COLUMN: My discovery in the Islamic Republic of Iran

COLUMN: My discovery in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Journalist Keith Zhu Yunxi shares behind-the-scene opinion of Iranians

The amethystine asterism in the night, bewitching like diamonds, shined the cosmos on the Persian Gulf. Milky Way stretched away to meet the ocean, together the full-moon submerged the skyline, endless like a nihility world of mystery. The night, the emerald-colored, cannot be found in any other place other than the Arabian world. My mind calmed, this fairytale of Arabian Nights finally stretched my mind to sleep. I praised it, and said “good night.”

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The capital of Iran, Tehran at nightfall during his Thanksgiving holiday break, Nov. 2017.

I was afraid. It was my first time fancied flinching; anxieties came from realizing it was the last-hour joy in this journey, because later once this airplane berthed on the isolated of turmoil, in a Persian desert, I musted to explore it with eyes wide open.

“Do not take any American stuff; do not speak English; please be safe…” It did not surprise me to see people’s reactions since worldwide media demonizes Iran continually since its nuclear crisis and Iranian Hostage Crisis. Moreover that George W. Bush listed Iran along with Iraq and North Korea as the “Axis of Evil.” But their words made me recalculate the risk and value of this trip. However, I never allow myself looking back.

I started remembering my confidence when I decided this adventure to keep inside calm, — I always seek similarities in cultures rather than differences while in traveling. Whether we had impediments to language, race, religion, nationality or even political tendency, one thing besides all of those obstacles is we are human. Thus there should always be a fundamental base to establish the possibility for any communication, since we all have the common sense of kindness, evil, happiness, fear, and pain. Consequently, it surprised me when people next to warned me not to be naive and that Iranians would do everything to me since they are poor.

Really? I yet firmly believed people are born innocent in any environment.

The City of Tehran’s miracle of tawny illuminating the night sky along with the Persian moon made me forget all my curiousness until my airplane’s landing, I had a calmed sleep. On this desert of ancient civilization, an isolated nation seemed not fearing people away —at least, here is civilized to lighting up.

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The propaganda painted on the outer wall of the former U.S. Embassy at Tehran, Iran.

Here propagandas line the walls. A manipulation of the “Statue of Liberty” is doodled as the “Statue of Evil” on the outer wall of the Former U.S. Embassy at Tehran, which now the Iranian government has made it the “Anti arrogance Aban 13th museum”, an “Anti-United States museum” as not exaggerated.

That was where the Iranian Hostage Crisis fired up, Nov 4, 1979. Iranian university students were supported officially, ring-fenced and broke into the U.S. Embassy, took it over and held 52 American diplomats and citizens as hostages for 444 days until Jan 20, 1981.

Mahdi Farahani, a member of the management at the Anti Arrogance 13th Museum (former U.S. Embassy in Tehran), explained the situation.

“There were 400 students(this number each medias reported differently, range: 300-2,000),” Farahani said. “Three hundred boys and 100 girls, by the time they arrived they wanted to take over the embassy, based on two reasons: 1, pressurizing the U.S. government to return Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to Iran. 2, Students wanted to prevent another coup time in Iran.”


The historical delinquent in the Iranians’ mind, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who usurped the throne of Iran from Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini by the result of the Coup of 1953, which was officially conspired by the United States and the United Kingdom. Westernizing Iran, violating the traditional Islamic faith and indulging corruption, made citizens came to live in poverty and famine. Years later, the former Iranian leader Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini led the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, supported by various Islamist, leftist organizations and secretly the Soviet Union, became the leader of Iran again.

Islamic Revolution exiled Pahlavi to the outside world, founded the new Islamic Republic of Iran as a theocracy country, ended Pahlavi’s westernizing, brought the conservative Islamic faith back. Students were roused due to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi having treatment in an attempt to recover from lymphoma in the United States, Iranian Hostage Crisis transpired. They hold hostages to menaced the U.S., stop inferencing Iran’s internal affairs and return Pahlavi, the history sinner. Current U.S. President Jimmy Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy” and announced that the United States would not yield to blackmail.

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Keith Zhu, ’18, Feather journalist.

