An Al Quds Day Letter to Tony Blair

Dear Tony,

Congratulations on your political memoir becoming an instant bestseller. I’m in Iran and have the only copy in the country. I can tell you, its so fiercely fought over, it’s worth its weight in WMDs. Note to Random House: have ‘A Journey’ translated into Farsi and Arabic asap, it’ll fly off the shelves in this part of the world.

Tony, yesterday I went the Al Quds day protest in Tehran. You may have heard of it? It’s the rally where Iranians gather to protest against Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, including the Holy city of Jerusalem.

I’m being sarcastic by asking if you’ve heard of Al Quds day, because I know you have. It is your very worst nightmare right? After all Tehran is the place where politics and Islam intertwine.

Personally I’ve never understood this fear of ‘political Islam’ it seems to me that religious people should always be educated on world events rather than kept in ignorance. Like say, Mid West Christian Zionists in the US The kind of folk who can’t find their home city on a map of their state but re certain they hate Islam even if their not sure whether its a type of curry or a foreign make of veh-ic-ule.

Anyway, yesterday, I stood in the midst of more than one million Iranian Muslims all chanting in unison ‘Marg Bar Isre-hell!’ and ‘Marg Bar Am-ri-ca!’ You know what that means Tony I’m sure ; ‘Down with Israel, down with America’. The men, women and children around me withstood a day of no water and no food (it’s called Ramadan, Tony, it’s a fast). Coping with hunger and thirst in the hundred degrees heat, as if it were nothing. They can withstand deprivation in the Muslim world. Here in Iran they feel proud to suffer in order to express solidarity with the people of Palestine. It’s kind of like the way you express solidarity with America only without illegal chemical weapons and a million civilian deaths.

Some mothers at the rally wept, not out of hatred for ‘the West’ but out of empathy for the mothers of Rafah, Khan Younis, Nablus and Jenin. Do you recognise these place names Tony, as Middle East peace envoy you really should. Israel has massacred children in all of these cities in recent years. Didn’t you know?

Today when the streets of London reverberate with cries of ‘Allahuakbar!’ and ‘Down Down Israel.’ Christians and Jews will join the thunderous cries of ‘Down Down Israel, marching shoulder to shoulder with the ‘political’ Muslims you say you fear so much.

Perhaps you believe that I am in danger in Iran, especially on a day like Al Quds. Well here again Tony, you’ve been fed and have consumed in its entirety, a massive lie. The lie that says when Muslims express an opinion in groups, in public, it is always spurred on by hatred of ‘us’ infidels. As if all protests that are led by Muslim communities are a kind of long held grudge against the Crusades.

Perhaps they should be more, not less angry here than they are Tony. Because having read the postscript to your bestseller its clear you are on a modern Crusade.

The ‘conflict’ between Palestine and Israel is according to you all about religion and has nothing at all to do with the ethnic cleansing of the Arab population, nor the degradation of those who remain beneath the boots of their Israeli occupiers. You say that Arabs have and always will see ‘Jews’ as enemies. For God’s sake Tony do your history. And if you’re going to run a ‘Faith Foundation’ then better gen up on Islam 101 don’t you think? Did your pals in Tel Aviv forget to tell you how many thousands of Jews lived in Historic Palestine in harmony with their Arab neighbours before 1948? Do you really not know that even today tens of thousand of Jews reside contentedly in Iran?

I’ve sat with Muslim families, those whose children have been burned by Israeli/US phosphorous bombs. Those who are still suffering hunger due to the Israel siege of Gaza. Those who have lived through the early days of sanctions against Iran when they needed food vouchers just to live. And every single Muslim in these suffering families has the same message ; ‘We don’t hate anyone for their race or their religion. We cannot hate Jews they are in our holy book it is against the teachings of the Koran.’ But Tony let me ask you this. Why should any people, Muslim or otherwise, be expected to put up with this kind of constant threats from you and your bosses in Tel Aviv and Washington? Do you have any understanding of what it is like to live in Gaza? Under siege, attacked with chemical weapons, your children’s schools razed to the ground by Israeli missiles, your hospitals shelled, your electricity limited, your water undrinkable?

Actually Tony I think you are a sympathetic person. I actually think that you do feel twinges of pain at the hardships suffered by millions in the Middle East as a direct result of your support for Israel. Then you put that feeling to one side, because on a fundamental level – you think ‘they’ deserve it don’t you?

