Talking with Persia, spreading out the carpet
Bluto Blutarsky | May 29, 2007 at 06:22 pmby
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Imagine the high culture of the Persian court—and its dense, complex, artful language. Imagine yourself arriving in Persepolis 2,500 years ago, an outlander from a distant region the Persians considered barbaric and uncivilized. Themistocles was smart; he decided to learn the language and understand the culture.
When US envoy Ryan Crocker met yesterday with Iran’s Hassan Kazemi-Qomi in Baghdad, he expressed no interest in the multilayered history of Iran, and he did not choose to communicate in the subtle Persian language. Instead...