For me, Iran is genuinely the sacrificial lamb of the Cold War that entirely happened inevitably due to multi-international politics — Leninism just found an excellent chance to defend the western Capitalism. By this visit to the “Anti-United States Museum,” I realized the once Iran and America’s honeymoon period may not appear again until a possible World War III or another coup.

Propaganda slogans such as “Down with U.S.A” are still painted, stretching a full side wall of buildings in the city of Tehran. A picture of Donald Trump is painted on a giant board, stands on the yard of the embassy and states, “The American elite feel ashamed of having such a president.” Brochures of criticizing what the west has done in Iran “In the Name of God” were distributed “to the youth of western countries” from the “Anti-United States Museum,” all in English.

Do they really hate Americans? I wondered. Political propaganda of “Anti-United States” are seen everywhere in the City of Tehran. However, meanwhile Pepsi and Coca-Cola are favorite in Iran, iPhones are fashionable, just like anywhere else.

“American people? We are friends,” Farahani said. “We are friends, we are not having any problem. The only problem is the government and the politics. … The U.S. government appears intent to distribute fake media, so the reality is not shown to the public, so they (the Iranian government) decided to open this (the former U.S. Embassy at Tehran) as a museum. The propaganda there then shows the world, especially the tourists there, to understand the reality of here… Like the movie Argo, they were just trying to show the thing they want, not the reality.”

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The CIA staff left some of their equipment in the Former U.S. Embassy.

The movie Argo documents by the project “Argo,” the CIA operation which rescued six American diplomatics during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. It is undeniable that Argo only represents U.S. government’s version to the public; in the museum of the former U.S. Embassy, the CIA’s machines are displayed. Boards state these are the evidence of American’s spying on Iran. Iranians wanted to point out the interference imperialism which the western countries had done in Iran, especially the U.S., to the world.

I felt strange, it is no longer a secret that every single consulate in the world must have some spying facilities inside, but why do they need to prove it to the public? “Oh, of course,” I muttered. “History is written by the victor, distributed by its authority, but remembered by all innocent people.”

Farahani’s answer to my question showed me that he believes humans are innocent too. His words made me remember Wendy Sherman’s speeching at a class of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in October 2015. That was three months after the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal)” had been agreed.

The United States was leading a negotiation of limiting Iran having nuclear technology. This 18-day negotiation was excruciating and chained countries’ negotiators around the meeting room in Vienna Marriott Hotel, frozen. Representatives of countries’ negotiators had been modifying the deal again and again, whatever requirements they proposed the Iranian had been rejecting. Since the Iranian government was holding tons of centurial grudges against the western nations, this negotiation was definitely not based on a fundamental trust. They were almost desperate, this negotiation was destined for failure.

The Iranians were real trouble, I would never ever want to negotiate with them again.  — Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

At the moment this negotiation was almost decided to be waived, both Sherman and Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iranian negotiator in chief, Minister of Foreign Affairs) were told of their grandchildren’s births, coincidentally. They both became grandma and grandpa in that 18 days. Happiness made both them cannot help themselves to share the surprise with each other. Thus, during the coldest international negotiation, when both of them were saddled with their own country’s benefits, but at one moment they both offed guard, and snooped the other’s phone and praised “So Cute!”

This was brilliant! It dissolved everybody’s tension at that very moment. We all are today’s children and tomorrow’s parents, after realized this, negotiators endeavored again for the best. The result of this endeavoring was that in July 2015, the Iran Nuclear Deal was officially agreed, the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was maintained again.

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Modern underground metro system in Esfahan, Iran.

As the exchange for Iranian giving up their nuclear development, the international society started ending the “Sanctions Against Iran.” Iran’s economy has been reborn. This country is now opening its door to the world, spreading the atmosphere of its civilized Persian charm. Although, this changing has just started.

In the CBD of Tehran, some people are staying at the money exchange shops, copying down and reporting the currency rates from boards. Banks in Iran are not connected with the international financial system, so foreign credit cards are not available for using inside of Iran. Moreover, a majority of currency exchange agencies outside of Iran do not accept or offer the Iranian Rial, so international visitors travel to Iran brought major currency and exchange once arrive.

