BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, August 21, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
We recently paid tribute to the remarkable life of Professor Raymond Tanter, an eminent scholar who shed light on Iran’s complexities, its current regime, and the heroes championing its democratic future.
Having had the privilege to know Professor Tanter for over two decades, I can provide insight into his profound character. First and foremost, he was refreshingly honest. His approach was straightforward, unfiltered, and from the heart. His smile wasn’t just a facade; it was a window to his sincere soul.
Secondly, he was a beacon of generosity. Whether it was time, knowledge, or a listening ear, Professor Tanter was always ready to give, demonstrating his immense heart.
Lastly, and most enduringly, was his steadfast commitment to freedom and justice. A memory that stands out is his recounting of a meeting with mothers who lost their children to political persecution in Iran. Their stories, illustrated by heart-wrenching photos of their lost children, deeply moved him, a testament to his compassion.
His valor was evident when he visited Camp Ashraf in Iraq in 2008. There, he witnessed firsthand the resilience and bravery of freedom fighters, which left a profound mark on him. Additionally, his interactions with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi highlighted her leadership style. Professor Tanter once observed that “I believe Mrs. Rajavi plays her leadership role by listening to others.”
In essence, Dr. Tanter’s unwavering dedication to unveiling the truth and confronting injustice was characteristic of his spirit. As we look forward to the liberation of Iran, I am certain his spirit will be there, cheering triumphantly alongside us.