When war starts

Peyvand Khorsandi
by Peyvand Khorsandi

AP news: Last night Israeli jets flying sorties around Natanz, Iran, accidentally targeted an orphanage, killing 30 people, 25 of whom were children. Hours later, an Israeli spokesman said that the incident was ‘regrettable’ and a consequence of the threat that the Islamic Republic posed to “both the region and the world”.

Iranian TV stations are broadcasting pictures of the rubble that remains of the orphanage, showing grieving grandparents and local residents. The US has asked Israel to halt air-strikes on Iranian targets for three hours. These started on Friday, when the US started its third phase of the war on terror with its ‘Apocalypse Pow’ campaign. President Ahmadinejad has called the act a “murderous act of imperialist arrogance” and called for the “Iranian nation” to “stay united against the foreign aggressors”.

Last week he ordered dozens of bloggers accused of acting against the interests of national security to be rounded up. Amnesty International has voiced fears that the bloggers, all in their early twenties, may be facing torture or death. Yesterday, the head of the Revolutionary Guard ordered the arrest of 300 writers, artists and academics who signed a petition demanding the resignation of Mr Ahmadinejad.

Earlier today, pepper gas and plastic bullets were used to disperse a large demonstration by students at Amirkabir university, all of whom, the government claims, are “strengthening the enemy” by demonstrating against the war with Israel and the US. Britain’s prime minister has said that if the war lasts for longer than five days, as it has been predicted to, that the UK will be ‘happy to muck in’. The Iranian government has just confirmed that three “subversive elements formerly students” have been shot fatally on Tehran university campus. A spokesman added that a number of policeman were in hospital receiving treatment from words the students had hurled at them.


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To Those Who Say We Shouldn't Worry

by Mehdi on

Oh, I worry! I'll stop worrying when I see insane poletitians stop drooling talking about attacking Iran. I'll stop worrying when I see Israel's PM sitting next to Iran's president talking about how they will have peaceful existence. Until then, I worry and I do whatever I can. The worse thing one can do is "wait." Waiting is the activity of a dead - and I am still alive.

Siamack Baniameri


by Siamack Baniameri on



Not a good idea to write fiction on this subject!!

by Concerend Iranian (not verified) on

Although it is obviously a serious attempt at duplicating the "war of the Worlds" (Remember Orson Welles's radio piece? Okay, maybe you don't!" Anyway, it is always easy to write or talk about things that have not happened in attempt to scare people. But it is not a good idea. War is serious business. No one wants to see anyone dead or injured (at least we hope). So, let's not jump the gun by concocting stories. Let's wait and see with an open mind.


bacheh mozalaf

by Anonymousbadmouth (not verified) on

bacheh mozalaf


More destruction for sure

by Mehdi on

Just look at the US, the democracy of all democracies. People loose their civil liberties (see the so-called Patriot Act) because there is a good reason (or should I say excuse) for it now. The Director of FBI, I think it was a few months ago, openly admitted that wiretaps, etc had been used by the FBI for criminal purposes and they had eavesdropped on citizens for reasons other than national security (I was shocked - not really). Wars and a made-up evil enemies have always been used by governments to justify their criminal activities against their own people, never mind people of other countries. Masters win, people loose. It doesn't matter what religion you belong to, what country you live in, or anything else; a war is always bad for you and good for your masters. It is not even truly good for the evil minded masters but they have long since stopped being rational.


Another johnny come lately,

by Anonymous99 (not verified) on

Another johnny come lately, in his own land of fiction, within his hypothetical fiction (it's a double fiction).


Wrong assumption

by Reza Nasri (not verified) on

I can reassure you that if a war breaks out, no student would protest on campus, no writer would sign petitions asking for anyone to reseign and most bloggers would refrain from criticizing. Under war conditions, everyone would naturally rally around the flag and against the aggressor.

In fact the whole society would turn against anyone is even percieved to endanger national unity in any way, be it bloggers, intellectuals, students or writers. It's not the IRG who would stop them, but the people on the street.

So, if you're trying to make the point that an eventual war would consolidate the hardliners, I think you picked the wrong illustrations.

A war would certainly radicalize the climate, but not in the way you described. It would "radicalize" everyone, including the students and the bloggers you described.

Niki Tehranchi

Dear Peyvand

by Niki Tehranchi on

Good to see your writings on iranian.com again.  We need more!

Jahanshah Javid

Words of mass destruction

by Jahanshah Javid on

The key word is "words". I keep telling people that words -- ANY WORD -- is still just a word. It is not a fist landing on your chin, not a kick in the groin, not a bullet, not a cruise missile... nothing, absolutely nothing -- nothing that in response would require physical violence, imprisonment and censorship.


Don't Lose The Day Job

by M. Ranjbar (not verified) on

Stick to stand up comedy bro.


Is this a joke?

by Anonymous34343 (not verified) on

Is this a joke?