In your book you say you knew full well how many Beirut homes were flattened, how many civilians died in Lebanon in 2006. Yet you dismiss Lebanese rage about Israeli occupation of ‘Shebas Farm’ as being an irrelevance, about a ‘tiny’ amount of land. You cannot see it as part of the constant pressure on Lebanese society as a whole by their heavily armed aggressive Israeli neighbour. You see it as: ‘Israel is attacked. Israel strikes back.’ As if Israel lives in placid peace, being kindly to all around it in between these massacres.

As other world leaders came out to demand Israel immediately cease its 2006 bombing raids on Lebanese cities, you stayed silent.

‘If I had condemned Israel’ you say in your book ‘I would have been more than dishonest. It would have undermined my world view.’

Your world view is that Muslims, are mad, bad, dangerous to know. A contagion to be contained. Your final chapter is a must read here in the Middle East Tony, congratulations! For it lays out the ‘them’ and ‘us’ agenda of your friends in Washington and Tel Aviv.

In the final chapter you say; ‘we need a religious counter attack’ against Islam. And by ‘Islam’ you mean the Al Quds rallies, the Palestinian intifada (based on an anti Apartheid struggle Tony, NOT religious bigotry), against every Arab who fails to put their arms in the air as the F16 missiles rain on their homes and refugee camps and sing a rousing chorus of ‘Imagine all the people…’

When you say ‘extremism’ must be ‘controlled and beaten’ you mean that you and your kind of morally bankrupt (but filthy rich) world leader wants control over the rising solidarity spreading through the Ummah and being joined by activist of all creeds on the streets of Paris, London, Bradford, Rome.

‘Not only extremism must be defeated’ you have written but ‘the narrative’ ‘has to be assailed.’

Iran is indeed the place where Islamic tradition meets political action.

They are highly aware of the history of this region, the wrongs perpetrated by Israel against Palestine and the political machinations of the US and the UK governments to isolate them.. All thing considered and nice as the people have been during my stay. I wouldn’t recommend coming over on a book tour though…

Lauren Booth is an English broadcaster, journalist, and human rights activist. Read other articles by Lauren.

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  1. 3bancan said on September 5th, 2010 at 7:35am #

    “Actually Tony I think you are a sympathetic person. I actually think that you do feel twinges of pain at the hardships suffered by millions in the Middle East as a direct result of your support for Israel. Then you put that feeling to one side, because on a fundamental level – you think ‘they’ deserve it don’t you?

    Imho there was no need for these sycophantic words addressing this religious psychopath and one of the most criminal criminals against humanity of our time…

  2. MichaelKenny said on September 5th, 2010 at 9:15am #

    Tony was pelted with eggs and shoes in Dublin yesterday.

  3. bozh said on September 5th, 2010 at 9:53am #

    Tony [?blair] belongs to clerico-plutocratic ‘elite’ [means "lowlife" in my usage of the word];so, he’s not in mood to associate with high class people.
    Besides, he’s supported by at least a bn people; includes at least 23omn adult americans; many of which are very rich or superrich and strongly inegalitarian.

    Actually, most pious muslims appear his ideal allies in most aspects of living. Even uncle sam needs badly muslims; they are the best serfs to have around; devoted to imams-ulema and thes eto power thsu also to uncle sam. tnx

  4. shabnam said on September 5th, 2010 at 10:22am #

    {Even uncle sam needs badly muslims; they are the best serfs to have around; devoted to imams-ulema and thes eto power thsu also to uncle sam}

    You racist either watch your language or get lost. You and people like you are the best serfs who are sitting on your buts do nothing. The reason you, the mass murderers are after Muslims, is because they are not boot lickers like you, otherwise uncle sam and the zionists would have not designed the 9/11 terror to frame Muslims in order to go after them, of course with full support of the serfs like YOU.

  5. Rehmat said on September 5th, 2010 at 6:26pm #

    As Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, she should have told Tony on his face that not only he is mass murderer – he is also an ‘Islamophobe’ and bigot Zionist Christian.

    Tony Blair, the former Zionist Prime Minister of Britain in a recent BBC interview said that the western colonial powers are occupying or supporting the occupations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir, Philippines, Bosnia, Kosova, etc. is because they want to save the world from “radical Islam”.

