October 8, 2003
* Before condemning Iran's nuclear program
Mr. Mohammadi puts the case pretty well [Only
deterrent to nukes]. Other
points to consider are:
has been denied the right to benefit from Article IV of the NPT which
requires advanced countries
to provide nuclear technology to signatories who wish to use it for peaceful
signed the NPT in 1968, only one country in the region, the Soviet Union, possessed
nuclear weapons . Now Iran is virtually surrounded by nuclear-capable states,
all of them in breach of the NPT. Washington cowers in the face Israel's secret
nuclear program, nor does the anodyne U.S. media dare raise its voice.
Before condemning Iran, the
UN should begin an investigation of the governments that approved the
transfer of chemical, biological and nuclear
technology and equipment to Saddam's Iraq. The same goes for the
manufacturers who supplied them.
Most of all, the UN should investigate
the role of the U.S. military in providing battlefied training and leadership
in Iraq's infamous chemical
attacks against Iranian troops on the Fao Peninsula in 1988. Patrick
E. Tyler of the New York Times exposed the U.S. army's complicity
in his article of Aug. 18, 2002.
The time has come when Iranians should condemn Western, particlulalry
American, hypocrisy when the UN and other international bodies are
bullied into taking action that benefit their own interests. The rise
neocons and their dangerous agenda should be a warning to everyone.
* Campaign against
akhoonds not IEEE
Farhad Jon, [Putting
the cart before the horse]
The technical fathers/mothers of Qualcomm are Irvin Jacobs and Andrew
Viterbi among many others!! Iranian technical minds and entrepreneurs
have contributed a lot to high-tech industries, so have Chinese,
Indians and many others? In fact, the latter groups have done many orders
of magnitude more!
The big difference, however, is that for every patent filed by an
Iranian engineer and every doctoral thesis written by an Iranian
student, there is a bus load of innocent people in Israel blown up into
pieces somehow indirectly condoned, encouraged, supported, endorsed,
and funded the Islamic Republic?? You may find this relationship
as "G**z & Shaghigheh", but some folks out there find it
strong enough to bring about a collective punishment on all of us!?
Please don't give me the argument that, oh what about the Israelis who
kill Palestinians!? Why doesn't IEEE take an action against the Israelis?
Well, it's none of our business? If you want to be a champion of
the oppressed people, why don't you campaign fellow Iranians against
the worst killers of all times (Akhoonds/their thugs?) As the old
saying goes, "Cheraghi Keh Be Khooneh Ravast Be Masjed Harram Astt."
Siamak Datsangoo, D.Sc.
PS The entire group of Iranian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley is really
a small drop in a bucket. Let's not make Rockefellers out of them!!
* Faith comes from within
Commenting on Leila Shirazi's article on the hijab [Matter
of choice], I agree 100%
with her, it is not a matter for anyone to force the hijab on to a woman,
it is between her and God.
I know of plenty of "Muslim" women
who where the hijab but nothing else about them shows they are true
Muslims. Your faith comes from within you and until that is there 100%
there is no point of covering your head, so the fact that the Iranian
government forces women to cover is going against the whole religion
of Islam and then we have the other extreme Turkey which forces women
to remove it! Why can't they just leave women alone to do as they wish!
Well anyway Leila more power to you for your beliefs.
* Winning with the right call
Right on, Majid Yekan! [Badi
could do better]
We should learn from our Jewish friends that before becoming a complete
force, they always talked to the contending candidates and then would
support the one that gave maximum promises for the Jewish cause. Even
now that they practically run the country, and particularly in smaller
communities, they still do the same.
With this close call of an
election 10 or 20 thousand votes could be the difference between winning
and losing but the Iranian community would be the winner no matter
what the outcome provided they have made the right call.
* Gone to his head
I had a chance to read your article about Dr. Badi B [Badi
could do better]. You know
what the problem here is. This is perhaps a guy who is popular
with his employees and the staff. He has a number of patients who
are grateful to him and have occasionally sent him flowers or brought
him cookies to thank him.
Then it all gets to his head that maybe just
maybe he will be popular enough to win the recall race. So he starts
talking, throws a fund raiser, most of his aging patients show up to
demand advise, refills
on medication or to offer some support. He plants one or two relatives
and pays them money so that they can contribute that money as a contribution. This
way he would save some face and say that he actually raised a few thousand
dollars in one night.
Getting back to your article, polls have not
even registered this guy. Why would any recall candidate give a
hoot about this guy, he's just one of 135 or so candidates. Should
the front runners also meet people like Larry Flynt and hear about issues
that are dear
Please wake up and smell the coffee. This guy has
nothing to contribute as far as popular support to any of the leading candidates
so it would be a waste of time for the front runners to even
meet this guy. Even if they do meet him, Dr Badi knows that he
has no wide support, so he will just try and use the occasion to take
some souvenir pictures with the candidates and try to become buddies
with them for his OWN personal reasons.
Finally, let me add that before
we rush and vote for anyone who just happens to be an Iranian-American,
let's not forget that a few years
back Rob Sohbani also ran for Congress from Baltimore. He lost!
