By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a very good undercover agent mystery, as turbulent as today’s headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds what no different past CIA operative’s memoir potentially may possibly: the interior workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed through an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yank govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kinfolk and friendships torn aside by way of a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life friends in the course of the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man’s decades-long dedication to guide a stunning double existence informing at the loved kingdom of his start, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment—but in its place governed by means of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded through his close-knit relations and lively boyhood neighbors. The Iran of his early life allowed Reza to imagine and act freely, or even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks within the face of the neighborhood mullahs. His political and private freedoms flourished whereas he studied computing device technology on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA was once lower brief with the unexpected dying of his father, and Reza again domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of swap. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of spiritual fundamentalism below the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and get in touch with of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini’s tyrannies opened up, as his fellow countrymen became on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin criminal, a shattered and dissatisfied Reza lower back to the United States to dangerously turn into “Wally,” a secret agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked worldwide outrage, at a time while Iran’s nuclear application holds the world’s fearful consciousness, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim worthwhile time together with his household, Reza Kahlili records scenes from historical past with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides very important details from the Iran-Iraq struggle, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and extra . . . a sequence of really good occasions that culminates in a nation’s struggle for freedom that keeps to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative. It used to be additionally venerated because the “Finalist” within the “Autobiography/Memoirs” classification. It is now a part of JCITA’s (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) Iranian Program’s readings.
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ONE" Opponent simulates kick to your shins. "TWO" He drops down and seizes your sleeve, you bring your forearm against his throat. "THREE" He makes no effort to throw you, and you slowly choke him. Do not try to choke him by arm strength alone, but keep your strength and balance in your Stahara. Practice till you can make him quit instantaneously yet so gently that you do not hurt his throat. Do this for several days before you try the Advanced Practice. ADVANCED PRACTICE Execute "TAKE HOLD" -- "ONE" -- "TWO" as above, then instead of saying "THREE" say "GO" when your opponent will try to throw you with the shoulder throw before you are able to choke him.
SECOND DEFENSE AGAINST UPWARD BLOW OF KNIFE Assailant strikes an upward blow at your abdomen with the knife in his right hand. Step back with your right foot, swinging on the ball of the left. Parry the blow just at his elbow with your left hand. Keep your elbow close to your side. Take advantage of his forward impetus and unbalance him to his left. Strike him an upward blow below the chin with the heel of your hand. This jerks his head back and the shock to his spine does greater damage than the blow itself.
THE JAPANESE POLICEMAN’S "COME-ALONG" A trick known in this country by the above name (but not in Japan, where I have never seen it used), is to seize opponent’s left wrist with your left hand. Pass your right arm over his left arm. Bring your forearm under his forearm, and clasp your left wrist with your right hand. If you are more powerful than opponent, you can cause him considerable pain and force him to come along. But if he is more powerful than you, he will have no difficulty in withdrawing his arm from your hold and in striking you in the face if he so desires.