Shishaki Time

IRI may want to consider its own hypocrisy


Shishaki Time
by Guive Mirfendereski

The events in Egypt in the past week has given the government of the Resolute Nation a pretext to tout its own horn as a mover and inspiration for what is going on in the Arab world. According to the BBC Persian, the Iranian media in the last few days hve been taking to the claim that the developments in Egypt and Tunis are reflections of the Iran’s revolution in Bahman of 1357. This level of cheek (roo) is so obscene that it deserves a hearty shishaki.

Shishaki does not have a word-equivalent in English. It refers to making an insulting noise with the mouth, by passing air through a curled in index finger against the thumb. The sound mimics flatulence and it comes in a variety of pitches. In the U.S., such expressions are commonly known as raspberry or Bronx cheer. In Persian, however, the term is not a cheer; it is used to cut down a baseless arrogant, supercilious or haughty proclamation like gondehguzi and poz-e bija.
If the context requires, a shishaki can be followed by the utterance ridi, which means the arrogant one has just soiled himself. In English, one is simply content by stating that the windbag is simply full of it.

If the Iranian revolution is the inspiration for the Tunisian and Egyptian streets, then what inspired the Iranian revolution? The Solidarity movement in Poland? And do we go as far back as the French Revolution and from it to the birth of the American republic? Oops!

The Iranian bravado honar nazd-e Iranian ast to bas proclaims that only Iranians possess the artistic. An equally meaningful boast is the one in which Iran is touted as the cradle of wireless technology, because no wire is said to be found anywhere in its ancient ruins. Maybe so, but let’s face it, Iran is also the death place of great ideas.

A few years prior to the 1979 revolution, the Iranian leadership became suspicious of Soviet intentions in Iran; Moscow and its satellites had begun to court the Iranian Communists and the Left with greater regularity. The Shah would state often that he would not sit idle in the face of efforts to turn the country into another Iranestan. Already twice Iran had been occupied by the Soviets, a repeat that shan’t three-peat (do-y keh setah nakhahad shod).

In the lukewarm state of Irano-Soviet relations, the one-time Iranian ambassador asked a Kremlin official if the Soviet Union intended to turn Iran into a Communist country? The Russian replied in the negative and added, “That would be a sure fire way to destroy Communism!” Then the Russian asked the ambassador to explain the Shah’s recent request for sophisticated weaponry from the United States. “Do you intend to invade us,” the Russian asked. “No,” replied the ambassador, “we have legitimate self-defense needs.” In a characteristically arrogant Soviet style, the Russian asked, ‘Do you think that these American weapons will be enough to stop us from rolling into Iran?” The ambassador replied, “Are you intending to roll into Iran?” When the Russian replied in the negative, the ambassador said “So, I guess it is enough for you, too.”

The theocracy that Iran has set up has done to Islamist rule what the Soviet feared the Iranization of Communism would do to Communism -- that is, to turn it into an unworkable model. The Caliphs who ruled an empire from the Indus to Maghreb and parts of Europe were savvy enough to let the governmental and temporal affairs of the empire be governed by “secular” administrators, many of whom happened to be also rulers of Persia like the Buyids and Seljuqs. In fact, the political theories that allowed for such a separation of the religious (spiritual) and political were expounded by a number of Iranian jurists and thinkers. In light of that heritage, the 1979 revolution instead produced a kingship of the turban, stitched together by threads of white beards of the “righteous” ones.

Nay, the Iranian revolution is not what anyone would want to emulate. If there is any inspiration at all that emanates from Iran is the promise that social media and legitimate electoral and other grievances can galvanize the people into political action - like the one that followed the disputed elections in Iran two years ago. What the Arab street may add to that lesson is how to bring it all home.

While the Iranian leadership is out there issuing proclamations of support for the aspirations of the Arab peoples, it may want to consider the hypocrisy of its own treatments of dissent inside Iran. Where the demonstrators in Iran demanding more than the protestors want to see in Egypt and Tunisia? Physician, first heal thyself.


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by ShahrzadI on

" While the Iranian leadership is out there issuing proclamations of support for the aspirations of the Arab peoples, it may want to consider the hypocrisy of its own treatments of dissent inside Iran. Where the demonstrators in Iran demanding more than the protestors want to see in Egypt and Tunisia? Physician, first heal thyself"

Best said Bravo!

بت شکن

Shishaki = Raspberry

by بت شکن on

is the nearest equivalent in English


Despite the phony

by norooz on

Despite the phony claims US is making in public, I bet they have ordered Mubarak to stay in power no matter what.  Both leadership options whether by Islamic brotherhood or Elbaradei are not in US/ Israel interests.  Therefore, even if Egyptians achieve the best democracy in the world, if they don't serve US/Israel interest, they will face what Iran has been facing since 1979. 

Israel knows Elbaradei will not give in to their demands as he didn't with respect to Iran's nuclear issues.  Israel knows such a change in Egypt will strengthen Palestine. They will do everything they can to prevent it.

But after watching the crackdowns in Iran, IRI has set such an example that there is no way any other nation would adopt such a system.




Very simple

by Shutruk on


Iranians got rid of a Westen puppet and tyrant: the Shah

Egyptians are getting rid of their own Western puppet: Mubarak

What happens in Egypt now may well be different to Iran - but the basic simlarity and reasons for rebelling is the same.

No Fear

Mr. Shishaki ( No offense intended )

by No Fear on

Don't you think its a bit early to jump on to conclusion and be commenting on the inspirations of Tunisians and Egyptian people?

What if they turn in to The Islamic Republic of Egypt or the Islamic Republic of Tunisia? Would it be conceivable to assume their inspiration was the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Its way to early to be commenting on this developements. No one can predict the outcome of a revolution.


Yet another excellent article by Guive,

by Bavafa on

Perhaps the IRI was correct in the source of inspiration for freedom and democracy that has come from Iran, but not from the events of 1979 but the events of 2009 where millions of young and brave Iranians took to the street to demand their rights.

Where ever the source of inspiration the important part for the true world leaders to support the Egyptian people in their dream for freedom and independence and hope this wave continues in all parts of ME. Let the Saudis, Jordanians and Iranians be next.



well done Guive

by mahmoudg on

In the hopes, that our own Nation will continue what it started in 1979 and 2009 and finally bring a true democracy ala "Islam completely out of the picture".

BTW, the ambassador you are talking about, was it your esteemed father, Excellency Ahmad Mirfendereski?


How come Religous Leaders Lie With such a Straight Face?

by AlexInFlorida on

The Highest Per Capita Execution Rate in The World exists today in Iran.  Corruption is in Iran a Required way of life for all citizens.  While Most Iranians are trying to rebel against the last revolution for their Freedom, Islamic Revolution Inspires almost no one.