Super Surprising Facts About ‘Our Enemy’ Iran Remind Us That We Don’t Know Squat
Posted by alanmirs on May 1, 2010
Super Surprising Facts About ‘Our Enemy’ Iran Remind Us
That We Don’t Know Squat
might surprise you.
It cannot be argued that Iran is an aggressive state
that is dangerous to its neighbors, as facts do not support this claim.
It cannot be relevant that Iran adheres to Islamic fundamentalism, has a
flawed democracy and denies women full western-style civil rights, as
Saudi Arabia is more fundamentalist, far less democratic and more
oppressive of women, yet it is a U.S. ally. It cannot be relevant that
Iran has, over the years, had a nuclear research program, and is most
likely pursuing the capacity to develop nuclear weapons, as Pakistan,
India, Israel and other states are nuclear powers yet remain U.S.
allies—indeed, Israel deceived the U.S. while developing its nuclear
The answer to the above-posed question is fairly
obvious: Iran must be punished for leaving the orbit of U.S. control.
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the Shah was removed, Iran,
unlike, say, Saudi Arabia, acts independently and thus compromises U.S.
power in two ways: i) Defiance of U.S. dictates affects the U.S.’s
attainment of goals linked to Iran; and, ii) Defiance of U.S. dictates
establishes a “bad” example for other countries that may wish to pursue
an independent course. The Shah could commit any number of
abuses—widespread torture, for example—yet his loyalty to the U.S.
exempted him from American condemnation—yet not from the condemnation of
the bulk of Iranians who brought him down
The following quiz is an attempt to introduce more
balance into the mainstream discussion of Iran
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