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Propagating or eulogising terrorists or acts of terror as heroic is usually a product of populist apologists. They then proceed to inflict more harm to  society than the terrorists.

This kind of callousness is at least one of the reasons behind many an impressionable mind convincing itself to have found some sort of identity and meaning in life. Even if it is in the shape of a violent act passionately justified to be an episode of true faith.

Many of us have wondered what makes a perfectly normal looking person take a life (or lives) and sometimes his own. Secure in a rather convoluted and perverse knowledge that his act is sure to place him in the good books of the Almighty or find him pleasurably loitering in the gardens of paradise.

Sociologists, psychologists and political scientists have often come up with various explanations. Some suggest that bad economics is to be blamed for some young people desperate enough to be exploited by the violent patrons of faith to go on a killing spree for money as well as God.

But then there are also those who remind us that if it was all about economics, how would one explain acts of faith-driven terror undertaken by young men and women from well-to-do middle-class families?

Faisal Shahzad, Omar Sheikh, the 7/7 bombers in the UK, all of these men came from educated, urban and middle-class Pakistani families. In such cases it is believed that the mad urge to kill in the name of faith transcends economics and becomes a blatant example of a time honoured theory.

This theory, found in various Marxist and left-liberal philosophies, suggests that throughout history religion has been the most easily exploited element for those desiring to gain political and social power, easy money and/or worse of all, unleash a spree of bloodletting on the bases of religious bigotry and fanaticism (for gains and aims that are largely cynical).

All these theories have merit. However, what gets missed in this context is the role played by those non-violent men and women in politics, media and the academia who actually end up somewhat justifying (if not entirely applauding) certain violent acts of men they believe are a product of bad economics, injustice and some kind of a noble war.

Such people who can emerge from both the right as well as left sides of the conventional ideological divide are usually called apologists.

Of course, when one accuses them of this, many of them lash back with their own handy terms: Liberal fascist; anti-religion; et al.

Funny thing is that when pressed to describe a person who has no qualms about strapping a suicide belt around his waist and then blow himself up (in the name of God) in a crowded mosque, a Sufi shrine or a congested market buzzing with men, women and children, the apologists would strike a pose of the unbiased and objective thinker to suggest: ‘You see, one man’s terrorist can be another man’s freedom fighter.’

That’s why what needs to be looked at and studied is the impact apologists in politics, media and the academia are having on a society quivering under the weight of unabashed terrorism taking place in the name of God and sects.

Yes, bad economics and the vulnerability of religion to be exploited in the most violent manner is making many Pakistanis sully the idea of the Almighty by committing unabashed acts of terror in His name.

But maybe such misguided and deluded souls are also finding a justification of their madness from those who refuse to call them terrorists, or explain their mutant ideas of heroism, faith and glory as a reflection of some noble anti-imperialist and anti-establishmentarian cause.

Back in the late 1970s and just before a revolution toppled the all-powerful Shah of Iran, segments supporting Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, began finding the act of torching cinemas a rather satisfying and pleasing act.

Hundreds of cinemas were torched in Iran between 1978 and 1979, but only when there were no crowds inside the cinema halls.

Iranian intellectuals and leaders who were supporting the anti-Shah clergy under Khomeini (who was in exile in Paris), instead of condemning the act of burning down public property, explained it as an attack on the symbols of the Shah’s regime.

Hosien Takbali, a young drug addict from the Iranian city of Abadan, was buying and selling drugs on the streets of his hometown when his family and friends intervened and convinced him to travel to Isfahan and get admitted to a drug detox centre there. He did just that. The revolution against the Shah was intensifying when young Takbali was in recovery.

Since this was also a time in Iran when religious as well as leftist ideas were enthusiastically being absorbed by the country’s middle and lower middle classes, Takbali was encouraged by three other young men whom he had befriended in Isfahan, to supplement his recovery with the study of faith.

When Takbali returned to Abadan, he came back as a man who had kicked his addiction and had become pious.

Nevertheless, he retained his love of movies, but unfortunately, these were days when cinemas were going up in flames in Iran.

In August 1978, his three new friends visited him at his home. They came with an issue of a British newspaper in which a few members of the clergy were quoted as saying that cinemas were a way to distract Iranians and make them ignore their religious duties.

Takbali’s friends informed him that inspired by the way the clergy was explaining the torching of cinemas, they too have decided to set a cinema on fire.

‘Everybody is burning down cinemas,’ one of his friends said. ‘But we’ll do it in a way that will make us genuine revolutionary heroes.’

