Thursday, November 29

"We shall Build more Mosques," said the "It" president



It is totally absurd to talk or write about someone like Ahmadinejad, but in this surreal world of absurdity, uncertainty, fakery and cynicism, it is inevitable to do otherwise. Anyhow, I am not here to nag, only to shed a dim light, if I can, on some dark corners of the labyrinth of political rules-and-moves in the Islamic Republic.

For a president, Ahmadinejad is a talkative guy. He talks constantly, be it about Islam, or something that is related to it, and he never seems to have gotten enough of hearing his own voice. He cracks some odd jokes too, just to remind his audience that if it was not for his Calling, he would have been a stand-up comic in one of those vaudeville shows. Unfortunately for us, the Iranians, he is the ninth-president-of-the-Islamic-Republic.

As a president, he is a Basiji at heart, and as such character, he is inclined to worship the Spiritual Leaders of the regime, the late Khomeini, and the present Khamanei. As a devout Shia Ahmadinejad believes in the greatness of the places of worship, and as a true follower of the Revolutionary-preachers-Imams he is well aware of the importance of Islam in his success as an ideologue-president. So, it is only natural if he should assume that it is only by the way of worship and blind-devotion that a nation can seek redemption.

Now, having said that, recently in a meeting with the representatives of the Imams of the Masjeds in Tehran, the “It” president has asserted that they should build more Mosques, and encourage people to attend not only services, and Mass-Friday-Prayers, but also seek social services and family counseling as well. Because according to his own “research”, when the most vulnerable individuals need help, a Mosque is the only place they need to go to.
katayoun



Wednesday, November 28

Peace must go on








Annapolis or Washington, it really doesn’t matter where the representatives of Israel greeted a few Arab and Muslim leaders with a warm handshake, but it should matter why. I mean, as it is obvious, from the Islamic Regime’s point of view, the conference was a fist thrown at the uncontrollable Ahmadinejad and his Mafia in Tehran, because as far as the Western-Powerful-World is concerned, there is a problem with the way the Sepah and Basij are handling the affair in the Middle East.
From my point of view, the Conference had to be what it was, nevertheless the most interested thing is that my point of view, of course, does not really matter, but Ahmadinejad’s should, because he is the president whose political power has been stretched out to the level unmatched to that of his abilities to handle it. And that simply means a big danger, which is approaching Iran.

Any how, Ms. Livni, while in Washington, was interested to meet with only a few “representatives from the Arab and Muslim” realm, however, it is important to note that Ms. Livni simply did not want to meet with those Arab and Muslim leaders who are already on friendly-term with Israel. No, Ms. Livni had taken the pain of making a friendly gesture of peace and negotiation by meeting with the leaders who “do not have ties with Israel”. In the world of serious politics, you have to shake hand and a warm “shake-hand” you shall receive. That’s the message right there.

On the other hand, Israel’s Prime Minister, Mr. Ehud Olmert, as JPost has it, “sufficed with pleasantries” when meeting with a few Arab representatives, after delivering his “speech Tuesday in Annapolis”. And of course, we should not fail to note the powerful presence of Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey, as the Muslim states who participated in the conference. We do not know why Iraq’s representatives did not appear to be in that crowd, as we don’t know why Afghanistan was absent. Nevertheless, the peace must go on, and they hope, that was a loud and clear message to the Islamic Republic of Iran; the Show Down has just begun.
katayoun

Monday, November 26

Sunday, November 25

The Virus



As many of you have noticed, one of my obsessions with subject matters of political value is with the trial of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I read about the Revolution from different sources, be it biased or not, I follow any link that connects the dots in a very astonishingly naïve but workable manner, and the more I learn about the precedents of such “movement” (as some Islamists like to put it) the more am convinced that such “movement” had been planned way before some of us were even born. I am not talking about the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in a sense of a contemporary movement of kind that brought nothing but disaster, degradation to human dignity, and remorseless display of authoritative violence. No, I am thinking about the “movement” as a carefully-designed-plan that which was implemented by proxies not unknown to the public’s eyes.

The plan included many countries; the spread of Islamofascism in its outmost-natural-primitive-barbaric state as a way to make the region under the spell of the Fanatics who would in return help the “Imperialists” or the fancy “Capitalists” achieve their goal. Only recently it has been argued that such deal-making cannot be reliable and viable all at once.


