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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
― Rumi

  
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”
― Rumi

 
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
― Rumi

 
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”
― Rumi

 
“What you seek is seeking you.”
― Rumi

 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

 
“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
― Rumi

 
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
― Rumi

 
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
― Rumi

 
“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

 
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
― Rumi

 
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
― Rumi

 
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
― Rumi
 
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”
― Rumi

 
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live. Destroy your
reputation. Be notorious.”
― Rumi

 
“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
― Rumi

 
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
― Rumi
 
    

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Definition of Terrorism
Why 5+1 is negotiating with Khamnei’s Terrorist regime?
 
By Freydoon Khoie

The US and EU laws prohibit negotiations with Terrorist Organizations and since Iran’s current regime is clearly a Terrorist Organization it is fair to ask how the US and the EU governments are violating their own laws by appearing to negotiate with a well know terrorist regime?

Even though the word ‘Terrorism’ is difficult to define, and even the various law enforcement branches of the U.S. and EU governments cannot agree on one single definition and the old adage, "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" is still very much alive and well today, according to the following several definitions of terrorism, Khamnei’s regime easily fit into a Terrorist regime category:

  • Terrorism is the use or threatened use of force designed to bring about political change.
    Brian Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President (RAND Corp.)

  • Terrorism constitutes the illegitimate use of force to achieve a political objective when innocent people are targeted.
    Walter Laqueur, Professor/Historian/Political Commentator

  • Terrorism is the premeditated, deliberate, systematic murder, mayhem, and threatening of the innocent to create fear and intimidation in order to gain a political or tactical advantage, usually to influence an audience.
    James M. Poland, Author - "Understanding Terrorism"

  • Terrorism is the unlawful use or threat of violence against persons or property to further political or social objectives. It is usually intended to intimidate or coerce individuals or groups, or to modify their behavior or politics.
    Vice-President's Task Force, 1986

  • Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • Terrorism is the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.
    U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

  • Terrorism is all criminal acts directed against a society and intended or calculated to create a state of terror in the minds of particular persons or a group of persons or the general public.
    League of Nations, 1937

  • Terrorism is any act or threat of violence, whatever its motives or purposes, that occurs in the advancement of an individual or collective criminal agenda and seeking to sow panic among people, causing fear by harming them, or placing their lives, liberty or security in danger, or seeking to cause damage to the environment or to public or private installations or property or to occupying or seizing them, or seeking to jeopardize a national resources.
    Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior and Justice, 1998

Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are designated by the US Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). FTO designations play a critical role in the fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities.

The legal criteria for designation as an FTO are as follows:

  • Group must be a foreign organization.

  • The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)), or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)), or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.

  • The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.

    We know by now that Khamnei’s regime fits perfectly with all of the above descriptions of a Terrorist regime or organization and wonder how could the law abiding US and EU governments engage in direct negotiations with a Terrorist regime?

Khamnei’s regime in Iran is the founder of Hezbollah organization which had been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on October 8, 1997. Formed in 1982 by Khomaini, and spending billions of dollars without the consent of the people of Iran, taking side with the Lebanese-based radical Shia group. The Hezbollah branch in Beirut follows the religious guidance of Khomeini’s successor, Ali Khamenei. The Lebanese Hezbollah is closely allied with Iran’s Hezbollah and the two often work together on shared initiatives, with Beirut based Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s headquarters are in Tehran and shares a close relationship with Syria’s Bashar Assad, and like Iran, the group is providing assistance to Syrian regime forces in the Syrian civil war between freedom fighters and Assad’s criminal regime.

Hezbollah has strong influence in Lebanon, especially with the Shia community. Hezbollah plays an active role in Lebanese politics, and the group holds 13 seats in the 128-member Lebanese Parliament and two seats in the 30-member Council of Ministers. Hezbollah’s political strength grew in the wake of the 2006 war with Israel and the group’s 2008 takeover of West Beirut, though its reputation and popularity have been significantly undermined by the group’s active support for the Assad regime.

Khamnei’s Hezbollah provides support to several Palestinian terrorist organizations, as well as a number of local Christian and Muslim militias in Lebanon. Besides overt political support, it includes the covert provision of weapons, explosives, training, funding, and guidance, paid for by Iran’s oil revenue and without the consent of the vast majority of the people of Iran.

