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This is why I have commitment issues

by Kingreza3 on

For those of you who don't like what NIAC is doing because of their history or the dude with funny name, do me a favor and watch this video you'll enjoy it. If you don't have time fast forward to 4 m, this is how you need to look at NIAC and the iranian tarzan dude for now. we will all get together and point finger and hooo the hell out of them if they end up disappointing us but for now.

More specifically at 5:12 m

iraj khan

The Letter

by iraj khan on

Congress of United States

March 2,2012

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

As tension with Iran continues to escalate, we urge your Administration to utilize all

available tools of diplomacy to resolve the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program and prevent

another costly war in the Middle East.

We have supported your Administration’s efforts to unite the international community to

bring about the strongest sanctions on Iran to date. Now, we must redouble our

diplomatic efforts to achieve the robust transparency measures that can veri& Iran’s

nuclear program is strictly a civilian one. Without a corresponding diplomatic

undertaking, we are concerned that a lack of communication with Iran could lead to a

dangerous escalation with potentially devastating consequences.

We hold no illusions about the abuses of the Iranian regime and are well aware that it

rejected your previous diplomatic overtures. At the same time, we agree with most

Americans that the United States should not enter a new war, just as we are finally ending

two others. A military strike against Iran could lead to a regional war in the Middle East

and attacks against U.S. interests. Even worse, such a strike would likely compel Iran to

abandon the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, eject international inspectors, and rapidly

pursue a nuclear deterrent.

Top military and civilian leaders have repeatedly issued warnings about the consequences

of a military strike on Iran. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta cautioned that the United

States “could possibly be the target of retaliation from Iran, sinking our ships, striking our

military bases,” and that “would not only involve many lives, but I think could consume

the Middle East in a confrontation and a conflict that we would regret.”

Former Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan made a similar prediction when he said that

attacking Iran “would mean regional war, and in that case you would have given Iran the

best possible reason to continue the nuclear program.”

Retired General Anthony Zinni said, “If you follow this all the way down, eventually I’m

putting boots on the ground somewhere. And, like I tell my friends, if you like Iraq and

Afghanistan, you’ll love Iran.”


To avoid war, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen,

called for the United States to utilize ‘any channel that’s open” for engagement with Iran,

noting, “Even in the darkest days of the Cold War, we had links to the Soviet Union.”

We strongly encourage your Administration to pursue bilateral and multilateral

engagement with Iran. While we acknowledge that progress will be difficult, we believe

that robust, sustained diplomacy is the best option to resolve our serious concerns about

Iran’s nuclear program, and to prevent a costly war that would be devastating for the

United States and our allies in the region.


Keith Ellison

Member of Congress

Doost daaram pas hastam

Funny choice of words

by Doost daaram pas hastam on

"Just as Birthers no amount of information will convince them as their mind is set."

If I recall I used the same description last month when discussing the Bangkok terror fiasco. I was commenting on how Bavafa and other NIAC supporters will never accept that IRI was behind the Bangkok terror fiasco. 

I wrote " . . . they will never be convinced by any amount of logic and evidence. . . It was not logic or evidence that made them believe in the conspiracy theory so they are immune to logic and evidence. 9/11 Truthers are one example. Another one is Obama Birthers."

I still think that I was right about my description of NIAC supporters. Despite overwhelming evidence they had to deny IRI was behind the Bangkok terrorism because it did not fit the NIAC script. 


Let me make it clear again I

by Kingreza3 on

Let me make it clear again I have no connection what so ever to NIAC. As a matter of fact it's been less than a week that I realized Taria (that kid had a bad childhood if he grew up in Iran) is NIAC dude. As the king needs no lobbyist since my greatness is self evident and needs no advertisement. Like the KYNO 2012 as that also has no real lobbyist. (Let it be known that I was responsible for that son of a bitch's fall)


