May 25, 2004
* The coming invasion
I read Lawrence Reza Ershaghi's "When
they invade Iran". I am not Iranian, but I agree
with it completely. I am one American who did not put up a flag or
a bumper sticker after 9-11 because I could see where this was headed
from the very beginning. I don't support anyone dumb enough to risk
their life so Halliburton can make more money. By the way, I'm not
a liberal, I'm a conservative Christian.
I think he is probably right that a lot of his contemporaries are more
interested in the mall than world events. Most people in the U.S. are
like that regardless of ethnic background.
The coming invasion of Iran is as obvious as yesterday's newspaper
headline, although they may go for Syria first I really wonder how Iranian
Americans will react and if they are prepared for the hatred that will
be whipped up to gain public support of the invasion.
I hope that Mr. Ershaghi continues writing the truth. We need voices like
his at this dark hour.
* Half truths
Reading the speech made by Shirin Ebadi published on Iranian.com [Our
a thought passed my mind that this speech could well have been word for
Mohamad Reza Shah Pahlavi would have said if he was alive today, though
he would have emphasised more on the need for spirituality and the
benevolance of our Shiite and Muslim traditions.
Then I came across the bit in the speech where Lenin killed 2 million
and Stalin killed hundreds of thousands. How could a Nobel Laureat
make such a mistake? Stalin killed more of his own people than Hitler
in the Holocust and in his military adventures combined. And why no
mention of the tens of millions killed by the Maoist in China (A country
Islamic Republic dreams to replicate).
It bacame clear when I read who has translated Shirin Ebadi's words
from Persian. A certain Abbass Milani, ex-communist who was arrested
in the 1970's for wanting to make the Iranian people 'happy' to use
Shirin Ebadi's words.
Could it just be that these people, Lenin, Stalin, Moussolini and the
Bolsheviks etc. where actually only after their own happiness and
economic well being and only talked of workers rights and workers power
excuse for their own personal ambitions and ego's.
Just compare the
current ruling class that puts its own monopoly of power before the
prosperity of its subjects with the ancien regime,
regime and a very Iranian regime, and much of these sweets words
a gentle diversion of poeple's attention with half truths and bland
entertainments and are in effect political speech in defense of
Amir K. Sheibany
* Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Jowza
I wanted to stay away from responding to all the gibberish Ali Ardeshir
Jowza wrote in his piece titled, "The
new voice of the Islamic Republic", but finally I relented
and decided to write my response.
It is very easy to sit outside of (as
the Iranian saying goes) the gowde! and criticise and attack people
inside Iran who are in the midst of all the difficulties and dangers
dare to stand and fight for human rights and Women as Shirin Ebadi
has done. Maybe they should have given the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Jowza
his courageous struggle for freedom and justice in Iran. I recommend all Iranians
to stand up and try to get Mr. Jowza nominated for 2004 Peace Prize.
* Mouthpiece no mystery
Dear Dr. Ala,
I am writing this in response to your piece on iranian.com
here for democracy".
Let me begin by saying that your portrayal
Ebadi's position is deeply disturbing and at best extremely flawed. Despite
being a man of advanced academic training, your analysis of her comments
peppered with naiveté and misjudgment.
For example, you quote Ms. Ebadi on the strict mandatory Hijaab laws
as saying that she is only following the laws of the land. Really? Since
NOT wearing the Islamic Hijaab is the law of the United States? Would
arrested, beaten, and imprisoned in the United States for wearing the
Add to that 50 lashes and that's what my cousin got for not wearing
Hijaab correctly in Iran.
Dr. Ala, the fact that Ms. Ebadi is the mouthpiece of the Islamic regime
no longer a mystery. She is following the same course of action that
originally taken by Khatami with only one thought in mind: prolongation
legitimization of the brutal rule of the Islamic Regime in Iran.
It is up to us Iranians abroad, especially the educated class, to resonate
the voices of the suffering Iranian people to the world. Anything short
this effort is unfair and inhumane to the people of Iran and the future
Ms. Ebadi does not have the benefit of the Iranian people
mind. It seems to me that neither do you. Ms. Ebadi has questionable
political motives. It seems to me that so do you.
The mighty Nazi Germany's army could not protect Hitler's
vision of greed and
destruction. What makes you think that the Basijis and Ms. Ebadi can
that of the mullahs in Iran?
Enough is enough.
S. Khozin M.D., M.P.H.
* We believe in God's promises
In responce to Ali Ardeshir Jowza's "The
new voice of the Islamic Republic":
I would like to apologize to the Sadri brothers for my needlessly
abrasive response [Boils
down to two facts] to their piece "Apocalypse
I also wish to apologize to your readers for my use of the term "flake".
It was unnecessary and I acknowledge it as a sin on my part.
Mahmoud implies [Standing
in for Archie Bunker] that I stereotype people in
turbans as unsavoury characters, which I certainly do not. There
are no doubt a great many
loveable people who wear them. Moreover, I am perfectly well aware
that they are worn by men of many different religions.
wearers I specifically referred to are those agitators who call for
Israel and death to America, and the fact that their belligerence
results in an entirely understandable reaction from Christian voters
a sense of allegiance to those two nations. I cannot speak for
all peoples, but certainly most Westerners, when they hear someone
for death assume that he means it.
Religious hypocrites who pose as spiritual leaders but who build
a personal powerbase on the politics of hatred - these are pestilent
people, no matter whether they are found in the church (and there
been many), the synagogue, the temple or the mosque. Down through
history their violent rhetoric has justified the things God hates
and set the
world on fire. The Popes who called forth the Crusades were no
better than the current crop to whom I refer.
Regarding the Pre-Millennial Christian's attitude to Israel [Apocalypse
I can only say (being one myself) that Mr Sadri has perhaps
information from someone who, unbeknown to him, was determined
the entire issue. Let me state simply what we DO believe:
That God, through the prophets, made certain promises to the
nation of Israel, and as we do not believe God to be a liar,
expect those promises to be fulfilled. These promises involve
of the nation to Yahweh, their covenant God, and the exaltation
of Israel above all the nations of the earth, when Christ
We believe that these promises will be literally
on earth when Christ returns Pre (before) Millennium (His
1000 year kingdom on earth before the eternal state). There are
plenty of easily
obtainable books that set the whole thing out in detail
- Just be sure you get one written by an apologist, not an enemy of
Yes, there have been plenty of anti-Semites who called themselves
Christians, but obviously, none of them believed the above!
* How old was Ayesheh?
Mr. Nabavi, [Screwed-up
I am one of the ignorant Iranians that you
to. To enlighten all ignorant Iranians such as myself;
will you be kind enough to reveal what was the age
of AYESHEH when Mohammad married her?
* Past and
Dear Azam Nemati,
I just stopped by to drop a few lines of thanx and appreciation
for the great job you did in Iranian.com site compiling
all those beautiful songs and music of the past and
present. I am a 41 y/o Iranian man living inside the
country having no access to music shops which may sell
my favourite casettes or CDs. I dont know if you can
help me to purchase my music or the way I may be able
to download, or any other possible ways.
* Coming from you
This morning I logged into the music section of the Iranian.com
to listen to some music, that is when I saw
your message along with your picture. I have to say that is a good
way to start the morning by looking at your beautiful
picture... Needless to say that I heeded the
call, because I know when it is coming from you it is
for a good cause.
* Bijan Mortazavi music notes
Can I have Bijan Mortazavi's email address? How can
I get in touch with him? I want to find
music script for
the violin from Mr. Mortazavi. My children play violin
for 8 years and now they would like to play some Iranian
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