I got an email today from the U.S. Central Command. I'm not kidding you:
What do we need to do in order to have some of our articles posted on your site. Please let me know.
I just replied that we don't publish articles from government/military sources. Then I got a thank you message back and I said: You're welcome, thank you for asking. I mean really, the U.S. Central Command was actually very polite to ask. And I'm flattered (little scared!).
Truth is that I have tried to keep iranian.com free of any government influence. There are always articles from people who take the side of this or that government, but they are individuals who believe in what they are saying.
I do not know 99 percent of the people who write articles or blog on iranian.com. But I can tell that the same 99 percent are "real" individuals. They may have nutty ideas sometimes (often) but a lot of my own ideas are off the chart too, so I'm not going to judge anyone (there are exceptions!).
So I'm sorry to be turning down the U.S. military, but I don't believe they should be writing articles for the independent media. I do publish articles from analysts who work for pro-U.S. think tanks. They present U.S. policy much more effectively and genuinely. It's a matter of legitimacy and integrity.
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