OPEN CALL FOR TRUCE ON IRANIAN.COM

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OPEN CALL FOR TRUCE ON IRANIAN.COM
by Darius Kadivar
28-Oct-2008
 

We have all had our share of insults, threats and quarrels on this site. We have all been mean or unjust depending our point of views especially when it comes to politics. I have never complained about the personal attacks I have been subject to because I think that when you express yourself publically you are sure to irritate somebody on the World Wide Web who may disagree with you, so I never take it too personally. However when some people under anonymous posts attack you on a personal level or in particular try and attack you cheaply by targeting your privacy or private life, I know that they are motivated by something else than pure intellectual discourse. I have received death threats, insults over the years that I have been writing (and in most cases I believe with a degree of politeness and tolerance for other people's ideas and backgrounds) and even anonymous phone calls to family members which I found is the most cowardice form of intimidation. In recent months I seem to have a:  "Lost Iranian Friend in Paris" who seems to claim he knows me and tries to discourage my posts by personal comments under the bold stance of anonymity.

However that is not the reason for my post today. None of these comments will ever discourage me to write what I think or want to say. I First want to thank Jahanshah Javid for not only his hard work, patience but also for having created this space of incredible freedom of expression that is certainly unique in the WWW. The IRanian.com has truly made a great difference I am sure in the lives of all of us readers, contributors, visitors from all over the world, from different social and intellectual backgrounds, education, cultures and opinions.

I know that I have over the years greatly benefited intellectually and emotionally from this wonderful and at times frustrating website. I was able to achieve some things that I never though were possible not only through my writings but also in promoting others enthusiastically and I hope creatively which at times wrongly comes across to those who do not know (me except virtually) as a form of narcicism. If they only knew ... 

I simply wanted to say that after nearly 9 years of writing for the Iranian.com, I have probably learned more about my fellow compatriots and probably even myself than I ever did through out my university years or professional life. I got to accept some of the qualities but also contradictions I saw in myself and others.

My generation ( basically Marjane Satrapi's Generation) was too young to experience the Revolution from an adult point of view so as to allow us to strongly claim to any political opinion whatsoever. Yet I think we felt the pain, anger and at times absurd dark humor that would appear from time to time when we observed our elders in Shab Nesheenies quarreling over who is good and who is bad, listening to the passionate conversations between parents, uncles or elder siblings about the Shah and Khomeiny Rivalry, The SAVAK and the SAVAMA. We got to see the trials and executions become the new form of entertainment in the place of our favorite American TV shows like The Six Million Dollar Man or Charlies Angels and Iranian Variety Shows like Rang Arang. Black and White was to replace Colour on the TV screens on a daily basis with religious programs and political propaganda. The Propaganda was not new but it was more apparent at least to my eyes than the more subtle forms of censorships we had during the Shah's Era.

When I first saw Marjane Satrapi's comic books, I was hardly impressed by what I read, I should even say I was a little irritated by her left wing anarchism and black humor but maybe more because at the same age my views were if not right wing at least more conservative because of my family background. So I felt that her experience was not totally mine despite both of our upper middle class family backgrounds. Had my parents and her parents met they would have certainly had passionate quarrels with my PArents Defending the Shah and Her Parents Khomeiny and the Revolution. 

My feelings regarding Satrapi did not change, after I met her twice, even if she was very kind and warm and dedicated me her album on a book promotion. I listened and read many of her interviews and something about her anarchism still irritated me, since I could kind of read through her answers that she did not particularly like the Pahlavis and was still very much certain about her own views as the absolute Truth. On the otherhand I was intrigued by her because she was like no other and I admired her for standing for her views and defending them through what she did best, her Art Work.

My views changed a great deal after I saw her movie Persepolis but more importantly by observing her in the public eye and reading or watching her various interviews defending her film. She seemed to have matured and it showed in the way she told the story maybe because of having to work with another director who pushed her in digging into her thoughts and demons. I think the experience and also to her own admission was more liberating than all that she had done before.

