Statement regarding the U.S Navy directives regarding the Persian gulf

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11/25/2010

For thousands of years foreign entities have tried to force Iran and
it's people to renounce their history, culture and way of life, only to
see their efforts wither in failure. Iranian nationalism has been and
will continue to be a potent force to be reckoned with by any outsider
wishing to push foreign aspirations on Iranians.

The Islamic Republic’s campaign to Arabize Iran is nothing new, nor
surprising, after all the theocracy views the Iranian civilization as an
impediment to uniting the Iranian nation under the umbrella of Arab
world. These anti-Iranian policies have earned the Islamic Republic
the title of ‘occupiers’ by Iranians who feel a cultural occupation of
their history, culture and way of life. However what is new is the
apparent concerted movement by foreign states and entities to lend
support to the Islamic Republic in their bid to rid Iran of it’s
civilization and adopt, by force if necessary Arab history, culture and
language.

Previously when officials of the Islamic Republic undertook policies or
made statements that were embodiments of anti-Iranian views, the Marze
Por Gohar Party simply discounted them as simply more proof that the
theocracy sought to displace Iranian civilization with an Arab one.
Unfortunately however, we are now witnessing foreign states and
entities following some of the same anti-Iranian policies we once
thought were confined to the clerical regime.

Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nassrallah, recent
attempt in revisionist history was not contested by the Islamic Republic
when he declared that “today there is no such thing as Persian
civilization in Iran. There is an Islamic civilization in Iran. The
founder of the Islamic Republic (Ruhollah Khomeini) was an Arab and the
Supreme Leader is an Arab.” In other words, the Islamic Republic is an
Arab entity, thus Iran is an Arab state.

During this year’s opening ceremony of the Asian Games which took place
in Guangzhou, China, the body of the water internationally recognized as
Persian Gulf, was replaced with ‘Arabian Gulf’. And though the
theocracy’s foreign ministry went through the paces and lodged a
protest, surely the Chinese infringement on Iran’s territorial integrity
was not an accident.

Since Hezbollah and the Chinese government are certainly not friends of
the Iranian people it was thought that these anti-Iranian policies are
only associated with states and organizations which seek to ensure that
the Islamic Republic stays in power.
However now we learn that the United States Navy has updated their style
guide for 2010 which specifically instructs editors and writers to use
“Arabic Gulf” instead of the legal and internationally recognized
Persian Gulf . Thus far no explanation has been provided as to what
caused this irresponsible and regrettable change in designation. It is
worth nothing that the US Navy style guide specifically states that
“writer and editors should use the most recent edition of the Associated
Press Stylebook “ except as noted in this U.S. Navy Style Guide.” the
Associated Press Stylebook specifically states that the name Persian
Gulf should be used for “this long established name for the body of
water off the southern coast of Iran. Some Arab nations call it Arabian
gulf. Use Arabian Gulf only in direct quotations and explain in the text
that the body of water is more commonly known as the Persian Gulf.”

The Marze Por Gohar Party finds it disturbing and distasteful to see
American government organs, in their efforts to appease Persian Gulf
sheikdoms, fabricating names for the Persian Gulf. It is ironic that
the United States which sees itself as a super power, is being
instructed on matters pertaining to geography by miniature states who
owe their very existence to America. The United Nations has made clear
the legal name of the body of water in question with the two most recent
directives being UN Editorial Directive ST/CS/SER.A/29/Add.2 18 August
1994 and ST/CS/SER.A/29/Rev.1 14 May 1999. Thus, this new and
fabricated name for the Persian Gulf being advocated by the United
States Navy's style guide can only be viewed as political.

The United States government continuously reiterates their respect and
admiration for Iranians, only to see their good will disintegrate with
policies such as the above, which infringe upon Iran's territorial
integrity.

The Marze Por Gohar Party wishes to make it clear, we define friends and
foes based solely and strictly on the national interest of Iran. And to
this end, we hope states which have shared interests with Iran and the
Iranian people refrain from following anti-Iranian policies.

Down with the Islamic Republic

Long Live Iran