Iran's new leaders built their state on foundations of violence and corruption, making millions of us refugees
guardian / Nazenin Ansari
15-Jan-2009 (2 comments)

Life for me as I had come to understand it ended on 15 November 1977. Standing next to a group of young elementary school children from one of Washington DC's inner-city schools on the Ellipse facing the South Lawn of the White House, I was one of a thousand greeting the visit of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and his Queen to the United States. The children were waving the US flag and I, a university student, the lion and sun flag of Iran. Within seconds of the 21-gun salute sounding, hundreds of white-hooded and masked protestors viciously charged into us with brandishing sticks with nails that used to hold their placards and shouting "Khomeini come back" and "Down with Imperialism".

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This piece typically says nothing! Reveals nothing. It is neither a personal piece because we learn next to nothing about the author's background or political leaning and agenda or even feelings and convictions, nor is it journalism nor an eloquent opinion piece. It is the diet coke of op. eds! What do we learn from this? That the author is an exile? That there was a revolution? That many were exiled or emigrated? That people are tired of the IRI? Nothing new. Some people are so cautious they end up saying nothing. I guess the point was just to publish something in the Guardian. No mention of why the Revolution took place even. I am surprised at the Gaurdian!