Tuesday, April 25, 2006

What's something about the Iranian people we should all know?

From National Review Online:

" It sounds basic, but Iranians aren't Arabs. While Arabic is a Semitic language like Hebrew, Persian is Indo-European. There are so many Persian cognates: The Persian word for forest is jungle and the word for sugar cube is qand (like candy). Mother is madar, father is padar, and brother, baradar. It is important to know and understand Iranian culture. Iranian poetry is rich, and Iranian cuisine the best in the world. Still, while appreciating Iranian culture is important to derive a more nuanced policy, it is also important to not lose perspective: It is true that 80 percent of Iranians don't support their government and are pro-Western. But it's equally important to remember that how friendly and independent Iranians are doesn't matter; it's the guys with the guns who make the decision and who have for a quarter century isolated Iran."

I pulled this from NRO, which has a fine Q&A interview with an academic expert on Iran. Full article can be found HERE.

2 Comments:

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Adrian said...

I'd like to know the source of the assertion that 80% of Iranians don't support their own government. And in any case 80% isn't enough. Even if 90% of Iranians supported an American invasion of Iran that wouldn't mean it wasn't going to end up in a miserable mess like Iraq.

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous alison said...

Iraq isnt a miserable mess.

 

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