O Brother Warden, Where Art Thou


O Brother Warden, Where Art Thou
by MM

There is a new generation of IRI-supporters on Iranian.com. They want to seek respect by quoting all sorta the right one-liners such as “Islamic Democracy”. In addition, they like to project love by calling you “brother/sister” to make you feel all cozy inside. But, if you think that they would turn the other cheek if objected, watch out - they probably have a real brethren behind you who will kick you in the a$$. OK, they do not have a person behind you but they will cry foul telling us that 1. we are not real democrats, 2. want to convey that we dis-respect them by not returning the compliment “brother/sister”, and 3. overall, we are anti-Islam, an “Iranian Andres Behring Breivik”.

First - The wardens of my dad in Evin, Gohardasht and the other toured IRI-hotels also called us “brothers” and called my mom a “sister” during visit-days. My mom’s response, who was obviously beyond herself, was sharp “if god wanted me to have a brother, he would have enriched my real blood-line with a brother and not made him our warden. Of course, on the other side of the wall, “our warden brothers” refused to dispense my dad's medications which we brought for him or did whatever..... to make him limp and look 20 years older. They probably called my dad "brother or maybe even father" too while torturing him. So, please call whoever you consider your brethren a “brother”, but when you call me brother, it does not sit right with me.

Second – I do not know about others, they can speak for themselves. But, I am not about being against Muslims. I just do not like political Islam whose supporters are called the Islamists, especially the kind currently dominating Iran which BTW are called Koffar by the Sunni Shaikhs in Saudi Arabia. If you still do not understand the differences between a Muslim and Islamist, I suggest you read a 2002 article by Ladan and Roya Boroumand (TERROR, ISLAM, AND DEMOCRACY) or look at my blog called Muslim versus Islamist: Why Islamism is Incompatible with Democracy.

Third – I see some folks screaming that we need to eliminate Islam…..but as I have said before, we need not uproot Islam from the Iranian society, but certainly to disassociate it (religion, in general) from the governmental/social decisions making it a private matter. Besides, how do you force someone to denounce their personal beliefs and call yourself a civil society? That is the difference between the IRI/Saudi Arabia/Taliban/Al Queda versions of Islam that want to interpret Quran the way they want and impose it on everyone vs. a Judeo-Christian society that tells the extreme religious nuts that having 18 cases where stoning is required by god, according to the old testament, is not compatible with the modern civil society that respects human rights.

So, on this anniversary month of my dad’s passing, if you are an IRI-supporter, keep your personal beliefs to yourself, and don’t call me a friend or even a distant cousin.


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That is painful

by divaneh on

Dear MM, I was sorry to learn about your experience. It is that type of proud dad that brings up someone with your compassion and devotion to justice. May he rest in peace.

With regards to the word brother and brother majous, don’t take it serious. These people don't use the word brother in the same way that we do. As you have shown and we have seen, they call someone brother whilst they are stabbing him in the back. This is just their deceit. When it is not for deceit, it just means oi. For example instead of saying "oi majous" you say "brother majous". I am sure they have more uses for it and none of them means brother.


PI & IRI: Creations of Brits in the region and the world

by All-Iranians on

On this anniversary month of your beloved dad’s passing, All-Iranians are very sad for the passing of your dear dad. May he rest in peace!  And remember dear MM, both Political Islam (PI) and Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) are the creations of Brits in the region and the world!

Anahid Hojjati

Dear MM, thanks for a moving blog

by Anahid Hojjati on

So many good people went to prison in those dark days and unfortunately, it is the same these days. Hopefully, a day will come when we don't have to see our loved ones in danger just because of their political beliefs.


Thanks Faramarz

by MM on

I also hope that all forms of torture will end and there will be a moratorium on these hurried up executions.

On the lighter side, your stories, many times, puts a big smile on our faces.  Keep them coming, and hopefully we will return the favor to ease your pain.


MM Jaan

by Faramarz on

Thanks for sharing this private family story. It pains me to read the details because I also had family members who experienced the same ordeal.

There is nothing like seeing someone who is a symbol of strength to you to come home all broken and injured.

Detention and torture should end.


Yes, I mean it...

by Freethought111 on

As an Anarchist who disputes the legitimacy of every form of human government presently instituted, I want to see this particular form of abomination before God and man go - and go soon. They sicken me and always have!


FT111 / SF

by MM on


I hope you mean it.


There is nothing wrong with keeping your beliefs, but to quote from 1400 year old book full of gloom & doom scenerios instead of relying on the UN charter of the human rights, as your first reference, is not the way to answer the other folks in the blogs.  You will most likely get blasted or be confronted with another verse that calls for heads rolling.

PS, I am not your brother.


salman farsi

So said Jesus and so said Martin Luther King

by salman farsi on



I am very sorry for what has happened to you and yur family in Iran but yoour criterion for identifying IRI supporters is total nonsense. You know that brother MM and so does sister vildemose :)

For an Islamic democracy


Do you remember Brother Khalifeh?

by Truthseeker9 on


He used to say Brother / Sister all the time too. All these people might be real brothers and sisters. Brother Khalifeh had a good sense of humour.


Thanks Maryam/Yolanda

by MM on


My dad was held in various jails for ca. 5 years without any charges, just "digging" to see what they could find.  He was delivered to us a broken man, barely walking w/ complete gray hair.  A few years later, he passed away from complications of diabetes (exasperated by the lack of medicine in jail), mainly organ failure. 

If my dad could walk and still had his gun, I am sure that he would have taken a few of these bastards with him.  My anger has turned into a sense of purpose to see a democratic Iran.  Unfortunately, with all the oposition sitting in their own little castles, it is difficult to mount a united front against the Mullahs.


I saw a nasty hidden motive in the blogger you noticed too, and that was to throw kindness at us, claim to be a victim of our un-democratic justice and call us anti-Islam.  I will not stand for that. 

I also hope it all ends well for Iran and the Iranians.  After 32 years of IRI, many of us have already have our lives abroad.


Marg bar Hokumat-e-Owbash va Arazel-e-Na Mardan dar Iran

by Freethought111 on

In other words, Death to the IRI!




by yolanda on

Thank, MM, for sharing. So sorry to hear what happened to your dad. May he rest in peace! So many Iranians bear witness to IRI's brutalities!

Yes, I know who this "brother/sister" dude is......very active lately.....linking the Norwegian nut case to people on IC! Very vivid imagination! OMG! Lets see when his stint will end!

Maryam Hojjat

Great blog and very unbias despite

by Maryam Hojjat on

what had happened to your Dad by IRR/IRI.  You wrote your blog without any anger & rationally.  I admire your sense of rationality.