My peoples wealth, oil is

by Kingreza3 on

My peoples wealth, oil is what has put us in this position in the first place not use it as leverage is stupid.and my day job makes me more money so I can do with out the oil money. So let me get it straight they get money from American oil companies and they are getting on tv and are promoting pro Iranian regime chants? Yes damn smart cookies. There is a common intrest for iranian people and American oil company (oil). Iranian want to sell it and oil companies want to buy it. Ghaddaffi regime paid the "American life money" with these companies help. There was the same dynamic that existed there. And it didn't take long for united states to pimp condy rice to momar (this is more literal than you think). Stupid for him he forgot to keep an insurance policy. And I am talking about his nukes. He opened the border and the revolution are telling me that 2 lobbies created NIAC in order to get airplane parts for old Iranian fleet. I really really like them now. I know i know they did it for the money but you can't deny it helped iranian people right? It was Daei Jan napoleon dialog when astolah is telling saeed why he has put up a picture of the guy who stole his wife from him. Do you remember? It's the last episode toward the end. To rahmanian : individuals are logical smart and the best ever ever ever, but people are emotional illogical and stupid and yes they do need direction no matter where they are from. This is why it's so easy to manipulate them. And you may be over estimating the greatness of the Iranians just look how they treat afghanis in Iran Or how they love Americans and pick fight with Arabs. Don't prove me write and start saying shit about why it make sense to hate those groups.What was it that I picked as motto? No war slow change some shit like that.

iraj khan

Congressman Keith Ellison agrees with Trita Parsi

by iraj khan on

“We just got out of one war, we’re trying to get out of another one, we do not need a third…diplomacy is the right option,” he said.  Ellison explained, ”No one says diplomacy is easy, but going to war would be catastrophic,” and negotiations are the best way to prevent war and prevent nuclear Iran."

Here is his letter to President Obama: //

Thank you congressman.

You can ask your Member of Congress to sign the Ellison-Jones letter by emailing them here or call them at 1-855-68 NO WAR.

G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

I was just making fun of the stooges who keep talking about jealousy towards Trita Parsi. If the reason for Trita's activities is helping Iran, I don't see why anyone should be jealous of him. They can't even understand the simple fact that the issue here is a whole nation and not a group or a cult. That's the narrow-mindedness of people who follow the Great Leader with no questions asked!


MM jaan: Just as Birthiers….

by Bavafa on

No amount of information will convince NIACiers as their mind is set.

Needless to say, despite all this NIAC has been on the path of success quit well.

More power to them. 

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Siamak Asadian

Thank you Mr. Rahmanian

by Siamak Asadian on

Ms/Mr Ferdos, do you have anything to say on Parsi's relationship with the Oil industry in the US? Probably not, why? Because that would expose your "thoughful, moderate, smart," president-for-life's real motivation in creation and continuation of NIAC.

Rozbeh jaan, you're too kind. Good night.


G. Rahmanian

You're welcome, Roozbeh Jaan!

by G. Rahmanian on

Please give credit where it belongs. Just kidding.

G. Rahmanian

Trita's Orphans!

by G. Rahmanian on

Khamenei is quoted as calling Iranians, "orphans" who are constantly in need of guidance. The similarity between that sort of mindset and the predominant attitudes of NIAC cult leaders towards cult members is remarkable.

If NIAC's paying members are pleased with being treated as semi-retards who are not in a position to question the governing dogmatic principles of the cult and its pursuit of anti-Iranian and pro-IR policies, sobeit.

However, such entities cannot be taken seriously. Contrary to what Khamenei and NIAC cult leaders believe, Iranians are neither orphans in need of guidance nor semi-retards waiting to join the ranks of NIAC.

While keeping the limitations of the learning capacities of such entities in mind, I suggest they still need to educate themselves with regards to how they should deal with the real world outside of their evershrinking diminutive cult.

The self-projecting and puerile diatribe written by NIAC stooges reveals a great deal about how the cult of personality has crept into an organization that was created by four founding members whose association with felons has already sent one of them to jail.




طرفداران استبداد سابق به هر کسی که مخالف حمله بایران هست وصلهٍ وابستگی به رژیمٍ آخوندا را میبندند. تریتا فارسی شخصیتیست باهوش٬ معقول٬ مستدل و طرفدار حرکات مسالمت آمیز که بنظرمن طرفدارٍ صلح و مناسباتٍ مسالمت آمیز بین دو کشور آیران و آمریکا ست. ولی طرفدارانٍ استبداد سابق هنوز دل خوش کردند به روزی که برگردند بایران که بلکه بتونند دوباره قسمتی از قدرتٍ از دست رفتشون را بدست بیارند و بخیالشون جنگ و یورش به ایران بهترین راهی است که میتونند به آرزشون برسند. جنگ و حمله بایران بهیچ وجه نمیتونه شرٍ آخوندا را از سر ملت ایران کم کنه


Excellent Siamak!

