The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
"Charity Begins at Home"
LONDON (CAIS - edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav) -- While Iranian monuments are being turned into cement, ancient cities being ploughed beyond recognition, its' renowned sites were threatened by illegal constructions, and desperately are in need of financial support to be salvaged from total destructions, ICHTO (Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization) has declared its readiness to provide funds for the renovation of Iraqi monuments damaged during recent bombings (tombs of tenth and eleventh Shia Imams al-Hadi and al-Hassan al-Askari, were badly damaged in bomb attacks in Iraq on February 22), Taha Hashemi the cleric and new director of the ICHTO Research Centre told the Persian service of CHN on Thursday.
Hashemi believes that Iranians' duty is to cooperate in the reconstruction process of the tombs, saying, “As Muslims, we must maintain our religious monuments, and to this end, the ICHTO plans to make use of all its facilities and experts”; whereas the authority's devotion and their first duty as Iranians should have been with Iran and safeguarding Iranian heritage.
For the ongoing reconstruction of the ancient city of Bam, and current archaeological salvage operation in Tang-e Bolaghi, Iranians had to seek financial aid from foreign countries. As the result of the Sivand dam construction, the regime's venture poses a great danger to the prehistoric and historical Iranian monuments in Fars province.
The dam will submerge not only Tang-e Bolaghi and section of of Achaemenid Imperial Road, but also poses a grave danger to Pasargadae and Persepolis, by creating an artificial lake, which generates an excessive level of humidity in the area, which consequently it could have a devastating and irreversible effect on their structural integrity. The extent of the damages are unknown and cannot be ascertained due to lack of funds.
Currently in Iran, hundreds of archaeological and historical sites are in the verge of complete destruction, such as Sasanid Gondi-Shapour (right fig), Parthian Bardneshaned and Partho-Sasanind Ray, which could be lost forever as the result of negligence, surrounding factories, excessive framings and illegal excavations, and no measures have been taken to save them, yet again as the result of negligence and lack of funds.
It is quite peculiar that if Iranian national heritage would have been in Palestine, or called "Palestinian Heritage" or "Arab Heritage", without any doubt the regime and those who are in charge of ICHTO, not only they were queuing to sacrifice their lives, but also they would have utilized all the country's national resources in order to save and protect Palestinians' interests; -Therefore, the only plausible solution for now, to prevent Iran's national heritage to be destroyed, is to change the name of Iran to Palestine, and claim that Ancient Iranians were Palestinians.
Since 1980s and rise of the Islamic fundamentalism to power, the ruling cleric have tried many times to cleanse the pre-Islamic Iranian heritage. First, Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Islamic Republic declared war against the Iranian New Year or 'Nowruz', and then they began attacking other Iranian traditions and customs such as Chahar Shanbeh-Suri and Yalda.
the beginning of the revolution, Muslim fundamentalists
lead by Sadeg Khalkhali, who was one of the Khomeini's
circle of disciples and was known for his antipathy
towards pre-Islamic Iran, rushed to the historical site of
Persepolis, to bulldoze it down. According
an interview by Elaine Sciolino, Khalkhali came to
Persepolis with "a band of thugs" and gave an
angry speech demanding that "the faithful torch the
silk-lined tent city and the grandstand that the Shah had
built," but was driven off by stone-throwing local
residents. Apparently the unsuccessful attempt for was
sanctioned by Ayatollah Khomeini, himself.
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