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The Global Menace that is (Islamic) Iran

Balatarin

Recently a post by Nilou-jan, designed, I guess to increase traffic and much appreciated ad revenues for this site (Ghorboonesh beram elahi) to take us off topic by dangling the always tantalizingly delicious discussion of Israel and the Palestinians, only got me automatically thinking more about this version of Iran, that I strongly object to.

 

Whenever an Iranian tries to trick me into forgetting about Iran by getting us to complain about the US and Israel, or what I guess we should just call USrael, I remind myself to think about Iran instead. It's not because I love USrael. I just don't want to fall for the trick. 

 

Some of you have misunderstood me to be an Iran hater when I point out Iran's many flaws. Please believe me, I am no such thing. But I am a This version of Iran hater. Only because I got a small glimpse of what Iran could be, when I was living in Iran under what I will admit was a very short period of sunshine, when political freedom was about as high as it has ever been (although not that much), and no one really bothered you (not that much), and we were about as free as we have ever been (again, not that much). Granted as much as was possible under a Shah. Granted, it did not last long. But I caught a very brief glimpse of what Iran could have become. I am sure many of you did too.

 

I am also not saying the Shah was an ideal ruler either. Of course you cannot be a good ruler, when you are an absolute one. Current case in point. But there was a period, I'm going to say 1975-1977-ish when I sort of felt that Iran felt free. Girls wore what they wanted. Iranian girls wore short skirts and backless halter tops. Boys wore beards and long flared out hair because the religion then was the Bee Gees. Everyone drank, and smoked, and danced, and danced, and danced. Disco 2000 at the end of Mirdamad was THE place to hang out. You could hang out then. Unlike today. The Bowling club at the top end of Shemiran, was THE place to go see the latest movies. El Chicos had THE best Mexican food I have eaten. Anywhere! Business flourished. Iran Air flew everywhere. Either you worked for the government on country-changing projects, or you worked for one of the many foreign companies on huge projects like the Ekbatan apartment complexes built by none other than the Empire State building company. Yes, that Empire State building company! I am even pretty sure that several Jews were involved! 

 

I know, it sounds like a fairy tale. Sometimes I don't believe I lived through it.

 

Again, I'm not wistfully dreaming of the past, I am just illustrating that it is possible for Iran to be a secular thriving fun country again, with basic freedoms, discos, and a government that not only laissez the faire, the bon temps rouler too! Because it happened once! So I will argue, it could happen again. And I think I am not alone in this argument.

 

The chance at it again, is what I have set as my current ideal minimum standard of what I am willing to accept as "Iran". And you should set this standard as yours too. We can discuss exactly what details of an ideal Iran should be later, once we are free to do so, but for now at least, the one thing we can (and absolutely must) ALL agree on is that THIS version of Iran is certainly not it.

 

The next thing to agree on is that there is NO reason why Iran should be like THIS. Freedom is in fact free! You just have to have the collective resolve, and courage to realize it, and then take it! Something we most certainly did not do in 2009.

 

But enough about my dream state of an ideal homeland.

 

Recently we have all read about the ISIS Sunni rebels fighting in Syria against Assad, deciding to come and get some or all of Iraq. The ease by which ISIS has gained territory has stunned the world. Within one week, ISIS has now captured almost half of Iraq and Syria, robbing every bank along the way, garnering close to $500 Million in cash and gold. With a half a Billion dollars folks, today you can buy the rest of whatever army and weapons that you need to pretty much do anything you would ever want to do. At Costco.

 

No one has been more disappointed and distraught than the US who looks like the fool, having declared Iraq enough of a success story to justify removing all remaining American forces from Iraq just this year. I order to lose their paperwork at the VA. Now it seems the US has to possibly send what is left of it's PTSD-ridden military back in again, provide air support, or various small team special forces. Which is always fun.

 

So desperate is the US embarrassment in all of this now, that some have even suggested possibly working together with Iran to combat ISIS. Until someone else started to think about the consequences of that. Then someone totally else began to piece together the realities of the past year, and then the previous 6 years, and then everyone pretty much looked at each other in awe as they suddenly discovered what (and who) the real cause of all this regional turmoil was.