The proof is that when I got to see Persepolis, I did not react as if I was Iranian or had lived through the same experience but simply as a movie goer. The Life I had witnessed from a different perspective than hers was now a work of Art and the characters and situations were now part of an Empire of Dreams or Maybe she would call it a Republic of Imagination like Azar Nafisi the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.

What impressed me most about the film which I did not find in the original comic book was to see that Satrapi was no more trying to be a moralist or try and convert anyone to her ideas be them Marxist, Leftist or neo Islamist. It was about her life and human experience which found strong echoes in that of my generation.

Nearly 30 years after the Islamic Revolution that made my family and I leave our country in similar yet different ways to that of Marjane Satrapi (whose family still lives in Iran) I am nearly certain that if my Iranian father was still alive today, and had he and Marjane's father known eachother over time they would fall in one another arms and laugh and cry when speaking of their respective lives and opinions. Indeed 30 years after the Revolution, I think that despite different views and behaviours towards that major historical event that shook our country, I think that we have all reached more or less the same conclusion and that is that what matters is Humanistic values and tolerance.

In the first years of exile, seeing the difficulties my parents went through like many others in exile, I could not feel anything but contempt and even hate for anyone who expressed the slightest support for the Islamic Republic or for the Revolution. I was on the opposite side of the political spectrum of someone like Jahanshah Javid and most probably he would have had the same feelings regarding me. Dunno. ;0)

Today however, I cannot even feel the slightest hate or desire for revenge towards Khomeiny, the Revolution or fellow Iranians who still believe in the current regime. I may disagree vehemently or even get angry with them on specific issues or comments but I bear no hatred. Not Even for those who call me a "Crowned Cannible Monarchist."

We may differ or agree on many issues expressed on the Iranian.com articles and comments but I am certain that many of us have things to say and express which matter to you but also to us. It is important to be able to express them and share them. It is all the more precious if you do it without hiding behind an Anonymous name or Avatar unless for good reasons like privacy or self preservation or protection which is all the more understandable if you live in Iran or still have family there.   

I recently had some harsh words with a fellow writer Abarmard whom I appreciate greatly despite strong ideological and political differences. My anger was triggered by deep convictions that could not have channeled a different reaction. But it was I think based on reasoning and not blind fanaticism. I also believe that my good virtual friend's reaction was also based on similar considerations. It just happens that intellectually we feel we could not do so differently.

The issue of our discourse is not the point I am trying to bring up here. The real issue is about mutual respect and tolerance. I do not find it contradictory to be angry, or emotional when it comes to defending ones point of view. On the contrary, I think it is challenging, exciting and also useful to both the debaters as well as those reading them. What I appreciate in Abarmard, Irandokht and other writers who do not necessarily share my views is that they are open to arguing and defending their points of views with sincerity and conviction. We have all our own reasons to react or not react to a news, blog, article or comment and our opinions are shaped by our personal experiences and lives. How could it be otherwise ? We are only Human and contrary to those who think it is easy to write, they should remember that  it is always something demanding to express your views in all honesty and sincerity all the more if those ideas correspond to what you truly think. It is only in dictatorial systems that free thinkers are deemed dangerous. Mind you, the same is in Democratic societies too since what you write appears on the web and anyone including your employers may read it and use it against you. That said, I truly think that writers and intellectuals can change the world and their duty is to do it for a better one. Sometimes they are correct, often they have proved to be wrong. Should that discourage us to continue and express ourselves on issues that matter to us, even if the entire planet disagrees ?

The Iranian intelligenstia before the revolution has earned a bad and negative reputation because they are blamed for not having predicted what happened in the aftermath of the revolution. the Term ANN TELLECTUAL has become a common designation which to some degree corresponds to a certain reality. But I believe that what makes a writer, author or individual truly an Intellectual it is when he or she stands accountable for what he says or does. I have no problem with former or present revolutionaries ready to argue or debate  with me or with others who share or not my ideas or opinions.