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

And when this corrupt to bone Lobby group all of the sudden decides to be the mouth piece of "anti war movement" (read defend the islamist regime movement...), labeling true anti war folks and organisations, with names used by IRI to label their opponents, then you start wondering who pulls the strings when trita joon and his nochehs move :)

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Siamak Asadian

Creation of NIAC

by Siamak Asadian on

The National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) was founded by four non Iranian-Americans:  Roy Coffee, Dave DiStefano, Bob Ney and Trita Parsi.  Coffee and DiStefano, both Washington lobbyists, were investigated by the Justice Department for arranging a trip for Bob Ney to meet a known felon and a Syrian arms dealer in a conspiracy to circumvent sanctions to sell US-made airplane parts to Tehran.2 

Roy Coffee sent a letter to the Dallas Morning News in February 2006 to justify his relationship with the two London-based felons.  Part of the letter discussed the creation of NIAC in 2002.  In this letter, Coffee described the events following the meeting of his former classmate Darius Baghai (who had just returned from Iran) with Bob Ney:


From that meeting, Darius, Dave and I began to work with Trita Parsi, another Iranian-American, to try to form a political action committee of Iranian-Americans to pursue a strategy of normalization of relations between the two countries. The 4 of us worked very hard for about 9 months to form this committee."

Trita Parsi at the time was a Swedish-Iranian graduate student in his early twenties with ties to Iran’s ambassador in Sweden.3  He was working part-time as a Congressional aid in Ney’s office in Washington on a temporary visa.  Parsi was subsequently appointed president of NIAC.  Should we believe that one of the most expensive lobbying teams in the US, one of the most corrupt lawmakers in Washington and a Congressional aid in his office, none of them Iranian-American, worked hard for nine months out of their humanitarian concern for the Iranian people?


G. Rahmanian

Before Signing Up!

by G. Rahmanian on

The following may help those who are under the false assumption that NIAC was created by Iranians!


Siamak Asadian


by Siamak Asadian on

So lobbying for Oil companies and pimping your people's wealth, when what they need most is for you to fight for their rights, for you is considered being a "smart cookie!!!"

Then again your a "King" and pimping seems to go with the title! Talk about a "package deal." 

Back in the ranch: the ranch called Iran; every single day of the week, 52 weeks a year, our people are being jailed, tortured, and worse, but all you could ask for is a membership form, so you won't miss out on the "big deals," hey everyone is making money out of Iranian people's sweat and blood. Why not you too?

Now that's what I call patriotic!!! NOT.



by MM on

I do not think that folks realize that 1. these are negociations for nuclear issues and 2. that did not start by NIAC.  And, 3. NIAC called for human rights to be part of it if there was going to be nuclear negociations.

NIAC Renews Call for UN Human Rights Monitor on Iran
NIAC Calls on Obama Administration to Support a UN Human Rights Monitor on Iran
NIAC Applauds Today's Establishment of Human Rights Monitor on Iran

The book, A Single Role of Dice, ........, on the other hand, is about what happened before, during and after the negociations based on interviews with 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators. 




by Kingreza3 on

I was being sarcastic as I have also realized that I would ratter be like John steward and make fun of people's hypocrisy on both side than be made fun of. Power sharing is not what I am talking about. Giving the power to people is what i am dreaming. I was trying to see if you are blindly a Pahlavi supporter or just like the idea of monarchy. Do research and you'd see with all the flaws that Iran has they have not regressed. I agree they have not improved the country to the full potential but I look much deeper than the fact that women have to wear scarf on the street I guess I see glass half full. Let's not forget the talk is to attack Iran so they would stop enriching and we had to deal with eight years of war post Pahlavi. Pahlavi has no support inside of Iran neither does MEK. Israel is a success story because of their AIPAC as their action would not have made them this successful in attracting public opinion with all the shit they have pulled through out these years. It's beyond me how you or any one can rationalize your attacks against NIAC. I had no idea that they were facilitating meeting between Iran and oil companies. These are bunch of smart cookies and more power to them. I am not a NIAC member but if they have an opening in their organization sign me up.
Support home grown reform not forign impose revolution (I found my motto)

