Inside Iran

Dave Killion — January 21, 2012

The Atlantic’s In Focus site has posted 42 photos from inside Iran. Some samples –

“Iran has appeared in numerous headlines around the world in recent months, usually attached to stories about military exercises and other saber-rattlings, economic sanctions, a suspected nuclear program, and varied political struggles. Iran is a country of more than 75 million people with a diverse history stretching back many thousands of years. While over 90 percent of Iranians belong to the Shia branch of Islam — the official state religion — Iran is also home to nearly 300,000 Christians, and the largest community of Jews in the Middle East outside Israel. At a time when military and political images seem to dominate the news about Iran, I thought it would be interesting to take a recent look inside the country, to see its people through the lenses of agency photographers. Keep in mind that foreign media are still subject to Iranian restrictions on reporting.”

We are supposed to be soiling ourselves over the fact that Iran may be developing a nuclear weapon (like nine other countries in the world already have), and it may well be that the US or Israel will decide to initiate aggression against the Iranians. Canada will doubtless be pressured to join in. Before that happens, I think Canadians should get a better look at these scary people that may be killed, maimed, impoverished, or otherwise made miserable through the use of our tax dollars. As for me, I think it would be better if Canada (AND the US) simply eliminate all trade barriers, and then all immigration barriers, and then normalize the crap out of our relationship with them. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are many votes to be had from that.


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