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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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Faustian Bargain with Iran?
 
Is the U.S. President being deceived by the EU’s Catherine Ashton to deal with the devil in Iran and thus betray its people in the process?
  
By Freydoon Khoie

     As far as the people of Iran are concerned, any type of deal between the members of the so called ‘5+1’ (the U.S., the U.K., France, Russia, China plus Germany) and Khamenei’s terrorist regime is tantamount to a pact with the Devil. In return for economic gains that may, ironically, result in prolonging the life of the most loathed dictatorial regime in Iran’s contemporary history – metaphorically exemplified by the legend of Dr Faust and the inveigling figure of Mephistopheles – any pact will amount to a blatant betrayal of the people of Iran. They have steadfastly and unequivocally demanded regime change so they may return to the original intentions of the 1979 revolution which were democracy, socio-economic justice and political pluralism.

An overwhelming majority of Iranians view political Islam and clerical despotism by false prophets as the very incarnation of the Devil; this is precisely why they want to end it not only in Iran, but in the entire Muslim world. And they perceive the U.S.-led economic, political and diplomatic sanctions as the most effective policy to bring this about.

Political Islam was crushed on the altar of a celebrated secular political system in Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman’s Islamist rule back in 1921. It raised its ugly head again in 1979 in Iran, disguised as a pro-democracy doctrine; then it mercilessly stabbed the nation of Iran in the back and established its clerical despotism that destroyed Iran’s flourishing civic nationalist social political system. This betrayal took Iran back by a century and ever since has polarized Iranian society between the majority of secularists and the minority of armed and paid supporters of the regime. In practice, this had left the secularists with no other alternative but to consider cold civil war to permanently banish the Devil of political Islam and its clerical despotism.

The same venomous head of political Islam rose during the Arab Spring, but this time disguised as the Muslim Brotherhood, aiming to crush Egyptians’ spirit and squash liberty; but the Egyptians who had seen what happened in Iran back in 1979 were wise enough to call in the national army and successfully crush the skull of the reincarnated version of Khomaini’s Islamist regime and gave back hope to the Egyptian masses.

Members of political Islam in Tunisia also showed their true color by assassinating two prominent secularist leaders whom had awakened the people of Tunisia. They soon realized the creeping Islamist despotism and were quick enough to bring the Islamists to justice and force them to resign from the coalition government – which is now in its dying days.

Given the opportunity, political Islamists behave as master and proprietor of the people, rather than as their servant and trustee. They present themselves in a plausible plebeian posture intended to deceive the faithful masses, while treating them as subjects rather than citizens, rendering the ideal of a self-confident citizenry, imbued with civic pride and recognized as such by their rulers, an elusion.

Iranians were the first victims of this elaborate hoax of political deception and paid a heavy price to awaken the Muslim world. As a result, only today do we see them willingly crushing the heads of the snake disguised as political Islam in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Jordon, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The Muslim world has learned their lessons from Iran’s disaster and will not allow political Islam to achieve power, just as the assertive Egyptians realized soon enough to crush it. The Muslim nations should realize that in political Islam’s agenda, elections will happen only once – in order to bring them to power. And once the Islamists have their ‘mandate’ to rule, they shall consolidate their control by pushing through a Sharia-based Constitution which will give them a monopoly of power which will be used to ruthlessly eliminate any opposition by the issuance of religious decrees. These are smokescreens used to cow the opposition to the tyrants’ rule, branding all opponents unholy, infidels, apostates. In truth political islamists abuse the very religion they strenuously promote for their own naked political ambitions.

They restrict popular representation and allow only their own candidates to run for parliament; candidates approved by such unelected councils as the Council of Guardians or religious ‘experts’. To deceive the faithful masses, they claim that their intention is to root out or suppress sin and unbelief. They have no understanding that conformism induced by fear or retribution is ruinous of spontaneous moral behavior. The Islamists deliberately divide the nation into friends and foes, a synthetic and divisive dichotomy. This intentional fragmentation of society bestows upon the state the ‘mission’ to confront its elusive ‘enemies’ and to create a sense of urgency and legitimacy for its brutality and violence. Ultimately, this rule by fear brings about the end of freedom, civility, dignity, democracy, pluralism, tolerance, freedom of religion and economic prosperity.

The current masquerade of political Islam promotes a form of political system in which government is essentially in the business of propagating religion instead of being concerned with the original mission of any democratically-elected government which is ‘governing’ the social, economic and political affairs of the citizens.

