getting to Iran

I have to re-do my passport to include a photo with me respecting the Islamic dress code. Opinions? I grinned for the camera but then caught myself – maybe I should not look like the goofus I often am?!
The young man who took my photo first said I couldn’t wear the scarf but when I said I had to he didn’t object. We’ll see what trouble I have at the Passport Office.
Meanwhile, a three week deadline has been set for Iran to respond to the incentive package and stop enriching uranium. They resumed such enrichment the same day that the incentive package was delivered, as if “to underscore its often stated determination not to be bullied into accepting any deal requiring it to end activities related to uranium enrichment.” I have to say, it makes sense to me that they want to preserve their own “inalienable rights” under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. However, there do seem to be hints of willingness for some kind of suspension as long as the rights are not infringed.
What’s frightening about the whole situation is the prospect of a second Cold War in which the threat of nuclear attack is perceived as the most effective line of defense in a battle along ideological lines. Part of what feeds fear, too, are concerns about connections between Iran and Iraq.

9 thoughts on “getting to Iran”

  1. Steph,
    going to Iran? eeeeeeek! I am curious why do you want to go to Iran when there’s a whole bunch of scary stuff happening over there now?

  2. Hiya Terri! Two reasons: 1) because there’s more NOT SCARY stuff than there is scary stuff and 2) I was invited! Come on! How cool is that??!!!
    There’s scary stuff lots of places. We can’t let fear dictate our choices or we’ll never be able to make things less scary – for ourselves, our kids, and everyone else with whom we share the planet.

  3. You have a valid point BUT that would be like crossing the busiest highway and I can easily get hurt or killed. Common sense tells me to avoid it as I love my life… I see the same for IRAN. Your friend is not american according to Ruth. You are an american and you are going to cross the busiest highway. for me, EEEEEEEK! BUT you will be in my thoughts and I am sending very positive energies and i hope you will not be beheaded, stoned, etc. When you leaving by the way?

  4. Terri, I appreciate your positive energies – keep ’em coming! It is interesting that most of my american friends seem to be afraid for me and none of my international friends are (I’d like to think it’s not because they care less, grin). Do you think this is simply because they aren’t american and thus don’t consider themselves targets? Or could it be because they have access to other information that puts american fear in perspective? As a friend said to me just an hour ago: “Millions of people live there!”
    We live in a fear-based culture. Our government plays deliberately on this fear. If they can keep us afraid enough then we are more likely to accept their argument that the “only” possible course of action is an exceedingly violent one. It seems to me that if we could break out of that fear then we would have more of a chance of influencing the government to act in the more civilized ways the vast majority of us (irregardless of being republican or democrat) really want. Who wants to live like this? Under constant fear of encountering the threat of death? Yet we accept it as inevitable for the majority of the world’s population.

  5. Steph,Steph, Your answer to why is still vague to me–“less scary and invited” are nice, but I want to know who invited you and why. What’s your purpose? If I know you, it won’t just be as a tourist vacationing. Also, when do you come back HOME.
    I’m not being pushy or negative, just curious for specific details. Ok, yes, I’m concerned somewhat, but I also know how smart you are, prepared and planned, and how self secure you are. You’ll be fine. I just want to know what exactly you are getting into.
    And that picture of you…hum, maybe not a smile like you said but it certainly is your “don’t mess w/Steph” picture! Gee, your eyes didn’t even smile!!
    My love and peace for you!!
    Christi

  6. Now now ChristiSis! Someone said the photo “feminizes” me, and others have commented that it looks very much like me. Don’t get me in trouble! I am NOT going there to do anything but enjoy myself, work on a paper with a colleague, and give two presentations. It is VACATION!!! I’ll be done with COMPS! (Which might well be harder to survive than a trip to a completely civilized country!)
    It’s still not 100% . . . I’ve officially been invited by a University now, which is a step up from being invited by a professional colleague.
    Who knows “exactly” what I’m getting into? Who ever does? We pretend we know what we’re getting into each day because we assume each new day will be more alike to previous days rather than different from them. But some days aren’t; and how do we ever know? Not until the difference lands upon us. And then we have only so many modes of coping… many of which (speaking from personal experience) may not be most conducive to the outcomes we most desire. How else to expand the repertoire than to experience MORE difference and learn how to manage oneself in it?

  7. Aha, that’s the first time I’ve heard that “vacation” word. Great!! And what a great get away!!! I remember the “Old Rebell Steph” and the “What kind of sh** kind I stir up Steph”. You are not the radical one any more, are you? Just going to another country and all the history with Iran, you are taking digital pics, right? And sending them too, right. I’m happy for your take off day and have thought of you greatly. I hope the trip is one you can sleep since you’ve prob been stressing and preparing. I also hope your luggage arrives in fine order! I can’t wait to hear!!

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