Iranians and Americans

March 12, 2011

Iranians and Americans misunderstand each other, but the interesting point is that they are so alike. An American has written a book about the Eagle and the Lion (Bill James, The Eagle and the Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations. Yale University Press, 1989 [an analysis of relations between the two countries starting from the 1830s]). And in fact, the Eagle and the Lion are very similar. (the national and historic symbol of Iran or Persia is Lion ) They both have the same weak points, the same delusions, the same foolishness, the same ambitions, the same traditional values, the same stupid politicians, the same religious fanatics, the same feeling of dignity and pride, the same feeling of greatness, etc. Iranians think that Americans are liberal atheist; Iranians think that Americans are anti-God and anti-Humanity; Iranians think that Americans are either like Bush or like Obama; and Iranians think that Americans are a bunch of arrogant men or stupid bastards.

On the other hand, Americans think that Iranians are religious fanatics; Americans think that Iranians are anti-God and anti-Humanity; Americans than Iranians are either like Khamenei or like Khatami; and Americans think that Iranians are a bunch of arrogant people or stupid bastards. But indeed, they know nothing about each other and the fact that how much they are alike. Many Iranians don’t know that “In God We Trust ” is the national motto of the US. In fact, if Iranians hear about this motto, they would be deeply shocked. If Iranians know about the evangelists and Christian fanatics that work for the Second Coming of Christ , they would be deeply shocked. And if Americans know about the Twelvers and Shiite fanatics that work for the Second Coming of Mahdi they would be deeply shocked. If Americans hear that Iranians, and their great poets and great history, say: “If you have no sympathy for human pain — The name of human you cannot retain”, they would be deeply shocked.

All Iranians are not like Khamenei or Khatami, and all Americans are not like Bush or Obama. Iranians think that Iran or Persia was (and is) one of the greatest civilization of the world. They think that the Great Persia and the Persian Empire should be alive and gain its credit again. And Americans think that they are the the greatest civilization of the world. They think that the Great US and the American Empire should stay alive. But on the other hand, many Iranians and Americans think that they are human beings and they should not be racist or chauvinist. Many Iranians and Americans think that the peace is better that war, and we all are the same, we all are human beings and should help each others. In fact many Iranians and Americans think like Sa’di, one of the great Iranian poets who lived in the 13th century AD, that said (when Europe was in the Middle Ages):

Human beings are members of a whole — In creation of one essence and soul
If one member is afflicted with pain — Other members uneasy will remain If you have no sympathy for human pain — The name of human you cannot retain

The Americans should know Iranians, and vice versa. Americans should know more about Iranian Mystic or Sufi. The majority of Iranians are religious people, but they think like a Sufi, not like a Mullah or Ayatollah The mystics have fought against the orthodox and the fanatics. The mystics observed the religious law, some scorned it outright , proclaiming their inner light a sufficient source of religious guidance. The mystics think the good Sufi must live in peace with the rest of the community. An Iranian mystic in 11th Century AD said to his followers: “ We should feed every one that knocks our doors, and we never ever should not ask them about their religion or race “. The great Persian poet Rumi , was a great mystic or Sufi. In fact, Iranians have a dozens of great and international poets like Hafiz, Rumi, Attar, Khayyam, Abu-Saeed, Baba Taher, etc. that were Sufi. Many of them are greater than Homer, Goute, Shakespeare, Dante, etc. ( If you could read the original Persian poems of the great Persian poets, then most of English or other language poet become weak for you ). In fact Americans show read the great work of the great Iranians and think more about their similarities with Iranians. And Iranians show read the great work of the great Americans and think more about their similarities with Americans.

Unfortunately or fortunately Iran is a religious country like the US, and of course Iran has a considerable minority of atheists, agnostics and anti-religion, exactly like the US. Unfortunately or fortunately the US has the same good guys and bad guys, and the same stupid guys and wise guys like Iran. In fact, the Eagle and the Lion are so alike, and they should know each other better.

