March 26, 2001
The fact that a lot of Iranians introduce themselves as Persians shows
how uncomfortable we are with the word Iran or Iranians!
Let's look at this problem from a different point of view. Yes we all
know that Iran was the name given by Aryan immigrants who landed there
first. And probably that was what made Reza Shah use his retarded brain
and stop foreign countries from calling our country Persia. There is nothing
wrong with the name Iran itself as it is derived from the word Aryan and
we know how some people take pride in being Aryan and of course there are
the racists which have the same claim as well.
The problem with the name Iran is that it DOES NOT represent US in the
world as it is supposed to. I have done a lot of travelling, specially
in Asia and, believe me, the problem is very serious. we are considered
Arabs. And it makes me sick.
A lot of them are ignorant and are surprised to know that Iran is not
an Arab country. Some of them have this mentality and argue with you about
it. Yes believe me they can not accept that Iran is NOT Arab. And they
try to tell you what you are! For them, the whole Middle East is Arab,
and our country is located there and so we have to pay the price.
Another factor is the similarity between names Iran and Iraq. This makes
things a lot worse. When you are asked where you are from you should say
Irannnnn otherwise they will hear Iraq and, well, after that the word Saddam
is what you hear first!
I wrote an email to the Iranian President regarding this problem. And
I sent another email to the Iraqi government, asking them to call their
country Babylon and not Iraq. I am not kidding. I did that because I believe
there is a serious problem here and this problem is haunting a lot of us
and it should be solved. For me, personally, the similarity between of
these two names is the worst thing. We are a country with a very ambiguous
nationality and this problem should be addressed.
But now the name Persia is representing a mythical country with long
history with lots of wonders. But where is Persia? I ask them, nobody knows!
Iran was known to the world as Persia until 1935. Persia was the name
given to our country by Ancient Greeks and even in the Bible the name is
Persia and not Iran.
Now Iran will always be Iran to us Iranians. But it can be known to
the world as Persia as it was until 1935. Persia is a land of wonders to
the world and Iran is seen as a retarded Arab country with no culture.
I ask you which would you like to represent you and your country?