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On Jul 14, 2015 we were all overjoyed with hope that the signing of the #IranDeal and the re-entry of #Iran into the international community would lead not only to better relations for the governments, but also more opportunities and stability for the Iranian “people”, especially the middle class that has been the hardest hit victim of the regime’s actions and international community’s reactions. We all envisioned more negotiations and more agreements on issues such as regional peace, #humanrights, women’s rights, rights of religious and ethnic minorities within and outside of Iran. We believed with this détente Iranian people would be able to once again redeem their sense of stability and yearning for a better life, making them the vanguards of progressive movements in the region as they were in the 20th century.
BUT, we also were joyful as #IranianAmericans! We were happy that after four decades of being major contributors to this great nation’s economy, culture and sciences, the community would be able to take its rightful place in the tapestry of the #AmericanDream. We envisioned:
No more demonization!
No more fear of what tomorrow would bring!
No more belittling of a nation that was amongst the first to hold a vigil for the victims of #Sep11!
No more taking the side of those who do harm to America, while ignoring a thriving, patriotic community!
On October 13, 2017, I am saddened with grief and sorrow, as I hear the Iranian “nation” (nation meaning “a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.”) is referred to as a “terrorist nation” and the #PersianGulf called the “Arabian Gulf” to appease those who truly don’t have the best of #America in mind. My dreams are shattered and my heart is broken, but we will NEVER GIVE UP!
#IAmAnImmigrant #IloveAmerica #iloveiran
#ایران #ایران_من #ایران_زمین