June 26, 2003
* Ahang-e mobarezeh
Hello, I'm Shamaizadeh.
Man yek ahang-e jadid daram darbareye mobarezehye daneshjooya
beh naame "bachehaye takhte jamshid".
Mitavanid az website man (shamaizadeh.com) begirid va bogzarid ruye sitetoon.
* Feel sorry for monarchy lovers
If our youth are breaking the law by demonstrating without permission
or interrupting the people's daily life and business they should be stopped
by police or any other authorized law enforcement as people who were
demonstrating against the World Trade Organization were beaten up by
FBI and American
one is their battle]
Second, unfortunately despite of being clever to cover your main purpose
of writing this article I have to tell you that I feel sorry for you
and other monarchy lovers. History doesn't repeat itself. It is exactly
the time for people to ask themselves what they want if regime is gone
DO they want Mr. Pahlavi or Mr. Ragavi? Do they prefer that policy makers
in Washington decide for them or they need some reforms that will happen
gradually if they persist asking them from a regime that was selected
During the revolution in 1979 people chose Islamic Republic
of Iran by 97%. You might not have been there at that time but I was
there and I saw it by with my own eyes.
If foreign minister of France says Iran has a Democratic regime he
is right. It might not be the kind of regime that you like but they are
democratic. Even President Khatami was elected by majority of people,
definitely more than those who elect president Bush or his presedors.
There are a lot of issues to talk about.But let me tell you that if
you like many others has packed up to go back to Iran and become a prince
or prince's secretory! is a little late. People in my generation have
earned enough experience not to follow a bunch of students that they
don't know who is supporting them.
* While our youth are being harmed
Your opinion/article is to the point and exactly what all Iranians
living in the West should abide by and promote: backing those putting
their lives on line for a free and better future for themselves and
generations to come! [This
one is their battle]
It is shameful to discuss personal, political and ideological issues
while our youth in Iran are being harmed, the country is economically
devastated, and corruption and criminal behavior by some in the regime
is on the rise.
Thank you for your clear and honest observation.
* Supporting all
enjoyed your article [This
one is their battle]. Unfortunately there are 2 kinds
of Iranians outside of Iran. There are those sitting on their butt
and asking every one "When are the mullahs going to go?" and
there are those who are just counting the days and hours, waiting to
get back positions they lost to the mullahs 25 years ago.
We don't think in terms of "we the people". This has deep roots in Iranian
culture. We're not trained
"we are one".
We need training. As you mentioned now is not the
time to discuss which idea is better. It's time to give support
those "WE"s in Iran.
I hope every Iranian reads your article.
* Beyond comprehension
A couple of days ago, there was a news story on Canadian television
(CBC) about Neda Hassani; the young Iranian woman who set herself on
fire outside the French Embassy in London in protest to the detention
e-Khalq's top members in Paris. Sixty per cent of her body was burned,
and she passed away because of her injuries. To be honest, the whole
matter is beyond my comprehension for the following reasons:
How can a 25 year old girl, who is a Canadian citizen, and has all
her life ahead of her take such a drastic action?.... I understand that
people might sympathize with the Mojahedin, but to this extent?
Moreover, her profile doesn't even look like a typical Mojahed's; she
grew up in Ottawa after her parents left Iran, and apparently she
was in Europe to visit friends. If her parents were among the
detainees, it could be understandable; however, they were in Canada at
that time, and it is said in the
news that they hope to take her body home to Ottawa for a funeral.
Does anyone have any background information on her (beside the fact
that her father is, or has been a member of Mojahedin, and spent
time in jail
under the Shah?)
REPLY: See article about Neda Hassani in The Guardian
* US assault in the interest
of Iranian people
Mr. Mirfendereski, [Naked
in a tree-less forest]
You talk about President Bush's shameless hypocrisy. Your article gives
new definition to the word shameless. You mention a list of oppressive
regimes. Which one of those regimes practices barbaric acts of amputation,
pulling out eyes, and stoning their citizens to death using carefully
What I found most amusing about your article is
part on Algiers Declaration. According to what international law is lending
moral support to freedom fighters intervention in internal
The US will not and should not tolerate a nuclear Iran even if it means
full-scale or "surgical" military assault. Iran does not need
Mullahs are not only a threat to the peace of the world and interests
US and Israel but also a threat to the interests of the Iranian people.
Rafsanjani's "golden" statement is still fresh in memories: "a
attack on Israel will eliminate that country but a military retaliation
Muslims will only kill a few millions."
US military assault on Iranian
nuclear facilities, should that ever happen, is in the interest of
the Iranian people as well as in the interest of the US and other peace
* Bottom-line right to survival
A reader of "Naked
in a tree-less forest" wrote: "There
is much to agree with in your article and some things I could disagree
But I am disappointed that you do not comment on statements by Iranian
government leaders that, the moment they have nuclear bombs, they will
use them on Israel. What do you think of this? I note that I am a British
Jew, now living in the US, as England, indeed Europe as a whole, is no
longer a safe place for Jews. Yours Faithfully [Ph.H.]"
