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Iran Maoists: "Overthrow the Islamic Republic, Confront U.S. Aggression"

Revolutionary Worker #1274, April 10, 2005, posted at

The following is excerpted from an article from the March issue (no. 21) ofHaghighat , the publication of the Communist Party of Iran (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist). It is being reprinted by the RW from A World to Win News Service.


The Islamic Republic of Iran should be overthrown as soon as possible by the forces of the people, and U.S. aggression and intervention must be confronted. This general orientation should guide the activities of the left parties and organizations, progressive intellectuals and workers, and the mass movements of students and women.

The U.S. is the most powerful country in the world but it faces deadly dangers with each step it takes. The Iranian regime is on the verge of being toppled but that doesn't mean that the system that produced the Islamic Republic would be overthrown.

The blood-sucking and exploiting nature of U.S. imperialism is not unknown to the communists and a large section of people and freedom-loving organizations and parties. We have the experience of the hijacking of the 1979 revolution [when the U.S. decided to back Khomeini rather than risk a revolutionary outcome after the American-backed Shah was overthrown]. It is clear that U.S. imperialism is working hand-in-hand with new and old reactionaries, trying to impose a caricature of changes instead of real changes, and to prevent the birth of a real revolution that would bring about fundamental political and economic changes. A hard and complex struggle is ahead of us. The masses of people with their aspirations, and through the efforts of their communist vanguard, along with all freedom-loving people, must be the initiators and organizers of the overthrow of the Islamic Republic regime, smashing its organs of power and its military and security organs. No imperialist power can be allowed to dictate the degree, measure and depth of change in Iranian society so as to mislead the people's movement along the path it wants. It is up to the militant forces to organize—at a highly accelerated pace—mass movements of the workers, students, women and oppressed nationalities with clear anti-reactionary and anti-imperialist positions, so that the people themselves can overthrow the Islamic Republic and confront U.S. plans.

With its own hands American imperialism has created a huge crisis and rift within the state structures of the Middle Eastern countries. It is not at all clear that the U.S. will be able to reap the results for its own interests. A new chapter of class struggle has started in Iran. There is a long way to go before we can reach the conclusion, and it is not clear which class will write it. But the working class and the peoples of Iran under the leadership of their communist vanguard face great opportunities to write this conclusion themselves. We must dare to seize this opportunity.

— Haghighat, Issue No. 21, March 2005