On Travel to (and almost to) Iran

AswWe were proud to post a guest column from author and friend of Common
Sense and Whiskey Laurence Mitchell on election day, datelined Esfahan,
from his recent trip to Iran.

Three months ago, on a flight from Dubai, we crossed over, and peered down at, the lights of Esfahan, Iran and alternately checked the in-flight map and strained out the window to decipher which were the lights of the holy city of Qom.

On the ground, our closest approach to Iran was in the summer of 2006, when we scampered down to within, best we estimated, about a dozen miles, on a trip down the A325 highway south of Yerevan, Armenia, to visit the Khor Virap Monastery, near the confused border of Turkey, Iran, Armenia and the Azeri-held Nakhichevan.

Now, when you can spare 25 minutes, check out a well done short film via Current TV called America's Secret War which shows what it's like  on another Iranian border – the one with Iraq.

See photos of Khor Virap Monastery and more at the Armenia Gallery, on EarthPhotos.com.

(Photo from Current TV.)