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Love In The Time Of Politics

Love and politics, apparently, don't mix.

Love and politics, apparently, don't mix.

Blogger "Rahe Sabze Omid" (Green Path Of Hope) describes a scene in which a young woman who supports opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi spurns a suitor who backs hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad:

The suitor's family arrived with sweets and flowers and we were baffled as to whether it was a suiting ceremony or a marriage. Everyone was seated and the conversation went on about old times and past lives while I sat quietly, ignoring the atmosphere, playing with my cell phone.

I wanted to see for myself how political the family of this suitor was when I said to his father that it was better in the old days, that there wasn't so much lying or corruption. He told me that I wasn't there during the Shah's era to witness how people were humiliated and the country was in America's and Israel's hands. I retorted with, "America is still much better than Russia."

Meanwhile, the suitor himself spoke and said I was not right, that the old days were quite unpleasant but that within the past four years, with the rise to power of Ahmadinejad, the country has progressed and turned into an unprecedented superpower.

[The Islamic republic ] has turned into a superpower in torture, aggression and violence, and threatening its own people. No powerless country would ever dare to rape and burn its own girls.

That was when he started supporting Ahmadinejad and questioning my statements. He started speaking against Mir Hossein Musavi. I braced myself, seeing that this ceremony was turning into a political debate, and he started supporting Ahmadinejad's justice, his fight against corruption, and his overtaking the Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani family's reign.

Interestingly, the suitor's family was enjoying their son's speech. All of a sudden, the bride, who had been quiet up to this point, spoke: "Please leave, and marry a girl with the same origins as Ahmadinejad. I would never say yes to a proposal from a supporter of this government. Had I known this first, I wouldn't have allowed you to come to my house."

I canceled the whole ceremony, while everyone was staring at me in amazement. I kept playing with my cell phone. This incident occurred last night.

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