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      Introduction by the Saker:

      For a while now we have been lucky enough to have a wonderful Iranian member of the Saker community writing analyses for the Saker Blog: Aram Mirzaei has brought a wealth of expertise and priceless insights into Iran and everything Iran-related. Clearly, after the DPRK, Syria and Venezuela – Iran is now the target of Trump’s ignorant hubris and threats and it is therefore extremely important to debunk AngloZionist propaganda about Iran and its role and actions in the Middle-East. This interview with Aram Mirzaei is just the first step of a major effort by the Saker community to report more often about Iran. Expect much more in the near future. In the meantime, I will let Aram introduce himself and then reply to my questions.

      The Saker

      My name is Aram Mirzaei, I’m 30 years old and live somewhere in Europe. Originally, I hail from western Iran, a place that is deeply rooted in my heart. Ever since my teenage years, I’ve had a passion for history and politics, a trait I inherited from my mother who was an Iranian revolutionary. Naturally, this passion made me choose to study political science all the way up to my Master’s degree. Having supported my country against foreign threats my entire adult life, I became an activist for the Resistance Axis when the Syrian War broke out in 2011 and have combined my passion for writing and politics, to contribute to the propaganda fight that runs in parallel with the fighting on the ground. Thus, I have endulged myself in anything related to Iran, in an effort to have a complete understanding of the land that I was born in and where my forefathers once dwelled in. Aside from these interests, I also love philosophy, sociology, religion, football (soccer) and trading, with a specific focus on crypto currencies.

      The Saker: Please explain what an “Islamic Republic” is and how it is different from any other republic? What makes the Iranian political system unique? How democratic (vs theocratic) is it? Do you consider Iran to be a democratic country (in the sense that the will of the people is the highest, sovereign, authority)?

      Aram Mirzaei: These are very relevant questions as this issue is something most outsiders have a hard time understanding. Growing up in the West, I myself had a hard time understanding this system until I read Imam Khomeini’s manifesto: Islamic Governance – rule of the jurisprudence. Here, Khomeini offers a very unique viewpoint and insight into his ideas of a modern Islamic form of government. Khomeini views the Western democratic system as a foreign way of governance, not suited for Muslim countries, while he also correctly identifies the deep flaws within the contemporary Islamic forms of governance, that they are outdated monarchies prone to corruption and decadence.

      Simply put, Khomeini offers a compromise between Western Democracy and Islamic Sharia law. To understand this form of government, one must understand the background of Shia Islamic scholarship and the theological debate regarding Islamic government. As many already know, modern Twelver Shia faith rest on the pillar of the Occultation, the belief that the messianic figure, also known as Mahdi, who in Shia theology is the last (Twelfth) infallible male descendant (Imam) of the prophet Mohammad, was born but disappeared, and will one day return and fill the world with justice and peace. In this time of post-Occultation the theory of Velayat-e Faqih (Rule of the Jurisprudence), holds that Islam shall give a Faqih (Islamic jurist) custodianship over the people, in the absence of the Hidden Imam.

      The doctrine of Velayat-e Faqih has been an issue that has divided the Shia Islamic scholars between the ideas of a so called Limited Guardianship and an Absolute Guardianship of the jurisprudence. Traditionally, Limited Guardianship has been the dominant interpretation where Mujtahids (Islamic scholars) have left secular power to the monarchs while the Ulema’s (clerical class) role has been limited to non-litigious affairs. This interpretation holds that the Ulema should only assume an advisory role to the monarch who is responsible for the task of protecting the country. For centuries, especially during the time of the Safavid Shahs, Iran was ruled this way, with the Ulema assuming an advisory role in the royal court of the Shahs. Only during the Pahlavi dynasty of the 20th century did this begin to change as Reza Shah Pahlavi, initiated radical secular changes to the Iranian society as a whole.

      The idea of Absolute Guardianship hails from the belief that collective affairs fall under the Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist. Before Khomeini, there had been a few scholars arguing for Absolute Guardianship, yet none of them gained the amount of influence as Khomeini did. He presented the concept as necessary to protect and preserve Islam during the Occultation of the Imam. According to Khomeini, a society should be governed by those who are the most knowledgeable about Islamic law, this is his main argument in what an Islamic Government actually is. In his manifesto, Khomeini argues that monarchy is un-Islamic. In a true Islamic state, those holding government posts should have knowledge of Sharia, as well as having intelligence and administrative ability. Thus the monarchy becomes redundant in such a governing system, paving the way for a Republic to take its place instead. Specifically Khomeini argued that the un-Islamic government “though it may be made up of elected representatives does not truly belong to the people” in the case of Muslim countries.

      Where Shia Mujtahids have tended to remain outside the active political sphere, Khomeini argues that leading Mujtahids also have inherited the Prophet’s political authority by explicating several ahadiths of the Shia Imams. An example is his analysis of a saying attributed to the first Imam, Ali who in addressing a judge said:

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      The seat you are occupying is filled by someone who is a prophet, the legatee of a prophet, or else a sinful wretch.”

      Khomeini reasons that the term judges must refer to trained fuqaha (jurists) as they are “by definition learned in matters pertaining to the function of judge” , and since trained jurists are neither sinful wretches nor prophets, by process of elimination “we deduce from the tradition quoted above that the fuqaha are the legatees.” He explains that legatees of the prophet have the same power to command Muslims as the Prophet Muhammad and (in Shia belief) the Imams. Thus, the saying, `The seat you are occupying is filled by someone who is a prophet, the legatee of a prophet, or else a sinful wretch,` demonstrates that Islamic jurists have the power to rule Muslims.

      According to the constitution of Iran, an Islamic republic is defined as a state ruled by the Fuqaha. In accordance with Qur’an and on the basis of two principles of the trusteeship and the permanent Imamate (bloodline of the Prophet), it is counted as a function of the jurists. Also it is explained that only the jurists that are upright, pious and committed experts on Islam are entitled to rule . Also those who are informed of the demands of the times and known as God-fearing, brave and qualified for leadership. In addition they must hold the religious office of Marja (the highest rank in the Shia clerical establishment) and be permitted to deliver independent judgments on general principles (fatwas). The Marja has only the right to rule the Islamic Republic for as long as the Twelfth and final Imam remains in Occultation.

      In this sense, the Islamic Republic of Iran is unique in comparison to other so called “Islamic Republics” such as Pakistan and Afghanistan as they are governed by secular constitutions and are only Islamic Republics by name rather than in practice.

      In both theory and practice, the Velayat-e Faqih differs radically from any other form of government, both Western and Eastern models.

      Whether or not this system can be considered “democratic” is really a subjective matter. I personally dont like the contemporary opinions on what constitutes a democracy as they are very much formed and dictated by Western ideas and standards. The generally accepted tools of measurement on democracy in the world follow liberal democratic criteria formulated by liberal thinkers and scholars. This narrows down countries into liberal democracies, so called true democracies and non-liberal democracies, also known as “flawed democracies” in their world view.

      As I mentioned earlier, the Islamic Republic is a compromise between Western democracy and Islamic theocracy, which makes it hard to compare to the western notion on what constitutes a democracy, and since there aren’t any other Islamic Republics to compare it to, it makes it even more difficult to measure how democratic it is. But let’s begin by stating the obvious, the Islamic Republic is a republic, which means that the state belongs to the people and not a ruler. The Supreme Leader, or Rahbar Enghelab (Revolutionary Leader) is not a monarch and the title is not hereditary.

      Lawmakers are directly elected by the people, as is the President as well. The Iranian elections are considered not “free and fair” by western standards due to the vetting process by the unelected Guardian council, but this is where the theocratic nature of the Islamic Republic becomes prevalent, as the vetting process is important for the elimination of anti-Islamic elements in the government. Another point of confusion is the role of the Supreme Leader, a role that many outsiders have misunderstood. The truth is that while the President rules the government and politics of the country, the Supreme Leader’s role is one of oversight. Think of the Supreme Leader as the U.S Supreme Court, where the Supreme Leader has a duty to uphold the Islamic Republic’s core values, much like the Supreme Court in the U.S upholds the constitution.

      The Supreme Leader is chosen by the elected institution called the Assembly of Experts, which is tasked with overseeing the performance and activities of the Supreme Leader. The Assembly of Experts also has the power to impeach a Supreme Leader if needed, thus not even the Supreme Leader is untouchable. The Supreme Leader in turn then elects the members of the Guardian Council who are responsible for the vetting I mentioned above. So you can see that the Islamic Republic is a system filled with checks and balances between elected and unelected institutions.

      The Saker: Wikipedia (hardly a trustworthy source) has this picture of the Iranian government structure:

      Is it correct?

      Aram Mirzaei: I would say that this depiction of the Iranian government structure is not exactly inaccurate, but it also fails to offer a comprehensive picture of the checks and balance system that plays a huge part in Iranian politics. This depiction focuses a lot on who is elected and who is not, instead of focusing on the different branches of government and their roles. Let me explain: The Supreme Leader as mentioned above is a superintendent, who oversees the Executive and Judiciary branch, while he also acts as commander of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic. The Supreme Leader in turn is appointed by the directly elected Assembly of Experts which is made up of 88 Mujtahids, and as I mentioned before, the Assembly of Experts has the power to remove him if necessary.

      The Parliament and the President are directly elected by the people. While the President chooses his cabinet, the Parliament is responsible with electing 6 out of 12 members of the powerful Guardian Council, these 6 members are nominated by the Head of the Judiciary, who in turn is appointed by the Supreme Leader. These 6 members are non-clerical jurists while the other 6 members appointed by the Supreme Leader are faqihs.

      The Guardian Council, acts as an upper consultative assembly. It is charged with interpreting the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, supervising elections of, and approving of candidates to, the Assembly of Experts, the President and the Parliament. Any laws made by the parliament must be approved by the Guardian Council.

      The Expediency council is an advisory assembly set up in 1988 to act as an intermediary between the Parliament and Guardian Council whenever conflicts occur. It is directly appointed by the Supreme Leader.

      The Saker: The western media always loves to think in terms of “hardliners” and “liberals” in each country they don’t control. To what degree are these categories applicable to Iran?

      Aram Mirzaei: The terms as you say, is a way for the Western media to simplify the different categories of political movements in Iran. I would rather say that a better way of dividing the political spectrum in Iran is to say that there are Reformists and Conservatives. While the term “conservative” is difficult to apply on Iranian society, the existence of a conservative movement, or as they prefer to be called, Principalists, is a reality. The Iranian political spectrum can somewhat loosely be defined as a division between the Islamic left (Reformists) and the Islamic right (Principalists).

      The Iranian Principalist bloc of today emerged as a response to the rising power of the reformist movement, headed by known figures such as former Iranian President and cleric Mohammad Khatami and to some extent former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the richest people in the country. Iranian principalism however dates further back in history. It roots back to the early 20th century with the constitutional revolution, which demonstrated the power of the clerical class as the Qajar dynasty was disposed by Reza Khan (later Reza Shah Pahlavi), a man who clashed many times with the clergy. The Shah had initiated a set of reforms aimed at modernizing the country. Along with this modernization effort the Women’s Awakening movement gained strength. This movement sought the elimination of the traditional Iranian chador from Iranian society. This movement was backed by the Shah who sought inspiration from western clothing for his society. The religious establishment were fiercely opposed to this and organized protests against obligatory Western dressing in Mashhad, resulting in the Shah ordering his soldiers to shoot at the crowds protesting.

      The policies of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the son and successor of Reza Shah Pahlavi, further sowed division between the clergy and the royal court. The young Shah’s role in the 1953 coup against the democratically elected Prime Minister Dr Mohammad Mossadeq, the failed “white revolution” which only served to further accelerate his unpopularity. Once more the clergy assumed the position of anti-imperialists in the Iranian political spectrum, arguing that the Shah was a dictator put in place by a non-Muslim Western power, the United States. As witnessed several times before, the clergy and the powerful merchant class, the Bazariis played a crucial role in forming the Iranian political landscape, this was also the case in 1979 when the clergy and the merchants came together to overthrow the monarchy.

      The Islamic revolution in Iran brought about a total change to the political landscape of Iran as Iranian politics was now contained within an Islamic framework, free from foreign meddling, imperialism and dependency. This is the platform which the modern Principalist movement still use in their political campaigns.

      Principalism focuses on broad conservative principles: loyalty to Islam and the Revolution, obedience to the Supreme Leader, and devotion to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih.

      This set of principles implicitly endorses the status quo and the current power structure. It is also a response to the reformist parties’ emphasis on change: free elections, freedom of the press and assembly and individual rights, and, implicitly, curbs on the almost unlimited power of the Supreme Leader, and limits on the authority of the Guardian Council to disqualify candidates for elective office.

      The Principalists include dozens of small cliques and political organizations each centred around a limited number of politicians, activists, clerics, and members of parliament and state institutions.

