Here is the repost of the article on March 1, 1995 when there were a number of NCRI or MKO posters on SCI who might have been interested to respond to these questions.




QUESTION#1:  [My first question was about Maryam Rajavi and the signing of 100 MKO cadres to enforce her divorce and remarriage for the sake of revolution.  Since we have already discussed this enough, I have deleted that part of the original post.]


QUESTION #2:   My second question is about MKO action during the Iran-Iraq War.  We know that MKO went to the Iraq's side for years, while Iran was under the aggression of Iraqi army in a bloody war and the MKO leadership is still there.  My question is what the assessment of MKO is about all these events, again as historical facts and if they see any need for apology to the Iranian people?


QUESTION #3:   We all know about the Iraqi state and in many ways the Baathi Parties of Iraq and Syria before they took power, resembled MKO.  Let’s say MKO is out.My question is what is the position of NCRI on Baathi-type parties?  Do they find these kinds of parties as modern and democratic or do they find such ideologies and parties as anti-democratic? More specifically, what is their assessment of the Iraqi Baath party?  Do they consider it dictatorial or democratic?


QUESTION #4:   Next my question is about the separation of state and religion.  Does the NCRI think that state and religion must be separated?  We know that religion and state were not separated in Ancient Egypt of Pharoahs and in the Medieval Europe and in Abassid and Omavi periods in Islam and under Ottoman Khalifs and current IRI.  What is the NCRI’s ideal state?  If religion and state are separated, then how do they explain the name of their republic which explicitly has the word "Islamic" in it?  More specifically, what is their position on the power of Marjaia’t of Shia?  What is their stand on hejAb and can they specifically explain why their women, such as their president, wear scarf?


QUESTION #5:   Everyone among Iranians now accepts that democracy is something that is on the mind of every Iranian and it cannot be eradicated with any excuses about being a young state, etc.  What is NCRI's promise that democracy will be guaranteed IMMEDIATELY if they win power in Iran?


QUESTION #6:   In the field of economics.  What kind of economic property relations does NCRI support?  In the past, principle form of property relations advocated by MKO in its economic plans for future Iran was STATE OWNERSHIP, just like the economies of socialist countries and the Baathi states of Syria and Iraq, where the state ownership was the economic basis for the totalitarian state to continue its dictatorial existence.  My question is what is NCRI's current plan for Iran's economy?  I am not asking whether they will also allow private property, or stock property,  or non-profit ownership, etc.  I am asking what property relations NCRI will promote as THE PRINCIPLE  form of property relations?


QUESTION #7:   Does NCRI support a PARLIAMENTARY REPUBLIC or it still stands for the old Shor'aii Republic which was MKO's program in the past?


QUESTION #8:   Does NCRI support FEDERALISM or Centralism for Iran?  In other words, will regions like Kordestan have autonomy like the State Governments in the US, or  the form of  government will still be the way it has been under the Shah and under IRI, namely a centralized government like France and England; rather than a federal republic like the US or Germany.


QUESTION #9:   Will the draft (sarbAzi) be abolished? The draft started in Iran at the time of Reza Shah following the new post-Napoleonic era in the world.   Many countries have abolished it since, like the US.  Even recently Argentina has abolished draft and only has a professional army.  Will NCRI remove drafting or not?


QUESTION #10   What about the DEATH PENALTY?  Will it be banned or is it still going to continue?  As we know, many countries in the world have abolished death penalty and this is the best guarantee in countries like Iran, that the political opponents of the future will not be executed as drug dealers, under NCRI, or under any other governing body that will rule Iran in the future.


Sam Ghandchi

Sept 25, 1994






* The above article was first posted on SCI (soc.culture.iranian) Usenet newsgroup on Sept 25, 1994.


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