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Iran's Animal Farm

10 Sep 2009 22:0619 Comments

Animal Farm meets 1984

By HANA H. in Tehran | 10 Sept 2009

Comment Iranian politics is an unpredictable madhouse made up of all the crazies, majorly deluded and mentally deranged thrown in with a few sane and semi-rational beings.

It is a terrain where short-term memory loss is a common characteristic and some people are more equal and others are definitely above the law.

Iran is a place where rumors circulating about mystery men are not just idle talk and almost always they turn out to be the puppeteers pulling the strings and running the show.

Disputes are settled in a tribal manner and one lucky bastard becomes an icon simply by being at the right place at the right time and for claiming one color as his own.

Iran is a country that was formerly an Islamic Republic, a theocracy; now it's a big blank that fits no description.

With every news story that breaks, more and more people look at one another in amazement. One question showing in their eyes that many do not bring to their lips: 'Is this still an Islamic country?'

While rape and sodomy are punishable under Sharia law -- and Iran, no doubt, is a 100 percent heterosexual state -- boys, girls and even middle-aged men have been violated in prison.

It now appears that homosexuals rising from within the ranks of the very 'straight' establishment have been deployed to numerous detention centers across the country so that no Iranian taken there will be deprived of their special treatment.

Non-Muslims are forbidden from entering sacred Shia shrines, but today one man treats one such shrine as a museum, taking a non-Muslim, one who is considered particularly corrupt by Islamic standards no less, into the highly revered place of pilgrimage. Oddly enough, there is no reaction from the Seminary or the usually vocal Sources, who not long ago saw it as their duty to issue statement after statement to shout their juristical doubts about the wrong-headedness of including women in the cabinet.

Questioning the Shia popes is against Islam and the inhabitants of the Islamic Republic are taught to blindly follow these guardians of religion. The Sources are the go-to guys who can tell them how to properly perform important feats from relieving oneself to semi-important tasks such as 'Islamically' drawing in the last breath. Today the popes, cardinals and even the fathers are being labeled as 'unhinged' or thrown behind bars.

The Sources, who once oversaw the actions of the nation and claimed to be making sure that Iranians were promptly dispatched to heaven for following them in utmost piety, are now openly mocked for showing support for the people.

The founding fathers of the revolution and the martyrs of the Iraq-Iran war were once regarded as sacred men with divine powers, whose families were treated like untouchable royalty. Today, they are accused of being counter-revolutionaries, are assaulted and insulted and locked up.

Creating an enemy, a Mr. Jones, is vital for the survival of dictatorships, as it gives the masses an object of hate to blame for all shortcomings and prevents them from noticing how they are being manipulated by their rulers.

The 'Mr. Jones' of Iranian society, once the West, is no longer an external threat. Every last Khomeini apostle is now an enemy of the person of Big Brother himself and must be hunted down by thought police and put on trial for every committed and non-committed thought-crime.

In the battle of the pigs, the hypocritical swine will continue to eat away at each other until the last Snowball has been chased from the farm.

After all, in Iran 'War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, and ... is President'.

Copyright (c) 2009 Tehran Bureau

Photo/Reuters: October 7, 2008.

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mousavi is a lucky bastard? really? i didn't realize that its lucky to have your brother in law and other friends arrested, while your family has to sacrifice everything to stand up to an oppressive regime.


WhatsUpDoc / September 10, 2009 6:17 PM


Awhile back I posted this link for all Iranians who have not read this book. It is very instructional and every freedom loving citizen should be familiar with it.

Nomad / September 10, 2009 6:26 PM

P.S. have you sacrificed MORE than any what the current reform leaders have? - otherwise i suggest people watch their tone when they talk about Green Movement leaders.

WhatsUpDoc / September 10, 2009 6:27 PM

Monsters yes, "crazies, majorly deluded and mentally deranged"?! These guys are brilliant.

And such unIslamic acts are natural, as these men are better described as corrupt, complex businessmen than religious preachers.

And "the martyrs of the Iraq-Iran war were once regarded as sacred men with divine powers, whose families were treated like untouchable royalty" ... They were used and abused more than anyone in Iranian society, go look at the number of war vets without a leg who drive a taxi in Tehran. I sat with their children in class, kids whose shoes needed serious mending and whose attire was far, FAR from that of a royal. I suggest the author go and take a long walk throughout the city before publishing such frivolous comments.

Pedestrian / September 10, 2009 7:10 PM

Go back to your roots and get rid of this filthy Arab religion. Islam religion of ignorance and savagery.

Gooya / September 10, 2009 9:26 PM

Great photo of an Iranian soldier. Good to see they still use the old "American" type chevrons for their enlisted ranks. He also appears better equipped than the darkest days of the Imposed War.

I wonder when this photo was taken. Judging by his demeanor, the soldier appears to suggest a reasonable state of morale.

Pirouz / September 11, 2009 12:30 AM

Good article.

