Iran is not Iraq. It’s also not Afghanistan or Syria. That should be obvious enough, but the constant stream of tragic news from this region depicted in western media can easily blur some basic realities when viewed without proper context. Prior to our trip here, we received questions from a number of people about ISIS. The thing is, ISIS is a shared enemy of the U.S. and Iran. ISIS has no presence inside Iran. Suicide bombings are almost unheard of in Iran, and incidents of terrorism are much less common than in the U.S. With all of that being said, the relations between our governments are negative enough to certainly give pause to the potential visitor. The distinction that needs to be made though, that should almost always be made, is the difference between hostility between governments and hostility between general populations. It’s possible we often don’t recognize the difference between the Iranian government and the Iranian people, but I can tell you for certain that they recognize the difference between our government and us. Continue reading Whatever You Think You Know About Iran…. You’re Probably Wrong.