Velvet Revolution impossible in Iran
By Gisoo Misha Ahmadi, Press TV, Tehran
The following is Press TV’s interview with Seyyed Morteza Nabavi, a member of Iran’s Expediency Council and Head of the Resalat daily
Press TV:Let’s go back to 30 years ago. In your opinion, what personality traits did the founder of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini have which enabled him to lead the greatest revolution of the century?
Nabavi: Imam Khomeini was a religious, political leader but the deep influence he had over the people had to with his religious characteristics. Imam Khomeini had deep cultural and spiritual insight. People were attracted to his because he spoke of the Divine of Islamic teachings which have been the answer to all our needs throughout history and will never be out-dated.
His message was especially appealing for this generation which has grown weary of the materialistic culture. Modern technology has nothing new to offer the world.
Returning to Iran, you may wonder why Imam Khomeini's ideas were well received in Iran? It was because people still had faith in religion and Imam's message was suited to modern needs.
Throughout history, Iranians have been opposed to two things, namely dependence-which the Shah regime was a symbol of– and secondly dictatorship and the lack of freedom of speech.
It was very difficult for a nation with a long history of civilization and monotheistic beliefs to accept a puppet dictatorial government, which also supported the illegitimate Israeli regime.
The people of Iran could not tolerate such behavior. They saw that their resources, including oil, were controlled by the US and the enemies of the Iranians nation. So, when they heard Imam Khomeini's call they eagerly responded. They were ready to sacrifice their lives for 'independence', 'freedom' and an 'Islamic Revolution'.
Imam Khomeini's message is a breath of fresh air for the independence-seeking nations of the region. In short, the reason for Imam Khomeini's influence can be summed up in a few words: His policies mirrored his religion and vice versa.
Press TV: What I would like to ask you is how is it that the 1979 Islamic Revolution is as strong as ever, even as it enters its fourth decade?
Nabavi: The answer to that lies in the theory of discourse, which is a prevalent theory at the moment. It is said that this theory can only remain acceptable and attractive by retaining these two qualities: credibility and the ability to meet the people's demands.
The Discourse of the Islamic Revolution is truly credible, because of its immense depth, spirituality and support for legitimate rights, and its credibility has grown with time and will continue to grow.
What I mean to say is that as the freedom-seeking people of the world get to know the depths and different aspects of the Discourse of the Islamic Revolution, its credibility will grow even more.
The Discourse of the Islamic Revolution was also fully able to meet the people's demands, as it made use of the potential of the teachings of Islam and the Holy Qur'an.
Islamic teachings have the potential to help a society regulate the relations between its people in a manner that promotes peace and justice, and abolishes exploitation, discrimination, war, murder, and aggression.
The Discourse of the Islamic Revolution has the potential to be constantly updated and adjusted to the needs of the day.
As Imam Khomeini's message is based on such a discourse with this great potential, people learn more and more about it as time goes by and becomes more popular by the day.
In short, Islam, the Holy Qur'an and the Nahjolbalaghe, which includes the teachings of the first Shia Imam Ali (AS), have characteristics that keep them modern and useful despite the passage of time.
The relations governing the world today are a series of out-dated and unjust regulations devised by the victors of World War II.
The bodies that were formed after WWII, such as the UN Security Council, have shown with their verdicts that they side with the victors of WWII and their allies.
They even contradict themselves by violating human rights, justice, freedom, and the independence of other countries.
Press TV: You have said in another interview that plotting a Velvet Revolution against the Islamic Republic is out of the question. What do you consider as the Iranian government's strong point which rules out the possibility of such a Revolution in the country despite the large sums of money allocated for regime change in Iran?
Nabavi: One of the reasons is our experience in dealing with such conspiracies. After the 1979 revolution, we were confronted with many such measures including those aimed at instigating ethnic division in the country, the assassination of Iranian officials, along with a military offensive launched by the Ba'athist regime of Saddam Hussein, and a military coup in Tabas in 1983 to topple the Islamic Republic.
Ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, they have sought to create instability in the country by predicting the fall of the government in the forthcoming weeks, months, and years.
However, the constant failure of their attempts has proven the futility of such measures in toppling the Islamic Republic.
Apart from our awareness in the face of such hostile measures, is the issue of the capacities of Western Discourse. For the opposing discourse to prevail against the Islamic one, it should have certain superiorities.
It can be said that the Discourse of the Modern era is in the final stages of its existence. While traces of the civilization it created can be found worldwide, it no longer has the credibility and fails to fulfill modern needs.
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