Thursday, May 31, 2007

Iran: The Next Iraq?


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Many experts believe that Iran's development of nuclear power along with Iran's President Ahmadinejad flexing his country's muscles throughout the region present a threat to American security. This special traces Iran's history back 2,500 years to explore the Persian Empire -- a proud civilization and one of the world's first superpowers, the decline of that Empire in the 19th century, the discovery of oil and the rise of Western influence in Iran in the 20th century, and today's current evidence showing Iran to be a potentially serious foe of the United States.

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I see Two Types of Islamic Terrorism

Part II of Ardeshird's article on Islamic Terrorism; one for political gain, the other, for "Saving Islam":

In my previous post I underlined one of the reasons why radical, unreformed Islam is incompatible with democracy, modern humanity and modern values - values that I linked to Christian teachings based on ‘respect/love thy neighbour’. Therefore, the clash between the unreformed fundamental Islam and the modern values of the West was always inevitable.

The fundamentals of Christianity as I explained were basically love and peace preached by Jesus. Although history tells me that there were Christian crusaders who were violent, the fact that fundamentally the Christian teachings were non-violent, the violent branches of Christianity did not survive the test of time. It is true that the Christian West has waged wars or engaged in wars, but to my knowledge, none of these wars, at least for the past few centuries, were religious wars – wars that were motivated by the religion of Christianity or for the sake of spreading or saving that religion. Hence, the evolution of humanity as we know today was possible because of Jesus preaching love and peace to his followers. Had Jesus, like Mohammad, preached violence and prescribed Jihad for his followers, the planet, in all probabilities, would have been blown up or uninhabitable by now.

I am not a Christian and nor am I advertising Christianity. However, it is these differences between the fundamentals of Christianity and Islam that explain to me why Muslims have been unable to evolve in the same way as the Christians. Through the centuries, the Christian fundamentalists adhered to their fundamentals of love and peace as preached by Jesus and Muslim fundamentalists to their jihad and violence as preached by Mohamed and by these adherences they kept their religions alive. The fundamental Christians criticised and still do those members of their faith who wage wars: the fundamental Muslims encouraged and still do members of their faith to rise up and wage wars against the non-believers and the rest. Jihad and *Amre be Maroof va Nahey az Monker are fundamental principles of Islam. The Christian Western societies reject violence of any form: the Muslim societies encourage violence and practice violence against their own people. The only way the Islamic regime of Iran knows how to talk to its people is through beating, arresting, detaining, torturing and executing them. For an example, see this and follow any links to see more examples.

The world has been facing two types of terrorists: one is the terrorist that uses the Islamic fundamental of Jihad to encourage people to rise up and fight for political ends, i.e. the Palestinian cause and the other is the one that uses the same but for the sake of saving the old Islam. The Islamic regime of Iran, Taliban and Al Qaeda and their ilk are the latter. Since they are all terrorising the world from the same platform, the collaboration between the two types and support foe each other is inevitable. If we could separate the two, we might be able to resolve half of the problems and reduce what we have to deal with. This is a hard task and seems almost impossible, as the two are so tightly interwoven.

However, if the separation of the two were possible, then there would always be a path to deal/negotiate with those terrorists fighting for political ends. A good example is the IRA of Northern Ireland. Yasser Arafat is another good example. Therefore, whilst there may be a way to resolve the political disputes with the Palestinians or even the Islamic regime, the global ideological terrorism fostered by the Islamic regime, Taliban, Al Qaeda and their ilk to save their version of Islam will always remain. There is not a shadow of doubt that fundamental values and principles of the unrefined, unreformed and radical Islam that the Muslim fundamentalist terrorist, headed by Khamenei, Osama Bin Laden and their ilk represent are utterly incompatible with modern values. Beheading, stoning, flogging, amputation of limbs, forced hijab, discrimination against women, polygamy, gender segregation, clitoris circumcisions of little girls, banning of music, and many more atrocious acts against any human being must never be allowed to take place even in the remotest corners of our planet regardless of religion or culture.

There is no possible way/path to negotiate with these Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. Sadly and despite our reluctance, we are engaged in a war that has been imposed upon us and we have no other alternative but to defend our values, unless, of course, either the fundamentalist Islamic terrorists are prepared to reform or we are prepared to abandon or compromise what we have cherished for decades if not centuries: democracy, human rights and liberties.
It is an obligation on all of us, regardless of religion or culture, and if we call ourselves human beings, to uphold all human rights principles not only for ourselves but those whose rights are violated.
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Part I: Understanding Where Muslims Come From

*Amer be Marood va Nahye az monker: One of the Islam’s principle pillars is the “Amr-e be Maroof and Nahy az Monker” Amr means “ordering” and Nahy means “preventing”. This principle is basically the terror aspect of Islam. On this basis, terrorising the society is encouraged and authorised by the religion. According to this principle a Muslim is under the obligation to order another to adhere to the Islamic ways and if ineffective take measures to prevent the unislamic act from taking place.

According to the Islamic directions, this action is necessary even if it means losing one’s life or taking others’ lives. Imam Hussein lost his life while carrying out this principle. Recently, in a cinema in Iran a man killed and injured another and claimed that he was carrying out the “Amr-e be Maroof and Nahy az Monker”.

It is clear that the man was counselled and procured by the Islamic teachings and directions. However, the Islamic regime, in order not to prosecute the man declared the man “mental”! He escaped prosecution! In a civilised society, the counsellor and procurer (in this case the mullahs) become the principal offender if the person who committed the criminal act is found to be mental.

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Iran’s Nukes ‘R’ Us: Fait Accompli

From The Middle East Interest:

[...]A nuclear-armed Iran would be better placed to reshape the regional order in a way that gives Iran a leading role in it, and a new status to seek hegemony in the wider Muslim world. It is clear that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons against Israel or the United States, though the mullahs repeatedly claim the otherwise, but “the real target is the neighboring countries,” as Al Sharg Al Awsat newspaper observed in 2003.

President Bush is determined to dismantle Iran’s nuclear ambition before he leaves office, but his administration policies remain inconsistent. Already two years ago, Senator Joseph R. Biden said that “the Bush Administration has vacillated between two very different approaches. At times it signaled support for regime change. At other times, it engaged in direct discussions with Tehran over Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Of course, this mixed signals has been interpreted as the “dual-track policy” which offers limited dialogue with Iran while stepping up containment and backing the option of military strikes to take out Iranian nuclear facilities. Nonetheless, mixed signals cannot be taken seriously no matter what one calls them. They have no impact on Iran’s strategic decision of becoming a nuclear-capable state, and more or less express the view that it is already too late to stop Iran from getting the bomb.

In 2003 Iran’s nuclear program was stoppable on the ground to avoid any pretext for the United States to carry out a new Iraq in Iran.

Th EU-3 initiative in the Tehran agreement gave Iran a historic opportunity to avoid making a stark choice between suspending enrichment-related activities altogether or risking a possible military confrontation with the United States.

Since then the scenario of engagement, which relies on diplomacy of convincing Iran by sanctions and/or incentives to give up its quest for a nuclear option has repeated itself one way or another, and it has failed.

In the meantime, the Europeans are getting real and preparing for what they see as the need to shift policy from engagement to containment of a potentially nuclear-armed Iran, learning to live with it. This is realism, they said. Washington has already started talking about how to live with a nuclear Iran. The Bush administration’s decision to have talks with Iran is just a crash course in peaceful coexistence.