    Naturally, the bigot western Zionist leaders don’t believe that imposing a European Atheist Jews’ illegal entity in the name of Judaism on once Muslim-majority Palestine or Rabbi Oveda Yosef’s, leader of Israel’s Shas Party, call for the mass-murder of Muslim and Christian Palestinians, as ‘Radical Judaism’ – nor Anne Coulter’s call for “invasion of Muslim lands, killing their leaders and converting them to Christianity” or the anti-Islam filth preached by Israeli puppets like John Hagee, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham and Ron Parsley, as “Radical Christianity”.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/zionists-myth-of-radical-islam/

  6. John Andrews said on September 5th, 2010 at 11:44pm #

    ” I wouldn’t recommend coming over on a book tour though…”

    I would. Iran is the one place on the planet where that particular war criminal might get arrested.

  7. mary said on September 5th, 2010 at 11:52pm #

    I think this new version of ‘Bozh’ is a Hasbara invention. The old ‘Bozh’ did not hold these views.

    If you needed a laugh on this Monday morning –

    Arch war criminal Bliar says – ‘Criminals should be in prison’

    Bliar has responded to Home Sec. Ken Clarke’s move for more community based alternatives to prison. The UK’s arch war criminal Bliar says that Clarke is wrong and that criminals belong in prison.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11195524

  8. mary said on September 6th, 2010 at 1:48am #

    When this talking head goes to rot in hell, he will hear this blather echoing back at him. It really is dreadful stuff. I am told that he was on the BBC World Service in the night, was on Sky News this morning and doubtless there will be much more of him as he heads to his book signing date at Waterstones this week. I just cringe at it apart from feeling very angry.

    http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/week-transcript-tony-blair/story?id=11562817

  9. mary said on September 6th, 2010 at 2:10am #

    My brother David writes –

    The western world is stooping ever lower into the deepest evil. The paramount psychopath Blair, a mass murderer, incinerator, shredder of little children is being feted by the media and by the elite who support his evil in every way as he promotes his Satanic book, A Journey – to the Hague and Hell we hope. The leadership of the Christian church is silent. The lawyers are silent. The Zionists are not. They are relishing his acts and his notoriety. They used to deny their central part in the bombardment and invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, but now they do not. Their heartless glee is obvious.

    The ”Envoy” who has sat a few hours each fortnight in the American Colony Hotel whilst the Palestinian people have suffered even more at the hands of the Zionist entity, especially during and after the greater shoah of Vilnai. I recall he went through Erez to the UN headquarters for an hour or two. He never would have sat in a plastic chair brought from a neighbour, sipped Sprite and talked to the poorest of refugees from the long laid plans of Zion.

  10. bozh said on September 6th, 2010 at 6:09am #

    Mary,
    I began thinking about massive passive resistance for pal’ns about seven yrs ago.
    But have not stated it on DV until about two yrs ago.
    But i also often say that pal’ns are morally and legally obligated to resist militarilly by any means occupation and daily other losses.

    Military resistance does work. It did in vietnam. In the main, because there had not been a split among peasantry about the end goal: end oppressive ‘noble’ rule, establish an egalitarian structure, and oust americans.

    Pal’ns are split into a secular and theocratic group. Pal’ns teem with traitors as well which inform israelis about whereabouts of leading pal’ns. It is quite probable that israel may obtain spies among pal’ns by using threats and other means of coercion.
    All this shows!
    Vietcong also had been helped by SU and other socialists.

    It could be noted that even some ‘jews’ promote armed resistance by pal’ns. But i note, do not ever divulge why! Their hate is obvious; probably because ‘jews’ are not easy to live with; having hurt people like atzmon, et al, and they just lash back at them.
    But principle, utility of resistance is never ever divulged. Goyim, on the other hand hate ‘jews’ because of their perception that ‘jews’ are ruining ther beloved america which s’mhow never does anything right or wrong!

