In a surprising way, I have noticed some similarity between Prince Reza Pahlavi and President Donald Trump. A successful billionaire who was happy with his empire and did not need the headache in becoming the President of the United States. But, it was his avocation, passion and destiny to Make America Great Again.
Prince Pahlavi also has led a comfortable life and did not need this kind of distress. But, something big, something more powerful was calling to him that he must fulfill his destiny. Although he pledged his oath to become the next in line as the Shah of Iran, he has spoken that he is not seeking the crown unless and until the Iranian people decide in his favor to do so. For now, his focus is not the revival of the Pahlavi dynasty and on numerous occasions has stated it is up to the people of Iran to decide their future form of government.
Pahlavi said, “After 40 years he still finds exile painful. “I remember my childhood, I remember my country’s scenery, wherever I am in the world I am reminded of it. I live and breathe my country. I want to do something for that piece of real estate I call home. That is my duty.”
Neither President Trump, nor Prince Pahlavi were obligated to engage, endanger and inconvenience their lives. But, they both were destined to be the agents of change. It would be fantastic to see a meeting between these two men, a landmark step towards regime change in Iran.
Iran has seen demonstrations before, but there was something extraordinary about the recent events: many of the protesters called for Reza Pahlavi to return and even chanted: “Bring back the Shah.” This is incredible.
Mr. Pahlavi believes the people in Iran have “trust” in his “vision” for a future Iran. He adds: “The reason they look up to me in some way is because of my own track record.” Indeed, his track record is impeccable and has always emphatically stated that it is up to the people of Iran to decide their own destiny. Perhaps, most Western media are not aware, but Mr. Pahlavi’s popularity in Iran has skyrocketed. They simply love him.
Like President Trump’s slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ Iranians also want to make Iran great again. Compelled by the inalienable right of the people to institute their government and replace it when it fails to serve its citizens in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Millions of Iranians representing the entire spectrum of society are demanding change from a repressive theocracy to an open secular democracy.
President Trump has been an inspiration to all freedom loving people around the world. In a very short time, he has become a symbol of liberty. The Iranian people, with Reza Pahlavi at the helm, hope to repeat Trump’s motto of MAGA. More than four decades of rule by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has not only failed to advance the security and well-being of the people, it has ensnared the nation in a stifling theocracy where the rights of the governed are routinely violated for the benefit of the governing. Regime change is the only option to bring Iran back to the civilized world.
Mr. Pahlavi guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, therefore, demands no less than full adherence to the principle of unity in diversity, a unity of purpose that draws from the strength and uniqueness of its people.
Mr. Pahlavi said he wants to see Iranians “determine their own fate out of their own free will,” and praised U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet for speaking in support of the Iranian protesters.
For the past 6 months of continued protests, “Iranians have made it very clear that they do not want the current regime, but they are unarmed and will not use violence. And so, civil disobedience becomes the best means of confrontation. When diplomacy fails and war becomes an unfavorable option, people need to put pressure on the regime from the inside.”
Both President Trump and Prince Pahlavi want to make their nations great. President Trump asked the American people to work together to make America great again. Let’s restore America to her rightful place as the exceptional leader of the free world rather than just another nation amongst many nations. He has already achieved his goal and in under two years. Prince Pahlavi has the support of his people, but needs the support of Western nations, including the United States to fulfill his and Iran’s destiny.
Mr. Pahlavi will assuredly protect the legitimate rights of any and all minorities within Iran as enshrined and outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have had enough parochialism, discriminations of all sorts and oppression of minorities. No one in Iran will be disenfranchised on the basis of any personal belief whatsoever.
In short, once this regime falls, it would be the greatest thing since the fall of Soviet communism. It would remove political Islam by creating a truly democratic secular and strong nation in tandem with Israeli democracy in the heart of the Islamic Ummah. It would indeed be an answer to a prayer just as much for the world as for Iranians.
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