got a problem
We don't do enough to
express or defend ourselves
By Ben Madadi
March 11, 2004
It was amazing how the movie The Passion of The
Christ stirred such controversy. Although it is a very
violent film depicting Jesus in the most brutal manner
ever shown on screen, it made much more publicity
because of its alleged anti-Semitism.
I found entire articles on some of the most
prestigious newspapers, including The Economist and
Newsweek, trying to assess the film from all possible
points of view. I am sure that most of these writings
were inspired because of the allegations of
anti-Semitism rather the violent nature of the film,
though most of the writers agreed that The Passion had
very little to do with anti-Semtism but it is rather a
This made me think a bit about other related
issues. I wondered if a film unfavourable towards
Iranians could possibly stir controversy? Would many Iranians really
get upset? I am quite sure they would.
they do anything really tangible about it?
Well, this is in fact what I've been pondering about.
I think we've got a problem. We, as Iranians, don't do enough to
express or defend ourselves. We do not
believe that, if the Jews in America or anywhere else
can protect themselves, we should at least be able to
protect ourselves inside our own country -- let alone
outside of it.
If any individual, any Iranian, believes
they are each constituents of a whole, then the
community could strengthen in unity and the will of
the community could open the way for the realization of their
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