My Father’s Generation’s Regrets

So here’s a confession by somebody of my father’s generation about how immature they were to blindly support Ayatollah Khomeini as he started putting their country on a path that would only bring about shame and misfortune for them and us– their children.
I’ve heard things like this a zillion times from my father, my mother and their friends. How ignorant they were not to accept Prime Minister Bakhtiar’s government when the Shah fled. How ignorant they were not to support Bazargan’s government. How ignorant they were to vote for the revised version of the Iranian Constitution that turned a potential democracy into a semi-democracy with unlimited power endowed upon the clergy.
But time has passed. My father’s generation are men and women in their 40s and 50s. They are well aware of their mistakes and are willing to help their children build a better and different future. But this won’t come about through war and foreign invasion or even economic isolation of the country. It is a gradual process that requires time and patience and support. It is well conceivable that Iran, if left alone, will have the strongest democratic institutions in the region and normal relations with the rest of the world within about 10 years (through reforms), yet Western powers are creating obstacles and making things worse every day. The likes of Khomeini who still believe in the Great Satan (e.g. Ahmadinejad) are becoming more and more powerful day after day as a result of constant foreign threats against a nation that is very strongly nationalistic and extremely skeptical of the intention of the likes of Bush and Blair.
If the West really wants to see real democracy in Iran, the best way to do it is to weaken the revolutionaries by proving that the West does no intend to abuse the Iranian nation and inhibit their progress. And that can only be done through engagement with Iran and supporting its existing democratic institutions.

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  1. Pingback: Do NOT Misunderstand Me! « A Persian’s Perspective

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