August 1, 2003
* Search this
Using the same pathetic logic to justify a race or
ethnicity-based profiling as used by Sean Tohidi [Not
so perfect ], then
his fictional Irish nun should indeed have been
Sean, haven't you heard that there are Irish
terrorists in the world? Remember the IRA? And
according to your logic, if a few Irish people are
terrorists, then all Irish people should be searched,
And Sean, let's not forget that Timothy McVeigh was
blonde, and so naturally all blonde people should also
be searched, right?
Oh, and considering the fact that the anti-abortion
terrorists who go around killing doctors are
Christians who act in the name of Christianity, then
of course all Christians should be searched...
By the way, practically speaking how do you go around
identifying Muslims or Arabs to be searched? Based on their looks or
names? I mean, "Mohammad Ali" the boxer
has an Arabic name but is an American, Black, and not
an Arab or an Iranian. On the other hand, Cat Stevens
is White, and a Moslem. The head of the PLFP was a
Christian named George, though he was also a
terrorist...and I know many people who look "Asian" and
yet are Iranians and Muslims too....
So your suggestion that people who
have names that sound
Arabic or who look Muslim should be searched isn't
really practical, is it? I guess we should search stereotypes of Muslims
or terrorists instead of the real people.
The civil rights of Iranian-Americans/Moslems and
Arabs are just as dear and sacred as blondes and
* Irritating? Maybe. Offensive? No.
Thank you Mr. Tohidi [Not
so perfect]. Finally an Iranian has spoken with brains rather
than ego. I was so glad to read this article. I realize profiling is
a very terrible thing but I feel at this time it might be necessary.
I certainly don't want to be shark food!
In the last two years I have traveled both within and outside of the
United States and I have been searched from head to toe and even once
detained in the airport in Turkey until my connecting flight was ready
to leave. You would have thought I have Allah'o Akbar tattooed on my
forehead and a semi-automatic hanging from my shoulder! However, I was
not offended, maybe irritated that I couldn't use the duty free shops,
but not offended.
The people at the airport are just doing their jobs.
If we are really upset that it has gotten to this point where we have
to violate basic human rights of a few for safety of all, we should
convince our government (of the United States) to change their policy
other countries so that so many people aren't constantly pissed off
The great thing about this country is that the people have the power
to change things instead of just whine about it (of coarse except for
when the Supreme Court steps in and vetoes the popular vote, but I
won't go there). So if you are upset about profiling, do something to
US policies, instead of whine that it just isn't fair.
* Be mad at them, not U.S.
If you have a business and have 19 bounced checks all given to
only by guys who wore "Metalica" T-shirts and "Fuck U" hats
- and you don't
stop honoring checks from guys who wear "Metalica" T-shirts
and "Fuck U" hats, then you are not a racist pig - YOU
ARE AN IDIOT.
I own a business and I wouldn't even take the first check
from some one like that. That's
not even racism (since when does wearing off-the-wall cloting determine
one's race anyway?) Call it profiling if you wish. I call it "risk
Irish Nuns don't want to harm America. Certain Muslims
do. I know that it
is an insulting experience to be pulled aside in the airport and
searched just because you are a Middle Easterner. But it is just unfortunate
that those who want to harm America come from the same geographical
and I are from.
Be mad and furious at them for putting us in this
predicament - not the U.S government.
* Neanderthal approach
How did I get involved in your Neanderthal approach to political differences?
Kir'e Shah up in the mother's ass of all those who claim they were arrested
by the Shah's regime for criticizing him!
Kir'e Kharrrrr.. up in your
mother's ass for publishing such garbage without asking for verification
of such claims. One of these days, I'll fly to SFO and personally koon'et
Someone who was not arrested for criticizing the Shah
* Most enlightened perspective in a long time
I read with interest the interview with student activist Saeed
to Khatami]. I am impressed
his reasoned and informed comments. This is perhaps the most enlightened
perspective to come from Iranian political activists in a long time.
I do not know Mr. Razavi-Faqih and, like all Iranians who observed
or assisted a bloody regime change personally and heard first-hand accounts
of another equally disastrous change a few decades earlier, tend to
wary of his connections or ulterior motives.
