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* Bush is very popular in Iran
Salaam Roozbeh Jan, [That
I am very in sync with your opinions about the ridiculousness of Iranian
support for Bush. But I just came back and there is a very sizeable,
I mean extremely noticeable, number of Iranians whom I met in taxis,
in mehmunis, and everywhere else where you run across Irunis asserting
their opinions stating outright support for Bush, wishing that Bush would
come and get rid of the mullahs and so on.
Obviously, if you are not just a reactionary (and I mean reactive) person
who puts things in context as you do, you would never wish for Bush’s
cronies replacing an N for a Q, but it is no surprise and not merely
taarof that Mr. Kristof got the responses he did. Bush is very popular
in Iran because he cusses the mullahs more than Clinton or the Democrats
ever did, because many Iranians feel incapable of getting rid of the
Mullahs themselves, and because many Iranians are still addicted to,
or at least addicted to the idea that foreigners determine the future
of their nation.
Hopefully, the catastrophe of the prison scandal will awaken some to
the horrors of an American invasion of Iran but I am sure that the army
of Bush lovers in Iran will find many ways to either deny the reality
of the news or dismiss the incidents as just desserts for Arabs. Ghorbanet.
Vote for Howard Dean
* IRI had its chance
As an Iranian living in Tehran, I read with very much interest the "Those friendly
Iranians" and I found every word very true. There
was no tendency to state untrue stories or being one sided as this
is what we
experience daily in Iran.
The Islamic Republic had its chance of being
accepted by the people at the time of Mr. Khatemi's election but
the opportunity when it blocked his every effort to take care of young
(and old) needs.
* Bush: "Nafas Kesh!"
Dear Mr. Shirazi, [That
As an Iranian, a fellow writer, and one who shares most of your thoughts
on Mr. Kristof's article in the New York Times [Those
friendly Iranians] , let
you on a job well done.
I wish you would send your letter to the New Yorker.
Although I am not sure of their policies, I do believe your
style to be in the same caliber as some of their better articles.
As a pre-revolution immigrant, I have had two bitter/sweet trips
to Iran. What impressed me the most was the cultural gap between
major cities and the rural Iran. Tehran has become its own world
with all the fads and fashions of the West masked under an Islamic facade.
Not that it wasn't so before the revolution, but with so many restrictions, the
admiration for the West seems to have intensified.
reporters only interview those who speak English or live in
larger cities. Their readers are not aware of this, therefore
the documented report on the opinion of a select group comes across as true
and applicable to all Iranians.
As for supporting George Bush, I have also heard that from a few
friends who have recently been back. I thought at the time it must be
the old "Kolah makhmali" who like him. After all, his ruthless approach
isn't that different from theirs. All he needs is a pocket knife, a coat
on his shoulder, and a bottle of Vodka. I wonder if someone can teach Mr.
Bush to shout: "Nafas Kesh!"
Thank you for your enlightening article. I do hope to read more of your
work. Such articles are what sets the Iranian apart from the
average online publication.
* Awesomely shameless sales job
I think Mr. Bayegan can definitely sell a Toyota as a Mercedes [Lesson
in generosity]. This
was the most awesomely shameless sales job i ever saw. If i wasn' told
enough to know of the Empress and her book i would have assumed Mr.
Bayegan was talking about Ghandi or Dalai Lama.
And what is with this animosity with Shariati? You honestly cannot
blame the whole of Iranian problems on a writer who had been dead for
No one person could have had this much effect.
And the former Empress'
book was more for publicity and financial gain than for setting the
history straight... let's not get all watery-eyed
for the Empress like we did for Googoosh.
Honestly, all those who care for Iran were either killed (hint: Shariati)
or in prison.
* Nation of chossophils?
Your analysis of the Iranians in LA is LAmbastingly accurate [A
to D]. There
is, however, if I may add, one common attribute to all
those Iranians who are classified as A-C: treachery! These types
of Iranians, whether they live in LA, London or Lahore exhibit an
innate urge to betray their own land and leaders.
History of Iran is littered
with the stories of betrayal and treason. The first prominent
case was that of Darius III who was arrested and later abandoned,
ill and injured, by his own army commanders until in his dying moments
when the chasing army of Macedonians caught up with him and gave him the
last rites. Next was Yazdgerd III who, while running away from the invading
Arabs, was slain by a greedy miller.
The case of Lotf-Ali Khan Zand
who was betrayed by his father's ally and killed by the founder of the
Qajars, is another dark episode in our homeland's history. Amir Kabir
was betrayed by the man whose life he had saved. In recent
years even Mosaddeq was betrayed by two of his chief lieutenants.
if the history should repeat itself we saw how the Shah, and indeed
the whole nation, were betrayed by the Shah's closest friend and his
top generals. The fate his last Prime Minister, Bakhtiar, betrayed by
his own misguided sense of tribal fidelity is yet another testimony
to the treacherous nature of us Iranians particularly the groups
A-C. Even Khomeini was not immune fom the treasonous conduct of
his trusted clergy nor from that of his un-turbanned cronies.
