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The Legend of the Centrist Iranian Politician

Balatarin

Iranian folklore has its unicorn, too.  Oral tradition conveys the story of a middle-aged man, sporting a white-haired beard and turban, who walked the streets of Tehran. He was kind and open-minded; he spoke poetically, and with respect.  His smile was mesmerizing, and his eyes were the windows into a soul filled with integrity, spirituality and humanity.

 

Sounds eerily similar to Hassan Rouhani, does it not?

 

But a legend is a legend—unicorns do not exist, and neither do truly centrist, moderate Iranian politicians, as long as the Islamic Republic holds the reigns.

 

We can’t let our Disney-emphasized culture navigate our understanding of the world.  There is something about Disney cartoons which has led us to think unicorns might just exist!  That a knight in shining armor is waiting for us, if we kiss enough frogs. That evil stepmothers will, in the end, be defeated.  That magic exists. But the Islamic Republic of Iran is not a Disney Movie, and we mustn’t allow ourselves to just hope and wish that the mythical, legend of a creature; a truly fair-moderate-Iranian politician under the Islamic Regime, will/has appear/ed from the woodwork to stand up to all the evil in the land.

 

Iranians at home, as well as those abroad, have waited long enough for another true King Cyrus, another King of Kings (but of course, in an entirely democratic and modern sense). We have faced lying clerics, and a degrading government.  We have faced property-confiscations and state-sponsored racism.  We have faced sleepless nights, yet workless days. We have braved so much, and thus shouldn’t allow anyone to fool us now.  We shouldn’t allow ourselves to see in Rouhani what we want so badly to see, rather we should recognize him for who he is— for the ongoing public executions, for the ensuing lack of free speech in Iran, and for still picking Nuclear Weapons, over the prosperity of his people—just to name a few.

 

We’re tired of putting up a fight just to get by; to have to jump through hoops to use social media, or be scared to pursue a career in journalism.  No one should be scared to follow their god, or face harassment when they leave the house, because the Morality Police was in a bad mood. Yes, we are so sick of this! But we also can’t jump the gun and put our faith into Rouhani, when in reality and in fact, he simply is not a moderate, no matter how much people may say so.

 

Some things will always just be too good to be true.

 

 

 

Originally published on JahanMagazine.com

 

by Sofia Moray

Balatarin

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Parvin3

Parvin

For the first time, I read something worthy to post on Face Book. unlike the people who are getting paid by Iran's Government to make satirical comment against what is going on in Iran (e.g. Saman) here! I despise them with all my heart and thank you for you journalistic integrity!!!

maziar58

maziar 58 Maziar

If y'all get a chance to read crash of1979 in persian or English please do
Freedom for iran ought to be coming from us abroad and inside iran
Aim at pushing mollas and western interest out of our motherland
And we'll be FREE.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Thank you for another projection of discredited monarchist ideology into political affairs of Iran.
If memory serves right, last time that millions of Iranians were protesting in streets it was over a disputed presidential election, not for a return to monarchy.
It's amazing how our monarchist "friends," could cry all day long, sleepless nights and workless days, for their "mythical unicorn," but not a single word about sanctions that are gradually killing Iranian people on a daily basis, by attrition, or threats of war.
Hey what's a little war or sanction, while you waiting for Godot!
Is it a wonder why monarchists are so despised, isolated and ridiculed amongst Iranians?

Shirzadegan

Siavash

As manner a fact, the alliance of Black and Red reactionary put our nation in this mess. That is common knowledge. So sorry that you still can't see it.
Unholly alliances of Black (mullahs) and Red (Left) reactionary made our people suffered for 35 years. They promised moon to our people. They promised people if shah leaves Iran will be like a paradise. They said shah was giving oil free to foreign powers, but in new establishment the oil money comes at their door steps in form of check every day. They promised equality, justice and better life for "Working class". They were all lies and deception. Working class suffered more than any other segment of our society. Iranians are well knowledgeable about those false hopes and false promises. We have NOT forgotten. Now are you still confused why Iranians dispose these 2 reactionary forces. You're still confused that why Iranians don't trust them anymore. Just make a short trip to Iran and find it out for yourself how much Iranians dispose them.
On the other hand, black reactionary set a fire in Cinema Rex in Abadan and massacred more than 500 innocent families including women and children. Islamists did it to reach power and blamed it on shah and SAVAK.
Do you think Iranians forgot that.? No, they haven't forgotten. Iranians dispose blacks as much as they despise REDS.
If you don't believe me, just make a trip to Iran and ask any ordinary Iranians on the streets and ask them what they think about these 2 forces. They will all tell you that they back stabbed them 35 years ago and brought them poverty, misery.

