Remembering Short-lived Government of South Azerbaijan, 1945-1946, Our modern era of politics, international relations, and even the cold war starts with South Azerbaijan. One of the first issues discussed in the League of Nations (LN), and then UN was the issue of South Azerbaijan. Even though Iranian Islamist Terrorist regime wouldn’t acknowledge overtly, at the heart of the world’s politics, South Azerbaijan is still able to effect and or change the region’s and world’s statues quo. South Azerbaijan is able and intends to change the artificial borders of so called Iran, creating an independent, modern, and democratic nation state.
South Azerbaijani Turks ruled their own and neighbouring nations for thousands of years. Their just governance over Persians, Armenians, Georgians, Arabs, Indians, Kurds and other peoples of the region is embedded and told in the literature and culture of the region. As long as history can remember, under South Azerbaijani Turks all people were equal and treated as such. Their religion, culture, language, traditions, and integrity were respected and in most cases promoted. There is no single case of forcible assimilation to any language or religion in the region ruled by South Azerbaijani Turks. Christians, Jews, and Muslims, lived side by side under Gaznavids, Saljuks, Safavids, Afshars, Qajars, and many other Turkish empires, regional, or local governments for thousands of years. Under South Azerbaijani rules no language banned. All languages were protected and promoted. This was the norm for millenniums in the region up until 1920s.
Colonial powers of the time preferred to eliminate Turkish rules over the area now called Iran, bringing to power some illiterate Persian mad man called Reza Pahlavi.
SAIPThis brought to en end the great Turkish Qajar empire. Unfortunately after the collapse of Qajar empire in 1923 and instalment of Reza Pahlavi by foreign powers to the crown, the situation changed drastically. A very tolerant Qajar system gave way to a despotic, narrow minded, racist regime with the fever of Aryan melancholy. Reza Pahlavi who was uneducated and illiterate himself, hired many intellectuals to fabricate “a one language, one religion” country of so called Iran. Reza Pahlavi and his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi were successful in creating such a country with the blessing of major world powers, billions of dollars of revenues from oil, and of course with the fear created by major massacres of thousands of South Azerbaijani Turks in the course of 57 years of Pahlavi rule. Under Reza Pahlavi’s Iran, everybody was considered of a pure Aryan race and anybody claimed otherwise would be branded as remnants of previous invaders to the glorious land of Cyrus The Great! Many paid foreign and domestic orientalists, many paid learned university professors, and so called intellectuals were in accord with the Persification of Iran. Every so called branded Iranian was considered direct descendent of great and glorious kings of supposedly pre-Islamic times. Of course oil dollars would buy or suppress any conscious person in the world. But when Reza Pahlavi went too far, and his regime was aligning with Aryan Nazis of Germany, he was deposed and exiled by the same powers who brought him to power and died in misery in Durban, South Africa.
We remember him for his ignorance, his despotism, his anti-Azerbaijanism and his anti-Turkism. Long gone was the devil, and South Azerbaijani Turks were using the opportunity to group under “Azerbaijani Democratic Party” to regain their self determination. 1945 witnessed South Azerbaijanis creating their own state again, an state with full human rights record, and full compatibility with the world’s democratic and modern countries of even present time. Women were free to vote and be voted. Education in the mother tongue of South Azerbaijani Turkish were free to everyone. Attempts were made to construct roads, bridges and buildings after over twenty years of Pahlavi destruction of South Azerbaijan. After one year of construction and rejuvenation of South Azerbaijan, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi who was installed in Tehran as a king of the kings, decided to invade South Azerbaijan. The Iranian regime with the green light from Soviet’s Stalin and blessings of the world’s power invaded South Azerbaijan. Based on independent eye witnesses thousands and thousands of innocent people were massacred. Farm lands were burned, people’s houses were plundered, women were raped, and men were killed. Persian army knew no limit in barbarism committed in South Azerbaijan. In 1946, the world watched the Persian army rape South Azerbaijan.
