Atomic Akhond

What can an ultra conservative Shi'a government do with nuclear weaponry?


Atomic Akhond
by LalehGillani

To the sound of an abba rustling over the floor, a white turban bobs in and out of view. A pulpit militant is surrounded by his entourage, awaiting the arrival of the Supreme Leader. At the sight of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the crowd parts, yielding every inch of the space to every movement of the white-turbaned Misbah Yazdi. He proceeds forward with ardent agility and swift strides only to fling himself on the ground. Humbly, he kisses the Supreme Leader’s feet, refusing to rise until he has dutifully paid his utmost respect to the Faqih (the Guardian).

A few years ago, Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi shocked the Islamic Republic’s inner circles with this performance conducted in front of flashing cameras and rolling camcorders. Publicly, the conservatives admired his selflessness but envied his prudence behind closed doors; the moderates snickered and dismissed the news of the event with curt replies. The shock, however, must not be attributed to the publicly captured humility of any ayatollah towards the Supreme Leader. On the contrary, such scenes are entirely common and dully expected. What caused the jolt was not the act itself but the stature of the man behind the act, his existing ominous authority and decisive clout, and more importantly, the absence of any apparent gain bestowed upon him.

To an outside observer, Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi might appear as a foolish opportunist seeking favors from the Supreme Leader. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, the white-turbaned pulpit militant needs anything but tokens of boon from the Faqih. For thirty years, Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi and brethren have incorporated an Islamic realm at the center of which sits the vision of a nuclear Iran, a dream that was born forty-two years ago to another man.

The Pahlavi Dynasty

In 1967, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, bought a five megawatt research reactor from the United States of America. Several Western powers including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany supported Shah’s nuclear energy program and provided reactors and technical training to young ambitious Iranian scientists. After signing and ratifying the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty in 1970, the Shah of Iran initiated a clandestine nuclear weapons foray parallel to the civil program.

Before long, Iran’s explicit intention to covertly develop weapons grade fuel and technical know-how to design and manufacture nuclear weaponry was reported by CIA and eventually by other intelligent services around the world. Although Western powers were aware of Iran’s clandestine nuclear program, subsequent U.S. administrations looked the other way while the last Persian monarch dreamed of attaining the role of Persian Gulf protectorate for his nation in the near future.

In the momentous summer of 1975, two weeks before the beginning of fall semester, forty two Iranian students arrived at Cambridge, Massachusetts and registered at the nuclear engineering department of MIT. The Nixon-Ford administration had instructed the United States Atomic Energy Commission to pave the way for their success. This elite group of young men was chosen by Dr. Kent Hansen, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, to attend one of the United State’s most prestigious schools in order to foster the first generation of nuclear scientists in Iran. In exchange, the Iranian government endowed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an unspecified sum of money in addition to furnishing all the required expenses. Three years later, after an intense course of study in the master’s program, the unholy union between MIT and the Shah of Iran gave birth to thirty five nuclear science graduates.

The Revolution

After the fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty in February of 1979, Iran’s civil and covert nuclear programs lay dormant until Hojateah, a secretive and ultra conservative Shi'a society, attempted to revive the endeavor. Emboldened by the rise of an Islamic theocracy, Hojateah set out to capture key political and administrative positions throughout the country in order to gain control over Iran’s local and national affairs. Unlike other active political groups yearning to capture headlines, Hojateah leaders were rarely seen or heard of publicly. Instead, they diverted their attention and abundant energy to build an elite army of faithfuls equipped with ironclad spiritual devotion and temporal nuclear weaponry.

In the years immediately following the revolution of 1979, under the leadership of its founder, Sheikh Mahmoud Halabi, Hojateah refused to recognize Imam Khomeini as such and ridiculed his aspiration to be the lone emissary of the Hidden Imam. Since its inception in 1953, Hojateah leadership has motivated its members by advocating an apocalyptic vision of the world, appearing to be resolutely awaiting the arrival of the twelfth Imam of Shi'a. This ploy has been most effective in mobilizing the Shi'a faithful against the Bahá’í religion. Not surprisingly, the brutal oppression of the Bahá'í faith has been and remains to this day one of the top priorities of this ultra conservative Shi'a society.