As you know, Iran is not the only country that has been bugged down by the infectious virus of Islamofascism. No, in the Middle East, countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan—all Non-Arab countries—and Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt (though in North Africa, it is counted amongst the most powerful Moslem-Arab countries) are infected with the vicious virus of Islamofascism. And when I say infected countries, I don’t simply imply that all the nations of the region have been touched by such epidemic. No, in the case of my own country, Iran, the history has it that Iranians have been fighting against the invasive virus for many centuries and are yet to fall down or reduce to null.

To be continued…
katayoun

Thursday, November 22

No Title for this One!


The rise of religious-fanaticism in the Middle East has started to convince me that religiosity is the result of a cultivated ignorance, and has absolutely no connection to the conception of God, whatsoever.
In Pakistan the political situation is as such as we really don’t know who is fighting whom. In Lebanon, the extremists are ready to receive their desired-signal to start the “firework” again. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is “gaining” popularity, “peacefully”, of course! And In Iran, the political situation is so uncertain that it is not a wonder if the spectators seem to be very anxious and ready to watch a big show. Khatami in Mashhad?! Well that was an immense success for the Regime's Lobbyists in Washington; a Democratic green light to the Liberal-Reformists in Iran! But, again, Ahmadinejad is a little out of whack and if he is excited out of his wits, then we have a serious problem. The Syrians and Palestinians, especially the Fatah Party are thinking about the whole transition and are hoping to win the game for their own benefit, and who is to blame them?

I’d say, what a wonderful web of connection amongst all who are striving for more power in that region, wouldn’t you agree?



katayoun

Wednesday, November 21

The Wisdom of Life (3)


"Of the ten things that annoy us, nine would not be able to do so if we understood them thoroughly in their causes, and therefore knew their necessity and true nature...For, what bridle and bit are to an unmanageable horse, the intellect is for the will in man." Arthur Schopenhauer





katayoun

Sunday, November 18

Where to find God


A poem by a Canadian poet, Bliss Carman (1861-1929)


Vestigia


I took a day to search for God,
And found Him not. But as I trod
By rocky ledge, through woods untamed,
Just where one scarlet lily flamed,
I saw His footprint in the sod
.


Then suddenly all unaware,
Far off in the deep shadows, where
A solitary hermit thrush
San through the holy twilight hush—
I heard His voice upon the air.

And even as I marveled how
God gives us Heaven here and now,
In a stir of wind that hardly shook
The poplar leaves beside the brook—
His hand was light upon my brow
.

At last with evening as I turned
Homeward, and thought what I had learned
All al that there was still to probe—
I caught the glory of His robe
Where the last fires of sunset burned.

Back to the world with quickening start
I looked and longed for any part
In making saving Beauty be…
And from that kindling ecstasy
I knew God dwelt within my heart
.

katayoun

Friday, November 16

The "It" president and his diplomatic letters!



Without a doubt Ahmadinejad likes to write letters, especially to his counterparts in the West. Once he started with the U.S. president, since then he has been unable to stop his pen from running on the white sheets of non-recyclable papers imported from China.
According to Le Monde, the “it” president of the Islamic Republic, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has troubled himself once more to be the idiot with pen, and had sent an “acrimonious and threatening letter” to his French counterpart, Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of the French Republic. If history is to judge a man by his action, I think Ahmadinejad will be in a big sliding mud heading towards the very bottom of the pit.
As Le Monde has learnt, the letter had been written in a peculiar spirit of stupidity and shallow egoism, and contains a few sentences that are not considered “diplomatically appropriate”. My philosophy is that if someone wants to be the ass on a display, they should, by all means, do all that they could in order to achieve that status. But, if a “politician”, a president of a country likes to be the ass, then we have a serious problem, and we cannot simply say, “Let the man be who he wants to be”.



katayoun

Thursday, November 15

some of us say, "Long Live the Walrus"...

Sometimes a picture says it all, especially when that picture is the cover of a magazine. Imagine an issue of a famous magazine, let’s say the New Yorker, or the Harper’s without the appropriate illustration or image of someone controversial, or caricature of a political goon or an idiot with an overpowered ego which projects nothing but downright malice. You see where I’m going?

Now, when you see a peculiar image of the head of the Commonwealth, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, HM Elizabeth II, a living queen who looks so dead and content on the cover page of the December issue of the Walrus magazine, you think twice before you actually start to think. My only advice to you, which is really a matter of sharing a personal experience, is to think “outside the big box”.