This meant burning down a cinema while it was screening a film and was packed with people.

The young men all bought tickets to an Iranian film called The Deer, at one of Abadan’s oldest cinemas, Rex. The hall was packed with men, women and children when Takbali and friends poured kerosene oil inside the hall and set it on fire. Over 350 people died and were turned into ash. Only a few people survived, including Takbali.

The incident is still considered to be one the most horrific acts of violence and murder that took place during the turbulent years of the Iranian Revolution.

Of course, the apologists who were praising acts of burning down cinemas previosuly, now changed track. Fearing a backlash, they began accusing ‘agents of the Shah regime’ for torching Rex.

A year after the imposition of Iran’s post-Shah Islamic government, some Iranians demanded an inquiry into the Rex tragedy.

Takbali, who was expecting to be hailed as a hero of the Islamic Revolution was arrested and accused of being an agent of the old Shah regime. He was hanged.

The apologists hailed the hanging as a great act of Iran’s Islamic justice.

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Nadeem F. Paracha is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and He is also the author of two books on the social history of Pakistan, End of the Past and The Pakistan Anti-Hero.

He tweets @NadeemfParacha

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

Comments (74) Closed

Qamber Ali Feb 17, 2013 04:19pm
why, you stupid, this is our country, why iran, if you are so sympathetic why not invite to your home country
Khalid Feb 17, 2013 11:37am
yeah sometime (may be) but not always....
Yossarian Feb 17, 2013 10:15am
Unfortunately, one man's terrorist is quite often another man's hero. What to do then?
Condemned Feb 17, 2013 09:51am
In my humble opinion, Mr. Lim Mathew Levi should change his name to Lim Mullah Levi as it better suits the arguments (foolish of course) he presented. Everyone in Iran and Pakistan rides on anti-American discourse created by their hollow-headed religious leaders.
Ali S Feb 17, 2013 09:38am
I think the author had a good point, but the Iranian Revolution was not an apt example to compare with - in that case, we had common people actively rebelling against a dictator to install a populist leader in his place (disagree all you want with Khomeini's views, but just because someone is far-right doesn't mean they're automatically a bad choice to bring into power even if the public wants them to). And the Iranian revolution, for all its bloodiness, did drastically increase Iran's literacy level, so it wasn't in vain. In Pakistan we have confused people spinelessly mocking a shamefully pathetic elected government (and the voters deserve the blame for that too) instead of doing anything about it and keeping spinelessly shut about subhuman degenerates who are gleefully butchering their fellow countrymen under one pretext after another. Unlike Iran, we are not witnessing any sort of a revolution (social media doesn't count, kids), just a steady, uninterrupted downward spiral into the abyss. And generally speaking, I personally think NFP is always too eager to lay the blame for everything that's wrong in this country on Gen Zia ul Haq and his policies, when actually what Gen Zia did (and, on a larger scale, what we see today) is just a natural extension of what should have happened when a country is founded on the basis that "Muslims can't coexist with people of other faiths" - ideally, we should have been like Saudi Arabia (which, honestly, wouldn't have been nearly as bad as things are now), but now Pakistan is like a mutated Frankenstein's monster on the loose.
sri1ram Feb 17, 2013 11:43am
Yup, you missed NFP's point about apologists, but made a good point about Persia and their culture. As long as one is not rigid and adaptable even in re-interpreting faith, one can go far. The rise of music, culture and scientific thought in the Islamic world would coincide with Iran's complete transition into the faith. Any wonder that there is so much hatred and violence against Shiites, Hazaras, Ahmadis by the dominant, rigid strain that wants to hark back to pure?
Salman Khan Feb 17, 2013 09:11am
cool story bro.. I know some Iranians who'd love to disagree. Besides NFP wasn't talking about the Iranian revolution itself but the Faith driven madness that was drilled into the masses because of some bearded towelhead.
Cyrus Howell Feb 17, 2013 03:46am
"Many of us have wondered what makes a perfectly normal looking person take lives..." That is a warped idea of normal. These people could not be normal to begin with. Philosophically speaking they are they ones who are making peace on earth impossible. They wish peace upon everyone they meet until they kill them. That makes a lot of sense doesn't it? As the Scottish psychologist R.D. Lange wrote in his book The Divided Self, schizophrenia may indeed be our "normal".
Khalid Feb 17, 2013 11:36am
but still better than people like your highness..
sri1ram Feb 17, 2013 11:31am
