Hooman Majd explains how the “Death to America” slogan in Iran is outdated yet hardliners resist retiring the sentiment:
Even among those who demonstrate, whenever a reporter has been there or a foreign reporter has asked them, they say, “Well we don’t mean the American people, we don’t mean America; we mean the American government.” And so it is outdated and it is a minority.
I mean, most people — and including this current, new president — believe that the slogan “Death to America” should be retired and they’ve said so publically. There are hardliners in Iran who say, “No, no, that’s the essence of the revolution. Our anti-imperialist, anti-American hegemony stance is what makes us unique in the world.” So there’s that argument going on right now in Iran.
You can hear more of the interview with Majd and read an excerpt from his book “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay” about his year in Tehran.
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