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24 September 2007 @ 08:08 pm
Ay baba, chist??  
Guh. Bad enough to have Bush as the representative of the USA abroad, but I also get Ahmadinejahd as the representative of Iran abroad. Please do not in any way think that his views are representative of Iranian views in general.

It is always important to remember that the government of a country and the people of a country are entirely different entities. Their governments may not play nice together, but American people and Iranian people can and do (I'm living proof). I just wish we all had more opportunity to interact with one another.

I still want to go to Iran one day. It's gorgeous there, and I have so many relatives I've either never met or haven't seen in ages. I last saw my grandma when I was ten, she's got a couple of years left at best thanks to Parkinson's and a stroke, and that makes me very sad to think about. Despite distances, my Iranian family has been closer and more loving than my American family ever has been. It's been all kinds of fun, worrying about them in the midst of Bush's little revenge spree, and his meddling in political situations he doesn't understand and can't ever hope to.
 
 
 
sageblessing on September 25th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
*hugs* Sweetie, if anyone, to be frank, ever thought that that schmuck were representative of all Iranians, it would just go to show how ridiculously stupid and bigoted they are... Well, okay, maybe I'm being harsh, maybe I should say naive and prejudiced, but I'd rather say they'd be naive and prejudiced at best. Granted, I can understand your pain and embarrassment. In a less severe, more comical way, your feelings are mirrored by Indiana's organization, HEAD -- Hoosiers Embarrassed About Dan, as in Dan Quayle... or even the Dixie Chicks for that matter. Very healthy feelings :)
Miusheri: crikeymiusheri on September 25th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Heh! I guess I should be used to it, having been embarrassed of my president since 2001... ;)

I'm not saying everyone in Iran is like this, but most Iranians ignore the government and the mullahs and just do their own thing. Satellite TV is illegal, for instance, but there are satellite dishes in plain view everywhere- my grandma even has one (Mom bought it for her). Alcohol is forbidden, but all of my relatives drink, and booze isn't hard to come by. Women should cover up, but more and more, you see women perching their headscarves further back on their heads, to let more of their hair show. Women style and dye their hair, put on makeup, do their nails. In the cities, you see almost no one in a chador. Women wear tight jeans and form-fitting jackets.

I know a majority of Americans aren't ignorant, but it's hard to remember when you hear all the "Iran's next" and "glass parking lot" talk. Plus, there was a news story a few days back about how people wanted to protest Ahmadinejahd's visit to Ground Zero. Okay, whatever- but their reasoning was that "It would be like Hitler laying a wreath on the monument to the Missing Soldier." WTF? Iran had nothing to do with 9-11, and the Missing Soldier memorial was from WW1, not WW2. The utter st00pid that lies under that comment, arrrrgh! ^_^*

*hugs* Thanks for this, I do appreciate it. =)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Ignignokt digital ruleramethyst_hunter on September 25th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
*hugs*

I didn't catch any of Ahmadinejahd's publicity stumping, although I did hear that he wanted to visit the WTC site (I have to agree with NY officials for saying 'um, NO' as I'm sure he just wanted to use it for propaganda fodder back on his own turf, what with the tightly-controlled media and all). The guy's at least as crazy as the Chimperor, from what I've seen of him. The freaky thing? He sometimes actually seems like he makes sense...when he's not calling America 'satanic' and saying all sorts of nasty shit about places he hates, that is.

On our own side, I really do wish that more people would get it through their heads that there's a HUGE, HUGE difference between the government and its citizens. From what I understand the Iranian *people* are some of the nicest and generous folks one could hope to meet. It's the clerics and militants that's the nutter-bunch that're causing all the problems. (Likewise, American citizens overall rock; it's the idiots and psychoes clutching at all the money and power bags that are fucking things up.)

Getting back to the politics end briefly, I've never been a fan of John McCain, but he permanently killed any microscopic chances he might've had at earning my vote after he made that little crack about bombing at one of his speechtivals. WTF kind of moron thinks that shit's funny, especially considering that we're in a war that's basically going to last fucking *forever* thanks to Chimpy's hornet's-nest-stirring!?

Further proof yet of why people like us should rule the world. ~_^
Miusheri: Dr. Who WTFmiusheri on September 25th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Amidst the horrible stuff, both he and Osama bin Laden have said things that make a lot of sense. Just goes to show that there is no black and white in this world, as much as the GOP tries to pretend that this is all a black and white issue.

As mentioned to sageblessing above, a lot of Iranians just ignore what the government/mullahs say and do their own thing. It does suck that a handful of idiots get to decide the fate of the rest of the world. The people most deserving of high roles in politics are the ones who would never want to fill those roles. If someone wants to be President, he's probably a greedy, power-hungry asshole who's just going to fuck things up for everyone else. So long as he benefits, he doesn't give a shit.

Gah. I lost respect for McCain the moment he started planting his lips on Gee Dubya's hinder, even after that service-dodger insulted McCain's service record. I lost even more respect when, as a victim of torture himself, he asserted that torture in interrogations is a good idea. Every time he opens his mouth these days, he digs his grave a little further.

The '08 election prospects, with the possible exception of Ron Paul, appear utterly dismal. If the presidential race comes down to Clinton vs. Giuliani, it's time to vacate the country.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Kitteh does not wantamethyst_hunter on September 26th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Personally, I'd like to see Barack Obama win, if for no other reason than that he's about the *only* candidate who's shown an ounce of common sense on a lot of the big issues (I completely agreed with him when he once said that poverty is one of, if not the, biggest cause of most/all the world's problems today). He's also articulate and intelligent and could probably tie his own shoes without needing help (unlike certain other 'ticians - or perhaps I should say "'tick-cians'").

I could probably tolerate Clinton, but I distrust her foreign policy views. Effing up foreign policy is partly what got us into the shithouse we're in now. (Ditto Giulani - huge warhawk.)

An interesting possibility my dad brought up is that she and Obama might wind up deciding to run on the same ticket (prez/veep). That remains to be seen, though.