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Republic & Cultural Terrorism
Edited by Shapour
Islamic regime in Tehran has renewed its war of destruction on pre-Islamic
Iranian heritage. Its intention is to build up an Islamic empire and to
change the whole face of Iran into a backward purely Islamic nation. The
Islamic Republic of Iran sees its Iranian heritage as a formidable enemy
of its conquest. It aims at turning Iran into a pure form of an
Islamic nation. Hence, they have waged a war on Iranian antiquities in the
hope of suppressing Iranian pride and nationalism.
should be a term to describe the deliberate destruction of the cultural
heritage of a people or nation for political or military reasons. Since
its inception twenty—six years ago, the Islamic Republic of Iran has
been in a state of constant war with the Iranian people as well as the
its life span, the Islamic Republic zealots have tried many times to
cleanse the pre—Islamic Iranian heritage in the name of Islam. First,
they declared war against the Persian New Year or 'Nowruz',
and then they attacked other Iranian traditions and customs. At the
beginning of the revolution, Islamic zealots rushed to the site of the
Persepolis, the magnificent palace of the Achaemenid kings. Fortunately,
the total bulldozing of the relics of the Palace was averted by Iranian
patriots who wished to preserve their heritage.
their latest attempt in the war of destruction, the Islamic Republic has
been insidiously planning to obliterate some of the most cherished places
in Iranian history. They intend to eradicate the Pasargadae, the Bolaghi
Valley and the Persepolis. Most of all, they are obliterating the memory
of one of history's great rulers, Cyrus the Great.
Pasargadae is found the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, the King
of Kings and the founding father of Persia. Cyrus the Great, who is
mentioned twenty—five times in the Bible, is known for his
passion and compassion and his unprecedented tolerance. Cyrus the Great's
Charter of Human Rights is known to be the first such charter written, and
refers to the concept of humans as having universal rights, regardless of
legal jurisdiction, ethnicity, nationality or religion.
the Great's most notable reputation of a great leader stands high as a
Persian king who freed the Jews from captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of
Cyrus the Great, not only allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem to
rebuild their temple, but assisted the Jews in this endeavour, something
which was followed by his heirs.
the Great proclaimed more than 2500 years ago,
I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion and free to live in
all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate other's
the Great declared himself not a conqueror, but a liberator.
has been said that Alexander II the Macedonian king set the torch to Persepolis in an
alleged drunken rage, regretting it the following day. Alexander the Great
plundered Persia. He destroyed and burned Persepolis, the magnificent
palace complex of the Achaemenid kings. Yet, Alexander the Great paid
tribute to Cyrus the Great at his mausoleum. This shows how much the king
of kings was respected, even in the eyes of his fierce enemies. What
Alexander came to set on fire to more than 2200 years ago, the
Islamic Republic intends to submerge today.
its war of construction and destruction, the Islamic Republic has been
building "Sivand Dam" near the Iranian antiquities. The
construction of the Sivand Dam on the Polvar River began in 1992 without
consultation with or the knowledge of the World Cultural Heritage
Organization officials. The dam's opening was planned in March 2005, but
the Iranian energy ministry has delayed it to early 2006 to give the
archaeologists more time to examine the sites.
dam will flood the entire Tang-e Bolaghi (Bolaghi Valley) mountain pass
and the surrounding region. That would lead to some 8 kilometres of the
Bolaghi Valley being submerged and lost forever. Thus, experts of ICHCTO
and the Pars-e Pasargadae Research Foundation quickly undertook a project
to study the area. So far they have identified more than 100
archaeological sites there.
Islamic Republic's ulterior motive in building "Sivand Dam" so
close to the archaeological sites was to intentionally flood the vast
archaeological area of Pasargadae, including the mausoleum of Cyrus the
Great, Bolaghi Valley, the King's path and the main historical road of
Persia, which was constructed by order of Darius the Great and
the relics of the magnificent palace of Persepolis.
the Islamic Republic's records speak dismally for itself, there are
numerous reasons for this cultural genocide by the Islamic regime, in
The Islamic regime's decision to destroy Cyrus the Great' mausoleum is
due to their inner fear of the personification of Cyrus the Great in the
heart of every Iranian. Since Cyrus the Great released the Jews from
captivity some 2500 years ago, the Islamic Republic's intense hatred of
Jews has fuelled their mission of destruction. In addition, the fear of Iranian
nationalism is so immense that it stands in their way of creating an
Islamic Utopia. These fears are justified, especially following the news
on the future release of a British movie on the life of Cyrus the Great.
to a reliable source with Iran's cultural heritage organization who wished
to remain anonymous for his safety, said to CAIS: "The [Islamic]
regime is currently searching for some western archaeologists who are
willing to distort the history in exchange for money. Their task is to
undermine the character of Cyrus the Great, his achievements and pre-Islamic
Iran in general."
continued "their first objective is to change the truth about the
Cyrus the Great cylinder, claiming that the cylinder was ordered to be
created by the ancient king not as a message of humanity, peace and
kindness, but for propaganda purposes. Apparently, their next task is to
claim that Cyrus was not an Iranian, but an Elamite or a Jew - and even a
Slavic origin was suggested by one of the regime's advisors."
we are up against a truly malignant force in radical Islamism that is
breeding, sheltering and financing its terrorist armoury. This new enemy
of humanity and world heritage is far more radical and dangerous than the
Nazi Germany or the old Soviet Russia ever were. The Islamic Republic's
ultimate objective is the destruction of everything in the world that is
good and leaving behind a network of Islamic terror around the free world.
us hope that people of the earth become united against the forces of evil
and evildoers of radical Islamism. Let us hope that the free world applies
pressure to the Islamic Republic to prevent them from purging the Iranian
Islamic regime's cultural terrorism could also simply be coined as the