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    November 1998


* Iranians:
- Exceptionally diverse
- Treated like a queen

* Expats: Better alive than dead
* Politics: Relative freedoms not enough
* Iraj Mirza: Realistic reflection

Nov 27, 1998

* Iranians exceptionally diverse

I commend Alex Bettesworth for his attempted insight into the psyche of the Iranian, however, it is virtually impossible to classify Iranians into a personality category and apply adjectives to them, be they positive or negative. Our country and people are exceptionally diverse, and made even more so by the fact that a new generation of Iranians has grown up all over the world and integrated the Iranian culture with that of another. Some chose to integrate the negative aspects of their new culture, be that the American culture or that of another, with the negative aspects of the Iranian culture. If that is the case, they have chosen the worst of both worlds and suffer for it.

Mr. Bettesworth should understand that there are cultural ties that bind Iranians together, but an individual's level of ambition, integrity, loyalty and sincerity towards others, is not necessarily a "cultural phenomenon."

Massi Behbahani

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* Treated like a queen

I want to respond to C. Mohamadi about Iranians being "backstabbing." I am an American women with an Iranian boyfriend. I feel that your comment was unnecessary and unfounded about all Iranians. Not only did you make yourself look bad but also other American women. You do not deserve to be married to an Iranian man. All Iranians are not the same just like all Americans are mot the same either.

I am very happy with my relationship with my boyfriend. Not only do I love him but also his family. I have been treated like a queen by all members and I have never felt so much love. Maybe you should take a look in the mirror and try to find the real reasons.

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Nov 25, 1998

* Relative freedoms not enough

In response to Mr K. Sani's letter I would like to say the following: If our dream is to restore " the nice and rather free days of the first year of the revolution," then I believe that we are destined to fail. In fact those days were not very nice. Although Iran enjoyed some relative freedoms at the time, let's not forget the kangaroo courts, executions, and false and unfounded accusations.

In a democracy, all people should enjoy freedom. If only some factions exploit the situation, that system would not be democratic. A democracy will either include all, left, right, center, religious, non-religious, monarchist and anti-monarchist, communist or capitalist or none at all. A democracy entitles people to be protected in a court of law. A democracy believes in human dignity for all.

Our so-called democracy in 1979-80 failed to have any of those characterisitcs.


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November 24, 1998

* Realistic reflection

Despite the explicit, and at times offensive, language, Iraj Mirza realistically reflects the psyche of many Iranian men and women: that hijab serves to divorce a woman from assertiveness and choice.

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Nov 23, 1998

* Better alive than dead

Like all patriots, the character in Ali Khalili's piece "Farewell cherry tree" would have wanted to go to the front and defend his country. Instead, his parents preferred to send him out of Iran than to see him despatched to the front. That must have pleased God because God does not wish children to pay for the lunacy of adults, a lesson God made very clear in the story of Abraham. Ali's character now cries out for help, because he is ridden with guilt and all Aroosi-e-Khooban delivers in his criticism of Ali Khalili is more pain because Khooban too is gripped by guilt and its associated rage, even though his/her own credentials in the matter is less than clear.

No wonder after some 2,500 years of statehood, the Iranian nation numbers only a meager 60 million; that is so perhaps in part because of the Iranian's insatiable appetite to die and then wanting to kill those who did not. There is death to this and death to that; there is the swearing on one's own life. There is the desire to be a martyr and make others martyrs too. When it comes to the character in Ali Khalili's piece, I, for one, am very pleased to see that the Iraqis did not claim one more Iranian and that someone thought that him being alive is better than him being dead.

To oblige Khooban's exhortation, the term "patriot" means "a person who loves and loyally or zealously supports his own country." Nothing here about getting one's child or oneself deliberately killed. In contrast, consider Khooban's apparent synonym for patriot -- chauvinist -- whose distinguishing traits include being militant, unreasoning and boastful, fanatical and jingoistic. Of the two, the former contains the promise of life, the latter is doomed to perdition; here Khooban is not necessarily "az ma behtaroon," simply abnormally fatalistic. If there is an Iran and an Iranian nation left it is because of those who lived on, including Khooban and the character in Ali Kalili's story.