I have a problem with intolerant people who under anonymous posts attack your individuality, your family, or the values you stand for in the name of pure hatred. Most of these people like this Anonymous Lost Iranian in France or others under different pseudonyms cannot tolerate your views but do nothing to stand for their own views. The simple fact that they hide under anonymity and indulge in making comments with the aim of hurting you and not your ideas necessarily proves that for them the "intellect" has no value and take written word for granted. That is why I have never thought of writing under a different name or photo than mine. If I offended people or hurt their feelings in the course at least I am accountable with my real name and identity.

I simply want to thank some of the contributors on the Iranian.com for their openmindedness and good heart despite the fact that I do not know them personally nor do they necessarily share my views. If I forgot some of you out there please forgive me, it is nothing personal nor is the following list of names aimed to be in a specific order but come to my mind right now as I list them.

Abarmard

Irandokht

Nazi Kaviani

Kaveh Nouraee

Azarin Sadegh

Bruce Bahmani

Laleh Shahparaki Welsh

Farah Ravon

bahram9821

Party Girl

Masoud Kazemzadeh

Jahanshah Javid

Souri

ThePope

David ET

Ebi Amirhosseini

orang Golikhani

anonymous admiror

Tina Ehrami

 As well as the first feature writers on this site some of whom have stopped writing others who have left this world for another one.

http://iranian.com/Writers/af.html

I want to thank you for your friendship and your individual contributions that each in their own way have made me grow up and nourished my intellect over the years.

On a final note may I quote one of the Great French Lumières Philosophers who despite being a firm Constitutional Monarchist inspired some of the Great  thoughts and ideas on Justice and Equality that were to shape the French Revolution of 1789:

"La gentillesse est une qualité de l’intelligence.”

Aka "Kindness is a Quality of Wisdom"

Voltaire

Darius KADIVAR

Paris FRANCE

 

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desi

Thanks Darius.  That was

by desi on

Thanks Darius.  That was very insightful and well written.


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What did you expect?

by Anonymous Misha (not verified) on

What did you expect from islamists who have offered nothing but murder and deceit, oppression and thievery for the past 30 years after decades of trying to take over the country and criticizing shah for his (comparatively) petty crimes and petty thievery, only to do the same crimes thousands of times larger against iranian masses.

Hard to argue rationally with followers of a religion and its murderous god who is only there to cowardly order his followers to murder his other creatures.

Haven't you read about prisons? Haven't read of gang-rapes in islamic prisons? Haven't you seen where we were when the country was handed in to islamists.

Yeah shah and monarchy was bad; but that was 1979 and this is now 2008. And we have seen the other side of the coin and any fair-minded person would be proud of being a monarchist as we proved that we deserved no better. After all, 17 million of us voted for this nobody Ahamdinejad, and another 15 million of us voted for the executioner Rafsanjani. And the best of them, Khatami with his stupid deceiving laugh (at the stupidity of iranians) was the one who engineered persistence of the brutal islamic regime in the face of mass student demonstrations and then arrests and smiled at the iranians when chain murders were under way under his ugly nose.

These people are nasty. Darius, you should be grateful that they only harass you as nothing is immoral or forbidden when it comes to islamist. Islamists have no conscious and no heart; they know no humanity and are not human except that they only look like one to deceit many.


amirkabear4u

What can I say?

by amirkabear4u on

It is interesting to read about your personal development if you like. I agree with a lot of points you mentioned. However I beleive there are some registered users too who are not any better than the unknown ones. They say what they want and when readers respond and they find it hot they flag. It is interesting that you mentioned one of them. Put it this way sir, they insult millions of Iranian because they have a dark heart, then they complain if someone is open about them. Regrettably, it seems site admin such as JJ believe people can say anything they want to a lot of people and it is ok, as long as it is not personal. This does not feel right to me. I do not know what you think.

