August 21, 2004Top
* Serious lack of
Oh for God's sake, will you PLEASE stop pestering
everyone with your obsession over the
Persian-versus-Iranian debate once and for all? [A
new language?] THis
obsession of yours is idiotic a psychological
Look, the name of the country is Iran. It is NOT Persia. We Iranians
have called it Iran for centuries. If the Europeans called it something
else, that's their problem. People who want to change the name of Iran
to Persian in order to impress foreigners by maintaining a tenuous association
with 2000 year old past of the Persian Empire have a serious lack of
self-worth. You don't protect your own culture by denying your own country's
true name, or by over-emphasizing one side of it.
Second, the name of the language of Iran is Farsi. It is NOT Persian.
We IRanians don't call it "Persian" either so why should anyone
else. And don't give me that crap about maintaining our culture by being
associated with the Persian Empire. My culture - the culture of Modern
Iran - is not a museum piece in Iran Bastan museum, its not a bunch of
broken stone sculptures which hasn't changed since the days of long-dead
Empires and has been kept behind a glass display window. And that's a
The name of the Persian Gulf is the Persian Gulf. And no, it wasn't
the IRI who "encouraged" the Arab states to use that name,
nor has the IRI been particularly accomodating in the use of that false
name. In fact the IRI has been quite aggressive in the Persian Gulf:
witness Iran's assertion of its rights over the three islands. So stop
trying to justify your obsessions by bringing the IRI into it.
Look, I appreciate that you feel proud of the Achaemanid Empire and
the Sassanid Empire and the Parthian Empire etc. in a world where as
an Iranian, you feel deprecated. There is a great deal to be proud of
too. But everything has its limits. This desparate obsession with all
things "Persian" will not resolve your feelings of a lack of
self-worth in Western eyes.
Instead, go accomplish something that will make you proud of YOURSELF,
and the rest of us "Persians" proud of you too.