Editor’s Note: We live in a new moment of history. For the first time in the entire history of the Baha’i Faith, Iranian intellectuals, journalists, university professors and generally Iranians of all walks of life are speaking loudly and courageously in support of the beleaguered Baha’is of Iran. Many pages of this site have been dedicated to recording testimonials of these individuals who are moved by the remarkable example of the Baha’is of Iran in voicing their profound concern and deep indignation. Joining this chorus of support is now an unlikely voice. Abdollah Shahbazi is no friend of Baha’is. For the last 30 years, he has made a career writing the most caustic attacks against the Baha’i Faith and its members – all in the guise of “historical research”. Nonetheless, recent events seem to have awakened the conscience even of a man like Shahbazi – with his deep-seated hatred of the Baha’is – and compelled him to speak up against atrocities committed by the regime against the Baha’is of Iran or planned genocide by their nefarious agents. This is a translation of what Shahbazi posted on his personal blog on Monday, 26 January 2009, under the title “Important Announcement”.
In recent days, the names of a number of the Baha’is of Shiraz have been widely disseminated in a document of 31 pages. This list is accompanied by several provocative extracts from talks of Imam Khomeini, the exalted leader of the Revolution, and several other sources of emulation [i.e. high clerics] regarding the Baha’i sect, intended to incite religious sentiments against the aforesaid Baha’is. This list provides the complete identity and details of a number of Baha’is who occupy various occupations, such as painters, welders, carpenters, physicians, health care providers, or people engaged in other pursuits. The list gives their exact home and work addresses as well.
This action, which has taken place at the behest of certain societies [i.e. Hojjatieh Society which greatly influences Iran’s ruling class and is dedicated to eradication of the Baha’i community], is the beginning of the execution of a plan which can lead to most tragic and evil ends, such as unleashing waves of attacks against the listed Baha’is and promoting persecution against them.
I strongly condemn this most conniving and worrisome act, which is only now at the beginning of its implementation, and direct the attention of authorities in the Judiciary, Intelligence and Security apparatuses of the nation and province to its dangerous and treacherous consequences. …
[Posted on Monday, 26 January 2009, at: http://www.shahbazi.org/blog/index.htm. Translation by Iran Press Watch.]