Remembering Short-lived Government of South Azerbaijan, 1945-1946,Persian army had free hand in creating the state of horror in cities and villages of our motherland. For over 10 years Shah’s army and secret services prosecuted South Azerbaijani Turks at will. Kidnappings, exiling, tortures, and killings were common tools of oppression Persian regime applied on our people. Estimated 35,000 people were killed in first few weeks of the occupation. Following days, months and years were worse. Thousand of children, women and elderly died on the way to exile to southern deserts of Iran. Only after his majesty were satisfied with the complete suppression of South Azerbaijani movement, he issued a declaration of public amnesty. The state of fear and oppression continued until 1979 revolution which ousted Pahlavi regime and replaced it with a theocratic terrorist regime of mollas. The so called revolution of 1979 were aborted by abrupt coming to power of mollas.
Only the administration changed, leaving the system intact. All projects of assimilation, depopulation, de-Turkisation, and destruction of South Azerbaijan were followed by Islamic regime. Oppressions were increased, population doubled, and poverty is hundred time worse than before. South Azerbaijan was further disassembled, and name of Azerbaijan was taken from many areas with the pretext of creating new provinces. Names of cities, rivers, roads, mountains, and people were changed by force to some meaningless Persian names. Iranian terrorist regime’s pursue of nuclear arsenal only will be used as a deterrence for world community not to question the atrocities committed by them inside the prison called Iran. Islamic regimes extended fist of terror, and barbaric shout of “ death to America, death to Israel, death to England” should not be seen as the attitude of so called “Iranians”.
There is no such a thing as “Iranians”. There are South Azerbaijani Turks, and millions of other non-Persians, and then their is a Persian-Shia terrorist government of Iran. Iran’s terrorism has extended it’s hand to neighbouring countries and all over the world. In the last 33 years Iranian terrorists had kidnapped and killed hundreds of people around the world. Many opposition figures were assassinated by Iran’s terrorists all around the world. South Azerbaijani members also were among the terror targets recently. Iran is a prison of peoples. Non-Persians are running the game, and others are forced to be Persianized. Backed by army of terror, torture, killing, exiling, and many other ways of intimidation, and humiliation, backed by oil dollars, and world power’s blessings, the uniformation and Persification of the country called Iran, is being realized in the last 80 years. Iranian opposition can afford to talk about human rights in Iran. US can afford to talk about nuclear issues with Iran. But, for us, the South Azerbaijani Turks, the issue is our very being as a nation with our own identity.
Our issue is, our undeniable right to govern ourselves. Our problem is not in Iran. Our problem is with Iran, which is occupying our land, South Azerbaijan, and destroying our people, Turks. Yes, we can and we should talk about human rights in every case and everywhere, but the sensitive issue here is our people’s right, the national rights. This is the issue that is of importance and preference for us. National independence, and national identity for South Azerbaijani Turk, is the vital issue here.
To discuss human rights in Iran, is to ignore genocide of South Azerbaijani Turks in every aspect of human and national life. The lessons of short-lived government of South Azerbaijan under prime minister Pishevari, is too great to ignore. Now, we realize that, our problem is Iran, not in Iran. The most elementary, urgent and vital necessity for us, is Independence of South Azerbaijan, which is the basic tenet of South Azerbaijani Independence Party (SAIP).
We ask the world community to distinguish the facts of political and ethnological diversity in so called Iran. Let it be known that South Azerbaijani Turks don’t share any of this terrorist regimes political views. Let the world know that we have only one enemy and that is “Islamic Republic of Iran”. Our enemy don’t reside very far from us. They are our motherland’s invaders. Persian racism, Persian despotism is our enemy. We will live and fight forever to defeat Persian racism, and end Iranian occupation of South Azerbaijan.
Now, after over 80 years of losing her sovereignty, South Azerbaijan is still under foreign occupation. South Azerbaijani Turk is deprived of his/her basic human and national rights such as education in own language, work, and live in own land with own culture. South Azerbaijan needs attention of all freedom loving people in the world. South Azerbaijani Turks need all democratic non-governmental organizations and governments to hear our cry of independence, freedom and democracy. In every country in the world, we extend our hand for help to get recognized as a people under occupation of Iran, and to expose the situation of South Azerbaijan under Iranian despotism.
Long Live South Azerbaijan,
South Azerbaijani Independence Party 2013