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July 25, 2003

Retrospect
Hamid Ahmadi  [info|posts]

My great uncle is one of the many Iranians disappointed by the outcome of the revolution and its takeover by the clerics, the ones that Babak talked about in his post.

The only thing that the revolution did, he would tell me years later, was to wipe the shame of foreign dependence off of our foreheads, and in this respect, he would swipe his fingers across his forehead to show me how.

He was a military man, a colonel, who came from a long line of military men on my mother's side of the family. And he would have been executed much like the others if not for a young medical soldier named Mostafa Akhtari.

In 1974, 5 years before the Revolution, my uncle was assigned to a court-martial case against this young soldier, who'd allegedly committed a horrific crime against the Iranian people by campaigning against the Shah. The powers behind the scenes were pushing my uncle, the judge, for a cold, guilty verdict and wanted nothing but to see Mostafa Akhtari on death row.

My uncle, being a man of principle, who had served most of his duty at the Iran-Afghanistan border fighting drugs and drug traffickers, was not accustomed to the inner politics of the judicial system and after a long deliberation, weighing his options, and much to the dismay of many decided to set Mr. Akhtari free. My uncle's superiors were not pleased by this decision and finally forced him into an early retirement just a couple of years before the revolution of '79.

Mostafa Akhtari, who was also dishonorably discharged from the army, became a very close friend of my family's. Participated in the revolution as he'd hoped. Witnessed my mom and dad's marriage and delivered yours truly into this world. He moved to France 15 years ago.

My uncle is now 65 years old. He has 3 daughters, 3 son-in-laws with 3 grandkids, and 3 million cancerous cells in his lungs.

Comments
Yashar at July 26, 2003 02:14 AM [permalink]:

Sorry.. but i fail to the get the point here.

yahya at July 26, 2003 09:13 PM [permalink]:

I really liked your post.
Yashar, the story doesn't need to have an explicit point. This story is about an uncle who has lived with dignity, and that dignity brought him precious personal friends.

Yashar at July 27, 2003 07:44 PM [permalink]:

ok i think you're right. :)