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  • Homegrown jihadis and the limits of the Israel lobby
    • How comical. How about because ISIS terrorists want to kill and subjugate each and last westerner while Israeli soldiers are part of a democratic government that has no aspirations for jihad and terrorism?

  • 'NYT' finds a model relationship for Palestinians and Israelis: collaborator and his handler
    • Mosab Hassan Yousef is a hero for humanity. He risked his life and risked everything in order to save innocent lives against terrorists who blow themselves up for Allah. I would rather have seen Mosab go down Ayaan Hirsi Ali's path of rationality and non-belief, but better Jesus than Mohammad. Mosab Hassan Yousef is truly an amazing human being and we should all be thankful for his courage and moral compass.

  • Palestinian refugees displaced again as they flee Islamic State in Iraq
    • What a sheer lie. U.S. NEVER supported ISIS. WE supported the Free Syrian Army which is the direct enemy of ISIS. They kill each other.

  • Israel, your brand is tanking
    • Too bad the polls don't reflect your perceived reality..: link to pollingreport.com

      And what matters is not just youth and non-whites. What matters is everyone based on a representative sample. People who are young tend to be more to the left but when they become older they shift more to moderate levels. The Democratic party is still overwhelmingly behind Israel and self-proclaimed liberals are split. There has been no sea change in America. Again, all one has to do is to look at the totality of the polls.

      For example the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll asked "When it comes to the current conflict in the Middle East, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" 43% Israelis, 14% Palestinians. Asked "When it comes to the current conflict in the Middle East, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with Hamas?"54% Israelis, 7% Hamas.

  • Sam Harris defends his silence on Gaza slaughter (or tries to anyway)
  • 'The policy of the present Israeli government is likely to lead to disaster': Stephen Hawking pulls out of conference hosted by Shimon Peres, backs academic boycott of Israel (Updated)
    • MODS, I think his slanderous accusations of him calling me a supporter of MEK must be addressed. I have never supported that Islamist-Marxist organization and in no way support them. His repeated parroting of slanders against me are ridiculous.

    • I love you Dr. Hawking. I am one of your biggest admirers. But you have lost some respect from those of us who value reason. You caved in to the same Palestinian Islamofascists who would love to have you executed for being an atheist.

    • I am sad and disappointed. I rather delude myself and say that his cognitive faculties are declining that he made this decision but that would just be to reduce my cognitive dissonance. He has already been to Israel four times before. Maybe because it was a government event and not academia. But still, it is the wrong thing to do and it highly saddens me and disappoints me. It makes me lose a bit of respect for Dr. Hawking. And I speak as an Iranian-American non-Israel non-Jew. :sigh. :(

  • Argo's Oscar and the failure of truth
    • I don't know how anyone can consider Argo a "pro-American/anti-Iranian" movie when in fact the movie at the very beginning distorted history to frame an anti-American narrative in blaming America for the revolution. The whole narrative of "America was responsible for 1953 coup", "Shah and his wife were evil", etc plays very well into the Kinzer narrative. I know the IRI doesn't like the movie as it shows their evil ways, but the movie was far from a pro-American narrative. It can go both ways.

  • Israel rejects truce and escalates fighting in Gaza with assassination of Hamas leader; 10 killed, 90 wounded in Israeli attacks
    • Israel does not only have the right to defend herself; but she has the duty to defend herself and her people from the barrage of rockets that has been coming from Gaza.

  • 'Living Under Drones' report reveals devastating impact of US policy in Pakistan
  • New ad describing Palestinian dispossession hits Metro-North, NY
  • Prisoners' rights protest in Ramallah calls to end the Oslo accords
  • Tel Aviv and the failure of the Zionist dream
  • In front of global audience, Netanyahu draws his red line (on his ridiculous bomb cartoon)
    • Bibi's speech was very good. The fact remains that apocalyptic maniacs have no right possessing apocalyptic weaponry.

    • People can make fun of Bibi's drawing of a bomb detailing Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment all they want. But as for anyone who watched the speech, there is no doubt that it was very effective; and the speech was superb.

  • 4 arrested for 'correcting... poisonous ad'
  • Richard Cohen and the Jewish man's burden
    • ' In this speech delivered to a Zionist audience in Berlin in 1921, upon his return from his first travel to the United States, Einstein paints a broad picture of the history of German Jewry in modern times culminating in a call to support the Zionist effort. In America, Einstein had advocated financial support for the nascent university in Jerusalem by American Jews. In Berlin, he explains to a German Jewish public why the inane feeling of national identity is also based on rationality and leads invariably to support of the Zionist cause.

      "Palestine is for us Jews not a mere matter of charity or colonization: it is a problem of paramount importance for the Jewish people. Palestine is first and foremost not a refuge for east European Jews, but the incarnation of a reawakening sense of national solidarity for all Jews. Is it opportune and necessary to waken and strengthen this feeling of community? I believe I can answer this question with an absolute "yes", based on not only on spontaneous emotion but from sound reason. Let us briefly look at the development of German Jewry during the last one hundred years. A Century ago, our forefathers, with few exceptions, lived in the ghetto. They were poor, without political rights, separated from the Gentiles by a barrier of religious traditions, habits of life and legal restrictions; their intellectual development was restricted to their own literature, and they had remained almost unaffected by the mighty advance of the European intellect which dates from the Renaissance. And yet, these obscure, humble people had one great advantage over us: each of them belonged in every fiber of his being to a community in which he was completely absorbed, in which he felt himself a fully privileged member, and which demanded nothing of him that was contrary to his natural habit of thought. Our forefathers in those days were pretty poor specimens intellectually and physically, but socially speaking they enjoyed an enviable spiritual equilibrium. We Jews [must] become once more conscious of our existence as a nation and regain the self-respect which we require for a prosperous existence. We must learn once more to enthusiastically declare our loyalty to our ancestry and our history; we must once more taken upon ourselves, as a nation, cultural tasks of a kind calculated to strengthen our feeling of solidarity. It is not sufficient for us to participate as individuals in the cultural development of mankind: we must also set our hands to such tasks which can only be accomplished by national communities. In this way and in this way only can the Jewish people regain its social health." -Albert Einstein'

      link to alberteinstein.info

    • Read above for all the quotes. You spoke too early when my other comments (quotes) were pending approval. Fail! :)

    • A great article to read: link to inthesetimes.com

    • ' Chaim Weizmann met Albert Einstein and the two scientists became good friends. Einstein was enlisted to help raise funds for the creation of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. To make the trip, Einstein cancelled many scheduled lectures, including an invitation to the famed Solvay conference. He wrote to friends about this trip.

      To Maurice Solovine:

      "I am not at all eager to go to America but am doing it only in the interests of the Zionists, who must beg for dollars to build educational institutions in Jerusalem and for whom I act as high priest and decoy...

      I do what I can to help those in my tribe who are treated so badly everywhere."
      (Ronald W Clark Einstein: The Life and Times , p. 383)

      To Friedrich Zangger, he wrote on March 14, 1921:

      "On Saturday I'm off to America - not to speak at universities (though there will probably be that, too, on the side) but rather to help in the founding of the Jewish University in Jerusalem. I feel an intense need to do something for this cause." ( Letter to Zangger, In Einstein, Albert, Albert Einstein, The Human Side (Hofmann, Banesh and Dukas, Helen, eds.) Princeton University Press, p 62).

      Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein and their party traveled by ship and the two got to know each other. Weizmann supposedly remarked, "Every day he explained his theory to me, and now I am convinced that he understands it." They arrived in New York to begin what would be a very long and famous tour. '

    • ' Kurt Blumenfeld recruited Einstein to Zionism in 1919, though not without difficulty. Albert Einstein was very much for assertion of Jewish rights, but this conflicted with his lifelong opposition to militant nationalism. Blumenfeld quoted him as saying:

      "I am against nationalism but in favor of Zionism [Blumenfeld quotes Einstein as having told him]. The reason has become clear to me today. When a man has both arms and he is always saying I have a right arm, then he is a chauvinist. However, when the right arm is missing, then he must do something to make up for the missing limb. Therefore, I am, as a human being, an opponent of nationalism. But as a Jew I am from today a supporter of the Jewish Zionist efforts."
      Ronald W. Clark, Einstein: The Life and Times, World Publishing (1971) p. 378.

      In October of 1919, he wrote to physicist Paul Epstein:

      "Zionist cause is very close to my heart…. I am very confident of the happy development of the Jewish colony and am glad that there should be a tiny speck on this earth in which the members of our tribe should not be aliens….

      One can be internationally minded, without renouncing interest in one's tribal comrades." '

    • "I'm very disillusioned with politics right now. Those countries [the Allied powers] whose victory I thought, during the war, would be by far the lesser evil, now show themselves to be an only slightly lesser evil. On top of that, there's the thoroughly dishonorable domestic politics: the reactionaries with all their shameful deeds in repulsive revolutionary disguise. One doesn't know where to look to take pleasure in human striving. What makes me happiest is the [prospective] realization of a Jewish state in Palestine. It seems to me that our brethren [Stammgenossenen] really are nicer [sympathische] (at least less brutal) than these awful [scheuslichen] Europeans. Maybe it can only get better if the Chinese alone survive; they lump all Europeans together as 'bandits.' "
      Letter to Paul Ehrenfest, March 22, 1919
      Physics Today , April 2005
      Translated and annotated by Bertram Schwarzschild

    • "When President Harry Truman recognized Israel in May 1948, Einstein declared it “the fulfillment of our dreams.” Perceiving its vulnerability after independence, he again set aside his pacifism in the name of human preservation. “No one respects or bothers about those who do not fight for their rights,” a changed Einstein wrote to his cousin in Uruguay. As planned, the cousin auctioned off Einstein’s letter, raising $5,000 to buy arms for the Haganah."

    • 'In a 1947 letter to Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru intended to persuade India to support the establishment of a Jewish state, Einstein stated that the Balfour Declaration's proposal to establish a national home for Jews in Palestine "redresses the balance" of justice and history.[29]

      The United Nations did divide the mandate, demarcating the borders of several new countries including the State of Israel, and war broke out immediately. Einstein was one of the authors of an open letter to the New York Times in 1948 deeply criticizing Menachem Begin's Herut (Freedom) Party for the Deir Yassin massacre (Einstein et al. 1948) likening it to "the Nazi and Fascist parties" and stated "The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party". The letter stated clear concerns for the future of Israel if the Freedom Party continued to gain power. When President Harry Truman recognized Israel in May 1948, Einstein declared it “the fulfillment of our(Jewish) dreams.”[7] Einstein also supported vice president Henry Wallace’s Progressive Party during 1948 Presidential election which also advocate pro-Soviet and pro-Israel foreign policy.[8]

      Einstein served on the Board of Governors of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his Will of 1950, Einstein bequeathed literary rights to his writings to The Hebrew University, where many of his original documents are held in the Albert Einstein Archives.[30]

      When President Chaim Weizmann died in 1952, Einstein was asked to be Israel's second president, but he declined, stating that he had "neither the natural ability nor the experience to deal with human beings."[31] He wrote: "I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it." '

      link to en.wikipedia.org

    • Great you cite a book that has been discredited for its bias. The fact is that Einstein campaigned with Chaim Weizmann emphatically for the creation of Israel; and the fact is that Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel. You can't change these facts.

    • It was also called Persia during the time of Reza Pahlavi. He changed it from Persia to Iran. So what of the name? Omar Khayyam was still an Iranian. He resided from Nishapur, in present day Iran.

    • And don't forget about one of the greatest scientists of all time, the great Persian Omar Khayyam. Omar Khayyam, the great Persian poet and scientist was a non-believer and despised religion. A true Iranian patriot and hero for humanity indeed!

    • You judge a culture by how much it has progressed and advanced. Absolutely ancient Persians had a great deal to do with the progress of science and we still due today. The only problem is that the Islamic Republic has created a brain drain and all the smartest and brightest Iranians are forced to contribute the fruits of their labor to advance science and humanity inside of the west instead of inside Iran.

      And as I inferred, you judge things by how much things have progressed. 40+ years ago there was segregation in half of America. Today we have an African American President. Over 2500 years ago Cyrus the Great laid down the first human rights declaration including having had saved the Jews from Babylon. Today Iran is living under medieval rule and barbarity. Therefore, the ultimate judgement of progression is progress and advancement. It is true that the Islamic world had a period of scientific enlightenment and inquiry. But that no longer exists as free thinkers and rationalists are hunted down and executed, are forced to keep quiet about their beliefs (including evolution), or go abroad to contribute to science. So while the Iranian culture is indeed unique and continues to be a great aid for humanity, you have to move forward to the modern era and analyze where the progress has shifted in the greatest age of human thinking for mankind. And that was the 20th and now 21st centuries.

      And check out this list of the top 100 scientists & more: link to adherents.com

    • Hitler was actively trying to build nuclear weapons. That is why Einstein and the other Jewish scientists urged President Roosevelt to build nuclear weapons. They had no idea that it would be used against Japan. Please watch the full documentary I posted and then come back and try to argue. Thank you.

    • Thanks for the ad hominems and claiming that I "justified ethnic cleansing". Next time please try to be factual. Dislike me all you like, but don't make things up.

    • I consider western civilization and the Jewish culture to be intermingled together. They have essentially been merged and part of the same continuum (albeit with their own peculiarities).

    • It is called deterrence. Build it before him.

    • From my book notes: ' “Einstein told him that he saw the birth of Israel as one of the few political acts in his lifetime that had a moral quality. But he was concerned that the Jews were having trouble learning to live with the Arabs. “The attitude we adopt toward the Arab minority will provide the real test of our moral standards as a people,” he had told a friend a few weeks earlier. He wanted to broaden his speech, which he was scribbling in German in a very tight and neat handwriting, to urge the creation of a world government to preserve peace.” '

    • He campaigned with Chaim Weizmann emphatically for the creation of Israel. In the eyes of people like you, that defines him as to supporting the Zionist cause.

    • I put a lot of truth to what Freud said, “As Sigmund Freud pointed out, part of the success of Jewish scientists was their “creative skepticism,” which arose from their essential nature as outsiders.”

    • Einstein was convinced it was the moral duty of the United States to create the bomb before Hitler was able to do so. You can't blame Einstein or the Jewish scientists for the use of the bomb. Imagine if Hitler had the bomb...

      I personally uploaded this documentary to youtube on Einstein and the nuclear bomb... I think that you would enjoy it!: link to youtu.be

    • True. They adopted it within the framework of their culture. But the fact is that a disproportionally high number of our greatest thinkers were of Jewish origin. I equate this with something innate about the culture who produced the likes of Spinoza.

    • I am not Jewish. I am Iranian-American (atheist). But first and foremost I am a human being who values science and reason. The fact that disproportionally high numbers of scientists throughout history have been of Jewish origin (and continue to be) makes me respect the Jewish culture. Jews love to argument and debate about all things including their beliefs. I love this skepticism and intellectual component of Jewish culture.

    • I suggest you read the great book on Einstein written by Walter Isaacson, entitled "Einstein - His Life and Universe".

