Tuesday, February 27

Destruction of the Achaemenid Dam of Didehgan

Remains of Didehgan Dam, Fars Province

The Islamic regime of Iran does not know his arse from his elbow. The proof for such a remark is the recent destruction of the Achaemenid Dam of Didehgan that took place in the 24th day of February, 2007, in the province of Fars. Apparently a crew of bulldozers were working near “one of the branches of Sivand River,” in the province of Fars, when they “mistakenly” ruined the ancient Dam.

Didehgan Dam was built some 2500 years ago during the reign of the Achaemenid Dynasty (550-330 BC). It was located north of the world “heritage site of Pasargadae in Iran’s Fars province”. The dam was built in order to “prevent seasonal flooding in the region,” but the Islamic regime decided that bythe grace of Allah, the flood will be prevented, and therefore they started to remove the soil in the region by bulldozers, “to bring flooding in the region under control and to have a water reservoir”. The ancient people built the dam to prevent the flooding, and the contemporary men destroy it to prevent the “flooding and saving the water”.

The news was announced by that low life Mohammad Jafar Malekzadeh, also known as the secretary of the “high commission for dam construction of Fars Regional Water Organization”. According to that cuckold, “a very high technique was implemented in construction of Didehgan Dam which was made it unique in the world. The core of this Achaemenid dam was constructed by soil and it was covered with stone—something which has not been seen elsewhere”. However, a “private construction company” was engaged in some activities in the “vicinity of this historic site,” and as the result of their “private” activities their “privately” owned bulldozers have caused “some serious damages to parts of Didehgan”.

It is useful to know that the dam was recently discovered during some “archeological excavations,” in the region. And in addition, the “archeological documents including the researches conducted by an American Archeologist,” (I don’t know the name, and why shy should it be important to know who that mysterious archeologist is?!), but since the site was not properly introduced “the search for such a dam was not taken seriously.” What else is new?!

Fars province is one of the 30th provinces of Iran. It is in the south of the country and its capital is Shiraz; the city of Saadi, a medieval poet, prose writer, and social thinker, who lived around 1200, thirteenth-century, and Hafez, a fourteenth-century Iranian poet, whose sonnets are still a guidance oracle to the Persians.

Perhaps another night, when I don’t feel as gloomy as tonight, I will write about Hafez’s sonnets (Ghazal) or Sadi’s quartets (Robaiyat), but till then…


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