      The conservatism of these groups varies too. They fall generally into four categories:

      • Traditional conservatives may stand firm on social issues, such as Islamic dress for women and bans on gender mixing. But they are more open to possible reconciliation with centrist reformers, albeit with many caveats.
      • Another group of new conservatives cares less about social issues, but they are closely aligned with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military-security nexus whose influence has grown markedly in recent years.
      • A third conservative wing is closely allied to the bazaar merchants, importers, and shopkeepers.
      • A fourth branch, championed by former Ahmadinejad supporters, is populist in temperament and intent.

      In their drive for unity, almost all the conservative politicians now label themselves “Osul-garayan”, or “Principalists.”

      The reformist era of Iran is generally accepted to have occurred between the years 1997-2005, during President Khatami’s two terms in office.

      Khatami and his allies were the remnants of the Islamic left faction, hardliners who from 1979 to 1989 were the driving force behind many of the Islamic Republic’s signature policies. Domestically this included violently eliminating the political opposition to the Islamic Republic, enforcing strict Islamic morality through revolutionary committees and nationalizing Iran’s economy. They were behind the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran and were instrumental to the founding of Hezbollah in Lebanon. In the first decade of the newly found Islamic Republic they had been strongly backed by the Vali-e Faqih or Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and governed through the Executive under then Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi (1981-1989).

      Between 1988 to 1991, with the end Iran-Iraq War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, political stabilization of the state through social change, the Islamic left’s fortunes rapidly declined. Firstly the end of the war put an end to the state of emergency under which the Islamic left exercised their influence. Secondly, the collapse of the Soviet Union delegitimized the statist economy which had been used to govern the Iranian economy in the first decade of the Islamic Republic. Thirdly, the passing of Ayatollah Khomeini, the staunch backer of the Islamic left was a huge blow to their political power.

      Their rivals, the Islamic right faction, capitalized on this by selecting their own Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the new Supreme Leader and Rafsanjani as president, eliminating the Premiership from the constitution, veto-ing Islamic left election candidates through the Guardian Council, purging them from unelected state institutions, and more. Having been eliminated from the system, the Islamic left entered a period of retreat in which it reassessed its place in the Islamic Republic. They emerged from this process “reformed”, the namesake of their faction.

      After having lost their standing in the Islamic Republic’s powerful non-elected institutions, the newly formed Reformists under Mohammad Khatami regained political power by appealing to Iran’s restless segments of society yearning for change, and channel popular frustration through elected institutions.

      In an interview with the Rah-e No newspaper in 1998, Reformist theoretician Saeed Hajjarian characterized this strategy for achieving their goals as “pressure from below, negotiations from above.” The barren political landscape in Iran during the 1997 presidential election, including the lackluster Islamic right candidate Nateq Nouri, and the tacit support of Rafsanjani who by this time had distanced himself from Khamenei and the Islamic right, resulted in a landslide victory for Khatami.

      The initial shock of Khatami’s electoral victory did not faze the Islamic right who rallied under the banner of “preserving the principles of the revolution”, thus rebranding themselves as the Principalists.

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      The reformists won the Majlis elections of 2000, and Khatami was re-elected in 2001, the Principalists however were able to effectively block them through institutional obstructionism. In the 2004 Majlis elections, many prominent Reformist politicians were deemed unfit to stand for office by the powerful Guardian Council, an appointed and constitutionally-mandated 12-member council that wields considerable power and influence in the Islamic Republic. This strategy crippled the pillars of Reformist theoretician Hajjarians strategy of “negotiating from above”, by excluding them from political institutions.

      While the first incarnation of Hajjarian’s “pressure from below, negotiations from above” had failed, it was reinvented by the 2009 election campaign and its aftermath. By conducting an electrifying electoral campaign and using social media, Reformists would use the deep discontent that had built up during Ahmadinejad’s four years in office among certain segments of the population, and bring “pressure from below” by mobilizing this group onto the streets.

      This gave Reformists a new weapon to wield against Principalists in case of perceived electoral irregularities, using popular pressure to overturn the election results, elect Mousavi as president and thus restore their ability to “negotiate from above”.

      On June 12th, they used this weapon when the election results were announced in favor of the incumbent Ahmadinejad. While there were no actual evidence that proves electoral fraud, the widespread perception among certain segments of the Iranian population took to the streets en masse. This was made possible through the heavy use of social media by the Reformists. The Green movement, once more gave birth to Hajjarians “pressure from below, negotiations from above”.

      It did however not take long until the “pressure from below” resulted in severe consequences for the Reformists as their movement most resembles the color revolutions of former Soviet bloc countries such as Georgia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan. In color revolutions one faction within a regime creates “pressure from below” by mobilizing popular energy and channelling it into “negotiating from above” and improves its own position in the regime, usually in the context of allegations of electoral fraud. While this strategy was successful up to a point in the semi-authoritarian former Soviet bloc, in Iran the Principalist faction and IRGC rapidly mobilized to crush the uprising. Through the act of applying popular pressure on the IRI, the Reformists had crossed a ‘red-line’ and from this point were effectively purged from the system, once again destroying their ability to “negotiate from above”.

      The Saker: It is often said that the IRGC and the Basij are the Iranian “hardliners”. Is that true? What is their real political influence?

      Aram Mirzaei: Well, it is true that the IRGC and the Basij are connected to the so called “hardliners” or rather the conservative bloc. This is because The Pasdaran was from its inception an ideologically driven force that recruited heavily from the faithful supporters of the revolution’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In Iran, it is known even today that the most devout and faithful supporters of the Islamic Republic are those that join the IRGC and the Basij volunteer forces. Furthermore, most of the conservative bloc’s candidates for parliament and the presidency are former IRGC members and veterans of the Iran-Iraq war. As the veteran commander of the IRGC once said: “Unlike the army […] the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is in charge of safeguarding the revolution and its gains […]. we in the Revolutionary Guards give primary importance to the ideological and political dimensions more than the military ones.

      For a deeper insight into the IRGC, I would recommend you read my extensive article on the IRGC and the Basij here.

      The Saker: In the West, the IRGC and, especially, the Quds force are considered as evil “terrorists”. How are they seen in Iran?

      Aram Mirzaei: It really depends on who you’re asking. There are those that would answer that the IRGC are the saviours of the Islamic Republic, especially considering their role in defending the country against Saddam Hussein’s invasion in 1980. On the other hand, there are also those who despise the IRGC and the Basij due to their staunch loyalty to the Islamic Republic and their efforts to eradicate deviant elements of the daily political life. After all, the Islamic Republic made great efforts during the 1980’s to eliminate all opposing movements aiming at establishing alternative systems in Iran, such as communists, liberals and separatists. Needless to say, the IRGC and the Basij are very unpopular among most Iranian ex-pats and Sunni minorities such as Kurds and Baluchis, as both of these ethnic groups have relatively large separatist sentiments among their populations.

      The Saker: what are the various political forces/currents/movements in Iran today? Can you please list them, the main people who represent these forces, and what they political views/goals are?

      Aram Mirzaei: As mentioned above, the current divide in the Iranian political spectrum is between the Reformists and the Principalists. There are however a lot of fringe movements both inside and outside the country, with different goals and views. These range from islamists, to separatists, to monarchists and “liberals”.

      I’ve written before about the different separatist groups in Iran and their foreign backers. Mostly these can be found among the Sunni minorities of Western and Eastern Iran, but also among the Arab minority in Khuzestan who are fuelled and backed by the Gulf states in their anti-Iranian campaigns.

      Furthermore, there are terrorist groups such as the so called “People’s Mujahideen” (MEK), lead by Maryam Rajavi, the wife of the late Massoud Rajavi. The MEK is said to be driven by some mix of Islamic and Socialist ideology, something that they themselves deny. The U.S government claims that their ideology is a mix of Marxism, Islamism and feminism, but no one can really know for sure. What however can be said for certain is that the MEK’s main aim is to overthrow the Islamic Republic, despite having helped overthrowing the U.S backed Pahlavi regime and ever since the early days of the revolution. They have ever since changed many of their stances in pursuit of ideological opportunism, such examples include the shift in their anti-Zionist position to becoming “allies of Israel”.

      Since the Revolution, the MEK has also engaged in a lot of terrorist attacks, having killed an estimated 16 000 Iranians over the years. Key figures of the Islamic Republic have also been targeted such as Army Commander Ali Sayad Shirazi, Asadollah Lajevardi, director of Iran’s prison system, former President Mohammad-Ali Rajaei, former Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and former Chief of Justice Mohammad Beheshti. In 1981, they failed to assassinate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei but left him permanently disfigured, losing use of his right arm. Recent assassinations include targeting Iranian Nuclear scientists at the behest of Zionist orders.

      Ever since their failed invasion of Iran in 1988, the MEK has remained in exile in Iraq and nowadays in Albania where they continue to operate against the Islamic Republic.

      Other fringe groups are also the Communists, which used to be the second largest movement during the revolution after the Islamists. The Communists had a lot of members and mobilized themselves during the early days of the revolution, offering an alternative to the Islamic Republic. I don’t think I need to explain what the Communists were seeking to establish, but they failed mainly due to their own shortcomings rather than the animosity they faced from the Islamists. Yes, it is true that the Islamic Republic went to lengths to eradicate these Communist movements, but their greatest enemy was their own division where the largest parties split into several splinter factions due to internal disagreement between Maoists and Stalinists. The Communists were mostly destroyed after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, along with most other Communist movements across the world and remain today a very small group of ex-pats who pose little to no threat to the Islamic Republic.

      Lastly, there are the Monarchists. They mostly went into exile during the revolution, opting to pack up their wealth and moving to the U.S along with the Royal family. They continue to support the so called “heir” to the throne, Reza Cyrus Pahlavi, the son of the late Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to re-establish the monarchy, albeit with some minor “changes” to it. In their own words, they aim to establish a constitutional monarchy where the Shah is supposed to remain only a figurehead much like the European monarchies. Ironically, this is the same promise his father made to Iran before reneging on his promises and ruling the country with an iron fist. The Monarchists often align themselves with the MEK in their attempts to discredit the Islamic Republic, and often jump at any chance to do so. Just take a quick look at Twitter if you don’t believe me!

      The Saker: Islam can come in very conservative and in very progressive “modes”. It seems to me that thinkers like Ali Shariati or even Sayyid Qutb would represent a more progressive version of Islam, especially in social, economic and political terms. Is this correct? Who are the main thinkers, besides Ayatollah Khomeini, who influenced the Islamic Revolution and who are the most influential thinkers in Iran today?

      Aram Mirzaei: I would argue that Shariati was a Socialist Muslim thinker who tried to blend Shiism with a revolutionary fervour. He referred to his ideas as Red Shiism in contrast to what he perceived as black Shiism, the same kind that was prevalent during the Safavid Shahs and the Qajar dynasty. Black Shiism in this sense can be compared to the Limited Guardianship of the Jurisprudence as explained above. Shariati played a much larger role in the Islamic Revolution and the formation of the Islamic Republic than he is credited for. He suggested that the role of government was to guide society in the best possible manner rather than manage it in the best possible way. He believed that the most learned members of the Ulema should play a leadership role in guiding society because they best understand how to administer an Islamic value system based on the teachings of the Prophets of God and the 12 Shia Twelver Imams. He also argued that the role of the Ulema was to guide society in accordance with Islamic values to advance human beings towards reaching their highest potential—not to provide the hedonistic desires of individuals as in the West.

      At the same time Shariati was very critical of the contemporary Ulema and defended the Marxists. “Our mosques, the revolutionary left and our preachers,” he declared, “work for the benefit of the deprived people and against the lavish and lush… Our clerics who teach jurisprudence and issue fatwas are right-wingers, capitalist, and conservative; simply our fiqh is at the service of capitalism.” Despite this criticism of the Ulema, even today, many in the Islamic Republic, such as Khamenei praise Shariati for his influences.

      Another main influencer of the Islamic Revolution was the late Ayatollah Beheshti who served as Chief of Justice before his assassination in 1981. Beheshti was known to be the second in command of the Revolution, after Ayatollah Khomeini, and had it not been for his early death, he would most likely have been the one who succeeded him as Supreme Leader. Beheshti is also known to have been a mentor figure for several prominent politicians in the Islamic Republic, such as current President Hassan Rouhani, former President Mohammad Khatami, Ali Akbar Velayati, Mohammad Javad Larijani, Ali Fallahian, and Mostafa Pourmohammadi. Following the Revolution, he was part of the original Council of Revolution and played an important role in the formation of the Islamic Republic’s economy, promoting cooperative companies known as Ta’avoni. Instead of competition, in Ta’avoni companies there is no mediation between producer and consumer. He also asserted that in such as companies, rights belong to humans rather than stocks.

      The Saker: Tehran is the political capital of Iran. Qom is often considered the spiritual capital of Iran. Is that so? If so, how much influence/power does Qom have as compared to Tehran?

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      Aram Mirzaei: Yes, this is true, but one must also remember that the Mujtahids, both the ones in the Assembly of Experts and the ones in the Guardian Council, including the office of Supreme Leader are all educated in Qom. Thus Qom holds a significant influence over Tehran’s policies. One should not see these two cities as rivals as Qom mostly provides Tehran religious legitimacy. In this sense Qom holds a lot of power over Tehran as a centre of religious learning, offering guidance to Tehran’s policies. This was however not always the case as Qom stood as a major rival to Tehran during the pre-revolutionary times. Ayatollah Khomeini for example led his opposition to the Monarchy from Qom where his seminars played a major role in mobilizing the Ulema to unite under his banner.

