Ayatollah Khamenei has sent a message to Iranian students abroad: "The Iran of tomorrow must be led by capable managers."-Enduring America
IF OTHER COUNTRIES GOT RICH THIS WAY, WHY NOT IRAN TOO?
Returning emigres have enriched South Korea and China. Tourists pour billions into Morocco and Dubai. Taking advantage of opportunities created by globalism, many former third world nations are booming (even oil-less ones)
As the old saying goes, "If you can't lick 'em, join 'em." Must Iran miss the boat?
HOW ANY NATION CAN DRIVE AWAY EVOLVING TOURISTS: Women in advanced countries exercise a growing veto on "where we will go for vacation." Influened by feminism, ideas about what is acceptable or not continue to evolve.
Here's a personal example: A few years ago my wife and I took a trip to relatively secular Turkey. I liked Turkey but by wife refuses to go back though she did have a good time. What irritated her repeatedly is the way merchants would always approach me and act as if she weren't there.
What can you say when tourists avoid Iran as much as war-torn Syria? One reason is wives or daughters face compulsory hajib at airport. We can find many great places to go which lack this indignity. Obviously the regime can't drop it for visitors while keeping it for Iranian women. So long as visitors know it is imposed by force, they feel like collaborators in oppression.
Compared to the IRI, Egypt enjoys advantages in attracting tourists: the pyramids, Sphinx, cafes, music and other entertainment. The Arab Spring uprising may be over, so why don't the tourists return? What the "brothers" cannot grasp is how deeply sensitive foreign women (and not just the western women) have become on the issue of personal rights. Having acquired those rights, they can no longer abide going to places where they see women having less. This trend only continues to grow.
WILL EMIGRES RESPOND TO KHAMENEI'S APPEAL?
The first Supreme Lead once said, "Economics is for donkeys." Khamenei originally mocked Iran's #1 "status" in the brain drain phenomena by arguing "We don't need them!" Now he has changed his mind. But will they come? Or will the young, educated and brightest at least stop fleeing in larger numbers than ever? Note how high the price would be.
1. Why put up with long-nosed religious police who tell you what to wear, how to cut uour hair, etc. when you don't have to.
2. Why put yourself in a position where you are subject to beatings or worse from the regime's plainclothes militia thugs (Basilj, Iranian Hezbollah) while the police do nothing to protect you?
3. Why risk a justice system which lacks all the protections emigres have become addicted to (habeus corpus, open and public trials by one's peers with defense attorneys actually allowed to defend you without fear of consequences to themselves and their families?
4. Why put up with Iran's vetted and rigged elections or forced participation when you've experienced real free elections not supervised (engineered) by the militiary or intelligence agencies? (The government's refusal to abolish the Guardian Council, admit guilt and apologize is proof enough elections will continue to be rigged)
5. Why give up free access to newspapers, the internet, a glass of wine, movies and music of your choice while extremists impose their tastes by force.
6. Why give up your right to denounce the government or point out its misbehavior without fear of consequences.
7. Why put up with special laws and restrictions imposed on women when you don't have to elsewhere?