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Written: June 22, 2009

Protests In Tehran, Iran

As a citizen of America, the first thing that I would like to say to the people protesting in the streets of Tehran and other cities in Iran; for myself, which I am sure the majority of Americans would agree; our thoughts and prayers go with you during these troublesome times in your country, and we hope that you all stay safe from harm.

I once again return to what my mother told me when I was young. Believe half of what you see, and none of what you hear. For me, seeing the people of Iran, from pictures that were obviously taken from cell phones, made me think that the Iranian citizens obviously have not only the access to, but the ability to upload video from their handheld devices to the world wide web. That caused me to think that they also receive information from the web. It appears to be quite obvious that the opinions of the citizens of Iran, do not correspond with the Iranian governments position. The fact that most of the individuals in the streets were dressed in western style clothing, and holding up english banners while making a peace sign with one of their hands, indicates to me, that for the most part, most of them are very much like us, as opposed to being unlike us.

I could not help but think back to when the Iraqi citizens held up their purple stained fingers to show their pride and good feelings when they had their first vote after the changing of the guard in their country. I have always had the belief that normal people thoughout the world feel basically the same. Family and friendship have no boundaries. Men and women fall in love, and have children without regard to religion, political persuasion, or any other factor. Fathers and mothers still take responsibility for the care and nurturing of their children. Their concerns are providing their family with food, clothing, and a roof over their heads. These are the main forces that drive most of us citizens of the world. Every religion has radicals. Every race has radicals. And, indeed, every nation has radicals. But for most of us citizens of the world, nearly all of our efforts go toward the providing and caring of our family.

It is however necessary to point out that there are those that do wish evil on people that are not like they are, and some individuals that hate for hate's sake. This will always be, and we have to be ever vigilant, and stand up against those people, always. Because of the rhetoric that so much of the middle eastern countries have voiced regarding Israel, I believe that we as Americans must stand with our Jewish friends (I am not Jewish). Any, and all, debate that includes the destruction of Israel must never be accepted, and must always be challenged. Until the Palestinian citizens begin to build their own country, instead of insisting to tear down Israel, there will always be a bridge between our civilization and the Arab civilization that will always be in the up position. America is, and always has been, and always shall be a country that accepts all faiths, and even people with no faith.

As far as our countries political stance regarding whether the President of the United States should recognize this uprising, I do not have strong feelings regarding this issue at all. Half of the people think he should say more, and the other half, think we should stay out of it. For my own opinion, I personally think it is always a good thing when a President Of The United States, speaks out against tyranny of any kind, regarding any people, living in any country, where oppression, starvation, or neglect is tolerated. And besides, we already see our current President on the tube every day. I'm sure that the protesters in Iran get to see him every day as well.

I would like to state one more time that I hope that the citizens of Iran stay safe during this time of unrest, as well as the citizens in so many countries where oppression is being used.

As always, I thank you for visiting my web site.

Robert J Taggart, Sr.