The IRI apologists group Ayatollah Khatami with the likes of Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Dalai Lama, and even Elie Wiesel, but they do not tell us what political *action* Ayatollah Khatami has taken to qualify him to be in such company.


The truth of the matter is that the best comparison for President Khatami is President Zemin of China.  They both focus on rule of law and surely they both leave out institutions of  “judgment by the people”:


If Jiang Zemin was a worthy successor to Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, Mohammad Khatami has been a worthy successor to Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.  In a way, “emAm Khomeini” was “Chairman Mao” of Iran.  HojatoleslAm  Rafsanjani was Deng Xiaoping of Iran. Aytaollah Khamenei has been Li Peng of Iran.  And President Khatami has been President Zemin of Iran.


On  June 4th, 1989, during the crack down on the Chinese students movement in Tiananmen Square, Jiang Zemin pleased the Chinese communist hardliners.  The same way, on July 9th, 1999, during the crack down on the Iranian students’ movement, Mohammad Khatami  pleased the Iranian Islamist hardliners:


The focus of US both in China and Iran has been to get concessions from their existing governments.  In China, the US mainly used the Tiananmen Square to get more concessions from the People’s Republic of China.  In Iran, the US is mainly using the pro-democracy movement, Reza Pahlavi, and MKO as leverage to get more concessions from Islamic Republic of Iran.


The IRI lobbyists are working hard to get the US succeed in its goals in Iran:


One big difference between China and Iran is that when Communism fell in China’s neighbor, the Soviet Empire, the uncertainty and disorder in the aftermath of the fall, scared the Chinese people, who avoided the same drastic change in China.  In contrast, the fall of Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanestan, has had good vibrations in Iran, and Iranians like to see similar changes and full secularization in Iran:


Nonetheless, as far as the US is concerned, its policy is mainly focused on getting concessions from President Khatami’s government, unless a strong movement for change, such as what we saw in the Eastern Europe, sweeps Iran.  In short, it is all in the hands of the Iranian people and not the US, as to whether Iran will get stuck with its Islamic regime, the same way China is stuck with its Communist regime, or not.



Sam Ghandchi, Publisher


April 12, 2002







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