Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Bombing of Zahedan (update with Mousavi and Khamenei's statements.)

Disclaimer: if you come here by way of a link from Michael Ledeen, please be advised that I am ADAMANTLY opposed to the war mongering views held by this gentleman, and as part of my fight against local and global fascism, I hold his school of thought in utmost contempt. (July 27, 2010)

Today, I came across a report about the aftermath of Zahedan's Jundollah Bombing of the 14th of July, 2010. The report ended with a question asked by the The Iranian Muslims Society in America (not sure what their official name is in English; but they are not the average anti-IRI modernist, secularist, monarchist Iranians you are likely to meet in America: they are 'decidedly' Muslims and in the Islamophobic atmosphere of today's world, you are likely to brand them as "fundamentalist"!):

"Where are the human right defenders in exile to raise an issue about the bombings in Zahedan? Why don't they condemn the attacks? Don't the people of Zahedan fit the same bill for human rights? Are they not Iranian? Then your silence is an indication that your patrons [the West] are responsible for this?" [By many Iranians, Jundollah, like Al Quaeda is considered a CIA offspring]

I admit to guilty feelings about my silence. This bomb has hit close to home for me. I remember a smaller version of such blast from childhood: it was loud, it was smoky, it was bloody, it was in the first year of the Islamic Republic, it scared me; I was a child.

But the reason why I find it hard to blog these days is because Iran seems to have turned into a hodge podge. Criminals are busy killing each other, to satisfy each other's thirst for blood. The IRI kills the Rigi brothers, a few weeks apart, without proper trial, without even considering the possibility that giving Rigi a death penalty together with a pardon and a life term in prison, will have served the country far better than his death. The IRI is behaving like a savage barbarian; one matching the rouge elements of Jundollah; primitive, uncultured, mercurial!

So Jundollah sends suicide bombers and IRI sends thugs to the streets of Zahedan, the city of kind people, open minded people, mountain and desert people, city of smuggled goodies, city of white Sunni mosques, and dusty parks. The thugs, report says, have been knifing people. These knife thrusters would be of the same ilk that was unleashed on Tehranis in Ashura: they are most likely Ahmadinejad's products from the "rehabilitation program" that found "convicted criminals" a useful job in the society.

According to local observers, these knife-pushers are the worst of all: they seem to target Balouchis randomly, and beat them up for no reason--further fueling the ethnic resentments and convictions that the Balouch are discriminated against.

The city seems to be trampled by some uniformed security forces (they must be soldiers doing their compulsory military service, sacrificial sheep ...), plainclothes knife/baton holders, and jundollah 'terrorists'.

Ahmadinejadists are not losing any breath in their comfortable Tehran towers blaming the blast on the West; especially because Abdulmalek Rigi, the Jundollah "hero", confessed within literally hours of being arrested, to being paid by America.

But, what is interesting is that several people have lost their lives in the aftermath of the bombing, to the knife wounds of the plainclothes. Depending on their age or looks, the plainclothes can be called Basiji (more religious looking and young and unlikely to give a damn about anything happening in Zahedan as they are only posed to fight the Westernish opposition in Tehran) or the so called Intelligence forces (more gangster-like; body-builder with a big belly, giant beard, angry bloody eyes, carrying a walky talky and wiggling their ugly asses when they walk and taking jobs in Zahedan because it PAYS WELL--and because the Sissy-boys of official security forces have literally closed shop--with the excuse of fearing further targeted attacks.)

Three parliament members from the province resigned in protest to lack of sufficient security provisions to guarantee the citizen's safety. However, they were "ordered" by the Stalin in chief, Khamenei, to take back their resignation (it's amazing how much this person, the soupreaked leader, is meddling in the affairs of the country. It would be as if the queen of england would be meddling and over ruling every minute decision and action in the house of commons.)

So, to the "American Iranian Muslims": I DO condemn the bombings; but I don't lay the blame on ANYONE other than the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and their CORRUPT security officers (especially the DRUG LORDS OF THE IRGC) for their utter lack of respect for human life, for ethnic rights; and their utter lack of competence, care and wisdom.

