January 23, 1982 – June 20, 2009
She lies in the Tehran street with her headscarf half-off, blood pooling around her jeans and white sneakers.
“Don't be afraid, Neda dear, don't be afraid,” a white-haired man says desperately in Persian. Another man presses on her chest, trying to keep her alive.
Scarlet blood gushes from her nose and mouth and courses across her pale face. Men and women scream in horror as they realize she is dead or dying.
CAIRO — The Associated Press, Monday, Jun. 22, 2009
They hang them, and they shoot them in the street. Insecure men these Ayatollahs. Rest in peace Neda.
The Coming War with Iran and the End of Israel
CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal 'height of folly'
BBC November 30, 2016
If Trump tears up the deal, the likelihood that Iran will get the BOMB a year or two into his Presidency, or more likely that of Pence, increases dramatically.
People who believe they have a place to go when they die, and a good one, don't usually fear death as much as those who don't.
Khamenei, like most Ayatollahs, and like Trump, is a very rich man who can afford just about anything that Allah's materialistic and hedonistic Paradise has to offer, with the added benefit that he is first here. In Paradise, he would rank behind the countless messengers and martyrs even if worthy of a place in the seventh heaven which Allah and His greatest and last spokesperson call home.
He could, of course, improve his standing in Paradise, and stay in the best accommodation that its owner has to offer, by doing what God would do if He were here, and that is burn his real and imaginary enemies in a nuclear fire not unlike that of Hell. But I wouldn't count on it.
Old people, especially rich ones, unlike gullible young people, are in no hurry to meet their maker.
A wealthy Ayatollah in the here-and-now, unlike the relatively poor, in real terms, true believers like Ahmadinejad, will not risk losing it all here on a promise of more of the same in the Hereafter made by a mortal claiming to speak on a god's behalf.
Trump is both a rich man and an opportunistic believer. Unless Khamenei drops the BOMB on Israel, he can be expected to rip up treaties and rattle sabres, but that is about it.
Pence, on the other hand, like Ahmadinejad, is not a wealthy man compared to the other two, and like Ahmadinejad believes in a Judgement Day and a scriptured (not a typo) end-times scenario.
Pence's fairytale begins and ends with an Israel that is not a radioactive wasteland. The slightest threat to make it inhabitable, if Pence is President (Trump is not only old for the demands of the job, but also overweight, and an early impeachment is a real possibility), and it's missiles and bombers away.
Under a Pence Presidency, war with Iran is inevitable, if it has the BOMB.
The U. S. will not be able to stop a motivated Iran under attack from exploding at least one nuclear weapon over Israel, which will be enough to bring an end to the Zionist experiment, prompting a ten-fold retaliation in kind from the Israeli nuclear missile submarines on patrol in the Persian Gulf.
This devastating nuclear counter-strike will make the remainder of the Middle East and much of North Africa a radioactive desert. It all has to do with which way the Trade Winds blow, and in the Northern Hemisphere that is from East to West. Unless, of course, Hell's heavy breathing interferes, but I wouldn't count on that either.
Bring on Armageddon
14:5 We have, indeed, sent Moses with our Signs (sayings): “Bring your people out of the darkness and into the light and remind them of Allah Days (major events and calamities).” Surely in those are signs for every steadfast and thankful person.
Sohrab fears the Ayatollahs, and that includes the Supreme Leader, Khamenei, who like Khomeini, is prepared to order the mass execution of those who demonstrate against the religious leadership of Iran. In his words, "those who oppose him is like those who oppose Allah and His Messenger," and for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger there can only be one punishment, and that is death.
"A leader, who would slaughter his own people because he believes this is what God expects him to do, is not afraid of committing mass murder on a genocidal scale and there is nothing anyone can do about it" warned Sohrab, "he is the Supreme Leader; he has the power of a Hitler and is a supremacist like Hitler, a supremacist in religion who will soon have the bomb.”
If Sohrab is correct, we may not be as lucky with a Muslim country with the bomb as we were with Pakistan with its shared secular and religious leadership which mitigates the genocidal rages of holy men who would do what Allah did to societies whose leaders challenged the legitimacy of His messengers.
The Guardian Council
The Guardian Council is responsible for ensuring that all laws passed by the Iranian Parliament conform to Islamic law i.e. Sharia law. For example, in 2006 it vetoed a law passed by Parliament which attempted to nullify a decree by the late Ayatollah Khomeini which lowered the age at which a girl could be legally married to nine years of age.
The law voted by Parliament, and vetoed by the Guardian Council, would have made it compulsory for girls under the age of 15 and boys under 18 to have court approval to get married.
The Prophet Muhammad, for Muslims the personification of the perfect human being, married Aisha, his favourite among his fourteen official wives, when she was nine years old. The Council correctly ruled that a man who, like the Prophet, married a child could not be found guilty of having broken Sharia law.
Sharia law may also explain why the Council has refused to allow women to seek the office of President.
The Koran, along with the sayings and actions of the Prophet form the basis of the Sharia. A woman president would make a shamble of Allah’s revelation that “… women have rights equal to what is incumbent upon them according to what is just; although men are one degree above them (what is meant here is that the men have a superior authority, Majid Fakhry). Allah is Mighty, Wise.” 2:228
An open letter to President Obama on the Iranian situation
November 11, 2012
Dear Mr. President,
Sohrab (not his real name) a Canadian-Iranian friend was happy to see you re-elected for he believes that you will do right by his country of birth. Many of his expatriates would have preferred Romney because, for them, doing right is a U.S. military intervention as early as possible, which is what your opponent promised if elected, and which they hoped would lead to a regime change.
