March 15, 2001
I don't agree with Naghmeh
about the cover
picture in The Iranian. I am also a mother. The picture of a
young Iranian man doing drugs may not be a good sight to look at and enjoy,
but it definitely is an unfortunate fact.
It seems the picture is taken in Iran. We can't ignore the facts. There
are the bad, the good and the ugly about every society. I think our kids
and youth will learn more abut real life issues by confronting and discussing
the problems and discussing it with their parents.
For instance if we were allowed and encouraged to read about the teachings
of our religious leaders, probably our country would have been in a better
situation than now.
I do like iranian.com; I am actually addicted to it. I have had a few
sleepless nights when I did not receive my issue on time. I think for some
reason the editor chooses not to print the bad news or crimes committed
by the Iranian community outside of Iran.
For example more than a year ago, a 17-year-old Iranian girl, presently
in prison, with an American friend, shot another 17-year-old Iranian boy,
who was killed in a drug-related incident. Another young Iranian
Arab boy was involved. This happened in the Washington metropolitan area
where the editor lives. I did interview the family for an Iranian magazine
and sent the news to iranian.com as well, and it was not mentioned.
Of course this is his magazine and he can choose his news and articles.
I personally rather know what really is going on in our community regarding
all important issues and incidents, rather than reading only about the
successful and rich Iranians outside Iran. Our children will learn more
if they know and hear both sides.
Please don't take me wrong. I love to read about our youth and their
success. Actually I always try to interview successful Iranians.