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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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Negotiating with the mullahs - Absurdity ad nauseum

A grand bargain or a grand betrayal of the people of Iran?

By Freydoon Khoie

At least four out of six current major powers, members of the 5+1 (United States, UK, France & Germany) who are negotiating with the Mullahs are signatories of every international treaty obligating them legally and morally to respect and protect human Rights and liberties of all nations. Yet there has not been a single word or reference to these vital and key issues in the recent negotiations between the leaders of 5+1 and the despotic mullahs’ regime which is repressing the people of Iran in the most horrific fashion.

For Iranians watching this almost surreal and tragic drama is no less painful than it is for the GCC countries and Israel’s existential concern over annihilation via Khamnei’s ambition to obtain a nuclear arsenal.

The irony is that one could understand the British and the French mindset, being historically who they are, having no empathy for Iranian’s liberty and human rights but economic interest only. Similarly, one could understand the German’s disregard for the well-being of the people of Iran, considering their illustrious records of racism, but it is wholly unnatural and even strange to expect America’s John Kerry and much more so, the black American President’s mindset not to be concerned with the horrific dimensions of human rights violations in Iran.

Now that U.S. led economic, political and diplomatic sanctions have successfully paralyzed Khamnei and finally forced the despotic ruler to the negotiating table, not including Iranian’s fundamental human rights and desire for democracy in these negotiations is beyond shocking. Respect for human rights, political reform and restructuring of the whole regime should be the key conditions for easing the sanctions; and the absence of these vital issues from negotiations is beyond comprehension! Are the leaders of the Western democracies in general and the American promoters of liberty all gone mad? Do they really mean to tell us that if the Khamnei’s universally acknowledged terrorist regime agrees to stop all nuclear activities, everything else will be fine and dandy and we can all go home and start drinking and be merry and do business as usual – while these despots go on repressing the people of Iran?

It’s a nightmare to even think about it and imagine it, not to mention actually seeing it happen. Do the Western powers, in their wildest imagination, genuinely believe that the 25 million young, educated, pro-democracy, pro-Western, pro-America, computer savvy, massively unemployed and impoverished, deeply and dangerously angry at the mullahs are going to remain calm and carry on if they see the leaders of the free and democratic nations kiss and make up with the mullahs and start doing business as usual?

While we may expect such a treacherous behavior from the Russians and the Chinese because of their lack of devotion to principle and we could even see the former colonial powers like the British, French and the Germans close their eyes when it comes to their economic interest, but could the Americans with their reputation of championing human rights and democracy in the world consider for a moment such a grand and blatant betrayal of the people of Iran?

It is a fact that the people of Iran have endured the most draconian social and political regime in the name of Islam that has systematically violated their most fundamental, basic, natural human rights and individual liberties for 34 years. The people of Iran have vested their hopes in the fact that the United States has never recognized the Khamnei’s despotic regime and stood side-by-side with the people of Iran in the expectation of an eventual implosion and inevitable collapse of the mullahs’ despotic regime. So now that the despotic regime has finally reached the very end of its rope, and Iranian’s years of struggle, resistance, and civil disobedience, strengthened by economic sanctions are beginning to pay dividends, the Americans are considering giving the regime a breathing room, recognition, legitimacy and a new lease on life? How absurd can we get? How could the American Secretary of State look in the mirror and think that he is a great statesman? How could President Obama negotiate a deal that will betray the people of Iran who fought the despicable regime for 34 years in the name of freedom and democracy and secularism? And the question that begs for an answer is: if the 34 years of peaceful and non-violent struggle has resulted in watching the world powers sit with our oppressors and make a deal with them, what could possibly convince the twenty five million young, pro-democracy Iranians to remain peaceful and non-violent in their struggle?

Khamenei’s terrorist and utterly corrupt regime has been responsible for 34 years of unspeakable level of atrocities against the people of Iran. Besides mass arrests, torture, rape, imprisonment and executions of religious minorities, political activists, student demonstrators, ethnic minorities, repressing the people with draconian and dark ages rules, looting our national wealth, prostituting our nation, impoverishing our people, destroying our national image as a proud and civilized nation, the Khamnei’s thuggish revolutionary guards have targeted the American interest by holding the U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days, blowing up the U.S. Marines’ headquarter in Beirut, killing 244 innocent Marines, committed and still committing terrorist activities in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Saud Arabia, and have had connections with the 9/11 terrorists attacks and Bin Ladin’s Al Qaida and still continuing with such heinous crimes even inside the United States, still the American President is willing to normalize relations with such despicable tyrant as long as they stop their nuclear activities? If this is the case, something seriously has gone wrong with the nature of U.S. political leadership.

In addition, Khamnei’s regime is blatantly and openly supporting the Bashar Assad’s rule in Syria who has murdered over 143,000 innocent people so far and have scattered over five million civilians into refugee camps and bullying and threatening its neighboring countries by seeking nuclear weapons and despite all these horrific records, the Americans, the British, the Germans and the French are meeting behind closed doors to make a deal with Khamnei’s regime behind the backs of the people of Iran? Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most venal of them all?

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