Ira­ni­ans love Amer­ica

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the May 10 front-page ar­ti­cle “Euro­peans has­ten to pre­serve Iran pact”:

Pres­i­dent Trump’s de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Iran nu­clear deal was framed as a “blow to transat­lantic re­la­tions.” It’s a blow for us, too. I’ve been to and trav­eled ex­ten­sively around Iran three times in the past three years, on one oc­ca­sion for three months. I flew do­mes­ti­cally there on Boe­ing 727s op­er­ated by Iran Air. These planes are rick­ety, fly­ing time cap­sules des­per­ately in need of spare parts — spare parts from Boe­ing, not its European ri­val Air­bus. (In Iran, Boe­ing is con­sid­ered “the good brand.”)

Iran is a coun­try of more than 80 mil­lion peo­ple who ab­so­lutely love us. They watch all of our TV shows and movies right when they come out just like we do, and I’m telling you, they want to buy our stuff. If it’s from Amer­ica, I prom­ise you you can sell it to them. Amer­i­can busi­nesses are los­ing out big-time, as are all of us who will never get hired to work at them. Cyrus Dowlat­shahi, New York

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