Oddly enough, Imam Khomeini disapproved of Hojateah and its apocalyptic clamor and ordered its dissolution in 1984. Faithful to the rank and file, the leadership of Hojateah once again went underground in order to escape yet another era of persecution but continued to bide its time to resurface. In the ensuing months, the secretive society was brutally crushed by Imam Khomeini until the Islamic Republic became entangled in a military stalemate with Iraq.

The Plan

In 1981, Saddam Hussein, with the implied blessings of the international community, unleashed his army’s chemical and biological wrath on innocent Iranians for the first time. As the war progressed, the images of mangled bodies flashed on every television set around the country, and the death toll began to rise exponentially. By 1985, the talk of ending the war plagued Imam Khomeini’s inner circle. Spurning the peaceful advances of Iran’s moderate clergy, with a singular nod of his head, the Supreme Leader eventually paved the way for the hardliners to cement their power in the key positions of the government. In exchange, the war with Iraq was to be continued indefinitely.

When the news reached the top lieutenants of Hojateah, a blazing flash of relief trickled down their spine. Their nuclear aspirations would no longer be hindered by a regime that was now entangled in two fronts: fighting a war against an outside aggressor while crushing political opponents within. The stage was set for the conception of atomic akhond.

Despite leaving the crumbling façade of moderation behind, Imam Khomeini’s distaste for the secretive society remained intact. Consequently, instead of making a direct attempt at seizing power, the prudent leaders of Hojateah relegated their ambitions to four main projects while awaiting Imam Khomeini’s inevitable demise due to old age.

The first project was to obtain nuclear weapons technology from the international black market in order to build a uranium enrichment facility and purchase centrifuge components. In 1986, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, visited Iran to lay the foundation for the illicit nuclear weapons technology transfer. By the end of 1987, Iran had established a large uranium enrichment facility using gas centrifuges identical to Dr. Khan’s Pak-1 model.

The tightly interlaced web of international black market responsible for the proliferation of nuclear technology to Iran spans the globe. From American companies to Israeli businessmen, from Dubai computer corporations to German middlemen, from Malaysian government to Dutch exporters, they have all been implicated in defying the international restrictions and legal bans. The world at large has been complicit in selling nuclear devices to the Islamic Republic. The collective deeds of this proliferation ring have nourished and hence fostered the full development of atomic akhond in the womb of our motherland.

The second project focused on gaining control over the politico-economic, Mafia-like, authoritarian force creeping into existence since 1979. Prior to the establishment of the Islamic theocracy in Iran, Shi'a clergy’s lifeline was supported by the donations of devout Muslim businessmen who voluntarily endowed 20% of their profits to local mosques and charity organizations. After the revolution, various Islamic foundations (bonyads) were formed to seize and redistribute the accumulated wealth of apostate capitalists. Before long, a handful of bonyads became multinational conglomerates and commercial enterprises generating billions of dollars in annual revenue. Once bonyads became more than slush funds for mullahs and their cronies, Hojateah took notice and sought its share of the pie together with the real levers of authority to sustain the flow of income.

The third project was to build the necessary infrastructure to identify, recruit and retain upper and middle class Iranians with strong religious convictions. For the success of this endeavor, Hojateah leadership had to literally look down the street towards Tehran’s Alavi Institute. Since its inception in 1956, the only objective of the Alavi Institute has been to breed an intellectual religious elite whose sole purpose is to contend with and pacify the secular erudite of Tehran.

True to its original goal, the admission committee of the Alavi Institute has opted for the cream of the crop through intense background checks, entrance examinations, and a discriminating interview process. In the last thirty years, by funneling unlimited funds to the Alavi Institute, Hojateah has successfully created a fraternity of intellectuals fortified with impenetrable religious core and passion. Amidst the ever changing face of the contemporary world, the Alavi Institute has become the modern bastion of Shi'a resilience and morphing image.

To sustain the long term needs of these elite members, societal security and safety nets together with lavish luxuries have also been conjured. For example, the largest and most specialized hospital in Iran, Khatam ol Anbia, has been fortified with an isolated floor that caters only to the upper echelons of Hojateah and their families. Trustworthy doctors are summoned to treat the admitted patients who still live with the fear of being poisoned or murdered unexpectedly, a fate that abruptly ended the lives of Shi'a Imams centuries ago.

The fourth project was to create a cobweb of blood brethren whose intertwined interests will forever bind them together. Through carefully orchestrated marriages and appointments, the key political, military, and financial positions in the Islamic Republic of Iran are awarded to the members of one big, happy family at the head of which sits the secretive, ultra conservative Shi'a society, accountable to no one and immune from the reaches of mere mortals.


