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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


February 9, 2001

Each for himself

Regarding "Just don't do it", Some of us can and some of us can't. The ones who can, do not want to be part of the big melting pot and want to stand out as individuals. Those who can't, would more rather be part of that great melting pot that has made U.S. what it is today. Some of us want to and some of us don't want to.

By us, I'm obviously referring to Iranians, or Iranian-Americans. I just happen to be one of those who can and wants to be known as an Iranian and don't have any problems telling anyone where I'm from. There have been a couple of times where I almost lost the close because of it. Normally, they give me a crooked-eyebrow & head look and say "But you don't even have an accent!" and I tell them that I'm still from Iran, and remind them that in the deep freeze of winter I'm still a bit more "tanned" than they are throughout the year!

Andre, whether he has Iranian origins or not, at least for now has chosen to part ways with it. He doesn't have the need to be known, or associated, as an Iranian, in order to be recognized. He has achieved enough by himself that just his name, first or last, gets the much craved for recognition. As an individual he has achieved much and has become household name in the consumer advertising world. Every one sets, reviews and resets individual goals.

Just from reading the mass media, I'd say Andre has reached, or is VERY close to reaching, some of his lofty goals. Such a person shouldn't be criticized for not declaring that he's originally, or part at least, from Iran or any other country. Look at another one of our famed people, Ms. Christiane Ammanpour. She came out and told the world, on the most watched cable channel in the northern hemisphere, that she is Iranian. I loved that program so much that I ordered it from CNN direct. Ms. Ammanpour can and does!

Think about this: Who would receive the social-fringe-benefits when Andre declares that he has Iranian origins? Will it be him, or us? So, each for himself. It's a dog eat dog world and here we are wearing Milkbone underwear!

A. Shemirani

p.s. I really thing they should substitute Eukanuba or Iams for Milkbone in the above phrase; we all know it's made from better quality stuff [;-))


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