This is the question…
I have been debating for last couple of weeks if I should follow my beloved one, and go travelling to Iran. It has been a hot topic in my thoughts but I guess also for some powerful people around the world, who probably have a bit more interest in there rather than just a simple touristic visit. The reason for me questioning my visit is the above mentioned discussions…more on the media than in reality (as I suspect). But it still gives me a reason to stop, and think about if I am willing to take a risk, if any risk exists.
I have been trying to discuss this with my friends, with the people I meet and with my family. Obviously, most of the people do believe in the power of media, in the power of rumors, gossips and fake images. And this makes me a bit sad. I have been trying to have a fair discussion with capable people, and to explain that my fears are not related to the country itself, to the people of Iran but only to the threats that are coming from other nations and powerful states towards Iran. My fears are: I don’t want to be in the middle of a war, if this is supposed to start while I am peacefully sightseeing. But it seems that majority of the people I have been discussing this issue with, are more afraid of the people of Iran..who apparently are known as dangerous (?!) ( I don’t want to use the “t” word ).
And now I wonder…is it true? Can you fear an entire nation based on some exceptions? Is this fair? It is like saying that you are afraid to visit Germany, because they will kidnap you and send you to Auschwitz. Isn’t it ridiculous? Oh, wait…now everybody will say that it is not the same thing, because Germany has changed and now is free and welcoming everybody. But Iran is a big NO NO NO…because women are stoned there and I will need to dress up as per their dress code. True, there are restrictions that for the westerners they seem absolutely illogical and undemocratic. Most probably they are, but is this the only country where restrictions exist? I am pretty sure I cam research and find some really idiotic traditions, restrictions and rules in about every country on the planet. Don’t challenge me:)
My point is, that I have decided to go. Simply because I dislike injustice. Simply because it is unfair towards the people of this nation to have such a fame. And simply because I want to prove everybody wrong. I will dress up, I will wear a hijab, and join the women of Iran in understanding their culture. The same way I do in every other country I am travelling to.