Today, destiny continues to pause at the crossroads of history, contemplating the fate of our nation. Meanwhile Iranian political activists are grimly plunging deeper and deeper into a tailspin, attempting to unravel the phenomenon of atomic akhond. Some have joined the neo-conservative choir of “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” Others are emboldened by the prospect of a nuclear homeland, puffing their chests with national pride. Yet, there are those who are utterly bewildered and are admittedly unprepared to confront the new face of a formidable foe. Many prescriptions have been written, and much energy has been devoted to the topic.

Similar to thirty years ago, Iranian political activists have been caught off guard by the resourcefulness, sheer survival skills, and momentum of the Shi'a machinery. Intellectuals from all walks of life have been reduced to mere pawns in the hands of mullahs who continue to receive the brunt of jokes and ridicules from the secular community. Once again, the joke is on us: Come hell or high water, the Islamic Republic of Iran will attain nuclear armaments. The question that still remains unanswered is this: What can an ultra conservative Shi'a government do with nuclear weaponry?

An intelligent answer to this question necessitates not only a deep understanding of the past and the present political environment in Iran, it also demands a non trivial knowledge of the Shi’a history and its political ambitions. Only through a concerted effort, it becomes possible to step away from the existing hype and fear mongering of Western analysts and media, the so-called experts who not until recently were aware of the centuries-old chasm between Islam’s two major sects.

Historically, the Shi'a clergy has proved to be the consummate survivor, the nimble, cunning power player outlasting its ideological and political opponents, constantly adapting to the turmoil of any era through ruthless pragmatic maneuvering. From the very outset of the current nuclear initiative, Shi’a clergy was preparing for turbulent times accurately predicted by Hojateah leadership. Nonetheless, we must not allow the profound paradox that exists between Shi'a’s prophetic forecast, on the one hand, and mullahs’ aspirations for survival, on the other hand, cloud our judgment.

Although the hardliners’ vision of tomorrow is shrouded in secrecy and apocalyptic rants, one thing is clear: Those who run the Islamic Republic of Iran have no desire to die. Contrary to their end-of-days rhetoric, they crave an everlasting earthly life to savor the fruits of their labor. Along the same lines, the apocalyptic ramblings of Hojateah together with Ahmadinejad’s pious messages dropped down Jamkaran’s holy well are for the public consumption in order to rekindle the Shi'a fervor amongst the rank and file. This end-of-days oratory is meant to mend the broken pieces of Shi’a emissary shattered by thirty years of corruption, thievery, mass murders, cruelty, and greed.

Similar to the war with Iraq, atomic akhond will use the attainment of nuclear technology to rally the masses and infuse much needed pride into the hearts of an entrapped nation yearning freedom from the dark ages of inquisitors. Simultaneously, the secular voices within the society will be isolated and their nationalistic urges pacified. Furthermore, with the accomplishment of nuclear technology and weaponry, Shi'a intellectuals will forever interweave their legacy with the glory of scientific achievements albeit stolen or purchased. Last but not least, in the international arena, the possession of nuclear weaponry will eventually solidify the Islamic Republic’s rank amongst reluctant foreign powers and will serve as a deterrent factor towards outside aggressors.

At the end, while Iranian political activists are debating the merits of supporting or opposing the dawn of atomic akhond, Hojateah is preparing to leap forward into the next chapter of its history, a fate furtively perceived to be inevitable but uniquely exposed by a kiss: After all, Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi’s kiss was not a trivial attempt at self-effacement. That kiss was the ultimate affirmation of a Faqih’s celestial power and the final indication that Hojateah has its eyes on the office of the Supreme Leader.

For Iran’s moderate Shi'a clergy, that kiss might have also been the kiss of death…


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by Khoda Parast (not verified) on

Are any of the so called technological advances going to help us with the clearing our nation from the widespread drug addiction, unemployment, inflation, government corruption, bribery, hatred among people, lies, and etc. Slogans like yours are nothing more than hollow “Show-R” void of any substances. Like of Khomeini’s and his colons’. Deliver a proof rather than talking empty. Suppose we have an atomic bomb tomorrow. Then what? What can kind of technological advances are you talking about if we steal others’ or perfect ourselves in nuclear sciences? We import wheat and rice for example to feed the people and then we are spending billions to buy or to build military equipment. Is that your definition of an advanced “Shia Iran?” Rather than following some akhonds/moolahs blindly go & spend time reading Quran and find out by yourself whether a true Muslim could call himself/herself a Shia or a Sunni or Hojatee or a Kissasser, or etc. A child should learn soon in his/her life that kissing hands or bowing down to a human being is wrong even that be a father or mother & whether it be for respect , or appreciation or for following a so called “tradition.”. Do not ever to justify somebody’s wrong action whether it is symbolic or a gun has been his/her head to do it.