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Israel to ready public for 'all-out war'

Israelis would rather be alive, and hated by other nations, than loved, but dead. Excerpts from JP:

With Iran racing toward nuclear power and IDF preparations for the possibility of a conflict with Syria and Hizbullah in high gear, the Home Front Command plans to launch a publicity campaign to prepare the public for war.
Within a few weeks it intends to inform the public about what people need to do in the event of attack.
The campaign was not connected to a specific event or threat but was meant to brace the public for war in general, senior IDF officers said.
"Our job is to prepare for an all-out war," Col. Hilik Sofer, head of the Home Front Command Population Division, told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "We prepare for a wide range of possibilities since it doesn't make a difference where the threat comes from."
Several weeks ago, the Home Front Command distributed pamphlets in Netivot and Ashkelon explaining how to behave during a Kassam attack. Both cities are within 15 kilometers of the Gaza Strip

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Introducing Dr. Richard Frye

Richard Nelson Frye is a well known scholar in central Asian studies who has written many books on Iran. Richard Nelson Frye (c. 1920) is an American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, and Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Frye founded the Center for Middle Eastern Studies [2] at Harvard, the first Iranian studies program in America.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama to a family of immigrants from Sweden. He speaks fluent Russian, German, Arabic, Persian, French, Pashto, Uzbek, and Turkish[1], and has extensive knowledge of Avestan, Pahlavi, Sogdian, and other Central Asian languages and dialects.

Dr. Frye's speech at UCLA in March 2005
Amazon listing of his books
Read some of his works on the history of Iran

Watch the Video of Nasim Shomal TV with Dr. Frye Here (persian)

Translation of part of the interview:

He mentions in the interview that he wants to be buried in Isfahan, Iran. When asked why not Shiraz near Persapolis, he said, "I love Shiraz more than Isfahan but Shriazis are lazy". LOL

He also mentions that Secularism for the first time started in Iran. The Achaemanid Persians for the first time separated local Religions from the data (Law.) He laments that Iranians do not know their own culture and the kind of civilization and heritage they have inherited. He explains the cause of unprecedented interest in pre-Islamic Iranian studies by Iranians, the "new occupation of Iran by the Islam " (Estily-e-Dobarayeh AraAb) in 1979. He was asked "Why Iranian studies? He said he was interested in Turks in the beginning but his studies showed that it was Iran whose civilization has influenced all others. He feels that Iranian culture cannot be wiped out like Norooz by systematic Islamization by the IR no matter how hard they try.

He also states that religion was not that important in the Iranian culture before the Islamic Conquest of Iran by the Islamic Armies. All local religions were tolerated and Reason took precedant over religion.

Frye feels that Persian civilization was under-appreciated by other Muslims, and Arab Muslims in particular. Frye wrote:

Arabs no longer understand the role of Iran and the Persian language in the formation of Islamic culture. Perhaps they wish to forget the past, but in so doing they remove the bases of their own spiritual, moral and cultural being…without the heritage of the past and a healthy respect for it…there is little chance for stability and proper growth."
(R. N. Frye, The Golden Age of Persia, London: Butler & Tanner Ltd., 1989, page 236)

P.S. He sounds more Iranian than all Iranians I know. His Persian accent is so cute and charming. I'm in love with this man...LOL

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Diaper Heads Management of Nuclear Facility!

JPOST--IRAN: Intelligence operatives in the US and its allied nations have sold Iran flawed technological components in an attempt to sabotage the country's nuclear enrichment program, CBS News revealed Wednesday evening.

In January 2007, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, Vice-President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, said after an explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility (the first Iranian plant to attempt enrichment) that some of the equipment had been "manipulated."
The explosion destroyed 50 of the plant's centrifuges.Other evidence has indicated that sabotage was the reason for some of the technical problems Iran has encountered in its enrichment enterprise. Sources told CBS intelligence agencies have altered technical data, making it "useless."

"Industrial sabotage is a way to stop the program, without military action, without fingerprints on the operation, and really, it is ideal, if it works," says Mark Fitzpatrick, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Non-Proliferation and now Senior Fellow in Non-Proliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

According to CBS, the fact that Iran purchases the requisite information and equipment on the black market, rather than legally, places it at risk for industrial sabotage. Some prohibited components, the report said, had been shipped to Iran in diplomatic bags by Iranian agents in Frankfurt.

Analysts say that while Iran has established front companies in various Gulf nations to handle the purchase of nuclear enrichment components, the country still needs some European-made parts - either because of their quality, or because it need parts that are compatible with European-manufactured equipment.

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Warning to my Trukish Readers

It appears that I have many readers from Turkey who are reading my post on Iran before and after 1979 bloody revolution, which plunged Iran and the Iranians into a Medieval age of shocking violence and brutality against women and men. Here are some old newspaper clippings where Ayatollah Khomeini lied and deceived the nation into accepting the Islamic form of government.

Note that Khomeini only said that the Hejab in Iran will not be mandatory after millions of secular women took to the streets in 1980 and demonstrated against the new Islamic decree of Khomeini.
Khomeini in an attempt to calm the unrest, lied to women and announced a few days later that "Hejab will not be compulsory or Mandatory".
Then in another newspaper clipping, Khomeini declares that he is not interested in "governing" and becoming a "political Leader".
In the third newspaper clipping, Khomeini says, "In Islam there is no dictatorship". Keep in mind that Khomeini and his Islamic party had not yet usurped the power. For all intents and purposes, Khomeini was lying to Iranians to exploit religious feeling and build more consensus among different groups in order to fool them into accepting Islamic form of government, which had nothing to do with what Iranians perceived to be as Islam for they have lived in a secular society.

The consequences of these bold lies were that even the secular/liberal political parties decided to make an alliance with Khomeini in the spirit of cooperation to move the country forward. But as we all know, the rest is history. The next two years immediately after ousting the Shah, the secular Iranians increasingly found themselves in a terrible pit the mullahs were digging for all the democratic movement of the masses. All those who wanted to keep, and extend, the democratic gains did not foresee the gathering dark clouds of intolerant Islam and the thugs of the Islamic Republic Party. By the middle of 1981 the left/liberal/progressives had all but been eliminated from the political scene. Tens of thousands of secular/left/liberal/progressive were executed and hundreds of thousands spent years behind bars.

Please learn the lessons of the Iranian revolution and don't fall for the lies of the Islamist parties. These lessons have implications in today's unfolding events in Turkey. Do not let the Islamists drown your country into the vile swamp of intolerance, macabre, hate and self-destruction.

Don't give up the fight against the Islamists.

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Hypocritical EU assails Human Rights in Iran While it continues to do Business with the Mafiacracy!

Declaration By The Presidency On Behalf Of The European Union On Human Rights Cases In Iran

The EU expresses its concern about continued executions in Iran and urges the Iranian Government to actively respect and protect the fundamental human rights of its citizens by completely abolishing, in particular, the juvenile death penalty, amputations and other cruel punishments, such as stoning. It calls on Iran to uphold its moratoria on these practices and, as a matter of urgency, to introduce them into law, as recommended by the last UN General Assembly resolution on human rights in Iran.

In particular, the EU deplores the execution of Mohammad Moussavi on 22 April 2007 in Shiraz, Iran, despite the fact that he was only 16 at the time of his crime. The EU had previously raised his case on two occasions with the Iranian authorities, including in 2005, when the Iranian authorities told us that the Chief of the Judiciary would intervene to stop any juvenile executions which came to his attention. The EU recalls its long-held position that the death sentence may not, in any circumstances, be imposed on persons who were below the age of 18 when their crime was committed.

This execution is a direct contravention of Iran's freely undertaken obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It is also a breach of the moratorium on the execution of juvenile offenders that the Iranian Government announced in 2005 and which it assures the EU is still in place. The EU urges the Iranian Government to implement the moratorium fully and to consider alternative sentences for the juvenile offenders remaining on death row in Iran.