      The Saker: Which are the officially “protected” religions of Iran and what is their status today? Would you say that these religions enjoy all the freedoms they need? What is the state’s view of these non-Islamic religions?

      Aram Mirzaei: Iran is home to many different religions and faiths, all of which have a long history in Iran. Iran is home to almost 300 000 Armenian Christians of the Armenian Apostolic Church and 20 000 Assyrian Christians, some 10 000 Jews and some 60 000 Zoroastrians.

      The officially recognized religions in Iran, aside from Islam of course, include Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. These religious minorities are protected by law and constitution, thus they are also entitled to hold parliamentary seats and have the right to exercise their faiths. Two seats are reserved for Christians in parliament, the largest minority faith, while Jews and Zoroastrians are allocated one seat each.

      Christianity in Iran dates back to the early years of the faith, pre-dating Islam. During the era of the two great Persian Empires, Armenia used to be an important part of Iran, as such it has always been a minority religion relative to the majority state religions (Zoroastrianism before the Islamic conquest, Sunni Islam in the Middle Ages and Shia Islam in modern times), though it had a much larger representation in the past than it does today. Currently there are at least 600 churches in the country, mostly found in northwestern Iran and the Tehran region.

      Jews have lived in Iran since the ancient times of the Persian Empires, and used to number about 50 000 citizens in Iran, many of which have today emigrated to Israel. Still some 10 000 Jews remain in Iran today and enjoy the same freedoms as Christians and Zoroastrians do. Ayatollah Khomeini even met with the Jewish community upon his return from exile in Paris, when heads of the community arranged to meet him in Qom. At one point he said:

      “In the holy Quran, Moses, salutations upon him and all his kin, has been mentioned more than any other prophet. Prophet Moses was a mere shepherd when he stood up to the might of pharaoh and destroyed him. Moses, the Speaker-to-Allah, represented pharaoh’s slaves, the downtrodden, the mostazafeen (oppressed) of his time.”

      At the end of the discussion Khomeini declared, “We recognize our Jews as separate from those godless, bloodsucking Zionists” and issued a fatwa decreeing that the Jews were to be protected.

      Zoroastrianism is the native religion of Iran and was the state religion of the two Persian Empires long before Islam was introduced. Even today, Zoroastrianism plays an important part in modern Iranian culture, as can be seen with the continued celebrations of the Iranian new year Nowruz. Low birth rates have affected the Zoroastrian community in Iran as their numbers have been on the decline for some time now. In 2013, they did however make headlines when Sepanta Niknam was elected to the city council of Yazd (a major stronghold of the Zoroastrian community) and became the first Zoroastrian councillor in Iran.

      The Saker: is there a big generational gap in Iran, especially in terms of politics? How would you compare the views/goals/beliefs of young Iranians vs the older generation?

      Aram Mirzaei: There is a debate today on whether or not there is a big generational gap in Iran. I would definitely argue that there is, as the difference between the older, revolutionary generation and the modern youth in Iran is pretty prevalent. Let us not forget that the Revolutionary generation grew up in much harsher conditions, in a very backward Iran that lacked infrastructure, education and many of the freedoms that the younger generation enjoy today. Furthermore, they never experienced the eight year long war with Iraq, thus they don’t remember the sacrifices that the Revolutionary generation had to make in order to save this country. Another point that should be made is the introduction of modern technologies in Iran. This has given the younger generation access to Western culture and influences, something that is much more of a threat to the Islamic Republic’s survival than any U.S threat of military action in my opinion. Ayatollah Khamenei often speaks about what he calls cultural warfare, or rather poisoning of the mind. I tend to agree with his analysis as many young people in Iran today have taken much of the decadent Western influences at heart and yearn for the Western lifestyle, something that I have witnessed myself whenever I’ve returned back to Iran. Comparing the Revolutionary generation, where politics played a major role in everyone’s lives, with the post-revolutionary generation who remains rather apolitical and care much less about the political lives of their parents, I can clearly see a pattern where passive Western values have gained a foothold in the minds of the younger generation. Whenever I’m in Iran, I often notice that the older generation often partake in political discussions whereas the younger generations prefer to occupy themselves with trivial matters.

      The state does recognize this and for this reason it has done its utmost to counter this terrible influence, hence why social media outlets such as Youtube and Facebook are from time to time banned in Iran. This lack of interests in politics has also dumbed down the youth in Iran who often fail to see that the suffering economy and hardships in the country are mostly to be blamed on U.S sanctions and economic terrorism by the Zionist Empire. Rather many tend to believe in the MEK’s Twitter lies that all of Iran’s money is going to fighting “freedom loving rebels” in Syria and “terrorizing the peaceful nation of Israel”, hence why the rioters and protesters earlier this year directed a lot of their chants against Syria and Palestine in an effort to vent their frustration towards rising prices on commodity and fuel instead of actually seeing the correlation between Washington’s reintroduction of sanctions and the failing economy of the Islamic Republic.

       
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      1. How the war with Iran will start:

        Trump the Slimmy Jelly Fish sitting in the Oval Office picking his nose….farting….watching pornography on the Internet…….

        A knock on the door….Mr. President……Trump:FUCK OFF I’M BUSY WITH SOMETHING……REALLY IMPORTANT!!!!

        MIKE POMPEO OUTSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE DOOR:”Mr. President…..John Bolton and I are here…..It’s time…..Iran has declared war against America……

        Donald Trump playing with himself:”Do what youse two guys gotta do….I’m busy right now….NOW FUCK OFF….!!!

        10, 000 Iranians obliterated…..8 thousand US Soldiers obliterated ….in first three days of fighting…..Mike Pompeo and John Bolton order a decapitating nuclear strike on the Iranian Leadership…………….Admiral Mike Mullens and the Village People straddling a much larger nuke in the bomb-bay of a B-52 singing “I want to be…..a mocho-macho man…..over a clear blue sky….over Tehran……release……..nuclear turd descending…..

        And this is how it all ends……………………………….flatline…………………….

        • Troll: Thulean Friend, Wally
      2. Saker

        Hopefully a miracle will happen….such as resistance by the canon fodder in the US Military…..However, I have very low expectations that this is ever going to happen……

        Due to the efforts of Retired Admiral Mike Mullin….the US Military has gone GLOBAL HOMO in OVERDRIVE……There is some bulldyke Commander of a US Navy Frigate who wants to make history to get the order to fire the first round of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at homophobic Iran…..GLOBAL HOMO NUCLEAR WWW3……..Admiral Mike Mullin and The Village People replacing Slim Pickens on that nuke……..

        Mullin…doesn’t mean bloody torn rectum in Gaelic?

        • LOL: follyofwar
        • Replies: @follyofwar
      3. Seraphim says:

        One may wonder why the discussion touches so lightly the problem of ‘Mahdism’ (Mahdawiyat) in Iran, once it recognizes that “modern Twelver Shia faith rest on the pillar of the Occultation, the belief that the messianic figure, also known as Mahdi, who in Shia theology is the last (Twelfth) infallible male descendant (Imam) of the prophet Mohammad, was born but disappeared, and will one day return and fill the world with justice and peace”.
        Mahdism is a messianic movement which holds that “The son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) will soon descend among you and will judge justly according to the Law of God: he will break the cross and kill the pigs, and there will be no Jizya” (i.e. the abolition of all religions except Islam). He will kill the False Messiah and then hand over the world to the Mahdi….
        “The hour will not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and kill them. The Jews will seek shelter behind stones and trees, but the stone or the tree will speak: “O servant of God, there is a Jew behind me, so come and kill him!”
        One can’t blame the Jews that they are on edge facing such pronouncements. You probably can understand why Russians are a bit suspicious of Iran’s intentions in Syria.
        But it was the Americans who created this situation by stabbing in the back their ally the Shah and bringing in Khomeini in a hardly comprehensible move (unless you believe that in their mind the new regime would become the springboard of an Islamic revolution in Soviet Union).

      4. Let me get this straight: the Guardian Council can’t vet candidates because that’s not democratic, but US state apparatchiks in appointive posts can administratively or forcibly prevent the election of candidates because that’s democratic.

        They can and did threaten Nader with arrest, arbitrarily detain Stein and Honkala, halt the count of votes for Gore, and blow RFK’s brains out to prevent the free expression of the will of the electors as required by the supreme law of the land, Article 25.

        Glad we’re clear on that.

        • Agree: Moi, bluedog
        • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
      5. The Iranian Goverment…..The Persian version of the Alt Right…

        ZAN A SHA MOTHAR GENDE……doesn’t this mean in Persian:Sha’s wife a whore……..

      6. Christian psychos unite!
        Pompey and Boltsforbrains sound the alarm!
        God says Iran must burn!
        So Christ can rapture the true elect
        And peace reign in the Millenial funny farm!

        • Replies: @Stan
      7. Talha says:

        One of the best presentations of the institution of Velayati Faqih I have ever read.

        Also, great read on the details of how the Iranian government works.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @Seraphim
      8. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        You too are waiting for the Mahdi?

        • Replies: @Talha
        , @Seraphim
      9. Talha says:
        @Seraphim

        Yes. This is a universal among Muslims (along with the Son of Mary [as] returning). The Sunnis differ on the person since we are waiting for him to be born (or to be revealed if he has been recently born) whereas the Shiah say he is born but in occultation and waiting to reveal himself.

        • Agree: Rabbitnexus
        • Replies: @Talha
      10. Talha says:
        @Talha

        A couple of points; the occultation idea is specifically a twelver Shiah doctrine (as opposed to, say, the Zaidi’s).

        Also, the institution of Velayati Faqih is specifically a Shiah one (and fairly recent); I certainly do not want Muslim scholars (ulema) running the government, they have a different role in society:

      11. AWM says:

        I may have missed it because this was a pretty long article, but I did not see a single thing about the S-300/400/500/750 Russian Air Defense System and how it is the last word in anti aircraft, missile, hypersonic and even particle beam defense! BRAVO

        I don’t know about you guys/gals/(other gender types) but I find this current crowd of Iranian Diplomats to be a rather bland lot. They really need to bring back “I’m a Dinner Jacket” because at least he communicated something, the rest of these guys might have already sold out to the Globalist Jewish Bankers (seriously, a real distinct possibility).

      12. @Seraphim

        You have to gather up some unrelated threads and petend something is much more prevalent than it is to try and make the Zionists seem justified in their endless aggression. Islam as such teaches the same things, Jews are scum and will eventually be hunted down and wiped out. The fact is Christianity also believes Jews will eventually be dead or converted too. Bottom line son, a lot of people want the Jews gone. Don’t go blaming Iran for holding fast to the principle of death to Zionism be cause Zionism is a filthy, evil satanic cult. As for how Jews are treated in Iran…need I remind you they live peacefully and have full protection and rights? Zionists are not Jews, they are Pharisees and as such children of Satan.

      13. Originally, I hail from western Iran, a place that is deeply rooted in my heart

        Apparently not rooted enough for him to return there. Really tired of diaspora fake nationalists who keep making excuses of why they will not go back.

        • Replies: @Moi
      14. joannf says:
        @Seraphim

        The real problem is (you are pointing out conflict between religious flavors) that humans are religious, delusional animals and the Iranian flavor (like most others, for sure) is claiming that religious ape laws are above natural law, more or less that when the Messiah/Mahdi/Omnipotent Human returns, gravity will likely stop.
        This and nothing else is the basic human problem and the reason why this species will eventually fuck off and die, hopefully before it has exterminated the entire ecosphere : because it reached an intelligence level that makes certain things possible long before that level enables full understanding of what’s actually going on.

        • Replies: @Vojkan
        , @Seraphim
        , @peterAUS
        , @Galan
      15. Seraphim says:
        @Seraphim

        Therefore you are expecting also that Jesus will come first to ‘break the crosses, kill the pigs, abolish jizya’ (no more mercy for those who won’t accept Islam), remove all “systems of disbelief in that period” (i.e. Christianity), impose the Sharia on everyone, fight the Dajjal (kill the Jews and lots of women, the main followers of Dajjal) and then bowing humbly behind the Mahdi and going to Mecca to ‘salute Mahomed’ (who would return the salute from the grave).
        Peace?

        • Replies: @Talha
      16. There will not be a war with Iran.
        They are just positioning Trump as the great Neocon opposer before the next term.

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
      17. As an American, I was persuaded by Mr. Mirzaei very quickly: After reading just a few of the first paragraphs above, I had such a strong desire to flee that I was ready to agree to leave Iran to itself and its ways for all eternity!

