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We need to learn how to build trust
In response to S. Sadeghin's, "Stop
Please don't take this the wrong way but i do think that this is a very simplistic
of approaching this subject. I understand that it all begins by establishing
grass-root campaigns, but when you look back at the history of our nation,
you will notice that, this is how the islamic rev. started, did it not? I think
many of us witnessed the excitment and the exhiliration of the protesting crowd
in every street and ally and sadly we can now see the wrong direction that
it took and it basically derailed, and
that is where we are now.
We must first be able to establish criteria as to hold our potential leaders
responsilbe and accountable. Organizing popular polls and picking the individulas
should be the least of all worries, compared to setting the standards on honesty
and integrity of such people.
Our next big challenge is to find ways to get poeple motivated. You are simply
providing a general guideline as to how we should proceed, rather than mentioning
specific actions each one of us needs to take in order to implement such movements.
The problems is mainly an internal one. Most of us either don't want to or
just don't know how to get along with each other to form a united front, let
alone lending a helping hand to our people back home. This has traditionally
been the main element and linchpin of the dysfunctionality of all freedom movements.
We need to learn how to build trust amongst each other and refrain from lying
and deceiving one another first, and then use that as a building block to create
a formidale framework to bring democracy to our country.
'till then, there will be non-stop Bitiching and empty rethorics.
I beg to disagree
In response to Roozbeh Shirazi's letter, "We don't
First of all, let me thank you for responding to my note. Evidently,
you've been under a barrage of attacks from a number of people, and I'm
guessing that was not your initial expectation. Anyway, let me make a few comments.
Your response to my letter was far more polite than some of your other
When I finished reading "Tunnel
vision," I got the impression that
you believe all Iranian Republicans are blindly following the GOP. Okay, maybe
as you mention I missed the point. But others have missed your point as well.
Either the article was not well-written (which I disagree) or you have mellowed
down from the time you wrote that article.
I would not have known the real
reason had I not seen some of your responses to others. One who was kind
enough to share his correspondence has you saying the following: "I think
anyone who voted for Bush is either a greedy corporate sellout asshole (like
your family, I assume since you want to talk about families), a dumb
ass born again Christian, or a jenayatkar."
Hmmm, Mr. Shirazi, those are
YOUR words, not mine, and not a so-called Iranicon's.
From what I read in
I see mixed messages. "The article is not against Iranian Republicans." I
beg to disagree, sir. As to my initial note to you, yes, I did make some
general statements, which is why I said "many Iranians." Obviously,
there are always exceptions to the rule.
There are Iranian-Americans
who are Democratic
or Republican for various reasons and then you have Iranians who
are apathetic to politics altogether. Therefore, I was criticizing a group
of Kerry proponents
as you were criticizing a group of Bush sympathizers, albeit I did
with less rhetoric. At any rate, I never questioned your patriotism. Perhaps
And I'm sure others will not gang up on you if you leave out words
as "jenayatkar" and "sell-out" from
We don't all agree
In response to Mehran Azhar's letter, "Seeing America as
I usually don't respond to the critical letters I recieve because I have
found that too much of the time, the writers of such letters are more interested
in insulting or threatening me rather than actually engaging in dialogue.
In this case however, I feel Mr. Azhar is someone to dignify with a proper
response, though I disagree with him. He at least signs his words with his
own name. I believe he, and some others who contacted me regarding "Tunnel
vision" are missing the point.
The article is not against Iranian Republicans. It was not written to bash
Iranians who agree with some or all Republican issues, or to convert anyone
to the Democratic party (which more and more resembles the Republican party).
The article is about Iranians who live in the US who support the idea of US-backed
regime change in Iran, and criticizes that position. I critcize regime change
because it is an asinine policy and the neo-conservative approach to difficult
diplomacy, similar to beating up someone you refuse to communicate with. For
the record, several self-identified Republicans who do not wish the US to attack
Iran who wrote me to agree with my views.
The article also criticizes Bush--not because he is a Republican, but because
of his record, which is indefensible in my view, and many Republicans detest
it as well. It criticizes those Iranians who wish to see change in Iran by
enlisting the US in the effort, yet turn a blind eye to Bush's record and dishonesty,
and become angry when one points it out. Those are the people that the article
addresses (democrat or republican).
Finally Mr. Azhar, you make a number of generalizations about Iranians (and
their political views) feeling like outsiders. I am Iranian by culture and
heritage, American by birth. I feel each side strongly. I understand my citizenship
with inalienable rights and responsibilities which include protecting those
rights and my freedoms give to me by the Constitution, no matter who is currently
in office. That is the difference between rule of law and artbitrary rule.
I understand that in a democracy, what the people wish (ideally) is the engine
that drives the government. We don't all agree about what the governement does
on our behalf.
But the belief that dissent, protest, and criticism are un-patriotic or anti-government
is simply, un-American. Unfortunately, that belief pervades in a lot of the
emails I recieve from those who disagree with my views.
Seeing America as an outsider
I just read your letter [B. Pezhman's "If
Iranians were Americans"] you had sent to iranian.com in response
to Roozbeh Shirazi's "Tunnel
vision." I could not have agreed more to what you
The problem with many Iranians is that they see America as an outsider even
though they've lived in this country for over a decade and are naturalized
citizens. When talking politics, these Iranians only talk about America's foreign
policy and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
First of all, I don't understand why Iranians would defend the plight of
Iraqis (and Palestinians for that matter) while they staged an eight-year war
against us. And that war was not 80 years ago; we still have thousands of crippled
veterans and other misfortunes for that unjust war. Are Iranians just the most
Samaritan and altruistic of people? I highly doubt that. I believe they fear
that "Iran is next on Bush's agenda."
Now, that's fair and respectable if you happen to live in Iran and agree
with the values of the Islamic Republic. But these guys live in the US and
are enjoying the opportunities and liberties available to them. I live in Chicagoland,
a bastion for the Democrats. I see how Iranian students who after living in
other Western countries opt to live in the US, yet they take every chance to
lambaste the Bush administration and are hoping for US to lose the Iraq war.
