Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Ayatollah Is a Rock-n-Rolla: The Amanpour Perspective

I found this blog entry from Christiane Amanpour at CNN:

It's always a rush to revisit Iran. I grew up there, left during the Islamic revolution 25 years ago, and now regularly go back on assignment for CNN. I went back recently for a series of reports on the country.

I never quite know what to expect these days. Who would have thought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a fundamentalist Islamic hardliner, could have been elected president by a country that's overwhelmingly young and overwhelmingly wants reform, modernization, travel and dialogue with the West?

For me, the most interesting thing about this country is the juxtaposition of the regime's hardline, even militant, supporters with the young kids, teenagers and adults who could belong anywhere, even the United States.

One day, these kids go underground to listen to...a ROCK BAND!!!! The next day they head to the mosque to hear the young hardliners wax passionate about the Islamic revolution that happened in 1979, as if it were yesterday, praising the new conservative government for taking them back to those values.

Many of these kids just want to play their music. They are not political, yet they have to play their music in secret.
Judging by all those exclamation marks, it looks like Amanpour really likes her rock. I like that.

1 comment:

Nimue's blog said...

Her fav band is the Cream!