Federated commonwealth of Iranian
February 21, 2005
The purpose of this writing is not to present you with yet another
flabby history lesson about Persia, something which I trust you
all to be sick to death of. Yet the topic of the current article
is something which I feel I cannot ignore writing about, as it
seems that nobody these days cares to sputter about, save myself.
Febuary 21 marks the anniversary of one of Iran's most darkest
days in memory. On this day in 1828, Haj Mirza Abol-hasan Khan
and Asef o-dowleh, chancellor of Fath-Ali Shah signed a stomach-churning
treaty by which:
1. The current republics of Armenia and Nakhjavan
joined Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Daghestan as the newest Iranian
lands to be annexed
by Russia forever.
2. Iran promised to pay Russia 5 million Tomans for money spent
by Russia in trying to conquer these lands.
3. Full rights for Russian ships to navigate all of the Caspian
and her coasts.
4. Capitulation rights for Russians in Iran.
In return, Russia
promised to support Abbas Mirza to gain the seat of monarchy
after Fath-Ali Shah (which never happened).
it end there? Hell no. The Russians were using skulking vermiform
British help in doing the same to Iran in Herat and the rest of
central Asia. Persian Asia, I might add.
OK. Sad story. It was just
to refresh your memories.
Now, when the British were kicked out
of their own empire, they still managed to maintain their presence
in their "commonwealth"
by various means.
They were in Hong Kong as late as 1997. Same goes for the French "La Francophonie".
don't see an Iranian presence in the "Iranian commonwealth".
Instead of focusing on
commonwealth of Iranian states,
we see a non-plebiscitary system that demands genuflection in trying to define
us as culturally Arab, sticking its nose into places where it innately does not
belong, such as the Israeli-Arab conflict.
But it gets even worse. While Iran is sucking up
to "Muslim brother nations" like Malaysia for economic opportunities,
Malaysia smarmily forbids the official
of Iranian Muslims. And these are not even Arabs.
That said, it is imperative
that every Iranian, from every creed and ethnicity, at least keep
the memory alive, before even the memory disappears. The memory
of Greater Iran.
What is "Greater Iran"?
I. Members of the Greater Iran, a federated commonwealth of
Separated from Iran by the Turkemanchay Treaty. Our government,
as well as foreign governments, try very hard to encourage Iranian
minorities to leave Iran. That's
sad. St Thaddeus is buried in Iran. So are Prophet Daniel and Queen Esther. Iran
was inherently pluralist to begin with.
Turkey is now stepping in to separate Azerbaijan from Iran by claiming Azeris
as Turks, and therefore part of "Greater Turkey". The vainglorious
ciphers even claim the Safavis as "a Turkic dynasty that ruled Persia".
Turkic as in non-Iranian. And what do we do instead to make our Azeri citizens
feel welcome in their own home? Make jokes about how dumb "Torks" are.
The definition of hemaaghat.
The Dari language spoken by Afghanis is Farsi. And if we haven't been treating
then shame on us. I have to keep showing people "Baran" to remind
them of this. I wonder what people would be calling Ebne Sina of he were alive
todayÖ. An "Afghani"? What about Molavi? Would he be riding
a Zamyad pickup with a shovel in hand?
Perhaps one of the most important states of Greater Iran. These people actually
appreciate being a member of the Persian family. We should fully embrace that.
Ah, but Qods Day is more important.
Marv is where Yazdegerd finally lost to Omar. It was the capital of Greater Khorasan.
Nisa was the capital of the Parthians. No insignificant detail there.
While western Iran and Fars were enduring the wave of Arabization, the people
of this region were preserving our language. Where were the Samanids from? Where
is Bokhara? Where is Samarqand? Where is Rudaki from?
Another state inhabited by Iranian tribes such as the Sogdians, whose capital
was the city of Afrasyab. Like the other "SSR" states, they lost
much of their identity during the russification policies of Moscow.
Next time someone ridicules you for this claim, show them the picture of the
best preserved Sassanian castle
anywhere, in Darband.
II. States that should be within the Iranian sphere of influence
That great vault has been begging for ages to hear Persian poetry recited under
her majestic shadow. And how many of you had a grandfather or great ancestor
that lived in Najaf or Karbala? Kamal-ol-molk loved it there as did many others.
And what about Mashallah and Nowbakht, the Iranian Jew and Zoroastrian that first
designed Baghdad based on Firouzabad? Like it or not, Iraq is an Iranoid state
by nature. Our presence is eternally felt there.
How many Iranians do we have there? What does a government like Russia do when
it has a minority of its citizens living somewhere, say, like in Lithuania? Would
it act less than aggressive to protect them? Besides, business is good for everyone.
And you see a lot of it in the UAE nowadays.
These people are proud of their Mughal heritage. It's no coincidence we
see Persian poetry in India. No coincidence that The Taj Mahal was built by Shirazi
craftsmen. This should be a point for strengthening cultural bonds. India has
achieved much schtick as a nation that stood on her own feet and evolved into
a democracy. We have a lot to learn from them.
If you don't try to influence them, they will try to influence you. That's
the rule. Otherwise next thing you know, Tabriz and Qazvin are on their maps
III. States of key importance for Greater Iran
Like it or not, Israel is here to stay. Secondly, Israel is the only country
in the region that understands "Iranians are not Arabs". They understood
it during our war against Iraq. They understand it when I go to my doctors, all
Jewish, and all top of their class. We need Israel for stability. And Israel
still sees us as the descendants of Cyrus the savior.
As ridiculous as it sounds,
YOU CAN be a follower of Hossein, and be a brother to a Jew. That is if you
don't think Jews are Najes to shake hands with, and aren't stuck
in the mold
defined by pan-Arabism, nowadays called "Islam". Even our hero Morgan
Shuster was Jewish for crying out loud.
Ever since Howard G. Baskerville became the first American to bravely die for
Iran's struggle toward democracy, it has become clear that Iran cannot trust
power, if any at all, other than the United States. The US was the only power
who ever tried to help Persia, just for the sake of helping her. Even today,
where pro-war neocons reign supreme in Washington, Iran would still be much
better off having America as a friend than having Europeans. I firmly believe
Without the US, Iran can't go far in anything it does. Not because Iran
is wimpy and powerless, but because America has so much to offer. Au contraire,
the US needs Iran too. Iran can be a most loyal friend for a well intentioned
United States. It would be very wise for both American and Iranian statesmen
to come to their senses and try coordinating efforts to reach their numerous
shared interests. Just think, when Arthur Millspaugh and Arthur Pope were helping
Iran, what were the Europeans doing? Why do we have a tomb of Phyllis Ackerman
Richard Frye once said: "Many times I have emphasized that the present
peoples of central Asia, whether Iranian or Turkic speaking, have one culture,
one religion, one set of social values and traditions with only language separating
Empires and kingdoms come and go, but the memory of a
unified great state not only continues to inspire folk bards and poets, but
also to motivate political
action. It is our duty to defend the memory of Greater Iran from her enemies,
and try hard to preserve the cultural glue that solidifies the peoples of this
great land, whether Persian, Turkic, Afghani, Turkomen, or whatever, in spite
of religion and creed, even if Iran herself doesn't. Perhaps future generations
will awaken to this reality unlike the current one.
.................... Spam?! Khalaas!