    And that’s all they do. Contributing next to zero to an elucidation for ills that befall us. Just pile everything on a few thousand ‘jews’.
    So, i invite mary to tell us, on what basis, she seems, to be okaying armed resistance.
    Rejecting a priori other people’s proposals while not postulating own appears an old ruse! tnx

  11. bozh said on September 6th, 2010 at 6:27am #

    Imams-ulema call for death by stoning of impious and women who stray. We humanists and impious do not. And we have no aghas, beys, deys, beks, amirs, kings, sultans.
    Not all muslims approbate own second class life. But most do. And uncle sam loves these muslims. Uncle also loves ulema, priesthood, and rabbinate; with their enormous help, how can US lose?
    The greatest criminal minds flock together; now more than ever: Egyptian, jordanian, saudi, omani, yemeni, moroccan, US, UK. tnx

  12. 3bancan said on September 6th, 2010 at 6:33am #

    mary said on September 6th, 2010 at 2:10am:
    “The western world is stooping ever lower into the deepest evil.”

    This process/state of barbarization of the western world has its name: zionazification…

  13. shabnam said on September 6th, 2010 at 6:59am #

    {Imams-ulema call for death by stoning of impious and women who stray. We humanists and impious do not. }
    Bozh:

    you must provide an evidence immediately on stoning. Who has been stoned to death? You are brainwashed by the humanists, tool of Zionism and imperialism” to control the mind of ignorant people. Present the evidence; otherwise stop this nonsense at once. Have you watched “The Stoning of Soraya M” directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh a boot licker of Jewish neocon, David Horowitz, played by a whore of Zionism, Shohreh Aghdashloo, a Baha’i an ally of zionism, who is at the service of the western propaganda against Muslims where appeared as Saddam first wife in another propaganda film against Muslims, “The house of Saddam”, and received AWARDS for her services? Have you?
    This film is based on LIES to demonize Iran. The Zionists are involved in this plot against people of Iran. Shame on them and shame on ignorant people who spread the story of this HOAX ‘stoning’ by the Zionist Jews and their stooges.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stoning_of_Soraya_M.

    Nowrasteh has been a featured speaker and columnist for the Liberty Film Festival, a conservative film festival which merged in 2006 with David Horowitz’s Center for the Study of Popular Culture (now the David Horowitz Freedom Center) to form a joint conservative film organization.[11]. He also provided the Liberty Film Festival with an advance copy of The Path to 9/11. In addition, in 2006 the group awarded him “with a special Freedom of Expression Award.”

  14. bozh said on September 6th, 2010 at 7:42am #

    Shabman,
    I haven`t seen any stoning to death. However, both the koran and torah explictly call for death of impious and women who may or may not stray even a little.
    Koran in 126: Who disbelieves, i`ll burn himher to death.

    According to jesus, ancient hebrew priests have carried ou stoning to death. Mohammed appears to have read it and calls numerous times for death of infidels and women who break any of their menfolk`s directives or commands.

  15. shabnam said on September 6th, 2010 at 7:53am #

    bozh:

    “Stoning is not practiced only among Muslims, nor did it begin with Islam. Human rights groups say a young girl was stoned to death in 2007 in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Yazidi community, which practices an ancient Kurdish religion. The Old Testament includes an episode in which Moses arranges for a man who violated the Sabbath to be stoned, and stoning probably took place among Jewish communities in the ancient Near East. Rabbinic law, which was composed starting in the first century A.D., specifies stoning as the penalty for a variety of crimes, with elaborate instructions for how it should be carried out.”

    Now, I am surprised why the name “KURDISH” never gets into films made by the Jewish neocons in Hollywood. Is that anything to do with the fact that the terrorist Kurds are Israel’s pawns in the ‘new middle east’ after the zionist let invasion of Iraq?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/weekinreview/22worth.html

  16. bozh said on September 6th, 2010 at 8:36am #

    I am not a lover of kurdish aghas. I also bought a book on kurds. The historian who wrote it, david mcdowel, revised 1997, reports that as late as late seventies a kurdish villager had to obtain aghas permission to leave it because agha owned it.
    In `19, League of Nations granted kurds of iraq own state, but had been recalled by same in `22.
    It could be noted that all aghas wanted from arabs was an autonomy; never granted;tho, once saddam said he`d go for it. This bit of info, was reported in, ithink, privately-owned media and so unreliable.

    However, i do expect that iraq would not ever rise again without UEI; i.e., us-euro-isr`s permission or promotion. tnx

  17. Don Hawkins said on September 6th, 2010 at 9:20am #

    Teafor2 nice try but no cigar truth, knowledge now you edge it. The kind of person I would talk to, what.

  18. teafoe2 said on September 6th, 2010 at 9:44am #

    don you said that to say what?

