Monday, January 09, 2006

Reza Pahlavi: Despicable Ahmadinejad, Ignorant and Unfit to Lead Press Release
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." READ MORE

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.