Akbar Ganji could have been in Istanbul and receive more public
Augut 18, 2005
Mr. Akbar Ganji’s hunger strike has left
a deep wound in the Iranian psyche inside and outside of the country.
have read a lot of articles about the values that Mr. Ganji stands
for and how he has sacrificed everything so far in the name of
freedom of expression. But that freedom is not among the articles
of the Islamic Constitution that is being used in Iran.
We have to take the view from the balcony -- why has the Iranian
regime been so callous and hardheaded about this issue and why
the corrupt regime is not afraid or concerned about the echo of
Mr. Ganji’s cause all around the world? Let’s set aside
all the other reasons and focus on the most important one.
Islamic Regime is in fact supporting and promoting Ganji’s
hunger strike for one important fact -- to prove to the Iranians
inside the country and most importantly to show to the thousands
of Iranians abroad that “you have no voice and power.” The
British have proved to us repeatedly that we can only mourn our
heroes and we never get a chance to raise them to the pedestal
of leadership, because first they get assassinated and most importantly
we prefer shedding tears for a disaster than the elation of success.
This is the doctrine of the Iranian version of Islam.
One of the tactics in the world politics mostly used by the British
is policy of what I call “civilized indifference.” Which
simply means turn your face away from an objectionable matter as
if you have not seen it, although you highly support it! In other
words BBC writes about Ganji to make the Iranians think they are
getting public support but their bosses in the British government
turn their face away.
The very fact that Republican Administration
and the British Government are fully supportive of the corrupt
regime of Iran in exchange for free oil and natural resource of
Iran has made the Islamic despots so bold and strong that they
are using their swords in any place and any shape that they deem
Day by day we see and get closer to implementation of an Islamic
Regime in Iraq too, and don’t ever let those few that wear
ties among the Iraqi elected officials fool you, as they did during
the early days of the Iranian Revolution. Somehow people relate
wearing a tie with Democracy!
If that's democracy then why is
it that in every street corner in London there is a camera watching
you? Do you call that freedom? But yet that is the future for
America. In a decade or two we will witness cameras that keep track
of our moves in the public, exactly the way the forefathers meant
it to be.
In Iran they execute teens for charges of sexual intercourse,
they stone women to death for adultery and they laugh at a freedom
for going into a hunger strike. All to prove to the people that
the regime is invincible -- for as long as they serve under the
British flag and support of the US government for lucrative oil
When their mission is done, there will come justice, and the
massive search for the weapons of mass destruction will begin,
will be a long time from now as no regime has ever served the
west better than the current one in Iran.
So, what does this mean?
First of all, sadly I have to say that Mr. Ganji should somehow
have gone to a foreign land to start
his hunger strike. He could have been in Ivory Coast and have
news coverage by the world media than what he gets in Iran.
He could have been in Istanbul and receive more sympathy from the
The true scope of his hunger strike in Iran is being
censored by the same people who had no pity on their master,
(peace upon him) and I am sure you know the story. Who do you
think killed Imam Hossein? The Jews? No! The predecessors of the
people who are ruling Iran are the ones that murdered Imam Hossein
and his 72 soldiers.
Oh yes, they also murdered the 72 martyrs
in the bomb blast of 1980 that killed just about anyone who had
a smallest inclination to stand up against the British interference
in Iranian domestic affairs or objected to the British-staged taking
of the US hostages with the objective of forcing US out of Iran
for the next half century as we are witnessing its progress.
comparisons, Ganji is not getting the same exposure as Andrei Sakharov
or Alexander Solzenitzen did. Those two Russians had lots
of support in 70’s from the western media because the objective
was to uproot the Soviet government and as we saw it materialized.
Nobel Prize winner Sakharov was a dissident hero, and in contrast
our Nobel Prize winner spends her time in
Ghormeh Sabzee and still undecided whether to wear the hejab or
not! She puts it on in Iran and takes it off aboard! Why does she
do that? Are foreign men kosher for a Muslim woman?
What a joke
the British pulled on us! We now have a Noble Prize winner fighting
more for the freedom of Africans than
Iranians. She takes trips
abroad as she wishes, yet if Zahra Kazemi takes a picture in
Tehran she gets murdered! We have a Nobel Prize in Tehran yet we
have a hunger striker that is just about ignored!
Well, the only
thing left is for Iran to apply for the 2012 Olympics to be held
in Iran! And you know what? Don’t rule that out. They are
such con artists that next Olympics they might even send women
participants to the water sports and synchronized swim. This is
what we call “Islam, British Style” And the day
Charles put his feeble and pathetic feet in my native land I learned
even more on how deep that Islamic government is submissive to
the British as the others were for the past 200 years.
