Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words and is said to have called it his best work:
"For sale:baby shoes, never worn."
Bassij members stop some of the Iranian guests and ask them not to participate in the party.
"Guests of UK! shame on you."
Original photo report:
Once upon a time, an Arab Caliph got out of Baghdad. Riding here and there, he finally arrived at a very beautiful suburban area of Baghdad.
The beauty of the place was really amazing. He ordered to make a palace and a small town there, and named it: 'everybody who saw this place, got happy'.
A history teacher in high school told us this story.
Right now, I wonder how 'Chaos Theory' is able to predict the 'Butterfly Effect' of that decision (the decision of Caliph to build a city right there).
If that king were sick that day, if his horse were not riding that way, if that day were within winter not spring, and too many more ifs, we might never see that city on the map.
Indeed, if one of these IFs had come true, that city would have been wiped off the map before its appearance!
One more question: if the Caliph were still alive in these days, would he name the city 'everybody who saw this place, got happy' again?
I'm not sure. Yesterday, this city saw again one of the most... sorry! I can't find a proper adjective to describe my feeling. Check news headlines for yesterday attacks on Samarra, in Iraq. The holy shrine of 2 Shia Imams got exploded again.
Waiting for a time to see peace brought back to Iraq, and see that 'everybody who sees this place, gets happy'.
Samarra: Medieval Islamic writers believed that the name “Samarra” is derived from the Arabic phrase, “Sarre men ra’a” which translates to “A joy for all who see”.
It was about 4 months ago that I found this site which I hereafter call a kind of "collective effort in order to improve the situation in mideast, though not a very wide one".
At the very beginning, I was very eager to find a subject that might interest others and write about it as soon as possible.
Oh! Yes! I live in a country that makes enough hot news every second, especially when we consider the capability of our president, Ahmadinejad! Seismic effects of his every speech may be interesting enough for any reporter to write too many articles about them, analyze his attitude, predict the future, or even diagnose his mental health!
What about nuclear issue? Do we need or want it? What do ordinary people think about it?
Democracy? Women’s rights? Hijab crackdown? Fuel problem? Next parliamentary elections and its disputed date? Next round of sanctions? Would it solve the problem? A possible American invasion? Pre-emptive air attacks of Israel?
Why did I forget about Israel and wiping it off the map? Or our foreign minister's stance that "every elementary student knows a country can not be wiped off the map"?
Today, I was watching 9th installment of Zero Degree Turn; a new series aired by Iran's state TV and one of the most expensive series ever produced in my country. For a while, I felt that this movie is somehow similar to our president, Ahmadinjad. After a while, I found the similarity!
First read these articles about 0-Degree-Turn:
For those who may not be eager to read those articles:The story is about a romantic relationship between an Iranian Muslim (who lives in France & is an associate of Iran's embassy in Paris) and a Jew girl; and it happens nearly 60 years ago: right at the beginning of WWII.
Now, for all:This story may address several important issues about Jews, Holocaust, Israel, etc, either implicitly or explicitly, but its better not to overestimate its effect on public opinion. my relatives and friends pay attention to the romantic story, beautiful decoration, and depiction of somehow previously forbidden scenes (like an Iranian boy who flirts with some of his pretty classmates, obviously girls I mean!) much more than its semi-hidden political messages (if they even understand that there is a political sub-layer in this movie). The only political issue, to which ordinary people (may) pay attention, is that Iranians were not hostile to the Jews while they were suffering anti-Semitic attitudes in Europe.
Now, about Ahmadinejad: Ahmadinejad may speak about Israel every time he travels to a poor part of this country; and people may be so quiet while he threatens this and that or speaks about countdown to the destruction of Israel. But you should know that people (most of them) don’t either approve or even listen to first half of his speech. They wait for the 2nd half, in which he is supposed to bring the oil's revenue to their tables!
Conclusion: Ahmadinejad and his speeches may be compared to that movie; very few people (if any) in the depth of the society would pay attention to their political messages.
Ahmadinejad is just a movie which may not push any real action within (this) society in its political terms. I’m waiting for its happy end, God willing!