22 Bahman 1357 (February 11, 1979):
What It Meant Then
What It Means Now
By Shirin Neshat of Sarbazan
February 8th, 2006
To The People of a Future Free Iran and to the Entire World
22 Bahman 1357 (February 11, 1979) must be marked as the darkest day in the
history of the Iranian nation. The return of Khomeini to Iran from France on
that ignominious day in history launched the manifestation of a demonic evil
upon the land that continues to eradicate human rights and to murder the
innocent with apparent impunity. My father, General Ali Neshat, the Supreme
Commander of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's Imperial Guard, was martyred on April
10, 1979. He was not the first patriot to give his life for a Free Iran. Neither
will he be the last.
The story of some of the brave pilots of the Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF)
who refused to bend the knee to Khomeini and his cabal of Mullahs is worth
retelling to a new generation of young Iranians not yet born when the malignancy
of the Islamic Revolution first began, and for the world at large. One may
access part of this story at
IIAF. This moving testimony must be read as an eternal testament to a
patriotic resistance unto death to the parasitic criminals of theocratic
fanaticism who worked to destroy the 2500 year Persian Monarchy, the human
rights of the average Iranian, and any principled opposition to their Reign of
Terror. The public record of the laundry-list of the crimes of the Islamic
Republic in Iran (IRI) regime in the years which followed this initial
principled resistance to their tyrannies, is simply too voluminous to recount
here. A simple look at their outlandish thievery at the expense of the Persian
Nation, recently published by Iran Focus at
click is entitled, "Iran's Rulers Amass Fortunes Through Sleaze." It
summarizes what was stolen from the Iranian people over a quarter of a century
ago on 22 Bahman 1357. And as we approach the 27th anniversary of this
unspeakable tragedy, may we be recommitted to the recovery of the Iranian Nation
from this turbaned cabal, even as we are sworn under solemn oath before God to
never again experience what Islamic theocracy has wrought in the homes and
communities of the Land of King Cyrus the Great.
It is essential that Iranians and Westerners learn the truth about Khomeini,
Khamenei, and Company. These Mullahs were brought to power by sinister forces in
the Western World, specifically identified today by William Bowles in
Countercurrents at http://www.countercurrents.org/iran-bowles080206.htm This
record of betrayal must be repeated and retold. It can never be forgotten. The
historical responsibility for this horror must be chronicled for eternity past.
When understood in its proper context, decent Americans and Europeans will
recognize their moral imperative to support freedom-loving Iranians around the
world in the achievement of victory over the Mullahs, and the reclamation of
their homeland in this righteous struggle with radical evil.
It is a story that shadowy Western political and economic elites do not want
their people to read, to hear, or to act upon.
Who are the forces cited by Mr. Bowles? His article today states the following:
By 1978 Iran had the fourth largest nuclear power programme in the world and the
largest by far among Third World nations. The [then] Shahâ€™s plan called for
the installation of 20 nuclear power reactors by 1995, to provide some 23,000
megawatts of electricity. The Shah saw nuclear electricity as the rational means
to diversify Iranâ€™s dependence on petroleum, and as a means to counter the
enormous pressure from Washington and London to recycle his petrodollars to New
York and London banks.
The contracts were made not with US corporations but with German and French
companies, and the US governmentâ€”which up until this time had been the Shahâ€™s
main backer and had installed him following the US/UK overthrow of the anti-US
Mossadegh government, did everything in its power to try and block the dealsâ€”not
surprising considering the role of Iranian oil in the US economy and continuing
the hegemony of the petro-dollar.
We must not lose sight of the fact that since the late 19th century, Iranâ€™s
vast oil reserves, at first the exclusive domain of British imperialism and its
joint government-business owned company, British Petroleum, and later the US
when it took over the reigns of empire, has been the major motivating force
behind Anglo-US machinations in the region.
The question to ask is why the Shah Pahlavi should have fallen out of favour
with his Anglo-US sponsors? To answer this question we have to look at the
central role of the petro-dollar in propping up Anglo-US imperialism.
<>There is no doubt that the US and the UK were behind the removal of the Shah.
The problem for the US/UK was that the leading force inside Iran working to
remove the Shah were progressives, led largely by the Iranian Socialist Workersâ€™
Party. Therefore, in November 1978, President Carter named the Bilderberg groupâ€™s
George Ball, another member of the Trilateral Commission, to head a special
White House Iran task force under the National Security Council's Brzezinski.
Ball recommended that Washington drop support for the Shah of Iran and support
the fundamentalist Islamic opposition of Ayotollah Khomeini.
Their scheme was based on a detailed study of the phenomenon of Islamic
fundamentalism, as presented by British Islamic expert, Dr. Bernard Lewis
"Lewis's scheme" was unveiled at the May 1979 Bilderberg meeting in Austria,
endorsed the radical Muslim Brotherhood movement behind Khomeini, in order to
promote balkanisation of the entire Muslim Near East along tribal and religious
linesâ€¦ The chaos would spread in what he termed an â€˜Arc of Crisis,â€™ which
would spill over into the Muslim regions of the Soviet Union.
The coup against the Shah, like that against Mossadegh in 1953, was run by
British and American intelligence, with the bombastic American, Brzezinski,
taking public ˜credit" for getting rid of the ˜corrupt" Shah, while the British
characteristically remained safely in the background.
The major reason for removing the Shah was the oil. During 1978 negotiations
were underway between British Petroleum and the Shah to renew the 25-year old
extraction contract, negotiations which collapsed and with the collapse, Iran
was for the first time since 1953, once more in control of its oil resources.
Cross the imperium and experience their wrath.
In September 1978, the Iranian publication Kayhan International stated in its
"In retrospect, the 25-year partnership the [British Petroleum] consortium and
the 50-year relationship with British Petroleum which preceded it, have not been
satisfactory ones for Iran â€¦ Looking to the future, NIOC [National Iranian Oil
Company] should plan to handle all operations by itself."
"The British retaliated by cutting the amount of oil they bought from Iran by 2
million barrels a day. At the same time it is alleged that British Petroleum was
organising capital flight from the country and the BBC, through its Farsi
service, gave Ayotollah Khomeini a major propaganda platform. The Iranian
economy was in dire straights and in January 1979, the Shah went into exile and
in February the Ayotollah was flown in from exile in Paris. In May 1979 Khomeini
cancelled the nuclear power programme."
"As a result Iran was once more totally dependent on the sale of oil to the
West, for what was and still is, at stake here, is the right of developing
countries to pursue an independent course."
Now, in the aftermath of the evil unleashed upon Iran and the world on 22 Bahman
1357, which resulted in the horrors of the 8 year Iran-Iraq War beginning in
Shahrivar 1359 (September 1980)--and every horror of the IRI regime
thereafter--we see the road of Iranian history in the last 27 years strewn with
the body and blood of the innocent and the defenseless. How many more will die
in our Nation--and around the world--at the hands of the Mullahs, Mr.
Ahmadinejad, Mr. Khamenei, and the unseen actors in the international shadows
who support these murderers for their own purposes, and who have nothing in
common with the peace-loving and the law-abiding, either in Iran or on the
One thing is sure on this night that I write this message from the City of the
Angels in Southern California. A cosmic struggle with evil is coming. And as
surely as the sovereign God of history controls the times and the seasons--and
deposes despots and vindicates the innocent--I can assure you of yet another
Those of us who oppose evil in this coming cosmic struggle will win. Join us and
help us, in any way you can, wherever you may be in this present moment in time.