Such hypocrisy does not end there. They support the French, German, and Russian
stance. Someone needs to tell them how France treated Arab countries such as
Algeria and Tunisia when they were the colonial occupier. And with Germany,
weren't they the ones with the mustachioed dictator who wanted to expand the
Fatherland? As with Russia, they occupied Afghanistan and half of Europe until
a dozen years ago. Such great examples for "peace-loving nations."
Unfortunately, as you clearly pointed out, Mr. Shirazi and others like him
cannot possibly see that an Iranian could vote Republican because of the tax
benefits, belief in strong military and small government, and opposition to
affirmative action laws, not to mention moral values such as abortion and death
I wonder who really has the tunnel vision. If you voted for Kerry because
you think his economic agenda was better or if he could handle the wars better,
fine. But please don't go around and call people names (i.e. Iranicons). Why
don't you call them Americons? Mr. Shirazi's side lost on November 2nd. They'll
have another shot in 4 years. It's always okay to lose; they just don't have
to be a sore one at that.
We, real Iranians don't want to be "Americans"
In respose to Farrokh B.'s "G.I.
I just wanted to ask him: If you are so "American" and
owe nothing to Iran as you say, then why do you feel the need to come on IRANIAN.com
and share your american "patriotism" with us??!! There are thousands
of AMERICAN websites, weblogs, chatrooms..etc who would love to hear you and
will admire your patriotism and devotion to the U.S!! Why do you have to post
your article on Iranian.com??
Are you trying to provoke us? Are you trying
to set an example for the rest of us, so other Iranians join the U.S army??
Are you trying to say that you are more American than the rest of us?? If
so, good for you, be an american and a "kasseyeh daghtar az aash" if
that makes you feel more "accepted" in your redneck community. Heck
wave a confederation flag all day long for what I care!!!
We, real Iranians don't want to be "Americans".We are proud of
being Iranians and we will always be, even during iran's worst times. We will
not turn our backs to our nation the second we feel more "comfortable" somewhere
else!! We went through hell and back, went through revolutions, executions,
wars, tortures, we were gassed by your old buddy (Saddam Hussein)'s chemical
weapons, lost arms and legs, had to face the whole world's conspiracies and
interferences on numerous occasions, so that an arrogant punk like you does
not allow himself to look down on us and insult us, calling our Nation "the
land that once was Iran"!!!
I have news for you, Iran is still Iran and will always be and Keep your
hands off it Mr American soldier.
PS: change your name to Freddy!!!
Action against National Geographic too late
In respose to Dariush Abadi's letter, "IRI
is not pan Arab":
Doh! Mr Abadi is the naive one trying to defend the indefinsible. He
clearly doesn't even know the history of IRI.
It was "Sheikh" Khalkhali the Khomeinie sadist psycopathic henchman
and deputy of Akhound Kohmeini who during a visit to Dubai, first suggested
that Iran was prepared to drop the name of Persian Gulf in favour of an "Islamic
Gulf" to the Sheikh of Dubai who could not believe his ears or that anyone
would sink that low!
Morever they (IRI) have for twenty odd years made NO attempt,
NONE, in Arabic countries to fight the spread of the incorrect name. If anything
they have at every opportunity given every signal to Arabic governments
in their preparedness to "make a deal". Their readiness to sell
anything for recognition and acceptance by Arabs is a matter of record.
Since the revolution was usurped by the vermin akhounds they have nothing
but to try and become more Arab than the Arabs in the mistaken belief that
the way to becoming leaders of the Islamic world.
What screwed them up was Saddam Hussein's Arab Nationlism and to
survive they reluctantly had to allow some expression of Iranian
patriotrism. But even now they won't quite let go, is the writer blind and
doen't see the Arab "towel" worn by all the Basijis and revolutionary
guards as part of their uniforms? If that is not pan Arab what is? (See
this year's basiji parade. Note what the akhound is wearing
over his "abaa" and
the male Basiji outfits.)
The action against National Geographic coming too late and is an empty and
over the top gesture, if anything it is designed to make sure that they
never use the name Persian Gulf and drop it completely (Why have they not for
years take any action about European cartographers who have completely dropped
the name Persian Gulf? Why haven't in the in the past twenty odd
years taken any action against numerous stronger more influential abusers
despite our pleas to their representatives?). You are talking about people
who insist on using terms like "hejaz" instead of Saudi Arabia in
their crazy ambition to become more Arab than Arabs.
It is no wonder that the cause of Persian Gulf is lost, it is because of
our stupidity and those among us ready to sell Iran for a stupid idealology
or monetary gain.
I just could not believe my eyes when I saw this letter. Let me leave you
with this: It was only a few years ago that representative of the "Supreme
Leader" in London embarrassed the IRI while attending
a cultural function about Iranian heritage as he could not speak any Persian
and could only converse in Arabic (he was of the Moavedin)!
Same rights for women
In respose to Babak's letter, "Laws
The idea is that if a man wants to get laid right this minute, now,
later, or anytime, anywhere and with anyone they desire, and that it is
alright for them to believe and do so and not get labeled for it, then
the same rights should be considered for women. That they too have the
right to get laid anytime, anywhere, and with anyone they desire without
being labeled for doing so. Anyone who considers this right as being
applicable only to them is indeed an asshole.
While men of most
cultures have traditionally had more sexual freedom, it is mostly the
Muslim cultures that consider women's sexuality a property of their male
kin, and where for safeguarding the chastity of their women they commit
murder. the idea is to consider the same rights for both sexes and to
this end screw what has been the tradition so far and screw the"Law of
Nature." (In fact this has nothimg to with any law of nature since other
animals do not practice what human animals do!)
It is our civic duty to criticize
In respose to Hamid Bakhsheshi's "Happy
I enjoyed your article. Although I am an American, I lived in Iran 5 years
from 1974-1979 and I had more or less adopted Iran as my country. I know it
sounds strange but I too wept and wept the night before and all the way to
the airport the next morning. That last night I was at my closest friends' family
home and a constant stream of my Persian friends kept stopping by to say goodbye
to me. Even the neighborhood mullah came by to say goodbye and he whispered
in my ear that he hoped that I understood that the radicals who had taken over
were not representative of all Moslems. I told him I knew that.
You see the much touted political freedoms of America come at a very high price
which no one ever tells you about in advance of coming here. The reason we
cried is that there was a very great loss in giving up such a rich and meaningful
culture and real friends, extended family and community in exchange for what?
