All in the way you say it: In Iran, ‘death to America’ doesn’t always mean what it seems

All in the way you say it: In Iran, ‘death to America’ doesn’t always mean what it seems
Death to America emojis (Image via Sputnik News)

[Ed. – Brilliant move from CNN to disprove Trump’s claims that the press is the enemy of the American people by running a defense of chanting ‘Death to America.’ – Harry Khachatrian‏, Twitter]

Far from the spotlight of the global standoff between the US and Iran, there is a Tehran that gets up early, stocks the food markets, attends dawn prayers and sweeps the roads before the morning traffic takes hold.

In this Iran, there is another take on the US. Here, the enemy is not the American people, but the policies of the leaders they voted for, where the smallest changes in the price of food or the value of the US dollar wreak havoc on Iranians’ daily lives.

“I got things to do… I don’t have time to chant ‘Death to America,'” says Mohammad Reza, 42, as he fills the frozen lockers of a market stall with large plastic bags full of sheep’s offal and heads dragged from the ice buckets of his truck.

This Iran is a long way from President Trump’s hardline Twitter-baiting, the dismissal of new talks from Iran’s Supreme Leader, and the hopes of Iranian and American moderates that diplomacy could have saved the nuclear deal that brought a delicate truce after years of tension.

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