Remembering Neda

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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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  • SAM000

    To Cuban Refugee;

    You wrote;
    May she, and others who shed their precious blood on Iranian soil, haunt Jimmy Carter's nightmares.

    May I add these names on your list?

    Clinton (BOTH),
    Madelaine Albright,
    Gary Seek,
    Joe Biden,
    Condelissa Rice,
    Collin Powel,
    and many many others who appeased and supported the Mullahs against our People.

    Caspian is right but I should add that without a worldwide and leaded appeasement of the Mullahs, this Criminal regime can not stand even one day on power.

    Did you know that the Iranian Resistance is in your Black list?!

    USA and CANADA are the countries who consider Terrorist the Iranian Resistance organization, and CANADA and USA help and collaborate with the Mullahs in a mutual anti-terrorist war!!!, when we know that Iran arms and trains and funds the anti-American groups in all around the world!!

    • Cuban Refugee

      Yes, you are correct, SAM000 — there are many others whose nightmares need haunting. If the Iranian Resistance had garnered even minimal support from the U.S. and Canada, the tyrannical rule of Ahmadinejad and all the Mullahs would have come crashing down the day the latest fraudulent election took place.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Next to my computer monitor, I keep a photo of a man I never met, Mark Rothenberg, who was one of the passengers in the ill-fated Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11. He was one of my husband's childhood friends, and I have heard stories about his great sense of humor and boyhood pranks. In the picture, he is smiling widely at a class reunion. After reading this article, and seeing the excellent HBO documentary about Neda, I have decided to add her picture to my inspiration wall. Her vibrant image and radiant smile, along with Mark's, will remind me of the heavy price to be paid for freedom, and their now silenced voices will join with mine when I post a comment, write my representatives in Congress, or march behind the Tea Party banner. Neda's spirit, and her cause, live in the hearts of all who unite to fight against tyranny. May she, and others who shed their precious blood on Iranian soil, haunt Jimmy Carter's nightmares.

    • james

      Jimmy Carter needs a mental evaluation;tell us about your childhood Mr. Carter.Consider how many are killed every day for the same reasons;unsung heros of all makes and models.When war comes with Iran;many more victims will be added to the list.Freedom is not free.PLUS;you must keep vigil cause they are always trying to take it away.TYRANNY is natural;so the natural selection proccess favors the wicked;The wicked are the bullies of the religion of tyranny.They must unfortunantly be dealt with harshly at times.