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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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Open Letter to Mr. Rouhani:
Can a Crocodile Fly?
Can a Bear Speak French?

By Freydoon Khoie

Mr. Rouhani, in your Op-Ed in Beirut's Daily Star you claim that you want to bring 'Moderation and Common Sense' to the Islamic Republic Dictatorship regime. And I know many of us had to really control ourselves and not to laugh. You state that "When I campaigned to become president of Iran, I promised to balance realism and the pursuit of the Islamic Republic’s ideals – and won Iranian voters’ support by a large margin. By virtue of the popular mandate that I received, I am committed to moderation and common sense, (italic added) which is now guiding all of my government’s policies. That commitment led directly to the interim international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany last November in Geneva. It will continue to guide our decision-making in 2014".

Really Mr. Rouhani? We leave a side your blatant lies such as 'when you started to campaign' what campaign Mr. Rouhani? You are a member of the Mullah's regime and there was no campaign but a decision on which one of the Mullahs have the greater chance to deceive the young millions into believing that change is possible. Public mandate Mr. Rouhani? Do you really want us to believe that the Iranian public have a power to mandate? And now you claim that your mandate is to bring about moderation and common sense? Can a Crocodile fly? Can a Bear speak French? Can Islamic Republic without changing its constitution bring about 'Moderation and Common Sense? You and I, both know that the answer to all three questions is an emphatic NO.

Mr. Rouhani, You have been a member of the inner circle of your 'Islamic Republic' regime from day one. A regime that is internationally acknowledged to be a terrorist regime. As a member, you have held many top positions in a regime that its entire doctrine, ideology, mode of operations, belief system and conduct is diametrically opposed to everything that is 'Moderation and Common Sense' and there is no evidence that in the last 34 years you have ever opposed any of these anti Moderation and anti-Common Sense policies and decisions, which makes your claim that you plan to bring about 'Moderation and Common Sense' a fraudulent statement. I am sure you know that one of the definitions of 'Fraud' is lack of intent to deliver. Another definition of 'Fraud' is 'wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain'. You know very well that not only you have no intention to deliver your promises to the deceived and repressed millions of young Iranians but more importantly, you are unable to deliver them even if you really wanted to because you have no power to do so.

In your article, you claim, "Indeed, in terms of foreign policy, my government is discarding extreme approaches. We seek effective and constructive diplomatic relations and a focus on mutual confidence-building with our neighbors and other regional and international actors, thereby enabling us to orient our foreign policy toward economic development at home. To this end, we will work to eliminate tensions in our foreign relations and strengthen our ties with traditional and new partners alike. This obviously requires domestic consensus-building and transparent goal-setting – processes that are now underway." With these empty and improbable promises Mr. Rouhani, you are continuing to defraud the people of Iran just as all your predecessors have done in the past 34 years. Your government is discarding extreme approaches in foreign policy? Then why are you still pushing ahead with arming and funding and helping the murderous Assad regime? If you seek effective and constructive diplomatic relations with our neighbors then why are you not stopping to interfere in Bahrain's internal affairs? Why are you not pulling out your terrorists elements from Lebanon, Iraq and Syria? Mr. Rouhani, why are you defrauding the people of Iran and the world with such lies, knowing very well that you have no power to deliver them even if you wanted to?

You go on making mouth filling statements that even school children know they are meaningless. For instance you retort, "Indeed, developing and emerging economies’ rapid “catch-up growth” suggests that their aggregate economic weight is about to surpass that of the advanced world. Today’s developing and emerging countries are likely to account for nearly 60 percent of world GDP by 2030, up from around 40 percent in 2000, enabling them to play a much greater role on the world stage". Mr. Rouhani 89% of the revenues of these so called developing and emerging economies, including our own country Iran, come from selling oil and gas to the same advanced world which Islamic Republic have antagonized for 34 years and since thy have prevented us from selling our oil, we are literally bankrupt and looking at the abyss. Why are you talking as though we are Germany or Japan, even Turkey or Malaysia?

