Forever Under Construction


Posted in Iran, USA by homeyra on January 24, 2007

Among the rumors-news in the aftermaths of the 9/11, one was quite sensational for us: Ben Laden was hiding somewhere in Iran.

Subsequently other rumors-news concerning measures taken to chastise the Eyeranians for their alleged involvement in these tragic events made the headlines for a short while.

The local popular solution, to end the possible crises, was much, much more fun: “If the Americans give us Leonardo Dicaprio, we’ll give them Ben Laden“.**

I was just imagining how this popular common sense could bring an end to the present situation: These majestic aircraft carriers could be transformed into something both parties could enjoy.

One could be transformed into the biggest floating amphitheatre ever. Just give The Cirque du Soleil all the military equipment on board: They can do something worthwhile with it.

Polo games, bull fights and horse races can be held on the other carrier, while a third one can hold a Disney Land or a Vegas in the middle of a floating Persian garden, with streams, fountains and roses…

People could have so much fun. Who knows, they might even decide to give their oil for free.

Warning: The cynical crowd might be willing to buy tickets to visit war scenes at Mogadishu on a jet fighter and pay up to a few million dollars to have the privilege to drop tiny nukes or a more friendly neutron bomb on pre-selected areas.

A hint: as long as it involves eating, drinking, selling and buying it would be a huge success.

** Ask another Iranian.


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  1. Jax-sp said, on January 24, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Hi, nice blog.
    They must make sure there is enough “bokhor-bokhor” for all sides! And leave the people out of it. As usual!

  2. Bluebear2 said, on January 25, 2007 at 5:38 am

    Ah yes – I can see it now.
    The shuttle fleet to take people out to party would in itself be a profitable endeavor.

    Turn the war profit ethic into a fun profit ethic.

    Getting rid of the profit ethic all together would be even better.

  3. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 5:56 am

    BB2, have you read Millers ” Privatize executions”?
    a NYT editorial in the 90’s.
    He was proposing to turn executions useful. More on it later, gtg now.

  4. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 6:10 am

    What the hell, here it is.

    Get It Right. Privatize Executions.
    OXBURY, Conn. — The time has come to consider the privatization of executions.
    There can no longer be any doubt that government — society itself — is incapable of doing anything right, and this certainly applies to the executions of convicted criminals.
    At present, the thing is a total loss, to the convicted person, to his family and to society. It need not be so.
    People can be executed in places like Shea Stadium before immense paying audiences. The income from the spectacle could be distributed to the prison that fed and housed him or to a trust fund for prisoner rehabilitation and his own family and/or girlfriend, as he himself chose.
    The condemned would of course get a percentage of the gate, to be negotiated by his agent or a promoter, if he so desired.
    The take would, without question, be sizable, considering the immense number of Americans in favor of capital punishment. A $200 to $300 ringside seat would not be excessive, with bleachers going for, say, $25.
    As with all sports events, a certain ritual would seem inevitable and would quickly become an expected part of the occasion. The electric chair would be set on a platform, like a boxing ring without the rope, around second base.
    Once the audience was seated, a soprano would come forward and sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When she stepped down, the Governor, holding a microphone, would appear and describe the condemned man’s crimes in detail, plus his many failed appeals.
    Then the Governor would step aside and a phalanx of police officers or possibly National Guard or Army troops would mount the platform and surround the condemned. This climactic entrance might be accompanied by a trumpet fanfare or other musical number by the police or Army band, unless it was thought to offend good taste.
    Next, a minister or priest would appear and offer a benediction, asking God’s blessing on the execution.
    The condemned, should he desire, could make a short statement and even a plea of innocence. This would only add to the pathos of the occasion and would of course not be legally binding. He would then be strapped into the chair.
    Finally, the executioner, hooded to protect himself from retaliation, would proceed to the platform. He would walk to a console where, on a solemn signal from the Governor, he would pull the switch.
    The condemned man would instantly surge upward against his bindings, with smoke emitting from his flesh. This by itself would provide a most powerful lesson for anyone contemplating murder. For those not contemplating murder, it would be a reminder of how lucky they are to have been straight and honest in America.
    For the state, this would mean additional income; for the audience, an intense and educational experience — people might, for example, wish to bring their children.
    And for the condemned, it would have its achievement aspect, because he would know that he had not lived his life for nothing.
    Some might object that such proceedings are so fundamentally attractive that it is not too much to imagine certain individuals contemplating murder in order to star in the program. But no solution to any profound social problem is perfect.
    Finally, and perhaps most important, it is entirely possible that after witnessing a few dozen privatized executions, the public might grow tired of the spectacle — just as it seizes on all kinds of entertainment only to lose interest once their repetitiousness becomes too tiresomely apparent.
    Then perhaps we might be willing to consider the fact that in executing prisoners we merely add to the number of untimely dead without diminishing the number of murders committed.
    At that point, the point of boredom, we might begin asking why it is that Americans commit murder more often than any other people. At the moment, we are not bored enough with executions to ask this question; instead, we are apparently going to demand more and more of them, most probably because we never get to witness any in person.
    My proposal would lead us more quickly to boredom and away from our current gratifying excitement — and ultimately perhaps to a wiser use of alternating current.

