In the New York Times column on Iranian youth by Nicholas D. Kristoff, reprinted in the Herald's June 22 edition, he concludes with, "The romantics are on our side and far outnumber the fanatics. We should bet on them, not bombs." The romantics are those "seeking fun rather than fanaticism ... less interested in the mosques. ... Young men with flashy cars (who) troll for women. ... There is also prostitution. ...Now rebelling ... embracing personal freedom -- in some cases even sex, drugs and rock'n'roll ... playing Grand Theft Auto."
"These young people are Iran's future and can be our allies."
It is hard to believe that we should look forward to a generation of Iranians to embrace the worst of Western culture to inspire allies. I would prefer allies who lead wholesome lives and have religious beliefs that accept all people regardless of their faith and belief.
I hope religious and political leaders will work together to eliminate all fanaticism without requiring the adoption of Western culture to do so. Such a desire, even though wishful thinking, applies as well throughout the world, not only to Iran. We need more than the adoption of Western culture to eliminate fanaticism.
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Finally, the selection of the referenced column by the editorial staff for publication in the Tri-City Herald makes one wonder what criteria are used to proffer such opinions in the paper.
Don Curet, Richland