Op-Ed: Despite Setbacks, America Still Defines Freedom
Amil ImaniThe writer is an Iranian-American writer, poet, satirist, novelist, essayist,...
The vast land of America was once inhabited by a relatively small number of indigenous people. These native 'Indians' had lived throughout the land for thousands of years, and they will always remain the true fathers of America. American Indians helped the Pilgrims survive the winter. Later, more European immigrants came, and American settlement finally outgrew the Indian fathers.
Then, on July 4, 1776, America declared its independence from England, the old white grandfather across the sea. The miracle of America happened, and its dynamic birth rapidly changed the entire world.
America developed into thirteen colonies, then into the strong 50 states that she is today. In a very short time, America grew from a log cabin to the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world. The United States is a nonpareil icon, and the envy of the world.
In many surprising ways, America resembles the great, ancient Persian Empire. Like the Persians, who rarely regret the past, Americans always believe "the best days are ahead." Like the ancient Persian Empire once was, the United States is now the greatest country in the world.
Like the ancient Persians who were the first world managers and the most tolerant empire-builders, America, with its Constitution, is also the most tolerant and benevolent nation in the world. Ancient Persian kings released the Jews from Babylonian captivity, financed the reestablishment of their nation, and restored their national religion. (Zionists, they were!)
America has basically done the same. America is, in a strange sense, a reincarnation of Persia, an extension of the Achaemanid Empire. No wonder the immigrant Persians (Iranian-Americans) hold the United States very close to their heart and have blossomed here in their new home. No wonder Israel always saw America as its staunchest ally.
Unfortunately, tragedy reigns in the land of the old Persians. The remnants of the great Persian Empire were swallowed up by the Muslim conquerors storming out of Arabia. A tyrannical version of Islam eviscerated the spiritual life of tolerant old Persia. It has taken decades for the Persians (modern Iranians) to recover their spirit. Zoroastrianism, the original Iranian religion, was not an effective barrier against the radical, murderous version of the religion from the Arabian Desert, and Zoroastrianism has not rebounded with the new Persian nationalism today.
The Persian renaissance lies in the spirit of the Iranians themselves. This spirit alone can overcome the Islamists who rule as tyrants.
Islam, as it is officially practiced in Iran today, is a stultifying, iron cowl. Today, after 1400 years, Islamofascism is again the greatest threat to existence of the free world and Judeo-Christian civilization. Persians underestimated the power of a militant aggressive Islam; something America must not do the second time.
For the past 35 years, the Iranian people have been kept hostage in their own country by a group of barbaric savages who despise anything Iranian and are slowly purging any remnant left of the pre-Islamic Persia, as well as Persian textbooks. These pro-Arab, are not Iranians by any means. "Iranian" is defined by a state of mind, not by a place of residence. The barbaric mullahs and their mercenaries presently ruling Iran are not Iranians. They are Islamofascists who have enlisted themselves in the service of a most oppressive, discriminating, and demeaning ideology.
It was apparent on September 11, 2001 that Americans had already underestimated the power of Islam’s madness. There must be no weakness in American resolve now.
Islamism is a brutal, tribal warrior cult that glorifies jihad and martyrdom. The Quran is replete with acts of murder, terrorism, and genocide. Nearly a billion and a half of the human species — a species supposedly endowed with the greatest of intelligence — swallows Islam whole and even dispenses it to others by any and all means possible. It is one of those great mysteries of life that defies any and all logic.
While America is experiencing all sorts of hardship within, while the current administration's foreign policies have pointed in disturbing directions, the American dream still looms large in the eyes of so many people everywhere. We the People should join hands with heroes today and express our love for America. America is far more than a country. It is a place of greatness, where the souls of Indians still dwell side by side with modern heroes. Native Americans, a group with a proud military heritage of patriotic service, see that America is in grave danger, yet they believe all heroes, past and present, need to unite to preserve America.
In spite of the current political and foreign policy uproar in America, the United States remains the last haven of hope where humanity and freedom can flourish. The world owes a great deal to America for inspirational and practical accomplishment. A true American is generous. Americans have helped every other nation in the world. America's enemies decry her greatness, yet they want to be in America, and to be American.
A Pakistani newspaper allegedly offered a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So, Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law wrote the following: "Let everyone know what an American is so he'll know when he's found one".
An American is English…or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist. The only difference is that in America they are all free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
So you can try to kill the American ethos and America's values. So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo and Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung, and every bloodthirsty tyrant in the history of the world.”
But in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.”
Americans have defined freedom.