      Some of my book notes from my reading:

      "The rise of German anti-Semitism after World War I produced a counterreaction in Einstein: it made him identify more strongly with his Jewish heritage and community. At one extreme were German Jews such as Fritz Haber, who did everything they could, including converting to Christianity, to assimilate, and they urged Einstein to do the same. But Einstein took the opposite approach. Just when he was becoming famous, he embraced the Zionist cause. He did not officially join any Zionist organization, nor for that matter did he belong to or worship at any synagogue. But he cast his lot in favor of Jewish settlements in Palestine, a national identity among Jews everywhere, and the rejection of assimilationist desires. "

      "As Sigmund Freud pointed out, part of the success of Jewish scientists was their “creative skepticism,” which arose from their essential nature as outsiders."

      "As he would note near the end of his life, after declining the presidency of Israel, “My relationship to the Jewish people has become my strongest human tie.” "

      "He took issue with Haber’s way of regarding Jews as being people “of the Jewish faith” and instead, once again, cast the identity as being inextricably a matter of ethnic kinship. “Despite my emphatic internationalist beliefs, I have always felt an obligation to stand up for my persecuted and morally oppressed tribal companions,” he said. “The prospect of establishing a Jewish university fills me with particular joy, having recently seen countless instances of perfidious and uncharitable treatment of splendid young Jews with attempts to deny their chances of education.” "

    • I always say judge a culture by the number of people they produce for the betterment and advancement of humanity. And all one has to do is to take a look at the Nobel Laureate list and see the great contributors of science produced by he Jewish culture. And the greatest of them all was Albert Einstein. I also tend to look at the fact that an approximate 15-30% of Israelis are atheist Jews. Atheism is quite high among people of Jewish origin and Jewish culture. And hence, they produce great numbers of Nobel Laureates and scientists whom are involved from physics to medicine.

  • Terror war comes home: White supremacist kills 6 Sikhs in Wisconsin
    • After the Aurora shooting, I knew some mass shooting was going to happen again soon within the next couple of weeks. Some people may wonder why as these two events on the outside have nothing to do with each other (Aurora shooting and the Sikh shooting). The fact is, that after a mass shooting, usually a similar type of event happens in the area where it was widely covered in the media (this case the United States). People whom are inclined to do such a thing, go over their tipping line. A similar phenomenon happens with plane crashes. I have predicted such things a couple of times now. I learned of this phenomenon after having read "The Psychology of Influence" by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini years ago.

    • Absolute tragedy.

  • Syrian crisis moves into the camps: 20 Palestinians killed in Damascus refugee camp
  • Romney visits Western Wall, ignores question, Does Israel have a right to annex West Bank
    • Ego? It was a random email address I created for RANDOM correspondence. Not my personal email addy. And BTW, I don't have an ego at all. We are simply a speck of dust in the vast expanse of the cosmos. I see myself as literally nothing in the grand scheme of the universe. It is great that you can judge whom I am via an anonymous email address that I created.

    • Annie, start to interact with Iranians in real life and see for yourself.

    • Anan, if you like email me from an email address I have ([email protected]) and from there let me know who you are and I will give you my information to my facebook account. From there we can communicate. I know how difficult things on here are.

    • By FORCE and oppression.

    • Anan, the majority of Iranians are not religious for two reasons. One of the reasons you highlighted was that it has been shoved down our throats for the last 30+ years and people are sick of it. The second is that our culture is pre-Islamic and we always valued being Iranian first and foremost before anything else. Therefore there are multiple factors involved; but it is VERY RARE to find a religious Iranian. Frankly stated, not many of them exist. In Iran they exist a bit more in the rural areas but in general, Iranians are not a religious people.

    • I never claimed that most of Iran is atheist. I stated that the majority of Iranians are "fake Muslims", hence NOT RELIGIOUS. I never claimed and do not claim that the majority of the population inside of Iran is atheist.

    • Of course I am against all religion as all religion is fundamentally irrational and causes divisiveness, but Zoroastrianism has some virtue to its tenets and is in fact an ingrained part of Iranian culture. For example, the farahvar is a symbol that Iranians of all strikes wear as a symbol of Iran and not just being Zoroastrian. The basic tenets of Zoroastrianism taught, "good deeds, good thoughts, good words" and was/is truly a religion of move love than bad (although it did create the polar opposites of good and evil or light and darkness). All our traditions and holidays (i.e. Persian New Years and esfande dood kardan) is ingrained in our culture from our Zoroastrian past. The latter being an incense that is burned for "good luck" to take away the "negative energy" or "dark eye". But we are in the 21st century, not in the age of complete ignorance of the past. We can hold onto cultural traditions without the superstition. :)

    • My comment about my atheism for some reason not posted. I simply stated that I am atheist because I value reason and rationality through scientific evidence and beauty. And I love the Hitch and he is an inspiration to me but I have been an atheist since I was 16; therefore, while I have great admiration for Hitch (especially for his politics and moral stances) he did not make me become or influence me being atheist.

    • I have to read more Sufi poetry. And yes, I know I can enjoy them and feel "transcendental". In fact, exploring the cosmos through my telescopes make me feel in a way "transcendental". My favorite poet of all time is the late and magnificent Omar Khayyam.

    • A person who calls someone else "dishonest" and then immediately claims the other person is "MEK". Keep up the comedy show.

    • Just go to the site and read the posts by "Bussed in Basiji" and "Unknown Unknowns". Two individuals who openly claim to work within the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij.

    • I think you are mistaken Roya. Daily Beast doesn't moderate or censor the posts. Race for Iran is on another hand a whole different story. They have self-proclaimed Basiji and Hizbolli operatives on that site.

    • It's great to know that multiple posts of mine did not go through. The censorship on this site is ridiculous.

  • The blatancy of apartheid
    • As I have said time and time again, it is ironic that my posts don't go through due to the censorship of this site. Where is the free expression that the founder of this site so much claims to value?

    • Let's see, one committed acts of terror against Israeli athletes at the Olympic games in Munich 40-years ago. Do you not see this? IT was a shame that the Olympic committee did not take a moment of silence for the slain athletes 40-years ago at Munich. This was not just an act of terror against the Israeli athletes, but against civilization and all civilized nations represented in the Olympic pool of nations.

    • Where's the arm bands? I was referring to the arm bands and needing to identify oneself as a certain religion.

    • Nonsense. Such a law will never pass. You make assertions based on things that have not happened and will not happen.

  • Election theatrics: Obama to sign bill that gives Israel $70 million while Romney hints Jerusalem is capital
    • All originating from the unnamed source given to a British tabloid. The Romney camp denied these allegations. There has been no shred of evidence to the authenticity of such a statement. It surely didn't come from Mitt Romney.

    • American, it is nice you learned from MSNBC to quote unnamed sources given to a British tabloid.

  • Netanyahu can provide no evidence to Schieffer to back up wild charges of Iranian 'terror campaign' in 24 countries
    • No evidence? Is that why Islamic Republic hooligans and Hizbollah operatives are in jail right now in several of these countries for the unraveled plots? Is that why India and Thailand have leaked their plots to a common individual who escaped to the Islamic Republic? Give me a break...

      This regime is one of terror and only of terror. The truth must be told of this terrorist Islamic Imperialist regime.

  • Syria watch
    • Once again Roya taking polls done in authoritarian societies as somehow scientifically "valid" or "reliable". In a country where people go missing, are tortured, executed, etc. simply for their political and religious beliefs. Polls done in such societies are inherently neither scientifically valid nor reliable. Nice try though. After their own fraudulent to begin-with election (you must be "Islamic" enough to even run) they had to commit fraud on top of that. Post-election documents from the Revolutionary Guards revealed this as well. Funny though you try to offer every excuse in the book for this fascist and illegitimate regime which has destroyed our once great homeland.

