Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance

Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance

Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance

Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance

Synopsis

The realities of Iranian life are far more harrowing than most people imagine from the outside. Most of the population is under 30 and opposes the cruel and corrupt regime. Ganji stresses that the best defense against terrorism is offense, and that the United States can and must establish a proactive policy of helping Iranians struggling for the freedom of Iran, in and out of the country.

Excerpt

This book was written several months prior to the heinous acts of terrorism of 11 September 2001 in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The thoughts and prayers of the overwhelming majority of Iranians, both within Iran and abroad, are with the victims of these tragedies and their families.

During the past twenty-three years, time and again I have drawn attention to the dangers of state-sponsored terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. I have written books and articles and held interviews in Europe, America, and the Middle East pointing out the dangers of carrying on business as usual and pursuing appeasement policies vis-à-vis the terrorist states, and in particular the “Islamic Republic” of Iran. I have opposed the European countries’ policy of shutting their eyes in favor of short-term commercial gain in their dealings with the ruling criminal mullahs in Iran.

During this time, I have continuously drawn attention to the harsh reality that the revenues generated by a major oil-producing country such as Iran, combined with the mullah regime’s policy of state-sponsorship of terrorism, produce an extremely dangerous and explosive mix. Since its inception in 1979, the clerical regime in Iran has been actively engaged in acts of international terrorism, pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, and promotion of radical militant-Islamic fundamentalism throughout the world.

In the spring of 1996, while addressing a gathering of U.S. and Iranian scholars and representatives of international oil companies at a conference organized in Dallas, Texas, by the Petro-Hunt Corporation and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University, I stated:

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