Thursday, February 15, 2007
Al-Jazeera reporter Rageh Ommar, has fallen in love with Iran!
Ex-BBC reporter Rageh Ommar, who was ‘bought’ up by the newly launched Al-Jazeera international says he has fallen in love with Iran. Tonight BBC4 is showing a documentary made by him on life in Iran. He says the reason he wanted to make this documentary was because while working in Iraq prior to the Bush/Blair invasion he never did any reporting on how ‘normal’ people live their daily lives. He did not want to repeat the same mistake with Iran.
Mr. Omaar goes to Iran as the Islamic Republic is ‘celebrating’ its 28th year of ruling. In my view it is a great honour that such a prominent reporter has taken interest in our country. I think as we see people becoming interested in Iran, we should also make an effort in getting to know the history, politics, cultures and people of other nations.
I hear many Iranians ‘bragging’ about our 5000 year old history, and how culturally rich we are. In my view this is often said with an ignorance that disappoints me. I think and know many countries of the world who do have great history, politics, culture and people we can learn from. I do not think it is right to think we are better than other nations or people. I believe if we want to see changes in our people we must stop being so ignorant, and show our respect and interest in nations of the world that can teach us great matters in life!
Please visit Mr Ommar's article on Iran in Time http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east//article1363826.ece?Submitted=true