Decades ago, there was a story that spread in Lebanon and Syria about a ‘heroic’ student, who got zero in the French language during the French mandate, which made him a hero, as he hated and boycotted the language of the colonist.
The irony, which was made as a cliché by some, is that it expressed a certain temperament in patriotism: a primitive and extremely crude one.
Nasserism and the Left introduced later richer meanings for ‘patriotism’: development, dependency and independence from the capital market.
The main issue is the economy, not the language. But the policies of nationalizing of education and foreign trade, and rejecting foreign mediation, have revived that joke or cliché.
Ali Khamenei’s order
The regime, which had previously launched a miserable ‘cultural revolution’, is raising the Iranians badly and preparing them to be losers in this world. Thus, it declares the corruption of its supreme paternity over the Iranians. It establishes other rituals for growing up, painful and punitive, and by this decision the regime declares that staying in power means that children must stay children, but rather stupid onesHazem Saghieh