The EU also expresses its deep concern that two amputation sentences were carried out against thieves in Kermanshah, Western Iran on 27 February and 13 May 2007. These sentences contravene the commitment that Iran made to the EU in March 2003 to implement a moratorium on amputations. The EU calls on the Iranian Government to take action to ensure that no amputation sentences are handed down by judges or carried out in future.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

And then we have this hypocrisy from one of the EU member countries:

Germany set for train deal with 'pariah' Iran

EU countries who currently have major financial transactions in Iran:

Germany(71), France(66), Italy(43), Norway(11), U.K.(37), Denmark(6),Switzerland (14), Sweden (8), and Spain(13).

Note: U.S. has 9 Major transactions in Iran.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sexy Finger!

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Iran's Bus Drivers' Union Leader Sentenced to 5 years

Mansour Osanlou, the leader of the Bus Drivers' Union who was arrested last year at his home by members of the Basij (savage paramilitary enforcers) was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Part of his tongue was cut out in prison by the Islamic torturers during interrogation.

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Ayatollah Crocodile Lecture in Waterloo University Cancelled

Protest shuts down clerics' (Murderers') visit

WATERLOO, Ontario (May 29, 2007)
Dozens of irate protesters yelling "shame," "murderers" and "terrorists" shouted down a Waterloo meeting last night that was intended to build peace.

About 50 protesters stood around the meeting hall at Conrad Grebel University College waiting for the dialogue between Mennonites and Muslim clerics from Iran to begin.
Police from Waterloo Region and Toronto, Waterloo firefighters, paramedics and University of Waterloo police were called in in anticipation of protests.

They arrived around 6 p.m., winding down their operations by about 9:10 p.m., after most protesters had left the Conrad Grebel parking lot.

Dozens of Toronto officers remained on standby throughout the evening, staged in a nearby parking lot, but weren't required to assist Waterloo police, Waterloo regional police Insp. Bryan Larkin said.

"Everybody has a democratic right to protest," Larkin said. "The underlying issue here is public safety, and our role here was to maintain the peace."

They shuffled around and held aloft a gruesome photo gallery of torture victims, hangings and firing squad executions they say were taken in Iran.

But less than a minute into a talk by a Shiite Muslim cleric from the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom, Iran, the barrage of shouts erupted.

One by one at first, then hitting a crescendo of chanting "Down with the Islamic Republic of Iran!"

Rev. Brice Balmer, moderator of the meeting tried to calm the loud crowd.
"This is a religious conference," he pleaded.
But it was to no avail.

The verbal salvos kept flying from around the room while more than 100 people in the audience calmly waited for the meeting to continue.

After about 10 minutes, and some failed attempts to negotiate for the protesters to have their say, organizers called off the meeting.

Members of the panel rose from their table on the stage and headed for a side door -- the cat-calls turned into cheers.

"We made our point" said Rahmen Nejati, one of the more vocal protesters. "They are not welcome in Canada."
The conference will continue.

"We expect that there will be a heavy police presence to make sure that that happens," she said.
Larkin said police will monitor the upcoming closed sessions as the conference continues.
(h/t to Winston)

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"Tis good to give

Rosemary:I just got done packing some more 'stuff' for my Hero in Afghanistan. I know it isn't much, but I can't get him to answer me as to what else he needs. Maybe he has too much carry? I'm trying to keep it light. Trying doesn't always work, though. lol.I feel so much better that I can give someone who is risking his life our country and me something in return. I know it won't ever pay him back for what he is doing, but he is gracious enough to accept it. Giving truly is a blessing. If you would like to be a part of those of us who don't care who runs the White House (not entirely true, but for this purpose) and would like to participate in helping a Soldier, a Marine, an Air Force person, a Navy person, or a National Guardsmen, please contact this website. They have a system already worked out to answer any questions you may have, and you will truly be blessed. Thank you, and may God bless you.
Photo: The Normandy American Cemetery in France, Courtesy of Tara Bradford

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Ahmadinejad Reports for Martyrdom!

BREAKING (Top Secret): Ahmadinejad's National Security and Defense Plan: I will join the people of *Natanz in case the US is planning to bomb Iran's nuclear energy sites. And I hereby invite all of my countymen to join me in this martyrdom-breeding (Shahid Parvar) nation of Imam Mahid and Allah.

The alarming message here is that the pious Ahmadinejad and the followers of the ultra-religious Shi'ia sect, the Hojjatieh, will not be deterred by the Western mindset of mutually assured distraction (MAD) that kept the Soviets in check. President Ahmadinejad (Previously, Mahmood Saborjian) and his followers are no different than those fanatical religious cultists we are all familiar with, David Koresch and the Branch Davidians and Jim Jones and his bizarre followers. Yes, there are many other end of the world cults but how many are on a clear course to obtain nuclear weapons to fulfill their religious prophecy and are clearly willing to sacrifice a nation of 70 million people.

From Wiki:
*In 2002, Alireza Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of a secret nuclear facility designed to enrich uranium extracted from the Yazd province using centrifuge technology. The Natanz site, located near a major highway in Isfahan province of Iran.

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Why Iran Will Fight, Not Compromise

Asia Times online: What can the West offer the Islamic Republic of Iran in return for giving up its nuclear ambitions and kenneling its puppies of war? The problem calls to mind the question regarding what to give a man who has everything: cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, diabetes, kidney failure, and so forth. Iran's economy is so damaged that it is impossible to tell how bad things are. Except perhaps for the oilfields of southern Iraq, and perhaps also northern Saudi Arabia, there is nothing the West can give Iran to forestall an internal breakdown.

Iranian dissidents put overall unemployment at 30% and youth unemployment at 50%. Government subsidies sustain a very large portion of the population; 42% of the non-agricultural population is employed by the Iranian state, compared with 17% in Pakistan. Within fewer than 10 years, Iran will become a net importer, at which point the government no longer will be able to provide subsidies. Iran's economic implosion is a source of imminent strategic risk. What most analysts, including this writer, foresaw as a medium-term problem seems to have confronted Iran much sooner than expected. The present inflation rate of about 20%, driven by a 40% rate of monetary expansion, suggests that government resources are already exhausted. Governments resort to the printing press when they no longer can raise sufficient funds through taxation, sales of state-owned commodities such as oil, or borrowing.