Why Iran? Hazaras, Ahmadis, Shias, Bohras, Aga Khanis, Khojas, Parsis are all thriving in the neighboring nation. Why not just move to a nation that is proving albeit with hiccups (like Gujarat and Kashmir) that everyone of us from the sub-continent can live in harmony mutually respecting all faiths?
HNY2013 Feb 18, 2013 12:53pm
Who told you that Pakistan is a "country founded on the basis that
AHA Feb 17, 2013 05:41pm
Education, definitely. But not in the Madrassas.
No person, just a watcher Feb 17, 2013 01:05pm
You mode of conversation is not pathetic worse than that, what a small malnourished, peanut size brain that can only suggest such a solution "I ask Hazaras to immediately leave Pakistan to Iran). Why Hazar's should leave Pakistan, remember any person born in any state in 21st have the right to stay in that country. From now on it is only a matter of time states have to provide all matters of fundamental rights to its citizens like security of life or such states will cease to exist, Pakistan is a prime candidate of such a country. I hope god helps Pakistan, but for a cursed nation I am not so confident for the Gods mercy for Pakistan. God help only ones those help themselves 1st.
AHA Feb 17, 2013 12:11pm
Violence is the only possible outcome of an environment of lack of tolerance. Lack of tolerance is the only means through which the absolute dictates of a religion can be enforced. Violence in embedded in the genetic code of the way we practice our religion.
AHA Feb 17, 2013 12:23pm
You have made good observations about Shia Islamic jurisprudence considering logic and wisdom, and about Iran not becoming a Taliban-like state, but you absolutely missed NFP
vjaiswal35 Feb 17, 2013 12:26pm
An excellent analysis. I fully agree with every word specially " society quivering under the weight of unabashed terrorism taking place in the name of God and sects." Mr Parcha is great as ever. I would like to emphasis that all this becomes more heinous and unpardonable when the state gets evolved in sponsoring and protecting terror on various excuses.
KKRoberts Feb 17, 2013 12:27pm
"Shia Islamic Jurisprudence consider Logic and Wisdom as the fundamental principles of the religion."This is absolutely true.That may be the reason majority of the Iranians hating a theocratic government which is imposed on them for decades. Feb 17, 2013 12:39pm
i'll save you all some time, ^mostly rhetoric and rant
abbastoronto Feb 18, 2013 03:57am
Greetings 45 years based in Toronto. Canada is just as classed as India is. I was being generous with second class. How about 3rd or lower class? BTW here in Detroit MI the 2012 murder rate is 5 times that of Karachi - 500 per million vs 100 per million. Will trade anytime.
HNY2013 Feb 18, 2013 01:24pm
You said "45 years based in Toronto" and go on to say "Canada is just as classed as India is" that the reason you picked to stay there rather than Pakistan?
Saeed Feb 18, 2013 03:05am
Why don't we say our religions are failed religions, or Pakistan is a just easy target.
Saeed Feb 18, 2013 02:58am
There is way much more violence and hate in our education colleges and unversities. Our unversities have more presence of religious and regional parties than any village of Pakistan. So we cannot blame lack of education , in fact lack of education is blessing in disguise. When it come to Pakistan we still not set our priorities. Our religion and regional ID superseded everything else these two thing blocking everything .
freak Feb 18, 2013 02:42am
Idont know where are u getting ur facts from " Indians are considered second class", then what class do paksitani's its easier to GOOGLE and come up with the FACTS , its easier to be rational on a blog than to be practical in a Mr. abbas toronto...y dont u leave one beautiful part of ALLAH's creation (CANADA)to come to another beautiful part of ALLAH's creation and that is Pakistan....then we will see how rational are you... Regards!
HNY2013 Feb 18, 2013 01:22pm
Abbas sahib, Greetings from NYC. You say "Islam does not believe in citizenship, a Corporate Capitalist concept." so may i ask if you applied for citizenship in Saudi Arabia or Canada? You say you are residing in Toronto for last 45 years ....i am sure you must have applied for citizenship. May i know why did you leave Pakistan, then went to Saudi Arabia and now in Canada? Also please check/Google the facts about your statement "BTW here in Detroit MI the 2012 murder rate is 5 times that of Karachi
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 11:14pm
NFP, it is tough to call a spade a spade, but it is a mandatory pre-requisite to be civilized.
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 11:09pm
Abbas sb.You should find some New democrat friends, I did not say Liberals because they have problems of there own these days, I just wondered how you guess the feelings of your "Tory friends" that were not shown. Any how I have a major disagreement and agreement with your comments. First disagreement, whatever happens in Europe or anywhere in the world cannot be used as excuse for our own wrong-doings, so there is no justification of our behaviors. Agreement is on the your take of this particular Quranic verse, I too see it the same way. Having said that I think NFP's point today was the apologetic approach of our bourgeois justifying violence, which goes to my disagreement with you.