The line in the sand

by SamSamIIII on


The only relevent fact is the line in the sand separating Two camps . On one side , those who stand on the side of Rostam , Khosru & true Iran  and on the other side , the 1st line of bastards in command , Arabo Ommatie seeds of Qadesiyeh  & cultural pimps of status que Ommatie occupation . the rest are just never ending elevator music .

Cheers Laleh jaan & best wishes !!!




امام خمینی در مورد حجتیه می فرمایند:


"دیروز مقدس نماهای بی شعور میگفتند دین از سیاست جداست و مبارزه با شاه حرام است، امروز می گویند مسوولین نظام کمونیست شده اند. تا دیروز مشروب فروشی و فساد و فحشا و فسق و حکومت ظالمان برای ظهور امام زمان مفید و راه گشا می دانستند. امروز از این که در گوشه ای خلاف شرعی که هرگز خواست مسوولین نیست رخ می دهد، فریاد وا اسفاها سر می دهند. دیروز حجتیه ای ها مبارزه را حرام کرده بودند و در بحبوحه مبارزات تمام تلاش خود را نمودند تا اعتصاب چراغانی نیمه شعبان را به نفع شاه بشکنند، امروز انقلابی تر از انقلابیون شده اند. ولایتی های دیروز که در سکوت و امروز خود را بانی و وارث ولایت نموده، حسرت ولایت دوران شاه را می خورند. با تحجر خود آبروی اسلام و مسلمین را ریخته اند و در عمل پشت پیامبر اهل بیت عصمت و طهارت را شکسته اند و عنوان ولایت برایشان جز تکسب و تعیش نبوده است."



Jaleho Aziz

by Albert (not verified) on

Please ... Could you mind your language today? It's Jesus' Resurrection. Please show a little bit of respect - Seriously!!


Regurgitated Amir Taheri VOMIT!!

by Jaleho on

Did these people feel the same way when all the Shah's deputies used to hold their "tokhm" in front of Shahanshah, bending to kiss Araymehr's hands with their fancy frocks? Or is  asskissing OK so far as it is western and chic? At least when it comes to religion, tradition uphold it a little like a child kissing and elder's hand in respect in exchange for unconditional parental love. Less disgusting than Shah's arrogant head up, walking with and extended hand to be kissed by all "nookars."

Now, the "kiss" was just a cheap image the author tried to use to juice up the garbage that followed, and to have a "pretty" end line, haha! The rest of the writing is obviously a reflection of a vanishing minority who is running against MILLIONS of Iranians who are for Iran's advancement in every technological aspect. It is true that by every step that Iran's nuclear program advances, people like the author find themselves in a more diminishing minority, and stick to more pathetic and useless efforts!

As far as "Shia" Iran reaching its goals, "stolen or copied," all I have to say is this:

Ta chem hasood beterekeh!



by GulfPersian (not verified) on

Firstly, it takes a great deal of uber arrogance and self-dilusion to call oneself "Ostaad."

Secondly, the self-proclaimed "Ostaad" writes: "But the question is, so what? Any and all this info had been available publicly and although there's always the possibility that some might have missed it, at least the people I know are aware of all this."

The people you know... Well, excuse the rest of us, "Ostaad," for not hanging out in the circles of people that you know. Actually, thank GOD I don't know the kinds of people you know. If I did, I just might find myself in the seedy business of supporting the continuation and the survival of the abomination that is the Islamic Republic of Iran.

And Islam-haters are not bigots, but rather, mihan parasts, who love Iran and only Iran. Do you find something wrong with that?

Sarzamine Man


by Sarzamine Man on

Please do not insult Shepish, shipish has more respect in the world than akhonds and their backward supporter, there is a extensive debate  for finding right word for these people but unfortunatelty we have not a dirty word in our language yet to call these thugs.


