The following is a message from Dr. Farid Khavari, candidate for Governor of Florida
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34 years ago, on September 8, 1980, my father was executed by the Revolutionary Guard of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because he refused to deny his Baha’i faith and convert to Islam. Before dawn, the Guards took my father and six other Baha’is from their prison cell to the outskirts of Yazd, Iran, and shot them. Later the Guards demanded that my mother pay for the bullets and that she deny her Baha’i faith or lose her home. My mother simply walked out of the house, telling them: “You can kill us and confiscate our possessions, but you can’t take away our faith.”
Recently America has been focused on Islamic radicals in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Virtually ignoring thousands of innocent people massacred by ISIS, ISIL, whatever they are called this week, America and the West have been galvanized by the executions of two American journalists. If we need a preview of what will happen if ISIS/ISIL prevails, just look at Iran in 1979-1980.
Until 1979, Iran under the late Shah was America’s strongest ally and friend in the Middle East. Islamic fundamentalists revolted, the Shah fled, Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s theocratic dictatorship was born. The Revolutionary Guard executed thousands of Baha’is, gays, liberals, intellectuals and literate people. In a few cases, such as that of my father, the executions were so repugnant to Iranians that the Guards hired Palestinian killers for the dirty work. The huge military power of Iran and total control of the Iranian people were firmly in the hands of radical Islamists, virtually overnight.
The same forces that fed the fires of radical Islam in Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, throughout the Middle East and the world are making Islam the fastest-growing religion in America and Europe and attracting a growing number of radicals: poverty, social and economic injustice, desperation and hopelessness. Americans and Europeans now realize that growing numbers of their citizens fly off to join the jihad, and then return home to radicalize the Islamic communities. We hear so many dire warnings from Homeland Security that we hardly notice them anymore, but we must pay attention to this one right now.
By the way, I do not hate Islam or Muslims, despite my family’s experience. I respect all religions and the right of all people the religion of their choice (or to no religion if that is their choice). But I am more qualified than most to recognize the threat that radical Islam poses to Florida and to America and the world, and how to defuse it.
We are beginning to realize that drones and wars have created far more new enemies for America than they have killed. More killing cannot stop the growth of radical Islam. We must address the root causes: poverty, social and economic injustice, desperation and hopelessness, not only in the Islamic countries, but in the U.S. and especially in Florida. Greedy politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, have sold out the people and passed laws that concentrate wealth in the hands of 1% at the expense of the 99%. The middle class is being crushed out of existence, poverty is growing, and the minimum wage is 25% less than it was 40 years ago. Add in over 1,000,000 Floridians (over 1 in 20!) who are ex-felons, barred from voting denied most jobs, and the minority party (Republican) governor and legislature refusing to accept Medicaid expansion to cover a million Floridians (most of them working poor). We are incubating and feeding radical Islam right in our own neighborhoods. Economic inequality in America (and Florida) is worse than it was in Tsarist Russia, in Marie Antoinette’s France, and at any time since 1928 in the U.S. And a big-money minority party controls Florida’s government (Scott was elected by only 23.2% of registered voters).
Rick Scott has cost Florida hundreds of thousands of jobs and thousands of lives in the name of radical ideology. Even Tea Partiers are disgusted by Scott’s blatant subservience to big money special interests and cruel disregard for the people and the environment. Charlie Crist was scarcely different as our former Republican governor, and many of those million ex-felons earned their stripes when Chain-Gang Charlie was attorney general before that. Neither Scott nor Crist has any plan, other than slogans, to create good jobs, or to improve prosperity and economic security for regular people in Florida. All we can expect from either of them is more of the same, until the people of Florida are bled dry by utilities, insurance companies, medical expenses, student loans, and low wages if they can find a job at all.
Only one candidate for Florida governor understands the threat created by poverty, social and economic injustice, hopelessness and desperation—and has a specific plan to create quality jobs and reduce rising costs, at no cost to taxpayers. That is economist and independent candidate Farid Khavari, the only man with a plan. Please take 15 minutes to read my website, where you will find specific details, in plain words, on how we can revitalize Florida’s economy—at no cost to taxpayers.