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Iran: ‘Americans waited for 40 years. How long should we wait?’

Several Iranian bloggers shared their feelings and opinions about Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election and compared democracy in America to Iran's current political situation.

Nikahang Kosar, a leading cartoonist and blogger, published a cartoon where he shows the difference between former reformist president Mohammad Khatami's mentality with Obama's.

In a post, Iranian blogger Deserter refers to Martin Luther King Jr's civil rights movement and his assassination in 1968, and writes that King's wife made a statement during the civil rights leader's funeral asking how long it would take to achieve freedom.

The answer to King's wife was 40 years, Deserter says.

The USA has proved that it learns from it's mistakes… 40 years ago in Iran, a Marxist had no right to express his/her ideas, still it is the same story. 40 years ago the country was functioning on oil money, still it is the main vital source for Iran. 40 years ago in universities a female student wearing a veil was under pressure. Today, a female student who wants her freedom and doesn't wear a veil is under pressure… Americans waited for 40 years. how long should we wait?

Iwishpolitics writes that contrary to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's prediction, Obama did win the election.

Contrary to the Iranian president, Obama asked all Americans to reconstruct the USA. Contrary to Ahmadinejad, Obama did not call intellectuals ‘goats’ and his opponents ‘manipulated agents in the hands of foreigners’.

View from Iran, an American blogger who lived for several years in Iran, and is now is based in Europe, has free advice for Obama on how to deal with Iran:

1. Bluster is bad: Do not make threats that will not or cannot be carried out… 2. Don’t say that you respect the history of the great people of Iran… and then revoke visas while people are in flight to the US, detain them without reason, or insult their intelligence…

Shahriar Zanganeh writes in Iranian.com comparing the behavior of both countries towards people with multi-ethnic backgrounds.

The great American nation in its infinite evolutionary wisdom elected a half-American half-Kenyan Barack Hussein Obama as its 44th president. As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, the children born to Iranian mothers and Afghan fathers in Iran are not considered Iranian, denying them even the pittance of the rights granted to other Iranians. Please note the 44th U.S. President’s father was Kenyan.

This post was originally published on Global Voices US election website, Voices without Votes.
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1 comment

  • Dena

    “1. Bluster is bad: Do not make threats that will not or cannot be carried out… ”

    I wouldn’t worry about that happening at all. He will walk the talk.

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