Though there are so many obstacles for Iranian people trading internationally, they started developing economic domestically, catching up with the international to modernize public facilities everywhere inside of their country. In some lagging cities such as Shiraz, I even saw a thorough modern metro system, which only builds in world’s most modernized countries such as UAE, China, Singapore, and Japan. In some major cities such as Esfahan and Tehran, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), a new type of bus transportation, has become a major mode of travel in citizens’ life. In public parks, there are marbled geysers, and uniformed staffs irrigating floras. Moreover, classified garbage cans are on streets.

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Citizens enjoy an afternoon at Naqsh-E Jahan Square, Isfahan Province, Isfahan.

On the Naqsh-E Jahan Square, one of the most popular sights in the city of Esfahan, citizens enjoy their free time, chatting, bicycling, dating, just like everywhere. Some students were assigned English assessments, they video interviewed the rare foreigners about their opinions of Iran: Do they like here? How do they think the safety in Iran is? Also, What’s the most remarkable thing in their countries? Foreigners’ visiting is still a novelty for Iranian people, so much so that I was always asked to join in selfies with local people, at least twice a day. Iranians care about the outside world’s opinions, they want the world to know their country more an more, they want their country to grow stronger and stronger, just like everybody else.

Those students’ naïveté reminded me of, a genuine changing of ideology biases on “North Korean people lie so often and easily,” by recognizing their instinctive emotion when it shined innocence in the darkness of militarism. Suki Kim, a woman who went undercover posing as an English teacher, taught students who were expected to be the future leader of the nation.

“They lie so often and so easily,” Kim addressed at Ted Talk. “Whether about the mythical accomplishments of their Great Leader, or the strange claim that they cloned a rabbit as fifth graders… They lie to shield their system from the world, or they were taught lies, and were just regurgitating them. Or, at moments, they lied out of habit. But if all they have ever known were lies, how could we expect them to be otherwise?”

Formatted education bans critical thinking, brainwashes the ideal that the DPRK is the world’s most powerful and prosperous nation andthe activity of honoring their Great Leader fulfilled all of their free time. All of those happened on the heavily guarded campus of Pyongyang University of Since & Technology, which forbids reaching others included their families and everywhere is bugged.

A revealing of sincere emotion showed on student’s personal letter, touched Kim’s soul and made her give up the idea of expecting to tell students the truth and open their mind. She came to adore her students after really searched their hearts, she just realized how dangerous it is to change others recklessly:

“They wrote that they were fed up with the sameness of everything, they were worried about their future. In those letters, they rarely ever mentioned their Great Leader,” Kim said. “During those months of living in their world, I often wondered if the truth would, in fact, improve their lives. I wanted so much to tell them the truth… But for them, the truth was dangerous. By encouraging them to run after it, I was putting them at risk –of persecution, of heartbreak… My dear gentlemen(her students), I don’t want you to lead a revolution, let some other young people do it. The rest of the world might casually encourage or even expect some sort of North Korean Spring, but I don’t want you to do anything risky, because I know in your world, someone is always watching. I don’t want to imagine what might happen to you if my attempts to reach you have inspired something new in you. I would rather you forget me and become soldiers of your Great Leader, and live long, safe lives.”

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On the Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square, a needle on compass points at a mosque, simblizes a token of reminder, that Muslim people should always focus on the pure faith

Due to incomprehension, misunderstanding and misguided media, the outside world treats Iran as a mystery country of chaos. Of course, Iranian’s national condition is different to the North Korea’s. However, interference in others lives, forcing them to change in case of everything is unknown, would put those innocent people in danger just what Kim had almost done on her students, that means another revolution or coup.

Iranians, their ideology accepts neither westernizing nor ‘easternizing,’ but only Islamism. Nowadays people would like to call it a theocracy, or some would call it a dictatorship. Intellectuals do have the right to criticize, but you and I, we, never ever have the right to rule what should Iran be and how the Iranians should live. Iranians have their own logic of managing their country since only Iranians know what Iranians want. I understand their logic, and I recognize it. And I heartfeltly hope that we, as the outside world, can just stand by, leave them alone and watch, innocent Iranians people can one day make their country beautiful.

