September 6, 2003
* Selling your soil
Sure Darius, good idea. [America
will take care of our business] Are you going by history
and the wonderful reputation of "US forces" and how well
they have done in places like, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Panama, Nicaragua,
Bosnia, Somalia, Afghanistan,
and of course the biggest feather in their cap these days, IRAQ?
Are you talking about how well they have helped rebuild the above countries
after they nearly demolished them? Did you bother to take a
look at Afghanistan who is in just as bad of a shape she was before
American planes dropped million dollar +
on their soil?
Are you watching the news of how "successful" their
ultra smart service men are in street of Nadjaf, Takrit, and Baghdad
couple of months.
If your answer is yes to any of the above, what makes
you think they will be any more successful in Iran than they have been
countries in the past five decades? Are you reflecting on history
at all by opening the door to your home to foreign forces? Were
you in Iran when the US backed Iraqi forces attacked our land? Do
you know what that feels like? Were any of your friends or loved
ones killed defending the land they love?
"We have some MDs and Ph.Ds"? Some? Have you bothered
to look at the statistics of educated Iranians in United States? Most
of them would love to take a sweet swing at you.
Your anger may be rooted elsewhere son. You are wrapping yourself
in a flag that is been a symbol of hatred and fear for the good part
of last century and began this century with a bang. List yourself
amongst those uneducated Americans who keep spinning looking for their
tail and wondering, "why do they hate us"!
Chill out before you sell your soil and read a few history books. Besides,
there isn't much soil to sell anyway. The present government of
Iran hasn't left anything to sell. The little pride we have ain't
* Can't imagine US risking attack on Iran
Dear Xerxes Khan! [America
will take care of our business]
You're all over the road with your article! Pick a lane, will you?
Are you attacking Iran's ruling mullahs, Iranians who live in the US
or are you just plain disgruntled with all Iranians, period!
Well, as for your idea for the might of US military power to attack
Iran, there are a couple of minor problems there.
I just can't imagine that any US administration could risk attacking
a country the size of Iran just to "free" such "irresponsible,
incompetent, indifferent, and extremely hard to be governed" people!
That is unless their intensions are something other than freeing the
people, but what are the chances of that?!!!
Secondly, if you haven't checked the news lately, please do. Your mighty
US military is begging the United Nations to come in and take off some
heat! Yes, they can't do it by themselves. Which means the arrogant
policies of Rumsfeldism have failed miserably and that the US military
to sit on a country third of Iran's size with a third of Iran's population
and a fraction of its militatry.
Add to that the fact that Iran is
60% mountainous; no charging up your tanks 65 miles an hour up the
desert highway straight to the capital! And finally, all military assessments
of Iran's capabilities put it at a level that is far aboce Iraq's
the time itwas attacked by the US earlier this year.
And to all of the above, add the documented fact that all public surveys
and polls, as of yet!, show that a majority of Iranians, although disgruntled
with the Mullacracy, object to any US attack and/or occupation.
In short, the task of occupying Iran will make the misery of Iraq occupation
look like a walk in the park!
Have a nice day you superior Iranian, you!
* Treacherous monster
Whoever you are calling yourself Xerxes, you are the most despicable
and comtemptible Iranian I have ever encountered, if you are even Iranian!
will take care of our business]
Obviously you should be on
the front lines when the US invades Iran and turns it into Iraq and
Afghanistan ! You are so void of any
self-respect and dignity that I sincerely hope you are not an Iranian,
otherwise I am ashamed of being Iranian if Iran produces creatures
like you !
You are the true progeny of all the treacherous monsters
Iran to foreign powers throughout its tragic modern history: Qajar
kings, Qavam, Seyyed Zia, Kashani, Zahedi, the Rashidian brothers (during
time), and scores of others !
Shame on you as an Iranian and a human
being for wanting another country to invade your homeland and destroy
it, no matter how terrible the present regime is.
Can you give
me one example of the US going into a country, whether covertly or
of arms and that country is any better off today than it was
before? Look at Vietnam, almost every country in South America, Afghanistan,
May God give you either wisdom or punishment worthy of a traitor
* Our job, not Americans!
Mr. Xerxes, [America
will take care of our business]
Whoever you are, and whomever you work for (CIA?), is not important,
what is important is the fact that you lie about your name (Xerxes
Dares!). Who knows whatever else you are lying about. Just send
your articles to Wall Street Journal, and New Republic, not Iranian.com!