 

Iran.

 

Again, I don't mean the good ideal Iran I painted for you earlier. That one is safely tucked away under our thick eyebrows in our minds eyes, to be brought out on another special day. I mean this nasty duplicitous version of Iran. Islamic Iran.

 

Here's the facts.

 

When everyone in the free world was against Assad, after watching him butcher thousands of Syrians, Iran supported Assad. Assad is an Alouite Syrian, which is a version of Shiite. Alouites and assorted Shiites make up barely 15% of Syria. The rest are mostly Sunni 60% and assorted non-Shiites. Assad has made sure that the Alouites were in charge of all the coolest aspects of Syrian life. Therefore most of the folks fighting Assad's illegitimate rule, are not Shiite. Or Sunni.

 

Iran has iranically, imposed its Imperialist motives on all of Syria now, by supporting a fellow Shiite, Assad. In almost every brutal way possible, providing not only Billions of dollars taken at the worst possible time from the mouths of apparently ordinary Iranian children with lots of cancer to isotope with, while the entire country is suffering under the US sanctions. Under all this fake humanitarian claim, Iran can still somehow afford to fight and direct a full proxy war in Syria against fellow Moslems, albeit Sunnis. 

 

But apparently Iran can afford much more than just that…

 

More facts.

 

Nouri Al Maleki was George Bush's virtually hand selected successor to Rumsfeld's previous hand selected successor, Saddam Hussein. Unlike Syria, Iraq is about 60% Shiite. Al Maleki is not just a Shiite. But a Shiite that HATES America. As much as Al Maleki hates the US, he apparently LOVES Iran more. He lived in Tehran at the pleasure of the Mollahs, during most of the Iran-Iraq war.  And cursed America for on average the entire 6-8 years. Why George Bush would choose such an obvious Manchurian Candidate to puppet up for display and proof of an American job well done, can only be explained as the sequel to "You're doing a Helluva job Brownie!". A different Brownie.

 

No surprise then that as Iran's puppet, pretending to be the US puppet installed dictator of a newly re-built not so loyal to US nation, Al Maleki promptly worked to get the US out of Iraq as quickly as possible, so Iran could move the rest of it's stuff in, as well as pogrom virtually all of Iraq's infrastructure establishment and de-louse it from any Sunni scent.

 

And now ISIS has a problem with all of that. And begs to differ. That is why you now hear rumor statements like "…ISIS intends to rule the region like a Caliphate under a harsh version of Sharia law…" That is Sunni-speak for "Sunni Claws is coming to town…"

 

All of this turmoil now. All of it has been caused directly by Iran's current and ongoing interference, what I will call Iranian Imperialism.

 

I know that the obvious gut wrenching reaction by many of you will be to run away from this ugly reality, by once again pointing fingers at the US and Brits and the Sky and so on, and build complicated excel charts and graphs with stats comparing US Imperialism, and all the usual crap that reality-deniers use to deflect any wrong doing by Iran.

 

But Iran has most certainly done wrong now. Iran is responsible now for the over 100,000 Syrian people killed by Assad doing Iran's bidding, directly on Iran's payroll. Iraq has seen increased violence as a result of Al Maleki's Putsch directed by Iran, and now will undoubtedly see more violence, possibly the entire downfall of the current software version of Iraq, as a result. 

 

This is entirely unreasonable blood, and absolutely unnecessary blood, and possibly long and unending blood, that is most definitely, and most certainly on Iran's hands now.

 

Rouhani immediately called on Iranian volunteers to join up to fight ISIS exclaiming his truest intentions yet, "Regarding the holy Shia shrines in Karbala, Najaf, Khadhimiya and Samarra, we announce to the killers and terrorists that the big Iranian nation will not hesitate to protect holy shrines…"

 

Or that Iran is about to go to war with ISIS now.

 

The big fear we Free Iranians have been continuously fed to believe by interlopers and self-entitled US foreign policy watchdogs (emphasis on the dog), and was used to silence any and all of our objections against Iran, was the supposed fear of a "War with Iran" by the US and Israel.