In other words, in some way, your comments above are not necessary as this is how the site supposed to be. Some of the registered users are so naive that the moment one mentions words like 'allah' very quickly guns are pulled without thinking why an issue is mentioned.

Have a nice day.


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DK daram joosh miyaram az

by kofri (not verified) on

DK daram joosh miyaram az intekhabe akset! Khomainy ye taraf va padeshahi ye taraf!!! What is he representing that you think we should have truce with his followers? laaghal mizashti Forouhar o Padeshahi. vahdat o etehad ba ye moshte shayad!! WOW!! hanooz nakhonadam ke bebenam chi migi? chi mikhahee? I need to cool down. raftam be roozhaye ke shinideem to daryacheh namak bachehaye mardom ro sar be nist mikonan, raftam to majare edam doosti ke dar didani az madaresh baad az namazesh goft ke hamrah ba jenazash ye jeld quran ham dadan babate mehriyash!! raftam to majare fahsha o etiyad dar Iran imrooz, va mesle hamisheh yadam aamad be "sabr o zafar" miyad ke aazadi basheh!


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What are mullah government diplomats doing for us now?

by Inquiring minds (not verified) on

I agree with you that the Shah and the Shah alone decided for a lot of things back then but at least he had educated himself a bit and was knowledgable enough to talk about modern world affairs as a lot of foreign statemen have testifdied to that. Can you say the same about our great Pharoah Seyyed Ali Khameneii who is the ultimate power in Iran now and has final say in everything?!

To be fair you should admit that there has hardly been any difference. The only difference is that the crown was replaced by turban!

I think it's gotten even worse because the Supreme leader Khamaneii considers himself a deity, or God's representative on Earth and as Vali Faghih, the guardian/warden of every Iranian, and every Iranian is duty bound to bend backwards to please the Supreme Leader and follow his commands without questionning him. He is not acountable to anybody at least to no human being on Earth.

The Shah never dared go that far.


Mona 19

Dear Mr.Kadivar ...

by Mona 19 on

By writing this blog you're not saying farewell to us,are you?(I hope not) ...I always enjoy reading your movie reviews  and find them insightful,entertaining, and delightful...STAY and contribute to Iranian.com...and thank you for sharing your interesting video clips with us.

Much Respect,Mona ;)


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Dear Mr Kadivar

by Anonymous Admirer (not verified) on

Thanks for amother brilliant piece of writing. Thanks for remembering me.


Masoud Kazemzadeh

thank you

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

Thank you Dariush jaan. 

Best,

Masoud

 


Nazy Kaviani

Dear Mr. Kadivar

by Nazy Kaviani on

I often read your exchanges with people with whom you disagree and I enjoy how by staying cool and on the subject, you also bring out the best in those who disagree with you, making the dialogue interesting to those who are following it. I myself have learned and grown as a result of watching the experiences you so eloquently described. As a community, we've come a long way and we have a loooong way to go, but goodwill in spite of our differences will show us the way, I am convinced. Thank you for mentioning my name; you humble me.


Khar

Dear Mr. Spahbody Nicely put...

by Khar on

BTW,  I also realy like your own web site sir, Thanks!http://users.sedona.net/~sepa/index.html

 

PS. ALL, "CAN WE ALL GET ALONG!"


ThePope

Mr. Kadivar

by ThePope on

As always, another terrific post! In fact, this may be one of your best ones.

We should consider ourselves lucky to have you among us. Through your contribution we have learned a lot about our contemporary culture and heritage. You are doing a great job, especially for the younger generation.

Also, I am honored to be mentioned in your list. But, at the same time, I do not believe that my "name" deserves to be among such brilliant and talented contributors of this site.

As you have already mentioned, we cannot forget the person that has made all this possible. I would like to also thank JJ for his efforts.

 

p.s. Une "treve"? Etes-vous serieux? ...Avec qui? Les fanatiques?!!
Comme ont dit en bon quebecois: Tu niaises, non?! (you're kidding, right?!) :o)

Je vous remercie encore.


