A Note of Gratitude to JJ


Masoud Kazemzadeh
by Masoud Kazemzadeh

A Note of Gratitude to JJ

An unfortunate element of our political culture is sycophancy towards the leader one follows or the person one likes. And concomitantly making vicious attacks on those with whom one merely disagrees. In a healthy and democratic political culture, we need to be honest and fair. When someone with whose views or policies we disagree but this person is decent human being, then we should be honest and acknowledge the fact. And when someone we support does something wrong, we should be honest and criticize that person without making him or her into an enemy.

Freedom is not supporting those with whom we agree. Freedom is defending the rights of those with whom we disagree. Pluralism and tolerance are essential for democracy.

Jahanshah Javid publishes articles and blogs with whose contents he disagrees every single day. JJ has created this wonderful site that allows commentary by posters. And JJ leave these comments to remain although he disagrees with them.

Having a very looooooong history of dictatorship in our land, we lack the political culture conducive for open, serious, and civil debate. In our country, thugs waving chomagh and knife attack those who hold a politics different than the chomaghdars’ leader. The government tortures any poor soul who criticizes the "God" ruling us. We lack the history of open debate and then electing the one we like and then replacing him or her in a few years. Our history has been that of one absolute rulers and his thugs oppressing the people. Some to get money become sycophants and throw praise after worthless praise for the moron ruling the nation. So many times, expressing gratitude becomes a fake and shameless thing. In a healthy culture, one honestly praises what is good and criticizes what is bad, and condemns what one finds harmful.

This website is a place where posters from a variety of views could post their analyses, opinions, and comments. We owe this to JJ. This is a rare place. We need to defend this place and nourish it. I know of no other site that allows such a diversity of views. It is very hard to manage a site like this. We need to do all we can to help preserve this wonderful place.

This wonderful site is the precious gift of speech that JJ has provided. I want to express my utmost gratitude to JJ for this wonderful site. I disagree with much of JJ’s policies. But what is germane is JJ’s actual practice. And JJ has been a truly democratic person who publishes works that clearly oppose his own policies. This is very rare in our society.

JJ jaan, thank YOU. You may not hear it from us often. This does not mean that we are not grateful. Perhaps, due to our culture, we do not want to appear to be sycophant, so we do not say what we think. I think I speak on behalf of many who realize how difficult your job is, truly appreciate your hard long hours of work for this site.

Sepaas gozaram JJ jaan,



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Hear, hear. Nice tribute to

by vildemose on

Hear, hear. Nice tribute to a well-deserved man of learning and integrity.

Masoud Kazemzadeh

thank you

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

JJ jaan,

I meant it.






Dear All-Iranians,

Thanks and we agree on this.




Dear Afsaneh,

I do not see the relevance of your question on the subject of THIS blog. If I understand your concern, you are asking what should be done to those who support Ahmadinejad and/or Khamenei. Or you want my policy on what should be done with supporters of the terrorist regime. If this is your question, it is an excellent question. You may ask this question in a blog and I will be glad to provide my detailed response. Or just let me know here if this is your concerns and I will write a new blog on it.

It depends on how the regime is gone. It would make a complete difference if there is a gradual step by step transition to democracy or a mass uprising leading to the overthrow of the regime, or major war causing the collapse of the regime.

We could learn from the experience of post-Nazi Germany and what they did to Nazi officials, or in France after liberation from Nazis and what they did to the collaborators, or in post-Apartheid South Africa (Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Desmund Tutu’s leadership), or post-Pinochet Chile, or post-communist systems in Poland, East Germany, etc...

Please let me know if I understand you correctly. If my understanding of your concern is wrong, please correct me, so that I could provide what you are looking for.




Roozbeh jaan,

Thank you for all your contributions.






All others, thank you for your additions.



Nice one Masoud, I agree with you.

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

I also like to thank JJ and his seven dwarfs for giving the rest of us who happens not to be  members of any "cyber rapid reaction unit", or "cyber army", a voice on his site.

