Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi: Civil Disobedience for a Free Iran

BEVERLY HILLS — In an interview with Breitbart News on Monday, Iran’s exiled Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi called for greater American and international support for Iran’s freedom-craving people.

The crown prince is the son of Iran’s last king, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. He is the president of the National Council for Free Elections in Iran.

“We realize that the current regime is not going to voluntarily leave the scene, which is why we have put together a campaign of resistance and civil disobedience,” Pahlavi told Breitbart News. “And that’s why we’ve been in contact with a variety of secularists within Iran representing all sorts of views from workers to teachers to labor unions” to other organizations.

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Adelle Nazarian of Breitbart News interviews Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi. (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Over half of Iran’s population is under the age of 40. The crown prince noted that the advent of social media and technology is a priceless tool in the quest for freedom. “And fortunately in this world of social media and Internet communication most of the give and take happens by means that were not available 20 years ago,” he said.

Pahlavi recently penned a letter to President Donald Trump congratulating him on his victory. Asked how he views Trump and his administration with regard to U.S.-Iran relations, he said, “I think the current president has indicated that he wants to be much more in support of strengthening the people’s hand and, at the same time, weakening the regime. And I think that’s exactly what we were hoping to hear.”

He said this rhetoric and support “should not be limited to the U.S,” adding that he’s “always advocated that the empowerment of any people is always the best solution at the end, especially when they have to fight very oppressive regimes. So, engaging with the people, helping civil society in these countries, is the quickest path to maximizing the success of such nations to overcome whatever struggle they are facing.”

Iran’s former  recently died. The businessman had a checkered political past and was considered the father of Iran’s nuclear program. While some within the regime described his as a “man of peace,” he was better remembered by many of the Iranian people as an oppressor and for having orchestrated several international terrorist atrocities.

The crown prince also commented on the recent death of Iran’s former president, Hashami Rafsanjani, who was described in the media as a “man of peace” but who was the father of Iran’s nuclear program, as well as an oppressive ruler. Pahlavi compared Rafsanjani’s death to the passing of Cuba’s late dictator Fidel Castro: “It’s not the same anymore, no matter how many more junior cadres remain. And in that sense, more of a void will be created.” He noted the importance of making sure that “the void is filled with the proper alternative. That’s something everyone should be concerned with.”

Earlier Monday evening, Pahlavi addressed a private audience and urged “civil disobedience by means of non-violence.”

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Reza Pahlavi (middle) receiving key to the city from current Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch (right) and former mayor Lili Bosse (left). (Photo: Adelle Nazarian for Breitbart News)

Although he did not mention President Barack Obama by name, the crown prince said, “When you fight extremely brutal regimes, such movements cannot succeed without having tacit support from other freedom-loving countries and governments.” His words evoked memories of the failure of the Obama administration to provide much-needed support to the ailing Iranian people during the 2009 Green Revolution and the stolen election that fueled it.

With Rafsanjani’s death, however, the crown prince noted that “the regime is pretty much beginning to show indications of fragmentation, going eventually towards their collapse.” He noted “the importance of making sure that the path to the alternative is as smooth as possible and that complete measures are taken to make sure that a dictatorship will not be replaced by another one. And that, indeed, it is the people who will triumph and nobody else.”

Asked if the crown prince would consider taking on an elected or lineal leadership role in his country of birth, and the land where his father reigned as its last king, Pahlavi said:

I’ve always said this is not about me. It’s about the Iranian people and their opportunity to finally get self-determination and freedom. That’s my only objective at this point. And the day that we have free elections will be the day I will consider my political mission in life accomplished. From that day on, I cannot tell you now what the circumstances will be. I’ve always said that I’m ready to serve my country, in whatever capacity that my constituents choose.

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(This article was originally written published on Breitbart News)

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9/11: I Was Sitting in History Class the Day the World Stood Still

14316998_943458459719_7529318405299079198_nI was in history class the day the world stood still. I witnessed, on television, the destructive moments that would mark the start of an incessant war against Western civilization, an attack on the freedoms we had all come to know.

My teacher had postponed the day’s lesson in favor of this crisis of international proportions. As I witnessed the emblazoned images on the TV screen, which was hanging in the upper-left corner of our classroom, I recalled thinking to myself “this must be a dream.”

It was not.