Laleh & Ostaad

by Khoda Parast (not verified) on

Having had no dispute from the first time reading your article just wished that you had quoted here & there from Quran:
1)Faqih is nowhere defined in Quran as Guardian. The word Faqih rather describes a person who uses his intellect & reasoning to think what is written in Quran or even in the Bible & the Torah. Perhaps you meant Vali which among many of its meanings you could have Guardian. That is one of the exclusive attributions of God. Anyone picks a different Guardian is committing an unforgiving sin of “Shirk.”
2)No divisions or sects in Islam is allowed in Quran (Surah 30, Ayeh 30-32 as example)
3)Hojateehe, Shia, Sunni, Vahabi etc. are all man made. There is no word of “MAZHAB” anywhere in Quran.
4)Breaking up of Din or religion (Islam as an example) results in nothing except more discord & bloodshed.
5)Ask any of Hojateeh or Shia’s cults’ believers any proof of their claims from Quran & they will not be able to except by relying on vague Revayat, Ahadith,,Tafseers & hearsays.
6)The on-going infighting among sects in Iraq should bring us this question up: Was not 8 years of bloodshed between Iran & Iraq a religious war? Are we going to be a more blessed nation if we one day adjoin Najaf & Karbla to our territories?
7)A lot more to say but life is too short for that. God keeps tracks of the details.
8)Only & only God knows what is hidden in every heart.



by Kurdish Warrior (not verified) on

Great article as always. since Shia relgion took over Iran it has done many of us nothing but harm. They have forced their Imams upon us so that we can believe in them which is a totally out of order. I just hope idiots like Meshah yazdi who believe in chaos in order for their mahdi to show up won't come to an absolute power.


Dear Ostaad:

by LalehGillani on

Thank you for your honest reply. I appreciate it. You can call me anything you want. I don’t hold a grudge. I think I do deserve some of the words used to describe me. It isn’t a secret that I have written articles and blogs against the Shi'a religion. I understand why you consider me a bigot because I ask myself a simple question: How would you react if someone writes articles against women, Iranian people, or Iranian women?

Regarding item number 1, have you watched the video of Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi? In my post titled “The Kiss,” I provided a link to it. Here is the link again:


I haven’t fabricated the account of the event or the video. The video was posted by a devout Muslim. Please read the information connected to the video to verify its source and the intention behind posting it.


I am disputing nothing, except one

by Ostaad on

I have never said there are no facts in you piece.  My answer to 2-13 is unequivocally yes. I assure you that I feel no anger towards you at all. I have called you "culturally semi-literate" for a reason. As you clarified later, you were only connecting the dots.  Of course you had managed to connect the dot. But the question is, so what? Any and all this info had been available publicly and although there's always the possibility that some might have missed it, at least the people I know are aware of all this.

What you hadn't done, instead of just connecting the useless dots, was to learn how some proper names are spelled and what are the pertinent traditions, like, as much as I abhor Mesbah Yazdi (an Iranian cartoonist had to go to jail for drawing him as a crock), a high ranking clergy NEVER kisses the feet of anyone.  It's just silly even consider writing such things.

BTW, I have read you anti-Eslam rants too. And because of them, I called you a bigot. Points are adding up. 


re: laleh

by MehrdadJF (not verified) on

I did not say that I disagreed with your post. But Amir Taheri is a dodgy fella. You should quote from more reputable sources.


What Are You Disputing?

by LalehGillani on

Please help me understand something: What exactly are you disputing? Are you saying any or all of the following?

1. Ayatollah Misbah Yazdi didn’t kiss the Supreme Leader’s feet.
2. Iranian students were never sent to MIT to study nuclear engineering.
3. Shah of Iran had no desire to build nuclear weaponry.
4. Hojateah doesn’t exist.
5. Hojateah doesn’t have power in Iran.
6. There is no Alavi Institute.
7. Alavi Institute’s admission process isn’t selective.
8. Alavi Institute recruits poor Moslem children to give them a chance for a better education.
9. There are no Shi'a intellectuals trained and groomed by IRI.
10. Khatam ol Anbia doesn’t have an isolated floor catering to IRI officials.
11. IRI officials visit the local clinics to get medical treatment like the rest of the population in Iran.
12. There are no bonyads in Iran.
13. Bonyads didn’t confiscate any wealth after the revolution.
14. Bonyads are charity organizations giving to the poor and needy.
15. Bonyads don’t generate billions of dollars in revenue.
12. IRI has no desire to build and own nuclear weaponry.
13. There is no blood tie between various IRI officials.

