To the brave people of Egypt ... screw you!


Siamack Baniameri
by Siamack Baniameri

Don’t know about you people but I’m already sick and tired of this media hyped Egyptian uprising/revolution ordeal.  Okay I get it! the brave people of Egypt have come out to stand side by side against a brutal regime who has robbed them from their wealth and prosperity. The fear has been conquered, the Egyptians are out in the streets in large numbers, we are afraid no more, we are in it until the end, blah, blah, blah.

The most interesting part of the whole thing so far has been the interview with the Google executive in Cairo who supposedly organized this whole uprising through internet! Speaking to CNN from the comfort of his house, the Google dude said that they are going to stay in the square until the end. There will be no going back. They are not going to hide anymore. They’ll continue fighting the oppressive regime until the regime is either gone or every one of the protestors is martyred!All along, I’m thinking to myself, REALLY!!!

The Google boy is sitting in his nice house, being interviewed by a CNN journalist, who seems to be roaming around freely, and talking shit about his “brutal government.” He looks clean-shaven, rested and darn confortable and healthy!!! On the other hand, Anderson Cooper is making such a hero out of this guy and of course the brave people of Egypt who are fighting a “brutal” regime and holding on to dear life until victory.

So, I’m thinking… again… REALLY?!

Here is my question to the brave people of Egypt: What the fuck has your government done to you in the last two weeks? Did your government unleash thousands of heavily armed, well-trained psychotic security forces on motorcycles to beat the crap out of you on the streets? Did your security forces attack you with knives, chains, batons and rubber bullets? Did they come to your homes, pull you out of your bedroom and bitch-slap you in front of your children? How many of your so-called leaders were picked up and butt fucked in makeshift prisons? How many of you were pulled out of Cairo University and thrown out of windows from five-story buildings? How many of your lawyers have received ten-year prison terms and hundred lashes? How many of you were shot in bright daylight? How many of you were executed, tortured and murdered by the secret service? How many were attacked by Hezbollah proxies that were flown in from southern Lebanon?

Brave my ass. Come to Iran and fight a real brutal government. That’s what separates men from boys.


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by Delavar1 on

  you said: "Come to Iran and fight a real brutal government. That’s what separates men from boys."

Mullah-O-Akbar, Khamenei Rahbar.

Mubarak is very very bad.

Khamenei is very very good

Rafsanjani is very very good too.

you all are Zionists who don't like Khamenei



by Delavar1 on



Guardian: Mubarak left Egypt

by vildemose on

Guardian: Mubarak left Egypt yesterday

There are reports that Mubarak left Egypt yesterday after recording a statement to be broadcast today – obviously unconfirmed.

Sheila K

Egyptian bravery today equates to Iranians' bravery in 1979

by Sheila K on

Good point, but you can't compare apples and oranges.

reportedly 200 or more people have died since the protests began, however, brutality of Mubarak and IRI are not to be compared. I'd compare Mubarak with the late Shah. Shah was far less brutal than the IRI.

Mash Ghasem

من رویای این انقلاب را دیده ام!

Mash Ghasem

می خواهند مردم را بترسانند و باور کنیم که اگر خواهان تغییر باشیم، تحت سلطه ی بنیادگرایان در خواهیم آمد
نوال السعداوی، فمینیست مشهور مصری:

من رویای این انقلاب را دیده ام!
"من بسیار خوشحال هستم، من ٨۰ سال سن دارم و از اینکه زنده ماندم تا این
روزها را ببینم خوشحالم. من رویای این انقلاب را دیده ام! من هر روز در
تظاهرات خیابانی قاهره شرکت می کنم."



Labor Actions in Egypt Boost Protests




by Princess on

I have been meaning to raise the same point. 

The google executive who is giving interviews from his livingroom, as Siamack put it, flew in from his comfortable villa in Dubai to take part in the street demonstrations in Cairo. I don't know if Siamack did that, but I certainly did not go to Iran in the summer of '09 to take part in the demonstrations. Heck I don't even KNOW anybody who did that.

"The google executive" was picked up by the security forces form the streets 14 days ago and was kept in custody for 12 days without anybody knowing about his whereabouts.  

Their struggle might be a different one, but that does not make their efforts less valuable. 



Come to Iran and fight a real brutal government

by pas-e-pardeh on

"Come to Iran and fight a real brutal government. That’s what separates men from boys."

Where are you writing from Mr. Baniameri? 


Victory to the Great uprising of people of Middle East

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

This is indeed the begining of one of the greatest phases of the struggle of people of Middle East for freedom, democracy and social Justice. 

From Egypt, to Iran, people have risen. They have rejected the phoney, fake "ballot boxes" of the dictators, from the "western" mubarak, to openly fascist "islamist" khamenei/ahmadinezhad's so called "republic". They are ready for sacrifices, they will not back off....

Dictators are looking for palaces in London, Toronto and Zurich to hide!  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Soosan Khanoom

 People of Egypt are where

by Soosan Khanoom on

 People of Egypt are where we were back in 1979 ........ they are 30 years behind us ........    let us hope after 30 years they are not going to be where we  are now ........  I admire those brave young Egyptians ... 

 I hope we can get to change things in today's Iran without any more bloodshed .. we already did a revolution and we went through a war and we have lost enough brave souls within last 32 years ...  including the youth we lost in the latest uprising in Iran ( green movement )

I pray for a democratic Iran and wish to resolve our political differences at the ballot boxes rather than in the streets  ......

well I hope for it ........ wether that is going to ever happen or not that's another question....





