Monday, April 14, 2003

A report of present situation of Iran in CBSnews, with some parts of Kamal Kharazzi & Geoffrey Kemp's speeches....I found it interesting, there were some facts that was said in the best way but also there were some kinds of exaggerations...

Iran: The Country Next Door
"(CBS) When most Americans think of Iran, they remember those 1979 pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution and the seizure of 52 American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Even today, for Iran, America is still officially the Great Satan. And to the United States, Iran is officially in the Axis of Evil....Kemp believes that Iran will feel dangerously isolated after the U.S. war with Iraq is over.
"We will be not only a major presence in Iraq," he says. "We will be in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman. We're all around them, and we're encircling them with the most extraordinary military power the world has ever seen assembled. They are very nervous about this." ......

One reality that is seared into the Iranian psyche is the brutal eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s. Reminders are everywhere in Tehran. In the city's hospitals, the realities of Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks are everywhere in the men who returned home blinded, lungs burned, tethered for life to respirators....

For that to happen, the social revolution that is taking place here must succeed. Sixty percent of Iran's people are under 25, an exploding population connecting itself with the wider world.
Women are beginning to defiantly let the veils slip from their heads. And youth must be served with American style burgers and fries.
Time and time again, students have taken to the streets demanding freedom of the press, academic freedom and jobs....."

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