Roxana Saberi's insights on Iranians

  • Article by: John Rash , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 8:14 PM

Far from monolithic, citizens in the eye of a geopolitical storm have divergent views of their government and the nuclear-weapons issue.

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matthewJamesApr. 21, 1210:55 AM

Sounds much like our govt. on censorship and where it's going.

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pdxtranApr. 21, 1212:05 PM

The Iranian people basically like Americans, and as shown by the demonstrations, would like their government to lighten up. But if the U.S. or Israel would attack Iran, I'm sure they'd all turn into patriots overnight and fight back. Unlike the Iraqis, they're almost all the same ethnic group, same variety of Islam, having been a nation in one form or another for over 3,000 years--they're the Persians who fought the ancient Greeks and are mentioned in the Bible (e.g. The Book of Esther).

Think about it. You may not like the current president, but wouldn't you fight back if someone, say the Chinese, attacked this country militarily?

A war with Iran would be such a disaster that the complications would be apt punishment for starting it.

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luzhishenApr. 21, 1212:20 PM

Not mentioned was how Ahmedinejad got elected in the first place - remember Cheney telling the Iranian people not to vote for Ahmedinejad? You know how Americans would react to, say, Bin Laden telling us not to vote for Bush...hey, wait a minute!

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allhailfsmApr. 21, 12 6:18 PM

You guys have it wrong. If we bomb Iran, we will be welcomed as liberators by the Iranian people. Just like happened in Iraq.

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pdxtranApr. 22, 12 4:01 PM

allhailfsm: Speaking of which, right after the U.S. troops took Baghdad, I saw a news report that claimed that the Iraqi people were welcoming the troops, because look, so many people were giving the "thumbs up" sign. I had to laugh out loud, because some years before, a well-traveled friend had tolde me that in Arab countries, the "thumbs-up" sign is equivalent to our "middle finger salute."

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