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DoostIran DoostIran replied to comment:

Sadly, for the same reason that many Iranians in the west prefer to call themselves Persians rather than Iranians. For the same reason that Asghar Agha becomes Mike and Hossein Khan becomes Chuck.

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Lynx Lynx replied to comment:

Thank you Shlome,

Thank you for your support and no, I am not discouraged by the "totalitarian system admirers." The ability and courage to listen and not be offended is a virtue that we all need to practice more.

Governments do not from nations; people do. Regretfully, totalitarianism has been and still is an innate and accepted pattern in that part of the world. That will take time to change.

However, we need to communicate more until tolerance, freedom of thought and courage to listen becomes a norm. Without it, all hopes, if any, are lost. Read more

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Lynx Lynx posted a comment:

Thank you Shlome,

Thank you for your support and no, I am not discouraged by the "totalitarian system admirers." The ability and courage to listen and not be offended is a virtue that we all need to practice more.

Governments do not from nations; people do. Regretfully, totalitarianism has been and still is an innate and accepted pattern in that part of the world. That will take time to change.

However, we need to communicate more until tolerance, freedom of thought and courage to listen becomes a norm. Without it, all hopes, if any, are lost.
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SoosanKhanoom akaDarya posted a comment:

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing.

The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows.

Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors.

It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

David Foster Wallace, novelist, February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008 Read more

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Samanro Saman replied to comment:

Irans suicide rate isnt as bad as the u.s, and it has to do with financial troubles in Iran mostly, while americans have everything financially for the most part yet theyre still depressed, because money alone will not bring happiness. Read more

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ArvandRud Arvand Rud replied to comment:

With all due respect Dale, if you had read the words immediately following my comment that ''he was parliamentary appointed'', you would have noticed that it says: '' If we consider Mossadegh democratically elected, then we must take the same position regarding all of our prime ministers before and after his time in office.''

All of Iran's prime ministers were elected by the majles and then appointed by the shah.

I have nothing against Dr. Mossadegh. I consider him a nationalist who ultimately wanted the best for Iran just like the shah did. But I also know how popular the shah was in the 1950's. Dr. Mossadegh had failed to reach an agreement with Britain for almost a year and a half. The economy was devastated and millions of Iranians had come to hold Dr. Mossadegh's uncompromising and stubborn policies responsible for the tragic turn of events.

It has also been noted that most of the material written about the 1953 coup does not mention Dr. Mossadegh's multiple transgressions of Iran's constitution. His refusing to respect the shah's farman (order) ultimately dismissing him was completely illegal and undemocratic.

Please also read about the assassination of the previous prime minister by Islamist radicals and how this event tied into his long time bid for that office. You will notice how Dr. Mossadegh used street thugs in demonstrations in support of himself and his own connections with clerics like ayatollah Kashani that initially supported him.

You could also read about his ''referendum''. This was a referendum with no blind ballot box. ( As you probably know, that meant everyone, including the officers present at the voting station were able to see who people were voting for)

Khomeini, Stalen and Saddam Hussein used blind ballot boxes all of the time and would also claim 97% of the vote; just like Dr. Mossadegh did. Hitler was even, himself, parliamentary appointed and went on to become a dictator.

My point is that Dr. Mossadegh, just like the shah, went beyond the constitutional limits of his office to try and improve the lives of his people. One of them did succeed in improving the lives of Iranians. The other was remade in the minds of various leftist and pro- Mossadegh groups who wanted to tell a great story.

These leftist intellectuals created a myth about '' a democratic country prospering under a democratic leader who was removed by the evil imperialists who then brought misery and destruction to Iran by installing a puppet regime.''

Needless to say the American left-wing loves this myth. It justifies all of their anti- Imperialist talking points and it is rather easy to simply lump the shah together with real fascist puppets like Pinochet.

Not that I have any problems with the left. I believe the shah, himself, was inclined to sympathize with socialist causes like: Giving women equal rights as men; distribution of the former aristocrats' and mullahs' lands to the peasants; Iran's first social security program (1975); literacy programs and reinvestment of the oil profits to develope Iran's infrastructure ( which the Americans constantly warned him not to do); and more...

The shah was a nationalist who loved his country and wanted it to take its rightful place among the most advanced nations in the world. But he did make some mistakes. That is another post that I am willing to address if you want to talk about it.

I think you are a fairly intelligent person who is open to such discussions as long as we don't let it devolve into the type of name calling some other anti-Pahlavi dialogues have unfortunately become in the past. ( I'm not referring to you, but 2 or 3 people who you could probably guess the user names of, though I won't mention them) Read more

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