      18. Vojkan says:
        @joannf

        If we assume as monotheistic religions claim that God is Creator of all, including Nature and the laws of Nature, then religions that put themselves above the laws of Nature go against God’s will. Analogous reasoning can be applied to ‘progressive’ ideologies that pretend to care about ecology but reject the natural fabric when they find reality too inconvenient for their narratives.
        The problem isn’t that humans are religious, I see no problem in believing in good and beauty, but the problem definitely is that they’re delusional. The problem with delusional people is that they can’t be brought to reason, no matter how hard you try and what evidence you present. They just happen to find their beliefs more comforting than truth. So I guess war is a consequence of human delusions as inexorable as death is a consequence of life.
        It can be argued though that it is not belief in God per se that is source of evils but rather the belief in tangible manifestations of purported God’s will.

        • Replies: @Moi
        , @JoannF
      19. Seraphim says:
        @joannf

        You seem to be one who came to the ‘full understanding of what’s actually going on’. Could you help us to better understand?

      20. Moi says:
        @Talha

        Probably one of the best books I can recommend to a non-Muslim wishing to understand Islam is “Islam and the Destiny of Man,” by Charles Le Gai Eaton. One of the most beautifully written books on Islam I’ve come across.

        PS: The Muslim world is in desperate need of a Caliph Umar.

        • Replies: @Hossein
        , @Talha
      21. Moi says:
        @Thulean Friend

        A person who really loves and cares for his country will want to live there (unless for some reason s/he fears for his life or imprisonment).

      22. awry says:
        @Seraphim

        Jews believe that their God (or rather the collective narcissistic superego of the Jewish spirit) promised the world to them, his chosen people to rule over, and their Messiah will become the King of Earth, and the goyim will be either enslaved to them forever or genocided, depending on the particular Rabbi’s interpretation.
        One should not blame “anti-semites” being on the edge facing such pronouncements. You probably can understand why some are suspicious of the Israeli religious right and far-right’s intentions (for example their goal of building the “Third Temple” in Jerusalem).

      23. Moi says:
        @Vojkan

        Quran:

        “AND LO! Thy Sustainer said unto the angels: “Behold, I am about to establish upon earth one who shall inherit it.” They said: “Wilt Thou place on it such as will spread corruption thereon and shed blood -whereas it is we who extol Thy limitless glory, and praise Thee, and hallow Thy name?” [God] answered: “Verily, I know that which you do not know.”

        • Replies: @Vojkan
      24. @Seraphim

        Am very interested in what The Seraphim said, as follows: “But it was the Americans who created this situation by stabbing in the back their ally the Shah and bringing in Khomeini in a hardly comprehensible move…”

        Good morning, The Seraphim!

        I offer a theory which presents an American-Israeli Empire “comprehensible” advantage when the Shah was removed and replaced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s revolutionary government.

        After Reagan was elected POTUS, it is evident that US might military force was not open to crippling the infant Islamic Republic of Iran. Israel had bigger & long term plans, and subsequently, the Shia- dominant Iran grew in stability & strength to fight a bloody war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, which lasted almost a decade.

        Uh, a question. Who benefited from this horrific internecine M.E. Muslim war?

        This battle pitted Middle East-based Sunni and Shia Muslims which fit perfect for Israel’s “divide & conquer” advantage, and as astute Americans now know, the Reagan administration supported both sides of the Iran-Iraq war.

        At present, & as the pursuit for Israel’s Middle East hegemony intensifies, & the Neoconservative Trump adminiZration relentlessly plots for war against Iran, (Zigh), and meanwhile, back in Teheran, 😒 the besieged & internationally infuential Islamic Republic’s regime-change clock 😈ticks, ticks, ticks.

        In summary, international Zionist Jew-finance centers and corresponding Greater Israel proponents continue to enjoy the fruits of ZUSA’s Enemy #1, the principled Islamic Republic of Iran, as a “gift that keeps on giving.”

        Thanks Seraphim, regrets if I got too mystical.

        • Agree: Ilyana_Rozumova
        • Replies: @Talha
        , @ploni almoni
      25. Iran has not started a war in over 300 years and is not now a threat to the US and is not the terrorist nation that the zio/US claims and in fact the real terrorists are the zio/US and Israel and Britain and NATO and their creation of AL CIADA aka ISIS and all the offshoots thereof which the unholy trinity has used to destroy the mideast!

      26. “Simply put, Khomeini offers a compromise between Western Democracy and Islamic Sharia law. To understand this form of government, one must understand the background of Shia Islamic scholarship and the theological debate regarding Islamic government. As many already know, modern Twelver Shia faith rest on the pillar of the Occultation, the belief that the messianic figure, also known as Mahdi, who in Shia theology is the last (Twelfth) infallible male descendant (Imam) of the prophet Mohammad, was born but disappeared, and will one day return and fill the world with justice and peace. In this time of post-Occultation the theory of Velayat-e Faqih (Rule of the Jurisprudence), holds that Islam shall give a Faqih (Islamic jurist) custodianship over the people, in the absence of the Hidden Imam.”

        Religious gibberish!
        How rational can people be who accept such unproven and unprovable nonsense?
        What rational principles could you possibly point to, in order to persuade them?
        A rational conversation simply isn’t possible with anyone who accepts such superstitious nonsense as their starting point….

        • Agree: Fran Taubman
        • Replies: @foolisholdman
        , @anon
      27. Hossein says:

        Velayt Faqih is basically Persian neo imperialism . Khomeini and his cohorts have used such deceptive strategy not on behalf of Islam or Muslims but rather as a tool to establish an empire on ruins of middle east.
        The current regime in Iran is not ISLAMIC . It is a reactionary and fiercely Persian ethnocentric system that even allows and supports the debunked and racist ideas of Aryanism and Persian exceptionalism .
        Almost 60% of Iran are non Persians and yet the assault on their existence ,economical, cultural and ethnicities is rarely mentioned by those who support this theocratic and ethnocentric regime.

      28. Hossein says:
        @Moi

        And the Persian regime is fiercely anti Omar , a great Muslim leader, who is villified and demonised by the regime in Tehran as an Arab vicious conqueror and the one who annihilated their “Empire”.

        • Replies: @anon
      29. There is no way American Jews can start the war with Iran without killing the goose (America) which lays its golden eggs. The need for Israel to get rid of Iran is now balanced against the American Jews’ need to maintain control over the American peasant class.
        If they crack the whip too hard, the Amerigolem will turn on them in unpredictable ways.

        • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
      30. anon[370] • Disclaimer says:
        @Hossein

        No it doesn’t disrespect Omar over the issue of attack on Iran. It does not recognize the authenticity of Omar because it thinks Ali should have been prophet . Having said that Iran became Shia 400-500 yrs ago for political reason It was sunni until then . Hatred of Omar is a projection by the Saudi Sunni royals who are inspired by the Jew .

        • Agree: Moi
      31. anon[370] • Disclaimer says:
        @Hossein

        Blaming Iran is the crying despair of the Saudi Wahabi who sold them selves to the British Jewish plot in 1920. Nothing new here .

        • Replies: @Fran Taubman
      32. @TimeTraveller

        With logic, TimeTraveler emphasized:
        “If they (Israel Jews) crack the whip too hard, the Amerigolem will turn on them in unpredictable ways.”

        Good point, TimeTraveler, and thanks.

        The “whip” is used upon “Homelanders” with gradual connivance and conquest purpose. 😒 At certain points of administered economic reward & deprivation, converts and dissidents to Zionization emerge. *

        No matter the genesis (origin), The Protocols of Zion offer a doable & perpetual business plan. And to paraphase Josef Stalin’s good🙄 cynical question, “How many divisions does the (Zio-engineered) divided “Amerigolem” have?”

      33. Talha says:
        @Seraphim

        You don’t believe the Son of Mary (pbuh) will come back and fight everyone who disbelieves in Him? I thought all Christians took the Book of Revelations seriously. As far as who rules afterwards, it is unclear; some signs point to the Mahdi (as) ruling while others point to Jesus (as) ruling, marrying, having children, dying a regular death and then being buried in Madinah (where an open spot has been reserved for him at the main mosque).

      34. Talha says:
        @ChuckOrloski

        For consideration:

        Loose cannon…? I do know he was making overtures to the Saudis back in the day:

        Peace.

        • Replies: @Republic
        , @ChuckOrloski
      35. Talha says:
        @Moi

        Excellent book! Highly recommended!

        Wa salaam.

      36. Republic says:
        @Talha

        Aug. 18, 1955 photo, King Saud of Saudi Arabia and his host, the Shah of Iran, travel by jeep on the way to view Iranian army …

        • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
      37. @Rabbitnexus

        Khomeini declared, “We recognize our Jews as separate from those godless, bloodsucking Zionists” and issued a fatwa decreeing that the Jews were to be protected.

      38. @100MT, 38º 89' N, 77º 03' W

        All can see Tulsi Gabbard and the tripwires placed in her path. These are being placed by the Democrats, Republics, MSM, MIC and the ordinary Amenicans who know deep in their hearts that their country is an empire.
        I’m so sick of hearing that the average American is dumb, believes the MSM, and doesn’t know what his government does.
        I think the average dumbfuck in USA is smart and knows he’s getting an easy ride because of the JUSSA Empire.
        But time is limited and the two huge oceans will not be a deterrent much longer.

        • Agree: RobinG
      39. Ken5093 says:

        Bolton + Pompeo + AIPAC = New US/Iran War. It is so obvious that Israel will stop at nothing to get another Middle Eastern War started, which will only benefit them! Israel get’s Regional Security and US is promised Oil which, like in Iraq, we never got and gave all Iraq’s Petroleum too the Iraqi Kurds and Northern Iraw which is now considered “Greater Kurdistian”.

        As usual, the TAIL (Israel) wags the DOG (United States) Finally never lose sight Trump is firmly in the pocket of Tel-Aviv/Jerusalem. Netanyahu speaks into Trump’s ear and then Trump does what they want. America fights wars for Israel, pays for them, sacrifices LIVES for them and Israel sits back on it’s FAT JEWISH ASSES and get’s rich off the BLOOD of Americans!!! (…would not surprise me if Jarred Kushner is the Anti-Christ hiding in plain sight also!!)

        • Agree: DESERT FOX
        • Replies: @DESERT FOX
      40. @Hossein

        ‘…Almost 60% of Iran are non Persians and yet the assault on their existence ,economical, cultural and ethnicities is rarely mentioned by those who support this theocratic and ethnocentric regime.’

        Jeepers! I guess we should fix it, then.

        I’m sure our intervention will improve matters. And after all, Iran is almost exactly on the other side of the planet from us. It’s clearly our concern.

      41. @Fuerchtegott

        ‘There will not be a war with Iran.
        They are just positioning Trump as the great Neocon opposer before the next term.’

        So one hopes.

        However, I have painful memories of 2003. We were supposedly going to try to make Iraq into ‘a secular democracy with a tilt towards Israel.’

        I figured that was just boilerplate. They couldn’t possibly seriously intend to try to do that.

        They did intend it. They tried.

        Never overestimate our masters.

      42. In my opinion the tail and the dog are one and the same , it is a zionist dog and a zionist tail ab

      43. @Talha

        ‘…As far as who rules afterwards, it is unclear; some signs point to the Mahdi (as) ruling while others point to Jesus (as) ruling, marrying, having children, dying a regular death and then being buried in Madinah (where an open spot has been reserved for him at the main mosque).’

        Do tell. What, specifically, are your sources for this? I’m not being skeptical — I just want to be able to cite a better authority than ‘this guy on the internet.’

        • Replies: @Talha
      44. @Ken5093

        In my opinion the tail and the dog are the same zionist dog and zionist tail and the zio/US has been this way since 1913 with the introduction on America of the zionist privately owned FED and the IRS and thus began the wars for profit for the zionist banking kabal and the zionist controlled MIC, all one and the same!

        • Replies: @Moi
      45. @Republic

        Hey republic!

        Am looking for a major event (sign) which would position the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an undeclared 🙄ally of nuclear weapon-endowed Israel, and further the Anglo-American Zionist Empire’s goal to dominate politics in the Middle East.

        Under-researched & certainly unknowing what actually goes on behind Zio-Superpower curtains, & subsequently inexact, I suggest it all grew legs during Desert Shield, & after The New World Order, 🙄 President G.H.W. Bush, spent Thanksgiving Day with the “troops,” stationed at a Saudi Arabia base.

        Thanks republic, please refer to article, below, & maybe respond to me?

        https://www.britannica.com/place/Saudi-Arabia/The-Persian-Gulf-War-and-its-aftermath

        P.S.: Instead of them, & at present, the KSA royals would appreciate my “Homeland’s” launching a devastating attack upon the Islamic Republic of Iran.

        • Replies: @Republic
      46. Stan says:
        @SeekerofthePresence

        A more nuanced analysis would be

        Evangelical psychos unite. Evangelicals are the proponents of the Christian Zionist lunacy.

        • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
      47. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
        @Hossein

        […not on behalf of Islam or Muslims but rather as a tool to establish an empire on ruins of middle east.]

        Shut up liar Jewish mass murderer. You are part of the criminal Jewish mafia thieves who is trying to deceive the public identifying yourself with a Shiite name like ‘Hossein’. Go and kiss Netanyahu’s behind David, cohen, jacob, or Aaron idiot.