That is surprising, considering that Iran reported a current-account surplus of US$13 billion last year. The fact that Iran cannot stabilize its currency suggests a breakdown of political consensus within the regime, and a scramble by different elements in the regime to lay hands on whatever resources it can.
Another possibility is that the official numbers are entirely false, and that Iran already has fallen into a current-account deficit. In a May 19 statement reported by the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), President Mahmud Ahmadinejad denied a report that Iran's imports now exceed $60 billion, against an official estimate of $45 billion. This sort of discrepancy typically occurs when capital flight is disguised as imports through fraudulent invoices and similar devices. A small current-account deficit would be of little concern for a nation with normal access to world capital markets, but Iran is unable to borrow. That is the background to Ahmadinejad's decree last week reducing private and state bank lending rates to 12% from 14%, that is, 5-10 percentage points below the rate of inflation. If Ahmadinejad were in the pay of a hostile intelligence service, he could not have found a more effective way to sabotage Iran's economy. If the price of goods rises faster than the cost of money, everyone who can will borrow money to purchase and hoard goods. The result will be higher prices and reduced economic activity, and the eventual prospect of hyperinflation, which no government ever has survived. Last week's rate reduction augmented the incentives for capital flight. Ahmadinejad took this foolhardy step against the explicit advice of Iran's economic authorities, which suggests that the economic suffering of his political base commanded his undivided attention. After increasing gasoline prices earlier in the month, he evidently found it necessary to throw his constituents a bone. Iran's prospective demographic implosion, I have argued for two years, pushes Tehran toward imperial expansion. [1] It is difficult to see a way out for Persia's pocket empire; the country exports nothing but oil, carpets and dried fruit (excluding the growing human traffic in Persian women), and manufactures nothing the world will buy. Its most pressing problem, unemployment among the 60% of its population now under the age of 30, will turn into a much worse problem as this generation ages. In two decades Iran will have half as many soldiers and twice as many pensioners. If a future catastrophe is inevitable, its impact has a way of leaping back into the present. Monetary disorder of the magnitude we now observe suggests an internal collapse of confidence. What strategic consequences ensue from Iran's economic misery? Broadly speaking, the choices are two. In the most benign scenario, Iran's clerical establishment will emulate the Soviet Union of 1987, when then-prime minister Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledged that communism had led Russia to the brink of ruin in the face of vibrant economic growth among the United States and its allies. Russia no longer had the resources to sustain an arms race with the US, and broke down under the pressure of America's military buildup. The second choice is an imperial adventure. In fact, Iran is engaged in such an adventure, funding and arming Shi'ite allies from Basra to Beirut, and creating clients selectively among such Sunnis as Hamas in Palestine. I continue to predict that Iran will gamble on adventure rather than go the way of Gorbachev. A fundamental difference in sociology distinguishes Iran from the Soviet Union at the cusp of the Cold War. Josef Stalin's terror saw to it that the only communist true believers left alive were lecturing at Western universities. All the communists in Russia were dead or in the gulags. By the 1980s, only the most cowardly, self-seeking, unprincipled careerists had survived to hold positions of seniority in the communist establishment. Only in the security services were a few hard and dedicated men still active, including Vladimir Putin. These were men who saw no reason to fight for communism 70 years after the Russian Revolution. Iran, however, is not 70 years away from its revolution, but fewer than 30 years away. Ahmadinejad typifies the generation of Revolutionary Guards who followed the ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979, and now hold senior positions in the state and military. Ahmadinejad blames the country's economic problems on "certain elements", presumably his opponents within the regime, alleging that government agencies have falsified statistics to discredit him. As noted, he denied reports that imports were fully a third higher than officially reported, an astonishing statement for a head of government to have to make. The president also claimed that unemployment had declined to 11.3% from 11.5% in 2006, adding, "The government is now striving hard to provide employment opportunities for the country's jobless people." The IRNA report concluded with this less-than-confidence-building comment about inflation:

On [the] inflation rate, he said the government is quite successful in controlling [the] spiraling inflation rate while other factors such as the country's development projects and worldwide price hikes should be taken into consideration. "Unfortunately, certain elements are now issuing fabricated statistics and try to tarnish reality, but we strive to remove all existing weaknesses," said the president."

Certain elements" no doubt refers to Ayatollah Akbar Rafsanjani, his opponent in the 2006 presidential election and leader of the faction more inclined to compromise with the West. Rafsanjani continues to maintain excellent contacts in Germany, and European diplomats have placed their hopes on the prospect of his replacing Ahmadinejad. It would not be out of character for Rafsanjani and his allies to make matters more irksome for Ahmadinejad by diverting large amounts of money out of state revenues into their own pockets. As a way of changing the Tehran regime, however, pushing Iran toward hyperinflation would be akin to cutting the brake lines of a car to spite its driver, when one is a passenger in the same car. It is easy to hasten the deterioration of Iran's economy, for it is headed downhill in any event, but very difficult to reverse the process. An old piece of diplomatic wisdom states that one always should give one's enemy a way out. But I see no way out for the pocket empire of Persia. Ahmadinejad and his generation of Revolutionary Guards will fight, and cautious old men like Rafsanjani will not be able to stop them.

Note 1. Demographics and Iran's imperial design, Asia Times Online, September 13, 2005.
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Monday, May 28, 2007

1979: Hejab will not be Mandatory!

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Peruvian KIds!

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Crisis Manufacturing of Ahmadinejad!!!

S From Iran: I was stopped by a dresstapo, Tent-wearing moral police, on my way home from Tehran's airport after a meeting in Dubai. She told me, "please fix the way you're wearing your scarf". I turned around and told the bitch : I'll give you a hand-written copy of my promise that I have no intention to demonstrate or rebel against the government even if the oil prices go up to a million dollars". She started to laugh herself for a while and eventually she did not mention my hejab again and let me go.
One can conclude this extravagant display of excessively grisly repressive measures has been nothing but a pre-emptive tactic to instill fear in the population to prevent the anticipated uprising when the oil subsidies stop next week and the gas becomes rationed and the economy goes to toilet.The rationing has become necessary because the Islamic Republic, the world's fourth largest exporter of crude oil, spend almost half of its oil revenues importing more than 40 per cent of the refined petroleum products it needs. Despite the massive rise in oil prices in the past two years, Ahmadinejad's administration may soon find itself facing a cash-flow problem.
Brainless low life criminals like Ahmadinejad don't understand that economic and financial strength is much more lethal in bringing him down to his knees than any nuclear weapons. Just two weeks ago, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked the question: How is it possible to hold talks with an "arrogant, bullying, expansionist" US? But now Iran has done just that. It may just be that the bite of the UN sanctions on a regime failing to meet its people's basic needs is what brought Iran to the table on Iraq and, perhaps, its destabilizing nuclear program. Iran can't afford to continue as a pariah state for much longer.

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Jockeying for power, Truth or Politics, Form or Function

Translation From a blogger from Iran (I will not provide a link for security reasons):

The discussion in the Opposition camp outside of Iran divides the Iranian power elites into two groups:

1. Some say the variances and the duality or dichotomy that exists among the ruling factions in the regime is a deceptive and orchestrated ploy or tactic to distract and keep the Westerns busy while they are being made a fool out of.

2.The other group say that there are fundamental differences in existance among the ruling factions.

That, to what extent, these assumptions are accurate; I will discuss them perhaps in a new light:

One of the interesting items that is clearly evident and on display on many occasions is that there is a lack of unified and unanimous messages. There are several voices, meaning that in the Islamic Republic, we don’t see a centralized power.

In the era of cunning, deceitful, and ill-disposed khomeini, the ultimate say was always his and anything he said was the absolute command.

But today, anything that occurs in Iran raises different voices from different corners of the power elite. Reactions are different and sometimes so contradictory that the laypersons ask each other :”Is the government so polarized and chaotic that they can’t unify and coordinate their decisions and messages before they express them publicly??”

We have seen many times that one of the government official says something and another one says completely the opposite. For example, Ali Larijani when a reporter asked him in Iraq whether the Islamic Republic going to participate in the Sharm-al-Sheik Conference in Egypt, Larijani replied, “NO”. Then the reporter told Larijani that President Ahmadinejad announced two hours ago that Iran will participate in the Conference, he kept silent and proceeded to pass by the reporters with anger.

This phenomenon has occurred a thousand times in the past. For this reason, the West does not trust the regime. Westerners until the very end of ex-president Khatami’s term were kept distracted by ironic and fanciful novelties (curios) such as “Dialogue Among Civilizations” crap and were hoodwinked for a while.

