The renowned Brazilian author has recently taken the liberty to insult a prominent Persian personality and the rising patriotic Iranian Protests against the criminal sect ruling our country. His January 4th insulting tweet reads as such: “Shut up. SAVAK is dead, and the Iranian people will rally to support their country if you ever ask for another coup d’etat like the one orchestrated by CIA in 1953.” What had prompted Mister Coelho’s unethical tweet was Reza Pahlavi’s call on US Administration to “encourage technology companies to provide communication services to Iranians as they protest their country’s clerical leaders” (Reuters TopNews).
In a droit de réponse, I, as a Persian, hereby take the liberty to deconstruct Coelho’s tweet point-by-point, question his knowledge of Iranian affairs and contemporary history, while advising him not to miss future opportunities to think before tweeting.
But, prior to that, a quick reminder would certainly help to clarify the background of the Swiss-based Brazilian Al Chemist turned New Age Ayatollah Apologist.
Coelho travelled to “Islamic Iran” on Wednesday May 24th, 2001. Officially invited by the Islamists in power, he was greeted at the VIP section of Mehrabad airport by officials of the Islamic Guidance Ministry and members of the Islamic Intelligentsia and Nomenklatura. “A vehicle from the Presidency’s Protocol then took Mr and Mrs Coelho to Homa International Hotel”. The following day, “coinciding with the 40th day of the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hossein”, Mister Coelho was given an official tour of Tehran’s “mosques and religious centers” before “participating at a religious ceremony at the house of one of the collaborators of the Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations”, an official institution of the Islamic regime.
Not long before Coelho’s official visit to “Islamic Iran” where he was greeted by those in charge of censorship and “paper quotas for publishers”, our country had witnessed one of the most brutal repressions of students in Iran’s history. The unrest had started in July 1999 with peaceful demonstrations against the closure of a newspaper by the authorities. Students were demanding free speech. As Salman Rushdie would say, “free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself”. Yet, students were murdered in their own dormitories! An unknown number were killed, hundreds were injured, more than a thousand were arrested, several went “missing” (BBC July 11, 2000). Did you know about these events before being greeted by officials of the Islamic Guidance at the airport in 2001 Mister Coelho? Do you agree with Salman Rushdie that “free speech is the whole thing”? If yes, then how do you understand the mission of a State organ called “Islamic Guidance”? As a lyricist yourself Mister Coelho, how would you like to be “guided” by the State?
Not long before your visit to “mosques and religious centers in Tehran”, several Iranian writers and intellectuals had been slaughtered in what is known to all as “the chain murders”. The series of 1988–98 murders and disappearances “included more than 80 writers, translators, poets, and political activists killed by a variety of means—car crashes, stabbings, shootings in staged robberies, injections with potassium to simulate heart attack.” Had you been informed of the assassination of your Iranian colleagues Mister Coelho, before embracing officials of the Islamic Guidance at the airport?
Now back to your tweet and the superficiality of its content.
By insulting a Persian personality whose name is being chanted by countless ordinary and often young and poor Iranians, many of them described as the “educated sans-culottes”, you have insulted us, Mister Coelho, the countless and the many. As a reminder, I shall remind you that chanting Rohani or Khamenei’s name in Iran requires no particular bravery and poses no immediate and present danger to the physical integrity of the chanter. On the contrary, chanting Reza Pahlavi’s name and saluting his father and grand-father’s memory in the streets of Tehran and any other city, town or village in Iran requires significant courage and poses grave immediate and present risk of death. You are known to have said, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Then why do you conspire against those who do not share your views?
You shout “SAVAK is dead”! Yes, indeed Mister Coelho. It did so in late 1978 under the mandate of Shapur Bakhtiar, a constitutionalist Premier slaughtered in 1991 in suburban Paris with a kitchen knife under the presidency of the “moderates” who greeted you at Tehran with “a vehicle of the Protocol”. When the jugular and the neck of Bakhtiar were being cut with a bread knife, Al-Qaeda and Daesh were not yet born, Mister Coelho. Were you aware of that?
You say, “No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes”! Yes, it is indeed common sense I would add! But, did you, Mister Coelho, look directly into the eyes of those Islamic Guidance officials who greeted you in Tehran? What did their eyes tell you? Were they lying or hiding something?
Last but not least, regarding the 1953 events, for your quick tutorial on Iran’s contemporary history, Mossadeq was brought to power following the assassination of his predecessor, Razmara, by the Fedaïn of Islam, the friends of those who greeted you Mister Coelho! Once in power, Mossadeq systematically broke the law, suspended the 17th Majlis, concentrated legislative powers into his own hands, purged the Army, declared martial law, and systematically opposed any investigation by parliamentary commissions into his wrongdoings. He basically shut down the constitutionality of the governance. Mister Coelho! If you really want to know how Mossadeq was brought down, wouldn’t it be wise to ask ayatollah Kashani and the Shia clergy? Do you know ayatollah Kashani? How about Navvab Safavi? Do you know him? The former, once supportive of Mossadeq, was the spiritual father of the latter, who killed Razmara thus paving the way for… guess who?
Trust this humble and unknown writer with close to zero fans and followers on social networks: “A little knowledge is a bad thing!” It is indeed a very bad thing Mister Coelho!
Iran Protests, Mister Coelho, herald the birth of a patriotic movement. Whether you like it or not, our patriotic movement will uproot the sectarian regime of those who greeted you at the VIP hall of Mehrabad airport in May 2001.
So! Mister Coelho! Next time you want to insult a Persian personality and the countless who chant his name in defiance of a murderous Islamic State, please, please, read Morgan Shuster and his Strangling of Persia, consult Edward G. Browne and his The Persian Revolution 1905-1909, ask for Ahmad Kasravi and do not miss future opportunities to shut it up! By the way, do you know Kasravi? Well…never mind!