It appears that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has found a way to travel in time – the problem is, not everybody is on board with it. And this is where patriotism becomes a double-edged sword.
present government, not only are teachers being penalized, the passion and
demand of women’s rights forcefully rejected, but most horrifying of all,
reminiscent of pre-Islamic times, savagery of all kinds are being permitted in
Regardless of religion and its diverse interpretations, given the Islamic Republic’s push for modernization, its appeal to humanity and God, and condemnation of violence elsewhere, how can it mock compassion and ask the Iranian people to abide by interpretations of Islamic rule asking the nation to face sanctions and possible war to achieve modernity and independence? Furthermore, the patriots who speak in defense of their motherland, unable to step in the IRI’s time capsule, find this ideological/behavioral dichotomy indefensible and are left are in a dilemma.
It is the Iranian pride that has 75-80% of the people support the IRI in its quest for nuclear energy, including the full fuel cycle (Takyeh[iii]). At the same time, the Islamic Regime expects the people to tolerate the archaic laws being imposed on them. This is causing a dilemma for those nationalists who want to defend their country from foreign occupation, but are unable to comprehend the ruling of the Supreme Court, feeling that patriotism is a double-edged sword; for their silence seems to strengthen the unacceptable actions of the government.
single most important asset of any nation is its people. In taking the people back and forth in
time, the children of
[iii] Takyeh, Ray. Interview with Steve Inskeep. National Public Radio Morning. Morning Edition. 25 Nov. 2004
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