A MONTH from today, Iran will mark the 39th anniversary of the well-organized return of Khomeini to Tehran after the toppling of Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi. From 1979 until today, Iranians have been paying a heavy price for the revolution which was adorned to appear to bring justice and lift injustice from them; but the reality of the revolution was about uprooting and replacing a crowned king with a thousand turbaned kings.
These kings showed a religious face to impose their dictatorship which left Iran — a great nation with civilization and wealth — in ruins as the terrorist owl cries on its phantom whether inside or outside; whereas about 80 million persons are wondering today what the Mullah revolution has given to them. In 1978, the illiteracy rate in Iran was about seven percent and it increased to 15 percent today while the unemployment rate has reached 13 percent; and in some areas, the unemployment rate stands at 60 percent.
Before the hated revolution of Khomeini, Iranians toured majority of the countries in the world without the need for visas; but today, Iranians are flagged for terrorism wherever they go. In fact, many countries do not issue entry visas for them, including those allied to the current regime in Iran. The rate of poverty, illiteracy and lack of proper health care continues to increase.
This is due to militarization of the society and utilization of a significant portion of its wealth in projects to develop weaponry and establish terrorist militias, in addition to schemes to convert people to become Shia in Africa and other parts of the world. The peacock Mullah regime has spent about $90 billion for its expansionism programs and terrorism in the past four decades. Twice that amount was used in its weaponry manufacturing program and all that has been in vain. Iran was crushed in the Kingdom of Bahrain when it attempted to make the latter the bridge to invade the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the eastern frontier where it has planted some terrorist cells.
Its scheme faced death when the Peninsula Shield Force entered Bahrain and Saudi’s security agencies dismantled the destructive cells in the eastern area of the Kingdom.
The expansionism scheme was not in a better condition even in Iraq where Iran’s intelligence agencies planted sectarian militias and nurtured the savage ‘DAESH’ under its wings in order to instigate sectarian sedition. Despite billions spent on ‘Popular Mobilization Forces’, Iraq is outside the control of Iran due to the fact that the Iraqi Arab popular culture, its heritage and unity are greater than sectarian affiliations.
The same applies to Yemen where the Houthi gang spreads killing and destruction in every corner of the southern frontier of the Arabian Peninsula, through which the dungeon leaders of Tehran hallucinate about their ability to reach the Islamic sacred areas in Saudi Arabia. Today, when demonstrators in many parts of Iran come out and chant together, “No Gaza, no Iran, I sacrifice my soul for Iran” and when Iranians ask about billions spent on militias, these are indications of one thing only — the Mullah regime has reached the cliff. This came after the current demonstration movement — an extension of the 2009 Green Revolution. The recent demonstration defl ated Tehran’s regime from its scheme and exposed the fact that its leaders are just eccentrics striving to amass wealth illegally at the expense of millions of hungry Iranians.
Furthermore, the religious rhetoric can no longer cover up corruption in the pillars of the State; hence, the future holds many surprises. The least of all is the increase of populace participation in decision making, marking the beginning of slow change in the structure of the regime. This is bound to happen without the people of Iran and the revolution force falling into the trap of civil war that the regime’s leaders are brandishing.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times