November 26, 2003
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* Eloquence ruined by slogans
Dear Mr. Bahrami, ["Real
axis of evil"]
I am sending you this note, not as a defender of the
IRI or the Mullacracy in Iran, but as a defender of the truth in form
of balanced and fair
journalism. While I agree with a good deal of the points you make in
your article, I take issue with presenting something that appears to
be a "slogan" and not a well researched fact!
In your article
you have stated that Mullahs are responsible for or linked to Islamist
hard-line terrorist activities against the Turkish government!
First of all, where did you get this information? Can you quote a reliable
source for any reports where a Turkish government official or source
has accused the IRI of supporting Islamic terrorism against Turkey?
In fact, I didn't know that Islamic armed opposition had been a major
for Turkish government. Turkey has had to fight Kurdish and Armenian
insurgents for decades but Islamic armed resistance are just not on
the Turkish political map as you have claimed!
Everything I have seen and
read indicates that with the exception of some turbulence in the early
part of IRI's existence (back in the 1980's
- Khomeini era) the IRI Mullahs and the Turkish government have had
a good neighborly relationship. They both have flexed their regional
by competing in various proxy conflicts and issues, ranging from the
Caspian oil rights to the problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan but
for the most part, it is a known fact that the Mullahs have left Turkey
alone and prefer not to get on the Turks' bad side.
Again, if you look
at the bulk of my previous writings for this site, I am by no means
a defender of IRI, but I wish you wouldn't just ruin
the rest of your eloquently made case by writing political slogans!
* One word
axis of evil"]
* An easy award?
Shirin Ebadi - Relating article: Nobel intentions (The
Guardian Oct 13, 2003):
in another way the award was a rather easy one for a committee based
in western Europe to give out - not so much for what it celebrates, but
what it criticises. Of course we all hate the Iranian government right
part of the "axis of evil", with its nuclear programme and
its wicked views on
the United States and Israel, Iran is an easy country to emonise."
[...] "It would have been interesting to see how western
have responded, for instance, to an award for a feminist in Saudi Arabia
Kuwait, where the regimes that have held back women's rights are actively
* Just a notch modern
Let's not fool ourselves.
Mrs. Ebadi said it very clear to all of us loud and clear. You are a
bunch of kids who think you can make any changes outside the regime.
the demonstrations and any other action. Join the mullahs and try to
change the regime from within.
Many of us, as usual sentimental and hope for
easy solution, came to the conclusion that she is the promised one. She
says loud and clear: I am at best a reformist (just a notch modern) am
a protégé of Khatami and alike. Not even like Gangi
or Aghajeri. Do not get too existed about me just enjoy the moment
under the sun.
By making her a real freedom fighter and a hero you are making the IRI
look good – they tolerate the real opposition. Forgot about thousands
of people killed in jails and many more still inside and no one talk
about them because they are not "opposition" within
Let's not fool our self.
* Parhiz az taghlide digaran
az khanoome ebadi khahesh mikonam keh
ba kurd ya mojahed boodaneshan beh engilisihayi keh nazdik hastand bepeivandand
va az taghlide digaran
az jomleh bozorgmardani mesle doctor mosaddegh beparhizand.
ba ehteram beh zane irani ba melliati motefavet
ziba mariam kamal
As a student of Iranian studies, with my focus on the
diaspora literary work, I would like to commend Amir
Nooriala for his powerful portrait of an innate
dichotomy that exists inside every young Iranian born
and/or raised outside Iran. ["God
bless Team Melli"]
Is it a merit or a condemnation of history? I don't
know. Perhaps a mixture of both, as Amir's piece is
showing so profoundly.
* Pity the Iranian Nation
Having had the task of aiding His Late Imperial Majesty through the
dark days of His exile I often think how
sad it is that so many Iranians were never able to know their Shah for the
man he truly was in life.
I had the honor of spending most of His waking hours with him as the
request of my employer, Nelson Rockefeller, former Vice President of
the United States and Governor of New York.
I observed a true Iranian nationalist, an honest and sincere man who
suffered terribly the fate of his country and countrymen. The Shah was
a true practicing Moslem who wanted the best for his people. He was a
visionary who looked toward Iran's future and the Nation's well being
for future generations.
The depiction of the Shah as a blood thirsty tyrant could not have been
farther from the truth. In fact he abhorred violence of any kind to his
dying day. He chose to leave his country rather than spill the blood
of his people. I observed a man who was not at all materialistic man
and had little interest in money.
The Shah's life was dedicated to his country. He work tirelessly for
his people. When history is written I believe the Shah's achievements
will be recognized. The campaign to vilify the Shah will be seen for
what is was -- a power grab by greedy religious impostors and foreign
forces to prevent Iran from taking a position as a world power.
Had the Shah's health not failed him, had his choice of final advisors
not been so poor and had he been not so trusting of some supposed friends
things might have been very different today in Iran.
The youth the Shah worked so hard to educate today would not only be
enjoying the social freedoms of twenty-five years ago but would probably
be enjoying a matured political system. Instead the young brave Iranians
are suffering torture, imprisonment and execution attempting to gain
what Iran might have had. The region surely would be more stable had
the Empire or Iran survived and the world would not be in its present
state of calamity.
* Also curious
Attached is a picture of Hassan
Mirza-Ali Esfahani. He is also curious
who that house in Monte Carlo belongs to. ["Home
of the unknown"]
* Cholo kabab in Ramadan?
Are you guys crazy posting pictures of cholo kabab on the 2nd day of Ramadan?
beat that"] The torture is unbearable. That's it I'm scarred for life. It truely
tests your faith.
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