Reference: Reading the Holocaust Cartoons in Tehran, by Roya Hakanian, September 3, 2006, New York Times
One is prompted to
ask why Ms. Hakakian did not spend her energy presenting accurate information to
the world. But then again, her
story proved worthwhile for herself and likeminded dogmatists. Her book "A Journey from the
She writes "of all the pains that Muslim Iranians inflicted upon the Jews, the most persistent is obscurity. We have always been admired for being completely Iranian". I wonder how many Jews in this county complain of being completely American? Does Ms. Hakanian question the number of American Jews who celebrate Christmas and New Year as enthusiastically as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? In all the years that I have been here, I have celebrated Christmas more enthusiastically than Norooz. Never have I been offended when asked whether I am Persian or Iranian - not even when asked if I am I-Ranian.
Ms. Hakanian claims
Perhaps too, the
source of her pain is unawareness of history and the socio-economical strata, as
Ms. Hakakian would
do well to know that is no substitute for honesty and forthrightness.
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