  • NY Times 'confirms' Hezbollah/Iran connection to Bulgaria attack by quoting unnamed American 'officials'
  • The 'Muslim insiders' of the War on Terror
    • All I had posted was that instead of attacking figures like Ayaan and Theo van Gogh, why not ask yourselves why someone like Mr. van Gogh had to be slaughtered in broad daylight with a note attached to his body for Ayaan? Why is it that Islamic fascism reared its ugly head once again? And why omit the facts such as Ayaan had never lied to Parliament as to the reason why she had to be disingenuous in her asylum application so that she wouldn't be forced back to Kenya in which she would have been forced back to the arranged marriage she was running away from? Ayaan's story is not only a human story but an intellectual journey from superstition to reason. And one must not put down people like Ayaan or Mr. Wilders for speaking the truth against the policies of multiculturalism which have only encouraged further self-segregation instead of assimilation. Anyhow, when I had spent time typing out a detailed post and to see it deleted just because of the point of view is not a nice thing to do. It makes me not want to write any more long and detailed posts. If the admin of the site doesn't want me to post (or others with other views) just please let me know next time and I will oblige.

    • Okay, I refuse to comment on posts on here any longer as my sensible posts in which I put time into in which I did not resort to any ad hominems or personal attacks were simply ignored and not posted (deleted). This is called censorship for no reason other than my point of view. Nice knowing you all (if this is even posted at all).

    • Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a hero for freedom and human dignity. Her life story is truly inspiring. I suggest for all to read her book "Infidel" before judging her. I'm surprised that you didn't mention Mosab Hassan Yousef, "Son of Hamas". Another revolutionary figure for human dignity and human freedom.

  • Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Mistake to blame 'any country or organization' for Burgas attack at this point
    • seanmcbride: All they do is provide translation services to reveal the truth about evil ideologies.

      And Roya, one more thing. I had a different moniker but because people on here were so paranoid that my userid was "wiseman", it was assumed my last name was "wiseman" and that I was a "Jewish Zionist" when my username really referred to "Wise Man". So I decided to make this moniker of my first name. Simple as that. :)

      Again please, tell me more about my family and I. I enjoy the story telling. :)

    • And MEMRI offers a great service and should be applauded. Their translations have time and time again been 100% accurate and spot on. The truth hurts, doesn't it? All they do is provide translation services for the rest of the world to know the truth about evil ideologies.

    • You should learn how to use spell check and learn how to write proper grammar.

    • "Azizam, you love Israel, hate Iran, adore the late Shah, and sympathize with the MEK. Why should I trust you with my email? I would love to continue this discussion somewhere else but I’m not giving you my email."

      I support a democratic Israel against terrorists who glorify martyrdom and jihad, LOVE IRAN, despise the Islamic Republic, and have great respect for the late Shah (despite how imperfect he might have been). I sympathize in NO WAY with the MEK. As I have said, they are the same people who helped Khomeini with the revolution and the oppression of opposition groups. Only when Khomeini was done with them, did he start to purge them. I simply don't see them as the enemy when we have one enemy all of us Iranians need to unite against, and that's the Islamic Republic of Terror.

      And you don't need to give me your email address. My last post was fortunately posted. I have a facebook, if you want my facebook account, just email me at this alternative email address, "[email protected]" from an anonymous email addy and I will give you my facebook. It doesn't really matter though.

    • I will try one last time to see if my post that I posted last time will be approved..:

      "And on the onset, when you use someone who is a nobody like Nima Shirazi, you lose credibility. This is an individual who kisses up to Mohammad Marandi, an Islamic Republic operative who actively works for the regime.

      As for “no one believing me”. That is obviously going to happen on a site like this in which everyone is anti-Israel and automatically anyone who disagrees with your cliche is “Hasbara” or “Mossad” or “MEK”.

      And yes, I don’t believe in party labels and voting with a party just because you align yourself more with that specific party. I just happen to still be a registered Democrat and align with the Dems more on specific domestic issues but I also have some proclivities that lean me to the right on certain important issues.

      And if you read what I wrote, I support a two-state solution but not with terrorists in Hamas. I am also against illegal settlements but those will take care of itself with negotiations when the Palestinians really want peace and not terror. You cannot expect Israel to negotiate with a side that wants to kill them through an indoctrinated ideology of hatred and martyrdom.

      I have always said this but the Palestinians won’t have peace until they start to love their children more than they hate the Jews. This is the reality of the situation. Stop teaching hatred from the cradle. Until you do that, you won’t have peace and love.

      As for that poll of Iranian-Americans, I would love for you to post the actual link for the survey and study so I could read the actual methodologies and details of the study. The one question and answer you noted depends heavily on how the question was asked and in which context. So I cannot comment further until I read the details.

      And the same with the Israel-Iran question you posted of Iranian-Americans. The “natural allies” question was put in the context of the Islamic Republic. It didn’t put it in the context of a free Iran. It also didn’t put it which side it put the blame on due to the hostilities of Israel and Iran (based on the information you provided). And yes, our policies do favor Israel over Palestine as it should. Israel is the only secular democracy in the region and is a friend of the United States. It serves our national security interests and our cultural interests of a free society.

      Now here is where I have qualms with you are going. NO SURVEY, let me repeat: NO SURVEY or poll taken inside of Iran has any scientific validity or reliability due to the fear factor involved. This is why Mr. Porat’s research was so important as it used a psychological questionnaire that directly avoided this “fear factor”. Iran is a totalitarian and fascist society. Iranians are thrown in prisons, raped, tortured, and executed for simply holding certain political or religious views. So when someone calls them and asks them direct questions on such sensitive political matters such as “if you support Hamas/Hizbollah”, it will naturally be skewed because of the fear factor of having their telephones monitored etc. that such a survey/study automatically becomes scientifically invalid and unreliable. Any individual who has studied the most basic levels of science understands this. And one who is a student of psychology, one can to an even greater extent appreciate this phenomenon. So while I want to read more on the Iranian-American survey you inferred and mentioned, any survey/poll done inside of Iran directly asking sensitive political questions is automatically hogwash and unrepresentative.

      And to close, you bring Trita Parsi, an individual shunned upon in the Iranian-American community. Really, I know you are obsessed with the Israel issue but maybe you should start caring about the interests of a free Iran."

    • And Roya, I happened to save my response to you expecting that my message might not go through (since half of my posts are for whatever reason not approved). If you'd like to read my response to you point-by-point, I would suggest emailing me offline from here. You tell me how I could mail you and I will oblige. Or I can give you an alternative email address of mine and you could email me there. Otherwise, my posts simply do NOT go through if they have criticism of the Palestinians on there.

    • And the Shah was a great leader we can be proud of. He was NOT perfect, but for his time and place we can at least appreciate the fact that he was an Iranian who loved his country. Now Iran is run by a bunch of megalomaniacs who care NOTHING for Iran. I don't believe in the restoration of the monarchy, but in the context of history, the Shah was not a ruthless dictator in comparison to today. He had the best interests of Iran, the future of Iran, and the lives of Iranian in mind in doing what he did. His mistake was that he was not forceful enough against the Mullahs early on in his tenure. For example, he should have taken care of Khomeini early on. Sending him to exile was a mistake.

    • And I will finally say, we should be proud of the fact that Libya in their first ever elections elected a secular pro-west liberal government. We should be proud that the concept of liberalism and human dignity is moving forward. And this would NOT have happened without the liberation of Iraq. And also Shingo, at least don't make up false numbers. While any death is a travesty, the total number of deaths in Iraq is 100k and not 1-million. This is what the U.N. says as well as the Iraqi Health Ministry. And the vast majority of those deaths were not from the hands of our missiles or weapons but from terrorists, suicide bombings, etc. Check out the statistics http://www.iraqbodycount.org .

      The world is most definitely a better place without Saddam Hussein. Only history can judge the legacy of President Bush, and I think it will be a very favorable one indeed.