The Greatest Japanese Disaster

March 12, 2011

Japan hit by worst earthquake in its recorded history. And now a nuclear disaster could worsen the great natural disaster. Some naive people or religious fanatics think that the world is near its end (but why 2012 ? until now 2011seem more Apocalyptic !!) The yesterday quake was the sixth largest earthquake it has recorded [since 1900]. An earthquake in Chile ranked 9.5 on the Richter scale, is the strongest ever measured. It released as much energy as 66,000,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. It is estimated that a magnitude 12 earthquake would release enough energy to split the earth in half Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the quake exceeding even the 1923 disaster that leveled much of Tokyo and nearby Yokohama and killed more than 100,000 people. The Kobe earthquake, in Japan, in 1995 measured 7.2 and killed 6,433 people. Japan accounts for about 20% of the world’s quakes of magnitude 6 or greater. The other risky situation is in Chile. The earthquake which struck Chile last year was 8.8 magnitude.

Tehran waits for a big earthquake, too. 12 million people live in Tehran and they are really worried . The Japanese researchers said that a 6 Richter earthquake (a quite possible scenario) could level a large part of Tehran, and at least would kill 1 to 2 million. But If we have an 8 Richter earthquake in Tehran, what would be happened? Even thinking about it is so maddening. The f-u-c-k-i-n-g nuclear facilities are another constant source of worry. In Japan, The nuclear disaster just worsen the natural disaster. But it was not inevitable. The nuclear disaster is made by humans, i.e. by the foolishness and greed. Japan that was a victim of nuclear weapons and nuclear disaster, should be pioneer in fighting against nuclear facilities, not vice versa. Before it is too late, all human beings should do something about nuclear facilities. We hope that the Japanese terrible nuclear disaster could be a lesson for all human beings, especially for those that live in the earthquake zone, like California, Iran, etc. We, all, Should Say No to the Nuclear Power.

The tragedy of Japan are really great. Japan Police reported a ship carrying more than 100 people was swept away in the giant tsunami that crashed into the country’s north-east. A bullet train was reported missing on the line connecting Sendai and the nearby city of Ishinomaki, while later another train was feared to have been swept away. A major blast rocked a petrochemical complex in Chiba, outside the capital. The earthquake shut Japan’s busiest main international airport, brought the capital’s entire train network to a halt and sent thousands of office workers spilling out on to the streets. In Miyagi, fire broke out at the Onagawa nuclear plant and at least three other plants were automatically shut down. The government declared a state of emergency – Japan’s first – at the Fukushima No 1 plant after reporting that its cooling system had failed. A report by Kyodo News said one reactor in the plant “could not be cooled”. A safety panel said radiation levels inside the reactor were 1,000 times higher than normal, the agency added later. Residents living within 10km of the plant had been told to evacuate the area.

Japan police say 200 to 300 bodies have been found drowned in Sendai. The earthquake triggered a tsunami with 10m-high waves hitting the northern port of Sendai. The violent wall of water swept away houses, cars and ships. Fires burned out of control. Thousands people were believed dead or missing. A Japanese disaster management says: “We don’t even know the extent of damage. Roads were badly damaged and cut off as tsunami washed away debris, cars and many other things,” Phone voice services were out of order in much of the north-east, but data services allowed some people to contact friends and relatives. Mobile phone networks crashed as millions tried to call family and friends. “I thought I was going to die. It felt like the whole structure was collapsing” said a Japanese. Another Japanese who was waiting for a train in Tokyo Station when the earthquake struck, says: “It just seemed to go on for ever. I’ve never experienced anything that terrifying in my life .” Some other Japanese say:”I live in Tokyo. Without doubt this is the worst earthquake I’ve experienced. The building I was in was shaking badly, it was very scary. I managed to get a taxi back home as all the trains have stopped … Tokyo’s relatively calm, no panic here. Everybody came out of the building, we waited 2 hours in the park. Building shaking like a jelly – so scared … I am in Yokohama, very scared at the moment. I am at home but my gf is still at work, not good. No mobile, trains, buses, hot water … I’m in Ibaraki. For some reason I never lost internet connection but mobile phones and television were dead for a while. None of the houses or buildings around me seem to be damaged.” A native of Nevada who lives in Chiba, north of Tokyo says: “I’ve lived in Japan for 10 years, and I’ve never felt anything like this before. The aftershocks keep coming. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t know whether it’s me shaking or an earthquake

We, all, should help the Japanese, they are part of our great family, i.e. the human being family.