Rogue regimes around the world know how to handle their thick agendas. On the eve of the Iraq war, in March 2003, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro jailed 75 peaceful dissidents, among them independent journalists. On 2005, China put down a peasant rebellion with bloodshed. Two years ago, Egypt suppressed peaceful protests and ordered the arbitrary detention of prominent liberal dissidents such as Ayman Nour, while at the same time granting amnesty to some Muslim Brotherhood terror leaders. More recently, the Burmese military junta fired on unarmed monks and pro-democracy activists daring that brutal system. Not to mention the ongoing genocide committed by the Arab-Islamofascist Sudanese against the African villagers in Darfur.
Since its’ inception, the Islamic Republic’s regime in Iran has been following pretty much the same path. With the world community focused mainly on their advanced nuclear arsenal, it has succeeded in silencing the growing internal secularist opposition that, just four years ago, looked ripe for a real revolution. Given the total immunity they enjoy in the international arena in exchange for the supposed suspension of their atomic program, the Mad Mullahs must be thinking that they can even go farther. And they are.
On January 22, 2007, the Islamist Minister of Energy announced the intention to use the lake Sivand dam to submerge the ancient archeological sites of Bolaghi Gorge, Pasargad Plains and Persepolis, the capital of the then Persian Empire. There is where the tomb of King Cyrus the Great is housed. Despite a wave of mass indignation by thousands of Iranians in Iran and around the world, the flooding is currently taking place and is reported to have already drowned many sites.
The destruction of these pre-Islamic historical treasures is reminiscent of the Taliban regime’s destruction of the ancient mountain Buddhas. Desecration of history for the sake of religion is their mutual style.
To add insult to injury, a major enviromental catastrophe is underway in the Middle Eastern country, as the Bakhtgaan lake — which plays an important and national role in the preservation of natural habitat and environment — is drying up due to the regime’s negligence and, above all, the construction of the dam that is stopping the flow of the Pulvaar river, whose waters kept the lake alive. I can’t recall the Gore boys campaigning around the world against this.
A group of Iranians of different political tendencies decided to establish the International Committee to Save Pasargad and the Pasargad Heritage Foundation, whose mission is not only raise international awareness, but to urge UNESCO and several other institutions to be proactive and help rescue these ancient treasures, too. Numerous letters have been sent, including to the president of the International Criminal Court, to indict Esfandiar Rahim-Mosha’i, head of the Islamic Republic’s so-called Cultural Heritage Organization, charging him and his entourage of "crimes against humanity, due to the systematic state-sanctioned destruction of the culture of the ancient Iranian world and its historical heritage." So far, it looks like nobody of them ever responded to the groups’ petitions, maybe because they have "more important things to do", and I bet you know what I’m referring to.
The Ayatollahs’ assault on Pasargad and the nearby places is another proof of their contempt for everything dating back to pre-Islam times, regarded by mainstream Muslims as "the era of ignorance" and any track of it worth being wiped out. Unlike those in power and their foreign supporters, a majority of Iranians, mostly the younger generation, have very little to do with Shiism or even Islam itself, seen as an enemy of the Iranian Nation and an outside colonial imposition. What the terror masters fear the most is the people’s attachment to their national heroes, among them those who fought valiantly against the Arab/Islamic invasion and died to defend the homeland from the ‘religion of peace’ that eventually took over the country by the sword.
Cyrus lived centuries before, from 576-530 BCE and is the founding father of Iran. Thought to be a Zoroastrian, he liberated the Jews from captivity in Babylon and allowed them to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Holy Temple. In addition, he wrote the first Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was known for his tolerance of the religious and cultural beliefs of the populations ruled by his kingdom. Today’s Muslim supremacists and anti-semitic fascists are still trying to do what their predecessors failed to: sever a seventy million people from their heritage and brainwash them into adoring a mass murderer like Ali the Shia cousin of Mohammed, the founder of Islam and author of the bloodiest, hate-filled book before the Mein Kampf.
The bearded monsters occupying Iran since twenty-nine years must have forgotten that, while they are very much able to fool foreign appeasers, they’re going to face the popular anger that will eventually revive the spirit of Cyrus, and will submerge the totalitarianism of a religious ideology that has not lost the hearts and minds of its hostages, because it has never won them.