The World Post on Entry Ban: Don’t Punish Iran’s Citizens and Iranian-Americans, Punish Iran’s Government

A blanket ban on traveling from seven countries is targeting many accomplished individuals who have already demonstrated deep appreciation for the United States by working with the US military or providing public service as research professors or physicians. In an essay for the World Post, Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy agree that the government of Iran, for example, has supported attacks on the United States and Israel: “But it is unfair and unwise to equate an authoritarian state to its citizens. The vast majority of Iranians cannot be held accountable for the terrorist deeds of a few fundamentalist clerics, anti-western politicians, and fanatical fighters.” Hardliners and extremists welcome the ban as a recruiting tool. The writers offer a concise profile of modern-day Iranians and Iranian Americans who resist Iran’s hardline policies. The rate of crimes and terrorist activity among immigrant groups in the United States is low, and this is especially true of those with Iranian backgrounds who instead “contribute immensely to the economic, social, religious, ethnic, and intellectual progress of the US.” – YaleGlobal

The World Post on Entry Ban: Don’t Punish Iran’s Citizens and Iranian-Americans, Punish Iran’s Government

Blanket travel ban for seven nations and refugees is dangerous, punishing individuals who have demonstrated appreciation for the United States
Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy
Thursday, February 2, 2017


Jamsheed K. Choksy is Distinguished Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and professor of Iranian Studies in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Carol E. B. Choksy is a lecturer in strategic intelligence at Indiana University and CEO of IRAD Strategic Consulting, Inc.
 

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