  19. Don Hawkins said on September 6th, 2010 at 9:55am #

    I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets, even though they may be utterly uninhabited.
    Patrick Stewart

    Mow that and I don’t edge I find it a total waste of time am more on the lines of everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler.

  20. teafoe2 said on September 6th, 2010 at 10:51am #

    well don, I find this post of yours pretty ambiguous.

    you seem to want to change the subject to a question of whether or not “we” (whoever you include in that category, which is not at all clear) should start putting civilizations out onto other planets.

    To me that is a nonsense question. And a total waste of time.

    Why be so mysterioso? If you have a point you want to make, why not just state it? Subject/predicate, noun/verb: why beat around the bush?

    BTW Don: If you want to keep things simple, don’t start rambling about saxophones and drums; it a subject you obviously know nothing about. And I’m sorry, but it can’t be made utterly simple without trivializing it.

    Keeping it simple, this “Bozh” keeps repeating Christoffer Hitchens-style Islamophobic cliches, which you can hear on Fox News 24/7. Islamophobia is probably the number one ideological weapon in the ZPC/DOD arsenal.

    To parrot this crap and then try to pretend you aren’t part of the War & Occupation machine is so transparent I wouldn’t have guessed even you would be naive enough to fall for it.

    BTW, IMO your rambling posts might have been interesting twenty years ago at a City Lights poetry reading, but at this point they’re devoid of significant content. Everybody knows all about that crap or they wouldn’t be hanging out on DV.

    We all know things are bad, the point is What are we going to do about it? Yes, we need to keep getting reports of conditions in under-covered places & situations. But Comments are meant to be relevant to the article they’re appended to. You Don are the world heavyweight champ Threadjacker.

    If you want to wax poetic about it, why don’t you write an article and submit it for publication?

  21. shabnam said on September 6th, 2010 at 11:13am #

    Crocodile tears of the Zionist and imperialist war criminals and their partners, the Iranian ‘opposition’ groups ABROAD in the SERVICE OF ZIONISM LED by an Imposter, BERNARD HENRI LEVY, islamophobia industry, for Sakineh , but have forgotten millions of victims of zionist ‘war on terror’
    Shame on Zionists con ARTISTS, First Lady Carla Bruni, Ségolène Royal, Isabelle Adjani, Mia Farrow, who are acting on behalf of the zionofascists’ agenda.

    Amani Maged writes:

    Sakina Mohamedi Ashtyani, a woman in her 40s and mother of two, had an extramarital affair with a man, and together with her lover, killed her husband. She confessed to the crime, but later recanted after receiving 90 lashes, insisting that she confessed under torture. Whether or not Sakina is a criminal, the fact that she was sentenced to death by stoning remains an internal issue for Iran, if not an issue of religion since Islamic jurisprudence rules that a married adulteress and adulterer should be stoned to death for their sin. One way or another, the case remains the concern of Iran’s judiciary.

    But the West has morphed this trial into an issue of human rights. Demonstrators in the West took to the streets denouncing Iran’s position and demanding that Sakina be released. French women’s movements raced to announce their support for her, while France’s First Lady Carla Sarkozy took a personal interest and declared that France will not abandon Sakina in her time of need. Madame Sarkozy went as far as saying that she refuses to recognise the legal arguments against Sakina.

    On the banks of the Seine, crowds of artists, intellectuals, politicians, both government supporters and the opposition, joined supporters of the Iranian opposition to show their solidarity with Iranians opposed to their government’s policies. Human rights organisations were prominent at the event.

    But it appears that Sakina is not the real reason for all this commotion. It is really just a manifestation of the ongoing Iranian opposition movement abroad, as demonstrated by the large number of public figures who signed a petition initiated by French writer Henri Bernard Lévy in opposition to Tehran’s domestic policies. The petition rejected what it calls Iran’s use of terror and oppression to stifle the revolutionary uprising sparked by the government’s refusal of new elections after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won in 2009.