Doost daaram pas hastam


by Doost daaram pas hastam on

How did I break my word? I ask for clear answers and I get generalities and platitudes. This is not the first time you have let me down. I have been asking a very clear and precise question from you. "Do you recall your NIAC colleague and research director Reza Marashi who called Sohrab Ahmari “MEK terror cult supporter.”? The charge was an absolute lie. As a member of NIAC, don't you demand Mr. Marashi to apologize?"  I thought it was a pretty egregious example but you do appear to acknowledge that or require an apology. After 3 exchanges you have only answered in platitudes. Read your answers. They are generalities and platitudes. I find NIAC supporters' behavior rather passive aggressive. But actually I find your non-answers rather  illuminating. 

Siamak Asadian

Ms/Mr 'Rationality' after you're done laughing at everyone @ IC

by Siamak Asadian on

Kindly use a mirror and also laugh at the face you see on it, as well.

NIAC, and its life-long president, for all the good works they've done, have never yet refuted contacts with high level Oil executives, and arranging meetings between IR officials and Oil men. In rest of the world this is called lobbying for Oil industry, what do you call this in NIACestan?

If the level of NIAC's works on Human Rights in Iran, THE BURNING ISSUE FOR ALL IRANIAN PEOPLE AT THE MOMENT, is satisfactory to all you due paying members of NIAC, that's good for you. Everyone else outside of NIACestan expects much more substantial actions, campaigns, and consistency on that central issue.



Par for the course

by rationaliranian on

Once again, an Iranian does something noteworthy, and some people on this website try to tear him down rather than praise him.  Par for the course on, where Jahanshah allows loudmouths to run amok, but a sad state of affairs nonetheless.  Trita was on The Daily Show - one of the most popular television shows in America - and none of you were.  Neither was "Crown Prince" (don't you lose that title when your family is overthrown in a popular revolution?) Reza Pahlavi.  Neither has Massoud or Maryam Rajavi and their group of weirdos.  Neither has any other wannabe Iranian leader that has zero results to show for years of pontification and self-aggrandizement.  Jealousy is a bitch.

But I digress.  A few random questions:

Bahmani, do you have a job?  Either you're unemployed and have been for a long time, or you suck at your job because you spend an inordinant amount of time writing for this website.  Either way, get a life.  Or try applying for a job at NIAC.  If you haven't already.  (Why do I think you have?...)

Let me get this straight: Sohrab Ahmaki says NIAC is a regime supporter, ayatollah friendly, insert unsubstantiated bullshit claim here, and some of you don't bat an eyelash.  So Reza Marashi - a former U.S. government employee! (clearly on the regime's payroll) - calls Ahmaki a MEK terror cult supporter, and some of you call it unacceptable. Seems like Ahmaki got a taste of his own medicine and he either can't handle it, or he's a a political hack that's too stupid to realize it. Probably both.

I'm sitting here typing this with three of my friends (all of us are paying NIAC members), and we're laughing at all of you.  You keep talking about NIAC on message boards, and NIAC will keep writing best-selling books, featuring on The Daily Show, being called in to brief the highest levels of the U.S. government on Iran issues, and being the largest and most popular Iranian-American organization in the U.S.  

Because we all know PAAIA is worthless.  Just kidding!  Kind of. 


DDPH: Progress? Hardly…

by Bavafa on

One’s word is all he/she has and so far you have failed to respect and honor your own words, not sure how you expect others to respect them. First you make accusation and when I ask you for any evidence you so loudly claimed to know of, you failed to present it and only ignoring it multiple times.  Then it comes the notion of “If you answer my question I will certainly be happy to answer yours” only to see more questions and a broken promise. I hate to say it but what truly is mind boggling is  the fact that you had my benefit of the doubt and failed to take advantage of it.  You can't blame any one but yourself in that.  

It appears that you are here to find some side-kick to engage and in some feel-good rhetoric not a truthful conversation.  Sadly a waste of time for me.


Good day to you!


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Doost daaram pas hastam


by Doost daaram pas hastam on

We are making progress but it is still like pulling teeth. I was asking a clear and specific question. "Do you recall your NIAC colleague and research director Reza Marashi who called Sohrab Ahmari “MEK terror cult supporter.”? The charge was an absolute lie. As a member of NIAC, don't you demand Mr. Marashi to apologize?"  I thought it was a pretty egregious example but you do appear to acknowledge that or require an apology. 

