Saturday, October 29, 2005

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't represent us true Iranians

Kash Kheirkhah


As a peace-loving Iranian and a world citizen, the Iranian President's comments on Israel put me to shame. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his fanatic ideology and his dismal, uncouth manners are not what Iran with its glorious civilization is about. The country I come from used to be where 2500 years ago, Cyrus king of Persia made a proclamation throughout his realm that read, "The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you--may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up."

Mahmoud Ahamadinejad and the ideology he represents is the result of years of West ignoring the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East. Ahmadinejad's Imam, Ayatollah Khomeini began his ruling with such hate-mongering rhetoric. When I went to elementary school in early 80's, I, along with millions of other kids across the country, were forced to chant " death to America, death to England, death to France, death to Israel,..." basically death to the whole world. We were forced to watch flag burning, practice flag trampling and go through all methods of ideological brainwashing to be prepared to export Khomeini's ideology to the world. The West watched all this, and turned a blind eye. Out of that mess, now have risen monsters such as Bin Laden and Ahmadinejad who see the world's redemption in its destruction.

But such hate-filled, traumatic school rituals not only didn't work on us, but in fact back-fired and opened our eyes to the plague that was eating my country, its history and civilization away.

My generation is now fed up with the fanatic ideology that has done nothing but damage to our credibilty in the world, and the respect we were treated with before 1979 disasterous revolution. My generation is now sick and tired of a regime whose official foreign policy is spreading hatred and blowing the oil money on sponsoring terrorism.

My generation has had enough of this.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the regime which has created him don't represent us. We love and respect the world and its citizens, Israelis, Palestinians, Iraqis, Americans...it makes no difference to us. We are all God's creatures, and we are all born with an innate desire for love, peace and freedom.

I'm so sorry for the remarks our sham President made and hope that there comes a day when the world gets to see us for who we really are and not the fanatic maniacs that have taken our country and our people hostage.