I totally understand your anger at me if you are an IRI supporter and would like to discredit me by any means. Please don’t hold back.

If you aren’t an IRI supporter and would like to have an intelligent discussion, I would like to know what facts you are disputing.


Amir Taheri

by LalehGillani on

Please read the content of sourchwatch carefully. The reputated items are related to two subjects:

Color Code for Iran’s Infidels
Iran’s Ambassador to UN

None of these subjects are included in my article. If Taheri’s background and reputation makes you uncomfortable, please read other pieces written about Hojateah. A good book is Factional Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran by Mehdi Moslem. A common trend amongst all of these books and articles is one fact: Hojateah’s thirst for power.


lol at your sources Laleh

by MehrdadJF (not verified) on

have you any idea who Amir Taheri is?


This guy is a shahi neoconservative hawk who wants iran bombed.


Dear Laleh


Thank you for providing the resources. I'll take the time to look at them, and let you know what I think.

I do have one advice for you: This is a highly charged, and sensitive subject. An article like this, hits a nerve with some who are supportive of the regime in Iran in general, and sympathetic to the cause of Hojjatiyeh in particular. Therefore, take some of these comments below with a grain of salt, especially those who attack you personally.

Thanks again. Please keep up the good work!!




خدا پرست، با شما هم عقیده هستم: یکی از سه اصل بزرگ اسلام شناخت پروردگار یکتا است. در اسلام سجده به خدای یکتا مجاز است.

"فقط براى خدا سجده كنيد. از نشانه هاي قدرت او شب و روز و خورشيد و ماه است، خورشيد و ماه را سجده نكنيد، بلكه خداوند را كه آنها را آفريده است سجده كنيد."

Shazde Asdola Mirza

این هم بگذرد، خطاب به آخوند‌های اتمی‌!

Shazde Asdola Mirza


هم مرگ بر جهان شما نیز بگذرد

هم سختی کمان شما نیز بگذرد

چون داد عادلان به جهان در بقا نکرد،

بیداد ظالمان شما نیز بگذرد.


Just a thought!!

by Los Angeles Dude (not verified) on

Dear Ms. Gilani,

I have also read your piece and I must admit most of the objections from readers would prevail and sustain in academic, cultural, and political writings. It would have certainly better served the audience if presented in Fox News. According to one of the issues you raise here, “What can an ultra conservative Shi'a government do with nuclear weaponry?” your concern seems to be about a shi’a government with nuclear weaponry. A review of your previous postings on this site //
reveals a strong bias against the shi’a fraction of Islam in general.


Laleh jan: There is nothing

by mostviewed (not verified) on

Laleh jan: There is nothing wrong with your sources. The IRI apologists do not accept any other sources unless it's issuef from VEVAK or SAVAM or MOIS or CASMII OR some other IRI lobby.

Keep on exposing these vermins.


Ostaad, I have smelt a few rats too ...

by mehrnaz (not verified) on

here and there. And what you say makes sense to any self-respecting Iranian who knows the language!!! However, in the case of this 'poetess' lady, she is also semi-literate, from the discussions I have had with her. Her style of writing and her arguments have always indicated that she is not well-informed, even on the issues she rants bigotry and her 'education' and 'sources of information' are largely confined to cheap propaganda sites on the internet. She is continuously spewing venom against Islam and is giving Aryans too a bad name for sheer ignorance. Cheers.


With sources like that....!

by Landanneshin (not verified) on

I owe an apology to the writer for not knowing that, to start with, she is a political activist,and also for not knowing that she,apparantly, bases her research on a certain type of writings put on the internet which she calls "a wealth of information" but I'd call, at best, subjective and misleading, and at worst, a bundle of misinformation fed by certain institutes with sources not very difficult to guess.

Ms. Gillani, you warn your fellow friends in the "opposition" to understand the true nature of the clergy in power and not get so ecstatic (my word)by calling them Akhound Shepeshoo etc. But don't forget that most of those internet sources you rely on for your works are the main proponents of that idea.


Great Article

by Korosh (not verified) on

Dear Laleh,

Great article! It is concise,informative,historically accurate and eloquently written. Thank you also for the references.