 

But apparently and now it seems what we should have really all been worried about was an increasingly Imperialist and regional bully version of "Iran with War". Because folks, like it or not, believe it or not, deny it or not, pretend to deflect it or not, Iran most certainly has one now.

 

Which is actually good news for this Iranian government. Nothing but nothing makes controlling the population easier than the fear that a war provides.

 

Who knows, maybe Khamenei will edit the Constitution one more time, just like he did in 1989, during the last Iran-Iraq war!

Balatarin

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AnonymousObserver

Anonymous Observer

"Whenever an Iranian tries to trick me into forgetting about Iran by getting us to complain about the US and Israel, or what I guess we should just call USrael, I remind myself to think about Iran instead. It's not because I love USrael. I just don't want to fall for the trick."

Well said. Me too! :-)

Zal6092

Zaal

The beauty of Iran before devolution of 79 was not that it was all good, all happy and all perfect. It's wonder was that despite staggering odds and in a relatively short time it had managed to (almost) rid itself of ertejaa' and regressive mindset. It had managed to raise it's people to top ranks of "eastern world", avoid wars, establish strong relationships with key world players and the rest, keep enemies on notice, and mightily defend IRANIAN interests. Territorial, political and economic. It raised the status of Iran passport to top tier and most importantly what we all want because of our claim as the oldest country in the world and among the oldest civilizations: our good name and honor. This is why that despite islamic republic we root so mightily for our Team Melli and other "non-islamic" national symbols like Cyrus' cylinder that even this anti-Iran and anti-human regime connected itself to to milk national pride.
So we can talk about Iran's ranking as 11th richest country in the world then having dropped to 22 or so despite oil income that makes pre-devoltion oil income look like pocket change; or GDP that was 3 times what it is today as a percentage of global, or that we were a 'normal' country with our share of good and bad. That our women, children, old, young, veteran, students, professors, teachers, workers, Osanloo's and Tavakoli's, Bahaii's, Sufi's, Armenians, Sunni's and just about anything you can categorize outside of this regressive and hateful regime, were not in constant risk of abuse, prison, property confiscation, rape, insult, injury and death. Our women were not exported and our children did not sleep in underground sewers, and our natural and historical resources were not being destroyed and plundered.
islamic regime is a global menace but first and foremost it is a menace to Iranian culture, heritage, dignity, and sanity. No political magic show, talking heads or bastardization of history can change that material truth. The question is how much worse will it get and whether Iran will survive them.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

Iran was never perfect, but in 1975-1977 I felt about as close as I have. Which is why I think we can get even closer.

If we weren't always under the thumb of some dictatorship or another.

Apparently it now seesm that what Iran needs is one last Dictator who forces the people to unreasonably accept Democracy, whether they like it or not.

Zal6092

Zaal

It is not about democracy by any means. Rather about our demeanor and quirky culture temperament. Our leaders over time are a reflection of us as a collective. Iran's march to progress was halted by a massive campaign of misinformation and disinformation that started in early 70's led by the usual suspects.
The very same conspirators (and majority of Iranians-then and now) who wanted shah gone by any means necessary including violence and terror rather than gradual transition and change, have been advocating for patience and "reform" as the only option with a regime that is neither reformable nor will ever transition peacefully.
It is our quirky nature and ungraciousness that has landed us here. We are a gullible and selfish people and are reaping what we sow.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

Thank you for getting that. Most don;t and are all to willing to excuse our weakness in the face of our own demise, and would rather point at all the co-consiprators outside of our reach.

The result being, "Oh Well, since it's all the fault fo the US, we might as well get on with our lives."

Which I am now saying is utter Horse Sh#*%. Part for the problem with being considered to be a slut, is being this easy.

When we stop apologizing for being cowards, we might actually become something more like we hope to be.

yolanda

yolanda

What a brilliant post! It is a joy to read it!

thank you!

Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

If you read your own article one more time, you probably would agree with me that the real menace here is the vile fascistic ideology of "political islam".
The stunning victories of ISIS led sunnies in Iraq , and the cowardism of shiat army there in battlefield, the shameless request of Maliki to US to come in and bomb the Iraqi people (remember, sunni Iraqis are Iraqis!!!), only suggests to me that shiat version of islamist fascism is the coward version of this vile ideology.....

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

There are many menaces. Almost all of them are a result of Institutionalized religious rule.

It has never worked throughout History, even Mohammad was unable to prove it's viability, and religion simply needs to be put back in the Mosque where it can enjoy and flourish under the voluntary choice of believers who feel they need that spirituality in their lives.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not against religion. I think many people need it. I just don't think religion needs to worry itself over civil and political governance.

Every time religion lowers itself to rule the people, it debases itself and loses all credibility as a valid social standard of moral behavior and guidance.

Consider that if Atheism was a real option, everyone would be an atheist by now and religion would not be around.

yolanda

yolanda

Thank you for your blog! I learned a lot of big words and concepts here! Very interesting and educational! The 1st half of the blog is very nostalgic…... Without Mullahs in power, Iran would have the potential to beat current S. Korea in economy. Since Mullahs took over, Iranians have had "A Big Leap Backward" in their freedom! Forget about mini-skirts!

IRI is more interested in developing spheres of influence than developing economy and raising the living standard of its people!

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

http://www.persiansphinx.com/home.htm?pagetwo.htm~mainFrame
is a good resource for showing the dishonesty of many Pro-West authors using their own words to counter their intentional and effectively misleading propaganda about the events of the past. It exposes designs on Iran by maintaining clarity and exposing its own in depth research and analysis.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

Now you're getting it. Above all I hope you are learning that the Iranian people neither want this form of government, nor are they really proper practicing moslems at heart. Islam was exported to Ira by Arabia as a way to raise revenues after Mohammad died and organized Islam was running out of cash. That doesn't mean Iranians are as moslem as they are portrayed by this government that is holding them hostage exactly like Islam trained them to do when Islam invaded Iran. For cash. Iran was never a target of Islam for conversion. Only theft of resources. And cash. Or gold at the time.

The idea that this country is now all of a sudden a religious land of people with aspirations of regional hegemony in Syria, Iraq (and don't forget Lebanon too!) is a complete lie.

We are now the hostages of the Iranian government. Which is why we are inherently quiet.

Well most of us anyway!

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We need much encouraging post and comments like these,

Thats the way to go.


IRI are war mongers and very poisonous

Samanro

Saman Just Iran and politics.

Shah was a good leader, but please stop talking like were fighting for freedom in Iran so that every girl can wear a mini skirt or drink. No pal, were fighting for a Persian led and influenced Iran. Our culture, identity, people and future, not pity reasons like clothing.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

Actually, in the 21st century, we are in fact fighting for a woman's right to wear whatever type, style, popular fashion, of clothing she chooses. Including Iranian fashions that are designed free from ANY unfair interference by men.

Unless they are male fashion designers.

Clothing, or fashion, is the freedom to express oneself. Prohibition of what a woman is allowed to wear is the greater crime.

Consider that the incidence of rape and sexual harassment and infidelity has gone up in Iran since the imposition of the Hejab laws.

A society based on a moral code shouldn't be going in the opposite direction if the moral code was working.

Samanro

Saman Just Iran and politics.

Were not just fighting for woman. Don't turn this into a one sided issue or you'll never ever see a regime change in Iran.

Woman in Iran aren't even that oppressed compared to the average male. Read an article that I posted and you'll see statistics backing me up.

Take your feminist lies elsewhere.

Zal6092

Zaal

Behrouz,
on-point and well put.
I would have preferred if you were not semi-apologetic about the Iran you had a short glimpse of. That Iran was a darn good place for an overwhelming majority; for the era, constraints and world it operated in. It was an amazing place with some flaws but an amazing place nonetheless. Yet endless falsehood that this regime and its bosses and supporters in foreign places fund generously was/is instrumental to its existence and now survival.
That Iran was far better than anything around it and even distant places, even by today's confused standards; Especially, with hindsight of history and our collective experience since.
When opportunity knocks we better answer the door. Opportunity knocked and came in thru an open door for a short time, only for us to kick it out and bring in thugs to steal our happiness and any sense of future and security. Iran may never get another chance to separate itself from the darkness of regression and erteja' and we have no one but ourselves to blame.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

No, didn't you know? We must always apologize for the past... especially if it was better than the present...

