December 24, 2003
* Produce evidence
Is it possible for Dr. Mirfendereski to produce evidence for the Iraqi government's
role in the bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993? [Victor's
(See reply below)
Ali Akbar Mahdi
Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Ohio Wesleyan University
* No prosecutor
Dear Professor Mahdi, (Reply to above)
Re my suggstion
that one area of "indictment" which
should be explored, as I put it, is based on the material available in
the literature [Victor's
Your attempt to bait me as a prosecutor will not work,
but if you would like to satisfy your curioisty as to my source for this
please refer to Laurie Mylorie's various writings, one of which is entitled "The
World Trade Center Bomb: Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why it Matters," in
The National Interest, Winter 1995/1996. (See reply below)
* Unproven theory
(Reply to above) Dear Dr. Mirfenderski,
Thank you for your prompt response. I did
not intend to bait you as a prosecutor. I often read your pieces
without much disagreement. However, reading about a connection between
the Iraqi government role in the bombing of the World Trade Center in
February 1993 in your piece was a surprise. I became curious how
you had reached such a conclusion.
Your response clarifies your position and adds to my surprise that you
really take Laurie Mylroie's unproven conjectures serious enough
to build your case on it. Mylroie's obsession with Iraq
and her unproven theory that Ramzi Yousef was an Iraqi agent added fuel
to the burning desire of the neo-cons to invade Iraq regardless of evidence. She
was one of the few architects of President Bush's get-tough-on-Iraq policy,
which led to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Those who have
supported her position on Iraqi connection implicitly includeRichard
Perle,James Woolsey, Paul Wolfowitz, Lewis Libby, John Bolton, and Donald
Rumsfeld. Well, they got what they wished. However, so far
their claims that there were WMD in Iraq, and Saddam's connection
to 9/11 and the 1993 WTC attack, remain unproven.
As for Mylroie's
theory, no prosecutor and intelligence official has ever found evidence
to back it up. I have no doubt that if there was a connection,
the Bush administration and its neo-con officials would have used it
as further evidence for the invasion of Iraq.
Ali Akbar Mahdi
* Makes others
Zohreh khanoom, [Persian
Just had to write and let you know how much I enjoyed your Persian
version of "Twas the night before Christmas".
As cute as it was it really makes others (non-Iranians) really
understand us better.
I have printed this and sent this to many.
Best wishes for a very very Happy Holiday,
* My kid tells
them he celebrates Noruz
What a great and informative article [Happy
Yalda]. It made up for
the garbage poem [Persian
style Christmas] written by that retired (and
definitely bored) dentist who assumes the rest of us
Iranians are like her about 100 years old backward and
smitten by everything Western.
Many of us do not celebrate Christmas as our holiday
and that goes for our kids. My kid's friends are all
Americans and Christians. He buys them gifts but tells
them that he celebrates Noruz, which is his holiday.
He knows about Yalda because in the state I reside we
do celebrate Yalda by gathering in a university and
listening to presentation about Yalda.
It irks me that many Iranians come up with a stupid
excuse that kids should not be different. Well, hello,
what do you say when the majority of the people around
you have bleached blonde hair and blue eyes? These
people think by having a Christmas tree and giving
their kids gifts they would feel more at home. Yes,
they would and they would also feel that you are not
cool enough to be their parents.
I know a few Iranians that their children treat them
like shit and talk down to them because these parents
(who by the way, are not highly educated) tried too
hard to Americanize their kids.
My 6 feet tall 17 year old, can give you information
about Zoroastrians and in fact he is reading a book
called "An Ancient Iranian Religion" now. He would
blow your mind by giving you a run down of how Kermit
Roosevelt paid people to demonstrate against Mosadegh
and how America overthrew the only democratically
elected government in Iran and re0instated a dictator.
My point? Many of us are proud of our heritage and
familiar with it. We have raised our kids to be
shining starts as "Iranian kids" in America. We have
instilled in them pride and guided them to be the best
and source of pride for all Iranians.
Thanks again for a delightful article.
* Mitra is a guy
I don't know when exactly our people started naming their daughters
Mitra and Mehri, but Mithra the Zoroastrian Izad is a male not a
Happy belated Chelle to all.
* Look at what's really going on
Dea Mr. Tohidi, [Post
I admire your courage and strong will in pursuing
your childhood dreams which has led you to such remarkable achievements.
your openning paragraph and how you encourage those who intend
to read about injustices and self-pity to think twice before
continuing, is such an unfair assessment on your part, towards your
I am positive that your friends had your best interest
at heart when they started to burst your bubble, only for you
to be forwarned of what the consequences will be.
I can guarantee you that there is a huge minority of those who
sit around, looking all pissed off and allow others to make a victim
out of them, the majority of us are spending our precious hours
minutes campaining against those injustices that do exist in today's
society, imposed upon us, well beyond the sphere of our power and
control. I pitty those who justify their shortcomings by playing
victims, as I have encountered them so often in my life. That
certainly is no excuse for achieving all once can possibly achieve.
I don't know how avidly your are involved in keeping up with
the national news and various social or political affairs, but I'd
like to suggest to you to take a long and hard look at what really
is going on in our community, how some individuals with different
backgrounds are taking unneccesary beating, denied any possible means
of economic and social prosperity, racially profiled and singled
out, and trust me, that is not an insignificant number, these days
and put yourself in a position where you would not have been as fortunate
and blessed as you are today.
Once you have completed this task then
i hope you will refine your judgement and realize why there are
those who are being needlessly and unwillingly being put in a postion
they absolutely don't want to be.
* Plant a tree. It's that simple
Hello to everyone who contacted me regarding the
suggestion, published on Iranian.com, to start a
tradition of planting trees for Noruz [Plant
a tree on Noruz].
Many of you asked me how to start on this project, and
whether I wanted to head the project, etc.
This isn't my project in any way, byt this the
three-step process that I suggest everyone does:
1- Wait for Noruz.
2- Plant a tree in Iran.
3- Repeat next year.
It's that simple. I don't mean to sound flippant but
the goal is simply to each person to get trees and so
it isn't any more complicated than that. Get your
friends involved too - and your relatives - and
encourage them to to the same.
If each person tells 10
people, and only 10% of those people actually plant a
tree..well, you do the math. Photograph the sapling
you plan on planting, or the location you plan to
plant it in, and send the photo around to others. Then
show them how you actually planted the tree...
However, it would also be nice to have a Web site
which promotes the idea of planting trees, and perhaps
an online petition to sign, and an email list to
distribute announcements, and a discussion group for
matters such as the best sort of trees to plant, how
to locate saplings, etc.
So, to move things along, a friend has already
reserved a domain name for us: noruztrees.com
Does anyone have a web hosting service and some html
* Didn't get it
Please do not alienate some of us from your site by having Reza
Pahlavi's picture in your donation drive. And if you are
indeed a supporter of him please declare it clearly so
we all know.
* Memories of Ali
I would like to thank Mr. Javid for bringing back so many memories
of Ali Kouchack and his family by including his old photograph
in your web site. I also was Ali's friend and even saw him shortly
he passed away in 1991.
Thanks again for refrehing my fond memories.
letters (December 24, 2003)