IRI's TV offered little broadcasting of amusing nature to the children of my generation during the Iran-Iraq war. The little they offered however was directed at brain washing us to become model war and revolution kids. While, they were telling us that we should blow up ourselves in the cause of Islam as soon as we hit adolescence, they were also emphasizing that it is good that your fathers are in the front and you should behave proud and even encourage them if they haven’t joined the volunteers’’ militia already.
One of the programs that tried hard to do the above was "Ali Kouchoulou". If I'm not mistaken it was created by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (the days in which he still clubbed people in the street at the beckoning of his beloved Khomeini) and while being extremely irritating, it had an unforgettable scrap book style animation and characteristically unique music. To this day, the music still resonates in my ear. It portrayed a child of our age, whose dad was in the war front, going about his days while his mother, played by an Islamicly rehabilitated Farzaneh Kaboli, teaching him the ways of acting as a responsible wartime revolutionary kid. It was a typical IRI propaganda at its best. It, among all other brain washing efforts in schools those days, was aimed at creating decent Basijis for the regime. They wanted us all to become "Ali Kouchoulou".
Off course, just like "Hitler's Youth" or any other brain washing scheme run by despotic regimes, it failed. Just like me, and most of my generation, Ali Kouchoulou grew up to become everything but what the regime planned. When I read the news that Omid Ahangar, or Ali Kouchoulou, is seeking asylum in Holland, I couldn't help but pity the irony. I'm passed the anger phase. These days, I just pity the regime which has failed at EVERYTHING. They might have destroyed my generations' dream and aspirations, in doing so; they have wasted their own meaningless lives. Look at Makhmalbaf for instance, once a serious ass kisser of the regime, he is now doing everything he can to justify his scandalous past, and also lives in exile. As a former supporter of the regime, I bet he is thinking, a lot of times, of the years he has lost.
Anyway, I wish all the best for “Ali Kouchoulou” and his asylum application. Eternal shame to Makhmalbaf or anyone who tried to impose ways of despotism on the brains of generations of fellow Iranians.
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