    Signatories to the petition include former French presidents Jacques Chirac, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, First Lady Carla Bruni, Ségolène Royal, Isabelle Adjani, Mia Farrow and others who disagree with Iran’s policies of capital punishment, and what they call indiscriminate killing of citizens for expressing their opinion with the aim of terrorising the population. Those who signed the petition also demanded that the verdict against Sakina be overturned “to recognise her innocence”.
    All these efforts by the West on behalf of Sakina and human rights come at a time when thousands of women in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan are killed and raped without any such loud protest from Western leaders and human rights groups. The amount of attention Sakina is receiving is reminiscent of the Algerian runner Hassiba Boulmerka. The West feared for her safety during the massacres in Algeria, and the world-class runner was all they focussed on while hundreds of women like her were being killed without a peep of protest. But it seems Boulmerka’s legs were more important than those of hundreds of other Algerian women.

    The West is championing Sakina, who confessed to infidelity, yet it turned a blind eye to the 460 women who were killed during the Al-Aqsa uprising, not to mention the 42 girls and women killed in Basra last year at the hands of armed militia, the death of 15 women in Baghdad Al-Karkh, and the targeting of civilians in arbitrary bombings which do not discriminate between man, woman or child. All this is somehow less important.

    There were no demonstrations in Paris along the banks of the Seine, and public figures did not gather to protest the incarceration of 90 female detainees in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, before they were released or relocated to other prisons after a scandal at the prison. While the West holds Boulmerka’s legs and Sakina’s infidelity in high regard, 87 per cent of women in Afghanistan have faced violence; half of those have been raped in a country which has been occupied since 2001. Eighty of these women tried to burn themselves alive in 2008 to escape the shame, and some succeeded. None of these tragic victims merit Western tears as much as does Sakina.
    France, which is working hard to uphold Sakina’s human rights, is at the same time preparing to deport 700 Roma and hundreds of other refugees to Romania and Bulgaria, and has even been censured by the UN. Yet President Nicolas Sarkozy ignores this criticism and insists that France was “responsible” for Sakina.

    THE WEST IS AT ITS LOWEST POINT IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY.
    No one trust the Iranian ‘opposition’ groups abroad, zionist sell out.

    http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1014/re5.htm

  22. shabnam said on September 6th, 2010 at 11:20am #

    The West and the Iranian ‘opposition’ groups abraod in the service of Bernard Heri Levy, an Islamophobe, should focus on real stoning in Kurdish area in Iraq not on HOAX stoning. The Iranian ‘opposition’ groups abroad has NO CREDIBILITY.

    The Kurds are Israel’s pawn in the region, therefore, are protected from the zionist propaganda and its stooges, the Iranian ‘opposition’ groups abroad for time being.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-452288/The-moment-teenage-girl-stoned-death-loving-wrong-boy.html

  23. mary said on September 6th, 2010 at 11:32am #

    Very well said Shabnam. You include Mia Farrow in your list of ‘concerned’ celebrities. She really gets my goat partly because she has taken so many children out of their countries of birth for adoption (just look at her Wikipedia page to see how many!) and for her interference generally.

    She adds to the hype and hysteria about the Iranian lady but never mentions the 2 million imprisoned in the US (am I right that the majority are non white?) and the fact that lives are taken by the state by lethal injection or electrocution which I find abhorrent. We abolished the death penalty in the UK in 1965.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0760750.html#axzz0ySYtU251

    Number of Persons Executed by Jurisdiction, 1930–2008
    This table includes two sets of data about executions in the United States. The first shows the number of executions from 1930 to 1972, when the death penalty was abolished. The second data set displays the number of executions in each U.S. state since the ban on the death penalty was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976.

  24. bozh said on September 6th, 2010 at 11:47am #

    It feels oh so warmy to find people think i am that smart that the smartests on DV cannot figure out what i am saying. So they say, bozhidarevski is islamophobic and `jews` and christians being also mightily fearful of muslims, that makes B. christophilic and a talmudnik and not being lunatic fears islam.

    I thought at first that they were blitzreading and that`s why everything i said was contradictory, senseless, etc. So, i complained. Now they read my posts more slowly, but nonsense is nonsense no matter how fast or slow one reads my posts.
    Don, by why self-torture by reading nonsense?

    Yes, yes, Don and i fear mightily islam because in know Don is not lunatic. I am not that sure about me; at times i am a basket case, but never misses an opportunity to rundown cults; which worsens sit`n for him. But he never learns.
    Don, even my smallhead shakes MIGHTILY—means as a `jew`wld– her head in disgust as what comes out of my filthy mouth.
    She`s still annoyed with me because she`s still waiting for her first cunnilingus bob promised her moooons ago.