For this throw away consumer society where no one really knows anyone and there
are no common values other than greed?
If I were you I wouldn't spend any guilt on not having participated in
the ten year "Silent War." Iran and Iraq were just being used like
pawns by the super powers and the G7 countries were all making money selling
both sides weapons. It was the US which sold Iraq the biological and chemical
weapons by the way. Saddam was a CIA appointee to begin with just as is Osama
Ben Laden and El Qeda and the former Taliban.
It was the US administration
which urged Saddam to make war on Iran. The US administrations are very poor
losers who never forget or get over being kicked out of a country i.e. witness
US policy towards Cuba. So I am afraid that all the patriotism is misplaced
and that the real enemy was not Iraq... .I can remember when I was working
in Iran in the old days that there was actually an agency for economic cooperation
between Iraq and Iran.
Some of my critics feel that I have no right to criticize America. On the
contrary if we are to remain a democracy here which is becoming questionable,
our duty to bite the hand that feeds us, it is our civic duty to criticize
authority especially when it challenges our very Constitution with its policies.
Some 3000 people died in the World Trade Centers on 911. How many civilians
have died in Afghanistan and Iraq now in misplaced retaliation? And all of
these bombardments and invasions which have made the US an open aggressor
for the first time in our history have not made the world a safer place but
The arms race is back on track. The militarists and the defense
contractors are happy while the rest of us wage slaves suffer for want of
health care, affordable housing and decent public education and a clean environment.
It is an artistry to say that the US is in a war against terrorism. You see
every intellectual dissident becomes a target just like in the Mc Carthy
Meanwhile the war on terrorism was the handy smoke screen for the US administration
to secure Iraqi oil and Afghanistan for the advent of the Unocal gas pipeline
from Uzbekistan. So before anyone talks about dying for their perspective
country, let us make sure we know who the real enemy is... otherwise we are
cannon fodder for the big money capitalists of this world.
Why trash and ridicule?
I read Farrokh's article [G.I.
Farrokh] after I read some of the letters that had been
written in response to him [Deployed
to Iran?]. I was quite disappointed at the plethora of
had been thrown at him. Then I read another letter [You
sir, are a patriot!!!] by the American veteran
who is married to an Iranian woman and I thought good I don't have to write
a letter, some one decided to write a nice one. But I was really disappointed
after reading that letter, too.
Why is it that some of us have to resort to
ridiculing and trashing the people who write for the Iranian. No Iranian
has the right to trash Farrokh as some people did and no American has a right
call Iranians (I'm paraphrasing here) ass-shaking kabob suckers. What gives
any of us the right to be so dismissive of and disrespectful to each other?
Would the Iranians who wrote those nasty letters to Farrokh have the stomach
and the "roo" to say what they said to the face of the parents
of that first Iranian American kid who got killed in Iraq? I am not going
to argue about the war and whether it was right or wrong, all I am saying
is that all of us no matter what our thoughts or beliefs are deserve respect.
the Iranian Kurd guy who wrote a letter [Despise
Arabs] and trashed Leila Farjami's
poem, I mean, was that really necessary? The point of the poem wasn't that
wants to be an Arab at all, but that's not even important. What's important
some people feel free to go ahead and use all the profanities they know
to express their dislike for and disagreement with others.
I'm sure many
would agree that people are not in general respected by the government
in Iran. And it's not just the government, it's prevalent every where,
at the local Baghali or Sabziforooshi or by the Basiji and Ansar. One thing
that I have
learned after living in the US for 10 years is that here people give
each other respect, they may not like each other, but they don't go out of
their way to
trash each other either.
I'm sure the people who wrote those nasty letters
to Farrokh wouldn't like to receive a letter like that if they ever
wrote some thing for the Iranian. If you feel passionate about some thing,
and explain why you disagree with the point of view that has been presented,
you may even be able to change some one's mind, why do you have to
go and attack the character and the humanity of the person who wrote the
I've seen these types of responses to every thing from Siamak Baniamiri's
to people's poems, to articles written on political topics and I
just don't understand how some people can bring themselves to such a low level.
all human beings and deserve to be heard and to be respected. They
treat us that way in our own motherland, let us treat each other with
the dignity we all deserve.
I challenge every one who decides to write to
the Iranian to
think before they hit the send button and see if they would be
offended if the letter they wrote was sent to themselves. I challenge and invite
one to treat others the way they would want to be treated. I'm
sure all of
us are capable of that.
For 2500 Years, the body of water that separates the Iranians from the Arabs
has been called the Persian Gulf. Every single person in history, no matter
of their origin, who visited this beautiful gulf, has called it that name for
centuries. From Alexander, to Marco Polo, even the brutal Arab and Mongol invaders
called this gulf the Persian Gulf and not the Arabian Gulf.
The newest Atlas of the World by the National Geographic however undermines
this historically valuable name and has placed the name of Arabian Gulf in
parenthesis under the name Persian Gulf. It is interesting to note that in
most World Atlases, Persia is written in parenthesis under the name Iran, and
it should be so when in fact the country was known to the world as Persia until
Representing the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf in parenthesis is suggesting
that this Gulf has sometime in the past or in any scientific record has been
referred to as the Arabian Gulf, when in fact it has never been so. This
type of representation of incorrect information confuses the readers and makes
believe that they can in fact use the name Arabian Gulf if they wish to do
so, going against all historical records, scientific publications, and UN
Since the National Geographic has decided to go ignore science, history and
international agreements and move away from its scientific roots and beliefs
and join the political arena, I have some other alternative name suggestions
for them. By using the names I have stated below they will complete their unilateral
renaming of geographic locations. I believe they should place the following
names in parenthesis under their original names.
* The English Channel (the French Channel) - Since the body of water separates
England and France and it would be unfair to the French for it to be called
the English Channel
* The Atlantic Ocean (Euro-American Ocean) - There is no longer a place called
Atlantis, therefore the body of water that separates Europe and America should
be called the Euro-American Ocean.