At least seven people from my hometown of Livingston, New Jersey, perished in that terrorist attack. It was the first time in my life that I had felt sorrow, anger and determination simultaneously.

Fear was not an option.

I knew I was living through history. I also realized that I had received a brazen introduction to an enemy that would become more familiar than I’d ever hoped for.

Something awakened in me that day. While I was born in America and identify as an American of Persian ethnicity, I felt a renewed sense of pride and obligation to this nation and our allies throughout the world who uphold the values that make this country so great.

Over the coming years, I would equally yearn to find a way to help those living under the oppressive nature of hatred and fear to rise up and embrace the concept that they, too, could experience the same liberties and freedoms that every human being should be granted.

The Manhattan skyline I had grown up with would never be the same. Those two great pillars were physically gone. But the force that had been created in their absence continues to remind me of why we fight for our freedoms. It is often said that in someone’s absence, we learn to appreciate them.

September 11 is a constant reminder for us to appreciate and hold on to those 12 great pillars granted to us by our founding fathers in the U.S. Constitution: National sovereignty, natural law, self-evident truth, equality, inalienable rights, the inalienable right to life, the inalienable right to liberty, the inalienable right to private property, the primary purpose of government being subscribed as the protection of these inalienable rights, popular sovereignty, federalism and states’ rights and Divine Providence.

Never forget: No nation on earth was born great. It was made great. America is no exception. And it is precisely that humble thinking that makes us exceptional.

-Adelle M. Nazarian

(This post was originally published in Breitbart News: http://www.breitbart.com/…/2…/09/11/breitbart-remembers-911/)

Pride and Prejudice

“One Nation Under God”

Only one nation has withstood the tests of time and displayed true, unabashed strength and magnificently triumphed in the face of death and destruction time and time again.

Through a history of exile, rampant jealousy and continuous carnage, they prevailed. When the whole world had turned their backs on them and they had nowhere to turn, they found a way to make it through another day.

When the Romans destructed the second temple and sold them into slavery, they did not reject their faith. Instead they evolved and absorbed those feelings of hate, loss and homelessness and used it to build a shield against the wrath of humankind.

The pride of the Jews has endless merit.

When Hitler and the Nazis were EXTERMINATING millions of them and the “revered” Mohandas Gandhi told the Jews that they should not resist death and instead offer themselves up without a fight concluding that “suffering voluntarily undergone will bring them an inner strength and joy,” and that this would teach the Nazis by example that good will prevail, the world sat back and listened as this anti-Semitic hero known for his “peaceful” antics took center stage.

Gandhi later went on to say that the “cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me.” Jews, he said, should “make… their home where they are born.” And he even went so far as to call it “inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs.” That the Jews don’t even deserve their own homeland…ISRAEL! THIS is what the world calls “HERO?”

Fast-forward 80 years to a time where the strife for equality and human rights has reached a new and profound level and instead of standing in support of all they have triumphantly undertaken and achieved, a JOURNALIST Helen Thomas said in a candid interview that Jews in Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back HOME “to Germany, Poland and America…and everywhere else.”

REALLY?!?!?!?!!?

The Jews should go back to the place that nearly EXTINCT them? They should return to the hate-filled, Nazi-laden, Jew-hating and destructing lands of Germany and Poland? And America…the place whose miserable excuse for a cabinet, that ill-advised then-President Roosevelt, basically egged on the despicable happenings for far too long?

The Jewish people should return to America, where “human rights” today is pushed along by a group of blinded anbesols who believe in a two-state solution and that the Palestinians should have their fair share of the land, when the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST IS ANTI-JEWISH and anti-Israel and basically takes up one hundred times the amount of space Israel consumes?

The Jewish people should return to America where self-hating Jews like Rahm Emanuel and other leftists who voted for a man who is covered in anti-Jewish sentiment and whose first network interview was with an ARAB news station? That’s right…Jewish people who voted for Barack Hussein Obama and are now seeing what a bloody mistake they made.

The Jewish people may have pride and rightly so. But to deal with the heinous prejudice that has been haunting them since the dawning of their time, it’s going to take more than the world’s strongest army.

What do the Jewish people have behind them that makes them the subject and focus of such treacherous hate? They have GOD. ONE NATION UNDER GOD will stand united and never, ever fail. No matter how badly the world may want it.