November 2, 2000
We love Iran too
Regarding Sadaf's letter "Mind
your own business", I am an Iranian teenager who was born in the
U. S. Both my parents are Iranian and they supported women's rights in
Iran during the revolution. Because of their activism they had to escape
by foot in 1982 through the Zagros Mountains and left every single worldly
possession they had in Iran.
My parents loved Iran more than you could ever EVER understand. They
came to the U.S. with fifty dollars which they spent on a gift for my
grandmother. They have a wonderful life now, which they worked hard for,
but have not been able to go back to Iran.
My entire family still goes to rallies that support women's rights
in Iran, and rallies supporting the students in Iran. I have to sit and
watch people who supported Khomeni and his anti-women's-rights laws go
to Iran easily every year, when my family can't because of our beliefs
are against those laws.
I had to watch as tears came to my fathers eyes when singing the Iranian
national anthem at a Nowruz party.
Don't think the people who left Iran don't love Iran; they probably
love it more than you can understand. Iran is a beautiful place but others
cannot see that through the haze of inequality and hatred that is going
Please think twice before saying a comment like that unless you completly
understand what the people you are attacking have gone through.