The West and the westerners only discovered and realized the conspicuous and egregious infightings within the regime, when Mahmood ,the monkey, came to power. The speech of Mohsen Rezai, God father of IRGC about Ahmadinejad in this context is very interesting to mention. He said, “The Iranian nuclear train has not only breaks but also it has “reverse Gears” and he continues to say, Ahmadinejad is our ‘Six-hand power’. The speech was a loaded and significant with multi-level meanings:

But the most disappointing of all is that the primary sufferers and victims of these policies and animosities are ultimately the Iranian people. Please read my analysis carefully:

There are two groups in the country that have usurped the power: 1. the reformers and 2. The hardliners. These two reflections intensely criticize each other . And each one blames the other for their abysmal failure in running the country. Along with these two main groups, there are hundreds of other auxiliary groups in the country who are all obedient either to one of these two main ruling powers. And some are more extremists and some are more moderate.
But Still when you look at these two groups you realize the bitter truth: All of these groups are all followers of the revolution principles and Islamic constitution and Khomeinist Islam and are obedient to the Supreme Rule of the Velayt-e-Faqih.

All of them respect the principles of revolution and the Khomeinists Islam. And none of them are ready to move the slightest bit to turn and reverse these principles. And unfortunately all of them result in actions against the will of the people.

The only factor that causes their infighting is the ‘style’ and the manner in which they deem ruling the people and the country to their own taste and liking.

Different administrations have been in power in Iran, some more extremists and some more moderate. Ex-president, Khatami, with his so-called reforms illustrated how in secret and behind closed doors perpetrated kidnapping of and invented the serial and chain murder of intellectuals, scholars and writers, censoring the internet, and the brutal suppression of student uprising and the phenomenon of the civilian-cloth- wearing paramilitary and many other painful issues.

On the surface, all of this heinous crimes was attributed to pressure groups and Khatami’s incompetence in standing up to them, but as we found out, they were all done with the full approval of Khatami.

The future of Iran is painful and vague but ultimately bright and will benefit the people. Even so, at what price? How many will be victims and prisoners of this regime and will suffer and lead lives of hopelessness, wasted potentials, and utter wretchedness in a huge prison called Iran? And for how much longer?

The Islamic Republic can reach a compromise and negotiate with the West but this will not change anything for the ordinary enslaved masses and it might even make their lives harder than it is right now.

If The Islamic Republic does not reach a compromise with the West, then ultimately, war is inevitable and definite.

And in this way, people will be killed and bombed.

Sanctions and the cat an mouse play will eventually harm the regular people also!!!

Tomorrow, the reformers can take the power back but because in principle, they believe in the Islamic constitution and they are followers of Velayat-e-Faqih (Supreme Rule of the Supreme Leader) and Khomeinists Islam, and in reality, in action and deeds nothing will change and nothing will improve for the benefit of the people. And the reformists too, in order to stop and prevent the uprising of the fed up masses inevitably will show decisiveness for if they don’t, people will take advantage of the open political climate and will rush in to get their country back and THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE REGIME.

When the dam breaks, you can’t hold it with a broom.

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Disturbing Pattern of Global Investment in Iran

A new American Enterprise Institute's project, "Global Investment in Iran: Interactive," documents major world business transactions with the Islamic regime of Iran between 2000 and 2007.
U.S. is included in the list with 9 major financial transactions, Canada is also there with 4, Denmark with 6 major transactions, Russia with 9, United Kingdom with 37, Germany with 71, Italy with 43, Japan 39, India 9, Norway 11, Switzerland 14, Sweden 8, Spain 13, China with 27 and France with 66 major transactions. Incredible, isn't it?Each penny invested in Iran will enable the Islamic regime to live one more day longer and prolongs the misery of millions of enslaved hostages the mullahs have kept inside that country since 1979 and buys more arms for terrorists globally who will eventually cause us great harm economically, politically, and physically.
Profits should not be our bottom line when dealing with lunatics who will not stop at anything to destroy us and continue to announce their intentions on a daily basis. Do our leaders find Ahmadinejad's or Al-Queda's threats amusing? Is the "international community" serious about preventing an nuclear Iran? Other than military actions, are there other useful tools to raise the cost to the regime occupying Iran?
Check out the name of companies who are involved in Iran. Also, the investment trends for Europe and Asia Pacific are down, however, this is compensated by an upward trend (increase in investment ) in the Middle east and North and South America.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

What Do People Envy About You?

People Envy Your Compassion

You have a kind heart and an unusual empathy for all living creatures. You tend to absorb others' happiness and pain.
People envy your compassion, and more importantly, the connections it helps you build. And compassionate as you are, you feel for them.

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Film Footage of Iranian Students Getting Beaten Up


And now here are film footages of Iranian students getting beaten up at Alameh and Amirkabir university:
Herasat Attack 1
Herasat Attack 2

Herasat is a repressive body in every Iranian university and government work place which spies and reports on students and government employees and carries out such repressive acts as shown in the film footages above.Meanwhile, the chief of these thugs, Ayatollah Messbah Yazdi is invited to the Waterloo university by the Mennonites:

I just hope Iranian ex-pats will do more than just a petition:

From now on the word Mennonite for me will be synonymous with FILTH!

Katayoun on Waterloo University and inviting the thug Ayatollah to lecture on interfaith dialogue:
Without the slightest hesitation: An open-dialogue with the Iranian "scholar-clerics"!!!

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جنبش زنان و "جريان اصلاحات" در ايران

مروری بر يک تجربه

مهناز متين

آنچه به نام "جريان اصلاحات" در ايران شناخته شده، از درون نظام جمهوری اسلامی منشاء گرفته است. زنانی که همگام با اين جريان، پيشبرد برنامه‌ی "اصلاحات" در موقعيت و حقوق زنان را آغاز نمودند، همگی مؤمن و معتقد به اسلام و پاي‌بند به نظام جمهوری اسلامی بودند. بخش مهمی از آنان به طبقات حاکم تعلق داشته و يا از وابستگان دور و نزديک آنها محسوب مي‌شدند."جريان اصلاحات" که در بستر و زمينه‌ای از تحولات سياسی و اجتماعی ظهور يافته، خود به مرور، دستخوش تغيير و تحول شده است. اين جريان که اغلب به دوران پس از انتخاب محمد خاتمی به رياست جمهوری در خرداد ١٣٧٦ اطلاق مي‌شود، پيشينه‌ای دارد که بدون در نظر گرفتن آن نمي‌توان چگونگی شکل‌گيری و رشد اين جريان را به درستی بازشناخت.پيشينه‌ی "جريان اصلاحات" را بايد در فرايندهای سياسی و اجتماعي‌ای جستجو کرد که پس از پايان جنگ ايران و عراق تکوين يافته است. اين دوره که پايان دهه‌ی ١٣٦٠ و اوايل دهه‌ی ١٣٧٠ را در بر مي‌گيرد، به دوره‌ی "سازندگی" موسوم است.

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Pound nails, not the president

Times Daily: Of all the criticisms Jimmy Carter shouldn't be making, the allegation about President Bush's foreign policy shortcomings tops the list. He should not need to be reminded that it was his botching of the Iranian hostage situation that helped get us where we are today.

While few would disagree about the president's failures in Iraq and Afghanistan and his inability to bring key European allies into the mix, only a brief glance at history will tell us where this whole mess began.

But then Carter has been in denial about his role almost since the last vote was cast for his successor Ronald Reagan in 1980, leaving him to search for vindication by sticking his nose into every international crisis from Haiti to the Middle East in an ultimately successful campaign for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The former Navy officer turned politician turned peanut farmer turned politician can claim credit for winning a detente between Egypt and Israel that was no small achievement. He also is a nice man whose bitterness over what he felt was an unfair rejection by the voters finally spewed out in his ranking of Bush as the biggest Oval Office lunk head in history when it comes to overseas affairs and his slandering of British Prime Minister Tony Blair as a toady, breaking the rule about former presidents not speaking ill about the current holder of the job.