Shirzadegan

Siavash

"It's not because I love USrael. I just don't want to fall for the trick."
Behrouz Bahmani

It has been 35 years that "trick" worked for ruling criminal mullahs. Unfortunately, our naive people fall for that. That is pity.

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

I will admit I fell for the trick too. I waited too long to wake up form my own coma.

Consider that statistically speaking and cost benefit analyses shows that our best chance at fixing Iran was 1984.

Voy!

maziar58

maziar 58 Maziar

What happened with the Ideal Iran's blog
I was drawn to read?
The sad truth is that Isis & isil were financed and trained by US and CIA in Jordan
To fight for removal of Assad and freeing the Syrians
They lost it to Assad and brought to Iraq by the devils for a bigger dream
Syraq!!
And who knows may foolishly Iran also join the fight under pretense of protecting the holy sites!
And we all end up with Lebanese like Iran where all the Discoes are running as usual
And the daily fights between the unknowns and for eternity .

BehrouzBahmani

Behrouz Bahmani We're just trying to [change] the system / But it's hard from a distance / So it's time for a new better way

I'm not sure I buy that argument. Especially if those news stories are being paid for by Iran's PR machine. (Yes! Iran has learned how to use PR in the West!)

You are suggesting that the US has sat for months and months thinking and deciding what to do to help the Syrian people gain their freedom from Assad, and then after all that deliberation, decided to sponsor AlQaeda elements to do the job? Even the US is not that stupid.

These folks moved on under the wave of anti Assad Syrian nationalism, and have now carved out their own piece of the pie ESPECIALLY while the US was not looking.

They are smart, efficient, and know how to use terror to get the tribes and assorted civilians in the region to be tamed, and more importantly stay inside their homes, and out of their way.

Look, if the Iranian people who are living high on the hg now, won't rise up against terror and oppression by their government, do you honestly think the Iraqi people have any fight of objection left in them?

ISIS is not so much a force, as it is operating in an environment filled with a timid, scared population. Look at how chicken their military is. Apparently the rumor is the 800 ISIS were able to scare of 30,000 Iraqi soldiers by YouTubing the word Boo!

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The Global Menace that is (Islamic) Iran



The hard core truth !!!!!

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

Yes it is the truth, but not all of the truth unfortunately, or at least not enough to solve "the problem", for that you have to thank MIT for its recommendations in 1972 to the club of rome. The IRI is the Work of Western Democracy and is known as the policy of "Democracy for Extremists". which western "free" media and its politicians deny fully (as a distraction just like Niloufars Blog was a distraction) because it is their bread and butter business to be a society that collectively participates regardless of political sides republican or democrat on the family business of genocide or murder for money, otherwise known as real Western Values in reality.

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One doesn't have to agree wholeheartedly with the above, but nevertheless a refreshing reminder to the usual dismal distraction of nilofars extremist blog

jockshe

Jockshe American born Iranian (ABI) female and state champion in free style wrestling. Second year law student at the University of Chicago. You can bet your bottom $, I can feetileh-peach you like hulu!

It's worse than Menace! It's a deadly cancer plus AIDS that has conspired to destroy the world! The sooner the sensible part of the world converge on terminating this deadly disease the sooner the mankind can breathe easily!

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

The point is not that it is a Menace. It's the rest of the world that brought fundamentalist extremists Islam to power, not the people of Iran, the former colonial world, the current empire, supports democracy for extremists in order to destroy the development of the societies they want to, in order to meet their aims, which they all exposed in the 1970's and have been following with out a change since then. The major Policy shift, which has become love extremists to thwart countries was developed by "the Club of Rome" and "top US Universities in the 1970's".