American * Support * FAQ * Write for
* Editorial policy
One-way ticket
Long history of betraying our own people and our friends

By Mansoor Lotfi
June 3, 2002
The Iranian

Dear Ms. Sabety,

This is in reference to your article, "Today, I am a Palestinian: I am ashamed of being an American". You are a very elegant and persuasive writer and I read almost all your articles. I regret that my writing is not as eloquent as yours, however, I must tell you that while you write well, a fundamental attribute you lack is loyalty and devotion to a country that gave you refuge during your time of need.

I am an Iranian-American who obtained American citizenship 6 years ago. I was only 20 when I was jailed and tortured for 1 year by the Islamic regime (the most compassionate and merciful) because of what I wrote about Ayatollah Khomeini. After what should have been a temporary release from jail due to UN Inspections of overcrowded jail conditions, I fled to Pakistan where I lived as a refugee for 1 year.

I finally came to America through political asylum. Once here, I was given the opportunity to go to school, get a job, and plan for my future. These basic rights were denied to me in my own country by my own people, but were granted to me by a country that I shouted was my enemy during the revolution.

We Iranian have a long history of betraying our own people and our friends. Instead we take sides and praise others who are not so much of a friend. Most of us Iranians give our loyalty to those who attacked us rather than defended us. For example, we don't know much about R U Barzan, Babak, Mazyar, Sattar Khan, and Baghar Khan. Yet we praise Alexander, Changize Khan, Ali, Hassan, and Hossein.

You remember the amount of help we gave to Arafat during his visits to Iran, yet during the Iran-Iraq War he took sides with Saddam. He called Saddam his BROTHER and called us his Iranian friends. So it would seem normal for you to say you are ashamed to be an American. It is in our blood to betray our defenders when things do not go our way.

Just reverse the situation. Imagine you were to let one million desperate Americans come live in Iran. You provide them with the same opportunity as you have yourself. You help them to settle down and you educated them (American style not what we do to poor Afghan refugees).

Finally, they strive to become citizens of Iran so they can benefit from all the opportunities available to them in their new home country. After all you have done as a nation, would it not seem absurd that simply because of international policy that the majority of Iranians agree on, one American guy comes and says, "I am ashamed to be Iranian". Wouldn't you be heart-broken by it?

Despite everything I went through at the hands of my own government and society, I am never ashamed of being Iranian. However, as an American citizen, I am never ashamed of my new nationality; it is after-all the country that gave me refuge in my time of need. I may disagree with some of the American policies in action, but I will not be ashamed of being American.

At the end, if you are still ashamed of being an American, I will be more than happy to buy you a one-way ticket to where ever you want to go. How about Palestine controlled territory? This would benefit us both because it will help you to be happy, while allowing me to pay my debt to America. Further it will help one person out of the millions of the millions of people waiting in the line to get closer to his/her dreams here in America.

Comment for The Iranian letters section
Comment for Mansoor Lotfi


Today, I am a Palestinian
I am ashamed of being an American
By Setareh Sabety

Just peace
Wars are not fought on battlefields
By Terry Greenblatt

Who's a Nazi?
Is this a fair criticism of Israel?
By William Baker

All they have is anger
And a sense of abandonment by the world
By Iskander Khaleeli

Enemy of my enemy
Israel WON real estate in a fair and square war started by Arabs
By Yek Mihan Parast

Fear and learning in America
Americans don't understand the Middle East?
By Robert Fisk


* Recent

* Covers

* Writers

* All sections

Copyright © All Rights Reserved. Legal Terms for more information contact:
Web design by BTC Consultants
Internet server Global Publishing Group