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November 8-12, 1999 / Aban 17-21, 1378


* Iran-U.S.:
- Think first

* Conspiracy:
- Shame on us


* Ayatollah:
- Impressive
- Bravo

* Iran-U.S.:
- So far in the past
- Becoming stronger

* Iranians:
- Say something POSITIVE
- Tired of chants

* Web:
- Taking credit
- Easy to be ignorant

* Book:
- Shameful

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November 12, 1999

* Think first

In response to Mr. Beeler's letter

I read your letter on "Thinking small" and I wonder is it Iranians who are thinking small or is it you that can not see the big picture. The scenes and the stories that you see and you hear from those who take actions against America in Iran or other countries should not be a reason for people like you to make any judgement toward a whole nation.

I am sure that you are not aware of the political situation that is currently taking place in Iran because you would have known why or who are those groups of people that are burning flags and yell "Death to America". My suggestion to you is that next time, before you make any decision with your educated mind, do a little research.

Should I call all Americans a bunch of racists when KKK members burn crosses and show hatred toward other human beings just because of their skin color?

Pejman Asgarpour

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* Shame on us

I read the article "Curzon's last laugh" with sorrow and disgust. This is yet another example of wanting to blame things on others. Poor us - they did this to us and they did that. How much longer are we going to sit on our butts and blame all of our shortcomings on others? What is that going to solve or accomplish?

First, shame on us for letting foreigners take advantage of us. Here, the Ghajar dynasty is more to blame. Their fascination with sex and corruption and pleasures let them lose sight of things, letting foreigners come and take advantage of our poor country - the same country that was once powerful and did unto them (remember Nader Shah and his multiple invasions of India) what is being done to it!

Second, while we are sipping our tea and trying to find causes for our miseries, the progressive world is advancing at a very fast paste. Iran is at least 200 years behind in social standards of living, economy, technology, education, etc. The gap is widening at an exponential rate and soon there will be no hope of a decent future for our country and people.

You go ahead and dig into stuff hundreds or years old while others are envisioning and planning for the upcomming century!

Bob Mani

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November 11, 1999

* Say something POSITIVE

I have often wondered what explains this urge by the older generation of Iranians to constantly bash Iran, emphasize the shortcomings while ignoring the accomplishments, and impose their hang-ups, frustrations and psychological baggage on the youth. Perhaps it is a good excuse to do nothing - if everything about Iran is bad, everyone is corrupt and all the decks are stacked against you, then there is no point in trying to accomplishing anything, right? Perhaps it is a way of justifying one's own frustrations. Or perhaps the answer is simply that "misery loves company."

How about having something POSITIVE to say about Iran and Iranians once in a while then? ... FULL TEXT

Lizzie Borden

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* Impressive

The poems of Khomeini ["The soft side"] are impressive in nature and meaning. Are these really his poems?

A. Parsa

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November 10, 1999

* Bravo

Thank you for giving us the occasion of reading this beautiful article [about visiting the Shah's tomb, "By the pale-green stone"]. Thank you to Mr. Kadivar for sharing his wonderful trip with us. I wish the young post-Islamic generation would read this little "trip to the past" especially those in Iran. Bravo, and thanks again.


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* So far in the past

It is like yesterday to many of us the day that the American embassy was taken. I was studying in a small town in Kent, England when a friend of mine who was a leftist sympathizer stormed to the cafeteria of the college with a big smile and waving a clinched fist to announce that the U.S. embassy had been stormed by a group of students!

There were many Iranian students everywhere in those days including in Kent. Of course we looked with amazement at this friend and all had a sneaky sense of triumph without fully understanding the full implication of this act.

Today all those events seem so far in the past in our eyes and in the eyes of Mr. Abdi, one of the hostage takers and Bruce Laingen one of the hostages ["Time to move on"]. In the political climate of Iran, it is very brave of Abdi and others to offer their regret for this act.

As one commentator said yesterday in reply to the question "what will happen if the American embassy opens tomorrow in Tehran?", the reply was " a long line will be formed for visa applications to the U.S.!" I think this sums up the true sentiment of the Iranian people.

Reza Mousoli

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November 9, 1999

* Becoming stronger

Termeh Rassi's piece ["The plaid sofa"] was lovely -- direct and moving. She writes about an experience that is defining for Iranians of this day and age -- the experience of diaspora.

Through more of such writing, we can try to understand and come to terms with our experience as Iranians; in the hopes of becoming a stronger, more rooted community wherever our journeys have taken us.

Gelareh Asayesh
St. Petersburg, Florida

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* Tired of chants

In response to Mr. Beeler's letter

Take it easy. I too am an American who gets angry when I hear about the flag burning and the death chants going on in Iran, but you got to remember not all Iranians are like that, and many of them are getting tired of marching to the drum of certain mollas well.

You are right in that hatred has a tendency to breed further hatred but that is something we all have to work on. Thank goodness there exist forums such as The Iranian where frustrations and differences of opinion can be expressed. There are some discussion groups which won't allow anything like this and that is unfortunate.

I firmly believe that as long as people are allowed to have dialogue, openly and honestly, without fear of repercussions, a good majority will come to appreciate and learn to co-exist with those who differ. And that is what is needed most in this world right now.

Alex Bettesworth

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* Taking credit

I am writing in regards to your Persian web link of the day. Apparently this "Payam" guy is taking credit for my hard work.

No, he did not put up 1,000 Persian songs in RealAudio format. I did. He simply linked to them. And by the way, it's not 1,000 songs, it's 800.

Ashkan Yekrangi
Webmaster of CyberIran

Editors note: The description for this web site has been corrected.

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November 8, 1999

* Easy to be ignorant

In response to Mr. Beeler's letter

... If someone wants to be ignorant, it is very easy to stereotype a whole nation. My co-workers, patients, neighbors, and some of my best friends are American. It would terribly undermine their intelligence if I were to stereotype them as a bunch of rednecks who have beer bellies and burp hotdogs all day.

Last but not least, I recommend you travel around the world a little and not limit your world eye view to the media and its representation of other countries ... FULL TEXT

Roya Zarnegar

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* Shameful!

So many wonderful books have been written about Iran. Iran is a beautiful country. Its people are gifted, civilized and charming, kind and hospitable.

Someone has written of James Buchan's book ["A good place to die"] : "This must be one of the most perceptive attempts to understand the Iranian psyche ever undertaken in an English work of fiction".

As a foreign wife of an Iranian, I lived in Iran for many years. I find this book quite shameful!

Margaret Habibi

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