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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Opening minds

Canadian-based Iranian blogger Hodder is travelling to Israel:

"This might mean that I won’t be able to go back to Iran for a long time, since Iran doesn't recognize Israel, has no diplomatic relations with it, and apparently considers travelling there illegal. Too bad, but I don't care. Fortunately, I'm a citizen of Canada and I have the right to visit any country I want.

"I'm going to Israel as a citizen journalist and a peace activist."

His mission should be applauded:

"As a citizen journalist, I'm going to show my 20,000 daily Iranian readers what Israel really looks like and how people live there. The Islamic Republic has long portrayed Israel as an evil state, with a consensual political agenda of killing every single man and woman who prays to Allah, including Iranians. I'm going to challenge that image.

"As a peace activist, I'm going to show the Israelis that the vast majority of Iranians do not identify with Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric, despite what it looks like from the outside.

"I'm going to tell them how any kind of violent action against Iran would only harm the young people who are gradually reforming the system and how the radicals would benefit from such situation."

This kind of cross-cultural understanding is vital if we are to avoid yet another Middle East catastrophe (and let's not forget that the Bush administration has consistently shunned any overtures from Tehran.)

7 Comments:

Blogger violet said...

Blogger Hodder needs to ensure he visits Gaza where the residents are keeping busy digging tunnels under their houses to smuggle in weapons to kill Jews.

Good to see the Palestinians are making hay in their new "unoccupied" land. Good to see them grasping every opportunity to make peace and build an economy. Good to see them moving forward and taking responsibility for their own lives rather than living off the welfare of UNWRA.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 3:24:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Here here!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 3:32:00 pm  
Blogger violet said...

And look at the free election! Fatah gunmen shot dead one of their own leaders after he asked them to stop shooting at Campaign posters on his house. Ah, Palestinian life is good, now that the Jews have exited Gaza.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 3:33:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Violet, did you read the post? It is about promoting cross-cultural understanding between Israel and Iran by dispelling populist Iranian myths about the Jewish state. I thought that this would be something to applaud. Instead you ignore it and give us your usual google news search. What is your point? Do you have anything intelligent to offer about the actual post?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 10:02:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006 11:11:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Well, what can anyone say to that?

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 11:27:00 pm  
Blogger violet said...

drunkenvegetable

Obviously I was providing the young blogger with some interesting places to visit.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006 11:59:00 pm  

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