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Change requires action
Are you willing to die for your country?

By Tina
May 11, 2004
iranian.com

Recently I have been deeply angered by many Iranians in the United States, specifically in the Washington DC area, for their lack of action against the Islamic Republic.  Let's face it; most Iranians are all talk and no action.  They are against the Islamic Republic, but what do they do to change the government and help overthrow it?  They just talk and trash the government.  Well that is great that so many people have opinions, but when it comes down to it, nothing can be changed without any action.  

The people that upset me the most are the ones that talk and do not even attend something as simple as a protest.  It is a huge disappointment when seeing other places in the world have thousands attend protests against the Islamic republic, but then see the DC area which is the home to thousands of Iranians, have only a hundred people show up for a protest.  They are not willing to attend a protest that will help change Iran, but when it comes to going clubbing and attending parties, Iranians are the first to attend.  

If people are serious about overthrowing the government in Iran, then do something!  If you want to run your mouth so much then use it at a protest, or even better, when visiting Iran, join in on the protests. If you remember to cover your face and make sure people do not recognize you, then you will be fine.

Every summer, many Iranians visit Iran, but only a few actually attend the 18th of Teer protests marking the July 1999 student uprising.  Little can be done when protesting in the United States, but a bigger impact can be done when protesting in Iran.  It is ridiculous how many people sit in "Free America" and just complain about students in Iran not standing up against the government.

What about yourself? When you visit Iran do you take part in anti-regime activities? Or are you one of those who talks about protesting, but then goes to uptown Tehran to shop and party without any desire to help overthrow the government?  Most are in this category.  People become pragmatic. How many of you actually take action against the state? 

Another issue we have to consider is the presidential elections in the US. Yes, many have said that Kerry supports the government in Iran, but let us look at Bush from another point of view.  If Bush wins a second term, an invasion of Iran would be likely.  He has often mentioned overthrowing the Islamic Republic as part of American's campaign against the so-called "Axis of Evil".  

If that happens, it is likely that the US military would bring back the draft, in order to have enough troops to deal with all current and potential conflicts in many different parts of the world. And the U.S. will dispatch its young to fight a war in Iran. These American soldiers will include many males of Persian heritage. Are you willing to go to war and kill Iranians in Iran? Would you bomb our beautiful cities in Iran? 

War kills thousands, as we have seen in Iraq. Yes, Iran is stronger compared to Afghanistan and Iraq, nevertheless war will cause many casualties.  So I am asking Iranians around the world to please stop, and ask yourself what you are willing to do to change the government in Iran.  If you are not part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. If you are too afraid to take action, then please don't talk about others not trying to make a change.  Start with yourself and start fighting back.  When many of you visit Iran this summer, consider protesting in the 18 Teer protests.  Many of our peers in Iran are putting their lives on the line to change our Iran.  Are you willing to die for your country?

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