Guive Mirfendereski

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Nov 20, 1998

* Stop blaming others

I think Khodadad ["Minorities: Not an Iranian problem"] is living in some dream world or fails to see his own country from a broader perspective. For one thing, racism is an issue facing all scoieties. Bias is something that we human beings inherit almost naturally. Secondly, I would like to ask Mr. Khodadad to describe these commonly used Persian words for me : "Arabe Mooshkhor," "Armani Najes," "Turke Khar," "Yaroo Lor-e Lor-e," "Yahoodi Khassis," and "ajnabi."

How about our literature? What do you think of Ferdowsi's poetry: "Arab ra be jaei reseed kar, ke taje kiani konad arezoo?" And How about Anooshiravan Daadgar sending his troops to Yemen with specific orders of killing all those who have curley hair(referring to black people). And how about my relative who forced his son divorce his Black wife in the U.S.? And how about my other relative who has ex-communicated his son, who married a Bahai?

I have met many Afghanis outside Iran who spent some time in Iran. Most don't have any good memories from Iran. In fact, most cannot stand Iranians for the treatment they received. Are all of the above American problems transferred down to this? Or Anooshiravan and Ferdowsi were both part of the Zionist plot and World Arrogance? Accept the realities and stop blaming others.

Jafar Dehghan

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* Insightful contributions

From time to time, I read your articles [Massud Alemi's index of articles] in The Iranian. The variety in styles you have mastered is fascinating. Thank you for your interesting and insightful contributions.

Saba Ghadrboland

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Nov 19, 1998

* Love will re-emerge, in time

The language you use in "Marrying an Iranian woman" is truly beautiful; "love floating in a nation that has been so unfortunate, nothing but a divine gift." And in the case of "the empty smiles" of the West, so tragically real.

However, I felt incredibly sad reading your article. I felt sad because much of what you mentioned is so true. On the one hand the warmth and the love you felt when you went to Iran is alive. I've only been back once since migrating to the West 13 years ago, but felt a similar overwhelming feeling of warmth, from family and friends. At times (quoting you) "gently suffocating" affection. But there was also al ot of hidden agendas and I felt that much of it was purely for surface effect.

There must be a million ways of analyzing or explaining this. In many ways Iran has become a hard nation, its inhabitants sharp, tough, often ruthless (zebr-o-zerang) ... they are survivors. All this is completely essential (or natural) given our recent history. In this new world, the love you talk about, the innocent love is still part of the soul of Iran, but it has changed shape, hiding behind a mask. Through time, when the country is relaxed politically and economically, maybe the old love will re-emerge.

Nargess Shahmanesh

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* Mohammad can't become a "real" American

I read "How to become an American." It's truly clever and thought-provoking.

As an Iranian who grew up in the U.S. and joined the military to constantly prove my love for America, I've learned that no matter how long you live in this country or how much you have done for it -- as long as people know you were born in Iran and your real name is Mohammad -- you will never be a "real" American.

God bless Iran and Iranians

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Nov 18, 1998

* Give Americans the respect we have earned

I agree with the author of the article "How to become an American" that each and every person from a particular country shouldn't be judged by the actions of the people of his/her country of origins. I am an American veteran of Desert Shield/Storm and also lived in Saudi Arabia when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was stormed. To say the least, Iran as a whole has not been on the top of my well-liked places list. It is hard to meet someone, though, from somewhere that you perceive has done a grevious wrong to your country and not be a bit biased. We almost always judge first, and then figure out the truth later. Unless the person has had a lot of inter- social experiences as I have had. He spoke of reading a Tom Clancy book, 'Executive Orders.' I read Tom Clancy a lot and love his books. But I also realize that they are only fiction, and a plot has to have a bad guy in it. Been that way since the dawn of time. People, even those in Iran I'm sure, like a good guy and a bad guy and love it when the good guy wins. Even if it is a scenario that is relatively impossible. And if Iran could do that action against the U.S., the Great Satan, it would not be out of the realm of possibilities that the government would support it.

I think what I'm trying to say is, that many countries have accomplished some pretty heinous crimes, but their expatriates shouldn't be held responsible. Should I hold all Japanese today responsible for the bombing of Pearl Harbor? That was totally unprovoked and at a time of day to ensure we couldn't respond very well at all. Were our people in the Embassy in Tehran asking to be held hostage and their lives threatened? But was the author at fault for it, since he was born there only? These are criminal actions, to say the very least. But the U.S. has accomplished similar things in its history, especially to the Native Americans. We have been worse to them than can be imagined. Only a few other countries have treated their people worse (Germany and Russia come to mind). But the world judges all Americans in the same way, as a people to be hated, yet they want to come here. We have stood up for what is right more times than not. We are not always right in our actions, but generally the world is better off with the U.S. than without it.

