In a hundred or a thousand years from now, you will find that some comedian, will say just that about the current situation in Iran. Why do I say that? Because the answer to Iran's problems is very simple. Call me what you like, but I see one common factor amongst all the problems. It is not a political, religious, or a cultural one. Nope, nothing to do with democracy and freedom and all that jazz. Guess. Now don't cheat and read on. Pause and think. Think. Think again. Ask yourself, "what is it that is everywhere when we write about Iran? It does not matter what the point we are making is, we are always using it. Think. Well the answer, duh brain, is the word "Iran".
There are situations when we must not use the word "Iran". In Persian we stick to this rule very carefully, we will use the word "Hezbollahi" or "Hezbollah", to describe those people who have those particular ideologies. We do not say, "An Iranian killed an Iranian woman, for wearing a mini-skirt" do we? We say, "A Hezbollahi killed a .... ". So why is it that the such reports are spun differently, when it is written in another language. Get my drift? That is what I am "on about" as they say in Cokney English.
"No respect" as Ali G. would say. And it is not just written by foreigners. An Iranian reporter writing for AP does it all the time. And unlike here, where we get a kick where it hurts, when we are out of line, these people do not get hit. Their words spread like shit hitting a fan. And we Iranians are seriously pissed off, when we see that incorrect word and syntax, is everywhere. "Khak bar saresh" we say. For this reason alone I set up a group in Wall Street Journal, where I point out these articles. Have a look, you will be greatly amused.
The Hezbollahis are not responsible for this situation. You would think that they would be, if you keep thinking that they are clearly anti-Iranian. But look a bit out of the box. Their websites very clearly use the correct terminologies to push their own cause. A virus has a cause, you might not like its cause, and label it a virus, but it has a cause. I have put links there, and you can see for yourself that the Hezbollahis stick to their phraseologies very clearly.
Is it the Arabs? Well those false nationalists that think that all our problems are rooted in blaming "Arabs" would think so. We won't go into all that here. That is a real Ashreshteh, and it will take a while for you to digest that. But look at the Arab Spring. They showed that their Sunni system does not allow religious government, and that is why they do not like the Kingdom of Islam, as the Seyyeds want under their Shiite system. If there ever was Royalty in the world, it is the Seyyeds', who are the most organised Royalty in the world. They do not consider Iranian culture as part of their system. They need a new Kingdom in Najaf, and a seat in UN called, Ayatollah Shiite System (ASS) right alongside The Holy See.
You are pissed off at the state of the poor in the world. You want to blame someone. So what do you do? You look at the rich ones. Naturally you end up in America. That is what everyone does. Never mind that most of the people in America started from nothing. "American Capitalist Pig" is the scream. Who benefits from this? Well you would think the Hezbollahis do. Think again. The US government's way of spending its own taxpayers' money, is what is at the root of all this. Look at US GDP chart and learn. Who benefits from all that money? The US military suppliers. They love war.
Ahhh .. now mebeenee ke I am right. I remember when the war in Iraq started, US TV was interviewing this woman, who said that, with use of Tomahawks in Iraq, she would seriously improve her job situation. Never mind that they still didn't have decent housing, school or medical system. At least she could go and get money for making weapons to kill people in Iraq. The current administration is trying hard to cut down the size of the military expenditure. Now the same situation applied to Iran under the Shahanshah. And the moment he stopped buying, he was out. The Hezbollahis are wasting the public purse just the same way. They are creating a lot of fear for the military suppliers. They are not out. The moment they talk peace, and they are out. So how are they portrayed?
The word "Taliban" is used in Afghanistan to identify a unique group. The word "Afghanistan" is not used when the Taliban have been in involved. So when the US warplanes hit the Taliban in Afghanistan, the situation is contained. The same goes for the word "Hezbollah" in the Lebanon. In Lebanese politics reports they even say "Iranian guards ..." and say "Hezbollah in Lebanon", when they should say Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran. I have shown the articles at the Wall Street link above.
Imagine if they used the word "Hezbollah" in the same way, when they were talking about the nuclear program. Just recently someone who really should know better, used the word "Iran" in the title, when he really should have used "Hezbollah". Now if he had used the word "Hezbollah", and all the Israeli press did the same, then the nuclear rights of Iranians would not be mixed up with the nuclear ambitions of the Hezbollah in Iran and elsehwere.
I hope I have been clear and precise. I am sure that in the long run, we as writers, cannot fight them or contain them with swords, but if we are going to win with words, then we must use the correct words to contain them. Certain people know what they are doing is wrong. Some don't know what they are doing is wrong.
The Persian is better:
harkas ke bedanad va bedanad ke bedanad, asbe kherad az gonbade gardoon berahanad. harkas ke bedanad va nadanad ke bedanad, bidar konidash ke basi khofte namanad. harkas ke nadanad va bedanad ke nadanad, lengan kharake khish be manzel beresanad. har kas ke nadanad va nadanad ke nadanad, dar jahlo morakkab abadoddahr bemanad!!! source