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Rumi - Quotes
 
“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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Departure without Destination

Geneva talks and Islamic Revolution’s 34th year celebration of our national disgrace

 
By Freydoon Khoie

Lamentably now is the 34th anniversary of the American Embassy siege in Tehran by Ali Khamenei and his criminal gang of terrorists innocuously calling themselves ‘Muslim Students’ and followers of ‘Imam Khomeini’. Their hooligan behavior destroyed our national image in the eyes of the civilized world and reduced the honorable name of Iran to the degrading status of pariah state. At the time, the regime’s ringleaders had trouble gathering even a few thousand ‘willing’ demonstrators, even with big bribes and the application of regular fear tactics. It was like Germany’s neo-Nazi skinheads and hoodlums marching in Munich showing how proud they are to be the children of criminals, racists, rapists, robbers and murderers.

Today, even the school children in Iran know that the so called ‘Islamic revolution’ was a textbook mission by Iran’s enemies to break the legs of our ancient country which desperately yearned to break away from her primitive past and dark age customs and join the progressive world to build a new, modern, industrialized, civilized and prosperous Iran.

After 34 years of Khamenei’s weekly harangues and hate-laden diatribes against human dignity, personal liberty, common sense, peace and progress, cheered on by ‘spontaneous’ hired mobs, misguided zealots and professional demonstrators, the people of Iran know that it was all an elaborate hoax. This tragic deception in the name of our peaceful religion to scatter five million of our well-educated children, to undo the 70 years of progress that our nationalist leaders had made and that it was an onslaught on our flourishing economy and an attempt to take back Iran by a century or two.

But in the opening pages of the 21st century the chickens have come home to roost; 20 million pro-western young Iranian boys and girls, fully equipped with powerful tools like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and - thanks to the internet, up-to-date with the latest anti-filtering technology, social communication and civil mobilization knowledge - they are determined to bring down the despots and relocate Ali Khamenei and his thuggish guards from their hideouts to the same Evin prison in which they have kept, tortured, and executed so many thousands of innocent activists and start building a new, civilized Iran Zamin.

As the days of this despotic regime coming to an end draw near we are approaching the beginning of the end of this 34-year nightmare; we hope and pray that the American exceptionalism will once again manifest itself and reach out and lend us a resilient hand in our Herculean effort to remove Khamenei’s despotic and illegitimate regime from our midst. And in its stead establish a true Iranian Republic to bring about a inclusive, secular, liberal democratic political system, a free market economy with a constitution that guarantees and respects individual liberties and human rights in our country and allows us to join the free and democratic family of nations to start playing a positive role in our progressively troubled world region.

Even though we know the Americans have every good intention to engage with Khamenei’s regime, I am so sad to say that they are talking to entirely the wrong people. The current regime led by Ali Khamenei and his cohorts and partners-in-crime are not the true representatives of the people of Iran; they are simply holding our nation at gun point, claiming to be the government in charge in the most repressive and despotic tyranny on planet Earth - and in the process have destroyed the very fabric of our Iranian society.

We urge President Obama and leaders of the 5+1 countries not to betray the people of Iran and give undue legitimacy to the despotic regime via engaging in these proposed negotiations. The regime is politically, morally, ideologically and economically bankrupt and has no popularity amongst the 75 million people of Iran. The continuation of sanctions and open support for the pro-democracy opposition parties will bring the regime down sooner than imagined.

We have repeatedly challenged Khamenei that if he really believes in his own propaganda that he is a popular leader, then simply allow a truly free and fair referendum to ask the people of Iran if they wish to go on with the ‘Islamic’ Republic or if they’d rather have an Iranian Republic based on liberal democratic and secular principles. But of course he refuses, because he knows that he will not have even garner 2% votes.

  Imagine the depth of Khamenei’s insidious, ruthless and base character to forcefully bring one of the American hostages on television back in 1979 to interview him in order to boost his own image amongst his brainwashed followers.

Ali Khamenei and every single member of the communists and criminal gangs behind the seizure of the U.S. Embassy, most of whom are now high- ranking regime officials, must be arrested and tried publicly and punished to the fullest extent of the law for holding U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days. All their private properties accumulated in the last 34 years must be confiscated as the proceeds of crime and used as restitution to pay back the American hostages for their long overdue compensation claims for the tormenting 444 days of suffering they endured in the hands of Khamenei’s regime.

The U.S. 5+1 talks should clearly lay out the conditions for any respite in sanctions. Those conditions must include:

  • First and foremost total political reform;
  • Release of all political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, those held for their religious beliefs;
  • And an open and free national referendum to ask the people of Iran if they want an Islamic Republic or a secular Iranian Republic.

After such a referendum – with transparent results obvious to the people of Iran and the whole world - an interim government will be formed which will meet with the United States’-led 5+1 and agree to dismantle and scrap any and all nuclear weapons-related programs and warmly welcome the I.A.E.A. and U.N. inspectors to all nuclear program-related facilities without any conditions. They should then actually observe the dismantling and decommissioning of the nuclear weapons-related facilities, greet the world in peace and friendship and start building a new, modern, civilized Iran.

The reality is that neither Khamenei, nor his marionette Rohani, are truly the elected representatives of the people of Iran. It’s the people who are the true stakeholders of any outcome of the negotiations and must be the principal participants in the talks through their freely-elected representatives.

The lead must come from the people of Iran and their true and freely-elected representatives deciding on the pressing issues of the day with total transparency on a range of objectives. This is patently not Khamenei’s real intention in his nuclear agenda. The despotic regime knows that at some point the people of Iran will have no choice but to seek external military intervention (viz Libya, Yemen, Syria, Egypt) to help them remove the brutal regime from power. For this reason he wants to develop a nuclear bomb so that he can blackmail the free world while holding the nation of Iran hostage.

The U.S. government must demand total and complete political freedom inside Iran so that the true representatives of a democratically-elected government will come to the negotiating table - and not the current unelected elements who do not have the Iranian national interest at heart. Without such clearly-defined terms and conditions the image of the United States and American exceptionalism will seriously suffer.

Regardless of who was a sheep-in-wolf’s clothing or a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing, none of them are truly openly-elected representatives of the people of Iran. Khamenei has never been publicly elected by the people; Rouhani was hand-picked by Khamenei and imposed upon our people in a mock election and they are all members of the same single group of terrorists who hijacked our pro-democracy revolution in 1979 and since then have repressed the people of Iran with brute and violent force and in the process have destroyed the very fabric of our nation.

To pretend that the six powers are talking to the legitimate representatives of the 75 million people of Iran is the height of diplomatic myopia and treachery against the nation of Iran which they will not forgive. The 5+1 will do well to get on the right side of history and support genuine inclusive democracy, justice and freedom in Iran.

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