Unlike her namesake, Queen Elizabeth the first-- the virgin of the Tudors-- HM Elizabeth II is not a dead queen, neither is she a virgin, even in the game of politics. A queen with a dead look on her face shutting her eyes to all that is around. The Royal House of Windsor shall survive another 100 years, without the slightest hindrance. Prince Charles is already a great friend of the King of Saudi Arabia, a godfather to the King of Jordan, a great supporter of Khatami in Iran, and great confidant to the Aga Khan. He also likes Americans and French. And Prince William is the most admired King in waiting and making. So the future looks just as bright as to bring happiness to a long-reigning queen, who looks so dead on the cover page of a magazine.
katayoun

Tuesday, November 13

When a Mullah is scared...



Apparently Rafsanjani is worried sick. He can sense that a great danger is lurking at the corner, and is threatening the very foundation of the system he had worked really hard to establish. He is upset too, for he cannot stop the crazy-ideologues—the ever loyal victims of Mullahs’ teaching-- who are running the affair of the Islamic Republic. For the sake of his anger, which is not something that he can easily contain since his very own being depends upon the solidity of such foundation, he has taken refuge to Koran and discovered that in that “marvelous divine-poetry” there can be find verses that teach “brotherhood, and unity”.

Friday, November 9

The Sick Rose





William Blake (1757-1827) is not an ordinary poet; he is a visionary, a sage, and a great soother of mind, and spirit. Enjoy this poem, on the D-day.


The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick:
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
katayoun

Thursday, November 8

Iran is not another "Arab Country"

If the Mullahs’ ambitious in “developing Nuclear Weapons” seemed, only for a brief moment, to have the potential of promising a great success, Mr. Sarkozy’s trip to the U.S., his meeting with the American Jewish Committee and his obtaining the “Light Unto the Nations Award”, made it an uncertain and intangible affair, especially when they heard the French President’s view on Palestine. We all heard Mr. Sarkozy’s speech that was made at the United Nations General Assembly this fall, and we also know that the same Mr. Sarkozy beside discussing his unease about “the growth of “fundamentalism and terrorism”, had expressed that, “Arab countries, including Iran [sic], have a right to civilian nuclear power”. If and only if the French President knew that Iran has never been another Arab Country! I am sure that Monsieur Sarkozy, the honorable resident of Palais de l'Élysée, could have afforded to have consulted a historian, or an expert in area called the Middle East, to learn that Iran is not, and has never been, another “Arab country”.
Whatever the "outcome" of the French President’s trip to the U.S.may be, we can assume that it is an already-made-decision, a kind of a prepared plan that would go along unless, a nation under a religious tyranny of the Mullahs decide that a military strike against any regime for establishing democracy is as funny and delusional as waiting for the Twelfth Imam to appear and bring Peace with his Sword!
katayoun

Wednesday, November 7

What a World?!

My friend, Winnie, is a heck of a witty lady with a great enthusiam for life, laughter, and love. What you will read is sent by her.


EVEN GOD ENJOYS A GOOD LAUGH!!!


There are three good arguments that Jesus was black:
1. He called everyone brother
2. He liked gospel
3. He didn't get a fair trial

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish:
1. He went into His father's business
2. He lived at home until He was thirty three
3. He was sure His Mother was a virgin and His Mother was sure He was God

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian:
1. He talked with His hands
2. He had wine with His meals
3. He used olive oil

But then there were three equally good arguments that Jesus was Californian:
1. He never cut His hair
2. He walked around bare foot all the time
3. He started a new religion

But then there were three equally goo arguments that Jesus was Irish:
1. He never got married
2. He was always telling stories
3. He loved green pastures

But now the most compelling argument that Jesus SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WOMAN:
1. He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was virtually no food
2. He tried to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn't get it
3. And even when He was dead, he had to get up because there was still work to do

Katayoun

Monday, November 5

Egoism is not what Egotism is!

Robertson Davies and the distinction between an egoist and an egotist.

"An egoist is a self-absorbed creature, delighted with himself and ready to tell the world about his enthralling love affair. But an egoist...is a much more serious being, who makes himself, his instincts, yearnings, and tastes the touchstone of every experience. The world, truly, is his creation. Outwardly he may be courteous, modest, and charming but beneath the velvet is the steel; if anything comes along that will not yield to the steel, the steel will retreat from it and ignore its existence. the egotist is all surface; underneath is a pulpy mess and a lot of self-doubt. But the egoist may be yielding and even deferential in things he doesn't consider important; in anything that touches his core he is remorseless"(The Deptford Trilogy: World of Wonders).

PS: I am back!

katayoun