Abarmard

Very kind of you

by Abarmard on

You are very kind and this piece is written in a proper time.

Think of this site as a sample of our society, there are people who are religious, secular, peaceful, and violent; all believe they are right. The important point is that no one has the answer that can satisfy everyone and the only possible response is a compromise. It’s a democratic idea but easier said than done.  This site, for some could be a lesson that things are not as black and white and there are many gray areas, in other words, our society is complicated and diverse similar to this site. You can never convince a person that he or she is wrong! Once we experience this reasoning in a society as a whole, then we are on our way to a better Iran, with or without a government!

Thank you again and hopefully one day in the near future we will have an opportunity to meet in an Iranian.com party :)


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What did diplomats do for us?

by Young Diplomat (not verified) on

Why should Mr Sepahbodi bring Diplomacy into the middle of this blog. I suppose to show off his ex-diplomatic identity. But what did the Shah's diplomat do for us? No, seriously what did they do for us? Did they save Bahrain for Iran? Did they convince the Americans, the British, the French or the Germans that the Shah was better for them than Khomeini? Did they reach peace with Palestinians? And man more questions like these. The answer to ALL such questions is NO! The fact of the matter is that the ONLY person who defined Iran's diplomacy was the Shah and the Shah alone. These dipomats were just the YES MEN under the Shah's thumb. Their role was purely ceremonial. Mr Sepahbodi, please sell your stories of YES MAN diplomacy elsewhere.


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You got it Darius!

by Anonymously (not verified) on

You got it Darius!
Hopefully people will learn more and more how to show tolerance, not generalize, not hate and not discriminate.

These are the thoughts that crossed my mind when I read the responses

about "Free Thinker", I am afraid his/her comment was full of generalizations and assumptions.

"Zion", this is not the first time I see someone advocate cruelty and intolerance, but most experts agree that revenge and cruelty is destructive and should not be recommended.

and I wondered what kind of degree "mokhlesse", has and whether or not it's from an english language establishment...

:-)


IRANdokht

Dear Mr Kadivar

by IRANdokht on

Very nice blog, thank you for taking the time and expressing your views and experiences, and I feel honored to have made it to your list of positive contributors.

I am afraid this blog reads a little like a goodbye note. I hope it is not and that you keep sharing your views so we can all continue to grow too.

IRANdokht


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Free Thinker,

by Mokhlesse (not verified) on

Who are you Agha or Khanoom?

Awesome! What a lucidity and logic in your speech. I met a lot of people educated or not. From a persian standard, I have myself the highest degree in science and I can tell you that I have found just few persons with such a limpidness and truth in their discourse than yours ... Waow just waow.

Proud to be your compatriot, no really !


Zion

Those who are...

by Zion on

"Those who are merciful to the cruel will in the end be cruel to the merciful." (The Talmud)


Farhad Sepahbody

Freedom of expression in the IRANIAN

by Farhad Sepahbody on

The right to freedom of expression upholds the rights of all to express their views and opinions freely. It is essentially a right which should be promoted to the maximum extent possible given its critical role in democracy and public participation in political life. There may be certain extreme forms of expression which need to be curtailed for the protection of other human rights. Limiting freedom of expression in such situations is always a fine balancing act. One particular form of expression which should not be allowed is “hate speech”. Hmm...
Now if readers do not like certain comments or a person it is best to use DIPLOMACY:
Diplomacy is the art of saying to someone you do not much care for to go to HELL in "such a nice way", that as a result, he will embark on that road and thank you profusely fo it.
Take it as an advice from an old diplomat.
PS
Many thanks to JJ for allowing freedom of expression in THE IRANIAN and to DK for his views...
and others for their views too...

 


Azarin Sadegh

Dear Darius,

by Azarin Sadegh on

Dear Darius,

Thank you so much for choosing me in your special list …I feel so honored to be among your friends, even if we've never met!