But his words, taken at
face value, are reassuring and indicative of the maturity of at least
some student organizations. This is in contrast to many wishy-washy,
slogan-chanting organizations that existed in the pre- and
post-revolution years when I was a Professor in Tehran.
Having said this, I must note that Mr. Razavi-Faqih's statement that "
Secular and religious forces in Iran have been plagued by a rift that
should be transcended" rings hollow. I have a hard time imagining
secular forces trusting religion-based organizations after what has
transpired in the past two decades.
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
* Boycott mullahs
Canadian government has recalled its ambassador from Iran to consult
about Zahra Khazemi’s death. If this is not just a formalistic
answer, it could be a perfect and valuable reaction in order to force
the Mullahs to comply with Canada’s demand for getting the victim’s
I believe that isolating the cleric rulers in Iran is one of efficient
ways to topple their regime. Economical and political sanctions by Canada
and European countries could catalyze regime change in Iran. Most of
Iran’s international trade is with Canada and Europe. If these
countries boycott Mullahs, they cannot stay in power even for a year.
I know these countries get lots of advantage of dealing with Iran and
they don’t want to lose it but they should now these trades only
help the mullahs to get more money to stay in power and do whatever they
have been doing for years. Iranians are not getting any proper assistance
of this kind of commerce. Most of the trades are either in the hands
of the corrupted government or the private companies which are highly
connected to the conservative Mullahs.
We all remember the time that Iran's relations with the European Union
became strained after a German court concluded in April 1997 that Iranian
leaders had ordered the 1992 killing of four dissidents in Berlin's Mykonos
restaurant. At that time most of western countries recalled their ambassadors
from Iran and conservative Mullahs, who where on power, faced a real
threat, but after a few month when the world media willingly ignored
the case, all of them returned to Iran. Also Khatami’s victory
in presidential election was another important element in taking that
kind of step by the western countries.
But know is different time. We are in the post September 11 period.
Most of western countries, including Canada are facing with a potential
of terrorism, which is supported by such well-known regimes. Mullahs
have been supporting and exporting terrorists for years. Zahra Kazemi
is not the first or last victim. Their loyal men killed and are still
looking for opportunity to kill innocent Iranians in Iran or all over
This time the world should not ignore the problem. In a few days, European
Union will review its relationship with Iran and it would be great occasion
to isolate and cut off brutal Mullahs.
Davood Jafarzade Fard
* This is how people talk
After reading Dr. Seihoun's comment [Bad
language, no content] on "Delam
I remembered how our intellectuals have been always separated from the
rest of the society in Iran. This gap is now much deeper since we live
away from our mother land.
Dr. Seihoun, this is how people talk in streets of Tehran like it or
not. While you and I are looking up the best words in thesaurus and best
mortgage rates in the paper, our fellow Iranians are struggling with
a dreadful life under the Islamic regime. Labling them as the enemies
is a vulgar approach.
keh enghelab kardan
Aghaye Faramarz [Delam
omidvaram roozi mardom az dast in dolat eslami rahat shan. omidvaram
roozi inhameh dardi keh shoma va hameh maha mikaeshim beh payan bereshe.
omidvaram in hameh dard tamoom beshe. keh in mullaha sharm nadaran
enssan nisstand. man shakhsan omid daram beh intellectualha. hamoona
keh enghelab ra shoroo kardan hala bayad keshvar ro az in zahak-ha
* Avval alaf bokhor
In response to [Delam
* I finally got a Sad
Woohoooo, I finally got a Sad
Afarin after trying for years [Quiz:
Baked in time]. The last time that I received a Sad Afarin was
back in grade 3 back in
* Polo is not a dish
Well, I think I should clear something for you and your readers who
have named the vegeterian dishes [Quiz:
Vegetarian? Ummm....?]. I don't
think any of those Polo (rice) will count as vegetarian dish, they all
come with some sort
of course you can take the meat out of most dishes and make it vegeterian.
I make all kind of Persian Khoresh and rice without meat. I think only
the original vegeterian dishes will considered as vegeterian "dishes".
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