Ã¢â‚¬Å“I will release water into Sivand Dam personally,Ã¢â‚¬Â announced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard-line president, on April 17. Two days later, on April 19, with his orders the process began.
Although it may seem that this is a simple routine to start filling a dam with water, the announcement was actually the end of a quarrel that had lasted many years. This was a subject that has been one of the main headlines in IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s media during the past few months.
The Sivand Dam has been built in an area that if filled, the water will cover some of the greatest and most precious world known, ancient and historical sites that still exist today such as the Pasargadae (Cyrus’ tomb) and the Morghab fields in Iran. In fact the Pasargadae will be completely submerged in water.
Ahmadinejad and the mullahsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ regime are trying to pretend that they aim to provide agriculture water to the poor people of that land. This does not fool the people and there seems to be no need to be answered. This is the regime that, during the past 28 years, despite having access to unimaginable wealth from oil and other economical resources of Iran, has managed to impoverish the Iranian people at least five times. It has not brought anything to the Iranian people except poverty, extortion, oppression, torture, murder and execution, and spread of prostitution and drug addiction. This regime, before any claims of catering to the needs of the Iranian people, should answer for all the crimes it has committed against them.
Nevertheless, in order to clarify what the mullahsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ are doing with regards to the Sivand dam project, we should leave everything aside and observe their historic animosity toward one of IranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s distinguished icons of the ancient Persia, Cyrus the Great.
Cyrus, the founder of the Old Persian Empire, was the great commander of freedom, justice and human rights during the darkest era of human history. He promoted freedom of speech and religion during the heights of slavery period in history.
Cyrus supported the advocates of freedom, monotheism, and the revolutionaries of the time. He freed the Jews who had been enslaved numbering in tens of thousands by King Nebuchadnezzar after his attacks on Jerusalem.
After he conquered Babylon, he had his popular declaration of human rights inscribed on clay. The artifact is currently kept at the British Museum in London.
Parts of his declarations reads: Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I conquered Babylon, in much joy, I set my state at the kingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s palace. My great army moved through the city unchallenged. I allowed no one to threaten the land of Sumer and Akkad. I minded all the Babylon and its temples. I lifted the distasteful dominion on the Babylonians. I rebuilt structures. I brought an end to their misery. I rebuilt the ruined temples of the holy cities on the other side of Tigris River and returned their gods to where they belonged. I gathered the residents of those cities and returned them to their homes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The occupation of Babylon and this declaration date back to 538 B.C. which is exactly 2545 years ago.
One should note that Cyrus comes to the aid of Jews at a time when they were the pioneers of resistance against tyranny of rulers during that era, from Egyptian Pharaohs to Babylonian Kings or the Roman Emperors. In reality, during that time, any movement against any tyrannical regime was lead by the Jews.
It is for this reason that Cyrus has been named in all religious scriptures in the most powerful and beautiful means. In Torah, he is referred to as the Messiah: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I held his hand to bring nations under his rule and free them from bloodthirsty kings. Gates consecutively open for him. I shall be with you and lead you in the right path. LookÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I called upon the eastern eagle. I called this man who comes from far land and pleasures me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In QurÃ¢â‚¬â„¢an he has been referenced by the name Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dhul-QarnaynÃ¢â‚¬Â (One with two Horns). Ã¢â‚¬Å“You are asked about Dhul-Qarnayn. Tell them that I will now speak of him. We gave him kingdom on earth and provided to him all the elements he needed to rule. He advanced until he reached in between two great walls and there, he found a people who spoke not his language. They said that Gog and Magog have done evil on this land. We will finance you to create a wall between them and us. So answered Dhul-Qarnayn, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Lord has given me in abundance and I have no need for your wealth. Come to my aid with your manpower so I will build a wall between you. Bring in so much iron enough to join two mountains.Ã¢â‚¬Â So they melt and shaped it and built the barrier. And the Gog and Magog could not pass through it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This great man is the historical symbol of the old Persia. He was well known to help the needy and the oppressed. It is quite astonishing to know that during an era when Barbarism, Slavery and extortion overshadowed any relation between the rulers and the people, there was a man in the Old Persia who ruled in justice.
Today, we live at a time that the Gog and Magog (read mullahs) have besieged the Iranian people. The mullahsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ continue in all aspects to extort, murder and destroy throughout Iran and also in other countries such as Iraq (the land of Babylon.) It is quite understandable that they would hate those who stood for humanity, human rights and freedom of speech and religion. This is the fundamental reason for animosity of the mullahs towards Cyrus the Great. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even tolerate his grave and aim to destroy it with excuses like helping people.
With the destruction of CyrusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ burial, the mullahs want to wipe out his image from history so our people will no longer know that they live in a land that 2500 years back was the frontier in justice and freedom.
Is it truly fair that a nation with such history to be destroyed so, at the hands of the mullahs?
The mullahs should be told that they will fall and their names will be destroyed from the face of history but the name of Cyrus and his ideology shall live forever.