Yet Mr. Ganji
reminds me of Ahmad Kasravi in some ways, another prime example
that -- if you want to promote patriotism and nationalism
in Iran, the “biggest piece of your body will be your ears
once we are done with you” as is said in Persian and as is
promoted by the British Doctrine in Iran.
Kasravi was not
planning to change the language to stupid jargons of new vocabulary
as some misguided Iranians think. His voice stood for freedom
for Iranians from darkness of paganism, and to keep them from blind
following of the illiterate mass and to avoid yielding to corruption
and not to use your pen to praise and flatter the enemy. That
what Kasravi stood for and when the time was right the British
gave him what they offered Amir Kabir! Death by assassination.
Iranians abroad want to use their power, our intellectuals should
take pens and write about the truth. How many of the powerful
regime servants do you find that sit and write about the TRUTH
that they certainly know very well?
But fear of cutting their social
security or their income or fear of unknown keeps them from writing
the truth and instead they rely on essays on trivial matters
of the past, how life was good in Luxemburg and wine was sweet
Shiraz, but total silence on what they know about the Free Masonry
Lodges of Iran and what made Pahlavi Regime to last that long
(or that short) beyond what we can read in every trivial essay
As the doctor says “all men will die of prostate
enlargement if they live long enough” so it makes me think
why should we be so intimidated by simply asking the British to
get out of our mother land? We are going to die one way or another
anyway and there is no glory in dying of prostate enlargements
I am yet to see one former high official of the Pahlavi
Dynasty to truly surprise us with at least one half-ass expose’ --
a truth about something that would move many of us, to be able
say “thank you for enlightening us” and thanks for
not being afraid of the British revenge and intimidation abroad!
But intimidation goes quite far. So that is why we
have been reading so much about the scent of the women of 1940’s
in Societe’ des
Femme Fatales and lavish soirées of the Iranians embassies
here and there. The more I see this, the more I realize that those
whom the Islamic regime executed at the dawn of the so-called revolution
were the true heroes of our land and they knew a lot. And many
of the survivors were nothing but free loaders at large.
If we take
up the pen we need to write from the bottom of our heart for Iran.
The voice of Iranians is silenced both in Iran and abroad.
If you send an article to a national newspaper it will get ignored,
unless the article is about how Muslim women are being raped daily,
then they publish it because it is another assault on the people
of the west Asia. But if you write about how boys and men get raped,
they won’t publish it.
It is up to those
who live in America to stop talking about matters of low priority!
I just read an article
in this forum, which was a discourse on “circumcision” and
the writer, was promoting how people should fight for their genital
goods”] What does such an article do for a nation
of 65 millions that are suffering in the hands of Arab-appointed-rulers
under the British flag? Have we run out of any other important
Since Iran opened the gates to the Iranians living
abroad and a green light a few years ago, it made it clear “behave!
And you can come to visit” or else you will face Zahra Kazemi’s
destiny. This opening of the gate has done more damage to the Iranian
voice aboard than in the past.
As you might have observed, expatriates
go there and when they come back they write about their travelogue
and their visit to Shangri-La and the Utopia of Islamic land!
And they write or talk about how they felt so powerful among
people, how their dollar could buy things that are not available
to the average man on the street in Iran. They forget about
how one has to hold three jobs to support a family until he dies
of heart failure and how drugs are available on every street
for the ones that have no hope left.
And many Iranians in USA go
back for visits. The more they go, the more their approach becomes
reconciliatory in their expression about the ruling Arab-Regime
of Iran. And this is precisely what the British have predicted
and are highly promoting it -- “If you want to see your
country, then shut up! Or we do the same to you as we did to Sadegh
Hedayat and Shapour Bakhtiar in Paris.” Let alone Princess
So, if you are an Iranian writer or a journalist
then go to Disneyland and have fun, but if you keep your mouth
are welcome to visit Iran. Your Nobel Prize winner is there to
welcome you and if you pay a little grease money they let you pass
the custom office without even inspecting your suitcases. Is this
heaven or what?
So, if I am sad for Ganji it is because he is in the hands of a
regime that had no pity even for Imam Hossein (peace upon him)
and I will not be surprised if they hesitate and deny him that
last drop of water in his death bed when the time comes as they
denied their Imam. Forgive the paradox, but if any of you is planning
for a hunger strike or instantaneous combustion or sit-in strike,
you must do it outside of Iran where you will get sufficient exposure,
as the main concept and idea around “strike” is mass
exposure and public awareness.
And as for the rest of us, many plan for the next trip to the Shangri-La,
and the word “mother land” means nothing more than
a good meal at a restaurant in the northern part of Tehran where
kabobs are no shorter than sixteen inches! Bonne appetite and make
sure to say hello to our silent “Nobel Prize winner”...
Farrokh A. Ashtiani is the founder of PersianParadise.com