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Proud to call it Persian

By: Radman Rabii

For 2500 Years, the body of water that separates the Iranians from the Arabs has been called the Persian Gulf. Every single person in history, no matter of their origin, who visited this beautiful gulf, has called it that name for centuries. From Alexander, to Marco Polo, even the brutal Arab and Mongol invaders called this gulf the Persian Gulf and not the Arabian Gulf.

The newest Atlas of the World by the National Geographic however undermines this historically valuable name and has placed the name of Arabian Gulf in parenthesis under the name Persian Gulf. It is interesting to note that in most World Atlases, Persia is written in parenthesis under the name Iran, and it should be so when in fact the country was known to the world as Persia until 1935. Representing the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf in parenthesis is suggesting that this gulf has sometime in the past or in any scientific record has been referred to as the Arabian Gulf, when in fact it has never been so. This type of representation of incorrect information confuses the readers and makes them believe that they can in fact use the name Arabian Gulf if they wish to do so, going against all historical records, scientific publications, and UN regulations.

Since the National Geographic has decided to ignore science, history and international agreements and move away from its scientific roots and beliefs and join the political arena, I have some other alternative name suggestions for them. By using the names I have stated below they will complete their unilateral renaming of geographic locations. I believe they should place the following names in parenthesis under their original names.

  • The English Channel (the French Channel) - Since the body of water separates England and France and it would be unfair to the French for it to be called the English Channel
  • The Atlantic Ocean (Euro-American Ocean) - There is no longer a place called Atlantis, therefore the body of water that separates Europe and America should be called the Euro-American Ocean.
  • Gulf of Mexico (Gulf of America)
  • Indian Ocean (South Asian Ocean)
  • Sea of Oman (Sea of Southern Middle East)
  • Panama Canal (Atlanto-Pacific Canal)

As Iranians, we have seen many of our rights be trampled upon throughout history. Our beautiful land has been the victim of many barbaric actions and invasions. In the modern era, we have been misrepresented throughout the world due to our unique culture and values. This fact has scarred us throughout our existence, so when it comes to changing the name of something that all Iranians are proud to call Persian, we are reminded of all our losses through our long history. In order to stop these actions taken against us, we have to unite and make our voices heard by showing the world our true identity and things we believe in.

No matter what the National Geographic or some Arab States call this body of water, it was, it is, and it will always be known to the world as the Persian Gulf.

... Payvand News - 12/3/04 ... --

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