For a Free and Democratic Iran
Why Constitutional Monarchy?
"...Let us not forget that neither a Constitutional Monarchy nor a Republic are the ultimate goals in and of themselves, for any nation or clique. They are merely tools which are to insure the independence, sovereignty, national interests and last but not least, the individual and civil rights of the citizenry. These tasks could only be achieved if they are based on the most compatible spiritual and material foundations of the populace.
To date, no one can cite any "heavenly revelations" which deny the competence of Constitutional Monarchy to achieve the above solely because it is a Constitutional Monarchy, nor any which can assert the proficiency of a Republic in attaining the same goals, simply because it is a Republic. On the other hand, what could be considered a law as momentous as a revelation, is one which would shed light on the "nature and quality" of this Constitutional Monarchy or that Republic.
Of more than 180 member nations of the U.N. today, a few over 20 are administered by the institution of Constitutional Monarchy. The rest are Republics, or at least recognize themselves as such. Nearly all of the international statistics, unanimously point to the notion that out of these 180 or so Monarchies and Republics, only a few, namely, 26 to 30 could be regarded as "true" democracies. Many are either in the midst of the long and arduous road to democracy, or are governed by totally despotic and undemocratic regimes.
Amongst the democratic governments, at least 12 countries ( England, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Canada, Australia, New Zealand ) are Monarchies, while nearly all of our world's despotic regimes, be it of the "left" or of the "right", are found amongst the Republics.
With such realities, could an objective intellectual possibly shed light as to how the people of Sweden can, for instance, improve the quality and stature oftheir democracy or their social progress by converting their "regressive Constitutional Monarchy" into a "progressive Republic" of Hafez Assad or Marshal Joseph Mobutu ?
Many might claim that the Constitutional Monarchy in Sweden ought not be compared with the one in Iran, then in all fairness, there should not be any parallels drawn between the Republic in Switzerland and the Republic in Iran either. Furthermore, if the Iranian democracy is deemed capable of functioning in the Swiss school, why is it not feasible for it to gain the same edification in the more compatible and recognizable school of Constitutional Monarchy in Sweden?
This is certainly not meant to suddenly transform all Republics into a Constitutional Monarchy. The fact however, remains that the healthiest form of government for any nation, is a system shaped and based upon its historical, geographical, social and cultural values, one which has evolved progressively with the passage of time.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that Japan after WW II, could have attained a more robust status, a more congenial level of life with a deeper sense of democracy, had it opted for the unknown and unfamiliar Republic ( which was advocated by the victorious Americans ), and ousted its 2500 year institution of Monarchy.
In the like manner, one could not possibly argue that Italy ( which ousted its Constitutional Monarchy for a Republic ) has been more prosperous than Spain ( which re-instituted its Constitutional Monarchy ).
To address the probable yet subjective claim that the continuation of Constitutional Monarchy in Iran could bear all the grave detriments of despotism, we must begin with a resounding "No !". Such a detriment neither exists today nor will it be extant tomorrow, for the obvious reasons that the current world situation will no longer sanction such comportment from any new Monarch, and more important, the Iranian people today have gained valuable experiences due to the past 16 deadly and regressive years, and will never give in to a despotic regime.
We must recall that even the most despotic form of Monarchy today, namely the one in Saudi Arabia, is under pressure as a member of the U.N., to conform to the international human rights standards, albeit slowly and unwillingly.
In the end, we must first aid our compatriots in ridding themselves from the tyranny of the mullahs and collectively end this holocaust brought about by the so-called Islamic Republic, before we could address the hypothetical fear of despotism which some wrongfully attribute to be inherent in Constitutional Monarchy..."
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