I would like to sincerely apologize to those of you insulted by my posts. If you have been insulted. I am sure the anger is seething in you. That the unwritten taboo of self deprecation has been broken this harshly. By a half-breed no less.
Some of you graciously tell me I am a relatively good writer, and encourage me to continue. Believe me it is harder than you think. The agony I go through having to plunge my pen into our collective back week after week is not as sweet as you might think. I almost always go into a relatively deep depression after each one, necessarily. The cost is beginning to weigh heavily I assure you.
To be certain I am most definitely lying when I put on the hater face. To counter a greater lie. Call it anti-propaganda by the harsh impoliteness of cruelly cold truth. But more than the lies that some of us more often tell about Iran in our desperate desire to paint the least damaging picture of our current history, the truth always hurts far more than the lies.
My observations of us suggests that most of us madly and doggedly stick to the desperate notion that merely adhering to the "company line" of fallacy and going along with the "emperor has no clothes" silly mantra. That eventually the emperor's clothes will become visible one day, that everything will get better, if we could all just stop complaining and stay quietly compliant and tame for a decade or two, or three, or now apparently four.
I vehemently (but not violently) disagree with this capitulation with our captors. If their ideas were so great they would not need violent, angry and the harshest enforcement. If it isn't a prison they wouldn't need prison guards. And if it wasn't a great lie they wouldn't have to sell it this hard. If they loved us, they would not spit on us. And if it was what we all really wanted, we wouldn't hate it this much, albeit privately so the neighbors don't hear and report us for video taping ourselves dancing with smiling pretty girls.
Above all else I now merely require 3 things from my fellow Iranians in order for me to continue this obvious possibly pointless madness.
First, that we all agree that Iran is a police state. Employing standard ironically western style and often Nazi force majeur crowd control and population manipulating propaganda tactics, both inside Iran, but more importantly outside Iran. They know how to use the dollars they have stolen from our people. And do so enthusiastically and with most definite delicious purpose.
Second, we must all read the current Constitution of Iran. To read it in Farsi you will need an Arabic dictionary because many of the finer details are backed up by crypto-Arabic. I guess to encrypt it. But a good English translation is available here. The reason for knowing your constitution is that this helps to clearly frame the fraud being perpetrated. You need to know exactly how Oz really works to fully understand why it doesn't. And an Iranian election isn't one; especially when the Mollah "elected" is smiling this much.
Third, we must object publicly. Not to each other. That may be too difficult given we have absolutely no aptitude or training for it. But to the outside world in order to counter the image that has been portrayed of the consummate modern day Iranian as a devout (less than 10% of Iranians come close to praying) and altogether humorless people who are inherently anti-world.
By object, I mean to disagree with the proposition that this form of government is the BEST Iranians can have. That there are far BETTER forms of government than THIS type. And that above all THAT THIS EXPERIMENT HAS FAILED.
I'm not advocating the overthrow of this government since that is illegal and frankly beyond me. I'm not insulting this government either since that is illegal too. And I do not wish to insult Islam either. I accept that some Iranians like to lead a Moslem life. But that does not mean our government has to.
Help me by doing these things and I will keep up my end of the bargain. Keep in mind that if we don't stand up now, we will continue to be told to remain seated; and I think we have been doing that for too long. This trip has been too long and we all need to tell this driver to stop the jalopy of a car he forced us into. We need to get off it, and stretch our legs out a bit. And maybe see if we can't find a more comfortable ride to the beach.