When I was in Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield/Storm, I saw what the other Middle Eastern countries were doing. I was heartened to see countries like Syria supporting the cause of liberating Kuwait. Granted, the US was not there to just free Kuwait, but Americans did die in the liberation effort. That can only be seen as a noble act. What did the other Middle Eastern countries do to help Kuwait be freed? What did Iran do? Supported the Iraqi Air Force. I would not be proud of myself at all for that if I was an Iranian citizen. How can Iran's actions be sanctioned? I am not against any Iranian citizen who is not supportive of those actions. I hope that most of the citizens would not be supportive of it.

I consider Andrew Jackson, the president featured on one of our dollar bills, one of our worst leaders of all time, but I am still proud to be an American. But we have a serious responsibility, too. We must think first, then act second, and take responsibility for those actions. We have a duty to be knowledgeable of the world, since we are a global country. We have a duty to try to understand other peoples, and understand they have a right to their own cultures. And those cultures are just as valid as ours is. These are just some of our responsiblities. On the other hand, we have a right to be respected by other peoples for our sacrifices that we have made for the rest of the world. Or would everyone else like it if Hitler and Tojo had gotten their own ways? Give Americans the respect we have earned. If we don't return it, then give some more, maybe we'll learn by example. And if Iran ever needs my help to defend herself, just let her ask for it and it will be there.

Christopher Peck

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November 17, 1998

* Nothing patrotic about capturing Karbala

In response to Aroosi-e-Khooban's response to my article "Farewell cherry tree," I have the following to say: The Iran-Iraq war for the most part was a pointless war that should and could have ended much earlier. Patriotism does not mean mindlessly following the directions of a leader for no obvious reason. There is nothing patrotic about capturing Karbala. Nor is there anything patriotic about capturing Qods.

At some point a person has to question whether they are doing something right or not. Grabbing a gun, shooting down a couple of Iraqis and in the process getting killed because some fanatic wants to capture Karbala and spread his revolution is not patriotic.

We have been down this road way too long. The intention of my article was to show another set of damages that a nonesense war inflicted upon our nation. My point is that in the future, before we create more enemies like the Talebans or whomever, we should spend a few minutes thinking about the consequences.

A million people were killed and twice as many left Iran during the war and the exodus still continues because of a senseless war that destroyed our land. Most of that could have been prevented had Iran accepted the ceasefire with Iraq earlier. Acting upon feelings is not good, and those who participated in the latter end of the war which benefited none but the weapons manufacturers and the two governments which solidifed their status through it, committed a rather blind act.

We are still suffering the consequences of that war. After so long, it's not a bad idea to look back, realize what it was all about.

Ali Khalili

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Nov 16, 1998

* Don't forget the real "boys"

Ali Khalili's "Farewell cherry tree" is a tale only too well known to most of us Iranian expatriates. I too suffered mildly in a London high school as an Iranian while the war went on back home.

But let us not forget the real "boys," the men of Iran's armed forces: conscripts, volunteer forces or otherwise; the army, navy and the air force, who defended our land at a very critical juncture in our history, sometimes with bare fists and often with weaponry much inferior to that of the foe. An enemy that had the financial backing of the Arab petro-dollars and the political and technical blessings of all the great powers. The men who liberated Khormashahar and Khuzestan against all odds, the elite forces that captured Faw and endured aerial bombardment beyond imagination and suffered from Iraqi chemical and nerve agents, one of whom, I was honored to visit in a London hospital, whose body was covered with large blisters and ould not speak of the untold stories as a result of sever breathing problems.

Let us also not forget the many pilots and air force personnel who should be credited least of all for keeping this force operational during the war despite international sanctions, and managed to mount a brilliant response to Iraq's ever growing air power. Politics aside, let us remember Hossain Fahmideh, the 13 year old, and his likes, who lost their lives while desperately attempting to stop the march of Iraqi tanks and heavy armor into our cities.

It was Veterans Day in the U.S. the other day: let us at least learn from our American hosts, and honor these men of great integrity who fell in great numbers amid superior Iraqi fir power and defended Iran inch by inch to the last man. Let us also remember the thousands of the war disabled, men with physical and mental scars resulting from the ugly scenes of the war, who under tremendous economic hardships have difficulty making ends meet in today's Iran. And let us build our very own Tomb of the Unknown Solider in our hearts, for there are many of them, with their families still waiting by the door to welcome them home.