    • According to Fars news agency, Ayatollah Nuri-Hamadani stated in a discussion of religious texts: "One should fight the Jews and vanquish them so that the conditions for the advent of the Hidden Imam may be met." He added: "Crazy ideas such as secularism, liberalism, and humanism are part of our enemies' plans to sow disunity".

      So Shingo, I don't plan on responding to you because you are so childish, but again simply read back through all the quotes and you will find that same quote though. This is the ideology oh these Twelvers at their core.

      As for the "hidden imam" video, read this article: link to guardian.co.uk

      "But the feud has taken a metaphysical turn following the release of an Iranian documentary alleging the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi – the revered saviour of Shia Islam, whose reappearance is anticipated by believers in a manner comparable to that with which Christian fundamentalists anticipate the second coming of Jesus.

      Conservative clerics, who say that the Mahdi's return cannot be predicted, have accused a "deviant current" within the president's inner circle, including Mashaei, of being responsible for the film."

      Therefore, it was produced by the regime and once it was leaked, they tried to back track it because the world was finding out about their ideology. Their concept of "keeping things to themselves" was being unraveled when the whole world was being exposed to their ideology.

    • The world is still a better place without Saddam Hussein. I simply stated that liberating Iran should have been a strategic priority. The world is still a better place without Saddam Hussein. I believe getting rid of Saddam, led directly to the freedom movements in the Middle East. People no longer saw their leaders as untouchables. Particularly in that of Ghaddafi as Ghaddafi gave up his nuclear program because of Saddam's demise. And the Libyan people then consequently rose and were successful in their revolution. And now in their first ever election, they elected a secular liberal government.

    • For the FINAL TIME and I am done with you, the video was LEAKED by Mr. Kahlili, not "produced". The regime even admitted that people inside of Ahmadinejad's camp produced it. They simply said it was "unauthorized". And as for the quotes, go read back all the quotes instead of briefly skimming through it to see the very "hidden imam quotes" you are saying there is none of. This is the CORE ideology of these fanatics and it is not even something they themselves refute. :yawn:

    • Apparently I am not allowed to answer such questions based on the censorship guidelines on this site. I responded to you with your questions but was not allowed to answer. Quickly (if this is posted) Michele Bachmann is a loon. Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller are conspiracy loons as well. David Horowitz is an intellectual who one must read to be intellectually honest (although not always agree with). And Mr. Wilders should be applauded for standing against the failed policies of multiculturalism. And the others I am not sure about. Anyhow, I will further post on here as the censors seem to delete half my comments in which I have not used ad hominem attacks against any individuals; but rather simply because of my points of view. Good day.

    • I am not Muslim. And that is simply not true. We and the Jews share over 2500-years of history since the time of Cyrus the Great. We are historical friends and allies. The fact is that most Iranians ask themselves, why is it that the Islamic Republic supports militants and extremist groups instead of supporting the Iranian people? Answer? The lives of Iranians and the welfare of Iran means nothing to this fanatical regime. Go talk to Iranians of all stripes (apparently your Shahist friends don't like Israel) so in L.A. walk into a local Starbucks and start a random conversation with Iranians in the diaspora) and you will realize that the issue of Israel is a non-issue for Iranians. If the regime says something is bad, the opposite must be true. What the regime shares as an ideology and what the Iranian populace share are completely antagonistic with one another. Israel and Iran will once again share a natural friendship together once this illegitimate and terrorist regime of the Islamic Republic is overthrown.

    • We are all human beings, Homo sapiens. I am not against Arabs as a people. I am not even against Muslims as a people. I completely support the plight of the Syrian people. My grandparents even still pray (although are not fanatic and completely against the regime). My qualms is not with not only Islamic fascism but totalitarians and fascists of all stripes. But Islamic fascism poses the gravest threat to civilization. But even the Arab spring in which some Islamicists are popping out such as in a limited fashion in Egypt must not be shunned upon. We must simply ensure that a system is put in place of regular elections. At the end of the day, the concept of human freedom and human dignity will beat out totalitarianism and authoritarianism.

    • Shingo, this is the last time I will reply to you since you seem to be very childish with your remarks. Simply put, none of them offer the slightest semblance of rationality.

      As for you ignoring the evil ideology of the Islamic Republic regime, here are some quotes by the regime henchman. People can themselves judge the ideology of these fanatics. This is not "AEI propaganda", this is the CORE ideology of these Twelver fanatics..:

      "Ahmadenijad constantly states “marg bar Israel” which means “death to Israel”. Ahmadenijad in a speech on February 20th, 2008 stated, “In the Middle East, they [the global powers] have created a black and filthy microbe called the Zionist regime.”

      More importantly, what comes out of the Supreme Animal’s Khamenei’s mouth? On December 15, 2000, he declared on Islamic Republic State TV: “Iran’s position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini] and stated several times by those responsible, is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region.”

      During military parades, they have slogans draped “Israel must be wiped off the map” over the missiles in military parades. In addition, similar slogans and signs are present at every Friday prayer.

      In an address to the “World without Zionism” conference in Tehran on October 26, 2005, Ahmadenijad said, “Va Imam-e-aziz-e-ma farmudand ke in rezhim-e- eshghalgar-e Qods bayad az safhe-ye ruzegar mahv shaved. In jomle besyar hakimane ast” which translates to “Our dear Imam [Khomeini] ordered that this Jerusalem-occupying regime [Israel] must be erased from the page of time. This was a very wise statement”.

      In addition in the same speech he added: “Be-zudi in lake-ye nang ra az damane donya-ye Islam pak khahad kard, va in shodani’st” which translates to: “Soon this stain of disgrace will be cleaned from the garment of the world of Islam and this is attainable”.

      Further examples include a speech on April 14, 2006 which he stated, “Derakht-e khoshkide va puside’i ast ke ba yek tufan dar ham khahad shekat” which translates to: “A dried, rotten tree that will collapse with a single storm”. Furthermore during a military parade on April 17, 2008 referring to the U.S. and Israel he stated: “Mantage-va jehan amade-ye tahavolat-e bozorg va pak shodan az doshmanan-e ahrimani’st” which translates to: “The region and the world are prepared for great changes and for being cleansed of Satanic enemies”. Again, on May 14, 2008 in a city called Gorgan he stated: “Israel’s days are numbered” and that “the people’s of the region would not miss the narrowest opportunity to annihilate this false regime” and he continued, “Thanks to god, your wish will soon be realized, and this germ of corruption will be wiped off the face of the world”.

      THIS IDEOLOGY IS AT THE CORE OF THIS REGIME SINCE KHOMEINI as Khomeini always declared he would destroy Israel as the “reconquering” of Jerusalem is necessary for the “return of the hidden imam”.

      To go back to the Supreme Animal Khamenei, he stated on January 15, 2001 at a meeting with organizers of the International Conference for Support of the Intifada, “The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region” and in fact the original translation by Islamic Republic journalists were “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region”.

      One of Khamenei’s top Ayatollah’s, Ayatollah Shariatmadari stated on October 4, 2007: “Death to America and Death to Israel are not only words written on paper but rather a symbolic approach that reflects the desire of all the Muslim nations”.

      Ayatollah Janati: “The blind enemies should see that the wish of these people is the death of America and Israel”.

      General Safavi (Revolutionary Guards): “With god’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence” (February 2008). and in Hamadan on February 23, 2008 he stated: “Death of this unclean regime [Israel] will arrive soon following the revolt of the Muslims”.

      The thug Mohammad-Ali Ramin: on June 9, 2006: “Among the Jews there have always been those who killed god’s prophets and who opposed justice and righteousness. Historically, there are many accusations against the Jews. For example, it was said that they were the source for such deadly diseases as the plague and typhus. This is because the Jews are very filthy people. For a time people also said that they poisoned water wells belonging to Christians and thus killed them”.

