Iran, hope: one crack at a time


Iran, hope: one crack at a time
by Multiple Personality Disorder

One day I was writing a blog about pajamas and other things.  It took me several hours to finish it, with the links and mixtures of English and Farsi texts, and no more than 15 minutes after I posted it I see a blog inviting contributors to write about their hopes for the future of Iran.  Hell, if I knew I would have started that blog with the words "One day” and continued on by saying “One day I saw a man wearing pajamas in a court room in Iran. ...", and made it relate to these series.  I could still go back and change it around and tailor it for this invitation, but hell no, my blog is already 'featured', and if I change it, it will drop off the featured blogs, beside I'm talented enough to just make up stuff as I go and contribute something.

One day Pandora...  Have you ever heard of Pandora's Box?  Well, in Greek mythology, Pandora, the first woman, had a box full of evils.  One day she opens the box and let loose all the evils of mankind, except hope.  Apparently she opened the box out of curiosity, not that she wanted to be mean or anything like that, but regardless, without hope the whole world was filled with despair, hardship, and misery.  But one day she finally opens the box and releases hope also.  I believe hope in Iran is release already.  We have gone through  a long period of despair already, we had an illiterate president called George W. Bush that had no idea what he was doing so he let his aides yack back and forth at each other then he would decide which non-sense idea to pick from.  He was basically a coin, tossed in the air, if it came head he would decide this way, if it came tail he would decide the other way.  So one day they tossed the coin in the air to decide whether to invade Iran or Iraq, and we got lucky that it was tail and they invaded Iraq, but it could've easily been head and the war came our way.  So then we had eight years of these kinds of stuff, like calling us Axes of Evil for years.  So basically what he was doing was to open the box and let all the evils out, that’s why we were the axes of evil to him!  So, during those eight years there was no hope, only evil.  That’s when Khamenei selected Ahmadinejad to be the next elected president of Iran, and as you can see this also confirms that there was no hope back then.

Another indication that there was no hope back then is that Ahmedinejad dropped the names of his cabinet members in Imam Zaman’s well in Jamkaran to get his personal approval, and also he said there was a halo on top of his head at the United Nations when he was delivering his speech.  These are only a couple of indications that there was no hope back then.  I can go on and on, his denial of Holocaust, his belief in the appearance of Imam Zaman, him having Mesbah Yazdi as his mentor..., on and on.  This went on for almost four years, simultaneous lack of hope in the USA and Iran at the same time, that's what simultaneous is, it happens here and there at the same time.  So then Pandora opens the Pandora's Box a little and an African-American man by the name Hussein is elected, and he sends a NOrooz greetings to the Iranians, and by now you think I should have 750 words but I don't, so then the Iranian ruling Mullah says no, khar hammon khareh, faghat paloonesh avas shodeh (the donkey is the same donkey, only his pack-saddle is changed).  So, there was still no hope till election time in Iran, but even then the majority of the people in Iran did not want to participate in the election, and the regime knew it too, so then they decided to have live debates between the candidates in national television, and I don't exactly know when it was that the Pandora's Box was opened again and hope was released and people voted for someone that was not what the Supreme Leader wanted them to choose.

My hope is to change this regime one piece at a time, without further bloodshed, without this regime turning into a military state where the politicians are installed in power by the generals.  The outcome could be as horrific as total purge of the opposition movement's top leaders with killings of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people, but I hope for gradual tear and wear of the regime till they are gone.

Thank God (if there is one) I surpassed 750 words.  


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by anonymous111.2 on

As I have said before, you are a great writer.  Enjoyed reading the always.


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by Monda on

i spent my lunch break reading your hope and didn't even think about getting lunch! that's intense, for me! i'm going to email your links to colleagues who wonder why the hell i've been laughing like a maniac.


I wonder too

by sima on

Where in the world did hope suddenly appear from? It seemed so dead for so long.

Nazy Kaviani


by Nazy Kaviani on

Thank you for this interesting read. You are lucky people like you so much. What you have said is what a lot of reformists in Iran believe. You are lucky people haven't rushed to call you "an apologist" for wanting precious human lives preserved through the change. I, too, believe that the most significant and lasting change comes through an evolution and not a revolution. I believe Iranian people's awakening and evolution is in full swing and everyone should stand back and let them take care of their movement, as they seem to be doing without anyone's help.

Thank you for accepting the invitation, my friend. The 750 word number was put in to encourage people to write, even if they don't have a long piece to contribute. If you wrote 7,500 words, I would still read every one of them. No word police on duty. Thanks again.

Multiple Personality Disorder

Duh! Maximum of 750 words!

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

I just realized I didn't have to write a minimum of 750 words for this essay!

Nazy Kaviani's invitation blog says "2. Your written pieces should be no more than 750 words."

Oh well, I went over 750 words and I'm NOT going to shorten it now.  Is there like a Word Count Police in this website that's going to shorten my piece, since it went over?


My Act of Solidarity With

by vildemose on


Iran at the Crossroads of

by vildemose on

Iran at the Crossroads of History" is a recent HuffPost by the first president of Iran after the 1979 revolution:

"The regime's own cadres oppose Ahmadinejad, and the deepening economic crisis has both deprived the regime of resources and spurred further public discontent. This has provided an opening in which the Iranian people can determine the outcome of the struggle.

If the Iranian people cease resisting, times will become even harder; if they continue, their uprising will be transformed into a full-fledged revolution. This would make the establishment of democracy a real possibility. All indications now point to the Iranians' determination to see this uprising through."

-- Abdhassan Bani-Sadr, writing in Huffington Post, July 31, 2009

che khabar e


by che khabar e on

You never cease to amaze.  :-)  Very well written.  Thanks for reminding us that hope is never gone.


Excellent job. I do think

by vildemose on

Excellent job. I do think Iran will end up being a Talbanesque military dictatorship like N.Korea if Iranian people and the reformer officials are arrested or executed one by one.


Military style

by Anonymouse on

Military style Government ala Pakistan or Thailand is a nightmare scenario which unfortunately can happen.  But as far as "hope" is concerned there is always hope and nothing can stop it.  You can even have hope for your dinner as bread! 

Everything is sacred.

Azarin Sadegh

Dear MPD,

by Azarin Sadegh on

Great blog, as always!

Some of your personalities are just silly, and a few are desperate, but the one who wrote this one, I think, should be the wise, the visionary, the leader! Let this one speak more, to give hope to all those other "you"s, and to us too!

Thanks for sharing your hope with us,

Azarin, your fan 

Anahid Hojjati

Great article, Dear MPD

by Anahid Hojjati on

Multiple, that was interesting the way that you discuss Pandora's box in your article.  I sometimes open Panora's box or even boxes.

ex programmer craig


by ex programmer craig on

With all these boxes being opened, it's a miracle nobody accidentally let Iron Man out yet :o


Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
Well just pass him there
Why should we even care?

He was turned to steel
In the great magnetic field
Where he traveled time
For the future of mankind

Nobody wants him
He just stares at the world
Planning his vengeance
That he will soon unfold

Now the time is here
For iron man to spread fear
Vengeance from the grave
Kills the people he once saved

Nobody wants him
They just turn their heads
Nobody helps him
Now he has his revenge

Heavy boots of lead
Fills his victims full of dread
Running as fast as they can
Iron man lives again!



my head is spinning

by fozolie on

after reading that, for someone with so many disorders I liked the conclusion.

Mr. Fozolie