How dare you ask for US to kill my brothers and sisters in Iran! If
you care about Iran that much, then help the Iranians to be liberated
politically and economically in a peaceful manner! The Iranian
government has already killed enough of my brothers and sisters, and
the people are still suffering under the regime.
and eventually will change the government, not the Americans! How
uncaring are you about the Iranian lives. When was the
last time you send a dollar to one of millions of poor Iranians? Another
words, what have you done for them lately?
All right, let the US invade Iran, as you suggest (now that you gave
the green light to the US, they might actually invade; especially, since
they finished Iraq so easily!) Then, do me a favor, if you really
care about Iran, just move back there before the invasion starts. But
if you are very very patriotic, move close to the neighborhoods that
will likely be the target of US air strikes, like hospitals with children!)
us back upon your return to the US, and let us know about the situation
Anxiously waiting to hear back from you from Iran!
God luck, and God
bless your America!
* We are in danger
"Ashkroft Regime?" you say in [Parvandeh
maa chi shod?]
I understand that dealing with the Immigration and Naturalization Service
is difficult, but
I doubt that many of your clients respect the laws of the United States.
Over the thirty years that I have known Iranian visa holders, they
have shown the same respect for the immigration laws that Iranian drivers
obeying the traffic laws in Tehran.
Now, my nephew, the son of a 80's
Iranian Parliament Member, wants my husband and I to hire lawyers to
help him get a visa into the US.
hardworking physician and wants to have the opportunity to have a
successful life. Still, this is a difficult choice for me knowing his
Does America owe Iranians anything at all? I think
all remember the "Death to America" crowds on the streets of
your cities for
years, don't we?
At this time, I hope that Askroft stands firm and fights for our very
We are in danger from internal terrorists and following the activities
the Iranian government makes me very fearful of Iranian immigration
despite the fact that my own husband of 26 years comes from Birjand.
for greater good
Dear Niki, Esq. [Parvandeh
maa chi shod?],
Kudos to you for wanting to help people. It's a sentiment
sadly missing in the Iranian-American community, a community in which
we proudly exalt the large number of lawyers, doctors, scientists,
engineers and professors our community has produced -- never forgetting
to mention our above-average median income or large percentage of degree-holders
or .... (now some resourceful zealots have even come up with the number,
in the billions of dollars, that the Iranian-American community contributes
to the US economy!) -- yet we often forget to inquire of, or measure,
the civic, altruistic, volunteer, and -- most importantly -- ethical
contributions (or lack thereof) and aspects of our community.
to see you making a dent in this frenzied bubble of egomaniacal aggrandization
and I hope we hear from others who have long been nameslessly toiling
for a good greater than one's own self.
* Joy mixed with annoying guilt
Zohreh Khanom, Thanks for your reflections.
end of the smile]
I completely agree with your assessment. Going back to Iran beings
me such joy mixed with annoying guilt, almost like what Shakespeare
called a "sweet sorrow"!
Most of all it is heartbreaking
to see a country with such potential and promise, caught in claws
of a self-destructive and mismanaged theocracy!
* Books for Iranian youth
Dear compatriots, dorud.
This is Alireza, a graduate student in Ferdowsi University of Mashad,
as well as a librarian at the "Youth Library" of the National
As you know, US ban on trade with Iran has resulted in a sort of hidden
illiteracy, because Iranian students and scholars at home cannot purchase
materials online (there are no credit cards in Iran).
My colleagues and friends and I have thought this problem out for a
while and we have decided to approach compatriots residing abroad
contribute in a project known as "Books for Iranian Youth".
Amir Hekmatpour, the Webmaster of farsinet,
has set a web page for the
project. Please visit and
introduce the other brothers and sisters to it.
God bless you and best wishes you and all compatriots at home and abroad.
* I want to buy fresh sabzi khordan
Salam Leila, [Kaaboos]
After 37 years spending my good years in this country I am going back
HOME for good. I want to ride doreshkeh, I want to buy fresh sabzi
khordan from the guy standing on the corner with his tray, I want
to buy gerdoo at 1:00 am on Pahlavi Ave., I want to do all those
I have memory of.
* Reza Shah's daughter?
I am very interested
in the Pahlavi Dynasty. Have you got information about Princess Hamdam
al Saltaneh, Reza Shah's daughter?
Is she still alive? I can't find information about her. As
far as I know she was born in 1903.
Do you have any information? I hope you have time to answer.
letters (September 6, 2003)