Iran, So Far Away
By R. D. Flavin


I walked along the avenue.
I never thought I'd meet a girl like you;
Meet a girl like you.
With auburn hair and tawny eyes;
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through;
Hypnotize me through.

     Those persistently pernicious Persians are at it again.  Last week they inked a deal with Russia exchanging oil for much needed cash.  Putin wants to publicly insult the U.S. and the E.U. for their economic sanctions because of Russia's takeover of Crimea and sponsoring of the rebels in Eastern Ukraine, but also wants to give Iran the means to continue their uranium enrichment program, further destabilizing the Middle East.  Putin's a stone-faced trouble-maker, while Iran is just ...not content with its past glories and wants to make more history, ...preferably favorable to Iran.  Iran, so far away, yet always where the action is.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn't get away.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

   Iran sent in its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (their so-called Elite Guard) into Iraq last week to supposedly combat the ISIS terrorists, but in actuality to protect Iraq's Shi'a minority.  It boggles the noggin to consider Iran “helping” Iraq after the nasty eight year war which caused the deaths of a half of a million soldiers on both sides with an estimated equal number of civilian casualties.  Saddam used mustard gas against the Iranians and it's a given they have no love or respect for Saddam's remaining Ba'athists or the Sunni majority.  What then is Iran's goal in “helping” Iraq?

A cloud appears above your head;
A beam of light comes shining down on you,
Shining down on you.
The cloud is moving nearer still.
Aurora borealis comes in view;
Aurora comes in view.

     It is, of course, much more than a coincidence that mere hours after Iran entered the Iraq conflict POTUS Obama authorized food-drops to the Kurd and Yazidi refugees fleeing ISIS, and also a few airstrikes by F-18s with some armed drones sent along for good measure. British Special Forces were on the ground (speaking Arabic and have been there for several years), are helping to guide our air-strikes against ISIS, and I'm most proud of the Brit's contribution, but …I don't believe we needed to know that. We have to trust some secrets... Anywho, France is suggesting all Iraqis get along.... Thanks for the advice, c'est évident.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn't get away.

From #224 "Kurds in the Way?" –

     With the arrival of Islam many Kurds died, some became Muslim and some remarkably stayed alive while remaining pagan.  The Yezidis are Kurds who practice a 'Cult of Angels' (perhaps from Ized "angels" and Yazata "worthy of worship," words found in the Pahlavi [Persian] version of the Zoroastrian scriptures, the Zend-Avesta [from Zainti, Pahlavi for “explanation of” and Avesta, a collection of writings attributed to Zoroaster]).  There’s a single, impersonal god, and a heptad of seven angels (sometimes seven “light” angels and seven “dark” angels, suggesting the dualism of Zoroastrianism).  Well, that’s one origin for the Yezidis.  Many Muslims have another.

     After Mohammed died, there was some deadly jostling for succession.  Abu Bakr, the father-in-law of Mohammed, was chosen over Ali, cousin and son-in-law to Mohammed, by marriage to Mohammed's daughter, Fatima.  Abu Bakr died after a couple of years and Umar, an early convert to Islam, was able to establish himself as caliph.  Umar was soon followed by Uthman, a rich aristocrat from Mecca.  Uthman was assassinated in 656 CE and Ali finally got his chance at the caliphate.  In a bloodless power struggle, Ali lost the caliphate to Muawiyah.  Islam was soon governed from Damascus and Ali was assassinated in 661 CE.  The only major schism in Islam then occurred, as the Shiite (shiat Ali, Arabic for "followers of Ali," who claim the caliphate should have passed to Ali’s heirs) split from the Sunni (sunna or "tradition"), the far more numerous rest of Islam.  At the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE, Hussein, the second son of Ali (being the grandson of Mohammed), was killed by the followers of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid, the son of Muawiyah.  Many Muslims believe that the Yezidis worship Yazid for killing Hussein.  It’s not true, of course, but it’s been a convenient excuse for some Muslims to kill Kurds for a long time.  Hussein.  Kurds.  Bad times.  [Note: It remains cruel kismet that the most famous of all Kurds, Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub ("Saladin"), who took Jerusalem and provoked the Third Crusade, was born in Tikrît, also the birthplace and hometown of Saddam Hussein.]

Nouri al-Maliki, Haider al-Abadi, and Ayatollah al-Sistani.

     The Grand Ayatollah of Iran, Ali al-Sistani, has encouraged (ex-) Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside and lend his support to (the 'new') Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, and should NOT be regarded as a reconciliation and concession or peaceful gesture embodying spiritual guidance.  Maliki and Ababdi belong to the Shi'a movement within Islam and I would offer ulterior motives behind al-Sistani's strongly worded endorsement.  Actually. it was more like "...join us or leave the country!"

     Haider al-Abadi has already promised to form a more balanced and open government restoring land-rights and parliamentary or political importance to the Kurds and the Sunni majority.  Several foreign leaders, with Pres. Obama leading the pledges, have promised a new coalition government led by al-Abadi will likely receive lots of aid (read: cash and weapons).  I'm thinking this might be a case of premature expectation....

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Chief Ali Shamkhani, Moqtada al-Sadr, and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

     When the U.S. (supposedly) left Iraq in 2009-2011, such a coalition government 'seemed to exist...  Was it the young Shi'a militant cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, who provoked the Iraqi government from coalition to chaos?  Or was it always the Shi'a against the Sunni with both against the Kurds and the Yezidis and their oil-rich land?  So many questions and so few (reliable) answers. However, I'm confident the Iranian Rear Admiral Upper Half and military advisor to the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has some somber (read: anti-Sunni, Kurd, and Yazidi) advice to offer...

     Now, for the youth and those with poor memories, once upon a time (a century ago last June 28th) a war broke out because of an assassination, now variously called the Great War or World War 1. It started with a Bosnian Serb and ended with the Treaty of Versailles signed by Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and the U.S. on 28 June 1919 (though the U.S. didn't actuallysign until 1921). It wouldn't be the last the world heard from the Bosnian Serbs.

Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević, Pres. William Jefferson, Clinton, and Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic.

     The so-called Kosovo War (2-28-1998 to 6-11-1999) was an ethnic, racist, religious, and political fiasco with murder, rape, and feigned ignorance.  Genocide was taking place and Iran was secretly arming Muslims before NATO started its involvement on 3-24-1999 and should be regarded as a global embarrassment.  That we captured Osama Bin Laden in less time than it took to apprehend the “Bosnian Butcher,” Ratko Mladic, is just plain laziness.

Reached out a hand to touch your face;
You're slowly disappearing from my view;
Disappearing from my view.
Reached out a hand to try again;
I'm floating in a beam of light with you;
A beam of light with you.

     Please don't misunderstand the above – Iran, in my opinion is seeking to annex Iraq and is not to be trusted. Though they do manufacture excellent rugs and have nice kitties...  May the United Nations and the world community join in defending the lives and rights of the Kurds and Yazidis.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn't get away.

Flock of Seagulls = Songwriters: SCORE, MICHAEL / MAUDSLEY, FRANCIS REYNOLDS / REYNOLDS, PAUL / SCORE, ALISTAIR M. I Ran lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.

The above was NEVER about a bad hairstyle from the '80s,

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