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Honestly it does not matter!!

Reader comment on item: Did the CIA Fiddle With Population Statistics about Iran?

Submitted by Prashant (India), Jan 7, 2018 at 05:13

Dear Dr Pipes,

It truly does not matter what percent of Iranian population is Persian. Iran has been at the meeting point of many different civilizations for centuries and a 10% swing in Persian vs. Non-persian population can be a result of different reporting paradigms or to reporting mistakes. It also does not matter if there still are small pockets of Jews/Christians and whatever in Iran.

What matters is that Iran is still a religious theocracy. As long as Iran is an Islamic theocracy, free thinking for the Muslim citizens of Iran is impossible. And for the same reason, survival of non-Muslims in Iran is difficult.

Our goal should not be to think how small pockets of minorities in Islamic countries can survive. Our goal should be to figure out how the conditions in Islamic theocracies can be changed so normal people of the world would some time like to make these theocracies their homes (that implies citizenship and democratic rights) just like they make their homes in the USA/India/Srilanka/UK/Norway etc. If we just seek survival or minorities in Islamic regimes, we are demanding too little.


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Small pockets of minorities? They appear to be more than half the country's population.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
My Letter in Jerusalem Post On LIberating Iran [269 words]DaveJan 23, 2018 19:21241958
Is there such ethnic group as "Persians" at all? [295 words]gato brancoJan 18, 2018 07:26241895
1Honestly it does not matter!! [186 words]
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PrashantJan 7, 2018 05:13241785
Point taken [47 words]PrashantJan 7, 2018 09:35241785
Do you want Modiji to lose Chabahar for superficial things ? [71 words]Debanjan BanerjeeJan 7, 2018 12:10241785
2Indian interests are subservient to human interests [139 words]PrashantJan 16, 2018 18:04241785
2Dear Prashant [141 words]Debanjan BanerjeeJan 21, 2018 22:52241785
2Info for Debanjan Banerjee about Libya, Syria and Iraq [209 words]PrashantJan 26, 2018 03:43241785
Poor Debanjan, [83 words]Peter HallJun 10, 2018 11:40241785
Oh our dear Deb? He ran away as usual [140 words]dhimmi no moreJun 11, 2018 16:53241785
The Debanjan Slant on life [465 words]Peter HallJun 12, 2018 21:20241785
2Fact checking DNM [168 words]PrashantJun 13, 2018 00:21241785
1Debanjan Banerjee challenges me for my temerity [92 words]PrashantJun 13, 2018 00:30241785
For Prashant: No wonder most tablighees tell us these days that they are Qur'an only Muslims! [113 words]dhimmi no moreJun 13, 2018 13:53241785
More Islamic disasters? Allah says that the Qur'an is really a Hadith! [99 words]dhimmi no moreJun 14, 2018 06:14241785
2Who is really Iranian? [103 words]
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dhimmi no moreJan 6, 2018 11:42241780
I, too, found the World Factbook inconsistent. [116 words]GWKJan 15, 2015 12:08220386
we should all demand an answer for confirmation: 5UGH8Y [68 words]
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Eric LevineJan 9, 2015 17:28220209
we should all demand an answer for confirmation: 5UGH8Y [19 words]Eric LevineJan 9, 2015 17:19220207
2The Demographics of Iran by Columbia University's Gulf/2000 Project (G2K) [170 words]
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Mohammad AbbasJan 9, 2015 10:02220194
Accurate to ±30% [214 words]Michael SJan 18, 2015 18:49220194
Assume the IranGov has the most accurate data [53 words]
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1timeJan 8, 2015 18:37220185
1CIA statistics [59 words]Joseph P. MartinoJan 7, 2015 19:59220157
Commence Self-destruct Mode [86 words]AlexJan 6, 2015 16:22220124
Obama Appeasement Of Iran May Have Unexpected Benefits [69 words]DaveJan 6, 2015 07:10220122
... article [67 words]
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AnonymousJan 5, 2015 19:05220113
When I was in Iran [85 words]William A. WheatleyJan 5, 2015 18:58220112
Follow Up [314 words]Eldad J. pardoJan 5, 2015 17:12220111
1Population Statistics [111 words]Laina Farhat-HolzmanJan 5, 2015 16:22220110
I have an answer that the CIA can use [219 words]
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Michael SJan 5, 2015 15:35220107
Both, and neither [689 words]Michael SJan 9, 2015 06:40220107
Wrong timescale [177 words]MilhouseJan 5, 2015 15:06220106
It's even worse [44 words]
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Ron GerskupJan 5, 2015 10:44220103
Real academic work [120 words]Lorenz GudeJan 5, 2015 09:27220102
1Is it really a Persian ethno-dictatorship if the supreme leader is Azeri? [50 words]GauchoNYCJan 5, 2015 08:34220101
It's never been an ethnic Persian dictatorship [134 words]David Reid RossJan 25, 2018 18:38220101
So what? [58 words]Peter HerzJun 27, 2018 14:08220101
1CIA needs to be more accountable to Americans [50 words]Michael Hanni MorcosJan 5, 2015 08:19220100

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