The term Taazi (Tazi) gets uttered by many, including myself. It
is unfortunate that many listeners misinterpret what is really meant
by this term. They immediately think that it is a term that's discriminatory
and promotes prejudice. They think it is meant to devalue Arabs
in general as well as Iranian-Arabs. This is certainly not the case.
Tazi questions the world: Quran or Gun?
Those who love
and cherish Iran and our culture have no need to devalue other cultures.
Many different cultures exist in our world, and Iranians are quite
content to let all the others stand undisturbed. There is no need
for us to elevate ourselves by pulling others down. Destroying the
culture of others is not the intent of Iranian nationalists.
souls even hint that by using such terms, the nationalists are inadvertently
working against Iran by not being sensitive to Iran's religion and
ethnic groups. They point out that such an attitude will alienate
the minority groups, and specifically the Iranian-Arabic population
of Khuzestan. They are quick to demand unity and scream "intolerance."
They need to open their ears, and listen more carefully.
Tazi used Scimitar
Tazi uses Machinegun
ethnic background and genetic makeup of an individual are unimportant
and not at issue here. What's at issue is one's allegiance and frame
of mind. This was demonstrated by the Iran-Iraq war. Saddam gravely
miscalculated the support that his Arabic army would receive from
the local Iranian-Arabic population living in Khuzestan. He miscalculated
the effect of feeling Iranian to anyone who is a true Iranian. The
Iranian-Arabs showed their allegiance and loyalty to Iran. Those
who bravely defended Iran's soil from the invaders with their own
lives proved that they were Iranian through and through. They were
definitely not Taazis.
Arabs that live in their own countries and mind their own business
are not Taazis. The ones who are not waging jihad, or trying to
force islam or any other garbage down the throats of their unsuspecting
victims are not Taazis.
So then, now
that we know who is not a Taazi, the question becomes who is a Taazi?
A Taazi is someone who holds the nomadic Bedouin way of life and
code of ethics above that of common human decency. A Taazi is someone
who is willing to die and kill in the name of Allah. A Taazi is
someone who has turned a deaf ear to his own heart and only listens
to the call of hate and violence. A Taazi is someone who feels compelled
to carry the Bedouin Barbarian Bylaws to ever-expanding spheres
of servitude. More than anything else, a Taazi is someone who has
discarded his own deep-rooted traditions and culture in place of
a God which was the imagination of a pirate. This last person is
a traitor-Taazi; the worst kind.
The best examples
of traitor-Taazis are the pro-Islamic Republic Taazis. Most claim
Iranian heritage and blood. What good is heritage and blood, if
they betray that heritage? They claim they are Iranian. However,
they are the anti-thesis of Iranians. As I said, one's genes and
ethnic background do not matter.
That's why calling
someone a Taazi is not prejudicial. One is not born a Taazi. One
becomes a Taazi by choice. Unfortunately, much brain-washing goes
along with that choice. Nonetheless, it is a choice. It is impolite
and in poor taste to mock one who is born a certain way. For example,
it is very unfair to mock a person's appearance, low intellect,
or ethnicity. However, it is quite fair to mock one who has chosen
to be a certain way. One's religion (or lack thereof), ideology,
political conviction, and Taazi-ness are all fair game. Of course,
mocking Taazis is what I do best.
handiwork played a role not just in Iran's history, but in the history
of many others as well.
were laid low by the spread of Islam. The Mesopotamian culture which
had been integrated into our own Persian one was devastated. The
Nubian kingdom, which was once a key player in Africa was demolished.
The Carthaginian culture, which was placed into submission by the
Romans received the final nail in its coffin from Islam. By far
the most tragic was the loss of one of the world's most amazing
civilizations: Egypt. The only thing that matches my concern for
what was done to our own Iran is my lament for humanity's loss of
Egypt's magnificent culture.
for us, but unfortunately for much of the rest of the world, the
Iranian civilization was the only one that recovered itself after
Islam's initial onslaught. Greece was also captured by Moslems and
survived, but it occurred many centuries after the initial Islamic
wildfire and under the Ottomans, who were quite different than the
Bedouin Arabs of the 7th century. Fortunately for Greece, it was
able to resist the initial Arabic expansion by utilizing its navy,
and using a new secret weapon: "Hygro Pyr," which in Greek
literally means "liquid fire," denoting "Greek fire."
If circumstances were different then, the fate of Greece would have
been potentially very different and it may not have existed today.
Iran did not
survive intact, but it did at least survive. It gives me a cold
chill whenever I consider how close we came to not rising again,
and becoming just another memory in the vast Arabian desert. We
were fortunate that certain historical figures saved us from that
awful fate. People such as Ferdowsi, the Saffarids, and to a lesser
extent the Samanids.
We must always
be vigilant to not lose sight of our past and our true selves. Just
because we survived the past assaults on our culture doesn't mean
that we are necessarily safe. We are and will always remain under
threat. The threat of forgetting who we are.
is only one generation away from extinction. Let us never forget
that fact. Each of us must make a commitment to ourselves as well
as future generations to not allow that extinction to occur during
Being a Taazi
is a frame of mind. Being a Taazi is a reflection of one's heart.
Genetics have nothing to do with it.
an Iranian is a frame of mind. Being an Iranian is a reflection
of one's heart. Genetics have nothing to do with it.
is in Iran, and Iran is in my heart.
What about you?