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Hitler said that if you gave him total control of a child up until that child was five years old that child would be emotionally his forever! That is not a verbatim quote but that is the essence of his idea. For the past 1500 years Muslim fathers in the Middle East have emotionally (psychologically) conditioned their children (mostly the boys) to believe unconditionally and unquestionably in Mohammed as the only messenger from Allah. Any child or adult that questions any part of the story of Mohammed is in danger of being either severely punished or even killed.

With this in mind you would still think that young Muslims living for several years in a 20th century liberal country, like Iran was under the Shah, you would assumed that secularization and exposure to Western freedoms and life style would cause an irreversible process in their patterns of thought; one would think that once people had seen the freedoms of life without com­pulsory obeisance to arbitrary 16th century laws that they would never go back to that way of life again. I lived in Iran for almost a year and dated Iranian women who looked and dressed like American women; Iranian women are exceptionally beautiful. However, when they heard that the Ayatollah was returning they all celebrated. Everyone I talked to was excited about his return and the return of Islamic rules (i.e., no alcohol, no Western clothing for women, no public dancing, no Western music, and no unchaperoned male/female visits). I asked my girlfriend if she was excited about having to wear a burka again and she told me that she had never warn one before; then she told me that the Ayatollah announced over the radio from Paris that he was not going to require women to wear a burka, and she believed him. Today Iran’s women, for the most part, are back in the 16th century.

Mohammad and his creation of Islam undoubtedly caused the singular most devastating damage to the intellectual development of the people of the Middle East than any other recorded disaster known to man. Not only is the belief in the content of Islam socially debilitating, the method of learning (e.g., by unquestioned rote memorization) I believe causes a form of intellectual confusion or disorientation that interferes with other learning efforts. Rote memorization is a memorizing process using repetition, often without fully comprehending the material presented; this was a serious problem in Iran when we were teaching Iranians to fly and teaching them aircraft emergency procedures.


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John Simpson

During my twelve-year navy career I served as an electronics instructor and flight crew member tracking NASA manned apace shots. I took the first pictures of the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin as it traveled south along the coast of Norway; one of the photographs I took was on the front page of the New York Times. I was a member of the navy’s Operation Deep Freeze in New Zealand and the Antarctic. During President Johnson’s South East Asia tour, I was assigned to President Johnson’s White House staff in Wellington, New Zealand and served as a security team leader. In 1967 I switched to the army and trained young army officers to be avionics maintenance officers. I was recruited by the Green Berets and assigned to jump school. After my airborne training, I was assigned to the 46th Special Forces Company in Thailand where I traveled from Malaysia to Burma installing and upgrading communication sites. On one occasion, I provided support for Special Forces operations in Laos. I was also an instructor for small weapons, jungle survival, physical security and combat-in-cities. In 1970 I graduated from primary flight school and Cobra attack-helicopter training; then went directly to Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division just outside of Saigon. After six months, I was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division just south of the dividing line between North and South Vietnam. I received nine air medals, two bronze stars and one army commendation medal in Vietnam. My next assignment was in Munich, Germany where I flew the border between East and West Germany. While stationed in Germany I was recruited by the Criminal Investigation Division and later Military Intelligence to track military drug dealers; my investigation led me to a French Communist woman who was supporting an underground newspaper that was providing instructions on how to sabotage military aircraft, vehicles and generators. While serving with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany I also trained the unit's Aero Rifle Platoon in combat-in-cities and combat-in-forest techniques. During my long military career I was trained in and pursued independent studies in special warfare, psychological warfare, and physical security. My presentations on the military prove that I understand the difference between the problems inherent to war and problems caused by poor military planning, leadership, and management. I have lived and worked in a number of Muslim countries and have studied Islamic culture and religion for more than twenty years. My presentations on the Middle East and Islam provide insight into current world events and our relationships with the Middle Eastern countries of Iran and Iraq. After retirement, I worked for Bell Helicopter and was assigned to Isfahan, Iran as a Cobra test pilot. I enjoyed Iran until the terrorism started. They blew up my favorite Korean restaurant just moments after I had walked out. I escaped from Iran just prior to the overthrow of the government. Upon returning home to Ohio, I learned from the evening news that some of the Iranian military officers I had worked with had been executed (murdered) under orders from Ayatollah Khomeini. Since leaving Bell Helicopter, I have had three novels published and have worked as a technical writer, publications consultant, and engineer for Siemens, IBM, Motorola, and Dresser Industries. I have written more than 300 technical manuals on computers, computer controlled equipment, central-office telephone equipment, pagers, robots, hydraulics, pneumatics, diesel engines, jet engines, helicopters, and mining equipment. Today, I am employed as a research and development engineer for a South Florida Aerospace company; I also continue to do public speaking and radio appearances. I live in Florida with my wife JoAnn and my four-pound Chihuahua named Chiquita.


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