P.S. Oct 1, 2017:Announcing Change of Position to
Opposing any form of Federalism for Iran
بعدالتحریر اول ماه اکتبر 2017: اعلام تغییر موضع به مخالفت با هرگونه فدرالیسم برای ایران
تجزیه طلبی جمهوری اسلامی را تقویت می کند
After Iraq's invasion of Iran on September 22, 1980, many Western powers, Israel and Arab states thought the war will weaken Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and supported Saddam's attack as a way to achieve dual containment with IRI. True that Iranian opposition basically wanted to end Islamism and achieve secular democracy, yet at the beginning of the war, even some in the opposition hoped the war to help their aspirations. But in reality Iraq-Iran War only strengthened the Islamic Republic of Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini called the war a blessing for IRI.
Today there is a similar situation with regards to separatist movements in the border provinces of Iran. Some factions in Western governments, Israel and Arab states think of separatism as a way to weaken and contain Islamic Republic of Iran. Some people in the opposition also share this misguided analysis. Surely IRI itself is the root cause of the separatist movements (1), but the result of all this will be like the Iraq-Iran War, i.e. the IRI military will be strengthened by continuation of such developments.
Iranian opposition will not benefit from separatist movements and our ideals of secularism and democracy will not be served by such developments, the same way Iraq-Iran War hurt us rather than strengthen us in our struggle for secularism and democracy in Iran. The pro-democracy states and freedom-loving people of the world can best help Iranian opposition by supporting a secular democratic solution for Iran as a whole, not to help attempts to break up Iran.
Iranians have had bad memories from the times when pieces of the country separated from Iran by Russian Empire about 200 years ago by the treaties of Gulistan and Turkmenchay, and also by the experience of groups directed by Stalin about 70 years ago to separate Azerbaijan and Kurdistan of Iran. Separatist movements are not a shortcut to achieve freedom in Iran, they only strengthen Islamic Republic of Iran.
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
September 4, 2016
1. دلیل رشد ناگهانی تجزیه طلبی چیست