October 30, 2000
This is a response to Mr. Hoveyda's recent commentary about an incident
in 1957 ["Curbing
men"]. Mr. Hoveyda makes the proposition that one man's idiotic
notions of male superiority has to do with his religious faith. He claims
that "The general was probably a practicing Muslim."
Mr. Hoveyda, "probably" is not good enough. You draw such
a grand and substantial conclusion by reading a piece of an article in
some foreign journal in 1957. What wisdom and foresight you must posses!
There are very few people in the world that can genuinely conclude that
all things stupefying could be examined in terms of a person's faith.
Had we enjoyed Mr. Hoveyda's talents and wisdom in social commentary,
we as a nation, and the Pahlavis as monarchs, could have alerted of the
wrath which was coming. It so appears that Mr. Hoveyda was very much absent
during a turbulent time that saw the demise of the Pahlavis; what sorrow
and what loss!
Mr. Hoveyda then continues to enlighten us about what the west has to
offer in terms of "curbing sexual appetite of men"... he must
apparently be totally ignorant of the rape statistics in the west. What
lesson should we learn from this article: an old man, who once as a person
of power and influence, chose to ignore and silence his country men's hopes
and aspirations for equality and recognition in the world.
Shame on such person who belittles what his country and Iranians have
to offer to the world and instead chooses to rub into our faces his misguided
pseudo-intellectual prowess. In a sense, it is inevitable that corrupt
men like Mr. Hoveyda should resurface from time to time and enlighten us
of their past deeds and misconduct and still have the audacity to give
us a lesson in proper conduct.