When Carter left office his ratings were as low or lower than Bush's, dipping into the 20s for job approval on a series of domestic and foreign policy blunders that left U.S. prestige abroad in a shambles and turned Iran into a theocratic state that fosters and finances terrorism and still does. His misguided stances included canceling U.S. participation in the Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a silly protest that accomplished nothing and hurt only the American athletes who had trained for years.

But the capper, of course, came when he withdrew U.S. support for the ailing shah of Iran, a Western educated, pro-American monarch who had kept radical Muslims in line and provided stability throughout the area. This sometimes required what Carter saw as repressive measures by the shah's dreaded secret police. So, what does this born again Georgian do? He helps unleash one of the most regressive radicals in modern history, the Ayatollah Khomeini, on Iran and the world. The secret police were amateurs compared to the oppressiveness this creature brought with him from exile in Paris.

The cleric, whose religious ideology was right out of the 11th century, then warned his benefactor not to permit the dispossessed shah to get medical treatment in the United States. That was too much even for Carter who ignored the edict. The ayatollah then gave his young militants the go-ahead to storm the American embassy, holding 52 hostages and making the U.S. a laughingstock for more than 444 days while Carter dithered, afraid of the consequences of military action.

He finally OK'd an improbable plan for rescue but quickly abandoned it when a helicopter crashed killing nine of the team. The nation's wimp image, along with his, was certified...more

Related Post: Iran: Carter's Habitat for Inhumanity

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Humiliation and Torture Parade, Islamic Republic Style!

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Yellow dog:
"Iranian youth are being paraded and tortured publicly. The above photos was taken by Pars News photographer who was invited to the torture parade in order to photograph and disseminate the images all across Iran and the world. The images at the top show a young man with Marlon Brando looks and his free spirit shown by his Colombia football jersey and long hair, being pushed, thrown on the ground and his forehead getting bloodied in order to force him to put a device in his mouth which is used in toilets to wash excrement. The image below shows a clean cut man with western style shirt and trousers being subject to similar humiliations in front of photojournalists and the public."

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Lebanon:Interview with Shaker el-Absi (head of Fatah Islam)

DucthwomaninBeirut: You’ve got to read this, very interesting; it is an interview with this Shaker el-Absi guy (head of Fatah Islam) in March of this year.

Don’t tell me the Lebanese did not see this one coming! I have no idea who this Pierre Tristam is (this link comes from his blog), but it seems everybody in Lebanon’s intellgigence knew Shaker el-Absi was in the camp. They know the camps are fertile grounds for breeding religious intolerance, and they knew he was in touch with al-Qaida.Now what more do you need to know in order to understand you had it coming your way?

Hat tip to Jeha’s Nail for the image and the link.

This Pierre Tristam had another interesting link, a New York Times newspaper article from 1973 about fighting between Palestinian factions and the Lebanese Army. It seems the circle is round.

The main problem I think is that whether they knew about this or not,the Lebanese Army and Security forces have not been allowed into the camps for 40 years (Part of a treaty drawn up between the Lebanese government and the PLO which gave these camps their autonomy). In this strange country, the Lebanese aren't allowed control over parts of their own land.

Every time someone commits an atrocity they run into the camp and are out of reach e.g. the militants who killed four judges in Saida and escaped into the camps. For some reason very few are handed over by the Palestinian security forces running the camps. It's a big mess, stemming from ever bigger messes with no clear way out. Lebanon has 2 states within a state. One is Hizballah and the other the Palestinians refugee camps. Is it any wonder that Lebanon has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over?

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Khamenei:" Khomeinism is on the Rise"!

Alalam, mouthpiece of the Islamic Republic is reporting Khamanei's recent propaganda tailor-made for the Arab Audience. (red is mine) TEHRAN, May 27--Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the movement started by late Imam Khomeini is spreading fast across the Islamic countries.The leader cited "return to the Islamic identity and values, renunciation of bullying powers, and hatred of the big idol namely America and Zionism" among the late Imam's teachings which have gripped Muslim nations.Ayatollah Khamenei described the enthusiasm shown by Muslim youth (Arab youth and definitely not Iranian youth) in late Imam Khomeini's path and teachings as "astounding".

The leader said Imam Khomeini's ideals and teachings among Muslim nations are getting revitalized, adding this is a sign that the movement heralded by the late Imam emanated from God. The leader stated that the founder of the Islamic Revolution has imparted a "divine and spiritual" effect to the human community.This is indicative of the late Imam's power to impress and capture the hearts, the leader added.Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in an address to officials in charge of marking the demise anniversary of the late Imam."Unlike natural events, the extent, depth and duration of the effects left by divine incidents increase day by day and that is the case with the story of the beloved Imam," the leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on "the ceaseless propaganda campaign of the enemies of Islam against the Imam" which the leader said is not comparable to "the volume of the propagation which is being made to promote and reinforce the Imam's slogans"."Nevertheless, the outcome of this political-propaganda challenge is the emergence of a young generation in many countries including Lebanon and Palestine which does not even remember the time spanning the life and demise of the Imam. "However, thanks to the appeal of that great man's teachings, this generation has hoisted the flag of Islam vis-à-vis the enemies of God and is proud of that."

Ayatollah Khamenei said the mystery behind Imam Khomeini's divine charisma was that all his deeds were only for God."The dignified late Imam, all through his blessed life, only sought the satisfaction of the Creator and this is his big lesson for the present and future (generations) of this nation, the officials as well as all the elite and activists in political, social, cultural and economic arenas.

"The leader also took an issue with "certain people who are trying to interpret the principles of Islam and the ideals of the (Islamic) Revolution such as religious democracy and human rights in Islam in such a way as complying with the failed and futile liberalism of the West"."But this is a deviation from Imam's line and stands squarely in clash with Imam Khomeini's teachings and viewpoints. Thus, care has to be taken against this deviation and warnings be served."

Ayatollah Khamenei says Imam Khomeini Muslim youth are enthusiastically embracing Imam Khomeini's teachings.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Reasons Behind Regime's Brutality!

Bardia from Iran:

به هر حال تا کنون در این سه دهه گذشته چنین رفتاری از دولت ندیده بودیم یا بهتر است بگویم تا این حد اراذل و اوباش نداشتیم تا جاییکه سه چهار سال پیش این قشر از جامعه که پدیده استبدادگری است رنگ وبویی افسارگسیخته بخود گرفت. ولی نکته ای که شا یان توجه است اینست که این اوباش - که من دوست ندارم آنها را به این اسم نام ببرم چون بدلیل فقر طبقاتی که رژیم ایجاد کرده بوجود آمده اند- بدلیل نترس بودن و روحیه یکه تازی دستگیر می شوند نه بخاطر اعتیاد یا مزاحمتهای اجتماعی. دلیل دستگیری را نیز بیشتر جرایم ناموسی و تجاوز به عنف وانمود می کنند که دیگر هیچ وجدانی در دفاع از ایشان بر نیاید
ولی در مورد اعتیاد، در اخبار اعلام شد که معتادینی که کارت سلامت دریافت کنند از خدمات ویژه برخوردار خواهند شد. این دلیلی استوار است در راستای سیاستهای دولت مبنی بر ترویج اعتیاد تا جوانان بیشتر از پیش در رخوت فرو روند. پس دیگر هیچ خطری رژیم را تهدید نخواهد کرد و توده مردم از وجود سینه چاکان - بجای اوباش - برای براندازی حکومت بهره نخواهند برد


Until now, I had not seen anything in the past 3 decades like this. Or better to say, we did not have so many gangs and hoodlums to where three or four years ago this segment of the society, which is a product of dictatorship transformed into an unruly mob. But the point that is interesting to pay attention to is that this gang gets arrested-- I don't like to call them that because of this class of indigence (poor class) is creation of this regime--because of being fearless and their audaciousness not because they are addicts or public nuisance. The cause for their arrest are said to be crimes of violation of of women's honor and reputation, so no one with conscience would defend them...And about the addiction, it was announced in the news that those addicts who receive the "Health Card" are eligible for special privileges. This is a solid reason in line with policy of the regime based on cultivation of drug-dependency so that more youths than ever before are sunk into a stupor so there would be no danger to the regime and the masses of people won't be able to utilize *these gangs* to topple the regime.