And then you add, "In such a period of transition, Iran can enhance its global role". Global role? You make me laugh again. For God sake Mr. Rouhani, Islamic Republic cannot even provide running water, electricity, food, schools, health care, and jobs to over 50% of our own repressed and depressed population, then you talk about our 'global role'?? What global role? Sending terrorists to poor, weak, little Lebanon? You go on, "The election this year, in which close to 75 percent of eligible voters turned out, showed how our religious democracy is maturing". Mr. Rouhani, do I need to remind you that in your presumed matured religious democracy at least half of the people's real candidates have been in prison for years and were not even allowed to run!!! And you dare to call Islamic Republic's oppressive regime a 'democracy'? Mr. Rouhani, the moment you say 'religious Democracy' you contradict yourself, because it is impossible to have democracy under Islam. Then you add, "Iran’s ancient culture and civilization, long state continuity, geopolitical position, social stability amid regional turmoil, and well-educated youth enable us to look to the future with confidence, and aspire to assume the major global role that our people deserve – a role that no actor in global politics can ignore". Yes, Mr. Rouhani, we have all the riches you mentioned as a nation. But do you know that we are 173rd poorest in terms of GDP per capita income of $7300? You must know that it is impossible to make any progress so long as we are ruled by hyper-maniac Mullahs and their violent and brutal Hezbollah, Guards and Baseej militia mafia. Mr. Rouhani because of Islamic Republic's disastrous policies and incompetent and corrupt leadership for 34 years today Iran is world's number one in brain drain. Number one in government and institutional corruption. Number one in Human Rights violations. Number one in religious persecution. Highest unemployment rate, highest number of drug addicts, lowest rate of Transparency, largest number of our people living under poverty line and we are at par with poorest African countries, millions of our children in rural areas do not have access to education and health, and Islamic Republic is compared only to the totalitarian states likes North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba. Mr. Rouhani, other than hired mercenaries and Hezbollah terrorist you have nothing to offer the world and you make people laugh when you use the words "global role". Mr. Rouhani, Islamic Republic's passport holders do not enjoy visa free travel even to places like Chad and Congo. What global role? Why are you embarrassing the nation of Iran with such comical remarks?

When you say, "We are also considering how to rebuild and improve our bilateral and multilateral relations with European and North American countries on the basis of mutual respect and this requires easing tensions and implementing a comprehensive approach that includes economic ties", and then the entire capital city of Tehran is plastered with ugly and oversized posters denouncing the United States, United Kingdom, and the West in general and not to mention Israel, you just make a mockery of the words moderation and common sense and make the world think that you are another lunatic mullah.

You claim, "We can begin by avoiding any new strain in relations between Iran and the United States and, at the same time, endeavoring to eliminate inherited tensions that continue to mar relations between our countries. While we may not be able to forget the mistrust and suspicion that have haunted Iranians’ thinking about U.S. governments ( and you don't mention Britain who was the key architect and major benefactor of the 1953 Coup against Prime Minister Mosadeq government) for the last 60 years, now we must focus on the present and look to the future. That means rising above petty politics and leading, rather than following, pressure groups in our respective countries" and just as you are making these remarks, your government is still holding thousands of young students and political activists in horrific prisons since 2009! Your regime is holding innocent Christians for following their choice of religion. Your regime is preventing people of Iran to practice their most fundamental, basic human liberties, access to knowledge through internet, Face Book and others. Which side of your mouth we should believe Mr. Rouhani?

You state, "In our view, cooperating on issues of mutual interest and concern would contribute to easing tensions in our region as well. This means countering those in the U.S. and our region who seek to distract international attention from issues in which they are directly involved and prevent Iran from enhancing its regional status. By diminishing the prospects for a permanent negotiated agreement on our nuclear program, such behavior increases the likelihood that the Iran-U.S. standoff will continue". Mr. Rouhani, Iran can only enjoy a regional status when we are able to feed our own people. When we are able to provide jobs for our 25 million unemployed. When we are able not to be sanctioned and refused banking services for our transactions. When our passports are respected by other countries and enjoy visa free status. When we are not listed as terrorist nation. When we are at war with just about every one of our neighbors, Europeans, the United States and Israel. And your regime and the radical Islamist ideology behind it is the source of all these disasters that have piled upon our people and the only solution to end them is ending your regime completely by abolishing Islamic Republic Constitution and establishing a secular political system based on Moderation and Common Sense so that we are not entangled with religious and sectarian wars.

Mr. Rouhani, you really make the world laugh when you say, "Our region is grappling more than ever with sectarianism, group enmities and potential new breeding grounds for extremism and terrorism". Mr. Rouhani, your Islamic Republic regime was and is the source of all these sectarian and group enmities. Look how you are supporting Shiites in Iraq against the Sunnis. Look how you are feeding sectarian tensions between Shiites and Sunnis in Syria, in Bahrain, in Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. You say, "At the same time, the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria could haunt the region’s peoples for many years. We believe that, under such circumstances, a voice of moderation in the region could affect the course of events in a constructive and positive way". Mr. Rouhani, who have been in bed with Assad and his Chemical weapons in Syria for decades? And now that economic sanctions from outside and vast, angry Iranian population from inside are crushing your Islamic Republic regime, all of a sudden you have become the voice of Moderation and Common Sense?? I am afraid it's too late Mr. Rouhani. The best thing you can do for your fellow tyrant Mullahs is to show them how to pack their bags and migrate to Venezuela and take residence near the shrine of Imam Chavez. That is the best advice I can give you because this year of 2014 is the last and final year of Islamic Republic treacherous, insidious, criminal and tyrannical rule in Iran.

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