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 10:46pm
So where will you draw the line, what would be considered a small dose??
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 10:49pm
Just to clarify I do not agree with Religion and violence theory, religion is just a tool, in the hands of opportunists, for one it needs to be separated from state, what do you suggest??
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 10:51pm
Do not forget the politicians especially the self-proclaimed religious kind.
Nasir Feb 17, 2013 10:37pm
Wow, go ahead guys, keep on with the blame game, you did this and you did that, I am sure this has a lot of potential for solving problems and bringing peace, very educated discussion, please carry on.
Just a honest observer Feb 17, 2013 01:15pm
Surly you are not suggesting the murderous, narrow-minded, hippocrate, ignorant India, a country where masses live no more than rates. Pity. Pakistan will solve its problems not in too diatant future.
Abdul Khadir Feb 17, 2013 04:52pm
It is not music, art and dance but the religion that is a poison killing people
AHA Feb 17, 2013 09:54pm
Religion is the worst that that the humanity had to suffer. The pre-historic religions had human sacrifices. Christianity had to suffer the inquisitions and the like. And now it is Islams turn. Intolerance and violence are only means to keep a religion intact.
Vijay K Feb 17, 2013 06:46pm
"Religion is a contact sport" - Afrah Jamal
Harit Trivedi Feb 17, 2013 06:30pm
An apt question, John.
AHA Feb 17, 2013 02:54pm
So true. Pakistan is a live example.
malik hassan Feb 17, 2013 02:38pm
exactly sir!
Tariq Feb 17, 2013 03:10pm
Only one path to creating a tolerant society, long and slow it may be - education, education, education and education!
AHA Feb 17, 2013 05:55pm
I agree, absolutely. The countries that have committed the worst atrocities against their own people are the "People's" Repiblic of China, the "Democratic People's" Republic of (North) Korea, (the then) Democratic Kampuchea.and the USSR, all socialist and godless regimes, all supposedly true servers of their people. All ideologies, religion included, are just delusional. People need to apply reason all the time.
Cyrus Howell Feb 17, 2013 03:51am
abbastoronto Feb 17, 2013 02:18pm
Art: Greetings from Dearborn MI 1. Your response is personal, rather than rational. 2. I have lived in Saudi Arabia. 3. In Canada, most of my white colleagues, especially the Tory types, consider Indians to be second class, though they do not show it. Come and find out. It is the same in Europe. In contrast, most Pakistanis are feared, but never considered inferior. 4. Toronto is not
SBB Feb 17, 2013 04:27am
Interesting story of Takbali you've added in there. NFP - you write common sense in simple, easy to understand terms. There's great sadness about the Hazara killings in Quetta, and in a big way, I too mourn the violence against them. One cannot be human and not feel sadness when things like this are done.
dr vimal raina Feb 17, 2013 04:39am
T- REX - Takbali Rex
abbastoronto Feb 17, 2013 04:50am
Lim Matthew Levi Feb 17, 2013 04:50am
Let us assume Pakistan is Iran. Pakistan has plenty of crude oil. The United States government is extremely hungry for the oil. The Pakistan people elected their government. The government and the people of Pakistan wants to have total ownership of the crude oil. This rightfully belong to the government and the people. But the United States government insisted that the crude oil belongs to the American government and the American people. Would the Pakistan government and the people of Pakistan agree to such a statement? The American government through secret military operations overthrow the elected Pakistan government and replaced with the puppet government called the Shah. In the context of Pakistan, it would called the Khan. The American government took over the control of the Pakistan government through the puppet government called the Khan. The American government controlled the freedom of life in every aspect of the Pakistan people. The American government trained the secret police to carry out its dirty work. In addition, they forced the Pakistan government to grant the American people living in Pakistan diplomatic immunity. With diplomatic immunity, the American people can carry out all types of crime in Pakistan without being jailed or punished by hanging. The American government bought the crude oil from the Pakistan government at cost price rather than at market price. This is as good as stealing the crude oil from the Pakistan people and the Pakistan government. The American government forced the Pakistan government to buy all types of the most expensive military equipment and ammunition from the former. Again this is as good as stealing the rightful ownership of money from the Pakistan government and the Pakistan people. In actual events, it started in 1954 and it lasted till 1979 when the rightful leader Ayatollah Khomeini freed the legitimate Iranian government and the Iranian people. This freedom is called the liberty from economic, political and financial colonisation of the United States government and the people of the United States. The latest news is the United States government is seeking close relation with the Pakistan government. What is the agenda on the mind of the United States government? This agenda would not be revealed to the Pakistan government even at the persistent probing of the Pakistan government.
