July 2, 2003
* We will fight any country bringing terrorism to our shores
Hi Borzou, ["Occupation" is
an ugly word]
You make some very important points. However if we were to leave Iraq
at the present time (and believe me most Americans would). A bloodbath
would ensue like no other. With all the different factions fighting for
power the only hope is to get the different factions to think of themselves
as Iraqis first not Shiites, Sunnis or Kurds.
Whether you or anyone else in the middle east who hate us. Understand
this one sentence. We the average (working everyday Americans) truly
wish the very best to all persons in the middle east. Including Iranians,
Palestinians and Iraqis.
But make no mistake in understanding we will
fight and die (including myself) any country or people who bring terrorism
to our shores.
Understand this as well
any person or country using terrorism will find that they will lose
the world's sympathy and that act alone will set them back to the point
will never reach their goals.
Ask yourself this: Are the Palestinians
better off than they were 3 years ago or whenever the last uprising
started with its suicide bombing? No they are not! Before I personally
believed Israel should vacate all lands taken during the various
wars. Now however I understand their reasons for believing they need
onto the land for their own security.
I believed that peace could
happen and that they could live together side by side. I felt Arafat
help bring it about. I now feel deceived and question weather peace
with a murdering, ignorant Palestinian population who cheer and
chant when innocent women and children are blown to pieces from a suicide
bomb set off by a 17 year old kid who was trained to so called martyr
I know our American bombs have killed innocent men, women
children as well. The difference is that it was not our intent
to do so and I cry inside
for every individual who lost their lives including Iraqi soldiers,
Afghans and the innocent bystanders.
In fact I even cry inside for the
individuals who flew the planes into the World Trade Center. At first
I hated them
now I just pity them. To have lived in a environment that would
up that much.
I'm ranting but it really frustrates me when
American boys and girls are dying trying to accomplish what I consider
be a noble
cause. Then people like you do nothing but bad mouth them.
Good luck and good health to you sir,
(just another of the so called
conquesting, uncaring, Americans after your stupid oil.)
* Surprised? Why?
reading your column ["Occupation" is
an ugly word] but I felt a sense, however small, of
surprise in it. Why?
The ineptness of the U.S. government in dealing
with its own
financial woes and social problems is surely going to be magnified in a
foreign land. Just think of the slow bankruptcy of the U.S. Social Security
System, the collapsing health care system and endemic racism of one form
I fear it will be worse and the occupation "light" turn into
an occupation "heavy."
* He will enjoy it
Mr. Sepahbody, [Retrieving
I emailed your link to Parviz Foroughi. He is the grandson of Prime Minister
I am sure he will enjoy it.
I was also delighted to see that Abdollah had
taken the movie. As you mentioned, he was a photography aficionado. He
used to own a 1960's Hasselblad, which he gave to my father, and now
it is here with me. I cherish it since it is the only
memory I have of him.
Thanks for sharing the memories.
* Contributes to a brighter future
Dear Mr. Sepahbody, [Retrieving
I truly enjoy your writings for The Iranian as well as your website.
Your film clip of your family and the former prime minister Ali Foroughi
is exceptional visual history. It is essential that we hear from former
Iranian officials with such broad range of experience.
a testimony to the fact that we Iranians (for those who don't know
have chosen to forget it) do belong to the civilized world. Perhaps
your writings will contribute to a future that will be brighter than
* How would Iran defend
The country that you are so hot about [Short
of military action] and defending has started more
itself in the last century then all other nations combined together.
ought not to have nukes, agree but more so Israelis as they have proven
they have no regards for human lives, but themselves.
Beside, Pakistan has nukes, India has nukes, Israel has so many they
know who to use them on, Russians have it. How would Iran defend itself
so many threats at their door steps?
P.S. And that should go for the US whose arrogance is making
* Most fair on MKO
This was one of the best, most fair and objective articles I have
this web site [Sad
I solute you for your fair and open mindedness
(not sure if this is a word though) and hope more of us follow your
* This is not normal
Your article was not harsh enough on the MKO [Sad
spectacle]. while denouncing some
their tactics, you support their 'unconditional right to express
themselves'. bullshit. NO GROUP that harrasses and terrorizes those who
oppose them, that is responsible for the killing of scores of people,
has become a cult and that has encouraged its members to self-sacrifice
(documented) has a right to protest.
these people are SICK, SICK, SICK.
this is a quote from the father of the canadian girl who died from her
self-immolation wounds, at her funeral: "They tried to trap the
phoenix of Iran, but other birds sacrificed their lives to release the
phoenix," he said standing at a podium behind
daughter's grave. "All they could do was set themselves ablaze to
know what was going on. My Neda was just another bird. The flames are
going to let the world know as long as time is going, these flames will
these people are brainwashed and deranged. this is not normal. the
parents actually believed their daughter's death was a legitimate sacrifice
for the cause of the mujahedin. and THESE are the people who want to
control iran one day?? over MY DEAD FUCKING BODY and the dead bodies
million iranians. anything less than a total, absolute, and weeping
condemnation of this group is insufficient.
* You continue to blatantly misrepresent facts
I dislike Atabay as much as anyone. But your
cartoon tells more about
and how you view students in general and in Iran in particular than anything
you have to so bravely say against the personal enemy of yours and possibly
your daddy's, RP.
You continue to blatantly misrepresent the facts in
of your cartoon, which is just fine, after all they are not arguments
even coherent essays on anything; they are, when expressed in Persian
as in your latest two fronted battle in which you always come up on top,
the "zia khejaalat bekesh," = nothing more than teenage angsting
romantic theme of a father-figure turned idol (Mossadegh).
doing what you are doing. Now the students are helpless puppets of
the Iranian Americans (who are just like yourself, and exactly therefore
hate them so much) huh? I really enjoy your work.
Rap on brother.
* Concise, real analysis of Iranians
It is great [Land
of perpetual defeat]. Straight to the facts.
It is a shame for hundreds of millions Iranian,
including myself, who has lived this life for almost
1500 years, but no one has come up with such a
concise, real, and beautiful analysis.
* You are our voice
Regarding Sadaf Kiani's "Khaaneh-ee
keh nardeh haaye zard daasht",
You are great in writting and your
stories made me cry. You are a bridge between our forgotton past and
I feel you being our voice. We are lost in the time zone that used
to be Iran when we left it many years ago. We thought we would go for
4 to 5 years and get our education and go back...
letters (July 2, 2003)