My discoveries in Iran continually refreshed my opinion of this “third-world country.” Although I met tourists from The Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden, I had not seen anybody from Canada, the U.S. or the U.K., I knew they are afraid of visiting Iran. Since Iran is a theocracy, rigid religion takes the role of leading people’s faith, Iranians smile so naturally, it made me never feel being in danger as what media distributes. At the end of my journey, I did not even want to call it an adventure, as Iran is much safer than I’ve ever imagined. Poverty does not lead Iranians to guilty, and Iran is not desperately like everybody thinks it would be.

My past experiences structure my ideology of seeing the world. During my last Thanksgiving trip to Sri Lanka, I realized that innocence could be emphasized once it is apart from ostentatious vanity. Of course, we all have the same feeling of being afraid of the unknown, but I believe the unknown is the only thing we’ve ever been afraid of.

Thus every time I take a step to start a new journey, my mind is always very peaceful. I want to see how we are the same, how we can still be the same as we live in different cultures or event in another land which is isolated. I heartfeltly hope I could always keep this traveling style and the real world would not one day force me to change what I believe now: That we all are born innocent.

To read more Keith Zhu’s travel adventures, read ROAD TRACE. COLUMN: Journalist shares English summer adventure.

Keith Zhu can be reached via Twitter and via email.

The slideshow below contains images from various locations on this trip.

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About the Author:

Zhu Yunxi

Keith Zhu Yunxi, `18, a world traveler from China, plans on developing a new brand of international airline service.
Zhu has explored 22 countries since he first traveled aboard by himself in 2015. by using his world wide travel experiences, Zhu brings foreign cultures and his travel stories through publishing on The Feather.
“My goal is to have experienced cultures and photographed beautiful sceneries in the total of 60 countries before turning 25,” Zhu says.
Writing stories at The Feather inspires Zhu to pick up a camera; he became a photographer in Oct. 2016. With his unique aesthetic standard, Zhu grows his photography skill through a routine of capturing images from around the world.
“Yes, I am a world traveler, and I think I have already fallen in love with photography. However, the thing I really want to do in the future is to be an entrepreneur at aviation industrial.”
Zhu attended summer course learning entrepreneurship in the summer of 2017 at Wharton Business School (a world’s top business school at the University of Pennsylvania which Donald John Trump graduates.) And will start a pre-MBA program at Harvard Business School in Feburary 2018. Zhu also practices financial manage skill through drawing money to high-spending trips from his flat pocket. His dream schools are Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School.

8 Comments

  1. Robin Li December 4, 2017 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    A very insightful briefing on Iran, a place people associate with war and chaos. You did a good job on both reporting and photographing. I think that mainstream journalists should take a trip to Iran, instead of chastising it based on public opinion and conjecture.

    The story is well structured. It touches me the most when you echo your mission as a traveller at the end of his article—to discover the similarities amongst differences. It is interesting to read those students’ questions for a foreigner like you, which explains the focus on Innocence. Surely, Iran is a new-born baby out of adversity. It has ugly ruins and dark histories (but who doesn’t), but I’d be patient to see how it will grow by following its Islamic tenets.

  2. Silva Emerian
    Silva Emerian December 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your perspective! Well done.

  3. Addison Schultz
    Addison Schultz December 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Such great pictures! So cool to see this part of the world.

  4. Braden Bell
    Braden Bell December 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Amazing job Keith! So brave of you to venture to that side of the world and to share your story. It is really interesting to see what their perspective is on Americans. Also beautiful pictures! Keep up the good work Keith

  5. Nathan Mount
    Nathan Mount December 5, 2017 at 8:39 am - Reply

    This place looks so beautiful! Extremely well written article Keith, and I love how you brought life to the article with amazing photography!

  6. Logan Lewis
    Logan Lewis December 6, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Keith, this is amazing. Thrilled you got this opportunity to experience all this!

