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Would Iran’s foreign policy change if there was a regime change? “One of the reasons for my trip to Israel,” Caspian emphasized, was “to declare to the world that the people of Iran and their future governments will not be hostile towards any nation or state.” He also pointed out that peaceful nuclear energy is the inalienable right of any state – except a tyrannical regime that sponsors terrorism. Such a state, he said, referring to the current Iranian regime, “Is not fit for using such technology.” Should a future Iranian government that “is not on a war path” require nuclear energy, it would be fine as long as it complies with international conventions.
Caspian Makan’s views of Islam are extraordinary, to say the least. Throughout the pre-Islamic history of Iran, according to his research, the Iranian people were humane and peace-loving “The advent and imposition of Islam on our people” Caspian stressed, “created certain extremism and wrong beliefs, which the leaders of the Islamic regime adopted to their advantage.” Caspian believes that the victory of the Iranian people over the hated regime will be accompanied by a change in these wrong beliefs, and result in the separation of religion and state. A future Iranian government, he added, “should respect religion and the worship of God as well as the right of people not to worship at all.” Secularism, Caspian explained, is the building block of democracy. What roles do you see for the Sunni-Muslim minorities in Iran – the Kurds, Baluchis, Turkmen, and Ahwazi-Arabs? “We are all Iranians” Caspian replied, “and all of us have suffered under the repressive laws of this Iranian regime.” Caspian believes that Iranian survival depends on the unity of all the ethnic groups in Iran, against the tyranny of the Islamic regime.
Western governments, in Caspian’s view, can support the people of Iran by refraining from doing business with the Iranian regime: whether it is oil or its derivatives. Moreover, they should isolate and increase the pressure on the Iranian regime and paralyze the regime’s ability to run the country. Caspian recommends that negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue be suspended until the establishment of a new government in Iran. He is particularly eager to see Western governments fight against the Iranian regime’s draconian methods of censorship. “This is important for two reasons,” he explained, “it will enable the people of Iran to receive news and information from the outside world, and by using information technology tools, they can alert the world community of the crimes taking place in Iran.”
Reflecting on Neda’s legacy, as we concluded the interview, Caspian Makan recalled her words about the importance of everyone taking part in the protest against the regime’s behavior. “Every individual can be effective” she said. And although she enjoyed her life, Caspian recalled how committed she was to participating in the street protests – even if a bullet should pierce her heart. Caspian concluded, “I learned courage and self- sacrifice from Neda and will continue in her path until I die. Neda is a messenger of peace and a symbol of freedom.”
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