By Amil Imani:
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is Associate Professor of History, Sociology, and Director of Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. This ideologue has expressed anti-Semitic views and apparently defends the Islamic Republic of Iran and its radical revolution.
On February 12, 2019, Tabrizi, penned an article: The Iranian Revolution Turns Forty: Dare to Know, Have the Courage to Act and published it in the Counterpunch blog. Regrettably, Mr. Tabrizi gives a barrage of disinformation “repositioned Iran as a regional power, and turned Iran into a vibrant, rights-conscious, participatory, and engaged society. The revolutionary will that once toppled the fifth largest military in the world with bare hands and marching feet also brought a historical awakening to Iran that shapes the collective consciousness of the nation to this day. That consciousness continues to manifest itself in different forms of dissent and civic engagement.”
Tabrizi never mentions after four decades, the values and legacy of the Revolution it was founded upon continue to have profound and contradictory consequences to Iranian lives. They have ruled over the defenseless Iranian people with iron fists and absolute power.
Mr. Tabrizi intentionally avoids in pointing out those who remained have been targeted to waves of arrests of largely innocent people. They have been accompanied by widespread torture, rape and mass executions. Tens of thousands more were torn away from their homes and moved to Islamic dungeons. These prisoners of conscience were forced to confess to crimes they never committed, and then either exterminated or sent back to medieval Islamic torture chambers where they simply faded away. It is difficult for many people to even talk about these horrible tragedies under the Islamic rules in Iran.
Mr. Tabrizi “the Iranian revolution shared its spirit with postcolonial Afro-Asian and Caribbean resistance movements that changed the axis of politics in the world from the East-West antagonism to the South-North struggles. It was a revolution that, like many others around the globe, sought to shore up the nation’s right of self-determination and by doing so rearrange the global political and economic hierarchies that sustained an imperialist world order. The Iranian revolution was the embodiment of a spirit that enchanted the world of the downtrodden from Manley’s Jamaica to Sukarno’s Jakarta, from Cape Town to Cairo, from Managua to Manila. Iranians were dreaming that they could build a just world.”
While Mr. Tabrizi romanticizes the invasion of 1979, upon the return from his long exile, the Ayatollah Khomeini set the stage for to gain absolute power via primitive Islamic rules and employed hundreds of thousands of zealous revolutionary guards and militia police against opposition elements within the country. The machinery of coercion went to work against the Iranian people who were unaware of the plot of one the greatest terrorist-minded individuals of the twentieth century, the Ayatollah Khomeini. The year 1979 was the beginning of the rejuvenation of the evil empire of Islam.
The propaganda apparatus of the newly emerged empire of evil went to work. They began with their Cultural Revolution. Numerous political figures, clerics and academics were involved in the cultural revolution between 1980 and 1983. They expelled some 700 University professors from Iran’s academic institutions in a short time. The universities were finally closed in June, 1980, and the purification process began.
The execution of thousands of prisoners of conscience by the direct order of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini in the Summer of 1988, reached its height.
Mr. Tabrizi: “In Iran, the spirit engulfed the entire nation and brought with it an enduring sense of empowerment that now enters its fortieth anniversary. The courage displayed during the revolutionary movement, the fearlessness that propelled the revolution forward, the dignity with which the masses asserted themselves, and the determination manifested in history-making marches and strikes created a new nation that continues to exercise its audacity, creativity, and confidence.”
Tabrzi appears to be living on a different planet. While economic disasters invariably lead to political turmoil and uncertainty, the Islamic regime never saw anything wrong in the plight of the working class. The onset of recession and slump, despite the oil wealth enriching the regime, certainly leads to questions and a significant political radicalization amongst certain layers of Iranian society, especially young people.
Since the arrival of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979, the Islamic regime has waged a war of construction, the war to build up an Islamic empire and to change the whole face of the Earth. They are also at war with the Iranian people. As a matter of fact, the first victims of the Islamic Republic’s appetite for the destruction of the civilized world were and are the Iranian people themselves.
For the past forty-years, thousands of dissident students, intellectuals and journalists have been systematically arrested, imprisoned and tortured for the sole crime of speaking up against the repressive rule of the mullahs. Many are still languishing in prisons, some have died, and some have simply vanished with no record of what happened to them. Not only has the regime terrorized its own people, but they have also demonstrated a high priority for supporting global terrorism.
Mr. Tabrizi: “Today, an invigorating civil society, massive engagement of women in public affairs, an ingenious cinema, exemplary artistic and intellectual productions and networks in Iran exist because, and not despite, of the revolution. The revolution has left a legacy of fundamental transformation of the way people see the world, relate to themselves and to others, understand rights and responsibilities, and hold those in power accountable for what they do and what they refuse to do. There is no question that the leap Iranians took forty years ago let them to a perilous road through the reign of terror, war, international political strain and debilitating sanctions. This anniversary belongs to those who believed and continue to believe that courage and dignity cannot be burdened by fear and obedience.”
Tabrizi, is the mouthpiece of the Mullahs. His mission is to show a rosy picture of the regime while under the rule of these adherents of death, everything in Iran is deteriorating and dying. In spite of huge oil revenues, the per capita income of the average Iranian is now about one fourth of what it was before the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Every form of misery has also skyrocketed. Drug addiction, prostitution and suicide have gone through the roof. The young and the educated continue deserting Iran and family, fleeing to the four corners of the world in search of a decent life.
While people like Tabrizi glorifies the Islamic revolution, people of Iran continue to die under the brutal regime of the mullahs.
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