Sometimes those who are not born here understand what America is about better than those who were born here. I was surprised to learn that some of you followed the link to Amil on the right.
Amil is an immigrant from Iran. He wants to see his country embrace our values and freedoms. He comes from a country that is a theocracy. A theocracy byits nature must be totalitarian. Its laws must be enforced by religious police who oppress people. There has been some humor about theocracy on this site, but in Iran it is a national tragedy. Something as inocuous as two young people of oposite sexes talking is an activity that must be stopped by the religious goon squad. In the works of Naipul the religious goons tell the communist guide to put away his playing cards.
Very little actual talk is spent on the future of Iran. The oil is running out quickly. Persians are only 54% of the nations population and many ethnic groups want their own states. There seems to be no plans for a post oil Iran. The economy beyond oil is stagnant and time is running out. Even if the nuclear plant were 100% for peaceful purposes this wouldn't do much more than delay the inevitable.
A viable economy needs foreign investors and a safe place to invest. The mullahocracy scares away foreign investors. Religious minorities have been fleeing since the revolution began. Many of these minorities were professionals and businessmen.
Despite the misrude of the Mullahs Iran has a first rate education system. It would be an excellent place for a new back office IT work like India and China. However, this can never develop with a theocracy restricting the flow of information.
Amil is an example of what hapens when a brutal theocracy is imposed. Its best and its brightest flee for opportunities elsewhere. This will get worse as the Iranian economy implodes
The question is do we have the time to let Iran implode. Are messianic mullahs a genuine threat to the planet. Are Iran's actions an attempt to divert attention from a failed economy? The paradox of the mullahocracy is that it scares away investors who are needed to perpetuate their rule. The mullahocracy will fall and its just a matter of when and how hard.
Amil's love for America reminds me of the love of my Grandparents for this country.
That was the way most legal immigrants feel, but we do not see them very often. If you asked my grandparents if they ever wanted to go home they would tell you I am home. They were happy to leave a bigoted hellish life in the Ukraine and Poland and never wanted to even think of setting foot in Europe again.
There are still plenty of immigrants with a love of country and Amil is hardly alone.
There is my friend at the gas station who lives and dies with the New York Yankees.
There is the owner and workers in the chineese buffet. There are the wonderful Russians of Brighton Beach, Poles in Greenpoint, Guyanese and Trinidadians in Jamaica Queens, Cubans in Union City and Dominicans in Washington Heights. We seldom hear from the hard working legal immigrants.
The far left trots out the disgruntled non legal types who break the law by being here. Often people like Amil appreciate the country more than many people who were born here or provide sermons about leaving.
Some of us forget that Amil's story is not so unique even if we don't read about it often.
Amil has been published in the American Thinker. Click on the link and catch a rising star