      Ayatollah Nuri Hamadani in April 2005, “One should fight the Jews and vanquish them so that the conditions for the advent of the Hidden Imam will be met” and he continued, “at present the Jews’ policies threaten us. One should explain in the clearest terms the danger the Jews pose to the [Iranian] people and to the Muslims. Already from the beginning the Jews wanted to hoard the world’s goods in their greed and voracity. They always worked in important professions and now they have hoarded all of the wealth in one place. And all of the world, especially America and Europe, are their slaves”.

      General Mohammad-Ali Jafari in February 2008 in a message to Hassan Nasrallah: “In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous microbe Israel by the strong and capable hands of the nation of Hizbollah”.

      Former foreign minister Mottaki on February 18, 2008: “The west has tried to impose a fabricated regime on the Middle East, but after sixty years, the Zionist regime [Israel] has neither gained any legitimacy nor played any role in this region”.

      Majles speaker Adel in February 2008 stated, “The countdown has begun for the destruction of the Zionist regime”.

      What the hell else do you want to prove this regime is a threat?? How about a documentary produced by the regime in which Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, and Ahmadenijad are portrayed as key members of the Hadith whom will usher in the return of the "Hidden Imam" in which conquering Jerusalem is a prerequisite and the end-goal is to spread Islam to "all corners of the Earth" in a worldwide chaos in which 2/3rd of humanity will "perish through death, havoc,and famine? And they believe that the Middle East freedom movements are all a part of an "Islamic Awakening" for this end...: link to youtu.be "

    • Mr. "genius" & "Roya", did you even happen to read the study? Israelis tend to be the greatest researchers and scientists. Just because they were done by a research team from Israel, does not make them invalid. I suggest you read the study before spouting off your irrelevant rhetoric.

      As for the study, people can access the entire research at http://www.iranresearch.org.

      Here is a summary from: link to online.wsj.com

      "Iranians Have Democratic Values
      New research reveals that Iranian society has a pro-liberal value structure deeply at odds with the fundamentalist regime.
      By YUVAL PORAT

      In the high-stakes international discussions surrounding Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran's 80 million people are often forgotten. So I, along with a small team of Israelis, decided to explore the driving forces of Iranian society. There have been signs, on the streets and over the Internet, of a battle raging between the country's Islamic fundamentalists and the proponents of freedom. The question we set out to explore is where the majority of the people stand.

      Soon we were joined by leading experts in the fields of social psychology, cross-cultural research, the Shiite Muslim religion, statistics, and dozens of Farsi-speaking volunteers.

      Circumventing Iran's "electronic curtain"—as President Obama described the Iranian government's efforts to control contact with the outside world—our research team conducted telephone interviews in late 2011 and earlier this year with nearly a thousand Iranians. The latter constituted an accurate representative sample of Iranian society, including all of Iran's 31 provinces as well as a representative distribution of all ethnic groups, ages and levels of education. The interviews were conducted anonymously and the country the calls came from was concealed in order to ensure the safety of the respondents.

      To overcome the challenge of measuring the potential for freedom and democracy in an autocratic country like Iran, we had to innovate. Typically, researchers use questionnaires that include questions such as "are you for or against democracy?" Or "have you ever signed a petition?" However, citizens in authoritarian countries are often afraid to respond to such explicit questions, and if they do respond their answers are likely to be distorted by fear.

      Therefore we used a psychological questionnaire that measures the basic values of society without posing a single question in political terms. The questions described the views of a figurative third person and then asked the Iranian interviewee to what extent that person was similar to them. The third person was described in sentences such as "It is important to him to make his own decisions about his life," "thinking creatively is important to him," and "it is important to him to be the one who tells others what to do."

      The questionnaire used in Iran was developed by cross-cultural psychology expert Shalom Schwartz as part of his "Theory of Basic Human Values," which is widely used by psychology researchers. In cooperation with Prof. Schwartz, our team created an index which measures the potential of a society to foster democratization, based on its values.

      We validated the index by representative samples from 64 countries, and 162,994 respondents, from the United States and Sweden to Indonesia and Ghana. This revealed a strong correlation between a society's score on the index and its degree of democratization (based on the Freedom House measure of what constitutes a liberal democracy).

      Conducting the interviews in Iran, we were amazed by how forthcoming the Iranian people were.

      An analysis of the Iranian sample showed that alongside conservative values, such as conformity and tradition, Iranian society is characterized by strong support for pro-liberal values such as a belief in the importance of self-direction and benevolence. For example, 94% of the respondents identified with the sentence "freedom to choose what he does is important to him," and 71% of the respondents identified with the sentence "being tolerant toward all kinds of people and groups is important to him."

      Once we had samples from Iran, we could analyze them with global samples using the new index. Iran was placed on a continuum measuring the tendency of societies world-wide to foster liberal democracy. Remarkably, in comparison to 47 countries surveyed in the World Values Survey, Iranian society's potential for liberal democracy was found to be higher than that of 23 others—including Arab countries such as Egypt, Morocco and Jordan, and Asian countries such as South Korea, India and Thailand. In comparison to 29 countries surveyed In the European Social Survey, Iran was found to have higher tendencies toward liberal democracy than Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Romania.

      We also discovered an abnormally large gap between the societal potential for liberal democracy in Iran and the actual level of democracy in the country. In most countries there is a high correlation between the two. When such a gap exists, there is a strong tendency for the country's level of democracy to adjust in accordance with the society's potential.

      Our findings demonstrate that Iranian society as a whole is characterized by a pro-liberal value structure that is deeply at odds with the fundamentalist regime. This presents considerable potential for regime change in Iran and for the development of liberal democracy.

      Mr. Porat is an Israeli political strategist. His full report can be found at http://www.iranresearch.org. "

    • Americans are free to disagree with Israel as they wish. This is why we live in a free country.

    • seanmcbride says: "Do you think that Americans face much more pressing problems domestically and internationally than Israel’s endless and largely self-created problems with its neighbors?"

      Hateful ideology is an issue we must all stand against. I am not pro-Israel, I am simply not anti-Israel. The fact that many people on here claim about Israel is ridiculous. Israel was created through the League of Nations mandate and later ratified through the United Nations. While I support a two-state solution, it must come with a Palestinian side that does not have blood in their hands and continue to call for the destruction of the Israeli state.

      "Do you support the Israel-centric neconservative/neoliberal agenda that has dumped trillions of dollars down the drain in losing and self-destructive foreign wars that have been based on lies?"

      I think you overestimate Israel's influence. In relations to foreign wars, I think you forget that it was other intelligent agencies including the Russians and Chinese that were warning us of Saddam's chemical stockpiles. To claim that the Iraq war was based on a "lie" is not completely truthful.

      "Did you support the Iraq War? A war against Iran? Likud’s plans to integrate the occupied territories into biblical Eretz Yisrael through brute force and the violation of international law?"

      At the time, I did support the liberation of Iraq. In hindsight, I think Iran was a greater priority and that Bush's biggest mistake was not liberating Iran before Iraq. With Iran, the populace would have supported it. Additionally and most importantly, you would not have had the post-war terror that we have seen in Iraq. The reason? Simply put that Islamic Arabs would not have been able to infiltrate into Iranian society to commit the post-war terror attacks for two reasons. 1) Ideological, 2) Islamic Arabs would not have been able to infiltrate into Iranian society. As for Iran, I hope that military intervention can be avoided but I am not so sure. Only time will tell but there is no doubt that this regime poses grave threats to not only the Iranian people or to Israel, but to civilization itself. One thing history has taught us is to take the ideology of evil madmen seriously. The last time we didn't, a whole race of people were nearly wiped out.

