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Jan 11-15, 1999 / Dey 21-25, 1377


* Persian Gulf:
- The good guys & the bad guys


* War:
- Iraqi pilot showed mercy toward Shirazis
* Photos:
- In spite of
* Mojahedin:
- Rajavi & his "lunatic cult"
* Music:
- Wonderful "Scenes"
* Shah:
- Revolution's secular nature changed

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January 15, 1999

* The good guys & the bad guys

I want to commend Ali Nikseresht's letter, "Not the Arabian OR Persian Gulf." It's about time someone brought this issue to the surface. I don't want to reiterate his points here, but here in America you have a media and an entertainment industry that's quick to point out who the good guys and the bad guys are. America and its military, of course, are the good guys. And everyone who hasn't yet made peace with Israel is the bad guy.

It's sad how Americans -- educated and uneducated alike -- can't see beneath the surface. I had an uncle who worked for U.S. Air Force intelligence (point should be made that he only joined the Air Force because he needed money for college), and he was told by his own superiors that everything that the U.S. does overseas is underlined solely by America's natural interests; whatever serves their interests. Which of course, makes sense.

But people actually think the United States does what it does because of moral obligations, which is completely ridiculous and in fact laughable. Morality means nothing to the U.S. government or its military. As Mr. Nikseresht said, they do what they want, where they want, and when they want. They go into another country and tell the government of that country that they cannot fly their planes in their own airspace (never mind the legal basis of it), and then have the audacity of riding the moral high horse for doing so.

The U.S. regularly condemns other countries, especially Iran, for developing and amassing "weapons of mass destruction," but never says a thing to Israel -- a country with not just a large stash of their own dangerous weapons but also a country with one of the worst human rights records in the world.

I am an Iranian who has grown up in America all my life, but I'm not stupid. All you need to do is to get your information from the right sources and keep your eyes and ears open to know what's going on in the world; and then and only then will it emerge who the good and bad guys really are.

Nariman Neyshapouri

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January 14, 1999

* Iraqi pilot showed mercy toward Shirazis

Reading the introduction to the article titled "Kuzestan in San Diego", I was reminded of an Iraqi whom I met in Pittsburgh through a good friend, who also happens to be Iraqi. His name was Adnan and he had sought asylum in the U.S. after being captured by the American forces during the Persian Gulf War. He had escaped from Saddam's army but not before being shot in the back as he fled. Fortunately, due to his great physical stamina he had made it alive to make it to the American (Saudi) border to surrender. However, it was not his ordeal that left an impression on me, but rather his uncle's, about which he told me as soon as I told him that I was originally from Shiraz.

During the Iran-Iraq War, Adnan's uncle had been a pilot for the Iraqi Army. His last mission had been to bomb a bridge in Shiraz, but when his plane had neared the target, he noticed a large number of people on the bridge. So he started firing into the air with the hopes of warning the people and dispersing them from the bridge. However, the people remained in place and after circling for a few minutes, Adnan's uncle decided to return to Iraq without dropping his bombs. Unfortunately, upon landing in Iraq, Saddam had Adnan's uncle executed for disobeying orders and not carrying out his mission.

Mehdi Ghajarnia

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January 13, 1999

* In spite of

Stumbled onto your site. I lived in Tehran from '70 to '73 as a child. I have fond memories of the country. Thanks for the images. They brought back good times "IN SPITE" of...

Julian Vail

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January 12, 1999

* Rajavi & his "lunatic cult"

[In reply to Roshanravan's letter],

After reading your letter posted in The Iranian, I was astonished to notice your mentioning of the so-called "egg-throwers." You see, the Iranian people are not stupid. There is a distinction between traitors that cozy up with Saddam (during the war years and even today) and the people that are struggling to change the nature of Iranian society.

We have a chance with Khatami, we have our hopes with Khatami. No matter how much the Iranian exile community today hates the Islamic Republic, we will never ever consider Rajavi, his lunatic cult, and their Iraqi overlords as a possible alternative.

Mahmoud-Reza Hussaini

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* Wonderful "Scenes"

I just received Tabrizi Zadeh's "Scenes". I bought his CD after listening to the RealAudio clips you have on the music page, so thanks for the recommendation. It's a wonderful album.

D. B. Little

January 11, 1999

* Revolution's secular nature changed

[Regarding H. Jalili's letter: "The Shah made mistakes...":]

I completely and angrily object to your attempts at glorifying the previous regime and despising the 78-79 movement. I may agree with you in part, but would not attempt to forget about the crimes of the past dynasties.

The current reime did steal the revolution from the people and changed its historical, secular identity. It's hardly any justification for the ill deeds of the Shah and his N. American supporters.

Hamid Tadjvara
A left-oriented Persian & citizen of the world

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