Who Are the Two Most Dangerous and Powerful Players in Iran? [Part One]

The Assembly of Experts, commonly referred to in Iran as the “Khobregan Congress” is the heart of the theocratic system and has full authority over the Guardian Council, the Office of the Supreme Leader and the Judiciary. Collectively, they form the theocratic parallel to the secular institutions of Parliament and Presidency.

by Aryan Susangard // @DailyAryan // 7 July 2018

Ever since the demise of the Nixon presidency and his non-ideological and pragmatic approach to foreign diplomacy, often putting him and his administration at odds with both neoliberal Democrats and classical and paleoconservative elements of the Republican Party and anticommunist lobby groups like the John Birch Society, the US has suffered from a lack of competence and education in foreign policy affairs related to Iran.

Forget the 1953 “coup d’etat”— Operation Ajax — that American academics are irrationally obsessed with and love to drone on endlessly about. Let’s be perfectly clear about something. While the CIA and MI6 did indeed sponsor and provide logistical and propaganda support for the “coup,” which in reality was a constitutional crisis, the actual architect was Imperial Iranian Army General Fazlollah Zahedi. That American academics still regurgitate this nonsense of “coup d’etat” is ridiculous beyond measure, but then again, when someone as ignorant and bigoted as John Bollinger is still running the Columbia University circus, that speaks volumes about what they know and don’t know about Iranian history.

One of the Big Lies of Operation Ajax is that the late Emperor, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, fully supported the action. In point of fact, he was so adamantly opposed to any action against Mossadegh, the democratically elected prime minister and leader of the secular nationalist and third positionist National Front, that Zahedi and his CIA/MI6 associates had to bribe the emperor’s twin sister, Ashraf Pahlavi, with generous gifts in order to coax her to convince her twin brother:

In 1953, when the C.I.A., working with the British, plotted the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh, Iran’s left-wing, anticolonialist prime minister, it turned to Princess Ashraf to intercede with her reluctant brother, who had become shah in 1941. Kermit Roosevelt, the C.I.A. officer in charge of what was known as Operation Ajax, described his stance as one of “stubborn irresolution.”

“Ashraf’s tongue-lashings of her brother were legendary, including one in the presence of foreign diplomats where she demanded that he prove he was a man or be revealed to all as a mouse,” Stephen Kinzer wrote in “All the Shah’s Men” (2003), a history of the Iranian revolution. When agents turned up at her apartment bearing a mink coat and a stack of cash, she overcame her initial coolness to the idea and flew to Tehran for a stirring tête-à-tête.

— ‘Ashraf Pahlavi, Twin Sister of Iran’s Last Shah, Dies at 96’ // The New York Times // 08 January 2016

Most Americans who have heard of Mohammad Mossadegh know a thing or two about him, but very few realize that he was actually a prominent and high-level member of the Qajar dynasty:

The last of the traditional Qajar aristocracy to hold direct power was Mohammad Mossadegh Qavam-u-Saltanah Qajar during the late 1940s and and early 1950s, who sought under the guide of popular political and economic issues to displace Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi with his own rule and reestablish Qajar prerogatives. Mossadegh was a blood descendent of the Qajar line and from the first had opposed the founding of the Pahlavi dynasty.

— A Dictionary of Iran: A Shorter Encyclopedia // by D. L. Bradley // 2015

While his father, Reza Shah Pahlavi, had no qualms about forcibly dissolving the Qajar dynasty, who were Turkic of foreign Eastern origin and not ethnic Iranian-speakers and thus had very little support among ethnic Iranians, his son Mohammad Reza Shah had zero inclination to make any moves against the aristocracy, even those of the preceding dynasty. The late Shah spent the first half of his life in Switzerland, where he received his education, as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa where the British had been keeping his father under covert house arrest after the illegal and brutal Allied Invasion of Iran in 1941, which was the true and actual beginning of the roots that would invariably lead to the 1979 Revolution.

As the Shah was raised speaking French as his mother tongue and did not have a deep or comprehensive understanding of Iranian and Persian cultures, the complex social and political protocols of ta’arof, which encompass all facets of Iranian society, from simple bargaining between merchants to intricately staged acts of international diplomacy and domestic Byzantine intrigue. Iran is, far more so than Russia and China, the most Byzantine country on earth, regardless of whatever regime happens to be the political circus of the era.

This reality, as well as Mossadegh’s stated intent to eventually dissolve the monarchy and establish a secular nationalist republic, were the key factors in convincing the late Shah to approve the execution of Operation Ajax. Both his sister and the orthodox Shia clergy were instrumental in securing the Shah’s support for declaring a state of emergency and proclaiming a constitutional crisis that allowed the Imperial State of Iran to arrest Mossadegh on charges of treason.

American academics tend to pin the blame for the downfall of Mossadegh and the National Front entirely on the US and UK because of the Anglo-Iranian (now BP) monopoly over the oil industry. The reality, however, is that it was not only about restoring British rights to Iranian oil, but securing the future of the monarchy and the position of the elite Shia clergy.

This is another fact which most American academics seem wholly ignorant of. The Shah, or Emperor, from even before the founding of the Achaemenid dynasty, going back to the pre-Aryan days of Elam and Assyria when the Medes were the largest and most powerful Aryan tribal confederacy, was first and foremost a spiritual leader of the people, not simply the temporal ruler. It was the British and the Shia clergy who literally begged Reza Khan to not dissolve the monarchy along with the Qajars, and thus Reza Khan made this concession, abandoning the idea of a republican nation-state and continuing Iran as an empire and crowning himself the new Emperor as Reza Shah Pahlavi.

The late “Ayatollah” Khomeini — whose status as “ayatollah” is not accepted by any legitimate Shia seminary in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq  — himself did not wish to overthrow the monarchy, but to convince the Shah to put an end to what he and many religious people viewed as Westernization and Americanization, in particular. As with most traditionalists, Khomeini dd not want to see the country overrun and overwhelmed by the decadence and sexual objectification of Western European and American popular cultures.

Over time Khomeini would come to realize that by — in his view — renouncing his faith (which never happened) and embracing Aryan civilization over Islam, which like Judaism and Christianity is a Semitic religion of foreign origin, the Shah had forsaken any right to the throne because by law and by tradition, the Shah ruled not by temporal decree, but by the divine right of kings. After the brutal murder of revolutionary ideologist Ali Shariati by foreign agents acting on behalf of the Islamic Republic Party, Khomeini was then able to usurp the Revolution and essentially impose himself upon the people as the new Emperor.

Iran today is, for all intents and purposes, an elective monarchy with theocratic elites who are infinitely more corrupt than any official within the former Imperial State.

When the Islamic Republic of Iran as we know and understand it today came into existence following the elections of 13 March 1980, Khomeini could never have imagined just how wrong he had been, that the new regime would only lead to the further disintegration of Islamic culture and the zealous restoration of Aryan culture and values over Islamic and Abrahamic Noahide beliefs.

In the next part of this series, I will deconstruct the Byzantine nature of the current Iranian system, which was established in 1980 and not 1979 as is often claimed, and who the two most powerful and influential oligarchs in Iran whose power is so vast that it is only the overwhelming popularity, strength and wealth of the Revolutionary Guards that is able to keep them in check.

If you think its the current Supreme Leader “Ayatollah” Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, or any of other other elite members of the clergy American and Israeli pundits and talking heads love droning about, you are gravely mistaken.


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