On Iran and women's freedoms
In response to Steven Beavers ("Carter to blame for Iran's issues with women's freedom," August 6):
When the people of a nation have their trust and faith on their religion and leaders it is very dangerous to try to change things overnight. A change in the practices of a society must come gradually. There was a time when American women had no right of ownership in real estate and a widow had to become a dependent of her grown children. It took time for women in America to earn the right to vote and to feel liberated. It is still customary at weddings to have a father or someone else to give away a daughter as if it was a property package or a dependent of the father. Adult women make their own decisions and can support themselves, but most women still like the tradition.
Perhaps the Shah was trying to make too much progress in a short time causing the resistance to fight harder. American politicians are not always right. After the Shah was deposed, American politicians encouraged the war between Iraq and Iran that lasted several years. U.S. helped Saddam Hussein with armament and technology. Ultimately, this politics prepared the terrain for the Iraq war and the Persian war. Some actions can be devastating and it is difficult to predict where they may lead to. When justice is not made after a war it would lead to another war later. Just as the First World War was and overture to the Second World War.
Does Steven Beavers think that United States should have invaded Iran? U.S. was already involved with Vietnam. Is military might the way to win the world? A heart is not conquered with violence, but a heart is won with love.
Lisa Miranda, Barstow