From Iran with Love
04 June, 2006
I had to change my doctor again. Usually, it happens because of a change of the insurance company, but this time it was a different situation. I have to admit, the previous doctor was nice and professional and had no difficulty diagnosing problems. However, he was unusually fat, which is a rare physical condition for a doctor. When I looked at his banana-sized fingers and realized the consequence of my upcoming yearly physical check-up, I refused to make him my personal physician.
My new doctor is very nice and, as a matter of fact, he is skinny too. He even spends time discussing politics and many other topics. I was curious about a TV show that talked about the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In response to my inquiry, my doctor became excited and tried to explain with complicated medical terms, such as central nervous system, neurotransmitter serotonin, presynaptic neuron, etc. Most of the words went over my head. However, I was able to grasp the characteristics of OCD.
The scientists of today are convinced that OCD is not a flaw in one’s personality; rather, it is a serious mental disorder. According to most of the researchers, it is a biological defect of the brain causing psychological abnormalities and changing a person’s behavioral pattern. An OCD-affected person may perform an act repeatedly without any reason but is fully aware of the meaninglessness. The sufferer is obsessed with a thought that constantly bothers the mind and expects to get rid of the obsession if a certain act is performed repeatedly.
After reading Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s letter to U.S. President G. W. Bush, I concluded, like many other Muslims, Mr. Ahmadinejad is a serious patient of OCD. His cacophony message, obsessed with hatred towards America and Israel, is so immense that he failed to conceal his intention despite his step-motherly love for Jesus Christ. His love letter, as incoherent and contradictory as the Quran, does not carry any message, nor does it have any historical or intellectual value.
While pouring barrels of “Peace” (Peace be Upon Him) on Jesus Christ, Mr. Ahmadinejad awarded Jesus with an honorable degree, “The Messenger of God”. He wondered how Mr. Bush, being a follower of Jesus and respectful to human rights and liberalism, could attack Iraq. Apparently, Mr. Ahmadinejad is thrilled with the concept of presenting liberalism as a civilization model. On the contrary, his tone changed completely at the end of the letter. He said, “Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.”
First of all, when people like Ah-mad-in-hijab talks about humanity and human rights, it is safe to assume that Hitler was a follower of Gandhi. Whereas upholding human rights is the basic tenet of liberalism and Western-style democracy, Mr. Mad-in-hijab finds the opposite. His phenomenal insight even heard the sounds of shattered democracy. Mr. Ahmadinejad is obsessed with Islam and intolerant to non-Muslims, which of course is a pre-requisite to remain a Muslim. Throughout the letter, he repeatedly praised Islam and bragged about Israeli occupation, all of which indicates that he is suffering from OCD.
Mr. Ahmadinejad claimed that he is a representative of young people, university students, and ordinary people, and questioned the phenomenon of Israel. He criticized, “Throughout history, many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.” Why is he specific about ‘our times’? Perhaps it is because he is aware of his obsession and knows very well that bringing the past, precisely Islamic history, would haunt him like a boomerang. Jews believe Israel is their promised land, and so did Mohammed 1400 years ago. He declared Mecca was the birthplace of Islam and kicked out all idol worshippers just because his god said such. Will Mr. Ahmadinejad support an initiative of calling all pagans of the world to Mecca and give them Kaba back? His benevolent gesture may also include reestablishing Jews in Medina whose ancestors were butchered by the prophet of Islam.
Mr. Ahmadinejad regretted the role of Western media and complained, “Again I need to refer to the role of media. In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles.” I agree, most of the Western media do not report honestly. The ‘useful idiots’ of CNN and many other media are too busy whitewashing Islam and finding ways to promote so-called peaceful Islam. Instead, they should broadcast the video of beheading innocent citizens by authentic Muslim brothers. It would show the real picture of Islam and at the same time make Mr. Ahmadinejad happy.
