Monday, November 17, 2008

Tenth Anniversary of Forouhars

Ten years ago, Iran's secular dissidents, husband and wife, Daryoush and Parvaneh Forouhar were murdered in their home by Islamic Republic intelligence ministry agents. Their daughter Parastoo has returned to Iran every year on the anniversary of their murder to hold commemoration ceremonies for her slained parents.

In the last few years the regime has banned all public commemoration ceremonies and has even tried to restrict the private family gatherings in their house.

Despite all the obstacles and restrictions, this year too, Parastoo has returned to Iran and as she told Deutsche Welle radio, she will continue to commemorate her parents until she is alive. The commemoration ceremony is due to be held this Friday in the Forouhars' home were they were repeatedly stabbed to death.

20 comments:

Javad Ghorbati said...

Whenever I see your pictures, it reminds me of that psychopathic racist "Combo" from the movie "This is England"... You can be an Iranian version of him...If you get a chance watch it...

Javad Ghorbati said...

Whenever I see your pictures, it reminds me of that psychopathic racist "Combo" from the movie "This is England"... You can be an Iranian version of him...If you get a chance watch it...

Sohrab said...

May the rest in peace and may we never forget.

reza said...

R.I.P.

Will this be discussed at the next interfaith dialogue?

Azarmehr said...

Javad Ghorbati

I think you don't like the way I look. Oh dear, what can we do about that?

Shame I don't know what you look like but I am sure you are a very pretty boy Javad.

reza said...

Azarmehr:

Problem is, as long as the fate of the Forouhars remains 'unsolved' - the credulity of the apologists will remain impenetrable.

But then again, you cannot reason with those who were never reasoned into their beliefs, to begin with.

Anonymous said...

forouhars brought Khomeini upon us back in 1978. we really dont care about them. hagheshun bood

Winston said...

Azarmehr jan, Javad is a low life pathetic loser who goes around the Iranian blogs and leave crappy comments like these ones. Please ignore him or you'll end up with another barmakido. LOOOOOL

از اسمش هم معلومه چه جانوریه

هه هه هه

Anonymous said...

off topic: I thought you might want to know.

Today's Iran experts' report being presented in the Senate was already published in 2007 under Trita Parsi's name.

American Chronicle:
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/81956

Babak said...

To Anonymous: Dariush Foroohar was a patriot who loved his country and who suffered more for it than a jerk like you ever will, so dont talk bad about him... Typical of simple-minded people who talk badly about Foroohar because he was against the shah... He realized the evils of the islamists and spent the rest of his life fighting against them... I would like to see you do it....

Winston said...

do u have any updates from RP's visit to the UK's house of commons?

Azarmehr said...

Re RP at HoC:
I was at work, I couldn't go. From what I heard, same sort of things, lots of nice talking and promises but nothing substantial.

Harry Barnes said...

Have you seen this?
http://www.hurryupharry.org/2008/11/21/sanctuary-for-jila-emad-aref/#comments
You need to trawl up from some terrible comments.
I have made my representations by e-mail to Sir Stuart Bell who is MP for Middlesbrough where the Pirouzeh family have been residing. He is an experienced MP.

Daniel Brett said...

A bit off topic. Here is a video of a man being tortured in the street by Iranian policemen, including beating his backside and genitals with a truncheon until they bleed and then dumping him in the boot of the policecar: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1203085208859289952&hl=en
I can't read the Farsi except that this occurred in Khorramabad, which is in Lorestan province.

Anonymous said...

Babak, dogmatic assholes like you just talk and lecture others. Don't be a jerk

Babak said...

Anonymous: You are absolutely right, when I read stupid comments like yours I have to lecture you... Go read some of your country´s history instead of ridiculing other peoples death and suffering without knowing anything about anything... Thats simple-minded dogmatism for you....

a realist said...

Dear Babak, im not the anon who left the other comments but will respond. You said:

[Dariush Foroohar was a patriot who loved his country and who suffered
He realized the evils of the islamists and spent the rest of his life fighting against them... I would like to see you do it.... Go read your countrys history...]

We cant go on and justify grown up and supposedly educated ppl making grave, uneducated mistakes. If they do and are punished for them so be it.

It is Foroohar who should have read his countrys history before supporting a hideous ayatollah and Islamists, who just happened to be way smarter than Foroohar and his ilks and pulled the rug right from under their feet, all in the name of democracy and patriotism.

Had Foroohar and ppl like him read up on Iranian history and understood it, they would have known not to support the Islamists and ayatollahs, specially a backward pig like Khomeini who had a long history of opposing modernization for Iran.

An ounce of prevention is far better than a dose of cure.

Foroohar and ppl like him got what he deserved. I would say even the Shah got what he deserved for different reasons. Lets hope we wont repeat our past mistakes.

a realist said...

re earlier comment, make it even: a Pound of Cure!

Babak said...

Dear Realist: I am glad there are such civilized people such as yourself to exchange thoughts with here...

I would like to say, and I am sure lots of people would agree with me, that there were extremely many patriotic, educated and good people who made very very bad mistakes during the revolution... Some mistakes were so bad ones that cant ever be forgiven for sure, however it was a time of great disillusion. Remember that it took a while for the islamists to get state power, and even in the beginning of that power many thought that khomeini and his pack of religious jerkoffs would move to qom and let politicians run politics.. in any way, I am definitely not trying to defend any people that had anything to do with the islamic republic, people like bazargan etc... I am not a supporter or anything like that of Foroohar, however I believe that he was a patriot who really loved his country and fought almost his entire life for Iran, unfortunate he suffered from "blindness" like many others at the time of the revolution, thinking he could grab power and run his agenda, but of course that wasn't the case... My final point is that, we CANNOT see everything in black and white, as Iranians unfortunately tend to do most of the time... I hope you understand my point, otherwise, too bad...

a realist said...

Thanks Babak for the reply. I think we are mostly saying the same things. No, I dont think we can see everything in black and white, least of all [the revolution].

I was responding to your comment on reading up on our history [to do with religion, specially Islam and the role the molas have always played in our politics, culture, society both on micro and macro levels]. Even on ppl who think they are secular. The Shah himself was religious too, tho a secular outlook and was a patriot as well [my opinion].

Communism or Socialism as systems of government will not have a future in Iran. Tho, there will always be a portion of the population who will maintain and will want to impose their socialist or communist ideals, or worse, a hybrid of religion and communism or its offshoots [similar to MEK].

I dont think it is easy to bring about secularism in Iran, it will take a few generations and lots of education for us to become something like Scandinavia or even a [superficially Catholic] France or Spain.

My other point was that the revolution was always and essentially an Islamic one, not a democratic or a secular one [but sold as such]. Khomeini was the clear [overall] leader and the Islamists were always the ones calling the real shots. Previous history aside, when you get people moving to rooftops shouting Allah Akbar, Death to the Shah [the Shah was still in Iran], I would think it should have been obvious these people werent going to move to Qom and become spiritual leaders.

Maybe we have a lot of forgiving to do and we cant change the past, but I think it is more important for us to have learned from at least our more recent history [30 years] and not repeat it. Or, we just have to face the consequences of our mistakes and actions again as someone like Foroohar did.

Collectively, and if we want to take the first steps to real secularism, I think we all need to see Iran as Iran first. Not insist on a [shia] Moslem nation [Iran] first. Im not referring to you.