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An article by Amirz


June 25, 2008

There are two dominant cultures which exist today in the Middle East, Persian and the Arab culture. My objective here is not to glorify or condemn one over another, but to make sure readers get a better understanding of the roots of the “Ways of Life” in the Middle East today, and for the world (which is hopefully no longer restricted by economical goals only) to know which culture needs to be promoted and which one must be opposed or fixed. The impacts of these two cultures can be noticed in every Middle Eastern country, within all races, ethnicities, and amongst those practicing different religions.

One culture promotes life while the other insists on the after-life. One inscribes tolerance while the other pushes for dominance. One establishes equality of all genders, races, and faiths, while the other promotes superiority. One culture promotes celebrations and joy of life, while the other seeks mourning and suffering, in quest of the promised afterlife. One understands how human life is intertwined with all other life-forms be it animals and plants, while the other ….. well, the other has not evolved that far yet! One culture believes in creating good things, the other believes in taking. One culture was the first to devise wages for labor, while the other has yet to fully abandon slavery. One culture makes sure every child is exposed to love, the other considers love as a deterrent to roughness and toughness. One believes in ruling the hearts, the other trusts only the rule by terror. As a result of these cultural characteristics, followers of one culture are generally peaceful, insightful, and kind, while those of the other culture are generally rough, dumb, intolerant and unkind.

Influences of these two cultures can be sensed in every country in the Middle East and well beyond. It is of outmost importance for the world to recognize the long term ramifications of supporting the wrong culture, as they have been in the past couple of centuries for the sake of economical gains and securing the flow of oil. It certainly appears to many of us Iranians that to maximize and secure profits in the Middle East, certain powers in the west have preferred in the past to deal with and support those who are manipulated easier. The world has paid a grave price for that miscalculation, and will pay even more severely if that trend continues.

As indicated earlier, Persian and Arab cultures are the two most significant cultures formatting basic social cores and behavioral foundations in the Middle East today. Besides Iran, the Persian cultural influence expands onto many ex-Russian republics such as Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan as well as onto parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Afghanistan which have all been at some point major regions part of the Persian Empire. Great Middle Eastern cultures such as that of Egypt, first benefited from all what the Persian culture had to offer (when it was part of the Persian Empire, about 500 BC), only to be devastated later by the Arab cultural genocide, losing even its native language to the Islamic expansion (640-1258). Other great countries and cultures such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and many other non-Arab countries experienced the same destiny after being conquered by the Arab armies. It is crucial to understand in many ways Persian and Arab cultures are in direct contrast. While Persians are into individuality, equality, love, joy, life, and tolerance, the Arab culture promotes obedience, superiority of genders and faiths, afterlife, mourning, and intolerance. It is also important to note that the Persian Culture was in part the ideological foundation behind creation of America (1). As indicated earlier, in 1948, Saudi Arabia did not endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because many of the 30 Articles, included directives not consistent with its culture and Islam which has been the most effective tool of global expansionism of the Arab culture. It should however be noted that almost “all” inconsistencies between Islam and human rights articles, such as “Equal Social and Economical Rights for all Genders, Faiths and Races” are in fact inconsistencies not with Islam itself but with its many interpretations establishing social and civil laws in Islamic Countries.

(1) - Many of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America sought inspiration from the book Cyropaedia, about life and rule of the famous Persian king Cyrus the Great, written by the Greek historian Xenophon. Thomas Jefferson had two personal copies of the book, which was a mandatory read for statesmen alongside Machiavelli’s The Prince.


It is crucial to understand the history of Arab’s occupation of Iran. What the Arabs did in Iran and other conquered territories is unlike any other territorial wars and takeovers of ancient times. For two hundred years after the fall to the Arabs, Iranians were barred to speak their native language. A good portion of Iran’s population was either killed or shipped away as slaves to Arab territories. Arab soldiers were ordered to burn all books and destroy anything signifying the Persian civilization, in a deliberate attempt to destroy the superior Persian culture. It is important to note attack on Persian territories took place years after passing of Mohammad, since the prophet was against any aggressions on the monotheist population. For the most parts, Iranians survived the Arab attempt at cultural genocide, unlike other populations and cultures, such as those in Egypt and Syria, which are pretty much considered Arabs these days. Although the Persian culture survived, but throughout the years, governments and basic economical foundations in Iran have always been influenced by the Arabs and via the Islamic clergies. Iranian culture was well on track of revitalization in its place of birth, only to be devastated by the Islamic Revolution in 1978. A revolution with an objective to rob Iran out of its culture as well as all its resources to fund Arab expansionism.


Understand the simple monotheist message of Islam did not withstand the deficiencies of the Arab Culture for any more than a decade. Not long after passing of the prophet, Arabs converted Islam to “Sunni Islam”, meaning “Islam based on Culture” (Sunnat). It should be noted that Mohammad’s message was received and evolved differently in different parts of the world. The version of Islam practiced today in Indonesia (the largest concentration of Moslems) is immeasurably different than what is being practiced in Saudi Arabia. Besides the differences between Sunnis and The Shiites, practice of Islam is different in Egypt, Turkey, Sudan, Syria……and Iran. In every one of these countries the faith has been tailored to cultural values and needs, which unlike Europe, are vastly different from one country to another. In relation to the war on terror however, it is of outmost importance to point out one major deficiency in the Arab culture and that is the “rule of fear”. Arabs believe terrorizing people is the easiest form to govern a population. Even within the Arab family units, fear is the dominant factor in establishing order.


Koran was first gathered edited and put together over two decades after Mohammad’s passing, by Omar and Othman (the 2nd and 3rd Caliphs of Islam). The holly book was tailored to serve Islam’s political needs and objectives of the time (Year 660) during the early expansion years of Islam. Later Othman the third Caliph of Islam (644-656) rounded up all different versions of Koran which had surfaced during Omar and set destroyed them all during a famous and historic bonfire, leaving Moslems virtually with only his version, which today is referred to as the Othmanic Koran. On one hand, Koran does include the Celestine messages of a monotheism religion providing some basic rules on personal and social conduct, addressing the Arab cultural and ethical needs of the era. But on the hand, Koran includes many versus which can be considered a handbook of direct mass brainwashing, with antagonistic messages with the objective to create individuals who are aggressively intolerant of non Islamic ideologies and lifestyles. The holly book successfully served the Caliphs, accommodating Arab expansionism during the early years of Islam.


This is a very important point which needs to be considered in all strategic planning and operations against the Moslem terror networks.


Constant struggles are underway by secular Moslems to keep religion out of social laws or to oust current Islamic decrees out of constitutions. Over the years there have been ups and downs within the Islamic renaissance, with the Islamic Revolution of Iran being one of the major drawbacks along the way of this difficult process. According to many Iranians, the Islamic revolution was instigated by financial needs and greed both from within Iran, as well as by outside entities in the west. Turkey is another population struggling in a constant tug-a-war between Islamists and seculars. It is crucial for the world not to sit aside as idle observers. Moderate Moslems must be supported in every possible way.


Imagine you are a UN representative traveling to a dictatorship in which even the dictator does not feel safe. What can you do, and who will protect you if the dictator starts disliking you? How long do you think a Moslem UN representative will last in his native country if he votes for Israel on any issue? How long a typical African UN representative can go on resisting millions of Dollars offered to them by corrupt leaders tapping into full resources of whole countries? Who will protect a secular UN representative in a Moslem country? Therefore, it is crucial to understand limitations UN and its staff face worldwide.

Amirza – 2008

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