Not Everything Is Cut and Dry…

by Denise Romano

It’s time to play the waiting game.

For Iranian-Americans, the past week has not been an easy one.  “I am conflicted,” said Shamila, whose last name is not being used for her safety, 26, of Oyster Bay, Long Island.  “There is a possibility that he (Ahmedinejad) won the election and this is because he really helped out people in rural villages.  There was an eighty percent turn out there and you can see how the numbers add up.”

But there is a flip side.

“If most of the population is under 30 and the young and women are for Mousavi, then the numbers don’t add up,” she said.  “But when you ask two people, you get two different opinions, so no one really knows.”

American-Born

Shamila was born in the States, but her parents came here from Iran during the revolution in the late 1970s for an education.  She is still in touch with her family in Iran, and they have different ideas of what is going on.

“My grandfather says that not much is going on,” she said, adding that this is due to the Iranian media blocking out news.  “Some of my cousins have been saying that it’s crazy and that people are getting injured.”

Resistance, Not Revolution

Shamila believes that it’s great that the resistance movement is willing to help people on the other side of the argument, such as a crowd helping three police officers on motorcycles.  “When it comes to the bisaji police, it just breaks your heart because they are the ones inflicting pain and acting very military-like,” she said of the beatings against the silent protesters.   “The moral police don’t have the right to go around and monitor peoples behavior.”

She claims that the resistance is not looking for a revolution, but change.  “They are still on the same side as the government, they just don’t like the way it is being practiced.”

America’s Response

When it comes to how President Obama is handling the situation, Shamila couldn’t be happier.  “He handled it very impressively,” she said. “When you make heat of the moment decisions, it’s hard not to be influenced by all the world leaders, telling him to take the Iranian people’s side.”  Shamila is glad history did not repeat itself.  “Every time the U.S. tries to intervene, the Iranian government just gets tighter,” she notes, recalling previous interventions in the 1950s and 80s.  “If we really believe there has to be a change, it has to come from the Iranian people.  The last thing I want to see is the US bomb Iran.”

She also thinks that that many Americans have the wrong perception of Iran.  “We are very similar to the US government, we don’t have dictators,” she noted.  “A lot of things are done democratically but with a religion government. We are not like other Middle Eastern countries where cousins have been the president for the past twenty years.”

But only time will tell the future of Iran.  “I am just waiting to see what is going to happen,” she said.  “We have to be logical without mixing up passion and emotion.  But America should not interfere; I know deep down inside, that I lot of Iranians do not want that.”

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