May 4, 2001
* Not shying away from zoor-gooz
I decided that anyone who spends so much time answering a letter
of mine deserves a response ["Molla
My father, Ali Sabety, was a member of parliament under Reza Shah and
a senator in the first Senate. I apologize for having called him a senator
when he was just a member of parliament (vakil-e-majlis). I was not trying
to be deliberately misleading.
But in any case, my point would not have changed. He was one of the few
outspoken MPs and senators in the Pahlavi majlis. The record of his positions
and stances are all public. If you really have so much time on your hands
to write such lengthy polemics, you might want to take a trip to the library
of the Majlis and see for yourself.
My father was blocked from the Senate and prevented from running for
another term largely due to his outspoken contempt for the last Shah's dictatorial
rule. I have heard that the Shah turned against him because of a poem that
my father had written. But since in those days everyone feared the SAVAK,
children were not told these things.
He was not a revolutionary, he just backed off rather than leaving the
country or causing more trouble. Many times I questioned him on why he did
not leave and avoid living under such a regime. He always answered by saying
that he loved Iran too much and was too old to be a revolutionary >>> FULL
* Treasonous monarchy or vampiric mollas?
I'm absolutely appalled by what has been transpiring between Reza Shah's
rhetoric mongers "parroting" irrelevant, deceptive and fallacious
Shah's achievements"] and "gutsy" Ms Sabety ["...No Mossadegh"
At any rate, whether her father was a senator or not, you cannot change
the historical fact that Iran under Mohammad Reza Shah was a colony of United
States run by 37,000 Americans. If anything, for the sake of history, Mohammad
Reza Pahlavi should be charged with treason and put on trial postmortem.
By the same token, and after seeing Maryam's
heart wrenching picture (one of many victims of drug addiction epidemic
in Iran), I am equally appalled by the diabolical mollas who have wrapped
themselves around religion to prolong their vampiric reign >>>
* Mollas damaged Iran for a 1,000 years
In response to Peerooz's letter "Hazrat
Abolfazl & the Shah", I agree that we should have a civilised
discussion, but how can I? when Peerooz twists and changes my words every
I never said "70 million idiots" or that "they need a
brought mollas"]. Remember that I am against the "Velayat
e Faqih". He either doesn't read these letters properly before responding
or deliberately twists them to his advantage. Either way it is a cheap trick.
Just as cheap as it is to accuse the Shah's supporters of being religious
fanatics like Khomeini's.
However I did say that there are some idiots and hooligans in Iran. The
same ones who have stopped our nation from educating itself for a thousnad
years, the mollahs and their fanatic supporters.
The mollas excommunicated Omar Khayyam and Ibn Sina and a lot of other
scientists and philosophers. Education to them is only the Quran and Arabic.
They were against anything which was new. They had even forbidden mathematics
as they called it "infidel's language" ("Zabaan e Koffar").
Need I say more?
Mollas have been very powerful and damaged our country for a thousand
years, not just since 1979. The only exception has been the 50 odd years
of Pahlavi rule. A lot of nations have educated themselves at the time of
dictatorships, this is possible. But it is impossible when the mollas have
I am sorry that you are either missinformed or you lack proper knowledge
of our history ["Railroad
for allies"]. The law to construct the trans Iranian railroad was
passed by the Majles in 1307 ( 1929 Circa ). How could anybody possibly
be so farsighted to know that World War II will start in twenty years &
the Allies would use the railroad? God knows who has put that false idea
into your head.
* Other HASR syndrome symptoms
Dear dAyi Hamid,
Enclosed please find my suggestions to your very thoughtful research
on various stages of HASR
disease. Although your essay is fantastically well documented and presented,
the following facts and symptoms have been ignored. These corrections will
make your article worthy of many scholastic publications.
The most important syndrome you did not contemplate in your very thought-provoking
and profound research was the emergence of expatriate men as "Arefs"
and "Sufis", and women as astrologers, New Age experts, and spiritually-enlightened
In this stage both males and females increasingly show signs of inflated
ego. They will incarnate into Rumi, Hafez, Fourugh Farokhzad, Shamlou, Sohrab
Sepehri, and the likes >>>
University of Southern Khar-dar Chaman
Dept. of Middle Eastern Literature & Cultures of Kharej Keshvaries
* Gays, lesbians must be stoned
It is very surprising that some of the so-called Iranians who are raised
out of Iran try to look like Westerners and think like them as well. Gays
or lesbians are condemned in any religion and must be stoned to death in
The sympathizers try and say we should be open-minded. That is a fucking
Western philosophy like the saying, "life is too short, we want to
live it to the fullest." They absolutely have no faith and they do
whatever they can to enjoy themselves.