* Gulf of Mexico (Gulf of America)
* Indian Ocean (South Asian Ocean)
* Sea of Oman (Sea of Southern Middle East)
* Panama Canal (Atlanto-Pacific Canal)
As Iranians, we have seen many of our rights be trampled upon throughout
history. Our beautiful land has been the victim of many barbaric actions and
invasions. In the modern era, we have been misrepresented throughout the world
due to our unique culture and values. This fact has scarred us throughout our
existence, so when it comes to changing the name of something that all Iranians
are proud to call Persian, we are reminded of all our losses through our long
history. In order to stop these actions taken against us, we have to unite
and make our voices heard by showing the world our true identity and things
we believe in.
No matter what the National Geographic or some Arab States call this body
of water, it was, it is, and it will always be known to the world as the Persian
Think of everything you have now
In respose to Hamid Bakhsheshi's "Happy
Yes, you should be thankful for everything you have and have accomplished!
I know what you mean about the questions in our head about coming here and
all that. I have thoughts like that, as I'm sure other immigrants do. But looking
at our peers back home and where they are and what most of them have done,
answers that question quickly.
Except in rare exceptional cases and if not martyred in the war or rotting
in prison, a person in our age and belonging to a middle or upper middle class
family in Iran would have ended up with family and kids of his own and having
to work 2 or 3 jobs in Tehran to make ends meet. I see examples of that every
time I go back to Iran.
Don't get me wrong, we have missed out on quite a bit
by not being back home for all these years, but it's not like we would have
make much of a difference had we been there. Our presence believe it or not
would have been of no consequence (as I said earlier, except in rare cases,
like if you or I were to end up being a president or revolutionary figure
that would have made a big difference!)
Think of everything you have now and have become that would not have been
if you had stayed in Iran!
Good or bad, that's how
In respose to Tuff Wild Chick's "Iranian
News flash Miss "thang". All men are the same, all. Even your Dad
and/or your brother. Your future husband, if there is one, will be exactly
the same. This has nothing to do with nationality.
Now, there are certain qualities or specifications you will find in Iranian
men vs. others, but generally, men are this way.
As an Iranian "guy" I'm insulted by your blanket statement of, if
not all, "most" Iranian guys. Have you met most Iranian guys? There
are perhaps a good 20 million of us and at least 100,000 of us in United States.
You've been with all 100,000? Who's the slut now?
Can't make judgments like this just because you've been burned abjee, cannot.
Iranian men are hard working, goal orientated, focused, very successful,
and loyal. Now, their loyalty may not leak into their marriage or relationships
as much as you like, but we're good catch.
If we're not good enough for you, there are hundreds more that are waiting.
Broaden your horizons a bit more, please. Go out with a few American, Hispanic,
Asian, and some European guys. Hell we, Iranian Guys, don't mind. Do it for
the sake of understanding men a bit more. You have a very restricted view
More likely, your Father cheated on your Mom, you've been cheated on or screwed
and left, or close friend just found out... you get the point.
Get out there and find out what men are really like. Good or bad, that's
how we are. If you can't accept it, relationships between two women are totally
acceptable these days, we, men, definitely don't mind that.
All about money, stupid
Related aritcles, Setareh Sabety's "The
Ghassem Namazi's "No
Below was written a while ago, just after Arafat's passing away. The story
of the Palestinian funds is now slowly rising to the surface so it is particulary
apt. Only today the Citibank has reported a number of accounts holding hundreds
of millions of dollars in Arafat's name:
We Iranians seem to have an infinite capacity for crass sentimentalism and
love of mourning. You only need to browse the Internet and read the messages
written by Irianians from inside and outside Iran about Yasser Arafat, wallowing
in a sticky sickly sentimental outpouring of emotion.
We are but Ostriches with our heads in the sand or as we say in Persian
like partridges with their heads buried in the snow (and asses up in the air!),
it seems that we never lose the knack for falling for the worst type of demagogue
corrupt charlatan politician, and as we seem to have conventiently forgotten
that he was essentially an Arab Nationalist and when it came to it always sided
with enemies of Iran.
Have we so easliy forgotten his support for Iraq and enimity towards our
country? We seem to be happy to turn a blind eye to it in
our concern about the plight of the Palestinian people which given the
state of our own country would be comical if it was not so tragic.
Should we not put our people first and worry about the plight of the thousands
of homeless children or the fate of women in our banana republic?
This is the man who would not let go of control over the huge funds the Arab
countries had put at his disposal. What do you think that comic tiff during
the last stages of his life, between his wife and the Palestinian leadership
was about? They nearly gave us a glimpse of what it was all about by washing
their dirty linen in public but I guess somehow she was bought off and made
to shut up. It was ALL ABOUT WHO CONTROLS THE MONEY, stupid!
I leave you with an example of his deeds so perhaps you better understand the
man you are eulogizing. And it does not come out of Israeli propaganda machine
but is a matter of Palestianian history.
When Jawid Al Ghussein his friend and "brother" since the earliest
days in Cairo (1950‚s) who was later entrusted for years with Palestinian
finances, after the Oslo accord tried to consolidate these funds into one treasury
and called for accountability and transparency in their financial affairs, "Abu-Ammar" through
his cronies first tried to discredit him by accusing him of misappropirating
the funds, when that would not make that stick, "Abu-Ammar" had
his henchmen kidnap him from Abu Dhabi and illegally take him to the occupied
territories. He then kept him imprisoned in his compound for years and
threatening Jawid‚s family in the West that he would be harmed if they
Despite two revolution inside a century we are still not mature enough to shed
the need for hero making and then we wonder why we are in this predicament.
As an Iranian Kurd I despise
In respose to Leila Farjami's "Fil-e
First of all Leila, your poem was horrible, in every sense of the word. If
hatred of Arabs bothering you so much that you rather be an Arab, more power
to you. I don't think it would bother any body.
As an Iranian Kurd I despise
Arabs. I have no problem sending every filthy one of them to hell. So fuck
you very much for your stupid and nonsense poem. I guess it makes you feel
like an intellect to be on their side, even though Arabs have occupied my
country for over 1400 years. They are not going to leave either, as a mater
they are in more control than ever.
Iranians are supposed to bend over 5
times a day towards Saudi Arabia and now before their masters while Arabic
is being played from Arabic mosques. We have named our sons GHOLAMREZA
(slave of Reza) and you worry they are being victims by our prejudice?
handy work [crimes] are attached with this email. Have fun celebrating
their work you bitch.
