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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Iranians want to be our friends
Seeing this on whatreallyhappened.com reminded me of other recent presentations I've seen about Iranians, such as this show by travel guru Rick Steves, some satirical interviews from Jason Jones on the Daily Show, and a travel video made by one of my friends in Code Pink. They all depict Iranians as about the sweetest, most hospitable people on the planet, whose lives are surprisingly similar to Americans. I've done a lot of traveling, and while Americans are also extremely hospitable, they are probably the most clueless of all "civilized populations" as far as knowledge about other nations. It pains me to know how most Americans imagine Iranians to be a bunch of terrorists. It angers me that we never get to see the good side of foreigners unless we're allowed to see it ... the only images we're ever presented of Iranians are old pictures of hostage-takers, flag-burners and stern-faced ayatollahs. Fear stems from ignorance. If only Americans could see how much these people are like them, I don't think we'd have anything to fear ...