But I am especially touched by your sincerity in this blog. I admire your honesty and courage. It’s so true what you said about this little world (Iranian.com) where we read and listen and watch different points of view with such a freedom and openness.

Didn't we used to hate each other so easily?

Of course I can only speak for myself but I used to recognize so well the troubling signs as soon as I met another Iranian and sometimes so easily I judged and condemned and went deaf and blind.

I have to confess that sometimes I still do it.

Last week, I was talking with one of my best friends who has lost her father during the revolution. He was executed by Islamists. But the strange thing I noticed was that even if my friend had already moved on, and had already forgiven and forgotten what has happened to her family, but I was feeling more pain and I had a hard time to forgive as she was telling me all the details. My friend is happy and in peace with herself, but unfortunately I cannot be at the same place, as long as in my imagination this man dies so unfairly a thousand times, each time I think about him.

I guess now it is up to me to choose: To let go of this past, or to let this dark hatred overshadow me and my future peace and happiness.

Writing for Iranian.com is a real exercise in democracy, like making a virtual prototype of the future real society we Iranians will hopefully build.

Thanks again for your great article Darius Jan!

Azarin


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Tolerant of intolerance?

by Free Thinker (not verified) on

Hi, I guess I must be the ultimate object of scorn on this site, at least by Mr Kadivar' s standards. It is of course easy for Mr Kadivar to sit in his Parisian atelier, sipping French wine and typing away his sanctimonious moralism on his friend's well protected website. Well protected I say, because Iranian.com is broadly speaking a Network of Nepotism and Cronyism with the chief Nepotist being Jahanshah Javid himself. But protected against what, you might ask. Protected against all those aliens, like me, who are not part of this Network. The next question is: what qualifies one to be a member of the Network? The answer: those who do not upset the editor by saying things that would upset his circle of friends, nepotites, cronies, favourite contributors and so on.

It is easy for the likes of you Mr Kadivar to lecture others on tolerance and for many other nerdy characters on this site to engage in pseudo-intellectual arguments which never resolve anything and keep congratulating each other or secretly feeling proud in the number of comments posted on their blogs. It is easy because you guys have hardly been touched by the calamity of 1979. It is easy for you to embellish your past and feel grand because in the absence of any one to call your bluffs you can get away with it.

ALL the commentators who have agreed with you and congratulated you here are the kind of cronies that Javid and co are promoting. None of them live in Iran. They, or their families, fled or flew out of Iran, with varying degrees of difficulty or with no difficulty at all. Now their western educated Aghazadeh and Shazdeh khnoms are lecturing us on being tolerant toward those whose intolerace drove them out of the country in the first place!! Tolerant of what? Tolerant of the Islamic Regime's sympathisers who shamelessly support the regime that you Mr Kadivar and others like you have fled from? It is easy for you to scoff at those, like me, who write anonymously because you are so well grounded in Europe that you would never need to go back to Iran. But what about those who, unlike you, have their parents living in Iran and need to go back to visit them once or twice a year? Are you seriously suggesting that they should reveal their identities when they write on this site and risk arrest on their return to Iran, only to satisfy your self-styled standards for honesty and decency?

Sorry Mr Kadivar but you, like your congratulatory friends on this page, are living in a world that you have built around yourself and hate to be disturbed by the realities of life. In the words of an earlier contributor you have decided to come to terms with Khomeni's revolution. Fine! Keep it that way but please don't lecture others on the benefits of being tolerant toward intolerance. They don't have your luxury of Parisian paradise.


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Yikes.. I'm in the original list of writers.

by Amir Khosrow Sheibany (not verified) on

How the years pass.. How the body withers. And yet the consciousness lives on.


As for truce. Hmmm. So much has been suppressed by people themselves, that it may be possible at this historic juncture (when the prodigy of Jimmy Carter returns to the white house after a 30 years hiatus) for a truce to actually stick.


