Saturday, February 26, 2011
A new Look at Iran
Today, we had the opportunity of listening to a guest lecture, followed by a questions session by Mr. Ali Akbar Baba, Second Counsellor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at Colombo. There questions were raised pertaining to Iran-Sri Lanka friendship and the "Arabian domino effect". He stated that the IR of Iran was not taking any sides in the uprisings of Arabia.
As to the reasons why Iran was comparatively stable, he pointed out a few facts, including one important fact rarely seen in Western dominated media. Unlike Mubarak, Gaddafi, the various kings and emirs and sultans, the president and leaders of Iran are living very simple lives. There are relatively less cases of corruption, embezzlement etc. The concept of the Iranians is that the rulers should be in a level compared to the lowest class.... If one visits the presidential residence in Tehran, he would wonder whether a president lives in that place....
A significant difference between Arab leaders and Iranian leaders indeed.