Z-ians who wanted to put all the caste and social crap that had accreted around the simple message of Zoroaster a couple millenia ago (This is a recurring theme in religions, btw.) and Islam appealed. Many converted. In the 10th century, Islam instituted a purge, and those who wouldn't convert would die. All copies of the Z-ian holy scriptures were destroyed. A lot of devout Z-ians evacuated to india, others went to ground at home. The religion survived, but only in very remote places, and in a somewhat degenerate form (the survivors were able to reconstitute about a third of their scripture from memory, but the remaining 2/3rds are lost to us.) and they've eeked out an existence as 3rd class citizens down to the present.

There are only 30K or 40K Z-ians in Iran and Iraq, and about 170,000 in India.

Just thought you and your readers might be interested.

Mahatma Randy