Whatever the causes of war and its prolongation, we have to stop ignoring and ridiculing these men for the sake of political correctness and start honoring them and give them credit where credit has long been overdue: for staying behind, for risking their lives, and fighting for the homeland and their beliefs. Thank God, and many thanks to these brave souls, Iran's map is in exactly the same shape and size that I remember from my primary school times.

Khashayar Lessan

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* Not another Shah, but...

I just read one of your letters called "Another Shahanshah? No thank you," and I must express my shame in being Iranian and my outrage of how closed-minded some people can be. I am no Shah lover, or molla lover for that matter. I personally believe in a free society. I am sure this person's bad experience with the SAVAK has left him/her with terrible memories and of course for people like him/her they blame the Shah's regime.

But we all know that Iranians in general have to blame everything on someone else. They are never at fault. In every society/government there is always one category of people who benefit more than the rest. I was very little when I left Tehran back in 1976 for England where I have been ever since and I remember the way Iran was. But let's face it even the United Kingdom is not what it used to be during that time.

True. Iran had it's SAVAK, censorship and political prisoners during the Shah's time but what does Iran have now? A bunch who call themselves mollas and God's representatives, whose only contribution to Iran has been making people poorer than poor. Men have been forced to take 2nd jobs to become either pimps or drug dealers, women are forced to take a 2nd job as prostitutes, children are all suffering from malnutrition.

Llife expectancy in Tehran has dropped to 50 in the last few years due to so much stress, whereby during the Shah's time as you put it was 65 and people lived in a very moderate way but not desperate like now. During my visit to Iran last year, on behalf of the U.N., I watched in horror the suffering each family had to endure in Tehran.

As for political prisoners, well let me tell you something else after visiting Evin prison. Most of the prisoners did not belong in those filthy disgusting cells whereby instead of four people there were 12 in one room with four beds! All imprisoned because of their beliefs and for being brave enough to stand up to their government.

And as for censorship goes, well come on now. About 80% of everything is censored in Iran so what are you talking about! Just go and look around Beheshteh Zahra, look at all those young men who died for our bloody Islamic Revolution not for protecting Iran but for helping the mollas stay in power longer. Where is the justice in all this?

I don't think Iran needs another Shah, I agree. But the Islamic Revolution of Iran also does not belong in Iran, it belongs to ... well I will leave that to your own imagination.

S. Mahlouji

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Nov 13, 1998

* Aviation history

Very interesed to read your aviation history ["Balloons to Boeings"], especially the earliest years. The early aircraft you describe were probably Dominie (not Domino). These were twin-engined aeroplanes made in England by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. We still have two of these aeroplanes flying in New Zealand as museum pieces.

Peter Lewis

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* Blind patriotism

I think Mr. Khalili ["Farewell cherry tree"] has brought up an interesting point in Iranian history, the Iran-Iraq war. Also, through his story and the response from "Aroosie Khooban," we now have hit an important point.

My opinion on Iran-Iraq war was that it was one of the most unpatriotic wars ever, if there is ever such a thing as a patriotic war. I personally object to wars and don't think I have the capability of grabbing a gun and shooting down people who have suddenly become my enemies. Every person killed at every front, is a humanbeing with loved ones and dependents. Every person killed is a tragedy which we tend to glorify with words such as martyrdom and dying for one's nation.

What made the Iran-Iraq war worse, were the two governments behind them. This war benefited no one but the two governments eventually. This war was a war between the Sardare Qadesieh and spreader of Islamic Revolution and as such, people should not have wasted their lives for two dictators.

The story that Mr. Khalili described only goes on to show the magnitude of the tragedy, the IRI has called, "sacred defense." Not only we lost thousands of our youngsters to a meaningless war, but we also lost thousands of others, who did not want to be part of this show, to foreign lands.

As a last note, I would like to differentiate between the words patriotism and blind patriotism. They are much like love and blind love. You can build a relationship around love but not blind love. Same goes with countries. If those people, who ran over minefields so Khomeini could attain his dream of Karbala, would stand back and question the logic of going to Karbala and Qods, then maybe our nation would not be in the deep economic crisis that it is today.

Jafar Dehghan

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Nov 12, 1998

* What the heck is a "Rahbar"?

