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Rumi - Quotes
 
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

  
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

 
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

 
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

 
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

 
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

 
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

 
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

 
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

 
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

 
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

 
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
 
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

 
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

 
“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

 
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
 
    

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IRAN:
A Nation Held Hostage
 
Without Regime Change, none of the problems, including nuclear threat, caused by Ali Khamnei will be resolved

By Freydoon Khoie

Thanks to intellectuals for hire like Vali Reza Nasr, an Iranian born American academic in Stanford and on Council on Foreign Relations’ payroll, truth can be distorted daily. His callous disregard for the millions of young Iranians held hostage at gun point by the Ayatollah’s revolutionary thugs and attempts to prop up a failed state’s hollow acclamations of power is more than disgusting. Inferring that Iran is approaching the negotiation from position of power vis a vis the United States is a blatant distortion of facts which he knows better than anyone else. He is of course talking about the same Iran which I am in close contact and communication with its young unemployed millions who want to see the whole regime fall, disintegrate and disappear from the face of the earth. A regime that its leaders are in constant hiding not only because most of them are wanted by Interpol, but more importantly they are loathed by the people whom are held hostage at gun point and therefore it’s leaders are forced to disguise as sick and move around in ambulance with heavily armed guards in fear of their lives. A nation that has 50% unemployment, 100% inflation, negative economic growth, bankrupt industrial and agricultural sectors. A rich nation that was world’s second oil producer after Saudis before the Islamist disaster of 1979 is now forced to sell her oil at drastic discounts to China and India and get paid by third rate junk products that our people do not want or need, a nation with seven million of our children addicted to drugs, where street violence has reached crisis proportion, where no citizen has security, where the rural areas are so depressed that after dark the streets look like ghost towns, gangs run the street children and prostitution rings, and institutional corruption is so rampant that it is impossible for any citizen to live a single day without having to bribe the police, the revolutionary guards, local Mullah, municipality staff, schools and university teachers, moral police, Islamic guidance ministry, bank manager, custom officers, judges and court secretary, the notary public attendant, the mechanic and the Satellite Dish repair man and so on. And this is all credited to the policies of the glorious Islamist Revolution and its unelected supreme leader Ali Khamnei. This is the nation and the country that New York based Vali Reza Nasr claims is approaching the negotiation table scheduled on Oct 15 from a position of strength and Americans should be aware of that! The victorious generalizmo Ali Khamnei demands sanctions relief in exchange for Iran to slow down her nuclear program. A childish bluff that the light weight foreign minister Zarif thinks will work to dupe the Americans.

Vali Reza Nasr and Zarif and other brilliant advisors to the Mullahs are taking president Obama for a sucker and thinking they can dupe the US State Department’s minds most of whom are graduates of Henry Kissinger School of diplomacy and masters of the game who brought down to earth to giants like Russia and China in the last two decades alone. Vali Reza Nasr is apparently under the impression that the Americans are not aware of the fact that Iran is not riding nearly as high as the dean of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, suggests, but is in fact under tremendous domestic and international economic, social, political, and military pressure and that Rouhani and his side kick Javad Zarif are in a desperate need to make a deal with the United States before an impending implosion which promises to wipe out Ali Khamnei and his regime completely.

Much more than other Middle Eastern countries, Khamnei's security has been threatened by recent events in the region. The Syrian brutal regime is his main ally and conduit for projecting power; which despite an apparent reprieve from American attack, it is by no means secure and it is a universal decision that both Assad and Khamnei must go. And Syria is just one part of a broader, increasingly sectarian regional struggle that has dented the Ayatollah’s hollow image and its terrorist proxies like Hezbollah, Hamas and others.

President Obama’s lukewarm mindset may have dented U.S. military credibility, but the Khamnei’s regime cannot discount the seriousness of U.S. and Israeli military threats. An attack by either would not only annihilate Khamnei's nuclear ambition, but would expose the hollowness and weakness of its revolutionary guards bombastic rhetoric, leading to an popular demand for regime change which is the ultimate national desire for 34 years.

