Let my people go
: Reza Pahlavi (the junior shah) writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:
In Iran’s immediate neighborhood, in one of the least technologically advanced regimes, the Taliban’s allies demonstrated that all they need is box cutters to use the free world’s own resources against it. Yet nuclear-armed Pakistan is frequently praised as an ally in the war against terror. So it is the character of the regime, rather than the technology it possesses, that constitutes the greater part of the threat.
Then why doesn’t the international community come together on the greater part of its fear, and declare its unambiguous opposition to a terrorist regime in such a strategic region? Why doesn’t it unite with Iran’s people, whose loudly demonstrated wish is to be rid of the only regime in the world whose theocratic constitution specifically rejects popular sovereignty? …
But the world need not live in fear of a nuclear terrorist regime: I have no doubt that if it unites in support of democracy in Iran, it will unleash a popular force that will overwhelm the theocrats and sweep away their terrorist regime.