Fragile at the Core
New York Times / David Brooks
19-Jun-2009 (10 comments)

Most of the time, foreign relations are kind of boring — negotiations, communiqués, soporific speeches. But then there are moments of radical discontinuity—1789, 1917, 1989—when the very logic of history flips. At these moments — like the one in Iran right now — change is not generated incrementally from the top. Instead, power is radically dispersed. The real action is out on the streets. The future course of events is maximally uncertain. The fate of nations is determined by glances and chance encounters: by the looks policemen give one another as a protesting crowd approaches down a boulevard; by the presence of a spontaneous leader who sets off a chant or a song and with it an emotional contagion; by a captain who either decides to kill his countrymen or not; by a shy woman who emerges from a throng to throw herself on the thugs who are pummeling a kid prone on the sidewalk.

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Darius Kadivar

Mazdak Oh Yeah ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Fisrt Hand Huh ?

Where are You Risking Your Life writing on this thread ? Certainly Not in Iran.

If You think YOU are the Only One who has Family and Loved ones back Home You are Not Only Wrong But a Selfish ASS to allow Yourself to Judge Other People's Reactions !

F..Ck YOU !


DK, you're suffering from dyslexia symptoms

by Mazdak (not verified) on

If there is anyone making a monkey of himself here is usually you. Your rambling again. My original point was that you're tough ass talk was a little too insincere. Becasue I have experienced these stuff first hand I know the price the people have to pay for it, and frankly I'm scared of what is coming. Long distance courage is not much. Fine, express yourself, it's your right but please within a decent scope and stop wasting space with clips of Bakhtiar and Nafisi for the nth time. Now let's see if Javid prints my reponse to your obscenity laden diatribe.

Darius Kadivar

Mazdak You Suffer a Typical 3 Monkey's Mental Syndrome... ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

I've Got News for You Mazdak



Your the Kind of ANONYMOUS BRAVE BLOGGER who displays the Three Monkey's Mentality as a solution to Iran's Problems.

"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil".

Let Me Tell You Smart Ass. Sitting comfortably on my Ass here in exile does not imply that I have no compassion for our fellow compatriots back home.

Your Free to think that IDEAS are Irrelevant. That INFORMING people is Not important or that We have to sit and watch events without EVER commenting on them ( including Subversively and Sarcastically as I and others do often) or that we should express our views just   by following the neutral trend in the name of a treacherous Political Correctness that Only Silences the Victimes But Emboldens the Butchers.

As Mrs. Nafisi correctly said in her introduction :

"A country That Loses its Poetic Vision is A country That Faces Death"

You My Dear Fellow Have Lost Not Only Your Poetic Vision ... But like the Three Monkeys you've lost Your Sight, Hearing and Voice in the face of intellectual adversity.

Good Night and Bonne Nuit !

From My Comfortable Chair in Paris









DK, you're foaming at the mouth

by Mazdak (not verified) on

and as usual don't make much sense. Don't worry about the families of the 1988 massacres. Most of the them were MEK and Marxists which are more often not bad-mouthed by people like yourselves. They stood up for their beliefs and pay with their lives for them, unlike people like who are generous with other people's lives when they've been planted firmly in "diaspora" for the last 30 years. And don't turn the accusatory finger at me. I put in my dues before I left.

Darius Kadivar

Mazdak Clean In front of Your OWN Door First !

by Darius Kadivar on

Why don't you make Excuses to the families of the victimes of the 1988 massacres for which YOUR GREEN VOTE endorsed one of the Culprits ? 

I speak as a member of the Iranian Diaspora entitled to MY Opinion and who did NOT VOTE at these Sham Elections which I do NOT consider as Democratic.

If You think that by asking fellow compatriots to wholeheartingly go and get raped by the Enemy is a Patriotic act then THAT's YOUR PROBLEM !

In Addition if YOU think that YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE who has LOVED ONEs BACK HOME IN DANGER your nothing but a selfish ASS also Sitting on your OVERESTIMATED EGO !

Fereydoun Farrokhzad - Irani Boodan : Farrokhzad Told me NOT TO VOTE:


At Least That is Why knowing One's History Can Be Useful !

Et Oui !






Have you bought your ticket, Darius?

by Mazdak (not verified) on

There is always the Kurdistan border. So, what's keeping you? I hear they're planning for a slaughter tomorow in Tehran and other cities? Talking tough from Paris is cheap, especially when you put down a good swath of the same protesters in your posts on a regular basis. When are people like yourself ever going to put your jogular on the line, or are you planning to sit one out too?


I agree with his general depiction of the regime, but...

by Ostaad on

He's dead wrong to include economic sanctions as one the tools to deal with Iran. One of the most effective policy changes that Obama must adopt is revoking and rollback of ALL economic sanctions imposed unilaterally by the US against Iran.

One huge FACT that has emerged from the uprising in Iran is the political/economic gap between the rich and poor on one hand and urban versus rural "class" of voters.

It is obvious, while many of Ahmadinejad's supporters rely on government handouts, the "middle class" who are mainly urban, educated and wage earners, completely rely on government or government related jobs. Everyone knows the one who signs your paycheck, can influence how hard or easy your life can be.

Lifting the sanctions will lead to more jobs and more of "green" kind of voters. The chances to change the regime AND continuing with a viable market economy will increase exponentially if the sanctions are lifted.

Darius Kadivar

FYI/House Passes Iran Election Resolution

by Darius Kadivar on

Joins Your Article's subject:


The House today voted to support Iranian dissidents and “all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.” The resolution
(H Res 560) passed with 405 yea votes and only one nay, and two members voting present.

As I said earlier, and as many of our Representatives emphasized today, this has nothing to do with supporting Mousavi. In fact it offers no commentary on Mousavi whatsoever. This resolution is about supporting the cause of freedom. As Congressman Pence stated “The cause of America is freedom.”

Mardom Mazloom

‫‫این ننه من

Mardom Mazloom

‫‫این ننه من غریبم علی گدا امروز تو نماز جمعه که من از مردن نمیترسم ‫نمایان گرای همین ترس از رفتن است.

‫چو ایران نباشد، تن من مباد

Darius Kadivar

Great Article !

by Darius Kadivar on

The People have to go for the Jugular,


 if they want to slay the Dragon ...


The Eye of the Octopus was, is and will be Khamenei.

We cannot afford to set back this time. Its Now or Never !