Activities: Hezbollah’s terrorist attacks have included the suicide truck bombings of the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983; which killed over 244 US Marines; the U.S. Embassy annex in Beirut in 1984; and the 1985 hijacking of TWA flight 847, during which a U.S. Navy diver was murdered. Elements of the group were responsible for the kidnapping, detention, and murder of Americans and other Westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s. Hezbollah was implicated, along with Khamnei’s regime, in the 1992 attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina and on the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. In 2000, Hezbollah operatives captured three Israeli soldiers in the Shebaa Farms area and, separately, kidnapped an Israeli non-combatant in Dubai. Though the non-combatant survived, on November 1, 2001, Israeli Army Rabbi Israel Weiss pronounced the soldiers dead. The surviving non-combatant and the bodies of the IDF soldiers were returned to Israel in a prisoner exchange with Hezbollah in 2004.

Hezbollah and a Palestinian group affiliated with al-Qa’ida blamed each other for a May 2011 roadside bomb attack that wounded six Italian soldiers with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Two other attacks against UNIFIL peacekeepers – an attack in late July that wounded six French citizens and a second attack days later that injured three other French soldiers – were believed to have been carried out by Hezbollah. Also in 2011, four Hezbollah members were indicted by the U.N.-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), an international tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The four Hezbollah members indicted by the STL were Mustafa Badreddine Salim Ayyash, Assad Sabra, and Hassan Anise. Identified as the primary suspect in Hariri’s assassination, Badreddine is believed to have replaced his cousin, Imad Mugniyeh, as Hezbollah’s top military commander after Mugniyeh’s 2008 death. Hezbollah denounced the trial and vowed to retaliate, saying the four indicted Hezbollah members would not be handed over.

On January 12, Thai police detained a Hezbollah operative on immigration charges as he was attempting to depart Thailand from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. He led police to nearly 10,000 pounds of urea-based fertilizer and 10 gallons of liquid ammonium nitrate in a commercial building about 20 miles south of Bangkok. It was unclear if the materials were intended to be used to carry out terrorist attacks in Thailand – possibly against Israeli tourists – or if they were to be transported to another country. The Hezbollah operative was awaiting trial at year’s end.

In 2012, Hezbollah stepped up the pace of its terrorist plotting, and was implicated in several terrorist plots around the world. In Cyprus, a suspected Lebanese Hezbollah operative was detained by the Cypriot authorities on July 7 for allegedly helping plan an attack against Israeli tourists in Cyprus. The trial began in September 2012, and on March 21, 2013, a Cyprus court found a Hezbollah operative guilty of charges stemming from his surveillance activities of Israeli tourist targets.

In Bulgaria, on July 18, a terrorist attack was carried out on a passenger bus carrying 42 Israeli tourists at the Sarafovo Airport near the Bulgarian city of Burgas. The explosion killed five Israelis and injured 32, and also killed the Bulgarian bus driver. On February 5, 2013, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetan Tsevtanov, publically linked Hezbollah to the Burgas bombing, citing the involvement of two Hezbollah operatives in the plot.

Hezbollah headquarters is based in Tehran and a branch in the southern suburbs of Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, and southern Lebanon. However, as evidenced by Hezbollah’s activities during the course of 2012, the group is capable of operating around the globe.

Khamnei’s regime continues to provide Lebanon’s branch of Hezbollah with training, weapons, and explosives, as well as political, diplomatic, monetary, and organizational aid to Syria’s Assad regime. Hezbollah also receives funding from private donations and profits from illegal businesses. Hezbollah receives financial support from Lebanese Shia communities in Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Asia. As illustrated by the Lebanese Canadian bank case, Hezbollah supporters are often engaged in a range of criminal activities that benefit the group financially. These have included smuggling contraband goods, passport falsification, human trafficking, narcotics, money laundering, and credit card fraud, immigration, and bank fraud.

This is the character of the Islamic Republic dictatorship regime in Iran with whom the 5+1 are negotiating in good faith which shows the depth of President Obama’s naiveté, while the nation of Iran is held hostage in the hands of Khamnei’s Hezbollah Terrorist regime.

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