Zoroastrian Republic of Iran? No.
In respose to Persia Lover's "Bad
thoughts, bad words, bad deeds":
Why is it that when people disparage Zoroastrianism they always bring up
the Sassanians? The Sassanian dynasty existed one and a half thousand years
after the time of Zoroaster. It was a time of decadence brought on by the establishment
of a priesthood with temporal power (something Zoroaster himself vehemently
opposed). It was also the time of Scheherazade of the Hezaro Yekshab (the Thousand
and One Nights). If you look at the Hezaro Yekshab, it becomes obvious that
it is a plea to end the mistreatment of women. Throughout the tales of Scheherazade,
women are continually saving men from male folly.
No one is advocating a Zoroastrian Republic of Iran to replace the Islamic
Republic of Iran. Those of us who are infatuated with the Magian faith (which
is every bit as monotheistic as the God of Abraham religions) ask only that
Zoroastrianism, as the only religion to have actually originated in Iran, be
allowed to make its contribution to the spiritual uplifting of the Iranian
people and that its message be offered to the rest of the world.
Like every religious group, the classical Zoroastrians (descendents of Sassanian
royalty) have their liberals and their conservatives. I myself am critical
of the conservative elements of the classical Zoroastrian community because
they have, through fourteen centuries of intramarriage, transformed Zoroastrianism
into an ethnic religion, something it was never meant to be, something not
found in the Gathas, the Songs of Zoroaster. It is time for the classical Zoroastrians
to break out of their narrow ethnic bounds and open up to the wave of converts,
especially to those Iranians disillusioned with Islam.
It is easy for the disparagers of Zoroastrianism to find examples of Sassanian "religious" writings
that are absurd and nauseating. The writings of the Sassanian priest Adra Viraf,
who wrote Heaven and Hell, are particularly repulsive. But the writings of
Adra Viraf have nothing to do with Zoroastrianism, no more so than the writings
of the insane Nietzsche in his Thus Spake Zarathustra. Do we judge Christianity
by the writings of Dante?
I challenge those disparagers of the Magian faith to find fault with the
original Gathas, the Songs of Zoroaster. The Gathas provide a solid moral foundation
for leading a virtuous and productive life. I have found quotations in the
Bible, the Testament, and the Koran that could easily be used to disparage
the God of Abraham religions, but so far in my readings I have not found a
single quotation from the Gathas (written at a time when people worshipped
devils and sacrificed virgins to make crops grow) that is not beautiful and
author of Beckoning Star and The Return
Help independent women's library
I have taken the liberty of writing to you for a good cause. The WCC
in Tehran have started their women's library. After a long deliberation, they
rented a place and turned down money from abroad to buy
one -- and thank god for that, given the present
The library not only needs operating money, which
to raise from classes and other possible donations from their members,
urgently they need equipment like computers, scanners, and above
all a very good copy machine.
We have donated all we could to help with the down payment for rent and other
furnishing stuff, but good computers and copiers are very expensive.
CAN YOU HELP PLEASE to set up an independent women's library for scholars?
In response to Paul Kriwaczek's "In
Search of Zarathustra":
I enjoyed very much reading the excerpt that you provided from the book "In
serach of Zarathistra". It seems that more and more Western intellectuals
are turning their back on Nietzsche's famous proclamation ("God is dead").
Further, they are dissatisfied with the moral principles of judeo-christianism
and look to the East for salvation.
Zarathustra is slowly emerging as a "pole" for
many, in the West and in Iran itself, who have started to question the relevance
of traditional monotheistic religions (Isalm, Christianism, Judaism).
like to recommend another book which explores in some depth the philosophical
aspects of Zarathustra's message and its reverberations within Shi'ite Islam.
It was written by the famous French iranologue, Henry Corbin: "Spiritual
Body and Celestial Earth, From Mazdean Iran to Shi'ite Iran" (Princeton
University Press, 1977).
Not compatible with Iranian culture
In respose to Parkhash's "Left
'Left overs" by Parkhash is totally absurd. What does the fine details of
a television show in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution have to do with the
The majority of Iranians voted to abolish the Iranian Monarchy forever. That
is a fact. Everyone knows that Iranian cinema and television did not win
as many awards world wide as did movies and television shows after the
The Revolution was a combined effort of the Iranian masses to
abolish a barbaric system that did not work.
The Bush administration has said
that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a democracy and that Iranians masses
vote for their representatives.
The only fact that Parkhash states that makes any sense is that the left's
ideology is not compatible with Iranian culture. And that is why the Iranian
decided on an Islamic Republic.
Parkhash should just wake up. He is being delusional and irrational.
Who cares what others think?
In respose to Arash Emamzadeh's "A
Dear Aghaye Emamzadeh,
I am ethnically only half-Persian. I was born in the United States. I come from
a family where my father is the foreigner and my mother is the Iranian. All my
life my mother forced me and my sister to learn to read and write her language
(Parsi...not Farsi). I am a teenager now and for most of my life I felt neither "Iranian-enough" for
Iranians nor "American-enough" for Americans.
I felt very confused about my identity. My Iranian cousins thought I was a foreigner
and so did my American cousins. Well, after writing a story about feeling "less-than" that
appeared on iranian.com last year, I got a flood of warm and loving emails from
Iranians everywhere around the world that said I was one of them.
I only got one email from a lady who told me that it "took two Iranians
to make a real Iranian product (I guess she was talking about babies and not
cars)." The point is who cares what other people think! All we can do in
life is try to treat others black, white, Iranian or non-Iranian the best
we can. If we do that then everyone will accept us.
I may have a non-Iranian family name, but I have been to see my
dear baba borzorg and maman borzorg in Tehran many, many times. I love Iran.
Some people want to think of me as a foreigner because my Passport is blue,
that doesn't bother me at all...they can think what they like. If Iran allowed
my mother to pass her nationality to me she would have done it in a heartbeat and
I have would accepted it, but as things stand now, only Iranian fathers
can pass their nationality on to their kids. So that leaves people like
my sister and I always having to defend our claim to our country from people
who want to strip of us of our cultural birthright.