Will there ever be a time that Iranians can be relied upon for their
sense of loyalty? During the last decade of the Qajars misrule of
Persia (as we were known then) people, politicians and priests had a
variety of foreign attachments.
As one witty historian observed some
were Anglophil (in its French pronunciation) some were Russophil, some
were Francophil, some were Germanophil but mostly were Chossophil (as
in sugar puff) meaning having loyalty to something as worthless as
a puff from the back orifice. Are we still a nation of Chossophils?
* E as in asshole
You neglected to classify your own arrogant stupid self [A
to D]. Let me do
that for you. You belong to group E which is assholes. Grow
up and get a life. By the way, if you are an MD with a PhD, I
* Huge wedge
Dear Dr. Sadri, [Please
accept our sincere denials]
I have been looking for this analyses for a long time
and in particular during the past two weeks and I thank you and The Iranian
for enlightening us.
Yes: What those few people did was the sharp edge of a huge wedge that has
grown in American social consciousness. We have seen the elementary school
shooting, reports of crime filling up the news, some 70% of the population
approving of dropping 30,000 bombs on a city of 5 million and alike.
* Mullahs won't give Democracy
In your article "When
they invade Iran", you wrote:
1. ... what's interesting to note is that Iran fought the
of liberation against Saddam's regime back in the 80s and against the Taliban
the late 90s at a time when they were both being backed by America. And:Will
you betray the sacrifices and blood of the shuhada?
Iran could have stopped the war after 2 years, from 1982 on it was the war of
Iran against Iraq. We had so many "shuhada" because our rulers from
1979 on just wanted to survive.
2... both being backed by America
Remember the Iran-Contra Affair in 1986. Iran was backed by the us by getting
weapons from Israel (enemy number 1) and the US (enemy Nr. 2) after a deal struck
between G. Bush Senior in 1980 (Keeping the US hostages on Republican request
longer and getting weapons later in exchange after Reagan got president)
3. You cannot "install" a democracy. And: The Islamic Revolution in
Iran was not fought for in vain and the current regime is a work in progress.
I do agree. But if you must be very naive, if you think you will get democracy
as a gift from the mullahs. The progress you mentioned will take another 100
4. The Islamic Revolution in Iran was not fought for in vain and the current
regime is a work in progress.
What kind of progress?
5. Despite one's views on the ruling government, the nation's independence
should not be jeopardized.
I do agree. This means, that we are independant now. But I can proove to you
, that Iran is not independant. More independant from the US maybe. It has good
relations with China and Russia yes. But: Ii is not independant from the EU,
From Great Britain.
6. look at the insecurity and disaster that has been created in Iraq as
a result of the American occupation today.
I do agree. I don't wish any troops conquering our country.
7. Take a close look at the pictures of torture in the Abu Ghraib prison. And: The
Shah's notorious secret police SAVAK, which mastered torture techniques from
their Israeli (Mossad) trainers,
No discussion about that. Horrible. But please have a look at the EVIN prison
in Tehran today. And please note, that many iranian totorers in Iran are
trained by the US and MOSSAD, which you are criticizing.
8. Whatever "problems" Iran may have
Why do you write "problems" with ""? Or don't we have
9. Take a close look at the pictures of torture in the Abu Ghraib prison and
note that Rumsfeld testified that there are much worse pictures and videos
that have yet to be seen. This is the democracy that Bush was talking about.
If this is what is meant by democracy, then we are far better off without it.
Right. But I would like to have a Democracy like in Germany where I live.
10. Witty remarks aside, I ask that we all remain vigilant and educate ourselves
and others on such matters, for our sake and for our children's generation's
Dear Writer, where will your childeren be raised, in Iran or in the US, where
you seem to live now??? And: if the situation in Iran is not that bad, with a regime in
dont you go back to live there and do something for you country?
* Proof how screwed we are
Dear Ms. Sohrabi, [Playing
footsie with facts]
I agree with your response to Mr. Bahamni's article with one difference that
the kind of junk that is published on Iranian.com like "Persian
vs. Iranian" and most other articles are not worth analyzing
and responding to.
Most of these articles and personal opinions are the prime examples
of how Persians or Iranians are so screwed up inside or outside
of that miserable land with their most screwed up history and culture
in the world. The rest of the world could careless about "Persian
vs. Iranian" and all their stupid arguments in difference!
* Iran encompasses all
Although an interesting artice, I believe the word Iran and Iranian
are more appropriate [Persian
vs. Iranian]. Persia comes from Pars, a province. I do not
agree that a country should be named after a province. It takes away
Balouchi, Arab, Turkish, etcetc identities away. Iran encompasses all
these identities into one universal multi-flowered, multicoloured garden.
The language is Parsi, but then this denegrades the beautiful local ethnic
languages, hence "I speak Iranian" (although it does sound
comical) is socially and politically better than "I speak Persian
/ Farsi / Parsi". The latter means that I am of a distinctly different
ethnicity, totally foreign to and apart from the other wonderful cultures
that have made Iran such a beautiful country with such rich culture and
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