      As for the Israeli settlements etc, I do not support the illegal settlements. BUT, what you fail to realize or mention is that the majority of Israeli society doesn't either. The fact is that an estimated 15-30% of Israelis are atheist Jews and that over 60% of Israelis consider themselves secular. Settlements need to go and are illegal but frankly, they will go when the Palestinians and Israelis negotiate in good faith for a two-state solution. The Palestinians need to bring honorable men like Mahmoud Abbas who actually want peace and not terrorists in Hamas whom have not only been responsible for suicide bombings, but continue to indoctrinate little Palestinian children to hate Jews and to glorify martyrdom. What most people don't realize is that even though Israel is the "Jewish state", it is mostly cultural and historical and not religious for most Israelis. In contrast, the Palestinians have a culture of martyrdom, hatred, and intolerance. In Israel, the rights of minorities are defended. An estimated 20% of Israelis are Arab Muslims. Homosexuals have rights in Israel and are not discriminated upon in the way they are in the Islamic world. In the Islamic world including the Palestinian territories they are executed. Additionally, atheists and free thinkers are encouraged! In the Islamic societies, they must either keep their rationality to themselves, are chased out of society, or are executed as "apostates". In contrast, Israelis value their free thinking Jews as seen by the disproportionally high number of atheist Jewish scientists who top the Nobel Laureate list year in and year out. The Jewish culture has provided greatly for humanity. When is the last time in recent history we see an Islamic culture which has helped move humanity forward in the sciences and medical arenas?

      No doubt Israel is not perfect, but they are also not the villains you make them to be. Israel is the only secular democracy in the entire region. People make lots of claims on here. For example, I support a two-state solution but the fact is that "Palestine" as a nation-state has never existed. Both sides have grievances and there must be a two-state solution but with real peace partners and not terrorists. In addition, it has been Israel who has been attacked over and over throughout the years including by all her neighbors. People on here are either knowingly disingenuous or simply have bought into the leftist propaganda movement in which Palestinians are complete victims and "never do any harm".

    • My priority is with science and reason and being against totalitarianism and Islamic fascism. We didn't bring the "clash of civilizations" upon us. 9/11 Islamic fascism declared war on us. Bottom line: the enemies of human civilization must be defeated. These Islamic radicals (who control the regime in Iran) are at their core Islamic Imperialists who want to bring an end to humanity. They will not settle for Israel. Remember, it was Khomeini who refused to end the Iran-Iraq war twice when he had the chance (once early on during the war in a ceasefire organized by the Saudis and later by the U.N. before the war reached its bloodiest apex) but Khomeini instead declared, "On to Karbala, Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, and the west!". This is a regime that believes at their core that they must "create the conditions" for the "return of the hidden imam" in a global war in which 2/3rd of humanity perishes. Before one starts comparing it to the Jewish or Christian messiah and all that... the difference is that this regime believes that they must "create the conditions and worldwide havoc" for this to take place! This regime poses grave threats to not only the Iranian people but to humanity at large. History has taught us to take the ideologies of evil madmen seriously. And in this case, ignoring these threats will be at the peril of mankind. This is not just mumbo jumbo, this is the ideology of these medieval fanatics!

    • "By the way: where are you coming from on Mideast politics? What are your cultural biases and personal interests in these matters?"

      I have to run for the day but I will respond last with this. Before even being Iranian, I consider myself pro-humanity. First and foremost I believe in human dignity and human freedom. As for Iran, I want to see my homeland free. I want to see Iran again a proud nation in which we can start to rebuild our homeland from the swamp and terror that is the Islamic Republic. We will most definitely get there in my lifetime.

      Human dignity and personal dignity must not be undervalued. These occupying Mullahs are fanatics who rape our young sisters before executing them so that they don't "die as virgins" as "virgins go straight to heaven". Thus, they do a "sigheh" or forced marriage on these pour souls and rape them before executing them. Truly barbaric and despicable. And as someone who I truly admire and reflects a lot of my political views, I am a huge fan and admirer of the late and great Christopher Hitchens.

      Good day for now. :)

    • http://www.IranResearch.org? Which was world class research done through a psychological questionnaire and world class researchers to determine the secular democracy proclivities of the Iranian people? Yes, I am MEK you found me out. Because I like to look at science and reason in helping me to determine the facts and ultimately my worldview. :rolleyes:

    • My picture comes from my Facebook picture. Nice try again Roya. I ask why you come to an anti-Israel site for you being Iranian? Most Iranians no longer have qualms with Israel. But you come to a site opposed to Israel and seem to support their dogma. And you question my intentions and loyalty? Good one. :)

    • What Roya said was absolutely false. Most Iranians inside the diaspora support sanctions. The majority do not support military action at this time, but even that a strong minority do. Based on my experiences inside of Iran (I was in Iran for over 8-months just a year and a half ago) a substantial portion of Iranian society inside of Iran does. But that is another debate for another day.

      As for MEK, I am completely opposed to them. For any individual to cite someone who they disagree with as some other political ideology simply because one does not agree with their preconceived notions, I find to be extremely disingenuous. The MEK were the same thugs who helped Khomeini's henchman during and after the Revolution. Only when Khomeini was finished using them, did he turn on them. The MEK are communist Muslims. Saying this, they will be able to in a liberated Iran ONLY operate as another political party among all the other political parties. They virtually have zero support inside of Iran. When I was in Iran this last time, I did not meet a single Iranian that supported them.

      And as for me and my Iran politics, I support a democratic and secular Iran. The reality is that Iran is the only country in the region that once liberated will truly become democratic and secular. This is why many Iranians inside of Iran say that Bush's mistake was liberating the wrong country. We will have this conversation later but only to say that I support a democratic and secular Iran in a type of government to be determined at a later date. Iranians in the future will decide in a national referendum what type of secular government (i.e. Republican, limited constitutional monarchy). I personally think the days for even a limited constitutional monarchy even like the U.K. is over. But that is not the issue right now. We need to be united and let this campaigning and political haggling come at a future date when Iran is free. For now, we all need to be united in our opposition to this tyrannical and medieval regime.

      :)

    • "Regarding Sassan’s “bizarre persona” (yes, it is bizarre): perhaps Sassan has already mentioned this, but what is his nation of citizenship, religious background, ethnicity and political affiliations, if he would care to share? Where is he coming from on Mideast politics?"

      I am Iranian-American, atheist (technically born Muslim but that doesn't matter since the vast majority of Iranians are not religious), born in Iran, a moderate Democrat, but follow the school of Realpolitik and liberal interventionism. Basically, I don't believe in party labels. I am to the left on most issues (i.e. health care, environment, death penalty) and to the right on some issues (like foreign policy and illegal immigration) and to the middle on the majority of issues. I believe party politics and ideology is like a virus. And unlike most of you, I am not anti-Israel. To look what a culture or society has contributed to society and humanity (particularly in the fields of science and medicine) I simply look at the Nobel Laureate list. Anyhow, that is me in a nut shell. Ask more if you like.

    • lol my picture is now stolen? What a paranoid bunch. Anyone who disagrees with your false ideology is automatically given a label. I love it. Quite a paranoid bunch indeed.

    • lol... I am either Shahi or MEK or Mossad. Which one?? You can't chose all three like you have. Good one.. :)

    • lol now you are going to deny the Islamic Republic was behind the Argentinian terror attack? Is that why Interpol has arrest warrants out for regime thugs based on the case? Is that why Argentinian authorities have indicted the hooligans? Next you are going to say the regime wasn't behind the Mykonos assassinations in Germany and the wave of assassinations of dissidents throughout the years. Give me a break.... stop being an apologist for this brutal terrorist regime.

    • How so? Anniversary dates are very important to these hooligans. It is symbolic for them.