But wait for the slightest crack to appear in the Taazi regime. The smallest glimmer of light from the silhouette of a closed door, and that door will slam wide open, and you can kiss your truce hasta la vista, adieu, bye bye.


We are more likely to go through a civil war and national disintegration before this evil omen passes us by. What I believe Dariush has failed to observe, is that the very framework of Shah & Ayatollah, and the mythology that goes with both fails to account for all the political interests in our country. And we will be hearing from those not committed to the integrity of Iran soon.


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Just happened to be watching Satrapi's film "Persepolis" at home last night. I thought she honestly portrayed the world as she and those who flushed our country down the toilet, saw it. An honesty and self reflection that is rare amongst Iranians. (You Dariush and brother Cyrus being the rare exception too). As such I liked the film. I wonder if she ever connected the dots and wondered how her principle premises, that the Shah was installed by the British, that he was not committed to the well being of his own people, that he therefore had to commanded a police state to stay in power etc. etc. made what has transpired these last 30 years inevitable as an extension to those beliefs. Please send her my love.........


alborz

Thanks Mr. Kadivar...

by alborz on

...and I hope that we continue to see more tolerance, more respect and fewer "drive by shootings".  There is already evidence for this wish to be fulfilled.

All the best,

Alborz


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Was this a good bye letter!

by Anonymous Iranian (not verified) on

There was so much information in your open call that I just had the patience to read only couple of paragraphs of it.Mr. Kadivar looks like you have a lot of free time on your hand to write so much.About the politics ,I have found out that it is better left to politicians.About the threats that you receive I believe it come naturally,if you oppose a regime that does not believe in freedom.If I had received this much threats that you said you have received I would have given up long time ago.If you think that one day the monarchy government would return to Iran,you are just dreaming,but it does not hurt to dream.


Party Girl

Dear Kind Darius

by Party Girl on

What a wonderful post and what kind words!  I am honored to be mentioned in your list.  What I have to say to you is how much I have learned from you, a most unusual man.  You are intelligent and articulate and artistic and interested in the world in which we live, and above all, you have such a good sense of humor!  I don't know too many other people like that, Mr. Kadivar.  Thank you for being so original, so special, and so yourself.  Thank you for being courageous enough to write this post.  Even at this moment I am learning from you.  Thank you.

P.S.  And I think you must be one heck of a party animal, too! 


Mola Nasredeen

I wonder if Imam ever had an affair?

by Mola Nasredeen on

Just wondering.


Tina Ehrami

Dear Darius,  Thank you

by Tina Ehrami on

Dear Darius, 

Thank you so much for this sincere and open-hearted contribution. I can truly relate to what you wrote about tolerating other people's idea's and backgrounds. I think you could say that iranian.com is a good practice area for us Iranians to prepare ourselves for a more pluriform and open democratic civilization (maybe one day in Iran?).

I admire you for your frankness and hope you'll continue writing your lovely posts. You and all other online writers exercise their freedom of speech. We should never limit each other in that right, as long as we don't insult each other personally. 

Since you too enjoy the wisdom of Voltaire, I will finish with his most famous quote: 

"je déteste ce que vous écrivez, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez continuer à écrire"

(other than what the quote says, I certainly don't detest what you write!)

 

Kind regards,

Tina

www.tinaehrami.com


Princess

Thanks, Mr Khadivar!

by Princess on

Really enjyed reading your eloquent piece.

May the Force be with you. :)


David ET

truce with self and selves:

by David ET on

I have enjoyed your contributions over years .

As for truce

I have no tolerance for intolerance !


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Acknowledging other contributers

by Farzad (not verified) on

Can someone please acknowledge our beloved and censored Haji Hossain Agha from Vancouver. He had put in a lot of time and effort into writing and drowing for Iranian.com.
One planet more People, Please!


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Dear Khadivar

by darius on

I have always enjoyed your postings specially the  old French songs .

Thank you  and this is for you to cheer up.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8ee_1225211423