US treatment of Iranian volleyball team completely illegal: Analyst  

The United States treatment of the Iranian volleyball team at the airport in Chicago is a completely illegal and immoral action, an American writer and political analyst says.

Daniel Patrick Welch, a political commentator in Boston, Massachusetts, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

On Monday, Iran denounced the US for mistreating its national men’s volleyball team, which had traveled to Chicago for the Final Six of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, calling on Washington to issue an apology for its misbehavior, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.

The team was delayed for four hours upon arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Saturday, while the Iranian volleyballers were detained and interrogated by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

Mohsen Baharvand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official for US affairs, filed a complaint through the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, whose country represents American interests in the Islamic Republic. 

“If America cannot host all sports teams fairly and unbiased, it’d better avoid hosting sport events,” he said.

Welch said, “This latest spectacle of Iranian (volleyball) team that was held for hours at the airport in Chicago is just the latest in this kind of a petty game the United States plays, like denying visa entry to politicians and foreign diplomats going to the UN in New York, etc.”

“This is a completely illegal and immoral action to politicize every aspect of the interaction between the foreigners and the US,” he said.   

“The thing is it is so offensive to Iranians because Persian culture is so centered on hospitality, especially inviting strangers,” he stated.

“Well, people also say this about Americans individually that they are very welcoming, and they are very hospitable and they want to get to know you. And well it may be true on an individual level, this kind of xenophobia and white supremacy are state doctrines really. I mean this really is the part of the founding mythology of the country. It filters down and it filters up as well from kind of base instinct, the darker angels of our nature so to speak, this fear of the ‘other,’” he noted.

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