Capt C M Khan Feb 17, 2013 04:57am
Decades ago it used to be "Pakistan First and then anything Else" but toady it is "Islam first and anything Else". These days we are Wahabees/Barelvis/Shias etc first and then anything. If it was India who had Bombed Shias in Baluchistan the whole nation would have united and sent their sons to War. But today when the Beasts like Talibaan or Jhangvi Missionaries bombed innocent children and women the whole Nation will just keep SILENT, a days holiday, AND NEXT DAY IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL,l. Mr Paracha your article says all in my opinion the Pakistanis who ignore such brutality are EQUALLY Guilty AS THE BEASTS who do it. The ones who provide aid (MADDARARSES/RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS) to the Beasts should be tried for TREASON.
MSH Feb 17, 2013 05:08am
While I agree with the premise, I disagree with the method arrived, which is devious and contrived at best. The author has no substantive evidence to prove Hussainzadeh was not an agent of the Shah. Distorting facts to prove your point is dishonest and manipulative.
Tahir M Feb 17, 2013 05:11am
The article sets out an example of a populist apologist
Vijay K Feb 17, 2013 02:01pm
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."
Yawar Feb 17, 2013 05:38am
A very well written article. Once again right on the money. It very accurately protrays how and why people use religion to murder other people and the role apologists play in promoting this vile behavior. The problem is that there are too many apologists in the Pakistani government (executive, legislative, and judiciary) and media who are either not willing or not brave enough to hold terrorists responsible for the murders they instigate and commit.
ahmed41 Feb 17, 2013 05:41am
What can one say, except that the ends do not justify the means. Religion is OK ; but religion without tolerance of the *other* , or one which is exploited for political gains , is a travesty of the spiritual ideals of mankind. shame !!!
Zalim Singh Feb 17, 2013 05:44am
Dear NFP, you guys need to accept the fact- Religion and Violence go hand in hand.
Tarun Arora( Feb 17, 2013 01:46pm
Dear friend,just wait for one decade,when America increase their oil production(due to shale gas developments) many times from now.Then your proud of oil kingdoms will burst like a cycle tyre.Ha ha. Just wait.
BRR Feb 17, 2013 05:53am
The irony is lost on the religious apologists. They are just pawns whose till will come to die a martyr, and they will have no say in the matter.
In Feb 17, 2013 06:04am
Pakistan a failed state.
Imran Feb 17, 2013 01:43pm
Had a pint too many last night?
I. Ahmed Feb 17, 2013 06:06am
NFP, I suggest you read the book be Hebblethwaite named 'Evil, Suffering and Religion' for the first part of your article. The second part of your article leaves a lot to be desired, and does not fit well with the theme of the article.
Vijay Feb 17, 2013 06:15am
People who stay in Pakistan are foolish people.Who eventually lose their life.
Tarun Arora(India) Feb 17, 2013 01:42pm
Dear Zalim Singh, one important correction-Excessive religion and violence go hand in hand.Small dose of religion is o.k.Because non religious countries like China(under Mao),Russia and North Korea have seen worse violence and bad times in history.Small dose of religion(any),like wine/whiskey-small dose is good for health of a country/society.Thanks.
KKRoberts Feb 17, 2013 06:23am
Totally irrelevant!!!!
Imran Feb 17, 2013 01:41pm
Gujarat and Kashmir are your state-sponsored hiccups. Attacks on Hazaras are the work of Taliban. All Pakistanis deplore these attacks. The state is not killing Hazaras.
Nasser Feb 17, 2013 06:36am
It fits perfectly. Apologists condone terror attacks that give a reason to vulnerable minds to commit their own acts of violence.
Ali Arslan Syed Feb 17, 2013 06:58am
