Some years ago I took my parents to an Iranian party to visit some of their old friends who were in town. I did not know the host or the other participants. When the party broke out singing one of the national anthems of Iran, I knew that I was in a super “Persian” gathering.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
The anniversary of the 1953 Coup in Iran is approaching (August 19th) and the drumbeat of the “evils of Imperialist domination” will get louder. For the Iranians it is a national ritual to call the 1953 coup – that returned the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to power – an American or CIA Coup. For decades this has been part of an image that associated the United States government and the west in general with the dictatorships around the world; as if these associations were second nature for the western “imperialists”. Close to six decades have passed, the dictatorships in Latin America and South East Asia have turned to democracies with the encouragement of the West, but the dark image of that event continues to persist in the Iranian psyche.