This summer, the famed Cyrus Scroll makes its long awaited rounds of the elite Iranian-American communities. On loan from it’s historically ironic home, the British Museum in London, and having passed through Washington DC, New York, and Houston, it now makes its way to San Francisco from August through September, ending it’s conquest of what is left of Iranian-American objection to tyranny in Los Angeles sometime in October.
It is certainly a curse, and the very best exemplification of the bane of Iranian freedom, or any lack thereof.
So called the “first declaration of human rights" by the UN as ordered to do so, by the former Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, as he donated it to the UN, in his quest to self promote, prestige, and legitimize 1970-era Iran as a right, proper, and valid member of the world community, back then in those happier days before Islam “modernized".
The sheer PR re-painting of Cyrus as a humanitarian of ancient times, from his real image as a ruthlessly efficient and violent conqueror, is nothing short of damning and completely counter to ANY desires by modern day Iranians to become free of the dynasties of monarchy that have systematically ravaged Iran in turn, even and especially couting this dynasty in power today, the dynasty of most foreign religion, and a forced God.
The celebration of this tour by the continually self absorbed and deluded Iranian-American wealthy and their apologetic ignorance of the true symbolism that this scroll conveys, is nothing short of a group syndrome of denial, an embodiment of “The emperor has no clothes" parable.
Mind you, free Iranians, free to think anything they want, in America today, are this blind. And do not see as questionable and stunningly embarrassing, their automatic worship and commercial advertisement of a symbol that NEVER granted them or the ancient Persians ANY of the so called “Rights" bestowed upon the Jews of Babylon.
Or that the scroll was not so much a human rights declaration, but rather more or less a standard tax payment and property rights assignment contract, made by Cyrus with the peoples he conquered, merely taking Babylon from the defeated previous King, declaring himself the new King, and giving back to the Jews of Babylon their original land and property once he had heard their grievances.
MOST importantly however, the scroll further contracts the newly restored Jews of Babylon, the responsibility of managing the collection and payment of Persian taxes, and to ensure that there was NO delay or interruption in the singular primary reason of sacking Babylon to begin with. With the firm reminder of the consequences, should Cyrus be required to return to Babylon “for any reason".
You see that is how Cyrus rolled. He did not wander all the way from ancient Persia, on horse/camel back, to Babylon, just to be nice and to free the Jews, or anyone else for that matter. Overwhelming force, combined with a spear-proof contract, to secure tax income. An extensive protection racket. Nothing more, nothing less.
Certainly not a “global declaration of human rights". If it was such a thing, then even the Iranian-Americans might have gotten the clue by now, that above all other people in the world, Iranians themselves, former Persians might deserve some of these rights.
Especially in Iran.