  5. iranfacts said, on January 25, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    morbid humor, yet so thinkable in our Society of Spectacles.

  6. iranfacts said, on January 25, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Speaking of spectacle, have you checked out tehranavenues one-shot film competition? (I have a link in my blog) I was surprized that there was an article in it in one of those Airline touristy magazines.

  7. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 2:30 pm


    I disagree with ARTHUR MILLER’s post, specially the bit that you have bolded.

    The reason is because I believe in the rights of the victims and their relatives.

    If people close to me are hurt I would like to hurt them back. That is the reason that I condone ans support the Principle of Retribution in Islamic Law.

    As for the air-craft carriers – US has plans for extensive attacks against Iran: ports, rail-roads, electricity plants, military sites etc. The Americans are opnely speaking of 1500 sorties (airplanes, cruise missiles, etc.) I imagine that there would be 1t5,000 Iranians dead or wounded.

    Common sense provides no guidence here – where a country travels half-way around the world to attack another country that is not a threat to it nor is seeking a war with it.

    Americans are under the impression that their country is so powerful that it can do whatever it wants; the only thing we can do is to resist.

  8. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Pen
    I guess you see the “morbid humor” of all the above.
    And though I really liked the idea to give the operational command of those carriers to the Cirque du Soleil, I do believe that this is very unlikely to happen 😦
    Unlike you I like Miller’s text about the American society. As a general rule I like those who challenge accepted practices, and ask to question ourselves. No need to say that I am far from pretending to know what is wrong and what is right on such a serious matter.

    Naj, no, I didn’t know about this competition. I thing it is a great idea, and I am surprised that no one ever thought of it before.
    They had also previously organized an online music festival about underground music, I have a link in a previous post: O-hum.
    Thank you for the link.

  9. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 7:08 pm


    Miller started, like a great many other American intellectuals, with an earnest attempt at trying to improve America.

    But now, he has become a professional dissident; nothing in America is ever right for him.

  10. iranfacts said, on January 25, 2007 at 7:41 pm


    I don’t think anyone “likes” hurting anyone back. Do you really thhink revenge makes one “happy” after a loss? Perhaps we end up taking retributions as a deterrant to prevent losing further.

  11. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 8:17 pm


    Yes, I do believe that people like to hurt those that have heart them. I think that it is embedded in Life itself.

    All punishment is a form of deterrent. Retribution is another aspect of punishment.

    But there are people who cannot be deterred, and in certain cases they should be killed – in my opinion.