    Don, is it not a great feeling when one doesn`t please a single muslim, christian, fascist, or moodnik! Try it! U might lahk it! Oh boy, am i gonna sleep bad tonight. tnx

  25. shabnam said on September 6th, 2010 at 11:57am #

    Mary:

    The fact is that this woman MURDERED HER HUSBAND with the help of her LOVER; therefore she was on trial for this murder. This propaganda against Iran is ILLEGAL. You imagine Iran stage a propaganda campaign against a murderer in the USA. Wouldn’t they object to it and call it, interference in the state function? How dare these war criminals that have killed millions of people not to mention rapes of many men and women stage propaganda campaign BASED ON LIES? How many men and women have been executed in the United States, many of whom innocent? Did we get any condemnation from these wh*res including Mia Farrow and the Iranian stooges? Mia Farrow is part of the US and Israel Foreign policy. She was active with other reactionaries, Black and White, against Al Bashir, the Sudanese President, where ICC brought charges against him and called the situation in Darfur ‘genocide’ where according to every single unbiased informed person is nothing but HOAX. This charge was formed by Jewish organizations such as ‘Save Darfur’ and ‘holocaust’ museum with the help of the Iranian Zionist enablers like Payam Akhavan for regime change in Sudan in order to partition the country which is a Zionist plan for many years. The south of Sudan is going to be partition soon due to Zionist campaign of lies and deception where staged by the fifth column like Charles JACOBS. People should expose all these Zionist stooges if they want a better world because the war criminals cannot function in isolation and needs political whores like Iranian opposition groups and individuals like Mia Farrow and Payam Akhavan to function and carry out their vicious plan against humanity.

  26. teafoe2 said on September 6th, 2010 at 12:28pm #

    En Espanol, “Bozhidar” significa “solemente basura”:)

  27. lichen said on September 6th, 2010 at 3:28pm #

    Islam, christianity, judaism, and hinduism are not races; they are religions. An atheist criticizing one of those disgusting, anti-life religions is not racist. If right wing religious people don’t want to read material against their religion, they can stick with state media instead of coming on the internet.

    I do support the independence of the kurds, and condemn the brutal, criminal oppression of them by iranian, turkish, and iraqi governments. I also support Iranians who don’t willingly swallow the oppressive government in that country.

  28. teafoe2 said on September 6th, 2010 at 5:26pm #

    any USian or other resident of a NATO country who echoes any part of the Hillary Clinton/Netanyahu propaganda line is acting as part of the US/Izzy/NATO war & occupation machine.

    What defects there may be in Iranian institutions is no business of any “American”. We can properly oppose actions by governments installed, propped up or otherwise supported by our government, but we need to learn to keep our Pukka Sahib noses out of other country’s internal affairs, especially those with a history of colonial oppression and repression at the hands of the CIA, Western petroleum interests or international Zionism
    Any reforms in Iran’s institutions and policies which may or may not be desirable are up to the Iranians. Attempts to meddle by even the best-intentioned Americans are more likely to backfire than to produce any positive results.

    Grassroots Arabs, Iranians, Afghans and Pakistanis are all victims of US/UK/NATO and Isreali racist imperialism and militarism.

    People who announce their support for Iranian traitors who have tried and continue to try to act as Quislings, as a pro-US, Pro-Izzy Fifth Column deserve our utmost contempt… to say the least. They are the enemy. \

    It’s very interesting, the MO these crypto-hasbarats use: mouth some “progressive” cliches, then parrot Hillary Clinton’s crocodile tears: “Oh, we’re just Feminists concerned about Women’s Rights”; “we’re Libertarians concerned about Religious Freedom”.

    Utter hypocrisy. Crocka shit.

  29. lichen said on September 6th, 2010 at 5:53pm #

    Nope, sorry; I don’t accept your moralistic, ideological block. Everything is up for critique from anywhere in the world. Apparently you spend a lot of time listening to hillary clinton; I do not. My concerns are similar to what many Iranians who come online but are not of shabnam’s persuasion say; and it has nothing at all to do with the pathetic schemes of the state department. Turning taking the exact opposite line of the mainstream media which you are stupid enough to watch and follow, and using that as an ideology is really pathetic.

