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Shervin Lalezary, Iranian-American Hero

by David Yeagley · January 6, 2012 · 9 Comments ·

Overnight, Tehran-born Iranian American Shervin Lalezary became an American cultural hero. The volunteer deputy sheriff of Los Angeles, California arrested the 24-year-old German alien arsonist Harry Burkhart–who is suspected of setting 53 fires in a four-day string of blazes that broke out in and around Los Angeles, causing over $3 million in damages. [UPDATE: “Harry Burkhart” was born to his criminal mother in Muslim Chechnya.]

Volunteer LA Deputy Sheriff Shervin Lalezary, behind the microphone, amazed at the intense media attention for simply doing his job like any real man would, like any sincere American citizen.

Like most Iranian Americans, Lalezary is strikingly handsome, (only thirty), perfectly humble (if not a bit shy), and absolutely loves America. Lalezary is a real estate attorney in Beverly Hills, and one of many volunteer deputy sheriffs–putting his life on the line for $1.00 a year.

Personally, I am not surprised at all. Every element about Lalezary offered in the news is what I expect from Iranian Americans. Since the early 1980’s, I have learned to greatly prize their talents–intellectual, artistic, scientific, and every other kind. But more than this, I have appreciated their deep love and value of American life. They do excel at it, quite notably, for the most part, in spite of the fact that they have never been designated as a racial minority. They are one of the most ancient genetic branches of the Caucasian race. But, in fact, some of their leaders want them to register themselves as Iranian, rather than “white”!

Sound a bit “liberal” or “Democrat,” to seek status as a minority? Well, that’s because most Middle Easterners associate the word “Democrat” with freedom. You know, “democracy.” The word means freedom to them. Historically, however, Communism was the first non-Imperial, non-monarchical, non-theocratic government Iranians were exposed to. Communism meant equality, and freedom from oppression. Unfortunately, in my opinion, many Iranian Americans espouse liberal ideas–despite the plain fact that they live their lives like rabid capitalists, passionate conservatives, and essentially patriotic Americans. This has always remained a mystery to me.

But, as I said, people like Shevin Lalezary are no mystery to me. They man is a typical Iranian American–and he is a recent import! His English is practically without accent, he is a successful attorney, and he obviously has a simple, quite, humble spirit–though brave as any patriot.

When I was in Iran, in 1999, I was made very aware of just how the Iranian people feel about America. “Dr. Yeagley, when you go back home, tell your people that we love America!” I heard this again and again–even in the remote villages of Eastern Iran. I heard this from the people of Neyshabur, and in Messhad, and also in Tehran, of course. The students of the University of Ferdowsi (Messhad) pleaded with me to carry this message back: “We love America!” (I must say, I was there during the government-ordered “Death to America” anniversary. I believe that part was a coincidence of my lecture tour planning, sponsored in part by the university. Perhaps this was part of the reason everyone was so strongly emphasizing their true feelings. Their government embarrassed them, greatly.) I met a large, powerful police officer in Neyshabur, in the local Zur Kahneh (house of honor), who, when he was told I was an American, came over to me and gave me a bear hug while he spoke in Farsi. My host said, “He want’s you to tell everyone he loves America!”

With the Iranian national attitude and behavior these present days, however, most Iranian Americans are at a loss as to what to say. They naturally love their nation, the home country, but, they obviously love America much more. They are natural Americans, Americans by nature, really. They take to the atmosphere, the way of life, the culture, quite easily. What can they they do about Ahmedinejad? What can do about the Revolutionary Guard?

What can they do about their own lives here in America? They just love living here. They love the freedom, the opportunities. Their talents bring them much success.

It is an agonizing thing to consider the United States-Iran political relations at this time. It is crushing. And, until this point, there has never been a terrorist act by any Iranian American. They’re far too busy enjoying life and developing themselves. The Christmas Day massacre in Texas is totally foreign to Iranian Americans. Robert Spencer ( claims that Aziz Yazdanpanah was a strong Muslim, and that the massacre of his family and himself was in fact an honor killing.

But this is completely abnormal for Iranian Americans, who, if they practice Islam at all, do so in wholly unobtrusive ways, and without evangelical zeal. Their religion is quite, private, and they wear it like a special suit of clothes, only for certain special occasions. It is a social adhesive for them, not an aggressive recruiting effort toward Americans. At least, this is the public image which has evolved around Iranian Americans in the last three decades.

