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Ayatollah Montazeri Speaks On the Hostage Crisis

Source: Mowjcamp
Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Honorable Grand Ayatollah Montazeri,

With Regards,

We hope you are in great health. We are from the Website Green Wave of Freedom and would like to take some of your precious time for some questions regarding the historic day of 13th of Aban [November 4th]. We believe your answers can be a solution to the current situation in the country and would certainly be welcomed by our readers and anyone who is interested. We thank you in helping us in this regard. Questions are attached and we hope to hear from you.

With highest regard and gratitude,

The Editor in Chief of Green Wave of Freedom

Question 1: In your writings you have regarded the seizure of the American embassy in 1980 by the Student Followers of Imam as a mistake. However you supported their actions in that time. What was the reason for your support? Why do you regard it as a mistake now?

Question 2: What is your opinion on Iranian-American relations? Is the continuation of this current curtailment in the interest of the country?

Question 3: In the current situation where Russia and China have replaced the U.S. and Europe in the politics and economy of Iran, how are they to be treated? Is this kind of relationship in the interest of the country and the Revolution?

Question 4: Considering the situation after the presidential election where the government lost its legitimacy, is the Iranian-American negotiation a negotiation with dignity or one from a position of weakness?

Question 5: What is the meaning of Anti-imperialism? Does it mean defending [one’s country] against imperialism or does it mean being at war with imperialist forces? Since international law is accepted by most nations around the world what would the concept of anti-imperialism mean in this situation?

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In the Name of God, The Compassionate the Merciful

With regards and gratitude for your enthusiasm towards the important current events of the country,

Response to question 1)

The seizure of the American embassy in the beginning of the Revolution which was supported by most of Revolutionary classes of people and the late Imam Khomeini was also supported by me. However, due to the negative consequences and the excessive sensitivity that this has provoked amongst the American people which still exists today, it is evident that this was a mistake. Needless to say that an embassy of a country is a part of that country. Thus, a seizure of an embassy of a country that we are not in an official war with is regarded as a declaration of war and not a correct thing to do. From what I know, some of the revolutionaries and responsible youth that were in charge of the acts admit that this was a mistake.

Response to question 2)

America was behind the 1953 Coup against late Dr. Mossadeq and the return of the Shah and after the coup, America dominated the politics and economics of the country. They defended and supported the former regime and blocked the Iranian assets after the Revolution. In general they did not have an appropriate approach toward the Revolution. As a result, people were angry with America and the students seized the American embassy and U.S. cut its relations with Iran. Consequently, the late Imam Khomeini ruled against new relations with America. However, it is obvious that this ruling is temporary and would change according to political and economic circumstances. However, this relationship should be a relationship of two independent countries and should be in our interest.

If national interest calls for the relations with America, tensions and distrust must not be aggravated by empty slogans. It is obvious that Israel and its lobby in America have been and will be completely against the Iranian-American relationship and find their interests in the continuation of the current crisis between America and Iran. It is unfortunate that statesmen of the country do not pay attention to this fact.

3) If the arrangements are such that the Iranian government finds itself dependent on the east (China and Russia) in its political and economic affairs, the Iranians would end up serving the benefits of the eastern powers instead of themselves. This is against the ‘no dependency on the west, or the east’ slogans of the revolution that our people had insisted on.

What is this difference between the Russians and the Americans that leads us to trust the former so much that we endlessly provide them with large sums of tax payers money, but to the latter, we are not even ready to talk and negotiate? Even if we feel that such negotiations would be to the benefit of our country and this nation.

4) It is obvious that with the crisis that the government created after that magnificent election, it cannot negotiate with the powerful governments of the world from a strong position. As such, it would make new decisions every day that contradict its older stance. This will ultimately end to harm the country and the people. The strength of the establishment would not come from silencing and oppressing the people, instead it is the real and willing support of the people that gives strength to the government.

I believe that in a wise, and calculated decision, the government can immediately free all the political prisoners, free all the press, and strip off the government institutions and the universities from their prejudices. It can replace this with a hiring process that looks at those who are capable and deserve their positions. With such a revolutionary and pious decision the government can return the lost authority of the establishment. It is through this [solution] that the establishment can negotiate with the powerful nations with power and authority.

5) Fighting imperialism does not mean that we declare war on countries. This would only make them sensitive, and us secluded. Instead it means that we defend the rights of our nation against the greedy and ravenous desires of imperialists. In this regards there is no difference between the east and west. Imperialist people may not be power-hungry totalitarians.

A government that keeps its people unsatisfied oppresses and desecrates rights of people and imprisons a large group of educated scholars and political activists with unknown accusations cannot claim to be in a struggle against the imperialists and imperialism. Without attending to public dissent to gain support of people, revival of the rights of all classes and freedom of the journalists and media, fighting imperialism is impossible and impractical. It is with such a national support that the government can stand strongly against imposed foreign demands and respond appropriately.

In the end, I ask the great and almighty God for your success, and I pray for the honor and dignity of the great people of Iran.