  12. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Pen Nameh
    I prefer the Amish philosophy.
    “hurt them… heart them” … Freudian? 🙂

    There is another good piece by Miller: Privatize congress. It can be found if googling. One can write: Privatize the war!

    Naj, I forwarded this post to the Cirque du Soleil!
    I don’t know if you have ever seen them in Quebequistan 🙂 Call me crazy! the more I think about having them in command of the war machine, the more I like the idea.

  13. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 9:32 pm


    I understand that you prefer the Amish; I just do not think it is practical since I believe that there is evil in this word and one has to defend oneself by using violence.

    I find that simple phrase “Privatize” so indicative of the dream world in which so many Americans live – Evil is attributed to the Government while Goodness accurse to the Public.

    Let us not forget that it was the US Government that freed the slaves, that broke the back of KKK, etc.

    You so glibly say “Privatize War” – well we have had privatized warfare all over the world from time to time – in Japan before the Tokugawa , in China between the Republic and the People’s Republic, in Afghanistan after 1992, in Central Europe in 7-th Century and later in the 17-th Century and God only knows how many other times and places. Those were evil times in which those private armies fought private wars and ordinary human beings suffered their evil.

    Yes, one can write anything one wants but I would hope that one gives some thought before throwing fire bombs.

  14. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    Don’t tell me you don’t get Miller’s sarcasm when writing privatize this and privatize that. I am not deterring any page of the American history, for a very good reason: I don’t know much about it.
    And if you call me the “bomb thrower”, well you haven’t met my family yet 🙂

  15. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 9:56 pm


    I understand his sarcasm but he is too old, too successful, and too intelligent for that now.

    A young man could be sarcastic but not a man of his age – too much sarcasm loses its edge. Sarcasm is a form of violence – it should be used sparingly and judiciously. Brice used it well – so did Samuel Johnson, so did Hafiz.

    I am not calling you anything – just stating my opinion in a general manner.

  16. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Yes! He is getting more and more intelligent and successful as I have been told. But for some unknown reason he has stopped to get any older.
    Indeed, I have met a few great bloggers which never use sarcasm… and I have learned a lot form them. Just have a look at the blogroll, somewhere in the middle. How ignorant of me.
    Please show me the way, Pen… I only start seeing the truth…… 🙂

  17. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm


    Very funny.

    چو شنيدى سخن اهل دل

  18. naj said, on January 25, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Yes, [you] do believe that people like to hurt those that have heart them. I think that it is embedded in Life itself.

    I am not sure I understand how it is embedded in life? (Can you give me an example in the animal kingdom?)

    I think throughout the history, clownish attitudes have emerged in presence of warmachinary (thinking of Kubrics depction of it in Dr. Strangelove). But I think Cirque du Soleil is too refined for this new American circus! 😉

  19. homeyra said, on January 25, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Naj, I give you Pen as a bonus as you came back to your former identity 🙂 Try to figure out what is embedded with whom.

    But… Persians are refined and we need a refined clownish attitude 🙂

  20. pen Name said, on January 25, 2007 at 11:01 pm


    Go kick a dog and watch its reaction.

  21. servant said, on January 26, 2007 at 1:15 am

    It’s getting deep in here, Homie.

    Thanks for the good laughs as always. Keep your chin up.

    Last check at EnoughFear 171.

  22. naj said, on January 26, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Pen has a morbid sense of humor too!
    I think either Dali’s spirit has posessed Pen or he is devil’s advocate. In either case, the views of pen are (sadly) reflective of a certain truth, against which the pacifists of the world need to strategize.

    No Pen, I do not enjoy kicking a dog, nor do I wish to be bitten back by it.

  23. homeyra said, on January 26, 2007 at 4:36 am

    Serv, it is so deep that you don’t know if there is a bottom to it.
    171 so far? Well, I propose they write on their photos things like: single, likes sports and a good laugh, looking for male 20-25.. they might reach 200 sometimes soon.

    Naj, maybe this is just a one good Cognac too many symptom.

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