    • The concrete proof will come in time. We must note that this happened on the 18th anniversary of the Argentinian terrorist attacks against Jewish civilians by the Islamic Republic. In addition, the Islamic Republic as of late has been trying to do this all over the world and such plots were unraveled. Such plots were foiled in Azerbaijan, Baku, Thailand, India, Cyprus, and more. And in all these other countries the local authorities tied them to the Islamic Republic. All the circumstantial evidence points this to a plot that simply was executed flawlessly and was not unraveled unlike the other plots. The concrete evidence will come in time, but all the signs point to an Islamic Republic plot.

  • All eyes on Moscow
    • My only comment in reply to you is that the difference is that the Islamic Republic considers all Israelis to be "Zionists" - hence legitimate targets. In contrast, my homeland is occupied by fanatical zealots. You are comparing a democracy to an authoritarian regime. Remember, those suicide bombings targeting civilians were financed by the Islamic Republic.

    • This one very recent and on the Islamic Republic news source Fars News!

      "Top Commander Reiterates Iran's Commitment to Full Annihilation of Israel"

      link to english.farsnews.com

    • Loathing of Islamic Republic - not Iran. And as an Iranian, I know exactly the threats humanity faces from this bunch of religious zealots.

    • Never hurts anyone?? Is that a joke?? This regime is the biggest sponsor of terror in the world. The Islamic Republic is the world's greatest terrorist regime. They have been involved in countless of terror attacks over the past 30+ years starting with the assassinations of dissidents throughout Europe and the west. Then let's not forget all the terrorist attacks ranging from the funding and support of suicide bombers and their families to the Hizbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Let's not forget the Marine Barracks in 1983, the taking of countless number of hostages worldwide, Argentinian terrorist attack killing countless civilians, the support of IEDs and other militants in Afghanistan and Iraq in which U.S. and allied troops have been killed; to worldwide terror all around the world! I wonder who is helping Assad keep power through mass slaughter? This regime poses a threat to all of humanity. If you recall, Khomeini had two opportunities to end the Iran-Iraq war (once early on through a ceasefire brokered by the Saudis and later by the U.N. before the war reached its apex) but Khomeini the barbarian instead declared "On to Karbala, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, and the west!" This is an Islamic Imperialist regime at its core and guided by the "return of the hidden imam". What does this mean? At their core they believe they must "reconquer Jerusalem" followed by a global war in which 2/3rd of humanity perishes. Remember last year with the plot against the Saudi ambassador in D.C.? This is a pariah regime of the worst degree. This is a regime guided by maniacs who believe they must rape our young sisters before executing them so that they don't "die as virgins" as "virgins go straight to heaven". This is a regime run by primitive Islamic madmen. This regime doesn't pose a threat to humanity??

    • Ahmadenijad constantly states “marg bar Israel” which means “death to Israel”. Ahmadenijad in a speech on February 20th, 2008 stated, “In the Middle East, they [the global powers] have created a black and filthy microbe called the Zionist regime.”

      More importantly, what comes out of the Supreme Animal’s Khamenei’s mouth? On December 15, 2000, he declared on Islamic Republic State TV: “Iran’s position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini] and stated several times by those responsible, is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region.”

      During military parades, they have slogans draped “Israel must be wiped off the map” over the missiles in military parades. In addition, similar slogans and signs are present at every Friday prayer.

      In an address to the “World without Zionism” conference in Tehran on October 26, 2005, Ahmadenijad said, “Va Imam-e-aziz-e-ma farmudand ke in rezhim-e- eshghalgar-e Qods bayad az safhe-ye ruzegar mahv shaved. In jomle besyar hakimane ast” which translates to “Our dear Imam [Khomeini] ordered that this Jerusalem-occupying regime [Israel] must be erased from the page of time. This was a very wise statement”.

      In addition in the same speech he added: “Be-zudi in lake-ye nang ra az damane donya-ye Islam pak khahad kard, va in shodani’st” which translates to: “Soon this stain of disgrace will be cleaned from the garment of the world of Islam and this is attainable”.

      Further examples include a speech on April 14, 2006 which he stated, “Derakht-e khoshkide va puside’i ast ke ba yek tufan dar ham khahad shekat” which translates to: “A dried, rotten tree that will collapse with a single storm”. Furthermore during a military parade on April 17, 2008 referring to the U.S. and Israel he stated: “Mantage-va jehan amade-ye tahavolat-e bozorg va pak shodan az doshmanan-e ahrimani’st” which translates to: “The region and the world are prepared for great changes and for being cleansed of Satanic enemies”. Again, on May 14, 2008 in a city called Gorgan he stated: “Israel’s days are numbered” and that “the people’s of the region would not miss the narrowest opportunity to annihilate this false regime” and he continued, “Thanks to god, your wish will soon be realized, and this germ of corruption will be wiped off the face of the world”.

      THIS IDEOLOGY IS AT THE CORE OF THIS REGIME SINCE KHOMEINI as Khomeini always declared he would destroy Israel as the “reconquering” of Jerusalem is necessary for the “return of the hidden imam”.

      To go back to the Supreme Animal Khamenei, he stated on January 15, 2001 at a meeting with organizers of the International Conference for Support of the Intifada, “The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region” and in fact the original translation by Islamic Republic journalists were “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region”.

      One of Khamenei’s top Ayatollah’s, Ayatollah Shariatmadari stated on October 4, 2007: “Death to America and Death to Israel are not only words written on paper but rather a symbolic approach that reflects the desire of all the Muslim nations”.

      Ayatollah Janati: “The blind enemies should see that the wish of these people is the death of America and Israel”.

      General Safavi (Revolutionary Guards): “With god’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence” (February 2008). and in Hamadan on February 23, 2008 he stated: “Death of this unclean regime [Israel] will arrive soon following the revolt of the Muslims”.

      The thug Mohammad-Ali Ramin: on June 9, 2006: “Among the Jews there have always been those who killed god’s prophets and who opposed justice and righteousness. Historically, there are many accusations against the Jews. For example, it was said that they were the source for such deadly diseases as the plague and typhus. This is because the Jews are very filthy people. For a time people also said that they poisoned water wells belonging to Christians and thus killed them”.

      Ayatollah Nuri Hamadani in April 2005, “One should fight the Jews and vanquish them so that the conditions for the advent of the Hidden Imam will be met” and he continued, “at present the Jews’ policies threaten us. One should explain in the clearest terms the danger the Jews pose to the [Iranian] people and to the Muslims. Already from the beginning the Jews wanted to hoard the world’s goods in their greed and voracity. They always worked in important professions and now they have hoarded all of the wealth in one place. And all of the world, especially America and Europe, are their slaves”.

      General Mohammad-Ali Jafari in February 2008 in a message to Hassan Nasrallah: “In the near future, we will witness the destruction of the cancerous microbe Israel by the strong and capable hands of the nation of Hizbollah”.

      Former foreign minister Mottaki on February 18, 2008: “The west has tried to impose a fabricated regime on the Middle East, but after sixty years, the Zionist regime [Israel] has neither gained any legitimacy nor played any role in this region”.

      Majles speaker Adel in February 2008 stated, “The countdown has begun for the destruction of the Zionist regime”.

      What the hell else do you want to prove this regime is a threat?? How about a documentary produced by the regime in which Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, and Ahmadenijad are portrayed as key members of the Hadith whom will usher in the return of the "Hidden Imam" in which conquering Jerusalem is a prerequisite and the end-goal is to spread Islam to "all corners of the Earth" in a worldwide chaos in which 2/3rd of humanity will "perish through death, havoc,and famine? And they believe that the Middle East freedom movements are all a part of an "Islamic Awakening" for this end...: link to youtu.be

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