In his recent Norouz (New Year) message to Iranians, President Obama once again called for dialogue with the rulers of Iran, and once again addressed the country as the “Islamic Republic of Iran.” This latter point was clearly to reassure the Islamic Government that the United States of America would not dispute their leadership and that regime change in Iran was not part of the Obama Administration’s plans. As before when he has made similar gestures, the President’s comments may be well intentioned, but suggest that, like previous U.S. presidents, he is less cognizant than he should be of the mullahs’ ideology. They base their beliefs on jihad (holy war for Islam), shahadat (martyrdom), and mahdaviat (the coming of the Shiites’ 12th imam to usher in Armageddon). Having served in the Revolutionary Guards – where I spied for the CIA – I know firsthand that they believe justice can only be served by killing the infidels and raising the flag of Islam worldwide.
I feel the need to remind our President that Norouz is a Persian event and that the mullahs are hostile to everything that has to do with Persian heritage. In addition, it is wrongheaded to consider the Iranian people and the ruling mullahs to be one entity. Since the beginning of the thugocracy in Iran that began with the 1979 revolution, Iranians have been paying dearly to bring change only to learn that the West, despite the fact of calling the actions of the leaders of Iran unacceptable, would rather profit from dealings with Iranian rulers than care for humanity.