The people of Iran have suffered the subsequent pains brought on by the successful U.S.-led economic sanctions against the Khamnei’s despotic regime. This has now driven Khamenei and his thuggish cohorts to their knees, rushing to Geneva in the hope of an eleventh-hour reprieve. But this is no time for any compromise by the 5+1. Any deviation from the original idea of regime change will amount to a betrayal of the people of Iran who have suffered 34 years of merciless cruelty under the tyrannical Islamist regime - after being stabbed in the back by the British, Russians, French and Germans who engineered Khomaini’s coming to power back in 1979.

The 5+1 and the whole world should be fully aware that Khamenei’s nuclear program is a sheer smoke-and-mirrors, a mere bluff, and an attempt to blackmailing the world into accepting his Islamist terrorist regime as a legitimate government of a historically secular nation. That is not going to happen because the people of Iran will not permit it to happen, no matter how long the current cold civil war continues.

It is an axiom that the vast majority of the people of Iran - and especially the young generation today – have no illusions that they have been cheated by Khomaini and betrayed by the criminal revolutionary guards. They have learned that Khamenei’s crocodile tears for the unfortunate plight of the Palestinians, or his bombastic statements against the Israelis or Bahrain’s Shias, are only designed to deceive the faithful masses of Iran and other Muslim nations to prolong his illegitimate rule.

Even religious intellectuals and a growing number of traditionalist clerics in Iran and in other Muslim nations are wondering whether the clerical takeover of power would not perilously entangle the transitory and mundane preoccupations of this world with the spiritual concerns of the next. Many enlightened Muslim clerics have come to believe that interweaving the sanctity of religious faith and the secular interest of the state have harmed both. Today, the people of Iran are worried that the clerical assumption of power has fundamentally violated the clerics’ traditional role as mediators between the people and the state and as respected interceders on behalf of the oppressed and the victimized. They have actually become oppressors themselves and turned submission to the political supremacy of the unelected clerics into a precondition and proof of belief in Islam.

The people of Iran are no longer fooled. Instead, they are concerned with day-to-day affairs such as the rule of law, ending the chronic corruption and violence, the massive unemployment and back-breaking inflation. It is about getting rid of the socialistic economy that has bankrupted the nation and made 15 million of the Iranian young unemployed. The young, civic-nationalists want a free-market economy, a civilized leadership capable of establishing peace with the United States and the rest of the world, so that the people of Iran are not treated as outcasts and lepers on the world stage. But this will not happen without regime change.

The need of the hour for the young people of Iran is a secular political system to establish democracy, socio-economic justice and pluralism, building free enterprise system so that they can themselves build a healthy and productive economy instead of a state-owned, central command economy which has bankrupted Iran.

It is about freedom of religion and specially separation of religion from the state so that government is not in the business of promoting a religion and religion is not in the business of promoting a government.

The special interest groups and oil cartel lobby may be trying to persuade President Obama to forget the people of Iran and their desire for liberty, dignity and civility and make a deal with the Devil - the same Devil who is raping the people of Iran. Now that Khamenei is bleeding to death under the weight of economic sanctions, they are advised to stay the course which will usher in a decent democratic government in Iran.

Not only the Faustian bargain currently being thrashed out in Geneva is sustainable, but it would amount to an utter betrayal of the people of Iran, something that Britain, France Germany and Russia had done with no hesitation 34 years ago when they tacitly ushered in Khomeini. It is for this very betrayal that these countries are suspect in many quarters in Iran and loathed in others by the people of Iran. They will be regretting their transgressions after the inevitable regime change.

But for the U.S., which has stood its ground honorably all these years and rightfully refused to give recognition and legitimacy to the illegitimate clerical rulers who hijacked Iran’s pro-democracy revolution of 1979, a change of course at this critical juncture would be insane.

To bargain with the Devil after 34 years of Iranian’s struggle to get rid of the same Devil would be an unforgivable betrayal of Iran’s national interest, a nation trampled by despotism, degraded, forced into the role of an object.

For a country like the United States, with its reputation for protecting liberty and human dignity, to make any form of a pact with Khamenei’s regime (which is considered by many Iranians as the very incarnation of the Devil in Iran), is no less than recognizing the Devil as its very own master, in exchange for economic gains and wealth.

The bargain would be considered a dangerous one, as the price of Khamenei’s services (for which read oil and gas concessions), is the wagerer’s soul (read America’s reputation in the world). The moralizing end would be eternal damnation for the foolhardy venturing President of the United States.

Conversely, we can only hope and pray for a comic twist, in which a wily president Obama outwits the Devil, characteristically on a technical point. Just as any apparently superhuman achievement might be credited to a pact with the Devil, from the numerous European Devil's Bridges to the violin virtuosity of Niccolò Paganini to Robert Johnson's Cross Road Blues.

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