Personally, I think that anyone...no matter where they were born, no matter who
their father or mother was, no matter the color of their Passport,
no matter if they speak Parsi or not...is an IRANIAN if they love Iran,
its people, its culture, its literature, its food, its rich, rich heritage and
if they think of themselves as IRANIANS. It doesn't matter what other
people think or say....it only matters what your heart tells you. If it
tells you that you're Iranian with each and every beat, then you can be sure
that you are, indeed, Iranian.
I think our people would be far better served if we joined hands together to
become strong instead of nit-picking each other to death and trying to build
pyramids of who is more Iranian than whom. The only way our country will ever
be free is to stop all the bitching, infighting and destructive competition
that exists between different groups and factions of Iranians.
Until we do this, if ever, you can be sure that only those Iranians who
are really Arabs at heart....those who have strangled and enslaved our country
and murdered God knows how many thousands or even millions of innocent
people during the past quarter of a century will be the only Iranians
God bless you and Iran,
(only thirteen- but 100% Iranian until the day I die)
In response to Quiz question "Show
They are actors in a new play by Bahram Beyzaie about a bunch of penguins
lost in big city and their adventures.:-)
I had to change my pants
In response to ThePerser.com's "Persian
Just wanted to let you know I had to change my pants after watching this
video, this is one of the funniest thing I have seen in a long time.
This will take time
In response to Behshad Hastibakhsh's "Theocracy
Great piece that deserves reading by everyone. You have made
yet another in a long line of excellent arguments as to WHAT needs to be done.
Now if we can only figure out HOW? The problem has never been in the WHAT,
that has been relatively obvious. The problem has always been in the HOW.
1. HOW do we go about retiring "...the old guard of Iranian politics
with gratitude, and entrust a new breed of Iranians technocrats with leadership."?
The old guard refuses to acknowledge the relevance of the young. Our "Rostam
and Sohrab complex" ensures we kill off our own young before they have
a chance to replace us as guardians of the land.
2. HOW do we go about "converging hundreds of political groups into
a handful of moderate parties." Each group suffers from the "Pahlavan" syndrome
(sorry for another Shahnameh reference!), thinking it is their solemn and sole
duty to "Save Iran".
3. HOW do you achieve solidarity or coalition of political parties. More
importantly, WHO will be drawing up the realignments? The degree of mistrust
and paranoia amongst us is high.
4. HOW do you achieve social trust when there is currently social mistrust?
5. HOW do you overcome "historic differences"? There is very real
bad blood between the various sections, I mean real blood, people who have
had relatives executed brutally and wrongly (on both sides) who cannot forgive
6. HOW do to create a "coalition government in exile" when doing
so is completely illegal and unwarranted in the eyes of the IRI. Additionally
currently, the various groups each accuse each other of being "Agents
of the IRI" at any sign of seeming capitulation or moderation towards
the slightest dialogue.
7. HOW do you convince the financially starved media, half of whom receive
direct funding from Iran now, to bite the hand feeding them. Additionally almost
all of the stations newspapers and magazines are ego-based, meaning they are
fed by the egos of their editors. Each with the Pahlavan syndrome.
8. Again, HOW? Any form of disobedience is confronted with such brutality
and overwhelming force, you cannot outsmart it. Protest is met with coldly
efficient and the swiftest concealment. The large middle class in Iran is once
9. HOW can you "...bring the ruling theocracy to it's knees"? By
their own statements, they have over $40B stashed away as an insurance policy
against any form of takeover. And they have a plan too. ANY form of takeover
will likely result in a backlash by the IRI in the form of a long period of
bitter terror driven civil war.
10. Referendum? The IRI in 1979 somewhat determined that the people of Iran
do not want a monarchy. Granted it was a coerced referendum, but I think the
idea of anything other than a purely ceremonial, unifying symbol, historically
appropriate, but completely powerless monarchy is unrealistic.
Based on my interpretation of the facts and history of our country, we are
not realistically going to see a rapid change in Iran anytime soon. There is
too much at stake for those in power, and not enough courage for those who
Be that as it may, and given the tight and procedurally irreversible grip
the velayateh-faghih has on Iran today, we will likely not see any self-directed
change in Iran until the current VF leadership dies off, or self moderates.
As is the ongoing case in China.
This will take time.
I fear that any other form of fast change would cost real blood which at
this time, no one is willing to give.
Why 85% are dumb
In response to Mr. Talmoud's letter, "How
could 98.2% of Iranians be so dumb?"
I enjoyed your sarcastic response to the posting on Iranian.com. As you may
know, Iranian.com took poll a while ago as to the Iranian-American's
party affiliation (you can find it in their "polls archive"). It
is amazing to see that only 15% of them are Republicans (and perhaps only 5%
of the female segment).
I am not saying that if you are not a Republican you
are dumb. But if you really dig into why 85% are Bush-haters, you begin
to wonder why they adore Clinton, who did nothing positive for U.S Iranians
8 years, while they hate Bush so much. I think the root of it is that those
85% see the Republicans as threat to them because they feel that they are
not Americans and Bush is out to get them. Now that is what I call "Dumb".
Personally I do not think that Bush will and should invade Iran, such as
case. But he had the balls to point directly to the Iranian "government"
(not its "people" as the 85% of dumb U.S Iranian's think) and
say it like it is. The ruthless, useless, corrupt, fascist, and bloodsucking
Mullahs are nothing but "evil". All of a sudden this 85% segment
of Iranians that live in the U.S are more pro Iraq than pro U.S. Have they
forgotten how Saddam Hussein killed and disfigured about 1 million poor
Iranians. And can't they see that if Iraq is democratized (if Iran and
funding the insurgency), the poor oppressed people of Iraq will be much
better off? Guess not. That is why they are dumb.
Hollywood's practice of historical revisionism
In respose to Titra Parsi's "Miserably
Jenbabe Doctor Parsi damet garm!
Zadi too khalesh ba in tahlilet! Right on!
Good job, though I remain an Oliver Stone fan, in his style and technique
of film making!
I agree with your assessment on Hollywood's practice of historical revisionism
and the bias in their social views and Oliver Stone didn't start it; it's
been and will be practiced widely and deeply in Hollywood!
