History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.Attributed to Mark Twain
In Tehran the British Embassy used to lie adjacent to Winston Churchill Boulevard, but the Iranian revolutionary government renamed it Bobby Sands Street, a political gesture that was slightly undermined by them spelling it "Baby Sandez".John O'Farrell, An utterly exasperated history of modern Britain
After collapse of Romanov dynasty the Russian bourgeoisie fled to Paris and committed suicide. After collapse of Pahlavi regime the Iranian bourgeoisie went to Los Angeles and opened chelo kababi. A colleague who is well versed in history
Grigori Potemkin, minister of Russian Empress Catherine II, drew a world of make-believe for the gullible tsarina. He would employ experts in stage sets to create ideal villages on the routes chosen for her provincial tours, populated by extras shipped from Moscow dressed up as happy peasants to cheer the imperial party. The extras earned good money, the empress was happy and Potemkin was able to pose as a statesman.
Amir Taheri: Kerry's “Potemkin diplomacy”
In many ways the Shah was a misunderstood visionary ahead of his timeAndrew Scott Cooper: 'The Oil Kings'
"My men have become women, and my women men."Great King Xerxes at the Battle of Salamis
"We organised together a coup d'etat to remove a democratically elected president in my lifetime in Iran, we played a very, very bad and undermining hand as popular support for the Shah flowed away in the late 1970s," Jack Straw: Mossadegh the "President" of Iran
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.” Edward Gibbon
[Pirooz Nahavandi] slipped in among the people, carrying in his hand a dagger with two blades and its haft in the middle. He struck 'Umar [ibn-alkhattab] six blows, one of which was below his navel, and this was the one which killed him. [Pirooz] also killed Kulayb b. Abi al-Bukayr al-Laythi, who was behind ['Umar]. The History of al-Tabari, Voulme XIV, The Conquest of Iran, Page 90
Mr. Watson—Come here—I want to see you!
Alexander Graham Bell's Groundbreaking Telephone Call!
“You just think how lame you’d be … suppose I had let a million people, two million people be refugees out of Kosovo, a couple hundred thousand people die, and they say, ‘You could have stopped this by dropping a few bombs. Why didn’t you do it?’ And I say, ‘because the House of Representatives voted 75 percent against it? You look like a total wuss, and you would be.”Bill Clinton On Obama's Inaction
"The city of Troy described by Homer in the Iliad was located not in Greece, but in present-day Turkey. When the supposed site of the ancient city was excavated late in the 19th
century, nine cities were found, one on top of the other. The sixth city to be built on the site
is thought to be Homer's Troy."A Treasury of Trivia, compiled by Denver P. Tarle
Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them? Abrahm Lincoln
The Past is Relevant, Because the Present is Killing Us....
The British are coming. The British are coming.attributed to Paul Revere
We shall fight on the beaches! Winston Churchill
Suspending sanctions, clearing the I.M.F. loan and offering help, real help, may not make the Iranian government less dangerous. But it’s what America should be doing as a great nation, and unlike the alternative, it does hold out the possibility of making Iran less dangerous. —Editorial Board, The New York Times