Skip to comments.Reza Pahlavi on Fox News: Despicable Ahmadinejad, Ignorant and Unfit to Lead
Posted on 01/09/2006 2:36:27 PM PST by F14 Pilot
Washington, D.C. -- During a live primetime televised interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Reza Pahlavi of Iran condemned Mr. Ahmadinejad's repeated comments on the holocaust and ailing Ariel Sharon as "despicable," having set a "new standard on incivility and disgrace," and "rejected by the vast majority of the Iranian people."
Observing that Jews and Persians had "for millennia lived peacefully together," the 45 year old opposition leader to the clerical regime reminded the audience that the first Shah of Iran, Cyrus the Great, is revered as a 'savior-saint' of the Jewish people.
"Obviously Mr. Ahmadinejad is ignorant of our heritage. He is unfit to be "called an Iranian or a statesman for that matter."
"Until today the international community had based its foreign policy on a false assumption that the clerical regime wants a diplomatic settlement," said Reza Pahlavi. "History has proven that fascism can not be negotiated with," warning that the clerical regime was "set on, and desired a collision with the west" to justify its militarization, especially nuclearization, and to distract its brewing domestic distress.
"Time has come for regime change in Iran," asserted Reza Pahlavi. Citing increased growing unrest within Iran, he attributed the increase in defiant acts of civil disobedience reported in Iran, in the form of strikes and sit-ins, to a powerful force of 50 million, Iran's youth, which "desires nothing less than modernity, freedom and economic opportunity."
For this to happen, Reza Pahlavi said, "the free world must unambiguously declare its support for the Iranian people's rightful quest for regime change."
Reza Pahlavi, who has been leading a campaign of political defiance against the theocracy in Iran, is the former crown prince of Iran. He is an accomplished jet fighter pilot, graduate of U.S. Air Force training program and the University of Southern California. Author of 'Winds of Change, The Future of Democracy in Iran', he is married and father to three daughters.
Was wondering the same. . .
Also am missing Col. Hunt and am not happy with the now appearing, Fox analyst Col. Wesley Clarke. . .ex Demrat candidate hoping to be President. . .he needs to go. . .
Their regeim was not saintly by any sense of imagination, but they were exponentially better then the current bunch.
I'd like to see him return and try to bring Iran into the 21st century. Iranians educated and I think they have had it with the mullahs and need a catalyst.
I'm probably wrong, but what happened after WW1?
Wasn't Iran "formed" then, along with Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, etc.?
Iran (Persian) has never been colonized or ruled by foreign governments.
Those countries including Syria, Jordan, Saudi, Kuwait, Iraq... etc were part of the Ottoman empire and later with the help of the Brits these countries were formed as nation-states.
Iran has always been independent and free of foreign ruling
Iran broke away from the Ummayads and set up their own Shia dynasty, then the Mongols set up the Il-khanate, but the Iranians took it back. The Turks never conquered Iran.
Thanks for the ping.
Is there a link to the text of the interview? The website appeared to have links only to audio.