Each time I read Iranian blogs and newspapers, surf the pages of Facebook or receive emails from Iran, I realize just how aware Iranians are about their position in the world. They are so observant (and particular) about how the world perceives them and where they stand internationally. It’s almost like they know they are what I call “differently the same.”
In the middle of the current international pressure and sanctions storming down on Iran, Iranians know how the world treats them. And the neuroses of that comes out in strange ways; sometimes Iranians can read a little too much into things. When I came across this image and the extensive commentaries and blog written on it, I could not help but recognize how quick Iranians are to point to perceived discriminations held against them, even if they may not be intended- or real.
Here the issue is merely a choice of clothing in part of Amir of Qatar, but the Iranian criticism of this image is noteworthy.
The Iranian audience asks why the Amir of Qatar wears “slippers” when visiting President Ahmadinejad, but wears shoes to visit President Obama? Isn’t our nation worthy of respect too?