The minorities,are seeking a way to get rid of the domination disintegration may seem a suitable way for them.
Iran and Crimean Patterns
Bahman Aghai Diba
Disintegration of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea by the Russians has created a wave of excitement in some circles in Iran. These circles include the Marxist-Leninist types of the leftists that still regard Russia as the motherland, and the extremist hardliners in Iran that control the government in Iran. I do not have anything to say to the first group. However, I would like to tell the second group who rule in Iran that they are pushing the country towards disintegration. What will be the response of many people in the regions dominated by the ethnic groups or minorities in Iran to a referendum about what country they prefer to be a part of? This is serious warning to the regime of Iran.
Religious and ethnic minorities live all around Iran. Some of these minorities, like the Azeris may be as big as what traditionally is known as the majority in Iran. Apart from the Azries, the Kurds, Turkmens, Baluchis, Lors, Arabs and also the Sunnis, Bahai’s, Zoroastrians, and Sufis live there. The Islamic regime in Iran has failed to answer to the demands of the Iranian society, including the minorities, for the democracy, rule of law, separation of politics and religion.
Insistence of the Islamic regime on the issues which are not important for the Iranian society (such as the situation of the Palestinians, expansion of the ancient nomadic culture through religious texts in Iran, payment of money and providing assistance to the terrorist groups under the pretext of expanding Islam, intervention in the affairs of other countries due to the presumed duty of the regime and so on) are a serious source of dissatisfaction for the people.
The fact that ethnic minorities may have relations with their ethnic groups in other countries (such as the Republic of Azerbaijan in the case of Azeris, the Iraqi Kurdistan in the case of Kurds, the Pakistan’s Baluchestan in the case of Baluchis, Turkmenistan Republic in the case of the Iranian Turkamans, and the Persian Gulf states and Iraq in the case of the Iranian Arab tribes) has made the situation more troublesome.
The minorities, like other people of Iran, are seeking a way to get rid of the domination of an inhumane regime and unfortunately disintegration may seem a suitable way for them. If the people of Iran do not succeed to topple the Islamic regime (with or without outside help), they are going to suffer the consequences of disintegration. After all, is it better to stay a part of Iran and be destroyed by the Islamic regime or start a new life like many newly-established countries of the world?
Bahman Aghai Diba @Diba
Former diplomat PhD international law
Saman – Just Iran and politics.
I think Iran needs to pass a law that let’s ethnic groups who are non Persian convert io ethnic Pars or Persian people if they consider themselves as such. Also, if a province of a specific ethnicity does desperate, what we need to do is either do a population exchange, make them convert or them out of Iran and Persian territory.
1 ReplyMay 06, 2014
So let me see if I have understood you right: you are saying we should destabilize Iran by toppling and thus stopping its government from ‘destroying’ all ethnic minorities, and in this way you get to save Iran from ‘disintegration’?
0 ReplyMay 05, 2014
Arvand Rud – Arvand Rud is the proper name of the “Shatt al Arab”. Let’s just say I would never sell out Iran to the mullahs or the communists.
I feel it should be pointed out that certain foreign powers have always promoted ethnic separatism in Iran.
The first (actually it goes back much longer than this) foreign nation to use separatist propaganda against Iran was Russia, especially after they sought to incorporate the Caucasusian territories with mother Russia.
The British and then the Americans used this tactic, quiet vigorously, after the 1979 revolution.
Let me just point out that ALL of the various ”Iranic” tribes and ethnicities such as: Azari, Baluch, Persian, Lur, the ancient Medians and Parthians, Afghanis, Tajik,Gorgani, etc. are related by culture and language going back thousands of years.
And genetic, yes, genetic studies have confirmed that the Azari ”turks” are actually Iranians who adopted the Turkish language a few centuries ago.
Almost all of the various ethnic sub-groups inside and surrounding Iran are descended from the original Indo-Iranian tribes that migrated south into Iran more than five thousand years ago.
Language experts have already established, centuries ago, that not only are the several Iranian sub-groups, such as Kurds and Persians the descendants of the original Indo-Iranian migrating tribes….but that linguistically, and now confirmed genetically, all of the Indo-European peoples such as Iranians, are descendants of a single tribe that originated, most likely, in an area north of the Caucasus mountains.
Iran is not only united in the boundaries of the nation itself, but also has a common heritage with many of her neighbors that were forced to separate from their homeland by foreign powers. Such as: Tajikistan, Armanestan, Gorgan, Afghanestan, Azarbaijan and Uzbekistan.
NOTE: The name ”Azarbaijan” is the arabicized middle Persian ”Atar-Payegan” (seat of the eternal flame) because the Iranians of Atarpayegan were since Hakhmanesh times very religious Zartoshtis.
Later, as everyone knows, Azarbaijan was invaded by Turkish tribes who dominated the majority Iranian population through force. The people, over time, adopted the language of the ruling minority of Turkish warlords. Genetic studies in the late 1990’s proved that the Azaris were still, genetically, Iranian even though they had largely adopted the Turkish language.
Conclusion: We cannot allow our enemies to use separatism to completely destroy our country. Basse dige. hamashoon az ma hasoodan. Zendebad Iran e bozorg.