Cheers Mr Javid!

BTW, A lot of us were in Iran during 2009, and did a lot more than just voting or observing people's mood! the ridiculous  claim of "30% to 70% votes" for ahmadinezhad is certainly laughed at by vast majority of people inside Iran. But that sham of a so called "election" is alreaady history. Tell me what made doctor and his hojjatieh cult so unpopular to khamenei and his gang? how many hundreds of billions of  petro dollars are they fighting over? 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Our heart

by comments on

I agree that "Having a very looooooong history of dictatorship in our land, we lack the political culture conducive for open, serious, and civil debate."  The childhood for most of us was in a dictator country so we obtained many disadvantages, which influenced our thoughts.  Now that we are in relatively more democrat country we tend to critisize every subjects in this country, and only show hatred towards our own country.  We should change this by differening and not comparing ourselves with those people.  We are different from Americans/Canadians and we are also different from Iranians still live in Iran.  We need to understand this and acknowledge.  It makes our view more constructive and our heart more calm and loving.


I bet

by Paykar on

there is a very "puritan" dwarf who keeps this place " clean" by deleting some of my edgier stuff. Nonetheless, my thanks and gratitude to all.

Mash Ghasem

How about the "Seven Dwarfs?"

by Mash Ghasem on

What did they used to say? "Behind every great website, there's a great STAFF!"

At the end of the day, there's a lot more group work and collective effort that ususlly gets mentioned, cheers

Anahid Hojjati

It is nice to be able to have a voice

by Anahid Hojjati on

Iranian.com makes it easy to be involved, be it in politics, literature or other areas. For instance for Persian poetry, I don't know any other site that you can input your poems in Farsi and have it online in a short time. In area of politics, it was great that I started writing on the site in 2009. I got to read many interesting blogs and was informed about events in Iran. Thanks Jahanshah for all your work, thanks MK for this blog, and thanks to all the IC contributors.



by Paykar on

I am having a difficult time understanding where you got the impression that what Massoud wrote equals to cherry picking. Would you please elaborate how you came to this conclusion?

It's obvious a democratic system, by definition, allows for pluralism. The 10-20 millions would participate like the rest of people, by organizing and campaigning for their own candidates.

I, too, am gateful that JJ has created this site, I can imagine him sacrificing on all fronts to build and maintain this "Cyber Square."

Hafez for Beginners

Cherry Picking "Pluralism"

by Hafez for Beginners on

Sir, I appreciate your sentiment, here.

I was in Iran during the summer 2009 elections - there were hundreds of thousands campaigning on the streets there, for both sides: Young, Old, Men, Women, etc.  The pre-election ambiance was like 3 world cups at the same time. Ask any one who was there. And in the final controversial tally, some say 30% some say 70% - but let's take the lower figure - 30% did vote for the current President.

What sir, do you propose to do with 30% of Iran's 70 million population? (Not to mention the 70% who voted for the other side?)

"Pluaralism" has no ifs, and buts, and maybes.  This is one of the reasons you hear it over and over, that the solutions for Iran lie within its borders. Those outside just miss so much of the realities on the groud - it really doesn't help, at all. I agree with all you say - but can you propose something practical? Can you really accept the realities in that complex place of 70 million? Respect the 10-20 million, in the very least, who voted against your beliefs? Because we all sir, have to be the "change 'we' want to see in the world."- Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you for your post. In theory at least, I agree with it. I personally believe, in practice, we Iranians have a long way to go.



Well written, MK

by All-Iranians on

On 5 May 2011, All-Iranians also noted that, "1. The Website of iranian.com has a democratic record that you cannot find it in any part of the cyberspace. 2. Many credits go to Jahanshah Javid who has founded this Democratic Institution. 3. We are all practicing democracy." Source: Comment section of this blog //iranian.com/main/blog/afshinazad-8page5

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks hamshahri :)