When I lived in that city, it had a reputation for having a high density of 'elite' population, because the Shah's government of the time followed a policy to send "experts", political scientists, historians, lawyers, engineers, and the better ones of the army to this "volatile" region (this province has been volatile for 200 years, at least) to manage it out of trouble, to educate it, to bring prosperity to its harbour (Chahbahar), to its agriculture (Mirjaveh, Sarbaaz). Balouchestan was to get attention by the queen wearing Balouchi patterns, and by the King building a royal residence in this poorest of the provinces to allow him frequent visits. Alas, all the rush to modernity was too much to take for the traditional Iranians, and it looked too capitalist to the university-educated lefties. Revolution happened; and Khomeini stole it and turned it into a fundamentalist battle of egos East vs West. And then, Iran and its people were forgotten, and remain forgotten, in the cacophony of headless heartless politicians of the East and the West.

What is interesting is that revolution didn't come to Zahedan, really. (I remember distributing colourful slips with Khomeni messages on behalf of my university student uncle, and I remember my father bailing him out of trouble a few times, but that was it. I never saw or heard of a rally; and the Wall writings were so few and so mediocre that no one bothered to do anything about.) Revolution came only after it was declared victorious, and only then did the people pull down the Shah's statue from the statue of his horse), I watched both the palace and the province being robbed of all potential in the first years of the IRI. Some of those old blueprints have been put back on the table during the Reform era; but they are now peripheral (remind me to tell you the story of Banana) and what dominates is the corruption of the revolutionary guards, who together with their accomplice (drug) lords of the province are the targets of the Jundollah attacks. What is ironic, is that apparently, after Abdulmalek Rigi was arrested, a bit of confidence was returning to the province, luring investments and development projects. But now, people are afraid of "being Balouch" again; and investors run away from trouble.

Don't blame our miseries on the western patrons: WE are accountable for our OWN lost opportunities and for any loss that comes to us, of life and of fortune.

UPDATE: I have translated statements of the green leader and the 'supreme' leader on the event. See, the division in the country really fades when the country comes under serious danger! So the Republican assholes who wish to give the green light to the Israeli assholes to bomb Iran, better beware!

=====Translation of Mousavi's message on the 3rd day of the event, stressing that both the internal and the external agitators are eager to use the event to muddy waters for their gain.

In the name of Allah, the giver and the forgiver.

The atrocious act that took place in Zahedan, was clearly intended to create a rift between the Sunni and the Shiite brothers; a despicable act against the national unity. Of such actions benefit, both the foreigners and also those whose profits lay in the chasm of cultures and ethnicities.

In the critical times we are living today, be careful of conspiracies, across the country, targeting the unity of the people.

I express my condolences to the families of the victims; and to all my brothers and sisters in Sistan & Balouchistan. I hope the alertness, the fraternity and the national unite of the brave people of our country will neutralize the malicious intentions of their enemies.

Mir Hossein Mousavi

=========Excerpt from Khamenei's message on the 7th day of the event, stressing that the external enemies are eager to spread terrorism in the middle east to gain control of the region.

"Blind, ignorant, and murderous fundamentalists have given their hearts to corrupt powers who have repeatedly demonstrated their hatred for Islam and Muslims; and have delivered a blow to them when ever a chance has presented itself. Their animosity with Iran is because of the flowing flag of Islam in this country, and its perpetual call to Islamic unity, dignity and power. In this bloody event, and many alike, one of the aims of the enemy is to generate rifts between Muslims. The Islamic Republic of Iran, who has for years supported the [Sunni] people of Gaza, Afghanistan and Kashmir, is now the target of the Intelligence agencies of the US and Israel, who have delusions of dragging [Iran] into the conspiracy of Sunni/Shiite clash. Unaware, are they, of the fact that the Sunnis of Iran, like their Shiite brothers, have frequently proven their loyalty to this sacred Nezam [yes they have, but not to the Nezam, but to the country, dude! Since Nezam is the one who is conspiring with the "enemy" in wronging them] and have stood up against Imperialism in defending the Islamic Republic.

In our region [Middle East], the emergence and the growth of blind and savage terrorism, is born out of the malicious American and British policies. It is up to all Muslims to stand up against and fight this ominous and unfortunate offspring.

The Shiite and Sunni elite, across the Muslim and Arab world, must illuminate the intentions of the enemies in spreading and strengthening sectarian terrorism, and alert them of the dangers of the enemy's dream of religious conspiracy.

