خليج عربي .. أم فارسي؟
جمال العقاد، SA، 31/10/2005
عادل حسن، KW، 01/11/2005
منصور سراج، YE، 31/10/2005
جمال قاسم، LB، 31/10/2005
محمد عبد الكريم، EG، 31/10/2005
خالد الركابي، --، 31/10/2005
The latest Iranian joke aimed at "the improvement" of its relations with neighboring countries, is the decision by the Iranian customs not to allow any goods or commodities into Iran that are labeled "Made in the Arabian Gulf." --------------------------------------------
As Mr. Al-Rabei correctly alludes to, naming any body of water does not imply
ownership. This logic is sound and examples he provides (Gulf of Mexico, Sea
of Oman, and Indian Ocean) are all valid and to the point. Names are just
names and imply nothing more. If that is the case, then only historical names
should be used without any revision and arbitrary changes. But allow us, in
the interest of fairness and objectivity, to continue this logic.
If northern part of the Persian Gulf is "Persian" and its southern part is
"Arabian" just because it borders the homelands of these groups, then would
you concede that the portion of the "Sea of Oman" that borders Iran should be
called "Sea of Iran"? Or extending the logic to other parts of the world, may
we use two (or more) names for Indian Ocean, Sea of Japan, Gulf of Mexico,
If the debate and sensitivity on Persian Gulf is "silly," would you concede
that these debates on the Sea of Oman or the Arabian Sea would also be silly?
Would you not bother if a country or groups of people decide to use different
names for these bodies of water? If yes, I have nothing more to say. You are
at least honest and consistent. If no, then how would you resolve the
contradiction and inconsistency?
Mr. Al-Rabei calls the Iranian action "emotional" and "extremist" which
"sabotages" our neighborly relations. Would Mr. Al-Rabei label our Arab
neighbors deliberate action to revise history and use ahistorical name in
place of the historically correct name of Persian Gulf the same way?
Dear friends, calling the body of water between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula
by any name really changes nothing. It does not make one group superior to
the other, nor does it imply ownership. It is just respecting historical
facts and historical accuracy. Changing these historical facts is what could
rightfully be labeled "extremism" and "emotional."
With kind regard,
Ali Reza Jalili
Ali Reza Jalili, MA, MBA, Ph.d.
Stetson School of Business and Economics