In response to your question I would certainly applaud NIAC in the unlikely event that it officialy acknowledges its wrongheadedness in defending IRI interests and preaching appeasement.   


DDPH: I am and have in the past criticized them ….

by Bavafa on

When I have thought they were wrong or out of line.  The question is if you were willing to praise them if and when they do things to the benefit of Iranians and Iranian-Americans?


Now to your question,  what matters most to me is to be fair and just to all that I can with as little prejudice as I can possibly have.  Of course as an Iranian-American, I am far closer to the people of my native land and I wish them all the best and if there were to be a contest and to choose from (since you implying either/or) I would choose the well-being of Iranians over any.


But I am failing to see the relevance of Palestinians in Gaza and the Iranian people other than folks in Ghaza have been besieged by Israel and there is much of the talk of Israel wanting to bomb Iran.

  I trust this answers your question.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

I was about to write that I enjoy your line of questioning.

The unprecedented immunity NIAC and Trita Parsi et al. enjoy against any sort of criticism and the support they receive by some proponents of the status quo in Iran is mind boggling, to say the least.

Keep up the great work!

Anonymous Observer

Wow AFSM, Child Molesters too, ha? And Negro?

by Anonymous Observer on

Keep the crazy train rolling buddy!

I think the answer to your question of why Iranians are portrayed this way is in your wonderful statements.  You are portrayed as such because you fail to integrate yourselves and have a say in the communities that you live in, because you have an "us against them" mentality, because you seclude yourself from the rest of the community, because you call the countries of which you are citizens "crusaders" and "child molesters," because you believe that you are somehow culturally superior to the people that you had to beg so to get refuge in their country.  Perhaps that's the reason for your anger?  You feel emasculated by begging people whom you consider inferior to you so that you could be allowed to remain their country?  Is that why?  Pride and [your] prejudice?!! 

Hell, you don't even have the common sense to realize that calling people "negro" is offensive and racist.  What if you are portrayed as "negro?"  What's wrong with that?  Why are you offended?  Are Africans racially beneath you?  

See the problem?  I doubt it.

Doost daaram pas hastam

G. Rahmanian

by Doost daaram pas hastam on

I have simillar questions about NIAC and have had them for years. I suspect that, not getting any clear answers, might be an answer in itself. 

iraj khan

Lets Thank Congressman Mike Honda

by iraj khan on

Here is what congressman Mike Honda wrote in reponse to the email sent to him:

Dear  Friend :

Thank you for taking the time to express your  support for the  use of  diplomacy in resolving the heightened  concerns about  nuclear  weapons development   by the government of Iran . I appreciate hearing your concerns, and welcome the opportunity to respond to y our comments.

You will be happy to know that, t hanks to you r advocacy , I have cosigned Representatives Keith Ellison and Walter Jones' letter to President Barack Obama . The letter urg es the president to   pursue  diplomatic options to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue while preventing a military showdown.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.


Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress

Click on the link to contact your congress person:

Doost daaram pas hastam


by Doost daaram pas hastam on

You keep writing that although you are a member, you  willing to criticize NIAC leadership. You also said that you are against name calling. I assume you would be doubly so if the label is clearly untrue. Do you recall NIAC colleague and research director Reza Marashi who called Sohrab Ahmari “MEK terror cult supporter.”? The charge was an absolute lie. As a member of NIAC, don't you demand Mr. Marashi to apologize?  

I wish you would actually answer my question about what matters most to you, the wellbeing of Iranian people or people of Ghaza strip and Lebanon. It is a straightforward question. Nothing tricky whatsover. If you answer my question I will certainly be happy to answer yours. 


In case you guys are wondering

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

We were represented by the guy with the orange turban in the video, china and  the far east got jackie chan look alike and africa was represented by the negro wrestler.  Fantastic, what progress our children can see we have made with all these democratic societies USA/Israel/EU, not sure why they left out bud-bud hindi, but they were not represented.

Kingreza3 did you ever wonder if your idea of democracy and power sharing is actually wanted so the weaker less developed societies can be abused in order to harm people not help them and its better to worry about power sharing once we have some power & development to share?

Just wondering... look at the eu ad on youtube and please discuss this power sharing idea a little more with me. 


with a pre industrialized 3rd world Iran we now have.