  7. Even Ni December 7, 2017 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Per quanto riguarda questo articolo non ho aggettivi appropriati per descriverlo. Almeno, adesso no. Mi hai meravigliato tantissimo con la tua ideologia e con i tuoi pensieri sulla storia di Iran e in più, anche sul fatto dei fake news, il quale è la realtà che noi cerchiamo di ignorare. Per noi, persone fuorviante dai giornalisti è stato il nostro onore ed è un opportunità memorabile a leggere il tuo articolo; scritto da parte di chi ha vissuto e visto il paese come se fossi un persona del posto. In più, ringrazio tantissimo e apprezzo con il cuore il tuo lavoro che ci hai mostrato e tutti i sforzi che hai messo.

    “Poverty does not lead Iranians to guilty.” Questa frase ha rivelato il nostro timore e, nello stesso tempo il nostro pregiudizio su Iran. Viaggiare in Iran è pericoloso e questo è chiaramente definito, ma il punto è: dov’è pericoloso? Perché pensiamo che il paese è pericoloso? La pericolosità che noi intendiamo è proprio causato dalla loro povertà, e temiamo che la povertà abbia distrutto le loro speranze di vita e la loro innocenza da esseri umani. Però questo non li hanno sconfitti, ma, propio all’incontrario, li hanno incentivati a fare il meglio per far cambiare il nostro pregiudizio sul Iran. La terra sta continuando a girare e, tutti noi, essere umani dobbiamo continuare a vivere e cercare di migliorare noi stessi e l’ambiente in cui viviamo; perché tutto quello che è successo oggi sarà scritto nella storia e studiato dai nostri discendenti.

    In realtà, tutto siamo più o meno in conoscenza del fatto degli fake news, persino ci sono stati anche tanti film e libri che ne parlavano di questo. Sappiamo che il giornale che leggiamo è edito dagli giornalisti, coloro che publicano solo il contesto il quale vogliono farci vedere. Capiamo che i politici possono scrivere facilmente quello che desiderano scrivere, quello che sono felici a scrivere. É vero che siamo vagamente coscienti di questo fatto? Sì, certo che sì. Ma perché cerchiamo di ignorare e predefinire la realtà? Secondo me, questo è perché siamo nati in un secolo pacifico e viviamo in paesi sviluppati, i paesi del “primo mondo” e non del “terzo mondo” come nel caso di Iran, e proprio perchè non abbiamo questa esperienza ce lo dimentichiamo subito in giro di pochi secondi. In più, io come una studentessa, voglio dire che la maggior parte degli studenti dimenticano subito i capitoli che hanno studiato quando hanno finito gli esami; perché queste guerre civili e/o guerre nucleari non sono più gli argomenti popolari dei nostri tempi. Al giorno d’oggi i ragazzi ne parlano di giochi, degli smartphone, dell’amore, ma quasi nessuno si interessa delle guerre mondiali. Pensiamo che adesso le guerre non esistono più, ma questo è solo quello che pensiamo. Praticamente, non abbiamo vissuto le guerre mondiali e i colpi di stato come gli iraniani, perciò tutte le nostre conoscenze derivano dai film e dai libri; ma tutto ciò è creato dalla gente, sopratutto dai vincitori. Non ce lo ricordiamo perché nessuno di noi ha esperto le guerre, e quindi lo dimentichiamo. Questo è relazionatile al fatto di fake news di Iran. Intendiamo che i nostri commenti sul paese è giusto perché è scritto sui giornali nonostante non siamo mai stati in Iran. Ed è proprio perché non siamo stati in Iran, dimentichiamo quello che abbiamo detto, trascuriamo l’esistenza dei paesi del “terzo mondo”. Dico spesso che gli essere umani sono smemorati ed è vero.

    La settimana scorsa, ho guardato un video di TED Talk su youtube, parlava dell’enormità della nostra rete di relazione e con quanta facilità possiamo influenzare senza a nostra conoscenza attraverso i nostri azioni gli azioni degli altri. Perciò, nessuno ci ha mai pensato delle conseguenze dei nostri commenti che portano agli altri. L’opinione pubblica è paurosa e alcuni paesi non sono orribili come li pensiamo. Poiché l’immaginazione umana è infinita e quanta felicità viviamo, immaginiamo quanto sia male il fatto opposto, questa è la mente subconscia dell’umanità, non negare.

