Iran has been off the front-page news lately, mostly for a good reason, because Egypt is hopefully going to build a democracy.
Despite the Iran news hiatus, make no mistake: Iran is a destabilizing force that threatens its Arab neighbors, the United States and the western world. Iran’s top leaders have publicly called for Israel’s destruction. Imagine what happens the day the Supreme Ayatollah and President Ahmajinedad gain access to a nuclear weapon.
In the latest manifestation of the country’s authoritarian rule, it seems Iran has declared war on love. Yes, that’s right. Valentine’s Day has been outlawed!
February 12, 2011
Op-Ed By Melik Kaylan
Iran Bans Valentine’s Day
The regime’s posture turns the smallest gestures into thrilling acts of subversion.
In another sign of its ever more improvisational approach to governance, the Iranian regime has outlawed Valentine’s Day. “Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned,” announced state media last month. “Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban.”
Read Op-Ed column here.