Ah, George Bush. The Texas chimp. How could he possibly have been so insensitive, so uneducated, in his state of the union address on Jan. 29, 2002, to denounce Iran's leading role in an “axis of evil.” Iran part of the "Axis of Evil"? After all, Persia used to be a worldwide cultural center. What is true of Islam is true of Iran generally - the conversation that Greece was having with Persia has been dominated by Herodotus' focus on Xerxes. But such a conversation was as deep as an ocean, which was ignored by Herodotus, and which is occulted within history. The exchange of religious ideas in the millenium before Christ could not have reached its apex without the religion of Zoroaster, perhaps the world's first true 'religion', in the modern sense.
Zoroaster was supposed to have instructed Pythagoras in Babylon and to have inspired the Chaldean doctrines of astrology and magic. It is likely that Zoroastrianism influenced the development of Judaism and the birth of Christianity. The Christians, following a Jewish tradition, identified Zoroaster with Ezekiel, Nimrod, Seth, Balaam, and Baruch, and even, through the latter, with Christ himself. [...] Although Pythagoras cannot have been a pupil of Zoroaster, there are striking similarities of doctrine between Iran and Greece. Anaximander's world picture corresponds to that of the Avesta. Heraclitus seems to have been impressed, in Ephesus, by the practices of the Magi, if not by their theory on the fiery nature of the soul. This would account for the emergence, in 5th-century Greece, of the belief in the heavenly fate of the soul.
("Zoroastrianism." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service 7 Mar. 2005, http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9184). Not to mention the writers who during Europe's dark ages were creating masterpieces.
Iranian culture is perhaps best known for its literature, which emerged in its current form in the 9th century. The great masters of the Persian language—Ferdowsi, Nezami, Hafez, Jami, and Rumi—continue to inspire Iranian authors in the modern era.
("Iran." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service 7 Mar. 2005, http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=230069). Now, look at you. You're a horror state, a hell on Earth. But y'all better tense up and wait for the ass-whoopin. The end is coming. There is a wind that is whistling underneath your doorjam and into your closed hallways. Nothing will keep it out. Your political prisoners will not go quietly into that good night, it seems. Nor will your common people long tolerate a nightmare imposed upon them once they realize they have the power to awake.
[D]ue to the public´s realization of the events surrounding the boy´s circumstances the cemetery was stormed [in protest] and his burial did not take place.