        This garbage that you copied from a Jewish mafia liar, entered the market by Jewish zionist baby killers, like William SAFIRE, at New York Times, a jewish mafia propagandist outlet, more than twenty years ago.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Safire

        You either shut up or get a course in Iran history 101 to prevent people laughing at you.

        Now, William Safire is sleeping in his grave since 2009, where you and the criminal Jewish mafia baby killers soon will join him. Amen

      48. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
        @Hossein

        @Hossein

        […not on behalf of Islam or Muslims but rather as a tool to establish an empire on ruins of middle east.]

        You are part of the criminal Jewish mafia thieves who is trying to deceive the public by identifying yourself with a Shiite name like ‘Hossein’. Go and kiss Netanyahu’s hands David, cohen, jacob, or Aaron idiot.

        People of this site: Hossein is not Muslim rather is a ZIONIST JEW identifying himself by a Shiite’s name. The US department disinformation propaganda campaign ALSO spread propapaganda using Shiite names like ‘Hisham Alavi’ or ‘Ali Alavi’ or ‘Ali Safavi’

        This garbage that you have copied from a Jewish mafia liar, entered the market by Jewish zionist mafia, like William SAFIRE, at New York Times, a jewish mafia propagandist outlet, more than twenty years ago.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Safire

        You either shut up or get a course in Iran history 101 to prevent people laughing at you.

        Now, William Safire is sleeping in his grave since 2009, where you and the criminal Jewish mafia baby killers soon will join him. Amen

        Hossein is a zionist jewish TROLL, not a Muslim, or Iranian.

      49. anonymous[191] • Disclaimer says:

        This in-depth analysis of the Iranian government’s system aside, why do Iranians not want to live there? They would rather live in the west with all it’s flaws. Nevertheless, I think Iran should be left alone to solve it’s own problems and we should not accept it’s people as immigrants. Just trade with them but don’t interfere with their internal affairs.

      50. This is pitiful. By saying that Ali Shariati represents “progressive Islam” the Saker is saying that Leon Trotsky represents “progressive Judaism.” The Government of the Jurisprudent is only an excuse for one group to seize power for themselves, like “Government of the Feminists” or “Government of the Rabbis.” The good, but thoroughly brainwashed, man says the Marja (the highest, most solipsistic, circular thinking Mullah, which means some one like John Hagee) “has only the right to rule the Islamic Republic for as long as the Twelfth and final Imam remains in Occultation.” Similarly, Hagee will have to relinquish his distinguished pastorship when Jesus returns, or Hagee dies, whichever comes first.

        Since the Twelfth Imam went into occultation at the age of five around the year 865 (by descending into the cellar of his dead father’s house) the chance of him coming back is as good as that of Haile Selassie for the Rastafarians. And at least Haile Selassie existed once whereas the 12th Imam is as fictional as Mickey Mouse (which is why he had to go into occultation, because his recently deceased father had no children). But the Twelfth Imam is only half as lovable as the Hulk. When he comes back he will be hell bent on revenge and “punishing the guilty.” That includes just about everyone.

        And as any reasonable Shiite will tell you, including Mullahs if you are intimate terms with them, nobody believes in the one thousand two hundred year old Imam anyway, although one dearly departed noted Mullah has stated as “proof” of the Twelve Imam Shiite Occulted Imam dogma that “no-one can prove that someone cannot live twelve hundred years.” And there’s the catch. You can’t prove it the same way you can’t prove that Putin didn’t put Trump in power. Can the Saker recognize solipsism and circular thinking when he hears it or has he lost it?

        Of course we need more information on Iran. Just as we need more information on the US. But do you want to get that information from John Bolton? Or would you like to hear about Israel from Netanyahu? Of course it is better that Mullahs rule that country rather than Republicans or Democrats.

      51. @ChuckOrloski

        The Americans stabbed the Iranian people in the back when they overthrew Mossadegh and put him under house arrest for life.

      52. @Talha

        Hi Talha!

        Thanks for providing the Shah’s impressive discussion with Mike Wallace.

        Given his outspoken & convincing attitude about the huge exercise of Jewish power over the US, I figure he knew his days as Shah of Iran were numbered, as were those of President Mossadegh.

        Very hard for me to comprehend how the Islamic Republic of Iran’s revolutionary leadership (1979) could simultaneously brand the “Morning in America” USA,🇱🇷 The Great Satan, and then faithfully cling to hopes for the Shia-majority Muslim country’s government survival. 🤔

        During the Iran-Iraq war, the Reagan administration proved what really was/is, & screwed both Muslim nations which soon became openly advertised PNAC-targets for regime change, to which Israel was beneficiary.

        In summary, down went Mossadegh, Shah Pahlavi, and regrettably now, the principled Islamic Republic of Iran leadership could expect ZUSA “Fire and Fury,” and afterward, let the Proude Spirit (Tel Aviv/D.C.-based) prevail & sort it all out. 😈

        Thanks & peace be with you, Talha!

        • Replies: @Talha
      53. Talha says:
        @Colin Wright

        A few strong hadith:
        “The Hour will not be established until the Son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the Jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it (as charitable gifts).” – reported in Bukhari

        “There is no prophet between me and him, that is, Jesus (pbuh). He will descent (to the earth). When you see him, recognize him: a man of medium height, reddish fair, wearing two light yellow garments, looking as if drops were falling down from his head though it will not be wet. He will fight the people for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill swine, and abolish jizyah. Allah will perish all religions except Islam. He will destroy the Antichrist and will live on the earth for forty years and then he will die. The Muslims will pray over him.” – reported in Abu Dawud

        I personally have not come across the ones about him getting married and having children and such in very authentic collections, so take it or leave it, but I have read it in lesser known or less authentic collections, but I have heard it plenty of times in lectures (see below MORE tag) so it seems to be a given – this could be because, well; 1) it’s something one can choose to believe or not or 2) there may be enough weak hadith on the matter to strengthen the narrative as a whole.

        Peace.

        [MORE]

      54. Republic says:
        @ChuckOrloski

        Hi Chuck

        thanks for that link, my observations:

        Since the first meeting of FDR and king Ibn Saud on the Great Bitter Lakes,Egypt on the USS Quincy on February 14, 1945 the US government has been very close to the Saudi government especially so in the financial sphere with the Jeddah meeting of 1974 when Kissinger made a deal with the Saudis to support the dollar.

        Today the US financial hold over the Saudis is much weaker and Saudi Arabia
        Has many more options.

        Hopefully the current tensions in the Gulf may lead to some
        Miscalculation by the mercurial Muhammad ibn Salman which
        Will assign that odious regime in Riyadh to the dustbin of history

      55. Talha says:
        @ChuckOrloski

        Hey Chuck,

        Glad you found the clip to be of interest. I honestly don’t know exactly what to think. It seems to me there was potential double-crossing and bad assumptions and perhaps they thought things would go one way, but the situation got out of their control. I wish I had the answers.

        One thing though, that very frank assessment about the Lobby’s control over the US government could not have ended well for him. Did you hear him say (at 1:35) “…I’m going to stop there.”? I wonder if he was privy to way too much knowledge and became an unreliable asset.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
      56. Galan says:
        @joannf

        The Messiah is scary being. The Jewish version enslaves and exterminates the goyim. The Christian and Muslim version does the same to Jews. If this is just some story for scary movie one can forget about it. But no, there are a significant section of the followers of the Abrahamic religions who work hard to force the Messiah come soon. They want to translate and force their prediction into reality. That is this Messiah has no independence, he cannot choose when and where to come to. The believers can push him to come as soon as they want. He also must kill and enslave. Very scary. I think this crazy Messiah is already here. It must be one of these: Trump, Netanyahu, Khamenei, Putin, Modi….

        Why imagine a murderous Messiah, why not imagine an independent, intelligent and benign one. One that is knowledgeable, smart, wise, compassionate and capable of solving all the mysteries of life in a ways that are satisfactory for each and every being and creation. If God is all powerful he can send us such a Messiah and no one can stop him. If we are free to imagine a crazy Messiah, we are free too to imagine a sane one.

        Religion should not be included in platforms of political parties. Ideally the two should not mix. This does not mean all religion is harmful. Religion can be useful. Believers drive spiritual sustenance from it. The rituals of religion can help organise individual lives. Religion can teach honesty, integrity, forgiveness, and compassion. These are good social values that can help politics function properly. But, political, economic, and social programs should be based on rational debates and scientific grounds.

        In practice many countries mix religion and politics. Their freedom to choose whatever mix of secularism and religion that works for them should be respected. But, they should never be allowed to force their politics of religion on other countries.

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
        , @Moi
      57. @Talha

        Greetings to Talha and republic!

        Am pleased to be not talking to myself here at this article thread, and how both of you have indulged polite & possibly productive exchanges which could tip toward understanding.

        To republic:
        Had no information on “the Jeddah meeting of 1974 when Kissinger made a deal with the Saudis to support the dollar.” Presumably, this was the magic “dollar,” Neo-Reserve Currency, no longer backed by gold supply? Hm. Thanks, r! I ain’t claim to be no (💤 igh) Nobel Krugman.

        To Talha:
        Yes, I did hear him “say (at 1:35) “…I’m going to stop there.”? I wonder if he was privy to way too much knowledge and became an unreliable asset.”
        At minimum, I think Shah loyalists remaining in the Savak knew the CIA was at work & letting the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Paris, France-based revolution to proceed, and perhaps they even let Pahlavi know that he would be given a post-Revolution Right to Life,🤗 & top medical treatment in the Zionist West.

        Thanks so much my Brothers & a Joyous Fathers Day to you!

      58. @Talha

        [i]’A few strong hadith…'[/i]

        Theologically, what’s interesting about this is that it moves Islam to a position like that of Mormonism with respect to Christianity. It becomes a heresy, adding a prophet. After all, Arian Christianity held that Christ was man rather than God. There’s nothing novel there — although it’s decidedly no longer an accepted teaching.

        • Replies: @Talha
      59. @Galan

        ‘The Jewish version enslaves and exterminates the goyim. The Christian and Muslim version does the same to Jews…’

        ? Where’d you get that from? The Christian version is that all the Jews realize their mistake, accept Christ, and everything’s peachy.

        • Replies: @RobinG
      60. Hossein says:
        @Hossein

        @anonymouse

        Slow down dude. Khomeini’s first move after ascending to power, with help from imperialism, was to help ignite the war against their secular neighbors mainly Afghanistan and Iraq.
        The dope dealers of northern alliance in Afghanistan who fought against the secular government were all supported by the Persian mullas and their handlers in the west.
        The reward for such atrocious action against their neighbors was none other than weapons from the great Satan during Reagan administration. Remeber the Contra affair.

        Apparently the Persian mullas have an affinity for dope dealing terrorists such as the Contras and the heroin dealers of northern alliance.

        BTW your “anti imperialist ” mullas bought more guns from the Zionists than any other entity in the 80,s.

        Cheers .

      61. @War for Blair Mountain

        And where is the anti-war movement with Trump’s WWIII right around the corner? Is Code Pink out on the barricades all by themselves? It was reported on Tucker Carlson that only 8% of the US population is in favor of bombing Iran. But then why aren’t they out in the streets? Or is the brain dead media not reporting it?

      62. @Stan

        Thank you, nuance noted:
        Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Dominionists, CUFI,
        pseudo-Christian neocons,
        independent church dispensationalists, megachurch drones.
        Unfortunately, that’s a lot of voters.

      63. Talha says:
        @Colin Wright

        Agreed – if you look at the earliest criticisms of Islamic doctrine from Christian writers, they specifically called us an Ishmaelite heresy. Saracens was derived from the phrase of “those sent away by Sarah*”…well, we’re back.

        Peace.

        *Though this whole angle is entirely absent in the Quranic narrative; there is no indication that Lady Sarah (as) was annoyed at and demanded that Lady Hajar (as) be sent away.

      64. @Talha

        “3 …truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” 1John1 NKJV

        Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe and will settle all disputes like ice in summer’s noon.

        • Replies: @Talha
      65. @Rev. Spooner

        Oceans are no defense against hypersonic missiles, glide vehicles, and new Borei class submarines with Poseidon city/carrier busting torpedoes.
        Any cold warrior who ignores the new technological threats is living in the stone age and will find Everest dropped on his head.

      66. @Hossein

        Not from the Ponderosa, Eden, 😏 Hossein fast-tracked, and said: “Slow down dude. Khomeini’s first move after ascending to power, with help from imperialism, was to help ignite the war against their secular neighbors mainly Afghanistan and Iraq.”

        Hey Hoss!

        Above, interesting stuff, thanks, but as you know, the ex-CIA, President Saddam Hussein, had great interest in Iraq’s control of the Shat Al Arab instead of the new Islamic Republic of Iran.