Many of you may have already received the first "Iran Report" from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty by A. William Samii in Prague at However what I cannot understand is why they insist in using Persian words, while they are reporting in English. If it is aimed at an Iranian audience, then why not write in Persian using the English alphabet? And if it is aimed for all, then why use words such as "Rahbar"? ... none of my foreign friends understood who the hell was a Rahbar...

Part of the report reads: " The president and the Rahbar..." Of course, we can all understand the president. But none of my foreign friends understood who the hell was a Rahbar. Obviously "rabhbar" is a leader in English, and if the correct term was used, the capital R was not required making it look like part of the name. The same goes for their Farsi service. I wonder if they have a Francaise and Espanole service as well. Maybe this would be a good way of turning English into Persian. As the slogan goes in Iran "Farsi ra paas bedaarim", maybe someone needs to say: " Englishi ra ham paas bedaarim"... :-)


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* Guy de-you-know-who

Regarding Guive Mirfendereski's "Giving Batul a chance":

Guy de-somebody? It's Guy de Maupassant, who wrote "The Necklace"!!

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Nov 11, 1998

* Deep Dish

Did you know that one of two of the biggest producers of electronic music are Iranian? The Maryland-based "Deep Dish" is the creation of Ali Shiraznia and Shahram Tayebi. Together they have been producing their own brand of house music (dark, at times trancey) for over five years, and have quickly grown to become the most sought-after producers in the world, cutting up remixes for the likes of "Everything But the Girl" and Janet Jackson. As DJs they circle the globe and are literally worshipped like heroes in the UK, by far their biggest fan base, and by now their home away from home.

This past week they played here in New York for the CMJ music festival, and by Sunday they could be heard in the UK at the Notting Hill Festival. Their latest release, on Deconstruction/UK, is called "Junk Science," and incorporates many Persian elements, denoting Ali and Shahram's special attachment to Iran (unusual for expats who have been living Stateside ince they were young and could have become completely americanized and ignorant of their origin, like so many). One of the cuts from the album is called "Persepolis," and ends with an entrancing playing of the tar by a Iranian artist.

Ali Naderzad

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November 10, 1998

* Sufis were great frauds

The discussion is anecdotal rather than philosophical [Iranica article: "Refusing to bow to Adam"]. The material is tendentious; its goal is to show that evil exists within God; the Sufis who are cited are merely dualist Manicheans disguised as Muslims; they are no more profound than Jehovah's Witnesses.

The premise is actually rather simple minded; it intrigues because it entails a fatal contradiction of good and evil within the Principle, a contradiction which cannot be resolved. It can however, be avoided altogether. One doesn't have to take the bait.

The correct answer to the problem is actually much more mystical and it is the philosophically and logically correct doctrine that evil is an absence of good, or an absence of reality. If evil had a positive existence its essence would be absolute contradiction. Fortunately for us it doesn't. It also means that the great Sufis were great frauds and/or great con-men. something which is corroborated by our everyday experience today.

Dostoevsky fascinates until one realizes that his writing is merely a game, a soap opera, which consists of mixing opposites into one impossibility. Try to resolve the idea of Stavrogin, the mixture of Cross of Salvation and horned devil into one apparent unity and you have a deep, deep mystery; dismiss it as fantasy and you are free.

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Nov 9, 1998

* Tarof is a virus

I really enjoyed the article "War, Iranian style." I don't agree with Reebaha. Tarof goes on all over Iran.

My family is from Azarbaijan and I was raised in Tehran (I don't know if I would be considered bacheh Tehroon or not!) and my husband's family is from Shiraz . I have not seen much difference regarding tarof. This is an epidemic; it's a virus that has spread all over.

I think Mr. Taghavi should have mentioned the "eating war" and the struggle to avoid eating a pastry or something that is not good for you or something that you simply don't want to eat. He could have also mentioned the "Khoda hafezi war" which is just as important and takes long enough to be able to make quite a few moves on the enemy.

Simin Habibian

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* Minorities: Not an Iranian problem

The fact is, in Iran, we have never had the problem of race prior to this. In your article ["Forgiving Salm and Tur"], you point to Persian Iranians several times, and then talk about "Indo-Europeans" and what they are. Well, do you know, or do you not know what they are? How excatly do you define this unusual being called a Persian Iranian? Is he a fictional being or is he real? You refer to "ethnic minorities" of Iran, Kurds, Baluchs, Turks, Qashqayis. Have you ever studied them? How are they ethnic minorities? Do they have different physical characteristics? Or is their blood of a different color than your given Persian Iranian?... FULL TEXT

Khodadad Rezakhani

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Nov 6, 1998

* Don't we have any good points?