[and then condolences]

Seyed Ali Khamenei"


Zeinobia said...

thank you for speaking up , I was waiting for your view because as outsider we are lost in front of the Iranian internal issue

parvati_roma said...

Thank you, Naj - the best and most informative writing I've read on this anywhere.

Beach Bum said...

Thanks for informing me on the stuff that the journalists here in the States can't find time to report.

But the reason why I find it hard to blog these days is because Iran seems to have turned into a hodge podge.

I find I have to blog because the United States is turning into an insane asylum.

Revelutionary Fesenjan said...

Naj, This was an amazing post. So amazing. Thanks for writing it. Boos,

Naj said...

Thank you friends; I am happy someone is reading these stuff.

Perhaps one day I translate my father's memoir ...

Did you know, by the way, that Khamenei spent some of his exile, during Shah's time, in Iranshahr? One of the Balouchi cities (and now a province, I think.)

nunya said...

Thanks Naj,

and I am sorry that Iran has become so bewildering to you. As someone that is getting older, I find that my country has many bewildering contradictions. It seems that harder I try to understand, the less I actually do understand.

Take care dear.

Naj said...


I am just sorry that the people of my country must live such complex lives; but things could have been worse.

On a daily basis, I do stumble on a lot of life happening in Iran; it is after all a country of mostly mountain/desert/earthquake/drought people who have lived and survived there as far as the history recalls.

You have the eagle's blood, so you perhaps know that when one walks on the 7000 year old ruins, one knows that what matters is the "after-life", not in hell or heaven, but in what will remain in the earth and in the history and in words and in legacies and etc.

Truth is, we are stoic pain-tolerators; we push for comfort and want a lot from life and whine accordingly, but we also know how to survive, and how to turn pain into pancake.

Like Americans, we are not shy of expressing ourselves, improving ourselves, and being greedy. Every single Iranian has grandiosity complexes! Perhaps that's why the world hears more from us, than from people of elsewhere, who I am sure have a greater share of suffering than we ever do in Iran.

[Beach, you can call us "individually nice, collectively assholes" too ;)]

nunya said...


I stumbled upon this today:

Shocking Video Emerges of Netanyahu Bragging About Derailing the Oslo Accords

I wasn't shocked, it was actually within a year or two after September 11 that I discovered just how much power the tiny (6 million people) country of Israel has over American foreign policy, and how well that is hidden from US citizens.

The video is embedded in the page, just scroll down.

nunya said...

Sorry, here's the link

Shocking Video Emerges of Netanyahu Bragging About Derailing the Oslo Accords

Anonymous said...

dear Ms. Naj,
I'm sorry to see you're wasting your energy fretting about the machinations of the Republicans,"neo-cons",& "warmongers".You shouldn't let the children watch horror movies at bed time, so if you feel a hint of war hysteria after visiting the Ninnies at 'anti-war', or Bombastic Bombers of the Right, just rest your head on the pillow, and remember :
There'e no such thing as Undead Zombies, and there's never been a useful US military option against Iran.Again, there are more War Hawks at than at the Pentagon.
It may make you uncomfortable to see pistol packin' Republicans in the Iranian Regime Change Cohort,and while we have not the slightest idea of how "step by step" might work, we do understand that any US military attack on Iran would be a terrible mis-step.
Sleep tight, and dream only of Victory.

Anonymous said...

So finally you decided that there are other people in Iran besides the nagging Greens?

Anonymous said...

There will be no war - at least not until 2012 when US will have pulled all her troops out Iraq and Afghanistan.

Even then war is unlikely with US.

War with Israel, however, is a possibility. But rest assured that their attack will be strongly responded to.

Naj said...

Pen name, yes in Iran there are a minority of fascists and a lot of superstitious idiots ans some of the same are green too.
Over the last year, my respect for Mousavi has tremendouy grown. He represents my shade of green, of course it's better if he dropped from his imam horse. That old fool was criminal.

michael ledeen said...

hey! I have always opposed war against Iran, you are confusing me with somebody else. I want Western governments to support the opposition. Peacefully. As we did support the opposition to the Soviet Empire.

Naj said...

Michael ledeen, I am talking about the author of "The Iranian Time Bomb"; and the "Accomplie to Evil". You represent Iran as the Nazi Germany; and often criticize those who are seeking diplomatic solutions. What is your idea of "supporting the opposition"? And "overthrowing the government"?
Iraqi style?
Afghan style?