A meaningless act is a crucial symptom of OCD, which is evident in Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statement, “As Your Excellency is aware, in some states of your country, people are living in poverty. Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge problem.” The crocodile’s tears of the Iranian president would compel a crocodile to laugh. The truth is the unemployment rate in the U.S. varies between 4% and 6%, a healthy unemployment rate, which is an essential element of economic growth. On the contrary, according to a report by the Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the Iran Youth Organization (IYO), currently about 31% of those aged 15 to 29 in Iran are unemployed and the number is expected to reach 52% within two years. Overall unemployment rate in Iran is around 15%, a dubious figure questioned by many economists. Jahangir Amuzegar, a distinguished economist and former member of the IMF Executive Board, commented, “Statistics on Iran’s employment and unemployment are the flimsiest, least reliable and most contested of all basic indicators….And estimated figures for any given year vary between those of the UN Secretariat, Iran’s Statistics Center, other local authorities, and foreign organizations – often with a 10% margin of difference.”
Mr. Ahmadinejad continued, “If billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns and troop movement were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, …… and extinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic and other conflicts, were would the world be today?” What a guy! I am proud of him! Wait a minute; does he really practice what he preaches? Evidently, Mr. Ahmadinejad is spending billions of dollars to become a nuclear power instead of assisting other countries and the idea of extinguishing racial and ethnic conflicts came from the same person who wanted to wipe Israel from the map. Frankly, his Islamic double-standard is akin to Mohammed’s who attached double-standards as a part of Islam.
At this point, I was tempted to call my previous doctor and ask him if he would volunteer to visit Iran, not only for the treatment of OCD but also for a full scale prostate gland check-up of Mr. Ahmadinejad with his banana-sized fingers.
Interestingly, Mr. Ahmadinejad enjoys great pleasure being a part of the “monotheism” industry. He states, “All divine religions share and respect one word and that is ‘monotheism’ or belief in a single God and no other in the world.” It’s true followers of the ‘One God’ system make up about 50% of the world population, but the other 50% (composed of Non-religious, Buddhists, Hindus and many other religions) apparently have no place in Mr. Ahmadinejad’s account. And, of course, this statement came from the same person who wants to extinguish all conflicts of the world.
Is he really sincere about making a friendship with Christians and Jews? He attempted to express his desire along that line but it backfired. He quoted from the Quran, “The Holy Koran stresses this common word and calls on all followers of divine religions and says: (3.64) Say: O followers of the Book! Come to an equitable proposition between us and you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that) we shall not associate aught with Him, and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords besides Allah; but if they turn back, then say: Bear witness that we are Muslims” (The Family of Imran). Note the assertion, “…we shall not serve any but Allah”. Mr. Ahmadinejad wants to build an empire of monotheism, provided Christians and Jews follow Allah. What a joke!
Mr. Ahmadinejad continues his bragging about the Iraq war and seems disgusted about people being killed. Ironically, he also admits, “Of course, Saddam was a murderous dictator. …….He was toppled along the way towards another goal; nevertheless the people of the region are happy about it.” How could one be sad and happy for the same reason?
Mr. Ahmadinejad’s letter will surely have no historical value, as it does not contain any meaningful message. Any sane person would chuckle after reading the whole letter. Perhaps many Iranian citizens are also embarrassed by such a letter. So what was the purpose of the letter? Amil Imani, an intellectual of an anti-Islamic think-tank, interpreted Ahmadinejad’s letter in his article The Apocalyptic Message of President Ahmadinejad to President Bush as an invitation to President Bush and American citizens for embracing Islam. Admittedly, Mr. Ahmadinejad’s ambiguous letter has many faces and all Muslims of the world carry an enormous responsibility of converting non-Muslims to Islam. Mr. Ahmadinejad, being an OCD patient, knows very well he is not ready to conquer the Western world yet. He certainly has the desire but not enough power to materialize the dream. However, the love letter sent by Mr. Ahmadinejad has another specific purpose.
The concept of an Islamic world or Ummah has a tremendous impact on Muslims’ minds. A pack-mentality that divides Muslims from the rest of the world is unique and no other religion calls for a different world within the world. Consequently, many Muslim leaders tried to become celebrities of the Islamic underworld. Mr. Mahatir, the former Malaysian Prime Minister, attempted for a few years, scolding Jews and praising the Ummah. Now, Mr. Ahmadinejad is heading towards the same direction, critiquing the Western world and reaffirming the cheap and sentimental issue of Palestine. Although Mr. Ahmadinejad’s letter is directed to the President of the U.S., its main audience is the Muslims and it is his desperate attempt to become a hero of the Islamic world.