Iranians in Los Angeles Shed Few Tears for Suleimani. But What Comes Next?


In 2009, firmly established in the city, he was eager to buy the restaurant beneath that small office when it came up for sale. Rather than change the menu to feature Persian food, he kept it Greek-inspired, as it had been for two decades already. He liked that the restaurant had endured as a stable presence in the neighborhood.

Farsheed Nooryani, 55, a real estate agent in the area, said that many Iranians living in the United States today vote Republican and tend to support conservative positions. And many, she added, may well support the administration’s recent assassination of the general.

But to her, General Suleimani’s death is connected to the same long history of American intervention in the Middle East that so many in Iran have come to resent and fear.

“To hell with Suleimani, I don’t care about him at all, and I don’t care about Trump either. But this will escalate the tensions in the region,” she said. “I’m angry at this administration, and even Obama’s administration for that matter. U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Middle East, has always been imperialistic.”

Ms. Nooryani was in her first year of high school in Tehran when the revolution began in 1978. That set into motion a series of escalating political purges that would ultimately result in her fleeing her home country. Following an arrest in 1984 while she and her husband were trying to leave the country, she spent five months as a prisoner.

“I belonged to a socialist group and also I was kind of a feminist,” she said to explain why she was the target of government aggression.

One of the most painful things for her about being home, she said, was being unable to finish her education because the government deemed her unfit “ethically, because I wasn’t a good practicing Muslim.” Her family, upper-middle-class and educated, had physicians and educators in its ranks. It was a devastating realization.



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