Apple and oranges

by Bavafa on

This has been pointed out by some here that the situation in Iran and Egypt are not exactly the same though we all hope for the same outcome for both nation, that is peace and freedom for all with political independence and secular democracy.

- A quick comparison show that Egypt uprising encompass a greater group of folks, much more like 79 in Iran

- A greater support and backing from the international community, specially against brutal tactic which they did try to deploy but got a harsh response from the international leaders.

- A military that has stayed out of this and to some extend is giving the much needed wind in the opposition sails.

Much can be added to this list but perhaps we all know that already



A Miss Opportunity – White Revolution

by sbglobe on

There was a great potential for having a “White Revolution” in middle east where according to some (most) westerners is  the land of “barbarians”  - only and only if the “brave” people of Egret could know when to cut their lost and quit while they are ahead - you cannot get closer than 6  months – what a shame :-(   

hamsade ghadimi

to the people of egypt...i wish you luck

by hamsade ghadimi on

it's true that iranians have it worse than the egyptians or tunisians in terms of government brutality and oppression.  but it doesn't take away from their cries against corruption, injustice, and poor living conditions. 

as for comparing struggles in different parts of the middle east, the current uprisings in arab countries accentuate the differences of islamic republic against the western-backed dictators of arab countries.  in a sad way, it's a good thing.  these differences not only stress the difficulty that the iranians face in the eyes of people in the western nations but it also give a new understanding of the iranian cause for the middle eastern people.  as others pointed out, the arab uprisings is reminiscent of the 79 revolution.  hopefully, they've learned a lesson from our mistake. 

as far as media continuing their hero-making formula to feed the masses, there's not excuse for it and it shouldn't sully the egyptians' cause. i wish the iranians, egyptians, tunisians and others fighting against oppression success.


right on a spot

by MRX1 on

I said the same thing the moment I saw the interview with that dopey blogger. I like to see the same interview when muslim brotherhood takes over egypt.

Anahid Hojjati

Dear Siamak, I liked your blog.

by Anahid Hojjati on

Recently I blogged a letter written during 1357 revolution. Few readers including myelf, we all commented that initially 1357 was a great revolution. However, I have to say that from time to time, I think that western countries wanted that 1357 revolution to succeed, may be because in neighboring Afghanistan, months before a communist regime had come to power. That is one reason, that we did not see resistance in Iran like we saw in 2009. There are other reasons too such as IRI being more brutal than Shah' s regime. But as you pointed out, the level of resistance some movements face like the present one in Iran is not comparable to the one in Egypt or I believe the one in Iran back in 1357.

Darius Kadivar

Welcome Back Siamack;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Well said

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Very well done Siamak jaan. I am glad someone said it. This whole thing is hyped specially by BBC. The same ***** who hyped up Khomeini and brought hell to Iran. As for Google this is the same organization which promotes division and hate by misnaming the Persian Gulf. No wonder they want more trouble.

They wanted me to interview there. I politely turned them down. No thanks I don't want to work for an organization of that nature. 

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

We have

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


We have all learned a grrat deal from the IRR hell. Yes I know some Iranians want to think we have not. Some like tokeep bashing ourselves over the head. But I know we have learned. It is fine to go on a "quest for divinity". 


  • There is nothing "divine" about Islam.
  • Religion and our quest should be private not forced on others.

I know many people who have rightly left Islam. My own relatives have moved away from it. Some became Christian; some Zartoshti and others have no religion. IRR is in power not because people want it. Rather its brutality and willingness to murder.

However no brutal dictatorship will last forever. In addition I am not sure that USA really wants IRR. It is becoming a pain for them. Israel definitely does not want it. With the rise of China USA has a new opponent. No need for the Mollahs.


Took the word right outta my mouth

by Cost-of-Progress on

You just blogged the exact words I've been thinking.

As I've said before, hopefully, the Egyptians will not make the same mistake Iranians made 32 years ago and sadly, I'm still not sure we have learned anything from our quest for divinity! 




Azarin Sadegh

Intelligent piece!

by Azarin Sadegh on

I am with you...totally! I loved your last 2 paragraphs! Great intelligent piece, impeccable logic! 



by amirkabear4u on

The difference is certain powers in this world prefer IRI and not mobarak. IRI officials have no where to run if things changed in Iran. Can you imagine the response obama has to give to reporters if he is asked why half the IRI officials are hiding in his country. As the result mullahs have to do as they are told. AND they are doing very well. They are increasing the tension.

Ari Siletz

Egypt parallel is Iran '79

by Ari Siletz on

You're right, we have it worse. Mobarak, like the Shah, has to weigh the Western reaction to state violence, IRI couldn't care less.


Egypt Envy, Siamack? :)

by Princess on

I don't blame you. 

OK, so the Iranian dictator is more brutal than the Egyptian one. Or is it about, "Hey look, we beat the Arabs even in brutality?" 

The world is collectively learning a lesson nowadays and that is, a religious dictatorship is far worse than a secular one, because the former feels mandated by god and therefore more selfrighteous and delusional.


Damet Garm!

by B-Naam on

I'm glad someone is finally saying it the way it is, and I'm looking forward to more posts from you.  You've been MIA. 

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Loved your piece Siamack and welcome back. You've been away for too long.

Okay, maybe brave is too romantic. And yes, Iranian protesters have suffered far more than the Egyptians. But the Egyptians are much closer to getting rid of their 30-year-old dictatorship than we are. We're just very very unlucky that the Islamic Republic is far more brutal than Mubarak's.
And I'm very happy for them. There's hope for all of us.