  30. teafoe2 said on September 6th, 2010 at 7:53pm #

    Sorry Mr or Mrs L as the case may be, it DOES have everything to do with the schemes of the US State Dept, which you either out of stupidity or cupidity have joined with and become a part of. And you know what that makes you, right?

    BTW, why is “taking the exact opposite line” from the MSM necessarily “pathetic”? In my experience it’s a good rule of thumb. The corollary is that anytime you find yourself on the same side of a debate as the Zionists or/and Imperialists, you need to reconsider your analysis. at the very least.

    A question: where do you find these “Iranians” you say “come online”? And how are you able to be certain they are actually Iranians, and not agents of the Izreali dirty trix dept? Or the NED/CIA/DOD/State Dept?

    I’m just curious where you get all your funny ideas, where you spend your time when you aren’t hasbarating here on DV:)

  31. lichen said on September 7th, 2010 at 7:57pm #

    More than a year has passed since millions of Iranians Marched on the streets calling the 2009 election a military coup carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRG), their militia the Basij, and their armed plain-clothes hired-hands lebaseshakhsis. The goals of the coup: keeping Ahmadinejad in power and completing the military and economic control of the IRG in the country. After beating up, arresting and sometimes killing the protesters, the government put a record number of Iranian journalists behind bars (most now serving long sentences) and banned the foreign press from entering the country except to report on officially orchestrated occasions.

    Subsequently, Mir Housein Mousavi, the main opponent of Ahmadinejad and many members of the reformist opposition – known as the Green Movement – were put effectively under house arrest curbing their ability to reach the public in Iran. Moving the scenes of its brutality from the streets to jails and interrogation rooms, the regime dropped out of headlines thereby reducing the pressure on the Iranian authorities to answer for their brutal treatment of the opposition.

    In the meantime, using its full control over the media, the Iranian government began to promote an alternative account of the 2009 election, an account which has not been without impact on the western left. It goes like this: the Iranian upper and upper middle classes, fooled by the western supporters of the reformists, had assumed that they had majority while, in fact, in small towns and villages widespread support for Ahmadinejad gave him his 63% victory in the elections. Frustrated with their own miscalculations the defeated reformists resorted to street violence and therefore the government had no choice but to use harsher measures to calm things down. This scenario has many big holes including the fact that, even if Ahmadinejad had the support of the rural areas, the Iranian population is about 65% urban and in fact the large cities are more than able to give any candidate a victory. Furthermore, hundreds of video clips document the peacefulness of the early protest marches in large cities as well as small towns. They also document the unprovoked violence of the security forces against the marchers.

    All of this has become relevant again since less than a month ago when an audio file of a speech by a chief intelligence officer and interrogator from the top ranks of the Revolutionary Guards came to light describing the behind-the-scenes of Ahmadinejad’s 1989 victory. The speech was leaked to the opposition websites and spread fast despite the heavy censorship imposed in Iran. Besides the fascinating details revealed in it, there are other things that make the document important including the fact that no one (not even the government) has disputed its authenticity. It is, in fact, very likely that the speech was leaked intentionally by the government itself. These facts lead to important questions. Who is the speaker? What does the tape reveal? What is the reformist opposition doing about it? And, why would the Iranian government leak a document that confirms its complicity in a fraudulent election– if indeed the leak has been intentional.

    First a quick update on the current conditions in Iran. The country still has the highest number of jailed reporters in the world and only the official news and views are reported on the national media. Expressing political opposition in a blog can lead to five years in jail where the prisoners go on frequent hunger strikes to protest torture, unsanitary living conditions, and insult. Female prisoners will receive reduced sentences if they confess to illicit sexual relations with prominent members of the reform movement. Families of the prisoners who resist making confessions are threatened with more arrests. And despite Mr. Ahmadinejad’s claim quoted in the New Yorker’s recent piece “After the crackdown,” his critics are not free to speak their minds. A standard charge for jailed journalists is “insulting (read criticizing) the president.” To get a sense of the problem, imagine you are an Iranian blogger citing Mr. Ahmadinejad’s claim in his New Yorker interview in your blog asking “If it is ok to criticize our president, why are some journalists in jail for “insulting” him?” You will likely receive a brief phone call from a security agent within days. He will tell you to introduce yourself to one of the intelligence headquarters (or even directly to the main office of Evin prison). If you are smart, you will do so immediately and quietly….

    http://www.counterpunch.org/keshavarz09072010.html