As an American who is married to an Iranian for the past 20 years I was quite offended by this article ["How to become an American"]. If I as an American wrote an article in which I stereotyped a certain ethnic group, I would be labeled as a racist. Is it fair, therefore, that an Iranian who came to this country most likely in search of a better life, would write such an article as this?

I have learned that all cultures have their good points and bad points, and America is one of the few countries in the world in which an Iranian can still be an Iranian, an Italian can still be an Italian, a German can still be a German, etc. While living in Germany for the past 10 years, an "auslander" (literally out of land) will always be an "auslander." When a foreigner immigrates to Germany, he is expected to cleanse himself of his total identity and adapt totally to the German system. This is not something that I see happening in America.

While I agree with the author's right to freedom of speech, I do feel that he could have been a bit kinder in his choice of words and at least had something positive to say about the country he chose to immigrate to. I do not own a big car, have no pets, have only two credit cards and always pay off my balances immediately with no interest charged. If I wrote an article entitled "How to become an Iranian" I'm sure I could also come up with many generalizations that many Iranian-Americans would not be too happy with.

An American

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Nov 5, 1998

* Laughed and cried

I enjoyed your "War, Iranian style" strory very much! As an American with many Persian friends, I never understood the ritual until I read your story. I laughed till I cried and now am fully able to participate in the war game. Very good work indeed!

Disney Fan

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* Ta'rof is a Tehrani thing

This ta'rof business is used a lot by Tehranis ["War, Iranian style"]. I grew up in Khuzestan, although we are known for khoongarmi and mehman-navazi, this ta'rof business was not an issue at the same level as Tehranis. Don't get me wrong but not every Iranian is from Tehran, although it seems that way with a lot of Iranians overseas. Suddenly everyone is bache Tehroon -- but it's not true! So I suggest your byline should say, "By A Tehrani."


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Nov 4, 1998

* Don't share you excitement

In regards your article titled "Practice makes perfect": I too saw the show. I watched how ignorantly the defendant and his employees remarked that "[they had] not gotten over the hostage 'thing'." I saw the pity that the defense counselor felt for the grieved Iranian girl, losing her job because of discrimination. And the jury's decision for the defendant went not unnoticed.

But I don't share your excitement at Hollywood's approval of Iranians. You missed the plane, train, and cab ride to this point. Hollywood has forgiven the Iranians for all the bad things we did, and now we can kiss and make up. I'm not so ready to jump on the bandwagon of international makeup sex for the sake of makeup.

What America gets to watch on the boob-tube is either Iranians, fist in the air, cursing to let loose the dogs of war onto the imperial pigs, or a blue-eyed, soft spoken Iranian girl making right out of wrong - with the help of her American, lawyer friend. Hers is not Martin Luther King's civil disobedience or Stokely Carmichael's 'Black Power'. This one is like the 80's yuppie retorts using judicial laws to punish moral crimes: I don't like what you think of me, so I'm gonna change it by making you pay.

Of course, you would not see a show about an Iranian Rosa Parks, protesting her discharge by joining a competing dry-cleaning or starting her own laundry business (did I miss the bus on that analogy?), because that would not reap Godzilla ratings for primetime, or for that matter, make a good show about bad lawyers.

Ali Safarnejad

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November 3, 1998

* Honest account

I read your pieces called "The education of Mahdiyeh." I am a Baha'i living in the U.S., and I appreciate your honest account of Baha'is situation in Iran.

I. Shakeri

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* Vague

After reading your feature story ["The education of Mahdiyeh"], I was left with a vague feeling. What did all this have to do with 155 years of continuing persecution, prejudice, slaughter in the name of God and his religion?

Sepehr Sohrab

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Nov 2, 1998

* Good amount of shamelessness

In reply to Ali Khalili's "Farewell cherry tree":

The reason why you don't see any trace of things similar to what you have written in your article throughout the internet is probably because it takes a good amount of shamelessness to talk about the pain you and people like you went through, once one remembers the pain of a nation who was sacrificing its best children, while you fled from the country to save your lives.

I find it quite oxymoronic when you mention patriotism among the reasons why you were unhappy when leaving Iran; please make sure to look up the word "patriot" in your dictionary. Nobody had forced you to leave; you left to save your life, which happens to be not a bit worthier than the lives of true patriots who died for saving their country.

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