Gone for a month! Viva Barcelona! Please vote wisely next month

I’ve tried to keep my distance from politics on Awesome DC, but my conscience prevents me from ignoring this untold story. Perhaps, if I didn’t have a personal connection to it, I wouldn’t bother with this blog post, which also involves US foreign policy and next month mid-term election. PLEASE vote wisely. We can’t afford having another Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Before I begin with the story, I want you to all know that I’ll be on the other side of the Atlantic starting this coming Monday till Nov 23rd. I’ll be visiting a few countries, as well as my hometown Shiraz, and my family. I will offer my condolences and respect to the family of a dear friend I recently lost, who is also part of the story, and will finally be chilling in Barcelona with some cool high school and army friends. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue with my blogging and will be working on our next venture, Awesomize.me, dependent of course on the type of internet access I’ll have in the VERY remote areas I will be staying at.

So please, keep your Tech and Washington DC stories coming via our contact us page. We have four people reading your emails and stories, so rest assured, one of us will post it on the website.

The main reason behind my trip is that one of my dear friend back home in Tehran, Soroush, lost his battle with blood cancer less than two weeks ago.

Soroush is the first guy from the left in the middle row. I am the dork with the hands up 🙂 you won't miss it (picture from mid 80's during the Iran/Iraq War)

Except for a handful of us, everyone else including my dearest and closest cousin, Asghar, in this photo is dead. I’ll be with the remaining handful next month in Barcelona drinking till dawn, I guess every night 🙂

I understand that many people get blood cancer, but the story behind his cancer is somewhat different. Back in 80’s, during the bloodiest war of the 20th century, Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against many Iranians (including most of those who you see in the picture). This is while the governments of the Western bloc, including the Brits, Germany, France, Russia, and our own USA administration (under US President Ronald Reagan), along with literally, all Arab Leaders, aided and supported Saddam wage war against Iran.

In the short old clip from the mid 80s below that was recently sent to me by a friend, you will see young Iranian civilians and soliders have been interviewed who were affected by these chemical weapons. It’s in Farsi, but I am sure you can guess what they are saying by watching the pictures. Our friend, Soroush is also shown in the video – the bearded guy in bed with with his eyes closed. The Farsi title you see at the beginning, means “The Remaining Breath” in Farsi:

When Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam shook hands in the early 80’s, Iran was winning the war. US Navy and Air force assisted Saddam by attacking Iranian ships in the Gulf, and then assisted Saddam by providing chemical weapons, which were used to murder many Iranians and Iraqi Kurds:

This is the same Donald Rumsfeld who was Defense Secretary during the US invasion of Iraq on March 21st 2003, a war both Iraqis and Americans have been loosing their lives in.

We have a mid term election coming up next month. Unfortunately, I will be missing it. I am not asking you to vote Republican or Democrat, just please vote for somebody who won’t end up becoming another Cheney or Rumsfeld.  The world can’t afford it anymore.

The mess we are in today is the result of our flip flop foreign policy, that has been carried on for decades. We can’t expect our current president to fix our current mess over night. Give him time.

Here is one of the most accurate documentaries of that bloody War:

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

15 Responses to Gone for a month! Viva Barcelona! Please vote wisely next month

  1. Jamshid says:

    Well put Elias! Damet Garm!

    I see you soon! We are going to have a blast with Soroush there too!

    I wish you had told you would post something like this. I would have send you a better photo 🙂 I look much better now

  2. Taimour says:

    Elias, Did Kamran tell you I am coming too? Viva Barcelona! See you in Tehran next week

  3. kamran Abdi says:

    Wow man! Indeed well put! That son of bitch, Rumsfeld. How could people in America voted for him the 2nd time. Viva Barcelona! I have the whole gang ready to get wasted in Spain 🙂

    I have your ticket everything ready for Rock and roll Spanish style. I am practicing my Guitar now 🙂

  4. Reza says:

    Elias, Look forward to our chilling. It’s going to be one our most memorable moments. Dameh hamatton Garm!

  5. Ali H says:

    Videoeh halemonoo gareft.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Elias, I am so sorry for the loss. Have fun in Barcelona with your friends. I am sure you guys will really enjoy your time together there. Make sure you don’t break any heart while in Barcelona. I know the reputation of the Persian men. I dated one 🙂

  7. Patrious says:

    VIVA ESPANIA!!!! Enjoy my country

    Elias, Watch for the Spanish women. They Love Persian men.

    I am so sorry for the loss. It makes me feel good you guys plan to wipe out your past in my hometown

  8. kamran Abdi says:

    Elias, I know you have heard it 1000 times from me. Here is one more THANK YOU! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU ! Vaghen Behet Madunam!

  9. kamran Abdi says:

    Not sure what the hell I was running after in the photo. Everyone is looking up except me

  10. Elias Shams says:

    Not sure. You do look like you need to rush to the bathroom.

    Who were those two sitting in front of you? Why were they holding their package? 🙂 They both look like they have to rush to the bathroom too 🙂

  11. Henry says:

    Mr. Shams, My condolences to you and to Soroush’s family. I agree with you. The mess we are in today is the screw up foreign policy we have been carrying out for decades.

  12. Fari Karam says:

    You will LOVE it there. it’s beautifull.

  13. David says:

    Elias, I am really sorry man. This really sucks at our end. Have an Awesome time with your buddies in Barcelona. I am a US/Iraq Vet myself. I can totally see where you coming from and the joy you will have with your surviving buddies. Wish I could join you guys and share the joy. David

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