Northern European superiority is just a facade
In respose to Titra Parsi's "Miserably
Trita Parsi writes: "In proud Hollywood tradition, Stone uses blond
Scandinavians to depict heroic ancient Greeks, while modern-day Greeks are
left to portray
extras. At first glance, such a casting policy may appear to be of little importance,
but it belies a deeper, racist mindset that is brought to the surface through
Stone's portrayal of the Greek view of Persia and the East..."
Mr. Parsi continues, very eloquently, to make other points in his article.
An observation: Black doll - White doll:
In the 1960's sociologist agreed that Black kids in America preferred playing
with white dolls. Why? Is it because they hated their own skin? What kind of
social conditioning had penetrated the mind of an innocent African American child?
With the dominant Northern European mentality, is it possible to ever make an
African American child prefer the brown doll?
Almost all movies/TV shows/COMMERCIALS made in the West have the mind-set
of Northern European superiority. Shouldn't we, as immigrants from the third-world
living in the West, be at least aware of this twisted world view? Think
about non-Northern European kids who grow up in the West. Shouldn't non-white
kids have an understanding of this twisted world view? These
kids should at least realize that the Northern European world-view is
just a facade.
Overcoming the inferiority complex (as illustrated in the case of Black children
preferring white dolls) among non-white children is quite a challenge. Without
the proper tools and education (and an alternative world-view that does
not focus on dominance), kids, who are not of Northern-European ancestry
growing up in the West, may never prefer dolls that are not white. Tools
and education needed to reverse this inferiority complex go against
the dominant European-based world-view and will never be fully accepted by the
Recognize the Northern European World-View for what it really is: a facade
to overcome the West's own insecurity.
In respose to Farhad Radmehrian's "Pahlavi
Absolutely loved this article. Very witty, funny and
no trace of hatefulness (I hate that family and can
not hide my feelings and I do not apologize). I laghed
I am thrilled to see there are other intelligent
Iranians who are observant and know what goes on. I
can always tell by one's writings or pictures posted
at the site what message is being conveyed.
Job well done and message understood.
Let the suckers be known!
You sir, are a patriot!!!
In respose to Farrokh B.'s "G.I.
Dear Farrokh Agha,
Salaam. I wasn't going to write you in the beginning (when your article first
appeared) because I disagreed with you on the fate of the fellow who deserted
to North Korea. I feel as I have earned the right to disagree with your views
because, like you, I too am a veteran. My war was Desert Storm and while that
part of my life is well behind me, I believe that soldiering is a noble profession.
The reason I decided to write to you now was the shock and utter disgust
I felt when reading the nasty, hateful, hurtful responses that were sent
to the Letters section in response to your article. Who are these people?
What absolute ingrates they are to demean, belittle and dishonor not
only you, but the hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of Americans who have
shed their blood and lost their lives in our nations history to insure that
these rabid dogs have the freedom to hurl insults at you and the nation that
took them in when the Ayatollahs took over.
Who are these peices of pig shit that never took a stand for anything? It shouldn't
surprise anyone that they hide behind freedoms walls to hurl their filth. How
could anyone expect them to love America enough to stand tall for her when they
won't even stand up for their own native land. Instead of risking life and
limb to liberate their own country, they crawl like scum sucking snakes on their
bellies in America berating fine and proud Iranian-Americas like you who
chose to stand for something in life. God bless you sir!!!
I am not Iranian...never have been and, unless the laws of nature change, I never
will be one, but my children are half Iranian and I have shared 25 years of my
life with an Abadani girl who supported me fully when I was sent to war. While
these Iranians who crucify you with words were stuffing kabobs down thier face
hole, and shaking their asses at discotechs, my then young wife had
to worry about the very real possiblity of being a single parent and
widow for many long, lonely and agonizing months when I was deployed.
any of these ass-shaking kabob suckers ever once thank her for the suffering
she endured so they could live a life of leisure? Hell no!!!
She suffered in silence and she stood stronger than a mountain, never once
hearing a kind or supportive word from her Iranian "countrymen". I'm
sure you will agree with me that it is the woman who stands behind
every soldier that is is source of strength. If these pieces of human garbage are
incapable of honoring the sacrifices of those proud Iranian woman who
have stood behind soldiers like us, how can we expect them to understand something
so basic as the concepts of duty, honor, country. These people would
not even fight for their beloved Iran, how can you expect them to understand
the love and devotion you have demonstrated for your adopted home.
Do not be disheartened by the rantings of cowards and those who believe in
standing for nothing except themselves. These Iranians who criticise
you so harshly are not Americans at all and they never will be. It
is one thing to disagree with the political policies of our country's leaders
and another entirely to dishonor those who protect our freedoms day and night,
even at great risk of peril to themselves.
These are people who cling to their
American Passport, but criticise everything America stands for except their right
to suck it dry and fill up their banks accounts. These are people
who make sport of watching other people's sons and daughters die
while calling those brave youngsters every vile name imaginable. Even
though they've lived amongst us for 25 years these people are not Americans. They
are foreigners who grasp their American Passports tightyly, while sucking our
country dry like piglets on the teats of a sow.
They have benefited and prospered from the bounty of America. It
is the very protection that you and so many others have given them that
insures their freedom to spew and write such filty, vile and hypocritical
shit while continuing to enrich themselves in this land they hate so much.
You sir, are a patriot!!! I am proud to call you and Iranians like you my
countrymen and women. While there are many ways to give something back to this great country you,
Farrokh Agha, have given back in the most meaningful way possible that
any immigrant or native born citizen can. You are risking life and limb
for OUR county, our freedoms and our people. There is nothing more noble than
I salute you, I thank you, and I will never forget why I am proud
that Iranian blood flows in the veins of my two children. It is because of people
God Bless You, God Bless America and God Bless Iran.
See good and the good comes to you
In respose to Tuff Wild Chick's" Iranian
I take you are very upset and someone hurt you real bad. Your image of Iranian
men is great but it represents males in general not just Iranians. I've
been away from home for 35 years. Seldom associated with Iranians and have
at this time. I've only partnered with non-Iranians including my husband. A
relationship is much easier with a non Iranian for me, but trust me there are
that you miss when cultures are different. During the past 7 year, I've
been drawn to Iranian guys. I also believe sex is a very important part of
a relationship for both sides.
