December 12, 2000
Iran-Iraq similarity irritating
The fact that Iran's name is very similar to that of Iraq is really
irritating to me. As long as you live in Iran you may not have any problem
with it but once you go abroad you will find out that we Iranians are
considered Arab just like Iraqis.
Iran was known to the world as Persia until Reza Shah asked the world
to call the country Iran and not Persia -- just to make the world know
that we are Aryans! Well these days, people have forgotten that, even
though the name of Iran is derived form Aryan.
We are still considered Arabs by most of the world. The resemblance
of Iran to Iraq makes it worse. I am sure we all hate that and are tired
of explaining to our friends the differnces between Iran and Iraq and
the fact that we are not Arabs.
I think it is high time Iran changed her name to Persia and let the
world know that Persia is not a name of a country in myths. It is a second
name for Iran and we Iranians are not Arabs and do not speak Arabic. This
is a matter of natinal identity and it should be given due consideration.