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Old 10-14-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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Iran's treatment of Baha'i citizens - frightening similarities to Nazis and Jews

The Islamist government in Iran, controlled by a crakpot dwarf called Ahmadinejad and a God-King Ayatollah Khamenei, is always the centre of the world's attention today. As a lover of Persian history, the Persian language, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, the Sufi poets Rumi, Hafez and Saadi and the Iranian people, I find the current horrendous regime in Iran very disheartening. The Iranian people are among the most civilised and human people in the world and yet they are ruled by religious meglomaniacs with Nazi-like genocidal ambitions.

To me and many other people in the world the parallels between modern day Iran under the Abadgaran Regime and 1930s Nazi Germany, is alarming. Many people from across the globe have noted the chilling similirities: Europeans, Americans, Israelis, Arabs, Africans.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, for instance, the government has launched a systematic program of genocide against its largest religious minority—the Baha’is. The government is gathering a comprehensive list of Baha’is, their occupations, locations, properties and the like—action reminiscent of the Nazi treatment of Jews. The government is banning Baha’i students from post high-school education unless they recant their religion, deprives them of engaging in numerous forms of occupations and trades, denies them from holding worship gatherings, and razes their holy places and much more. The Islamic Republic of Iran is not satisfied with its cruel treatment of the living Baha’is and has launched a war on their dead by bulldozing Baha’i cemeteries in several cities. Thus is the rule of fundamental Islamism that is awaiting the complacent and snoozing world.
The Baha'is are only the first to suffer. They will not be the last. Will the world ignore the threat of Iran and continue to appease its radical regime like it did with Hitler's in the 1930s? Will we ignore the plight of Baha'is just as we ignored the plight of Jews? Will the timeless and prophetic words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer be proved true once more:

“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

What do you think - is it incorrect to compare modern Iran and its treatment of Baha'is with 1930s Germany and its treatment of Jews?

Yesterday I watched footage of Ahmadinejad's trip to Lebanon. I was vividly reminded of Hitler in his open top mercedes driving about in the Rhineland and Austria. Both lunatics were waved in with flowers and much appraisal. Both where described as being like, 'Landlords walking into their backyards'. The similarities, for me at least, are chilling. Both have paraded themselves in front of the International Community - the League of Nations and the UN - spouting absurdities. Hitler denounced the Jewish world conspiracy. Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, says there are no gays in Iran, calls for the destruction of Israel and talks about the return of Imam Mehdi. Both men were deranged. Both men wielded power. Both were dangerous. Both were driven by warped ideologies...will the similarities continue I wonder? Where will it all end?

TBH if there were an evil version of the Baha'i belief in the 'Return' of the Manifestations of God then I would say Ahmadinejad must be the 'return' spiritually of Hitler or Napoleon.

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Old 10-15-2010, 12:00 AM   #2
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As a Baha'i, and as a strong supporter of human rights for Iranian Baha'is, I feel very grateful and appreciative for your expression of sympathy and support for Iranian Baha'is, Yeshua.
 
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As a Baha'i, and as a strong supporter of human rights for Iranian Baha'is, I feel very grateful and appreciative for your expression of sympathy and support for Iranian Baha'is, Yeshua.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:32 AM   #4
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And you just inspired me to put together the compilation of links in the post below. So thankyou for that also, Yeshua. Hopefully your expression of compassion on Iranian Baha'is will end up helping more victims of oppression than you had anticipated, by helping to publicize and educate people about their situation.

Persecution of Baha'is in Iran - a compilation of links to news sources

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Old 10-15-2010, 04:45 AM   #5
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And you just inspired me to put together the compilation of links in the post below. So thankyou for that also, Yeshua. Hopefully your expression of compassion on Iranian Baha'is will end up helping more victims of oppression than you had anticipated, by helping to publicize and educate people about their situation.

Persecution of Baha'is in Iran - a compilation of links to news sources
God Bless you BWB :wub Thank you for compiling all of those links. We need to spread as much awareness of the human rights situation in Iran as possible. When people are awakened to the truth, their humanity and compassion will drive them to action. Of that I am convinced. Complacency and inaction is the result of ignorance not cowardice, on the whole.
 
Old 10-18-2010, 02:38 AM   #6
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In the years preceding and following the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Universal House of Justice did advise Iranian Baha'is to leave Iran, and as a result there was a mass exodus of Baha'is from Iran. Baha'i communities all over the world welcomed and helped their fleeing Iranian fellow-Baha'is. But judging by the 2008-2009 Universal House of Justice messages that I've read, the Universal House of Justice is not telling the Iranian Baha'is to cut and run yet. Instead they are being encouraged to continue working to improve Iranian society, and to continue heroically being of service to their fellow countrymen.


7 messages of the Universal House of Justice to Iranian Baha'is from May 19, 2008 to March 05, 2009
Messages of the Universal House of Justice - Iran Press Watch
 
Old 10-18-2010, 05:05 AM   #7
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In the years preceding and following the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Universal House of Justice did advise Iranian Baha'is to leave Iran, and as a result there was a mass exodus of Baha'is from Iran.
I believe Shoghi Effendi first told all the Persian Baha'is to leave Iran and take up pioneering posts during the early 1950s (or late 1940s?). I often wonder how different both the Baha'i and non-Baha'i world might look today if they had all listened.:unsure
 
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