        Linked below & fyr, is a WaPo article, October 1980. I for one figure Zionists had advantageous affinity for sustaining the almost decade long-war between Iraq and Iran and had plans established for the aftermath.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/10/05/khomeini-rejects-new-truce-offer-calls-for-victory/e641c4d9-edd6-4e6f-ab46-aea3ec7e5d9a/?utm_term=.2fc5a31209dc

      67. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        I certainly do not believe that the Christ would come to destroy Christianity, as you do and obviously hope for. No Christians who take their Scriptures seriously (and who actually read and understand them) could possibly believe such insane garbage, which is actually a declaration of jihad against the Christians.
        You are as usual beating around the bush and avoiding to answer the question. Do you think that this kind of in your face declarations of what the Muslims want to do to Christians would be taken lightly, even when you wrap them in ‘Peace’ greetings? Do you wonder where ‘Islamophobia’ came from?

        • Replies: @AnonStarter
        , @Talha
      68. Talha says:
        @SeekerofthePresence

        Well, we obviously disagree with that description but we can both agree to abide by whatever he says as judge and arbiter when he returns.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
      69. @Seraphim

        And what do you, Seraphim, say will happen to non-Christians upon the return of Jesus?

        • Replies: @Talha
      70. @Talha

        Hi Talha,

        I read about the Velayati Faqih as a theocracy, and I agree in principal with the judges grounded in Islamic law to protect the people from corruption and the fall into materialism and decadence.
        But it appears that no matter what or who is in control, democratic, capitalism, socialism, religious theocracies corruption sets in no matter what. It is just human nature, I find Khomeini’s views honorable, with regards to muslims.
        What is really frightening and at the very crux of the ME turmoil was Khomeini’s twisted time and place view of the Jews in the Koran, he went all out for genocide of the Jews, not just Zionist. It is defect the freak out of the Jews in the ME as he calls for another holocaust, you can be that Israel will strike first. Before the revolution the Persians and the Jews and Israel were close.

        http://www.thetower.org/article/on-the-roots-and-branches-of-shia-anti-semitism/

        • Replies: @Moi
      71. @Talha

        The white elephant in the room, and the slight of hand used to present genocide towards the Jews as wiping out only the Zionist and not the Jews, no bullshit Khomeini went after the Jews, the Jews and Israel know it, it is 99% of what it is all about over there, Israel knows that genocide is on the table and they will strike first. How can such an ideology following the revolution be allowed to propagate with proxies all over the ME, and this Islamist make up stuff about Israel to fit their pernicious hatred all lies.
        I tagged the entire article to the bottom. For me this is the nutshell of what is going on over there. You can run but not hide behind Zionism is the problem, no he meant the Jews.

        The Islamic Republic of Iran was founded on an extreme interpretation of Shi’a Islam. Hatred of Jews played a central role.

        [MORE]

        Khomeini’s ideology changed that. His absolute Wilayat al-Faqih (“Rule of the Jurisprudent”) concept, which vested totalitarian power over all religious, political, and military affairs in a learned cleric, demanded that the Shi’a turn to activism to improve their worldly lot. It drew on the image of Ali as the victor of the Battle of Khaybar—a 7th century battle between Muslims and an Arabian Jewish tribe—instead of the rejected successor of Muhammad who passively waited his turn in the line of Caliphs, and Hussein’s armed rebellion rather than his martyrdom. These icons of Shi’a passivity thus became rallying calls of rebellion. Under Khomeinism, Ashoura changed from a day of mourning to a day of Shi’a strength and rage. The Shi’a would now act to bring about the divine deliverance, rather than await it passively.
        But Khomeini’s ideology contained a furious and often violent strain of anti-Semitism, which he worked to cultivate among all of his Shi’a followers.
        Khomeini’s brand of Shi’a Islamism derives its hostility toward the Jews from a mix of the often-negative portrayal of Jews in Islamic holy texts, Islamism’s unique take on Jews, and Khomeini’s own anti-Semitic teachings.
        The Qur’an and the hadith, as well as later narratives of Muhammad’s life, codified for all time the tensions and hostilities between Arabia’s Jewish communities and Muhammad. This atmosphere of conflict was fostered by the Muhammad’s inability to accept the Jews’ rejection of his claims of prophecy and the multiple battles Muhammad fought against them. Moreover, much like Christianity before it, Islam had to negate Judaism’s continuing validity in order to establish its legitimacy as a successor faith. And just like Christianity, this rejection was canonized in Islam’s holy texts through harsh invective and polemic against Jews and Judaism. In fact, some accusations against Jews in the Qur’an, such as being murderers of the prophets or having incurred God’s wrath, were derived from Christian texts.
        Although he considered Jews “wretched” occupiers of Islamic land and accused them of having burned and destroyed the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Khomeini did not claim that their evil nature and enmity toward Islam were caused by Zionism or the political struggle over Palestine. To Khomeini and his successors, Judaism itself was the problem, while Zionism was only a manifestation of it.

        http://www.thetower.org/article/on-the-roots-and-branches-of-shia-anti-semitism/

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
      72. @Hossein

        Hey Hoss!

        You in a different time zone, I suspect?

        At any rate, linked below is a Patrick Cockburn article which discussed Saddam’s rise to power in Iraq?

        Thanks, and I trust you will respond here!

        https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/revealed-how-the-west-set-saddam-on-the-bloody-road-to-power-1258618.html

      73. Talha says:
        @Seraphim

        Ok, so you don’t believe Christ (pbuh) will come and militarily challenge his enemies and defeat them in battle. That’s fine. I wonder what your interpretation of Revelations is then…

        Do you think that this kind of in your face declarations

        God declares whatever He wants to; when He decides that Christ (pbuh) will come to bring everyone to Islam, take it up with him when he arrives – not my problem. I’m probably not even going to be around at the time.

        • Replies: @Seraphim
      74. Talha says:
        @AnonStarter

        They are going to be given ice cream…oh wait…

        This is called a virtue signaling fail.

        Wa salaam.

        • Replies: @AnonStarter
        , @Seraphim
      75. @Talha

        Wa ‘alaikumus-salaam.

        /They are going to be given ice cream/

        I’ll take pistachio.

        I should let you know that I’m pretty assiduous with the image blocking, akhi. You’ll have to excuse my missing it, I’ve good reasons which I’m sure you can appreciate.

        In any event, Seraphim seems rather reluctant to divulge what his vision of the end times entails. I wonder why that might be.

        was-salaam.

        • Replies: @Talha
      76. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        Ice cream would be better than salami, which consumed in too great quantities gives you food poisoning. As does ingestion of BS. Good appetite.

      77. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        If it’s not your problem why don’t you stop talking about?

        • Replies: @Talha
        , @Colin Wright
      78. RobinG says:
        @Colin Wright

        Is there more than one “Christian” version? I’ve heard that everything will be peachy for those Jews who accept Christ and convert, the rest going straight to Hell.

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
      79. Talha says:
        @Seraphim

        Some people (including you) asked me questions, why did you engage me on the first place…?

      80. @Seraphim

        ‘If it’s not your problem why don’t you stop talking about?’

        He’s a sinister agent of Islam, sent to subvert us all.

        His deep-laid plot has already succeeded. We might as well surrender gracefully.

        • LOL: Talha
        • Replies: @Talha
        , @Seraphim
      81. @RobinG

        ‘Is there more than one “Christian” version? I’ve heard that everything will be peachy for those Jews who accept Christ and convert, the rest going straight to Hell.

        Well, Catholic theology allows for certain specified exceptions, but in general, that’s true of everyone, Jew or no.

      82. RobinG says:
        @Rev. Spooner

        I think the average dumbfuck in USA is smart and knows he’s getting an easy ride because of the JUSSA Empire. ….ordinary Americans who know deep in their hearts that their country is an empire.

        Their hearts? Isn’t it their lizard brains?

      83. Talha says:
        @Colin Wright

        I like the cut of your jib, Chief,

        Peace.

      84. Talha says:
        @AnonStarter

        assiduous with the image blocking

        Very cool, mashaAllah! I remember my spiritual teacher once advising that we should be extremely careful with our internet usage. He said this is the age in which a person could lose decades of spiritual progress and cleansing his heart over just a few heedless minutes on the internet – very scary stuff.

        The image is one of Jesus (pbuh) as described in Revelations; as a king atop a steed, with a sword coming out of his mouth and blood-spattered clothing – he means business.

        He will indeed be a sight to see (a report in Durr al-Manthur mentions he will descend wearing armor); I would imagine that he wields a weapon quite well, no?

        I wonder why that might be.

        Perhaps to keep that little hippo named Chrissy from getting out its cage.

        Wa salaam.

      85. Seraphim says:
        @Colin Wright

        Oh, yes, we are about to die laughing.

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
      86. @Talha

        Jesus “breaking crosses and killing pigs” when he returns is not a child speaking, but an idiot. Would Jesus not find better things to do? The common inability to discern nonsense from reality in the Islamic world—and that includes Bukhari— is truly appalling—and an insult to Muhammad. And if it is a “strong hadith” that just means that there are many idiots in the chain.

        • Replies: @Seraphim
        , @Talha
      87. Moi says:
        @DESERT FOX

        Tail of dog, head of dog. Same difference 🙂

      88. Moi says:
        @Galan

        Prophet Moses is the most mentioned prophet in the Quran. Muslims do not hate Jews or think they will go to hell. Yup, Muslims hate Apartheid, Land-grabbing Israel. Who has religion right and who has it wrong, only God will decide.

      89. Moi says:
        @Fran Taubman

        C’mon, Fran, the author of that article is with the FFD, a Zio organization.

        • Agree: Talha
      90. Seraphim says:
        @ploni almoni

        If you refer to the video that Talha believes it would confound us, then yes, it is obviously a child arrested in his intellectual development, despite growing an impressive beard, an idiot, speaking (he is American, BTW).
        But that is relevant for the intellectual level of Talha himself, at the end of a ‘chain’ of idiots (not ‘many’, but all). He is like these people (monolingual English mostly) who, when confronted with people who do not speak their lingo, think that the only way to convey their message is to repeat louder and slower (smiling condescendingly all the way) their point. They believe that when people tell them to f***off, they are asking for more explanations!

      91. Talha says:
        @ploni almoni

        That’s fine if you don’t accept the hadith, not my problem. I certainly don’t have a problem with it. If the Divine has decided at some point to send His messenger back to; a) right the forces of Dajjal and defeat them and b) have the survivors bend the knee and convert…I personally don’t see anything strange about it. We are after all talking “end times” here where the world is going through its last stage before the Hour anyway; it’s just cleaning up some loose ends.

        It’s either going to happen or not; I guess we’ll find out if we’re around.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @ploni almoni
      92. Playground. Isn’t it?
        Still no time to to get serious?
        Or it never will be?
        Like waiting for second coming of Christ!

      93. Vojkan says:
        @Moi

        I can’t hit the LOL button because I don’t comment enough on Unz, but anyway, LOL.

      94. Avery says:
        @Hossein

        {Almost 60% of Iran are non Persians…}

        Where did you get that number?
        What is the source of that (mis)information?

        • Replies: @awry
        , @Hossein
      95. Avery says:

        {My name is Aram Mirzaei}

        Aram is an Armenian first name.
        Is your mother Armenian?

      96. awry says:
        @Avery

        I once spoke with an Iranian guy who hates the current Iranian regime. He tried to convince me that the current Iranian regime is mostly Arabs and other non-Iranians (AFAIK Khamenei and many others are Azeris, Ahmedinejad is Armenian so he may have had a point to an extent). He is proud Iranian and Shiite Muslim though just hates the current regime.

        • Replies: @Avery
      97. @anon

        Wouldn’t have anything to do with the Ottoman empire, and the entire of Arabia, and the big Hitler bromance Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, Nazi lover himself, that Arabia lost to the colonials.
        But oh yea it was a Jewish plot.
        The empty mind at work.
        Arabia and everyone in it took the wrong side, nothing to do with the Jews.

      98. @Moi

        That is all I hear from Shia Iran, doesn’t matter who wrote the article, just listed to those guys talk, with their clock ticking to the end of Israel, who shares no border with Iran.
        Shia hatred from Khomeini is legendary towards the Jews, who are at war with them, America or Nato, doesn’t matter, Israel has to settle this one way or another, they have made genocidal claims about Israel and the Jews.
        This is not going to end well, and it has nothing to do with American Jewry, neocons or whatever,
        we have seen this movie before.

        • Replies: @ploni almoni
      99. @Seraphim

        ‘Oh, yes, we are about to die laughing.’

        I’m sure you’ll stay vigilant. As the rest of America slumbers on, unaware of the looming Islamic menace…

      100. @Fran Taubman

        ‘Wouldn’t have anything to do with the Ottoman empire, and the entire of Arabia, and the big Hitler bromance Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, Nazi lover himself, that Arabia lost to the colonials.
        But oh yea it was a Jewish plot.
        The empty mind at work.
        Arabia and everyone in it took the wrong side, nothing to do with the Jews.’

        Fractured fairy tales from Fran. It’s simplest to note what is true, not what isn’t. The remark concerning al-Husseini is more or less correct, everything else is egregious and vicious nonsense.

