A Tweet Thread by Amir R. Oveissi
The Islamic Republic of Iran’s greatest asset is not its military capability or militias, it is their intelligentsia abroad that include academics, journalists, lobbyists and writers that have enabled the regime to defy all odds and survive this long.
Their predecessors convinced Western elites that Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was a bloodthirsty tyrant, while Roohollah Khomeini was a saint. Today, their offspring have convinced Iranians and non-Iranians that the only time Iran had a democracy was when Mohammad Mossadegh was “democratically elected.”
In 1997, they convinced you that Mohammad Khatami was Iran’s Mikhail Gorbachev and a savior. They bought the Iranian regime eight more years. In 2009, they convinced you that the problem was with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad only, not the system itself. Their solution was Mir Hossein Moussavi, a man who unashamedly said of the thousands executed in 1988 that “we repressed them.”
They turned the most notorious human rights abusers and plunderers into “reformists,” while labeling human rights activists as “warmongers.” In their Western abodes, they would not tolerate the most minor of democratic infringements, while in Iran they demand patience and more time.
Like magicians they peddle in illusions. Waiving shiny objects in the form of minimal gains in order to distract and sustain the survival of the regime. All this while Iran is dying. Our grandchildren will remember them the way Nazi sympathizers are today remembered.
We will never forget.
Mr. Amir R. Oveissi is an Iranian-American financier and historian. He is the grandson of the late General Gholam-Ali Oveissi, the Chief Commander of the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.