line, Islamic Republic Must Go
اصل بحث این است که جمهوری اسلامی باید برود
Twelve years ago, on April 6, 2004, although I supported the nomination of John Kerry for US Presidential election, clearly wrote in the headline of my support note that "Mr. Kerry, Islamic Republic of Iran Must Go" (1). During the second term of Obama administration when Mr. Kerry was the secretary of state, by supporting the Iran Deal, I clearly sided with avoiding a war between the US and Iran. But as noted, as early as April 2004 in my open article to Mr. Kerry, I was very clear about what Iranian people want and unequivocally wrote "Now more than any other time, a candidate for U.S. presidency, should be clear, to voice support of Iranian people, who want this regime to go. Iranians do not want U.S. invasion of Iran, and we do not want the U.S. to remove the regime for us, but we want the support of Western democracies, in our efforts to end IRI, our goal being a referendum under the supervision of United Nations" (1).
Unfortunately Mr. Kerry forgot about the demands of Iranian people when he became the secretary of state in the second term of Mr. Obama's presidency, while negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran for Iran Deal and not only did not voice Iranian people's desire for this regime to go but even curtailed the voices of Iranian opposition in the US and European media and at best supported some factions of Iranian Islamic Reformists rather than encouraging unbiased reporting of wide spectrum of Iranian political views. It is about time to be clear that although Iranian opposition has never favored military attack on Iran, but we want the separation of state and religion which has been violated by Islamic Republic of Iran from day one and even the IRI model of Islamic Reformists is not acceptable by Iranian people and we want full secularism (2).
This reality has been proven time and again not just in Iran but in the experience of Egypt's Mohammad Morsi government during the failed Arab Spring experience in the whole of Middle East that Islamic reformism is not the answer for other parts of Middle East either, that secularism is the answer although we must emphasize that secularism has to be democratic and not dictatorial which unfortunately was supported by the West before the rise of Islamism in the Middle East and support of dictators ended up in rejection of secularism by the people in the region (3).
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
December 4, 2016
1. Mr. Kerry, Islamic Republic of Iran Must Go
آقای کری، جمهوری اسلامی ایران باید برود
2. بیانیهء جدایی کامل حکومت و مذهب در ایران
3. Why Secularism Failed in Half of the World
چرا سکولاریسم در نیمی از جهان شکست خورد
Obama's Failure with Iranian People
قصور اوباما در ارتباط با مردم ایران