Parvin3

Parvin

Zedanian, another Mullah lover you are. You are not speaking but regurgitating. What is about monarchist that you hate so much, is it because they are advanced thinker, whose parents thought them there is nothing more important than love of human being? You want these terrorist group stay in power just because they resonate with you religious belief? are you totally out of your mind that you think the entire country should sell it's soul so you can have a bottle of milk. I am sure you and your family is getting that under the table. If you don't belong to the payroll of IRI, then you must be the most ignorant of all. You became transparent when you said the monarchists are hated by majority, you are full of yourselves and the mullahs you follow. Islam will not last in21st century, you need to teach you children some other way of terrorism. You guys are absolete. What you represent is another whore of the regime of Iran. SHAME ON YOU!! then again psychopaths have no shame.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Parvin jan thank you for your "compliments," hadn't been called those names for a while.
Please tell all of us if our dearly "civilized" monarchists were so human, why they burned alive the journalist Mr. Karimpour Shirazy in 1953? Do you recall that "diet" of hot boiled eggs & soda bottles they would serve to political prisoners?
Iranian people have always had to struggle against internal & external reactionary forces. At the moment sanctions & threats of war are as much a problem for achieving democracy in Iran as are the turban tyrants of Tehran.
If & when you think you're ready to defend the interests of Iranian people you need to oppose sanctions, threats of war against Iran, and mullahs all at the same time.
Please do give my warmest Bronx cheers to all your SAVAK loving friends.
And good luck waiting for Godot!

Anglo_Phile

Anglo Phile

Godot is here. There is nothing to wait for. His name? Us!

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Projecting wishful subjectivity is not going to change the reality of Iran's fractured politics. No self respecting Iranian has anything in common with SAVAK loving Monarchists, hence there is no "us."

Monarchists have always been waiting for non-Iranian, foreign powers to make the day and overthrow IR, what they still can't comprehend is that West has no intention of overthrowing mullahs, it merely wants to "modify their behavior!"

Please do give my warmest Bronx cheers to all your SAVAK loving friends.

And good luck waiting for Godot!

SofiaM

SofiaM

Monarchist? I wasn't even alive then! I've only lived during the Islamic Republic, and that is enough to see how terrible it is for Iran and Iranians. Stop trying to distract people away from the problems by trying to peg me with some political label. I'm anti Islamic Republic, pro Democracy and pro Freedom...

Shirzadegan

Siavash

You were not born back then, but I was high school kid in those days.
Although young boy, I was able to see who our country was progressing rapidly under our shahanshah smart leadership.
Please ask your father and grand father who lived in that era. We were all happy and we were enjoying life everyday in our beloved homeland.
When we were traveling abroad we were well respect because of our shahahshah and his smart leadership.
Unlike these days that Iranian women look like house keepers and maids on T.V, during shah day, they were competing with the latest models in Europe and America. Our country was a diamond of Persian Gulf. All Arab nations around Persian Gulf, Pakistanis and Afghanis were jealous of Iranians. They were begging to come and to work in Iran. Iranian families were so rich that they were importing Filipeano maids from Filipin to work for them. Unlike these days that Iranians hide their nationalities, they were pride to be Iranians during shah days. If the international community is looking at Iranians like a "Terrorist" these days, during shah days they were looking highly at Iranians. If you see these days Iranians are begging from foreign embassies to get a visa, during shah days all embassies were begging Iranians to go there. Ask your family member who are older than you and they would tell you we were happiest nation and elite of the Middle East during shah days. No foreign establishment threat. They knew they couldn't face our shahahshahi army. Our modern army defeated Iraqis army in "3 days war" in 1969. Iraqis didn't dare to invade Iran when our shahahshah was alive. Just 5 weeks after our Padeshah passed away, Saddame found a courage to invade Iran. Ask any of your family member who are old enough to remember glory days of Iran under our shahahshah smart leadership.

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

"Iranians at home, as well as those abroad, have waited long enough for another true King Cyrus, another King of Kings..."

Dear Sofia if you read the line above, what is the first thing that would come to your mind?
Aren't sanctions and threats of war also problems of Iranian people?
And isn't "regime change" part of the discredited neo-con's discourse?

Keep waiting for Godot, good luck.

AMIR1973

AMIR1973

What's more deadly the sanctions that helped liberate South Africa and open up Myanmar or the Communist regimes of USSR, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Ethiopia, etc, etc? And let me also add by way of preemptive defense, that I am neither a monarchist nor anti-monarchist. Cheers, Tovarisch!

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

Thank you Mr. In Between for your incoherent "thoughts."