Why NFP is Pinning a blame on Islamic Revolution of Iran? Revolutions are bloody, there is no sanity in any revolution. During French nationalist revolution thousands put to the gallows just for whispering something against the revolution, thousands executed for doing nothing during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Revolutions shook the world upside down, it create mayhem, anarchy, obliteration, and trauma, and then the new order gradually sets in. One should not use rationale, and conventional wisdom to explain any happening during a revolution. If NFP is attacking Islamic Regime of Ayotullah Khamnaei, He is fundamentally wrong for comparing Shia Islam with their Sunni Compatriots elsewhere in the Islamic world. Shia Islamic Jurisprudence consider Logic and Wisdom as the fundamental principles of the religion. Thats why Iran is not end up being a "Taliban" like state, Zia's Pakistan, or Morsi's Egypt. Despite facing the Saddam's Iraq for eight years in one of the longest conventional war in which its most of the infra-structure destroyed. It is a regional power with support base in Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain, and Afghanistan. It successfully used its proxies for its interest in the region against Israel and US, unlike Pakistan in Kashmir, and Nasir's Egypt. It is producing highest number of Phds in Islamic Countries, In-terms of research out put from universities and printing and publishing of books it is among top ranked countries in the world. It has made progress by leaps and bounds in the fields of science and Technology such as biotechnology, medicine, Aerospace, and Nanotechnology. Iran has successfully put satelites in space a feat not achieved by any Muslim or secular Muslim country like Malaysia or Turkey. It has a vibrant movie,theater, and orchestra going culture which is rare in the Middle East. Its metro cities like Tehran had modern transport infrastructure like subways and tunnels and road connectivity. After the revolution the divide between elite and poor narrowed, more than 80 percent of the university enrollments are consists of Female students. It rank far higher in indicators of Human Developement Index,. Its electricity generation capacity is more than India's output. Iran is also doing well in sports finished on 17th position in medal only Kazakhstan (a Muslim majority ex-Soviet state) done better at 12 despite having better sporting culture and infrastructure as compared to Iran. So, Mr. NFP if u think that Iran is a theocracy or Mullah state you are wrong It is more like a Fidel's Cuba, governed by a just people, A delivering Regime...
Tarun Arora(India) Feb 17, 2013 01:38pm
People have no place to go,dear friend.Who will allow such fanatics to come to their country.Not even excellent friends like China,S Arabia(and other Arab countries)-even these close friends give visa on case to case basis(selectively).Regarding Western world,in near future,they will apply full brakes.
Vishal Feb 17, 2013 07:07am
Government and politicians hand in glove with terrorist.I ask Hazaras to immediately leave Pakistan to Iran.
akbar Feb 17, 2013 07:07am
Please all read Robert Pappe 's excellent work on this subject "Dying to win, Logic of suicidal Terrorism"
Art Feb 17, 2013 07:24am
My friend how about leaving unholy Toronto and going to the 'holy land'. Sorry forgot the pious Saudi's will treat you like an inferior and not consider you a human fit for citizenship.
Javed Feb 17, 2013 04:25pm
"Takbali, who was expecting to be hailed as a hero of the Islamic Revolution was arrested and accused of being an agent of the old Shah regime. He was hanged." We need some hangings in Pakistan...
Tarun Arora(India) Feb 17, 2013 01:33pm
Sorry sir,The neighbouring country cannot and should not welcome any community(you named) to except Parsis(who are most welcome in any decent country).Sorry,but no hard feelings.
Art Feb 17, 2013 07:27am
Sometimes a terrorist is just that, a terrorist!!
neluroman Feb 17, 2013 07:43am
Freedom .... in Iran, you must be joking here! United State is a country financially potent to buy oil from free market. It doesn't need to stage an overthrow of any govern to get oil. Saudi Arabia is more potent in crude oil than Iran, but Americans buy oil from them at a standard price. The "star- trek" cities in Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait prove once more that your theory is false. This countries are weak from a military standpoint, but neither Americans nor someone else is stealing their oil. Moreover, for the last more than 30 years, Americans have not got a barrel of oil from Iran, but their economy has never resented this. So, my friend, your claim "America is hungry for Iranian oil" doesn't hold too much water. Iranian theological regime holds up the faith that since it is guided by God himself, trough the Great Ayatollah (the God's man) its shares in world decisions making are lower than the statute of "God favourite country" would reclaim. In Iranian vision, "the satanic America" cannot have such an important sway on global matters. All the Iranian versus America crisis are because or related to this very concept of "world political struggle ".
Peace Feb 17, 2013 08:26am
You have completely missed the point my friend. What NFP is mentioning? Apologists, in every society giving irrational logic to acts of violence by terrorists or Governments. That's what making the situation worse in Pakistan and elsewhere.
Aijaz Feb 17, 2013 04:16pm
Do you mind if remind you your past, why in the world Pakistan was created in the first place, stop living in the lala land.
zafarov Feb 17, 2013 01:20pm