Economically, Khamnei’s regime is suffering mightily with maximum three months reserve. Iran's oil revenues have dropped from $8 billion monthly in 2011 to just $3.4 billion today, much of which cannot be repatriated due to sanctions that require Iran's customers to pay in local currency. Sanctions have also isolated Khamnei’s regime from the international financial system, contributing to a dangerously high unemployment and inflation, stagnant economic growth, and a plummeting currency with twenty five million unemployed young Iranians ready to overthrow the regime and end the 34 years nightmare.

These pains come in the wake of Iran's widespread 2009 pro-democracy political unrest, which was followed by the brutal suppression of peaceful and civilian demosntrators and the marginalization of reformist and pro- democracy politicians and even pragmatic conservatives. The regime's repression was savagely violent which had the effect of uniting a coalition of otherwise disparate political forces in opposition to Khamnei’s Islamist radicals and so called hard liners, openly chanting death to Khamnei and calling for a total regime change.

Rouhani's carefully engineered election in June was a result of (or at least Ali Khamnei's response to) these realities and dynamics, but was not in itself a solution to Iran's vast problems. In voting for Rouhani, the Iranian people in general and the young millions in particular overwhelmingly endorsed the platform of social and economic change on which he campaigned and they are now watching and expecting him to deliver and this time they will not allow Rouhani to deceive them the way Khatami did back in 1988, Rouhani needs not merely the lifting of one or two sanctions, but total American cooperation and goodwill and broad relief from the sanctions which cannot be done without constitutional reform, introduction of secular constitution, and wide ranging domestic political reforms to give the Americans the confidence that change is real and this would practically end the 34 years of theocratic dictatorship in Iran and the nuclear program with it.

Khamnei's regime’s serious predicaments provide Obama with both opportunity and leverage, neither of which should be squandered. Rouhani will certainly try to negotiate at the minimum price to Khamnei’s regime in which he is a member, but merely offering empty words like transparency and confidence-building rather than far-reaching limits on Iran's nuclear activities, complete change to its behavior both domestically and regionally, political reforms, respect for human rights and ending its terrorist activities, will not be taken seriously. The United States should be susceptible to such arguments, as Washington wants not just to reach a nuclear agreement but to end the hostile regime in Iran, and it is worried that the chance to do so peacefully and through negotiation may be fleeting.

But a limited nuclear and political agreement that leaves Khamnei’s regime in place, even if subject to enhanced inspections, will not build confidence or stability with the people of Iran. Inspections will raise tensions, not lower them, the regime inevitably objects to inspectors' desire for access to sensitive military sites or reject UN Human Rights representative’s demand for access to political prisoners and opposition political leaders, and regime denies activities for which the United States has evidence, such as Iran's weaponization work. Similar efforts with North Korea and Iraq in the 1990s and with Iran in the early 2000s eroded, rather than built, trust. And even if the United States chooses to trust Khamnei’s regime, its allies will not. That is why the only comprehensive long term solution to this 34 years old cancer in Middle East is regime change in Iran.

Furthermore, any agreement that leaves Khamnei’s uncheck powers in place and Iran's nuclear fuel fabrication capabilities and weaponization research program in one piece, will permit the regime -- once economic and military pressures are safely relieved -- to expel inspectors and resume its march toward nuclear weapons, as North Korea did in the early 2000s.

Avoiding this risk and opening space for a gradual improvement of U.S.-Iran ties and cooling of regional tensions will require an agreement that include political reform to allow openness and restructuring of the whole system of government that rolls back rather than simply halts the progress of Iran's nuclear program, and it will require Tehran to come clean about its past nuclear work. In exchange, Washington would offer broad relief from sanctions to the new democratically elected government in Iran. Negotiating such an agreement will require a stiff spine from the Obama administration; the United States may need to increase the pressure on Khamnei’s regime even further and defer hopes of rapprochement until a sustainable political, economic and nuclear accord is concluded.

It is time for moral courage. We, the people of Iran are sick and tired of being held hostage by a terrorist regime and being ruled by mad Muallhs. We want freedom; we want friendly relations with the United States and Israel, and Palestine, and all our neighbors in West Asia and the whole world. We want secular political system to end religious and sectarian tensions. We want peace and prosperity, economic growth and an open society that all people can come and visit our country and feel at ease. Unless Rouhani delivers these demands, things are going to get much worse than it is and lead into a dangerous implosion by the 25 million young Iranians whom are not going to put up with the status quo anymore and no amount of soft spoken promises of a reform minded mullah is going to cut it this time.

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