Sunday, October 23, 2005

Another petition

I don’t know how many have seen this, but there is a petition HERE to protest Scholastic’s (US publisher of educational textbooks) not-so-unexpected omission of the Persian Empire from its textbooks. Why not so unexpected?

Is the description of Khuzestan as an “Arab"/"mainly Arab"* province any worse?

Is the division of Iranians into what they call “ethnicities”, or was Richard Armitage’s description as non-Persian, of those of us from the province of Azarbaijan, any worse?

Is the continuous mocking of Iran’s 1971 celebration of Her heritage and the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire---even if it is presented as “the Shah’s” celebration in order to induce our “republicans”, who need little encouragement, to clap their hands likes apes---any worse? (Go HERE and HERE to see how they celebrate their own heritage.)

If they, much to the delight of our republicans, can call the Shah of Iran a “parvenu” and not only get away with it, but continue to have their garbage regularly syndicated by our “opposition”, then not only they will omit the Persian Empire from their textbooks, they will soon remove Iran from the world map my dears.

Anyway, some of the comments left by those who’ve signed this petition are interesting. One in particular who signed as Ayatollah Khamenei wrote: “Khomeini my predecessor and I along with hundreds of other Mollas tried to eliminate any evidence of Persian in the pre-Islamic era and failed. Now, this move from the US to do exactly what we failed to do, and has in essence reinvigorated us to unite with them and once and for all omit anything pre-Islamic Persian. Kudos Scholastic, what we paid you for heavily with funds, did pay off after all....”

Mind you, I of course don’t think they need have been paid a penny.

By the way, the author of this petition is “Pirouz Azadi”, supposedly “a university professor in New York”, according to the “Open Democracy” website where he writes. He has also written for “” and “”, websites we associate with the appeasement lobbies. HERE, for example, those of us under the illusion that Prime Minister Bakhtiar and Fereidoun Farrokhzad (to name but two Iranians assassinated by the Islamic Republic) were killed by the Mulalhs are assured that proof of any direct terrorist role by Islamic Republicans in Europe or the U.S. is lacking!

Just a little strange, wouldn't you say?

*Since at least June of this year, to name but one news source, The Guardian’s correspondent in Iran, Robert Tait, has been characterizing the Iranian province as “mainly Arab”: June 13, Oct 17, Oct 20.


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