nomadski Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:35 am
I have never seen convincing evidence that members of the Tudeh party, either individually or collectively engaged in any armed insurrection or spy activity for the Soviets. And during the revolution, I remember during their meetings, that they fully supported the Islamic leadership and revolution. They organised meetings and marches in support of the Islamic Republic! Their reasoning was that the religious leadership and supporters were largely composed of small traders, who shared some revolutionary quality. Distinct from large property holders.
The only point was that they had a socialist or working class agenda. Yet one morning , a TV and radio broadcast suddenly declared them to be Soviet spies. And the organisation was disbanded and members arrested. At that time during 1982 to 1984, those who repented Marxism and informed on fellow members were left alone, but others were executed and exiled.
Yet the revisionist reactionary religious right wing , writes history differently. Even if one or two members of this party had personal protection weapons or AK47. We are talking about the violent revolutionary times. It does not add up to an insurrection. Also if one or other members were indeed spies, then the right thing to do, was to put them on trial. Not ban the entire movement.
I am sure that all sorts of agents and spies exist, in all places. Just because a Taxi driver in Tehran is a government informant ( about 30%), with six children to feed and eager to get the goods on some innocent passenger, does not mean that all Tehrani taxi drivers are spies...
It makes little difference, if one is Iranian and a socialist , and working class, who pulls the trigger. What section of bourgeoisie. The Shah comprador bourgeoisie. Or the national " Islamic" bourgeoisie. Or the Liberal MEK bourgeoisie. It does not matter. Since the Shah exiled. And Islamists exiled. And the MEK will exile, even worse than the present gang, if they ever came to power. The Shah never dared kill so many Socialists. Nothing compared to the present " government". Islam has proved a perfect vehicle to fight socialist and progressive movements. From North Africa to South East Asia. It may be called Islamic awakening. But it sure is Social stupor. Religion can be the opium of masses. The unsuccessful revolution of 1979. RIP to all those revolutionary Socialist Iranians of Tudeh party, killed unjustly and buried in unmarked mass graves.