For a Free Iran

Most in America know very little about Iran or the Iranian people; although that changes everyday. Most people believe the Iranians are like their "Palestinian" counterparts - that they are the kind of people that cheered when the World Trade Center buildings went down. This is completely and totally inaccurate. It was the Iranians who came out with candlelight to show their sympathy and support for the Americans.

Iranian culture is different from literally all other cultures in the Middle East. For centuries, Iranian culture was marked by reason and enlightenment. Many think it was Muslim Arabs that gave us Algebra; it was not. It was the enlightened Iranians. All good "Muslim" art comes from the Iranians. For centuries, thugs have been trying to force Islam on to the Iranian people. They have resisted and overthrown many oppressive regimes. The battle has gone on for centuries. The current thug government has been oppressing these people for 25 years. It is time for the Iranians to enjoy the liberty, secular government, and human rights that they deserve.

Conservatives usually bark that I am turning into a bleeding heart liberal; that I'm willing to use US money and lives to free the Iranian people. This is not true. Let's assume the US had no vested interest in Iran for a moment. If this were the case, I would still support the Iranian people, but would not call for US government involvement. I would still, however, do what I could personally to help these people, as I find them to be great, enlightened people whose values are almost identical to mine.

However, the US does have an interest in this region. The Ayatollah government manufactures terrorists. If you go through the list of terrorist acts against the United States, you will always see one uniting theme: the Iranian government was behind it. In a nutshell, the US and the Iranian people have a common enemy: the Ayatollah thug government of Iran. This is why I support US involvement in Iran. In fact, anyone who thinks we are going to win this war on terror without toppling the Ayatollahs has his head buried very far in the sand.

And, indeed, this government likely will be toppled soon. But this doesn't mean we should sit back and do nothing. I believe it's wrong to sit back and hope "something happens," without giving the Iranian people any kind of support. "Something" will happen as soon as the West gets its act together and starts supporting the people of Iran - not sitting back and letting Europe pull the strings, as they did by awarding Shirin Ebadi the Nobel Peace Prize.

I'm not going to tell you I know the exact solution to toppling this government. I teeter back and forth of whether or not the Iranian people can topple it themselves (I do not believe they can do it on their own as they have been so beat down by this government) or whether or not the US should make some kind of military action. However, one thing is for sure: they need our moral support.

I'm calling on students in America to spread the word about the Iranian people. This includes forming Free Iran student groups; various other political groups bringing in speakers such as Michael Ledeen, letters-to-the-editor, and so on.

Below are various articles by me and others about the situation in Iran. Feel free to email me with further comments if you would like to start any kind of activism for this cause or email here to join my "For a Secular Iran" email list.

Amber Pawlik

My Articles
The Nobel Prize, Shirin Ebadi, and Political Agendas
There is a Pink Elephant in the Room
Shirin Ebadi: Why do you Endorse Islam?
Islam and Human Rights are Incompatible
Conservative Moral Cowardice: The Standard's Story on Ebadi
The West Must Support the Iranian People

The US is the World's Liberator
The US is No Longer a Paper Tiger
Feminists Pave the Way for Women to be Raped

My other articles at

Koorosh Afhsar's Articles
The Burnt Generation
The Blood of Iranians
July 9, 2003
A terre in Iran
Noble Aspirations

Michael Ledeen's Articles
No Belle Prize - Sally Pipes

Good websites
Free Iran Now

On Iran's History
Razi: Islam's Galileo
Iran Page

Exposing Mullahs in Iran
Crimes of the mullahs

Nothing to Lose but Their Chains