No country is perfect. The Shah was not a perfect leader and neither were the Mullahs who turned Iran into an oppressive hell hole. But that’s what Islam does. The people don’t convert to Islam; Islam is forced upon them.
Iranian resistance is not just about rejection of dictatorship of the Mullahs, but also about how Islam is a foreign system which is used to impose Arab culture on Persia and other captive peoples. Islamists have been able to position themselves as an anti-imperial force. Nonsense, it is an imperialism of Arabism over every other culture it has engulfed and it is an imperialism of the 7th century over every century afterwards. Anyone who has studied history seriously knows that. But what we are learning this week is that the Iranians who are rising up know that as well. I also find it very encouraging that these groups are looking back to Cyrus the Great, the Persian emperor who was praised in the Bible for granting religious freedom to the Jews and releasing them from captivity, and sending them back to Israel to rebuild their temple. If you’re looking for non-Jewish role models in the history of the region, you could do a lot worse than Cyrus.
God describes Cyrus as “His anointed” (Isa, 45:1). The following is a full telling of what Cyrus the Persian did:
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying: “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem which is in Judah and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem. Every survivor, at whatever place he may live, let the men of that place support him with silver and gold, with goods and cattle, together with a freewill offering for the house of God which is in Jerusalem’” (Ezra 1:4; also 2 Chron. 36:22-23).
What many people do not know that there is a large Persian population in the Middle East. Their ancestry goes back nearly 3000 years, long before Islam arose and began its conquering crusade. You see, there are two Irans, “and the lesser known one to most Americans is undergoing a renaissance that the ruling Iranian mullahs fear the most. If the Persians are awakened to their identity as children of Cyrus the Great, who wrote mankind’s first charter of human rights, these oppressive regimes will topple domino-style. Besides Iran, the Persian heritage is embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and were it to be rekindled, a revolution unheard of in scope could occur.”