Today Sohbani is occasionally featured as a guest speaker
on the Fox News in which his primary goal is to make life a
shit hole for Iranians in Iran and Iranian-Americans. He is such
a disgrace to the Iranians in this country, that he would do or say anything
to become more accepted by Christian Conservatives in this country; the
like of Sean Hannity and O'Reilly!
* Insensitive Arnold
There is much talk about Arnold Schwarzenegger's misdeeds towards
women, but no one is talking about his crucial role in making movies
bad guys are Middle-Easterners brutally killed by the actor Schawarzenegger.
His films contributed to the repertoire of images in Hollywood which
identifies Middle-Eastern or Arab men as the source of evil whose killing
in the hands of a powerful European bodybuilder makes our lives safer.
Does this record in film industry make Schawarzenegger a candidate sensitive
to minority issues in a state with the biggest concentration of Middle-Easterners?
* Too open to other cultures may cost our own
I didn't expect to hear "I will survive" at the Googoosh
concert last night in DC, neither did I expect to hear the famous Iranian
pop singer sing in English and Spanish. I think it is great to be open
to other cultures, but what I saw last night made me think about where
our community is heading.
Cheers of "Googoosh, dooset darim!" was
replaced by "Googoosh, we love you!" "Che ziba" was
replaced by "Que bonita." The 'vay vay' from "Man
amadam... " was replaced by "way way" for the Afghan
members of the audience. After her formal introduction of "Ba saalam
va doroud" to her "hamzabanan," she said a few warm
words in English and enthusiastically greeted her Iranian audience: "Velcome
to Googoosh night!" The crowd cheered.
She interacted with her ever-so-diverse band a good deal. "Give
me five," she yelled to Manoucher, the Azerbaijani pianist. Next
think I knew Googoosh shouts: "Ramon! Pedro! Vee are gonna sing
espanish song! Ole!" I was probably part of the small percentage
of audience members who understood the lyrics. "Yo ofrezco mi corazon...
besa de rosa."
Furthermore, her band members had global diversity written
all over them- there were Armenians, a Venezuelan, Romanian, Peruvian,
Kerman, Azerbaijani, and Brazilian musicians.
Googoosh, who is by far my favorite singer, impressed us all with her
energy, her beauty, her dance moves, and her performance in general.
Her lyrics are so full of meaning and her tunes are always on our lips
as we live our lives with our ups and downs. Seeing her in concert was
an amazing experience--a night I will never forget.
Yet drawing on other elements of the concert, part of me was disconcerted.
While I commend her global focus, her ability to learn of new cultures
and languages, I wonder how far this will go. This is Googoosh! She
is an idol, a legend, and a woman whose core, loyal audience consists
those who grew up listening to her in Persian. All of a sudden, she
is singing Gloria Gaynor songs.
Sometimes I fear that we Iranians can be so open to other cultures,
that we forget our own, just like many of us who have immigrated and
into other cultures. I am worried that while we are embracing others,
that we will relinquish our heritage.
* Why should Bahais be any different?
Should Bahais in Iran be recognized as full citizens and be given the
right to practice their religion [See
kind of question is that?
all Iranians have full rights as citizens and be allowed to practice
their religion? Why should Bahais be any different? You
are talking about basic human rights that belong to all people. You
shouldn't have to take a poll to decide such a question.
Anthony A. Lee
Los Angeles, California
* Stand up
you should have your own stand up show. Loved it.
* Qajar reliability
Professor Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar's answer [Liaaghat
Alidad Vassigh's "Iruni-baazi", was well put.
My personal comments
in regards is
that since the dawn of civilization, mankind has yet to discover the
formula of harmony and true justice among humans. Until that happens,
the best measurement for a reliable government (or at least the
most acceptable one) is its longevity.
Thus, when comparing the merits of the Pahlavi House versus the Qajar
(Kadjar) Dynasty, the above speaks for itself.
This said, it appears to me that Alidad Vassigh is an humorist whose
writings cannot be taken too seriously.
HIH Nadine Sultan d'Osman Han
Valide Sultan of Turkey
* Not many fond memories
Dear Poriya, [Kodak
Enjoyed looking at your photo essay on Iranian.com. If
the pictures are satirical, you need to state them as
such. I don't particularly find the experience of
looking at a Persian toilet, or smoking in parties, or the parking
stub at Khomaini's mausoleum bring back too many fond memories.
I agree with you that segregation of women is wrong,
but sometimes it has beneficial effects, such as not
being allowed to smoke [the qalyun]. Also, dress codes
are not entirely an Iranian phenomena. They are very
common in America as well (no shirt, no shoes, no
* Memorial for fallen heroes
Your proposal of a permanent memorial for all our fallen heroes is exactly
what Iran needs. [I
will not bother (perhaps)]
This kind of memorial should be done for 'all' those who
were killed in battle and war, also for those lost with nothing known
about their fate.
No political affiliation or agenda, no religious connotation - just a
memorial for all Iranians
That way whoever has lost a loved one will feel included
and can grieve in peace.
You should pursue this with others who may help you in this endeavor.