We’re all proud of Shevin Lalezary. He is a natural patriot, and outstanding citizen. (By the way, his brother Shawn is a volunteer deputy in LA, also.) Iranian Americans want to contribute to society, to participate in it, to be part of the ambiance. Yes, their women are probably the most beautiful in the world (with or without veils); yes, they generally have very powerful intellects and spirits; and yes, they seem to have everything it takes to be outstanding citizens. And, so far, they haven’t been given any breaks. They achieved everything on their own. They are not complainers or protesters. I sincerely hope they maintain this great social character, and not be misled by misunderstandings of the Democrat Party, though most of them are Democrat. And right now, all I can say is that the Republican Party is superior only in theory. I see, however, that Iranians practice the grand conservative principles of republicanism. To them, even the name “Democrat” is a kind of suit they wear, like Islam. Their minds and spirits are so very grand and broad that, anything is article of fashion for them. They wear it if they like it, if it seems appropriate for the occasion. They’re really quite beyond such concerns.

In a way, this is why America means to much to them. It is the freedom. Large minds, grand spirits, need their freedom.

Posted by David Yeagley · January 6, 2012 · 3:51 pm CT · ·

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David Yeagley // Jan 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm   

    Interesting news:

    Amid tensions, U.S. Navy rescues Iranians from Somali pirates

    Just days after Iranian and American military officials traded warnings over a U.S. Navy vessel’s departure from the Persian Gulf, the United States Navy has rescued 13 Iranian fishermen and their fishing dhow from Somali pirates in the north Arabian sea, the Pentagon said Friday. (January 5, 2012)

  • 2 Sioux // Jan 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm   

    FYI- Shall we refer to Harry as a German when his babymama is from Chechnya? Muslim territory…explains a bit more of the story – geez, Iranian women are gorgeous!

  • 3 Sioux // Jan 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm   

    4got to give you a link

  • 4 David Yeagley // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm   

    Great tip, Sioux. Thanks. I didn’t pick up on the Chechnya bit. The Harry is then basically a Muslim terrorist, eh?

    Schussel is positively the scariest blogger on the internet! Always has been.

  • 5 David Yeagley // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm   

    Another Muslim side issue: honor killing. Amil Imani says that the Christmas massacre was not an honor killing at all. I have to admit, Robert Spencer is the one who interprets the killing as a Muslim honor killing.

    And there is this interesting piece: Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?

    The fact is, some times people go insane, and kill themselves and their families. White people do it. Spanish people do it. Black do it. It has nothing to do with religion.

    Whatever reason, this is the first incident of its kind among Iranian Americans that I ever heard of.

  • 6 Sioux // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm   

    True enough that people go insane and kill their families – still can’t get the image out of my mind of that woman in Texas who drowned her five children. I think she did have severe post partum psychosis and she probably despised her husband – what better way to punish him than to kill his children. Then there’s the Dad who just lost his house, his job, all his money, so he kills his whole family and then himself in his abject despair. I don’t understand how anyone does that, but it happens.

    Muslims killing their family is something else – a throw-back that has no place in our culture –you come here even though you despise all that this country stands for. Your beautiful daughters attract non-muslim boys and this has to be stopped the only effective way the Dad knows – kill your beautiful daughter(s) and the shame will go away. Then you quietly slip out of the country before the cops can stop you.

  • 7 Sioux // Jan 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm   

    Schlussel is a tough cookie – I don’t know how she survives living in Dearborn. She has written about going undercover into mosques to gather information about what goes on in there. She gets violently ill an awful lot. I think someone is trying to poison her.

  • 8 Greg H // Jan 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm   

    You are right about Iranian Americans. I haven’t known many but the ones I have known and worked with do love this country and what it means to be an American. They assimilate quite well because they want to. One man I worked with was in the Iranian army when the Shah was in power and he told me that the anti American protestors are told to demonstrate in front of the tv cameras. He told me many of those people love the USA. Persia has a very rich history.

  • 9 REG // Jan 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm   

    The restaurant that I and the guys hit every Friday morning is owned and operated by an Iranian and his sons. When asked why he has bacon on the menu, he laughs “I’m not religious” He can be seen many times, sitting at a table with diners. The boy’s tell us stories of their last trips back. Their experiences are a lot different than the one we hear on the news or from politicians other than Ron Paul.

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