The people who are supportive of the gays (KUNIS) must think a bit deeper.
How will they react if they find out that their son is gay? If you found
out that the man living nearby picked up your brother or son and had sex
with them, would you still be supportive and say it is okay? And we must
How do you feel when a lot of these gays out there try to seduce a lot
of youngsters to have sex with them and that later will make their victims
gays just like them? Our early experiences in life affect our sexual tendency
Before you open your mouth think a little bit. You can not be a sympathizer
nor a supportive of the people who spread evil on earth. They are just like
any other criminals who corrupt the world.
who wrote the letter is miles away from most of us but there are thousands
of them who live nearby and will try to find new sex partners and invite
more people to their cult. And sure none of us, no matter how open-minded
we are, would like to see that one of our loved ones has been the victim
and unfortunately turned GAY.
* Go to Canada
Dear Kobra Khanom,
This is not an advice question, but I wanted to inform you of a way that
one of your advice-seekers may be helped. In response to Farshid's
letter, might I suggest a trip to the Canadian Embassy. If both partners
are in fact citizens of the United States and the European Union, respectively,
they should not have any difficulty relocating to Canada together.
Canada is one of several countries that recognizes same-sex partners
in their immigration laws. I do not know the specifics, but Farshid and
his partner can also research this further by reading a very good article
on the subject in the magazine Advocate from the last year or so.
A search on their web site (www.advocate.com) would be a good place to start.
(PS- Again, I'm just offering some suggestions to help out a few people
in a difficult situation; I would prefer my comments not to be posted, and
I definately don't want my name/email address to be published. Thanks)
* One in ten gay
Golyjoon, I am a straight guy, and I'm not particularly interested in
any articles about gay Iranians or whatever, but what you said is pretty
need gays"]. If you're 22-years old and you're not "omool"
you should realize by now that there are gay people in every culture. In
fact, 10% of the male population is gay, if you didn't know.
You said we don't need any gays in our society, but the fact is that
they exist, and no matter how modern you think our third-world race is,
the truth is that we're not special, and Iranians have a very large gay
community, just like everyone else.
This is exactly what's wrong with a lot of Iranian-Americans today. They
think that we're somehow different from the rest of the world, that although
we are entitled to the same liberties as the rest of the free world, we
"don't need gays" or kids who listen to rap or girls who have
sex before they are married in our society.
Well, here's a wakeup call. Iran is full of gays, anarchists, sexually
active teens, heroin/opium addicts, prostitutes, and just about everything
else that we so actively condemn as "Western and corrupt" on this
So please, treat Iran as a real country, not a modern society that "doesn't
need" gays. I love Iran, but I love it as it is, not as I picture it
inside my naive, 22-year-old, non-omool head.
* Best photos
Zara Houshmand's 1975 photos ["Neighbors"]
are probably the best candids I have seen of Iran for a very long time.
Let's have more pictures like that on your site, suitably edited for web
Unfortunately some recent photos of Abadan ["Oh,
sweet home"] submitted by one of your readers a while ago was a
bit of a let down as far as webmastering goes!
Reza from UK
* Kooftam shod!
An utterly lovely recipe ["Post-feminist
koofteh"]. But I think I'll be too drunk to enjoy my Koofteh. In
other words, "Koofteh kooftam shod." :o)
* I can sympathize
I read about an Iranian
gentleman (Mel), who would like to go back to Iran after living in Denver
for 30 years. I have been living in Chicago for about 25 years, I can sympathize
with him about missing Iran and his relatives.
In December 1998, after 23 years, I went back to Iran. I enjoyed it very
much. I saw my family and some new relatives from my brothers' side. Iran
is good just for a visit. I would have a problem living there permanently.
I have no Iranian friends in Chicago area or the rest of America, because
I have been busy with work and my family. So, I decided to go to the internet
to get connected with Iranian in America.
* Get a husband
As one of the pictures in "Musicman"
piece showed, "Mean
people suck"! Specially a few who started attacking the unknown
(to them, at least!) Musicman.
One tried to analyze our friend here, but instead showed that "sex"
is subconsciously on the mind of the analyzer. Otherwise, just because a
man has more than one female friend, does not mean he is a "womanizer"
and "bed hopper".
I think the analyzer should cure this subconscious insecurity when it
comes to male and female friendships by finding herself a husband and stop
worrying about what goes on in our Musicman's bedroom.