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Old 06-11-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Let me preface this by saying if this is an unnecessary post or this thread becomes offensive, I am truly sorry. I don't usually post on the World forum, but I am curious about this topic and was hoping maybe people from the area or even from abroad with knowledge could share their thoughts or experiences.

I'm one of those people who thinks Iran is a little scary because of the cleric leaders, and the current president, but is also an interesting, misunderstood, and potentially really great country. I see this election as a possible first step (especially with Obama in office) to improving Iran and its relationship with the world. I hadn't had much faith that the incumbent would be defeated, but the massive protest/rally in Tehran today got me thinking.

What do you all think?
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think Iran is on the verge of a great change. The majority of the people in their universities are woman, and many people want to ease the tensions with the world, and all the other candidates acknowledge the holocaust. You should have seen the NBC special they had the other day, it was very good.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I wish I had seen that special... Iran is such a fascinating country and I can only hope they get some change.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: here.
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it doesnt matter who the president of Iran is...the president has no real power, the clerics and the ayatollah run the country
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:20 AM
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Me too, I think Iranians are misunderstood. When I lived in Canada lots of my friends were Iranians, Pakistani and Afghan. My parents let me play with other kids from those races, but some (not all) Canadian parents wouldn't even let their kids near the Iranian kids, and I didn't understand why until a long time after.

In fact I think lots of Middle Eastern people are misunderstood.

I'm sorry if this offends anybody.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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and all the other candidates acknowledge the holocaust.
Is that the most important issue? Anyway, the system won't change. Most young voters have only experienced Iran after the revolution, and they are happy with a "reformist" president. Iran will at most return to what it was under president Khatami.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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Me too, I think Iranians are misunderstood. .........
I'm sorry if this offends anybody.
No problem..
We are used to it in Middle East.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Earth
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my question is how do iranians feel about Umar ibn al-Khattāb? Is he a hero or butcher that raped iran of its previous culture and replaced it with a foreign one?
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