And what is the obsession with Iran wants to wipe Israel off of the map, when you KNOW it is a rhetorical statement, when you KNOW it is only in response to Israel's EXPLICIT threats?

And how can you be the "the bowl hotter than the soup?" and carry on our vendetta against Iran on the back of "Iranian women and Iranian students and reformist and human right activists"?

How does your islamophobia and Israelanxiety comes to terms with the fact that Iran has a majority of muslims; with the fact that it is not the ordinary muslims who are a threat to anyone, but the ones who are in fact funded by your regime-overthrower policies, like Al Quaeda & taliban?

For a start, how about cleaning the act in Israel, so the mullahs won't be able to ride that wave of stupid sentiments? You KNOW it is all opportunism talking when Ahmadinejad chants anti-Israel. So, WHY do you imply Iran is the next Nazi evil, and chastize those who do not "act" to stop it soon?

Anonymous said...

You will have to pity people like Leeden. He and his kind have managed to bring US society to the point that the loyalty of Jews to America is being questioned.

Naj said...

Indeed this group's giving a good boost to antisemetism ... it's a feed forward kind of a system; sad!

Anonymous said...

dear Ms. Naj,

"not ordinary moslems...but the ones who are in fact funded by your regime-overthrower policy, like Alqueda,and the Taliban."
Do you want to load the responsibility for violent Fundies onto Uncle Sam's burdened back ?
I don't recall the Ronnie Reagan quote," Mr Omar,tear down this girls' school !"
Some claim that Modern Violent Fundies arose in the 50's in resposne to Western Womens' knees, but those ladies shouldn't be held responsible.
Violent,authoritarian Fundies are ISLAM'S responsibility, and the struggle is nowhere better seen than in Iran.

Naj said...


Not at all; Islamic fundamentalists, like other kinds of fundamentalists (that I had the misfortune of encountering through Ledeen's post entited "A Brothel called Iran" are victims of
1) ignorance
2) mental illness

They are uninformed to make 'rational' judgments; and they are 'untrainable' to unlearn their old phobias and misconceptions, hence the mental illness.

These kind are the best pawns for whichever power wants manipulating them to their own game. These kind can emerge as powerful islamist fundies, or powerful islamophobic zionists.

Islamic fundamentalists ARE a minority of muslims; and zionist fundamentalists are a minority of Jews; and evangelists are a minority of Christians; yet all these groups are working so hard on galvaization of hatred, division, and bigotry ...

Anonymous said...


There is a struggle between (Godless) Western Modernity and all religious-based polities, including Islam and Judaism.

There is also a struggle in defining what is Islam and where its legal boundaries end and those of the individual's begin.

This struggle has been going on now in Iran in a public way for the last 33 years in full view of the world, both Muslim and non-Muslim. On the outcome of this struggle, in that country, the future of Islam as a living and inspiring religion - and not as a dying dispensation - rests.

The protogonists of this struggle in Iran are not related to those against whom US, UK, and a few other Christian states are waging a war. Very far from it, indeed.

But the fact remains that both the Taliban and the Salafist extremists were creatures of yourself or your allies. Muslim Brotherhood Fundies - as you like to call them - did not attack US. Iranians did not celeberate the 9/11 attacks. It was your supposed allies that did so - Saudi Arabians, citizens of UAE, and others. You cannot drag us into this.

Since this struggle in Iran and within Islam is not yours, I think you best leave the scene and stop trying to pick up winners and loosers. You lack that knowledge and that judgement to do so. Your policies are only aggravaiting the situation as it exists now by inflaming an emotional people with an emotional religion.

Please leave us alone to sort of our problems - which u have correctly pointed out.

We could never ever become a country such as yours.

Anonymous said...

dear anonymous,4:22
The World's prying eyes,braying voices, and darkest Black-Ops will continue.As yourself, we understand the gravity of Iran's drama.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous August 06, 2010 8:03:00 AM:

Yes, the Black Ops - Wayne Wrights and Kermit Roosevelts of this world who were serveing and defending the Constitution of the United Stated and their colleagues in Chile and Mozambique and heaven only knows how many other such places.

God must have a special place in Hell for the lot of them.