February 24, 2000
Take a risk for Iran
Reading Rooabeh Shirazi's letter to our dear President Khatami ["Dialogue
among ourselves"], first I thought why someone who has such great
emotions toward Iran can not come here and see his motherland. Reading
forward I realized that there is no official limitation for entering Iran
and the main reason they don't try to come is that simply they fear from
difficulties they may face in Iran. This is not only appear from Mr. Shirazi's
letter but also from many other emails and letters I've seen in The
Mr. Shirazi pointed that his parents may have political problems but
there are some who don't have political problems (and Roozbeh himself is
one of them) but still they don't come to Iran although they all say that
they love Iran and would like to come here. To explain why, they say that
they feel unsafe about going to Iran and they need guarantee.
I partly understand them saying we feel unsafe and I know they think
they may face some difficulties in Iran because Iran's future is still
vague and unknown to them. But I have just a simple request from you all;
and it's that if you really love Iran, if you want to walk the streets
of Iran, if you want to meet your family face to face, accept the risk
of coming to Iran. Then you would find out Iran's situation and our situation.
You will be familiar with the new generation in Iran doing their best to
provide a better life for all Iranians, to support their president to succeed
in doing his popular ideas, and to prove the world that Iran is a great
Yes, this is an attempt that we start and will follow up to the end.
Again I emphasize that we will be so happy if you come to Iran to be familiar
with our attempts and help us.
Sharif University student