Iranian "pilgrims" and bad karma


by Roozbeh_Gilani

The pathetic video clip  of the 48 Iranian “pilgrims”, arrested by the FSA in Damascus, under suspicion of being members of Islamist Regime’s “revolutionary guards”, invoked many thought in my mind. Such as:

Funny bunch of “pilgrims”! Not our typical  Iran “pilgrim party”. Not a single old man or woman…

Then I recalled my own annual pilgrimage back to Iran, three summers ago, when I witnessed well fed, big bellied, bearded men on motorbikes – very similar looking to the arrested “pilgrims”- attacking the defenseless, unarmed Iranian pro-democracy demonstrations, with hand guns, chains, sticks.... very effectively beating the million plus daily demonstrations to submission. I recalled the images of “Neda”, with blood pouring out of her mouth during the last moments of her life, after being shot from a roof top by a “pilgrim” in service of the Islamist regime. I recalled the news of rape and murder from Kahrizak jail, committed by “pilgrims”. Then the large number of executions to ensure the masses would never arise again, out of fear. Execution of Farzad Kamagar, the Kurdish Teacher, particularly stands in my mind for some reason… So, as far as our “pilgrims”  fate is concerned, this, could just be another case of “ bad karma”, if you are that way inclined.  Or a case of an “armed opposition”, ready to fight and die for their cause, react quite differently towards a brutal fascist dictatorship than large masses of the folks – no matter how large-, led by people,  who deeply believe in the system against which the masses have risen…  



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جمهوری اسلامی نظامی بودن دستگیرشدگان در سوریه را تایید کرد


خبرگزاری ایسنا به نقل از وزیر امور خارجه جمهوری اسلامی ایران نظامی بودن تعدادی از دستگیر شدگان ایرانی در سوریه را تایید کرد و اعلام کرد که آنها از بازنشستگان سپاه پاسداران و ارتش این کشور هستند

این خبر در حالی اعلام میشود که پیش از این جمهوری اسلامی ایران وابستگی دستگیر شدگان به سپاه پاسداران و نیرو های نظامی را بشدت تکذیب میکرد . 

hamsade ghadimi

predictably boring

by hamsade ghadimi on

as usual, the regime apologist uses iri's mishaps as a diving board to plunge into discussion of wrongdoings by others (i.e., israel and u.s.)!


Whether “Pilgrimage” or interfering in internal affairs ….

by Bavafa on

Of another nation remains to be seen, just as many other events that has taken place recently.

 However, objective minded folks will condemn any interfering by outside forces regardless of who commits them AND will ask for safe return if these people are innocent and ordinary “pilgrims”. We also ought to note that religious fundamentalism share a lot of similarities.  There is a nation that has been occupying three other nations  for nearly 50 years now solely based on religious fundamentalism for the “promise land”. 

Interfering in the internal affairs is also nothing new and not a monopoly of IRI.  There is ample evidence that the current “Free Syrian Army” is being fed and supported by the Saudis which are as far away as any form of freedom one can find on earth, not to mention their military occupation and interference in Bahrain uprising.


All these are mafia-liked act should be condemned by all who cherish freedom, integrity and justice for all. 


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Hey, you can go for pilgrimage

by Cost-of-Progress on

and while there, also carry out a few regime-friendly assignments such as torture, murder and intimidation of the people. Two birds with one stone, no?

Besides, as someone else said before, this is good "training" for the thugs and paid murderers for WHEN Iranians have finally had enough of this anti everything regime. Regime that supposedly came to power because of the people............ rising.......


Imam houssien Mosque

by مآمور on

that is in Cairo. Egypt!! Shrine of Zenayb and Mosque of Omar are very close!!

the mosque was visited bt hillary clinton a few years ago!!

I wear an Omega watch



by Frashogar on

A shrine to Zaynab, the daughter of 'Ali, sister of Husayn and one of the survivors of Karbala, is apparently in Damascus. If these pilgrims are real pilgrims and not IRGC that's were they were probably headed //

There is also a Zaynab shrine in Cairo and there is controversy between some Shiites as to whether she is buried there or in Damascus. 

The al-Qaeda terrorists known as the FSA have over the past months attacked all kinds of pilgrims especially Christians.


More IR pilgrims in the future

by Reality-Bites on

As things get progressively more difficult for the Islamic Republic at home, chances are we'll see more and more such "pilgrims" wanting to make their pilgrimage outside Iran. In fact, when the mullahs fall from power, I'm willing to bet the pilgrim exit rate will become a flood, with most of them never to return.


The sheer fragility of life.....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Between the time I posted this blog this morning at my coffee break, till I just finished work 15 mins ago, three of these  "pilgrims" were killed, due to "bombing by Assafd forces", FSA claims. Maybe it was bad Karma :)

AI: Yes, you are right, Islamist Regime is absolutely terrified about loss of Assad. Although I'm not sure if Islmist regime is the next one in line, but they certainly seem to thing so!

Faramarz and Iranloves israel: Take a look at iran based blog sites, talk to anyone in Iran, and you will find that almost everyone would share your view that it is highly unlikely these guys were pilgrims.

Rea: Nice to see you back again. And you are 100% wrong :)

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


Exactly, what shrines were these so-called pilgrims going to


worship in Syria? I thought all the 15 Imams were buried in Najaf, Kirbala, Qom, and Mashhad. Come on man, everyone knows these 72 pilgrims were all Basiji agents sent to Syria on the order of Khayemani to wreck havoc on the poor anti-Ass'ad uprising!

Shlomo doesn't believe in this nonsense!


and if they were military men

by مآمور on

then, going to airport, they would have been with a military convey, which could not be seized so easily!!

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They were pilgrims

by Rea on

.... just as 3 American hikers were hikers.


Pilgrim, You Caused a lot of Trouble!

by Faramarz on


Thanks Roozbeh,

Going to Syria for pilgrimage these days is like going to Disneyland during the LA riots!

But when in doubt, always look to John Wayne for answers!





by مآمور on

 If they r members of some armed organizations, whatever that entity would be. Giving they r caught in a country struggling with arm conflicts, then and only then, they must have been ready for that, let it be!!

However, if they r normal people and went there solely for ' pilgrimage' or business just like few cases before, in which their certificates to finish mandatory military service in Iran were used a proofs, then and only then your blog would be a perfect example of endorsing and promoting violence and crime against humanity!!


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Artificial Intelligence

Yeh They were pilgrims

by Artificial Intelligence on

IRI is next in line after Syria. They know it. They are trying very hard to keep Assad going but its to late. Thanks for the Blog.