You forget to mention that the Islamic Republic was born out of a Big Lie (Khomeini's promise of full democracy; that he'd retire to Qom; that the clergy wouldn't rule...). It started with kangaroo courts dealing justice to the ancien regime, and then to its own children (Qotbzadeh et al); and Khalkhali having people shot en masse on charges of addiction and/or homosexuality... The only difference today is the scale of the savagery, and O yes, the corruption. In other words, nothing is sacred in this regime, never has been, never will be.

mahasti / September 11, 2009 1:49 AM

" Islam religion of ignorance and savagery."

Maybe, but every religion has been used to justify torture, murder and tyranny. That is one of the main functions of organised religions.

Don Cox / September 11, 2009 5:19 AM

"battle of the pigs", I liked that. Brilliant description of this regime!

Monique / September 11, 2009 9:38 AM

"Maybe, but every religion has been used to justify torture, murder and tyranny. That is one of the main functions of organized religions."

However, the Islam prophet was the one who took sword and killed. He encouraged his son in law to behead the war injured without mercy. Mohammad and Ali were murderers. Which prophet has done this?

Gooya / September 11, 2009 10:06 AM

To the author:

Politics anywhere includes "the crazies and the mentally deranged"!!!!! I think Pedestrian really got it right. These crazies are very sharp and corrupt businessmen. They have been little by little taking over all aspects of Iranian society. IRGC is the Mafia of Iran but much much worse because they are running a country as opposed to the Mafia who were or are running different businesses.

Also, many countries have their "Mr. Jones". The US has number of Mr. Joneses. Just go back to the Bush years. Ahmadinejad and Khomeini are not so different from Bush and Cheney.

Politics is a madhouse in any country.

MM / September 11, 2009 1:21 PM

To: Pedestrian

I agree with you 100%. Many parts of this article was frivolous. That is why I usually read Mr. Sahimi's articles or the headlines or the blogs posted to TB.

MM / September 11, 2009 1:29 PM

Haha, i loved the first and last sentences.

Neda / September 11, 2009 11:44 PM

gooya thanks for showing your ignorance and prejudice mind. the movement for democracy and freedom is for ALL iranians, including iranian muslims. so tired of seeing how prejudiced and racist my own countrymen can be. its a disgrace and an embarrassment.

WhatsUpDoc / September 12, 2009 7:57 PM

hahahahaa...loved the article! Great job, I guess what some critics failed to grasp are the ironies that you have wittingly pointed out in a smart and funny way!

expression / September 14, 2009 3:46 AM

WhatsUpDoc -

Please take it easy on the Islam propoganda and your bleeding heart. The current regime has done a fantastic job of turning average young Iranians away from Islam for many years to come. Once these pigs are gone, there is no place for religion (any kind of religion) in a free and democratic future Iran. It is a tool to hide their corruption, greed and tyranny and manipulate the people.

Basiji Hunter / September 14, 2009 9:40 PM

Iran now doesn't have a "Religion"...it has a "STOOLPIDGEON" of a "Religion"!

Jaker / September 18, 2009 9:54 AM

Who is the non-muslim that was taken to a shia shrine?

I haven't been following the news lately.

It's also a disgrace and embarrassment that any religion treats non-followers as subhuman not even worthy of entering a freakin' building. Disgusting. What does this say about iranian and muslim cultures and people?


Is it also a disgrace and embarrassment that the green movement is supporting a mass murdering prime minister and caller for the genocide of Israel? A muslim zealot only two degrees less ignorant and hateful than Ahmmadinejad?

Is it also a disgrace and embarrassment that the 'heroes' of the green movement are shouting death to russia? That country has relations with iran and interests, and it recognized the people ruling Iran as millions of iranians do, what do you want it to do - sacrifice itself for the comfort of iranians? and what about those other iranians that will also shout death to russia for doing exactly that? Stop shouting death to this or that, just shut up and fix your culture and country. Hateful, emotional, irrational, intolerant, always blame others and a massive inferiority complex and deep seated physiological characteristics of iranians that you have to work on to improve yourself. Never mind you've got that 800 pound beast on your back called islam, where it's piety to be a totalitarian subject, god you people have problems. Oh wait, yeah blame america.

Oreo / September 18, 2009 10:42 PM

An interesting analogy, however, Orwell's metaphor was about the Communist party's behavior as it supported the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. There is a interesting painting by Goya near the entrance to the Prado in Madrid that also fits. It was done during Goya's dark period(1819-23). It's title is, Saturn eating his children.

The ancient Greek stories say that Saturn leads his brothers and sisters in a revolt against their father and he becomes king of the gods. He marries Rhea and they have six children. Enter the heinous. Because of a prediction that one day one of his children will dethrone him, Saturn eats each of his newborns until the last one, the one Rhea protects It in itself is another metaphor for Iran's Islamic revolution devouring itself.

Both the painting by Goya and Animal farm proclaim the truth: All revolutions devour their own children.

Richard Kadas / September 19, 2009 3:05 AM