Writer's response: "Dear Mr. H.: I regret your disappointment
in my failure to comment on statements of the Iranian officialdom about
using the bomb on Israel. Not everything in this world revolves around
Israel. I am still waiting for the UN Resolution 242 to be implemented.
But since you queried about my reaction to the statements of Iranian
officials, here are two observations. First, there are many out there
who have made similar statements about Israel and the Jews and some have
these promises written up in their charters and covenants. Yet, last
time I checked, the super-terrorist of my generation, if not of all time,
Mr. Arafat, and his cohorts continue to spew such gibberish and yet at
the same time talk to the Israeli officials and collect my hard-earn
tax-money in stipends and whatnot. So what people say and are expected
to do can be two different things. Second, the next point is about doing
-- and in that case I believe parity in nuclear capability is the best
form of deterrence and therefore I suggest that Israel develop a phenomenal
response-strike capability to ensure that no country strikes at it with
nuclear weapons first. But, in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the conflict
was a hair-trigger away from going nuclear from the Israeli/US side and
yet no Arab country possessed nuclear weapons. That tells me Israel has
shown the proclivity to go nuclear in the Middle East and I begrudge
it not for I believe every country has a bottom-line right to survival,
to ensure it with whatever defensive means and the Iran's and others
in the Middle East are no different."
* Make no mistake: mullahs are trying to make nuclear
I do not recognize Mr. Sharif Mafi's name, or his background
and information pool; I probably would have recognized him if he was
business to know nuclear facts. However, I wish Iranian.com as a
publisher would conduct some type of test of reality and truth of what
is said in an article before publishing.
In his article "Don
Quixote’s Iranian bomb",
Mr. Mafi appears to suggest that nuclear bomb making in Iran is not
what is going on.
Anyone with some
background in the subject matter would know from reading the reports
IAEA, and other news articles, that by now what mullah's government
is doing is exactly that: trying to make nuclear bombs.
Now, whether they succeed in that endeavor or not is another matter,
do not make a mistake about it: mullahs are trying to make nuclear
bombs. The direct result of such activity, besides of what U.S.
or any other government think about it, is the damage to the liberty
A mullah government with a nuclear bomb will turn into
another North Korea, where they will answer to no one, including the
Mr. Mafi better learn the subject matter before expressing his
unfounded opinion. The Iranian.com better to know the facts before
publishing an article that is not accurate.
* What does Pahlavi want?
Years back, I think it was in 1990, I had
Reza Pahlavi and a few other friends for dinner at my house.
It was a beautiful summer evening and my wife had cooked her famous
Tahchin. We had dinner seating around the table and the conversation
as in all
our gatherings was loud and charged with humorous memories of home.
After dinner, people started to disperse in small groups around the
house. Some watching a video, some listening to music.
Reza and a few of us just sat around the table talking. As the World
Cup soccer matches was in full swing, the conversation got to Iran's
rather mediocre showing in the primaries.
From there we started to talk about
our dreams and visions for Iran. One guy thought that the only solution
for Iran was to shed Islam and
any institutionalized religion, detach itself from the Middle East
like Turkey did.
Another thought that the key to Iran's future lay with balancing its
Islamic and Pre Islamic heritage. I thought that Iran needed a cultural
shift of paradigms before its politics would change.
Reza just listened to us without uttering a word.
When we were finished arguing, he reached out to a plastic lighter
on the table. The 75 cents kind that you find in any street corner
He then said: "Wherever you go, London, New York, Paris, Rio,
Africa, Asia, you will find the same exact lighters. And invariably they
made in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, ingapore, Korea etc.
My dream is to one day pick one of these lighters, or Bic pens or any
other simple gadget anywhere in the world and read 'Made in Iran'."
* Ready to re-consider a monarchy
I just finished reading "Are
we worthy?" and I enjoyed it. It pissed
me off, but that is the crux of our nature.
After this current disaster of a pseudo-religious experiment, I am
absolutely ready to re-consider a monarchy. With the relatively high level of insecurity and overall lack of “Hambastegi” we
have tended to exhibit as a people over the last 3,000 years. There is
always a smart ass who thinks everything is bad and can be done better
if only people would listen to him/her. Then as soon as they get the
chance, the belly filling begins.
In fact one could argue, our culture has prospered in this way more,
through individual “pissed off at everyone” ingenuity, than
any other way. Being pissed off at everyone was in fact Mossadegh’s
exact tactic as well. To the point where he pissed off everyone in and
out of Iran, and ended up a whimpering old fool.
One thing we have not yet tried is forced play time. Yaani, no one
has ever forced us to get along, who had a noble selfless intent. I take
it back, maybe for a brief moment under Reza Shah as he rammed the 20th
century down our throats.
It is possible that Reza III (Why do people call him II?) who has by
now come face to face with his potential destiny (and demons), can be
the one to make us agree to cooperate with one another, and having seen
first-hand how easily one can depose a king these days, I am willing
to let him have a go at it.
Because, as G. K. Chesterton said, “You can never have a revolution
in order to establish democracy. You must have a democracy in order to
have a revolution.”
Maybe if someone decent would ram an honest to goodness Democracy down
our throats, we could actually lift ourselves out of the Joob.
letters (June 26, 2003)
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