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Memorial Day

We live in a nation where Memorial Day is viewed by most as a holiday, the start of the summer vacation season. Families will travel, parties will be held, barbeques will be cooked - all to celebrate that they get a day off from work, but none of this captures what Memorial Day really means.

Memorial Day is meant to honor those who sacrificed their lives so that others could be free. It's a long-standing tradition that dates back to the Civil War, when the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally known, soon became a national holiday, and the tradition of honoring all of our war dead - including all of the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War (of which I am a veteran), and now the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to name just a few - became a time-honored tradition where communities would gather to remember those who gave their lives.

Somewhere along the way though, the true meaning of what it means to celebrate Memorial Day has been lost in the land of commercialism. Fewer and fewer are the commemoration and remembrance ceremonies that once graced our nation on this day. Honoring the fallen has been replaced with honoring the barbeque grill.

As you go through your day today, take a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of this day, and give thanks to those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free.

Source:Justin Thyme

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Friday, May 25, 2007

What's in a Talk?

I like to present two articles written by Sohrab Ferdowsi and Sheema Kalbasi in response to the uninformed piece by none other than Mr. Ignatius. Mr. Ignatius has been a cheerleader of giving the fascist oligarchic Islamic Republic what it covets the most, namely the "Security Guarantees" from the United States without considering the long-term implications or whether it did any good when we gave it to N.K.

Mr. Ignatius wishes the U.S. to become a junior partner with the Islamic Republic in controlling the Middle East but does not have quite the moral fortitude to consider the fate and prospect of liberty and prosperity for the enslaved Iranian people. Or perhaps, he finds that proposition a nuisance as long as there are fleeting short-term gains in the political scoring board. What does it really mean to give a 'security guarantee' to a fascist regime whose main raison de'tere is to export Islamism and defeat the Great Satan? Is pouring more money into the Ayatollahs coffers by allowing them to join the World bank or having more cultural exchange between the two countries going to change the identity and the objectives of the religious regime? Is Mr. Ignatius aware how American culture was deeply entrenched in the secular society of the pre-Revolution era? Does he know that most Iranians above the age of 28 grew up on watching heavy doses of "Little House on the Prairie", "I love Lucy", "The Flintstones", and "The Walton's". The mullahs hated the Shah precisely for that reason because they saw Western culture as a threat to Islam.

Nor Mr. Ignatius finds it vital to identify the risks associated with making "pragmatic"(irrelevant concept when you're dealing with Islamic 'cause' of establishing the ummah) agreements with a religious institution that views itself as a vanguard to defeat the current world order and offers the world an "alternative Islamic" order. It’s also interesting that he does not provide any historical precedence in achieving our goals by sleeping with our enemies that have not had long-term disastrous consequences. Additionally, he does not mention that a powerful group within the ruling elite does not want rapprochement with the U.S. because it threatens their economic leverage and status. He is also profoundly misguided to think that there are any differences between the reformers or the hardliners. He judges only the ‘style’ of the “charming” reformers, which is more appealing to the western palate (because they tell Americans what they want to hear, practicing Taqiya), but he does not grasp that their goal is one and the same. That the propagandist maneuvering and Washington lobbying of the Westernized-appearing and tie-wearing Islamists profiteers (Scholars, organizations, professors, PhD Candidates, and ‘fake dissidents’ dispatched to lobby on behalf of the Islamic Republic in the U.S.) has fooled Mr. Ignatius is an instruction on his utter ignorance of the true nature and foundational history of Islamic theocracy and what the words 'theocracy' and 'Khomeinism" mean.

Mr. Ignatius is looking for a short-term solution, as did many of his cohorts in the past with catastrophic results. Sheema and Sohrab echo my sentiments in regards to talking and making "pragmatic" deals with the fascist regime:

What's in it for ordinary Iranians?

May 25, 2007

Once again talks about negotiation between Islamic government of Iran and American leadership have become a hot topic in both countries. Leaders of Islamic Republic, as always, are issuing all kinds of mixed messages through promises of helping Americans in Iraq and willingness to negotiate and also repeating same old rhetoric on issues like nuclear activities and presence of American troops in Persian Gulf region. From the other side, American policy makers have been tangled in a power struggle since last congressional election which has greatly influenced their ability to deal with non domestic issues.

Leaders of Islamic regime in Iran appear to believe that this divide among elements in American leadership is in their interest and openly try to capitalize on that in order to find a support in American government for trouble free extension of their system. This is not the first time and the only instance that, despite all rhetorical slogans in every Friday prayer, Islamic regime has made attempt to get closer to Americans. Islamic Republic government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars since more than a decade ago through institutions which were inherited from previous system in order to buy "friendship" of some Americans who show interest in getting close to Islamic regime of Iran.

Formation of institutions like AIC (American Iranian Council) with sponsorship and support of well known and influential figures and corporations in America about 10 years ago, to encourage "dialogue" between leaders of Islamic regime and United States, has been one of the methods that have been tried in this direction with help of some Iranian elements. It is obvious that those who were involved in creation of this organization could not have come up with the idea overnight and having corporations like Shell, Chevron and Exxon on their side to "encourage dialogue" with oil rich Iran is a clear indication that no charity work is involved either!

There is no doubt that "dialogue" in order to resolve an issue is the best option depending on how dialogue is to be handled and by whom. The issue is that "what problems" can be resolved through dialogue between American government and Islamic Republic regime of Iran which have not been resolved so far? Will this resolution have interests of Iranian people as a nation included or just a certain portion of society will benefit from it?

There is no question that friendly relation between the two nations have a lot of advantages for both under proper circumstances but letís see who benefited from "dialogue" and resolution of issues between Islamic government of Iran and others like European governments? Have the friendly relations between Islamic Republic regime in Iran and European governments, Japan and Russia along with their generous contracts with European and Russian companies had any positive effect inside Iran as far as conditions of economy and human rights for the public?

A glance into the day to day events in Iran shows the Islamic regime is always busy with brutal suppression of any kind of objections from working groups like, teachers, public transportation drivers and labors and also students in the name of "national security" and the answer to the above question is definitely "NO"! Despite constant increase in revenue of the Islamic government particularly from oil and gas sector, the quality of living for majority of Iranian population has been in decline and extreme poverty has resulted in opportunities for some disgraceful type of businesses to boom.

This makes one wonder if "friendly" business relations of Islamic Republic with all western nations (except United States) and the rest of the world, has not helped to improve the quality of life for people of Iran in the past decades then how the friendly relations with American government and American oil corporations will be helpful to them?

The scandals of bribery with French and Belgian corporations in which associates of high ranking members of Islamic regimeís leadership were implicated is tip of the iceberg on how the business is conducted in Islamic Republic government. Coming of American corporations to Iran under current system will never help anyone but Islamic regime leaders and those who lobby for their own share from this big pie while majority of Iranian people who were robbed of their prosperity by this corrupt regime continue their struggle with poverty and suffer from extreme human right abuses under this brutal and barbaric system.

