‘They are Worse Than Hitler’: Telling Words from an Iranian Émigré

My waiter, for whom I’ll use an assumed name because his wife still needs to deal with Iranian authorities in her quest for U.S. citizenship, came to check on “the baby,” as he called her, a couple of times, remarking how much his wife would love the puppacita. He began to elaborate that dogs aren’t traditionally kept as pets in his home country of Iran despite a modern shift toward more people desiring pet ownership — “If the police see you with a dog, they will take it from you and put it in the pound,” Farid said.

The regime brands dogs as un-Islamic, though my waiter noted that’s not in the Quran.

And that got Farid going.