Sohrab was both a witness and a victim* of a previous military incursion. He believes an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities will not lead to a regime change, but to an even more oppressive government. Iraq’s ill-considered invasion of Iran was a god-send for the Ayatollah Khomeini whose Theocracy was in danger of being toppled by an opposition who did not take to the street to trade one tyranny for another.
In attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities you risk giving Khamenei an excuse to liquidate the opposition as Khomeini did during the Iraq-Iranian war and, as Israel’s former intelligence chief stated on 60 Minutes, only delay the production of nuclear weapons by a year or two.
The cost of such an intervention, in Sohrab’s estimation, will be the death of perhaps tens of thousands of people the West needs to bring about what he hopes will be an Iranian Renaissance, not unlike the Italian Renaissance which marked the end of the Catholic Church's dominance in Europe allowing for a flowering of the arts and sciences and all that came after.
Sohrab reminded me that the obsession with the destruction of Israel is not an obsession of the ordinary Iranian; it is an obsession of the religious leadership and likeminded dogmatists like Ahmandinejad whose destiny they control.
A democratically elected secular government of a nuclear Iran would not be a threat to Israel or the West, and may actually serve as a bulwark against the nuclear ambitions of Sunni Islamists. This may explain Saudi Arabia’s support in WikiLeaks cables for a U. S. attack on the people responsible for the first Charter of Human Rights (circa 539 B.C) a legacy of Cyrus the Great.
Bombing Iranian nuclear facilities will not make the world a safer place and countless innocent lives will be loss while a repressive leadership carries on. Another solution has to be found.
Waiting on the Mahdi
Day of Judgment
Ian McEwan, The Guardian, May 2008
His (Ahmadinejad) much reported remark about wiping Israel off the face of the earth may have been mere bluster of the kind you could hear any Friday in a thousand mosques around the world. But this posturing, coupled with his nuclear ambitions, becomes more worrying when set in the context of his end-time beliefs.
In Jamkaran, a village not far from the holy city of Qum, a small mosque is undergoing a $20m-expansion, driven forward by Ahmadinejad's office. Within the Shi'ite apocalyptic tradition, the Twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, who disappeared in the ninth century, is expected to reappear in a well behind the mosque.
His re-emergence will signify the beginning of the end days. He will lead the battle against the Dajjal, the Islamic version of the anti-Christ, and with Jesus as his follower, will establish the global Dar el Salaam, the dominion of peace, under Islam.
Ahmadinejad is extending the mosque to receive the Mahdi, and already pilgrims by the thousands are visiting the shrine, for the president has reportedly told his cabinet that he expects the visitation within two years (2010).
The plight of women under fundamentalist Islam pathological obsession with women as sexual predators who must be tightly controlled and monitored came into focus when reading Azar Nafisi inspiring book Reading Lolita in Tehran.
At the risk of oversimplification, it's about a group of young women, her students, who meet in secret in her apartment, to remove their veil and "immerse themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov."
An informative excerpt:
We follow Sanaz down the stairs, out the door and into the street. You might notice that her gait and her gestures have changed. It is in her best interest not to be seen, not to be heard or notice. She doesn’t walk upright, but bends her head towards the ground and doesn’t look at passersby. She walks quickly and with a sense of determination. The streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities are patrolled, by militia … They are called the Blood of God. They patrol the streets to make sure that women like Sanaz wear their veil properly, do not wear makeup, do not walk in public with men who are not their fathers, brothers or husbands. She will pass slogans on the walls, quotations from Khomeini and a group called the Party of God. … Beside the slogan is a charcoal drawing of a women: her face is featureless and framed by a dark chador. MY SYSTER, GUARD YOUR VEIL. MY BROTHER GUARD YOUR EYES.
If she gets on a bus, the seating is segregated. She must enter through the rear door and in the back seats, allocated to women… in taxis men and women are squeezed together like sardines, as the saying goes and the same for minibuses where so many [women are] harassed by bearded and God-fearing men.
You might well ask, What is Sanaz thinking as she walks the streets of Tehran… Does she feel humiliated by the new laws, by the fact that after the revolution, the age of marriage was lowered from eighteen to nine, that stoning became once more the punishment for adultery and prostitution.
In the course of nearly two decades, the street have been turned into a war zone, where young women who disobey the rules are hurled into patrol cars, taken to jail, flogged, fined, force to wash the toilets and humiliated …
Don't Kill Yourselves
On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the revolution that gave birth to the Islamic Republic, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran has produced its first package of highly enriched uranium.
For suicide bombers the bigger the bomb the better, and now the President of Iran has the potential of being remembered as the biggest suicide bomber of them all.
Perhaps the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should remind his puppet about the Koran's prohibition against committing suicide and save his sociopath’s life and perhaps the lives of millions of his countrymen and neighbours downwind on whom the radioactive rain and dust of a retaliatory strike in kind will fall.
4:29 O believers, do not consume your wealth illegally, unless there be trading by mutual agreement among you; and do not kill yourselves. Allah is indeed merciful to you!
Yes, I know, verse 4:29 could also be interpreted as “don’t kill each other fighting over material possessions.”
Change in Islam starts with the Koran. You can not change the Koran but you can seek an interpretation of its meanings, even if it appears like your taking a phrase out of context (remember, the semicolon is also used to separate independent clauses), if it will lessen the violence.
It's not unusual for Allah to make two revelations in the same verse, although the following are separated by a period:
2:189 They ask you about the crescents (the new moons) say: “They are times fixed for mankind and for the pilgrimage.” It is not righteousness to enter houses from the back; but the righteous is he who fears Allah. Enter then the houses by their front doors; and fear Allah that you may prosper.