Writer calls Iran our best hope for an ally
The Philadelphia Inquirer / Tirdad Derakhshani
21-Jan-2010 (2 comments)

America's ideal ally in the Muslim world is not Jordan or (the new and improved) Iraq - and certainly not Saudi Arabia - but Iran.
So argues journalist and historian Stephen Kinzer, author of the acclaimed 2003 political study, All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.

Would that be the same Iran that reveled as militants took 66 Americans hostage in 1979?

Yes, says Kinzer, who argues that the pro-democracy movement in Iran inevitably will lead the country to adopt a new, more open regime. He argues that America will profit greatly from this change.

Kinzer will discuss Iranian politics Monday with Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The event is part of the citywide literacy project One Book One Philadelphia, now through March 17, which this year focuses on Iranian-French author Marjane Satrapi's two-volume comic-book memoir, Persepolis.

One Book features eight weeks of readings, lectures, workshops, and film screenings that will explore not only Satrapi's work, but also aspects of Iranian culture and the genre of the graphic novel.

Other programs will consider the image of Iran in the media; the role of women in Iran; the psychology of the Iranian people; and traditional and contemporary Persian literature.

"We thought that Kinzer's book was a great way to start a discussion about Iranian politics and history," says One Book progra... >>>

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VPK - well said

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VPK - well said.  I agree.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Makes sense

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This makes sense. In fact Iran would have been USA's best friend is Jimmy Carter had not wreck it 30 years ago. Now the new generation is even more prepared to be allies with America.

There are millions of Iranians in USA. We have been able to seamlessly integrate into America. That indicates that unlike many Muslims, Iranians have no unresolvable cultural issues with the West. Most importantly we don't go around demanding West bend over backwards to accommodate our religion. We don't demand everyone wear hijab. The US would do well to pay attention to Kinzer's wise remarks.