National Geographic : 1985 Nov
Members IForum Iran The picture of an Iranian father and his blinded son (July 1985, page 119) says it all. Robert E. Fletcher Simi Valley, California I lived and worked in Tehran and Esfahan in the late 1970s. Even as an "infidel," I was welcomed into very humble and very wealthy homes. Mus lims, Jews, Christians, Bahais, and Zoroastrians were able to coexist. The shah was no angel, but most of the people enjoyed an amazing degree of freedom, and Iran was making economic, educa tional, and public welfare progress. The man who taught me Farsi (who now ser vices appliances in the U. S.) recently told me, "It is so sad. Persians are such fun-loving people. The poetry and the music are gone. Europe had its Dark Ages, now Iran is having hers." Bryce A. Contor Howe, Idaho Too many Americans blindly condemn the Shi ites before understanding the religious and politi- cal structure that creates a society like Iran. My personal rejection of radical Islam is still strong, but views like the one given by your article have taught me to put aside hate and feel pity for all those being brainwashed and massacred. Scott Morgensen Redondo Beach, California The articles on Iran and Israel were magnificent counterpoints of warring cultures and religions. Can peace ever come when rigid fundamental ism allows no ecumenical compromises? It will take a 21st-century Solomon to overcome and solve the biblical battles of the Middle East. Dr. Meyer Ashpitz Kew Gardens Hills, New York Israel I just returned from a nine-month stay in Israel. It's been incredibly hard to explain my experi ence, the politics, the life-style, the people, the kibbutzim, the presence of the army. From now on, every time someone asks me to tell them "all about Israel," I'll whip out NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC (July 1985). You've included, in a few pages, all that I came to learn in a year. For that, in Israel they say "kol hakavod-all the honor." Suzie Weisman Albuquerque, New Mexico I strongly object to the statement that the Pales tinians have been subject to a "relatively benign" How to Get Your Teenager Talking - toYou. If you believe your young teenager is worth decisions too many teens are silently making alone talking to, this free book is worth reading and using. .. . whether or not to take ajob, drink, smoke, borrow Developed by professional educators, "HELPING money, quit school, get married. YOUTH DECIDE" can help you help with the important Single copies of "HELPING YOUTH DECIDE" are free to parents of teens, with funding from The Tobacco Institute. Get your free copy and get your teenager talking to you. Fill out and send the coupon today. Please send my free copy of SII II STATE ZIP AMaiN to he National Assoation ofStat Boards I of Education P.O. Box 1176, Alexandria, VA 22313 NG1 A PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION AND THE TOBACCO INSTITUTE.