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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©Catch 66…

© Catch 66: A rare occurrence in a political hierarchy starting with the head of state (i.e. president) and moving down the line (next would be vice president, then speaker of the house…you get my gist), in which each individual proceeding the previous person in power poses a greater risk to the soundness, safety and well-being of that state © (This phrase was created and is copyrighted by Adelle Nazarian) ©.

Welcome to the current administration =).

The paradox – that was referenced in the “catch” part of the phrase – herein lies in the fact that regardless of whether or not the American people are happy with their choice of president, for the next three years it doesn’t matter. Because a).  They’re out of luck and b). It only gets worse…

Yes, my friends, trouble is lurking at every corner; and in this case trouble has taken the form of a triangle…but not just any ordinary triangle. This particular triangle is composed of three elements: fuel, oxygen and heat (pick your poison). Just for today, we’ll make each of the sides represent one of the top three people in office today.

Oxygen: President Barack Obama will be oxygen because for so many in the United States of America, he was and still is like a breath of fresh air. But not just any air. I’m talking about a clean-cut green, plant-laden, photosynthesis-driven, stuff your high school chemistry teacher lectured you on oxygen. “Why”, you ask? Because the main factor in the process of creating fresh and clean oxygen is light. And so many in the U.S. of A saw the LIGHT in President Obama. That is why he is the oxygen in our triangle. Next we have…

FUEL: Who else would be more fitting for this side of the triangle than our very own Vice President Joe Biden. He is the fuel that helped keep President Barry’s campaign goin’ strong. Biden is the fuel that kept the Obama-Mobile moving as the stumping continued on and on and on, state after state — and no…it still hasn’t stopped. Biden is also a strong advocate for ensuring American automakers meet certain fuel efficiency standards. I really don’t think anything could be more fitting…”BIDEN THE FUEL”.

And now for the HEAT: Nancy Pelosi…that fiery vixen! She is just so smokin’ her guns at our representatives in Congress…watch out people! Don’t cross Pelosi or she’ll get the CIA on your tail then jet away in a G5 to impose more Capitol punishment…

Basically what we have here is three separate occurrences of a Catch 22, together equaling a Catch 66…Add one more 6 and I’ll be damned! It’s Satan’s DOORBELL!! Oxygen, fuel and heat together = BOOM! EXPLOSION!

America… What’s going on here is HUGE . We reported, you decided. Now it’s time to see if your actions speak louder than our words.

Please Note: If you think I’m just going after the Donkey’s ass, be well aware that Dumbo the Elephant is also on my radar. There’s just a time and place for everything…