12 Aban 1388 (November 3, 2009)

Hosseinali Montazeri

Honourable Grand Ayatollah Montazeri,

With Regards,

We hope you are in great health. We are from the Website “Green Wave of
Freedom” and would like to take some of your precious time for some
questions regarding the historic day of 13th of Aban. We believe your
answers can be a solution to the current situation of the country and would
certainly be welcomed by our readers and anyone who is interested. We thank
you in helping us in this regard. Questions are attached and we hope to hear
from you.

With highest regard and gratitude,

The Editor in Chief of Green Wave of Freedom

Question 1: In your writings you have regarded the seizure of the American
embassy in 1980 by the Student Followers of Imam’s Line as a mistake.
However you supported their actions in that time. What was the reason for
your support of this seizure by the students? Why do you regarded as a
mistake now?

Question 2: What’s your opinion on the Iranian-American relations? Is the
continuation of this current curtailment in the interest of the country?

Question 3: In the current situation where Russia and China has replaced U.S
and Europe in the Politics and Economy of Iran, how are they supposed be
treated? Is this kind of relationship in the interest of the country and the
Revolution?

Question 4: Considering the situation after the presidential election where
the government has lost its legitimacy, is the Iranian-American negotiation
a negotiation with dignity or from a position of weakness?

Question 5: What is the meaning of Anti-imperialism? Does this clause mean
defending against imperialism or does it mean being in war with it? Since
international law is accepted by most nations around the world what would
the concept of anti-imperialism be in this situation?

In the name The Compassionate the Merciful

With regards and gratitude towards your enthusiasm toward the important
current event of the country,

 Response to question 1)

The seizure of the American embassy in the beginning of the Revolution which
was supported by most of Revolutionary classes of people and the late Imam
Khomeini was also supported by me. However, due to the negative consequences
and the excessive sensitivity that this has caused amongst the American
people and still continues to exist it is evident that this was a wrong
action. Needless to say that an embassy of a country is a part that country,
as a result a seizure of an embassy of a country that we are not in an
official war with them is regarded as a declaration of war and not a correct
thing to do. From what I know, some of the Revolutionary and responsible
youth that were in charge of admit that this was a mistake.

Response to question 2)

America was behind the 1953 Coup against late Dr. Mossadeq and the return of
Shah and after the Coup America dominated all the political and economical
echelon of the country. They defended and supported the former regime and
blocked the Iranian assets after the Revolution. In general they did not
have an appropriate approach toward the Revolution. As a result, people were
angry with America and the student seized the American embassy and U.S
ceased its relations with Iran. Consequently, the late Imam Khomeini ruled
against new relations with America. However, it is obvious that this ruling
is temporary and would change according to political and economical
circumstances. However, this relationship should be a relationship of two
independent countries and should be in our interest.

If national interest calls for the relations with America, tensions and
distrust must not be aggravated by empty slogans. It is obvious that Israel
and its lobby in America has been and will be completely against the
Iranian-American relationship and find its interest in the continuation of
the current crisis between America and Iran. It is unfortunate that
statesmen of the country do not pay attention to this fact.

3) If the arrangements are such that the Iranian government finds itself
dependant on the east (China and Russia) on its political and Economic
affairs, the Iranians would end up serving the benefits of the eastern
powers instead of themselves. This is against the 'no dependency on the
west, or the east' slogans of revolution that our people had insisted on.
What is this difference between the Russians and the Americans that leads us
trust the former so much that we endlessly provide them with large sums of
tax payers money, but not even ready to talk and negotiate with the latter,
even if we feel that such negotiations would be to the benefits of our
country and this nation.

4) It is obvious that with the crisis that the government created after
those magnificent elections, it cannot negotiate from strong stand point
with the powerful governments of the world. As such it would make new
decisions every day that contradict its older stance. This will ultimately
end to harm the country and the people. The strength of the establishment
would not come from silencing and oppressing the people, instead it is the
real and willing support of the people that gives strength to the
government.

I believe that in a wise, and calculated decision, the government can
immediately free all the political prisoners, free all the press, and strip
off the government institutions and the universities from their prejudices.
It can replace this with a hiring process that looks at those who are
capable and deserve their positions. With such a revolutionary and pious
decision the government can return the lost authority of the establishment.
It is through this [solution] that the establishment can negotiate the
powerful nations from the stand point of power and authority.

5) Fighting imperialism does not mean that we declare war to countries. This
would only make them sensitive, and us secluded. Instead it means that we
defend the rights of our nation against the greedy and ravenous desires of
imperialists. In this regards there is no difference between the east and
west. Imperialist people may not be power-hungry totalitarians.

A government that keeps its people unsatisfied oppresses and desecrates
rights of people and imprisons a large group of educated scholars and
political activists with unknown accusations cannot claim to be in a
struggle against the imperialists and imperialism. Without attending to the
public dissent to gain support of people, revival of rights of all classes
and freedom of the journalists and media, fighting imperialism is impossible
and impractical. It is with such a national support that the government can
stand strongly against imposed foreign demands and respond appropriately.

In the end, I ask the great and almighty God for the success of you, and I
pray for the honour and dignity of the great people of Iran.

Peace be upon you and God's mercy and blessings

12 Aban 1388 (November 3, 2009)

Hosseinali Montazeri

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