The best outcome of an atomic akhond we can hope for is self destruction.


oostad: You better back up

by sickofiri (not verified) on

oostad: You better back up your accusations with valid evidence.


You and Landaneshin dossier is far more interesting than any pro-zionist Iranian or non-Iranians.

You both should be ashamed of yourself for supporting the criminal official thugs in Iran.


Astute landanneshin,

by Ostaad on

First, where have you been, homie? How's landan, still foggy? I like your feedback and here is mine:

There are other signs of plagiarism and sloppiness in this "piece". The author, as you pointed out, shows concern for "our country" hoping we'd believe he/she is an Iranian - using an Iraninan sounding nom-de-plume is supposed to help too. But he/she spells Mesbah's name as "Misbah" (the old Temsah), and Hojjattiyeh as "Hojateah" (very wierd!) and to crown all this she/he feels it's necessary to explain to the readers, most of whom I'm assuming are Iranians or must be very familiar with Iranian affairs, that "Mohammed" Reza Pahlavi was the "Shah of Iran"!!! The picture accompanying this "piece" is plain stupid, to say the least.

Do you smell a rat as I do? But then again, the poster may BE an Iranian but a culturally semi-literate one.



by LalehGillani on

There is a wealth of information on the internet to assist the reader. The best place to start is with the links below. However, you must expand your research if you are interested in a particular topic. Additionally, please don’t limit your search in English. In some cases, you will find articles and documents written in Farsi richer and more interesting.

The Kiss:

Iranian students at MIT:

Iran’s Nuclear Program:

International Nuclear Black Market:

Khatam ol Anbia:
The information about Khatam ol Anbia is an insider tip. Someone in the hospital has been nosing around.


Alavi Institute:

1. //
2. //
3. The State and Revolution in Iran 1962-1982 by Hossein Bashiriyeh
4. Parliamentary Politics in Revolutionary Iran by Bahman Baktiari
5. Iran’s Second Islamic Revolution: //
6. The Spirit of Allah by Amir Taheri
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Hojateah & Imam Khomeini


My Motivation

by LalehGillani on

Almost all of the information provided in this article is publicly available on the internet. I simply connected the dots. I will post a few sources shortly.

Once a military general told me, “To defeat an enemy, you must become the enemy.” Iranian political activists who oppose IRI don’t know what they are dealing with. The majority of us still view mullahs as dirty, pesky, little vermin who must be crushed. This arrogant attitude has resulted in a flawed understanding of the situation on the ground.

In this article, I attempted to show the dynasty that mullahs have built. The nuclear program is just a small portion of their reign, and it has been blown out of proportion by Western analysts. We, Iranian political activists, have more to worry about.


Hell Akhond ("Akhond'e Jahami")

by KHODA PARAST (not verified) on

“He proceeds forward with ardent agility and swift strides only to fling himself on the ground. Humbly, he kisses the Supreme Leader’s feet, refusing to rise until he has dutifully paid his utmost respect to the Faqih (the Guardian).”
Utmost respect?? Sign of humility or selflessness?? NO. NO. NO & an absolute NO to the eternity.
God forbid. Those were the signs of idol worshipping in pre-Islam era.
A believer Muslim never ever bows down, kisses hands, or worse than of them all prostrates himself/herself down (“Sojdeh”) to another mortal human's feet. Quran strongly prohibits such acts and states that whoever commits those grave sins will have no chance of forgiveness ever from GOD and the hell fire is his/her final abode.


The Kiss

by LalehGillani on

The only posted, public video of the event is available at:


I watched another private video taken from a different angle. That video was my inspiration for writing this piece. I will provide more sources in another post.


An overplayed hand!?

by Landanneshin (not verified) on

'Must give it to you Ms.Gillani! very clever indeed; starting in the style of an extensively researched project into the life and times of Hojattiyeh and it's timeless,demonic and indefinite objectives, in the hope of leading and convincing the reader of your main objective,ie. Beware Demons With Nukes!

If I may say so, the main problems with your initially persuassive- and well written piece, are first, giving it an "eyewitness" style account of events with no sourcing, and half way in, in order to hammer in your main objective,you fall into the realm of fantasy and unadulterated speculation.

Also,if this is indeed your analysis and conviction, may I be audacious enough to suggest in future avoid using derogetary and emotive terms such as "Akhund" or "our country"; as such, they're are real give aways!