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What’s really on my mind is not July 4 wines

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 11:58 am in Corkheads.

I’m really not sure how I’m supposed to blog about wine when the Basij are beating old men into bloody pulps and throwing young women over bridges throughout my parents’ homeland of Iran.  God is watching you and there is a hell. Yes there is.

This is no longer about a rigged election. This is about 30 years of suppression and corruption and taking a beautiful country with a rich history and a cultured people and trying to kill their souls.

You can blame the West and say that we are encouraging your people but you are wrong, you backwards and savage and worthless excuse for a government. Your own people have brains and hearts and know the difference between right and wrong and they will die martyrs so the rest of the world knows the difference between them and you.

Finally, they know the difference.

Iran is not Korea. Thanks to Cyrus the Great, these people knew human rights one millenia before the Magna Carta. They have dignity and passion and pride and you can not beat those things out of people with a club or tear gas or water cannons.

Despite the  Brain Drain that occurred when Ah-magh-dinejad (for you non farsi speakers, ahmagh means ‘idiot’) first took office and the one that took place after the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s- that one was the largest in the world – Iranians are still among the highest population of post-secondary educated people in the world and the majority are under the age of 30 and not afraid of mullahs.

I feel better now.

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  • Gail Williams

    thanks for posting this.

  • Jean DeLuca

    Yes, Jessica, there is more to life than wines and wine tasting. Thank you for the great post and world perspective. Not sure what BrunoBarolo’s comment is about, but keep up the great work!

  • Jessica

    Thanks Jean. Just had to get it off my chest.