Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-131
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c WEBER STATE COLLEGE Iranian leader burned in effigy EN UTAH C3 rm , J op LZZ LJ - Volume 40 Issue 14 November 13, 1979 5kr- ' 'V' - J V ( V4 is. J Milt virirpi ABOUT 400 students attended a Pro-USA ralley on campus. Students voiced their opinions on how President Carter should handle the situation in Iran. Security was tight, hut police said there was no problems. Photo by Rod Roam. SC Iranian student prepared to go home W by John Redding There is very little doubt that American and Iranian relations are strained in light of several recent events. The following is an interview with an Iranian student who expresses his opinion on these recent issues. The student is Saeid Arashnia, a sophomore majoring in political science and electronics. Saeid is 22 years old. ;This interview was conducted last Thursday. Q: Do you think justice would be served if the Shah were returned to Iran? A: "As long as the Shah is alive, fear exists that he will return to power. Presidential candidate, John Connelly said that he would like to kick all of the Iranian people out of this country. Remarks like these don't help. Khomeini is really too religious and he wants his people to be haDDV." Q: If the Shah is not returned, do you think the hostages will die? A: "Not really, but I'm not sure. We are just telling the U.S. that we are not the same as before." Q: If American hostages are executed do you think Iranians (such as yourself) in this country will face any problems? A: "I don't think they will die. But we are ready to go back to our country. I think it is impossible for us to face any more problems here." Q: While this situation has been happening have you experienced any feelings of prejudice from Americans here? A: "I think they really hate us because of their misunderstanding. They just don't understand." Q: Do you support the present Islamic regime? A: "I would be really satisfied if there were a civil government. Religion and politics are two different sides. These two sides can never be together." Q: Do you think Americans have a clear picture of what is going on inside Iran? A: "No. No way. The American Government knows everything and they don't want the people to know the facts, truth." Q: Some Americans think that U.S. military intervention into Iran is necessary, do you think this would serve any purpose? A: "They can't be in my country with their military power. It would only add to the problem." Q: If the tension continues, what do you think the outcome will be? A: "Nobody knows the future of this situation. Khomeini never said what he would do if the Shah is not returned." Q. When you finish your education in the U.S. will you return to Iran? A: "Sure. I'll be back. I don't know after how long. I may want to get my master's." Q: Do you think there is any hope that the Iranian and American people will have normal relations in the future? A: "That depends on America. The U.S. Government doesn't like to recognize the independence of Iran. Therefore, my government can't have good relations right now." Q: What do you think American students should do about getting the truth? A: "They don't like to talk to my people. They believe the news on television. They really don't care for very much except having fun and enjoying their life, rhey leave the government to do what it wants. American people hate communists but they don't know anything about communists, they just hate the word." Q: Some Americans were offended by the protest of Iranian students at the Statue of Liberty, what would you say to these people? A: "They think Iranian people are here only to cause problems for their social life, this is not true. Extremists say we don't have any right to protest here because of our national origin." Q: Do you think there is a lack of communication between Iranian and American students at Weber State? A: "Sure! If they see tension in me they must try to understand it. But they just don't seem to be interested in good communication with my people." Q: The PLO is attempting to negotiate with Iran to release the American hostages, what do you think of the PLO doing this? A: "Apple polishing. They want to do a favor for the Americans so they can receive a favor in return." Cont. on page 2. by John Redding "This is the ninth day the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is under seige. We are tired of being pushed around. It's time to raise our voice and let people know we love our country," said Bill Kennedy, a rally organizer and political science major. A crowd estimated by campus security of nearly 400 people turned out for the protest against the Iranian government, yesterday on campus. The rally organizers presented a petition with a list of demands to be met by the Iranian government:1. jmmediate release of all hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Jran unharmed. 2. Iranians respect the properties and rights of the citizens of the United States of America. 3. U.S. Denouncement of the Khomeini rule (sever diplomatic ties). 4. Cut off all trade and foreign aid. 5. Take their oil and "shove it." 6. For President Carter to use "backbone" in forming policy. (Don't sell us out Carter), and, 7. Put a freeze on Iranian holdings in the United States of America. As the rally continued, several speakers were invited to the platform to speak. One student, Gary Kerper, electronics major, said, "We are acting exactly the way they are. I went to Vietnam, I saw some of my close friends die. Use your head. Are you going to send your own children to fight in another war?" Rally spokesman, Dave Jenkins, said, "Khomeini wants to return Iran back before the time of Christ. Blacimail is a crime . . . let's stick up for our rights." As the rally gained more momentum, several people in the crowd chanted "let them eat oil" and "castrate them." Psychology major, Denise Paul said, "It is too easy to blame one person for all of the problems. We have put ourselves into a situation where we got blackmailed. Americans are spoiled, we are not willing to conserve natural resources or accept a change in our standard of living." Cont. on page 2 - -"tv. v'- .? If if. . f K . v?r v y .ifr Si ml 1 It Jk v K a E ' - X if rfv. 3 t Vi'EBER STATE COLLEGE students yesterday burned a dummy of the Iranian leader to protest his government holding American citizens as hostages. Photo by Hod Boa m.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1979-11-13, Vol. 40, No. 14|
|Creator||Weber State College|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber College|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State College|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|