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My view: What 'I am with you, Iran' means

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  • GreenAmerican Kaysville, Utah
    March 28, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    Iran is a unique country. Its grand history dates over 2500 years. This ancient empire created the first Bill of Rights. A replica of the stone which those rights are carved is displayed in the United Nations today.

    The Iranian people are just as unique. Many believe Iranians are Arabs. They are not. Although both have lived in the same geological area for centuries, Persians and Arabs have a different language, with different cultures, traditions, and at one time a different religion, Zoroastrianism.

    Stemming from the 2009 protests, Iran has sparked the changes in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Unfortunately, the Islamic government violently squashed the uprising. The desire to live in a free Iran, for the time being, must remain only in the hearts and souls of its people.

    The Obama administration hopefully sees that our old foreign policy is severely flawed and a new approach is the way to go. But one thing is certain, Iran needs to be free. The oppressive Islamic leaders have taught the world a valuable lesson, that totalitarianism will not be tolerated. Democracy will prove itself once again.

    Bring back the ancient rights of the Persian people. Bring a Free Iran!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 27, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    While it is easy to agree, what would you have the U.S. do? Our intervention in Iran is a large part of why things are as the are, dating back to our overthrow of the democratically elected government in 1953. Haven't we done enough?