Outside the mosque where Iran's president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, went to vote Friday, a parade of cars, trucks and scooters rumbles by, day in
and day out, right over a picture of an American flag painted on the blacktop road.
The message is unmistakable, that America is still the Great Satan, the enemy of the people of Iran, the nation vilified by the grandfather of this
country's Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and to this day chided by today's supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
But Hamid Reza Solimaai is embarrassed by that flag on the ground. So are Sayed Reza Mirsani, Manochek Janshidi and Mohsen Malek Mohammadi. All work
in shops on Samanegan Street, the road in East Tehran where the flag is painted, and all said they see that flag in the road as a relic of an era that
"The government has imposed this on people's minds, painting flags on the road," said Solimaai, who was working Monday in a closet-sized storefront
repairing tires. "Almost all the people hate this."
"The people of the U.S. live like us," said Mohammadi, as he worked inside his film processing shop along Samanegan Street. "The politics are in
the hands of politicians. Ordinary people cannot change this. I would love to go to the United States, not necessarily to live there, but to see how
they live and how they feel about Iranians"
it looks like the clerics gonna have a hard time controlling over these Persians, no doubt relations will come back to normal and we have an embassy
there, but until the politicians duke it out it wont be possible.