        • Replies: @ploni almoni
      101. @Rabbitnexus

        ‘Islam as such teaches the same things, Jews are scum and will eventually be hunted down and wiped out. The fact is Christianity also believes Jews will eventually be dead or converted too. Bottom line son, a lot of people want the Jews gone.’

        …and the Jews want everybody else gone. Notice a common thread here?

        • Replies: @Fran Taubman
      102. @Fran Taubman

        ‘The white elephant in the room, and the slight of hand used to present genocide towards the Jews as wiping out only the Zionist and not the Jews, no bullshit Khomeini went after the Jews, the Jews and Israel know it, it is 99% of what it is all about over there, Israel knows that genocide is on the table and they will strike first…’

        This is simply the sort of vicious nonsense that warmongers always dream up to justify their own aggression.

        The fact of the matter is that Israel as a nation is grossly deficient, with little in the way of any actual common culture or sense of identity — Judaism notwithstanding. The Jews there won’t even send their children to the same schools as Jews from another part of the world. It’s ridiculous to think that Moroccan, German, Russian, and Yemeni Jews can combine to make a nation. They don’t, and it’s evident in Israel every day.

        So to keep the Israeli nation from simply collapsing, there always has to be an ‘enemy at the gates.’ As each new enemy is in turn accommodated, destroyed, or reduced to impotence, Israel just has to find a new one.

        Now she’s been driven to seek conflict with Iran — a state literally a thousand miles away, and moreover, one that cannot seriously threaten Israel.

        You ally yourself with a pathologically aggressive state that were it an individual, would have to be locked up in a cage.

      103. @Colin Wright

        Now that is a fairy tale!!!

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
      104. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

        Aram Mirzaei was born in Iran, but he was brought up in the West where his understanding of Iran was formed by reading western books and media where are biased.

        His ananlysis of ‘reformists’ and ‘principalists’ are WRONG. He was born in Iran, but it is obvious that he DID NOT GO TO SHCHOOL, elementary and High school, IN IRAN, thus he may not know the Persian language and its culture well.
        Saker asked the following question:
        The Saker: The western media always loves to think in terms of “hardliners” and “liberals” in each country they don’t control. To what degree are these categories applicable to Iran?
        He answered:
        [The Iranian political spectrum can somewhat loosely be defined as a division between the Islamic left (Reformists) and the Islamic right (Principalists).]

        This is very funny. Many Iranians who know the language well and follow the news closely, disagree with this, because the ‘reformists’ ARE NOT LEFT, but majority are Iran FIFTH COLUMN. Many Iranian left of yesterday, now they are working with the western Intelligence services of the criminal West. So many ‘reformists’ who support the color revolution ‘Green’, are hired by NED and Israeli think tank. All are fifth column and TRAITORS.

        Mirzaei continued:

        [The Iranian Principalist bloc of today emerged as a response to the rising power of the reformist movement, headed by known figures such as former Iranian President and cleric Mohammad Khatami and to some extent former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the richest people in the country.]
        The corrupt Rafsanjani family who used their position in the government to accumulate wealth and becomes one of the richest family, not only Iran, but in the world, are thieves where his son Mahdi Rafsanjani, was arrested and imprisoned for his involvement in 2009 riot against Ahmadinejad and his activities for the enemy of Iran including Britain and US. He is an agent of the west, a traitor.

        [MORE]

        Rafsanjani, who died a few years ago, thank god, was supporting US policy against Syria and President Assad. He spread the lie of US/Israel that ‘Bashir Assad kills his own people with chemical weapon’. The MAJORITY OF ‘REFORMISTS’ FOLLOW AND PROMOTE THE POLICY OF THE CRIMINAL WEST AND THE BABY KILLERS, ISRAEL, against Arabs including Palestinians, but some of these traitors ‘reformists’, that Mirzaei label as ‘left’ are receiving money from different intelligence services of the west, MI6, CIA, Mossad, or from the faggot MBS, Saudi Arabia.
        Mirzaei writes:
        [The conservatism of these groups varies too. They fall generally into four categories:
        • Traditional conservatives may stand firm on social issues, such as Islamic dress for women and bans on gender mixing. But they are more open to possible reconciliation with centrist reformers, albeit with many caveats.
        • Another group of new conservatives cares less about social issues, but they are closely aligned with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) military-security nexus whose influence has grown markedly in recent years.
        • A third conservative wing is closely allied to the bazaar merchants, importers, and shopkeepers.
        • A fourth branch, championed by former Ahmadinejad supporters, is populist in temperament and intent.]
        Khamenei or Ahmadinejad ARE NOT for compulsory hijab, but the traditional conservatives have to satisfy their bases in order to keep them. They don’t inforce Hijab with the greater population. Hijab in Iran is NOT like Saudi Arabia, and majority of women do not cover their hair fully as many photos show. The problem is the economy, the unemployment and the aggression of the criminal west against the Iranian population.
        Hijab has been blown out of proportion for political gain by the fifth column of Iran the ‘reformists’ like Said Hajjarian and his buddy a TRAITOR KURD, Tajzadeh who are using anything to promote the interest of the west and Zionism in Iran.

        Many Iranians who are literate on western history don’t agree with the ‘reformists’ because the west, and now Trump, asking Iran TO SURROUNDERED for nothing. The ‘reformists’ in Iran are hated by the patriotic Iranian people. Iranian youth like in other countries are naïve and consumerists. They are totally dumb, dumb.

        At the same time, the younger generation and traitor Iranian left, know more about the Zionist and imperialist crimes against humanity, compare to Shah’s time, because during the shah, the Zionist baby killers and Jewish mafia have had Iranian monarchists under their umbrella and had given $$$$$$$ to few publications to write FAKE stories against Palestinians and the Arabs to brainwash Iranian people against Arabs. For example one was newspaper ‘Ayandegan’ where received money from Israel for its services.
        The criminal US and Trump, acting against IRGC, because IRGC sacrifices and protect the interest of the country. Also IRGC is involved in many Iranian business due to illigal Sactions pushed on Iranian people. The west want a big pie of the Iran economy, bases in Iran, control of the resources and human capital and act as a colony .
        Khamenaie, Army General Solaimani, and IRGC are acting as a block to protect the interest of Iran and security of its borders. They have sacrificed many lives, while the traitor ‘reformists’ acting as a US block against Iran foreign policy in Syria, Palestine, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Lebanon.
        The Iran fifth column ‘the reformists’ political activity IS IDENTICAL TO US GOVERNMENT INVATIONIST POLICY and they act as US and Trump mouthpiece in Iran brainwashing the illiterate Iranian youth to use them for their criminal and treasonous activities.
        The United States presidents’ policy including the brutal first black ‘president’ Obama was not to attack Iran directly, rather to capture Iran from WITHIN by placing the western pawns, the reformists, in the position of power. They have been successful, yet these criminals are not satisfied and trump/Netanyahu want to bring IRGC and the block of the resistance camp under influence of the traitor ‘reformists’ to make Iran ANOTHER COLONY who follow order. In the other word, US/Israel want Iran to behave LIKE THE SAUDI ARABIA. Ham khoon, ham kun, ham pool.
        They want Iran like Saudi Arabia, follows US order to send her sons and daughters to be killed for the interest of the criminal Jewish mafia and accepts ‘the deal of the century’ – greater Israel- where THE TRAITOR ‘REFORMISTS’ are willing TO DO but not IRGC, Khamenaie or Army General Qassam Soleimani.
        This is Trump’s problem. He wants Iran TO SURRENDER, where traitor ‘fifth column’, like Hajjarian -where Mazarie paints him in a GOOD LIGHT, but the majority of literate Iranians view Said Hajjarian or his buddy Tajzadeh as agents of the west, are willing to accept Trump’s demands and are pushing Rouhani to ‘negotiate’, NOT IRGC or Khamenei or Soleimani. Soleimani recently criticized Zarif for his WEAK PERFORMANCE as a foreign minister. Soleimani is very popular and a good strategist where Netanyahu and Trump are trying TO ASSASSINATE. Trump tried to assassinate Madura but it failed.
        It is the time that these assassins be assassinated to bring peace on earth.
        The West view Thus IRGC, Khamenei and Army General Soleimani, as enemy of the west since they fight for the interest of Iran and NOT the interest of the criminal West and Jewish mafia thieves.
        Rouhani’s economic plan is 100% neoliberal, like during Rafsanjani and even Khatami, where Mazarie views as ‘Islamic lefet’. All these ‘reformists’ following the Jewish mafia economic recepie, making themselves rich spreading corruption. Khatami is another agent of the West and Bilderberg.
        Ahmadinejad was against Rafsanjani’s economic policy and WAS NOT CORRUPT. That’s why these traitors including Rafsanjani, Rouhani, Hajjarian and the criminal west did not like Ahmadinejad. He was poor and remained poor.

        Rouhani along with Zarif and the Speaker of the parliament, ALI LARIJANI, are viewed agents of the West and want them to be impeached. The ‘reformists’, including ROUHANI, ZARIF, LARIJANI, Hajjarian, Tajzadeh and many more traitors were and are pushing FATF to pass.

        FATF ( Financial Action Task Force ) is Jewish design runs by the Zionist Jews AT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT to extract Iran economic information which is vital for their illegal economic sanction to put 100% pressure on Iranian people.
        The resistance camp, where the west call them ‘hardliners’ ARE AGAINST FATF at this point, since FATF is demanding FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF IRAN to block all Iran’s economic deals to force Iranians to SURRENDER where the traitor reformists accept, NOT the ‘hardliners’.

      105. @Fran Taubman

        Jewish Pinocchio’s nose is even growing bigger. There is only one country that wages genocide and it is the light of the nations.

      106. @Talha

        The end will come; but I can break a few crosses for you and kill some pigs if that’s what will make you drop to your knees in awe.

        • Replies: @Talha
      107. And the Zionist Jews are waiting for their true Messiah, that will bring about the destruction of Christianity/Islam. Building the #th Temple is part of their psychotic fanatical quest to destroy the The Dome of the Rock and ALL Muslims/Christian temples. This will be the end of Islam/Christianity following the alleged jewish (UNproven) Talmudic prophecies . Will the Muslim nations let the zio/jews destroy the Dome of the Rock??? The Church of the Sepulcher ..??? then what? death to all goyim..

      108. @Colin Wright

        You are supposed to love the Jews not the Nazis, is that it? Why is that?

        • Replies: @Vojkan
      109. Vojkan says:
        @Hossein

        “Almost 60% of Iran are non Persians”

        Added you to my “ignore” list to avoid wasting time reading non-sense.

      110. Talha says:
        @ploni almoni

        if that’s what will make you drop to your knees in awe.

        I’m already Muslim, I already avoid crosses and pigs, what difference will that make to me? That will be a message to the people it’s meant to be a message to.

        Again, I’m just conveying what’s been conveyed. Up to you to take it or leave it.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @Ron Unz
      111. Ron Unz says:
        @Talha

        Well, I happened to glance over this thread. Not being religious myself, perhaps it’s improper for me to enter into this discussion, but I guess I will anyway….

        It seems to me that both pious Christians and pious Muslims strongly agree that Jesus (“the Son of Mary”) will at some point return to our world and set all sorts of matters right, and both regard him as the highest of possible authorities on the various issues under religious dispute. So it seems to me that some of these disagreements might reasonably be deferred until that eventuality, much like many bitter scientific disputes are deferred until the proper experiments can be conducted.

        I think Talha has sometimes been making this point on various occasions.

      112. Talha says:
        @Ron Unz

        So it seems to me that some of these disagreements might reasonably be deferred until that eventuality

        Basically. At the end of the day, if both sides take him as a truthful authority – he will be the final arbiter in the matter. Who else would be a better arbiter to tell us what the truth is regarding him but the very man himself?

        Now we have a narrative and they have a different narrative, but arguing over something that will eventually pan out in the future (maybe even centuries from now) seems silly to me. Just dutifully present what your side says is going to happen and move on.

        Peace.

      113. @Fran Taubman

        ‘Now that is a fairy tale!!!’

        ‘”Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world – only to serve the People of Israel.”

        — Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 2010

      114. Hossein says:
        @Avery

        Iran is a multi ethnic country and all of it’s provincial borders with other countries are populated by non Persians.

        The country has a terrible record of suppressing it’s ethnic minorities . The crimes against the Kurds right after the revolution in Mahabad and the massacre of Arabs in Muhammara, Persians call is the fake name of “Khorramshahr, is a good example of brutalities of this regime.
        Not sure why so many are ignorant of such facts that Iran unofficially is a racist country where the hatred of Arabs,Turks and Kurds is rampant and encouraged.
        One will have to look at the plight of the Arabs in the south west and the terrible poverty and the ethnic leansing and would realize that the ethnic pograms of Zionism do not differ from that of Persianism

        https://iranwire.com/en/features/6079

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
        , @Avery
      115. Seraphim says:
        @Ron Unz

        The disagreements in question refer to the way the second coming of Jesus would happen and how the Last Judgement would look like and they determine different religious attitudes in our present life.
        Christians (those for whom Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God himself), expect the second coming of Jesus Christ which means the end of the world and the final judgement, after which the righteous would go to the eternal Light of the ‘Kingdom of God’ which is not of this world and the unrighteous to the eternal outer darkness where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. Nobody knows the hour and the time, not even the Son, but only the Father, so everyone must be prepared at all times.
        Judeo-Christians (Christian Zionists are actually Judeo-Christians) and their subsect, the Muslims, expect the return of a human Jesus, son of Mary, who would establish a kingdom on Earth in which he will reign as a worldly king, which will last for ‘thousand years’. The duty of the followers of the ‘son of Mary is to prepare the conditions for the second coming. They are watching for signs and portents and are ready to give a helping hand to speed the event.