I met an Iranian man. I loved him dearly. He was in love with me as well.
I know that for a fact. He received everything he wanted from a woman and I
received everything that I want from a man. For whatever reason, the "fear
of failure", and "what people say" caused a problem committing
to a partnership.
After a 3-year relationship, my boyfriend that supposedly
is madly in love with me, said I slept with him on my "second
date". The funny part is when he feels good, he is happy I slept with on
the second date, but when he does not feel good, I am a whore. Both comments
are made by the same guy.
do not tolerate weakness, nor do I tolerate disrespect, so I left. It's
loss! He could not handle to have it all; a partner and a lover in the
same package. Even though I was hurt, I still want an Iranian man to be my
It is not good to generalize but if I had to, I
would say Iranian men have low selfesteam which causes weakness and therefore
difficult to commit. They also end up being controlling, to gain power, and
overcome their weakness. This also creates an unfair relationship where they
accept equality. What's good for them is not good for you.
other hand, Iranian men do have some good qualities that are seldom found
in the Western world. They are more romantic ;-) and we women are a sucker
must look at the typical Iranian women as well. Let's face it, Iranian
woman are not the best choice either. At least from what I see. They all want
be a queen. I find them phony, jealous, and selfish. It seems they are always
in competition with their best friend on "who has what" at all
My suggestion to you is focus on yourself; forgive yourself and your partner
so you can be a healthier person for the right man when he comes along. They
are all kind of people in every nationality. Look what is important to you
and choose your partner based on that.
See good and the good comes to you.
"In life devote yourself to Joy and Love...
... Live as if you are already in the heavens above."
-- OMAR KHAYYAM
Makes you look spiteful
In respose to Parkhash's "Left
Wow. Someone needs Anger Management! Parkhash, you are angry at the
Iranian Left. This is obvious from your ranting in your piece.
Not liking people is ok, last time I checked. But not liking someone and slandering
and lying about them to prove your point are two different things.
My mom is American and my dad is Iranian, and he was involved in and sympathetic
to leftist politics back in the 70s and 80s. Never was there any Cuban
or Libyan or Iraqi connections mentioned by him or his friends. Maybe
he missed the Savak show on TV...
I am not super political, but I believe in having the freedom to think and
act as one pleases. My dad cares very much about Iran and has given me
so much by raising me to be Iranian as well as American. Investing in your
culture means you care about it, right? How dare you imply people who are leftists
do not love their culture? Can your kids even speak and read Farsi?
You can't make sweeping generalizations about a group of people you don't
like -- I guess you can, but that makes you prejudiced and a bigot.
Hitler also made sweeping judgments about people (Jews, Gypsies,
gays, and communists) as well. Are you a Nazi and Facist too?
Finally, you have no right to say what political causes are and aren't Iranian.
Please. Who died and made you king?
People have the freedom to choose what they believe in. This is what makes
a democracy work. My dad has his views, but tolerates the views of others even
if he doesn't agree with them.
We don't all have to agree, but you shouldn't
attack and lie about people who think different from you, especially for
a mistake as little as messing up a TV show's name. It makes people think you
are spiteful and don't have anything else to do. Wake up! Dividing people
won't win your cause...but maybe you don't have one.
In respose to iranian.com flashback "July/August
I love that flashback to the old site. It looks like
a Google search result for something like "Kabul Museum lost items" or "Budapest
birth registry" etc.
Well you've come a long way, it gives one
Tall and proud future
In respose to Arash Sayedi's "Thought,
character and destiny":
I really enjoyed your article. You have certainly done a good job
organizing your thoughts, and you should never call when you put pen to paper
because your writing is excellent. You express thoughts that many of us cannot
articulate but most certainly agree with; they make sense.
You are so correct when you write that our destiny is in our own hands; we
ourselves must weave the path to a future where we can stand tall and proud.
Good luck and best wishes,
give them time and power
In respose to Persia Lover's "Bad
thoughts, bad words, bad deeds":
Well, sir, what religion you know that did not go bad eventually in the
hands of priest hood!? Buddhist Monks in Tibet had enslaved a quarter of population
just before Chinese invasion fourty years ago. You can not find more gentle,
high ideals than Buddhism! But that is the way it is! No fault of Sidhartha
Buddha or Zarathustra!
This is the way it works "humans corrupt everything" just
give them time and power. some of it has nothing to do with concept of religion
but Cast system, India stood and eventually beat back Moslems and kept the
archaic cast system which still practiced by millions in India. what made Iran
a looser of phenomenal consequences are so complicated we can not even begin
to discuss here! it was not zoroater,s Gathas believe me. for some people like
me not having any religion is OK! but allots of our countrymen need something
to hang on to in this "ghorbat" ! they never could use it to build
a colt of Jihadis like Alqadeda, eastern Aryan based religions are not suited
Alexander the Terrible!
In respose to M.A.R.'s "The
best -- misrepresentation of history":
Thank you for your review of the movie Alexander the Terrible! I was so eager
to see the movie and find out how the Persians were portrayed, I could hardly
wait for the movie to come out! Now, I am not going to watch it! Too bad! May
be the $14 that I saved by not buying the tickets and popcorns, I should send
it to the site that is fighting the Persian gulf name change! Well, may be
our kids some day would make a movie "Cyrus the Great!"
EXACTLY what you're
In respose to Tuff Wild Chick's" Iranian
i tell you why iranian men act this way toward iranian women. because
that's EXACTLY what you're worth. iranian women are nothing but a bunch of
gold-digging, superficial, arrogant, rude, condescending UNDER-ACHIEVERS who
think that all they need is a pretty face and a vagina to get ahead in life.
while we iranian MEN get our MD's, PhD, MBA's, and JD's and rapidly rise in
the corporate and professional world, you iranian women lounge around putting
on your make-up while waiting for Dr. Right to show up. and when he does show
up, you're off to Macy's with our platinum cards. and you wonder WHY we treat
you like this??? ha! iranian women need take a cue from Indian and Asian women:
put down the make-up and open a goddamn book.
iranian men are among the most romantic men around. i know, i am one. they will without a doubt go out of their
way to make a girl happy if they think
the girl is worth it. sorry to burst your bubble, honey, but most iranian women
are simply NOT worth it.
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