March 22, 2001
Don't be a dictator
Dear Siamack Baniameri,
I don't know how you assumed that you and people around you are
the only definition of Iranians and there isn't any other version of Iranians.
I don't want to close my eyes on the reality. I agree that women in Iran
are subjected to many humilations. But you have to consider that nowadays
Iranian attitude toward women has changed and most Iranins are completely
Iranian culture is not perfect but it dosen't mean that you have to
critisize everything from moustache to chelokabab. Remember that even here
in the United States womae and minorities has been subjected to many prejudices
and humilations. Forty years ago in some parts of the U.S., Backs were
not allowed to go to White schools.
I don't wear a beard or moustache ["The
hell with romance"] but I'd like to know what is wrong with it?
It's just because you dont like it? Or it's because some Iranians wear
it? Or because nowadays in modern counteries it's not the IN thing to
do. Again remember that in the 70's which was an era of protesting for
peace and love, wearing a beard and moustache were popoular and cool.
To make a long story short, I hope nobody feels that he /she is the
center of the world or the golden standard of culture. Because this way
of thinking and criticizing is the first step to dictatorship which is
the most important problem that Iranians are faceing -- much more important
than onions, chelokabab, and beards.