        • Replies: @Old Palo Altan
      116. @Hossein

        ‘The country has a terrible record of suppressing it’s ethnic minorities .’

        The only countries this can’t be said of are countries that don’t have any ethnic minorities.

        • Agree: Vojkan, Talha
        • Replies: @anonymous
        , @anonymous
      117. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
        @Colin Wright

        https://iranwire.com/en/features/6079

        Iranwire is in the service of the intelligence services of the west. It cannot be trusted. Only jewish mafia baby killers with their holohoax, or traitor kurds, in the service of the mass murderers US imperalism and zionist Israel will refer to.

      118. Talha says:

        They are watching for signs and portents and are ready to give a helping hand to speed the event.

        For people observing, that may be interested in an accurate account from a Muslim perspective; no Muslim scholar (at least from a Sunni perspective, I’m not that well-read on the Shi’a perspective) ever has stated that Muslims must help speed up the coming of the Hour. That would assert an arrogance on our part that we can force the hand of the Divine on our schedule. Furthermore, do so would be to first bring about the conditions (which are widespread sin, corruption and disbelief) for the appearance of the Dajjal (who is actually the catalyst for the appearance of the other two) from whom we regularly seek protection and refuge in the Divine.

        As far as when the Mahdi (as) and the Son of Mary (as) appear, we indeed stand ready to march under their banner.

        Peace.

        • Replies: @Seraphim
      119. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
        @Colin Wright

        [Not sure why so many are ignorant of such facts that Iran unofficially is a racist country where the hatred of Arabs,Turks and Kurds is rampant and encouraged.]

        Only the zionist criminals engaged in propaganda to deceive people say these lies.
        They are behind supporting and funding the ‘minorities’ in every regional countries to wage wars to partition the regional countries for ‘greater Israel’ where they take it into their GRAVES, one by one.
        The traitor kurds are one of JEWISH MAFIA PAWNS in the region and the proxy army of zionists for ‘greater Israel. Israel use the traitor kurds against the regional government to achieve their goal, Oded Yinon, where it has already been defeated. The traitor kurds have been spying for Israel since 1950s.

        Khuzestan is the Iranian province for CENTURIES, where Persians population lived before the invasion of the Arabs in 639 CE. In fact the Arabs were the INVADERS into Persian territory. The following article EXPOSE THE CRIMINAL ZIONIST MAFIA lies once for all.

        http://www.iranchamber.com/provinces/15_khuzestan/15_khuzestan.php

        [In 639 CE, Arabs Muslims, under the command of Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari from Basra, invaded Khuzestan and drove the Persian Hormozan out of Ahvaz. Susa fell in two days, so Hormozan fled to Shushtar where his forces were besieged by Arab invaders for 18 months. Shushtar finally fell in 642 CE, they, Arab invaders purged the entire Nestorian population of the city along with the Bishop of Hormizd. There after followed the conquests of Jondishapour and of many other districts of Kuzestan. The battle of Nehavand finally secured Khuzestan for the Muslim invaders.]

        A slap on the face of Jewish mafia propagandist Troll.

      120. @anonymous

        ‘Only the Zionist criminals engaged in propaganda say these lies…’

        A great deal of what you say is superfluous. It’s unnecessary to demonstrate that Iran is a fine country to prove it shouldn’t be the target of aggression. Poland in 1939 had many flaws; that didn’t justify Germany’s attack upon it.

        To attempt to defend Iran from all criticism in this connection is to fall into a rhetorical trap. For then, if Iran can be shown to have any flaws, an attack upon her becomes justified.

        It’s not. You might be able to demonstrate that my lifestyle is deficient in many ways; why am I standing here typing this post instead of getting on with watering the yard?

        However, that doesn’t give you the right to break into my house; and I wouldn’t make the mistake of attempting to prove to you that my life is above reproach in all respects to keep you from doing it. Unless you can show that I’m murdering small children in the basement, you’ve no right to do it.

        Ditto for Iran. It can have flaws. It can have major flaws. That doesn’t confer on anyone the right to wage war upon it.

        • Replies: @anonymous
      121. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
        @Colin Wright

        Who is trying to say that Iran is flawless. Have you read my comment #107.
        Furthermore, you have no house here arrogant criminal westerners.

        You are as phony as your ‘president’ and your history of full of crimes against humanity shows it.
        You never learn. the history shows that the criminal and dump population of US is willing to jumb on the wagon, not because all are dumb, but because MAJORITY OF THEM ARE CRIMINALS AND benefit from killings, invasions, robing other people using false flag operation. You have done it for the past few centuries. No one trusts you or respects you thee criminals.

        The only solution for the arrogant and criminal west is to do the same to their dumb population.
        Bomb them, rob them, and put them in their proper place.

        The world is sick and tired of your crime against humanity. It is not necessary that you PERSONALLY do it to make you criminal. But YOUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND POLICY OF GOVERNMENT MAKES YOU AN ACCOMPLICE.

        You are all supporting and kissing zionist behinds through the laws that is FORCED UPON dummies without any challenges.

        You can not be an innocent person by writing a few word as ‘comment’ in your comfortable chair, while your representatives are killing millions of people around the world, hot, or cold, including babies while no major opposition are formed to bring these criminals down and execute them.
        This task must be taken by your VICTIMS AROUND THE WORLD.

        • Replies: @Colin Wright
        , @Hossein
      122. @anonymous

        ‘…You can not be an innocent person by writing a few word as ‘comment’ in your comfortable chair…’

        And what — actually — are you doing?

        • LOL: Talha
      123. Orange Napoleon readies to conquer
        The Middle East, starting with Iran.
        Khan Noonien Singh with gmo’d wankers
        Won Ceti Alpha Five, Hubristan.

      124. @Fran Taubman

        Dear Empty Mind: you are on the wrong side.

      125. Hossein says:
        @anonymous

        You are too angry and outta control and accuse anyone who questions you outbursts as Zionist and other nonsense.
        You rant and bark about the Zionists and their atrocities and yet approve and support suppression of ethnic minorities in Iran. So what is the difference between a racialist Zionist and a Persian one like you?
        Nothing. They both are made of same clothes and pursue same goals.
        In truth you are way closer to colonialist Zionists than you think .

        Cheers and please relax.

        • Replies: @ploni almoni
      126. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        Training already done with Daesh/ISIS/ISIL/Harakat al-Jihād al-Islāmi fi Filastīn/Hezbollah, etc.

        • Replies: @Talha
      127. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        Annoyed and amused, like by all you write.

        • Replies: @Talha
      128. Talha says:
        @Seraphim

        Figured. Look into using the ignore button, that’s what it’s there for.

        • Replies: @Seraphim
      129. Seraphim says:
        @Talha

        Erh, no, there are still amusing. We need these moments of comic relief.

      130. I don’t know whether this interview is interesting, because I only got to the end of the answer to Saker’s first question. Such an obvious torrent of chop-logic to try to justify theocratic control over even partial democracy! And all on the allegedly-sacred authority of some guy from centuries ago who said god was speaking to him, and telling him what’s what! Yeah, sure! We run across such people pretty frequently; never any shortage of such chancers. Savvy people – anywhere, at any time – know to take their “God told me, so you ALL have to obey what I’m telling you without question…” claims with a bucket of salt.

        A ‘democratic republic’ run by religious indoctrinees is not a democracy. Democracy is when the ultimate authority of a country is in the hands of all the citizens, in strict equality. That’s ALL the people, equally. There is NO hierarchy of voting rights, based on where you sit in the “God told me…” wilderness of – delusional – mirrors: One human, one vote, NO special categories with extra power over all the rest. There’s a simple description for that sort of special pleading: it’s BS.

        So with that example of religious gobbledegook upfront, I didn’t bother with the rest of the interview.

        • Replies: @ploni almoni
      131. @Ron Unz

        Thank you for hosting a brilliant site which so many of us rely on for a frank discussion of the issues.

        When He comes to settle differences,
        And man discovers peace at last,
        Lion and lamb, brother and sister,
        Harmony in love, dawn is cast.

        • Replies: @Fran Taubman
      132. @SeekerofthePresence

        Talha has been instrumental in bridging different thoughts coherently and with grace and patience.

        • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
      133. @Fran Taubman

        The world needs such virtues.
        God bless those who seek the truth in peace.

        • Agree: Fran Taubman
      134. @Hossein

        So you approve of atrocities by Zionists but nobody else?

      135. @Rhisiart Gwilym

        There are no democracies, bub. Governments are run by organized crime.

      136. Avery says:
        @Hossein

        this is what I wrote in my post abov:

        [{Almost 60% of Iran are non Persians…}[Hossein]

        Where did you get that number?
        What is the source of that (mis)information?] [Avery]

        Instead of proving your outlandish claim, you are bringing up all sorts peripheral issues, to avoid substantiating your assertion. So, basically you have no idea what you are talking about.

      137. Avery says:
        @awry

        I doubt very much ‘Ahmedinejad is Armenian’. It is implausible an Armenian (Christian) would be the head of _Islamic_ republic. It is possible he has some smidgen of Armenian ancestry in him, but nothing significant (….just a guess: I have no proof either way).

        As to the mythical ‘Azeris’: there is no such ethnos. The term ‘Azeri’ was invented by Stalin and his gang in the 1930s, with the intention of making a future claim on Iran’s Northern provinces of Azarbaijan, by way of the newly cooked of country of Azerbaijan. The fake name ‘Azerbaijan’ was specifically chosen to confuse and lay claim to Iran’s Northern provinces.

        Khamenei et. al. are Turkish _speaking_ Persians from Azarbaijan provinces of Iran.
        They are neither Turks nor ‘Azeris’.

      138. @Seraphim

        An important distinction, very well made.

      139. @LittleBill

        The problem is that there are a lot of religious people in the world and unless you are proposing to wipe them out you have to find some way of existing with them. They are all more or less “irrational”, some more and some less and there are other people too, who while not religious are also irrational. Hard Luck! One has to find some way of coping with them. Preferably one has to keep them away from the levers of power. To say as you do:

        A rational conversation simply isn’t possible with anyone who accepts such superstitious nonsense as their starting point….

        is a council of despair. I agree it is frustrating and fiendishly difficult but it has to be done.

      140. anon[356] • Disclaimer says:

        Woodrow Wilson, in his book entitled The New Freedom (1913)

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

        ”

Rabbi Stephen Wise, in his Autobiography “Challenging Years”, page 161
“an immensely influential hidden power had chosen Wilson as a major pawn in their political game”




Politically speaking, the move toward the creation of a New World Order began during the Woodrow Wilson administration (1913-1921). During those fateful years the stage was set for a complete reversal of America’s national purpose.

   


      141. anon[356] • Disclaimer says:
        @LittleBill

        You deal with them all times . You vote them to power . Bush 2 ? Does it remind anything ?Or calling Soviet “ Godless country “ ?

        If you are in UK you voted fro Blair who thought God was on his side and God would judge him
        I remember Boykin .

        So when you have so many murderers masquerading as god- fearing, I will have to sit down and look into not into their faiths but in their behaviors.

        I will take Imam million times over than trusting and accepting Israeli leaders who claim legitimacy of the Bible verse” God gave us this land “
        or voting Bliar or Bush or allowing Boykin around human civilization..

      142. JoannF says:
        @Vojkan

        You make much sense, but please understand that religion is of course a specialized part of delusionality, while delusionality is the result of the evolution of a relatively advanced biological life form whose brain has partially developed into a future-predicting apparatus, one that is able to predict certain things but not others.

        It is grimly aware of dangers and death and that the night is dark and full of terror – but it also knows that its future-predicting abilities are extremely limited. Reality, in a word, bites almost all the time… and life is full of sorrows and angst 24/7, you cannot have any joy that way. It mentally kills you.

        Or rather, the ones who were realistic and not delusional, would have jumped off a cliff or never slept, and the delusional ones were the only animals who got anything done, as in procreation, because they deluded themselves into assuming that somehow, all would be well – and later that someone was watching over them…

        So this is why we are delusional (and that’s also dangerous) – as much as that we’re 90% drive-motivated and have scavenger-killer ideas, and that makes it really dangerous.
        Our motivations as seen from a modern, civilized viewpoint, are complete and utter nonsense, the most important ones being envy/competitiveness/status, this alone keeps us from realizing the extent of the actual environment, instead we concentrate on “human society is THE WORLD” navel-contemplation.

        We’re unfortunately not clever enough for more.
        Sorry for the delay in answering, I didn’t notice at all that anyone had replied.

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