Islamic government of Iran that has never shown any respect for humane values, by clinging to Islamic ideology as an excuse, has made it very clear through unorthodox behavior that it will not hold back of doing anything to protect itself against the will of Iranian people even if it is making a deal with devil himself!

Flood of petrodollars during the years after end of Iran-Iraq war has provided Islamic republic leaders with a big leverage to influence the affairs in the region and also attract many Iranians outside the country to work for the interests of their system. In a world that well reputed magazines and news paper sell their columns and pages to be filled with any kind of material that money can buy, lobbying for Islamic republic has become a very profitable business. Not surprisingly, some of highly educated Iranians have become actively involved in order to make it to the list of rich and famous, fast and with easy money!

Interestingly enough, Dr. Amirahmadi, a well known figure in one of these lobbying groups, in his website declares the source of all problems of Iranian society to be "lack of vision and leadership" while listing giant corporations like Shell, Exxon and Chevron as a sponsors of his lobby group to encourage "dialogue" with Islamic government in Iran! Apparently Total of France, Gazprom of Russia and Statoil of Belgium were not good in "encouraging anything" and we now need others to get working on this "innovative vision" to bring prosperity for some people and continuity for a brutal system which is barbarically suppressing the most basic rights and liberties of people in Iran! Comment

Dialogue Only Buys Them Time
By Sheema Kalbasi

After my recent blog post that was published on the Iranian Times I received e-mails some of which expressing their desire for a dialogue with the Iranian regime as a just cause. I am opposed to such dialogue on several grounds.The supporters of dialogue between the US and the regime have never shown, articulated, or even tried to articulate how such dialogue would benefit the Iranian people.

Attempts of this kind have been at best limited to vague references to change in countries where the US had diplomatic presence. Moreover, the crimes committed by the regime make any such dialogue unconscionable in my opinion.

I am opposed to dialogue with the regime because I find it incapable of addressing the fundamental issues that underlie the Iranian normalcy crisis in the past 28 years. The only thing that dialogue will accomplish is buying mullahs more time, especially giving them the best opportunity to pursue their nuclear ambitions.

The futility of dialogue was once proved in early 90’s where EU’s “critical dialogue” with the regime was terminated following the Mikonos verdict in Germany. As a matter of fact regime took advantage of this “dialogue” to consolidate its power through mass assassination and jailing of dissidents, writers, and intellectuals inside and outside Iran. This period also coincided with growing divide between the rich and the poor which brought nearly half of the population below the poverty line. Inhumane punishments and human right abuses continued unabated. “Critical dialogue” turned out to be nothing but a code word for Europe’s shortsighted interests in dealing with a murderous regime in Tehran.

Is this the type of dialogue that the supporters of dialogue between the US and the regime are looking for?I am also opposed to dialogue with the regime because I find it unconscionable. The “moral equivalence” camp on the other hand argues that since the sum of the evil around the world is equal to the evil of the regime, this regime is only as bad as the rest of the world. This makes the dialogue morally unobjectionable in their eyes.

The moral equivalence argument typically goes by breaking down regime’s crimes into pieces, finding a match (close or remote) to each piece somewhere in the world to draw its absurd conclusion. Let me sum up some of the crimes of this regime for those who need to be reminded.One warm summer day in 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini who at the time was the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic wrote a letter to three of his confidants (the so-called committee of three) ordering them to "clean up" the Iranian prisons as the war between Iran and Iraq was drawing to an end. In plain words, Khomeini left it to the discretion of the three clerics to order the execution of any political prisoner who was not "converted".

The committee ordered execution of prisoners based on their answers to a couple of questions such as whether the person did his/her daily prayers or whether they still believed in their cause. Meat trucks carried the bodies of the executed prisoners at dawn to a place that was later named "the cursed-land" by regime thugs. The bodies of the executed prisoners were buried in mass graves in the "cursed-land".

Thousands are believed to have been executed in this way. Many of those prisoners had done their sentences and were awaiting release.It is not clear how many people have been stoned to death in Iran because the regime is particularly tight lipped about this style of execution. The number is large, at least tens, and according to some accounts, the regime judiciary has ordered and carried out the stoning of more than 1000 people.

The "crimes" that justify this cruel and barbaric punishment under the regime's "justice" code range from acting in home-made porno movies to accusation of adultery. Soraya M. whose hours before stoning has been portrayed in a book entitled "The Stoning of Soraya M." was accused of adultery because she was cooking for a male family friend. The punishment is carried out by first giving the inmate a "dead wash" (ghosl-e-meyet) in early morning hours before being taken him/her to the killing field where he/she is buried up to the neck/chest. The size of stones is DELIBERATELY chosen in such a way that they don't kill the inmate immediately but rather prolong the suffering for at least 15 minutes, delivering an excruciating death.

It is very common that the condemned is alive and aware when their eyes pop out as the mob is carrying out the execution. Stoning is typically overseen by the ordering cleric. Although the barbaric act of stoning may rarely happen elsewhere in the world, this form of punishment is specifically sanctioned by regime's "justice" code, unlike in other places where the act is more of a mob-revenge nature.Atefeh was only 16 years old when she was arrested because of immoral acts. According to some accounts, she had an affair with some members of the moral police and they asked for her execution to preserve their "honor" and "reputation". During the hearings, Atefeh became momentarily upset and took off her clothes in protest. Shortly after, her execution was ordered and carried out personally by the mullah judge in public.

Even the executioner refused to carry out the sentence and plead for reversal.Several years ago a woman was accused of looking at nude males. Her blinding was ordered by a mullah judge. The wrists and fingers of people accused of theft are cut IN PUBLIC. Hundreds of people are executed by hanging IN PUBLIC every year.In 2005, a cleric shot and killed a young man in broad daylight in Tehran-Karaj metro. The young man was apparently "hitting on" a girl in the metro. According to regime's laws, clerics can be tried only by a special tribunal, which of and by its own is a clear example of an apartheid judicial system.

The cleric was later acquitted and released.Hundreds of dissidents were killed in exile by regime's agents. The preferred method of killing was slashing throats. Some of these dissidents were lured to meeting with regime's agents by the promise of finding a peaceful political settlement. In 1997, a German court named regimes' top leaders in ordering the assassination of several Kurdish dissidents in Mykonos restaurant in Germany. In addition to all these human right abuses, the regime has brought economic misery on a massive scale to the Iranian population. Nearly half of Iranians live under the poverty line. It is estimated that one in every 18 Iranians is addicted to illicit drugs. Scores of young Iranian women are sold in Pakistan and the Persian Gulf states as sex slaves.

Despite its oil riches, Iran imports nearly 40% of its gasoline domestic consumption.Finally, in regards to Dr. Haleh Esfandiari it should be noted that I was one of the first Iranian bloggers who posted a piece and brought attention to the danger of her being accused of apostasy in an article published by Keyhan. Despite my opposition to what Dr. Esfandiari has been working hard to promote, I believe we should all join forces to seek safe return not only for her but for all those detained against their will by the regime. My piece tried to show the futility of calls for dialogue with a regime which cannot even tolerate Dr. Esfandiari’s of this world.Giving the benefit of doubt has always been my shining light.

I want to believe that the supporters of dialogue are truly fearful of an imminent attack on Iran. Let me tell you what I am fearful of. As the game of cat and mouse is being played; as the mullahs take advantage of diplomatic signals and flirtations to buy time pursuing the bomb; and as the US fails to stabilize Iraq, an unholy alliance of regional Arab powers begin investing heavily in creating local insurgencies among ethnic minorities with tacit or direct support from the US. The regime has time and time proved its strategic foolishness and tactical genius. This time strategic foolishness may lead to Iran’s disintegration.

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