    Quindi, cos’è la vera innocenza? L’innocenza che io ho capito dal testo è: anche se hanno esperto la luna più oscura d’oggi, hanno lo stesso il coraggio di alzare il capo e accogliere il sole dell’indomani. E gli iraniani sono le persone innocenti, proprio perché coloro lottano per sopravvivere anche in situazioni difficilissimi; anche se tutta la gente li mettono le dita in faccia per i ridicoli fake news. La storia non dovrebbe essere scritta dai vincitori, ma l’ideologia degli iraniani sono più ammirevoli di tutto quanto. “Iranians, their ideology accepts neither westernizing nor ‘easternizing’, but only Islamism.”

    • Zhu Yunxi
      Zhu Yunxi December 7, 2017 at 4:49 am - Reply

      TRANSLATION:

      As for this article I have no appropriate adjectives to describe it. At least, now not. You marveled at me with your ideology and your thoughts on the history of Iran and more, also on the fact of fake news, which is the reality that we try to ignore. For us, people misleading by journalists has been our honor and is a memorable opportunity to read your article; written by those who have lived and seen the country as if you were a local person. In addition, I thank you very much and I appreciate with your heart the work you showed us and all the efforts you put into it.

      “Poverty does not lead Iranians to guilty.” This sentence revealed our fear and at the same time our prejudice about Iran. Traveling in Iran is dangerous and this is clearly defined, but the point is: where is it dangerous? Why do we think the country is dangerous? The danger we mean is precisely caused by their poverty, and we fear that poverty has destroyed their hopes of life and their innocence from human beings. But this did not defeat them, but, on the contrary, they encouraged them to do the best to change our prejudice on Iran. The earth is continuing to turn and, all of us, being human we must continue to live and try to improve ourselves and the environment in which we live; because everything that has happened today will be written in history and studied by our descendants.

      In fact, we are all more or less aware of the fact of fake news, even there have also been many films and books that talked about this. We know that the newspaper we read is published by journalists, those who publish only the context that they want to show us. We understand that politicians can easily write what they want to write, what they are happy to write. Is it true that we are vaguely aware of this fact? Yes of course. But why do we try to ignore and pre-define reality? In my opinion, this is because we were born in a peaceful century and we live in developed countries, the countries of the “first world” and not the “third world” as in the case of Iran, and just because we do not have this experience we immediately forget it a few seconds. In addition, as a student, I want to say that most students immediately forget the chapters they studied when they finished their exams; because these civil wars and / or nuclear wars are no longer the popular arguments of our time. Nowadays the boys talk about games, smartphones, love, but almost nobody is interested in world wars. We think that wars no longer exist, but this is only what we think. Basically, we have not experienced world wars and coups like the Iranians, so all our knowledge comes from movies and books; but all this is created by people, especially by the winners. We do not remember because none of us have experienced wars, so we forget it. This is related to the fact of Iran’s fake news. We understand that our comments on the country is right because it is written in the newspapers even though we have never been to Iran. And it is precisely because we have not been in Iran, we forget what we have said, we neglect the existence of the countries of the “third world”. I often say that human beings are forgetful and it is true.

      Last week, I watched a video of TED Talk on youtube, talked about the enormity of our relationship network and how easily we can influence the actions of others without our knowledge through our actions. Therefore, no one has ever thought about the consequences of our comments that lead to others. Public opinion is scary and some countries are not as horrible as we think of them. Since human imagination is infinite and how much happiness we live, let us imagine how bad the opposite is, this is the subconscious mind of humanity, not to deny.

      So, what is true innocence? The innocence that I understood from the text is: even if they have experienced the darkest moon of today, they have the same courage to lift their heads and welcome the sun of the following day. And the Iranians are innocent people, precisely because those struggle to survive even in very difficult situations; even if all the people put their fingers in their faces for the ridiculous fake news. The story should not be written by the winners, but the ideology of the Iranians are more admirable than all. “Iranians, their ideology accepts neither westernizing nor ‘easternizing’, but only Islamism.”

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