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“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism”
How many times have you heard that statement?
Once? Twice? Dozens of times?!
How many articles have you read claiming that the nuclear deal is a disaster or what response should the us have in the face of Iran’s constant threatening of Israel and the rest of region?
Why is Iran supporting the “brutal” regime in Syria which is “killing its own civilians”?
Why is the middleEast always in never ending turmoil?
And the final question, why is The Islamic republic of Iran so bad and evil in every way?
Perhaps the answers can be found within the well documented history of the 20Th century.
It all began roughly 70 years ago in 1951 inside Iran, when the people became increasingly wary of the British anglo Persian oil company that was sucking their countries’ lifeblood; this eventually led to the ouster of the Iranian king and the installment of a tie and suit wearing, democratically elected prime minister known as “Dr. Mossadegh” who nationalised the Iranian oil and set to revive the 2500 year old countries’ economy.
Of course the British didn't like that, so in close cooperation with the American CIA they overthrew the prime minister during a coup known as operation “AJAX” and reinstalled the brutal and corrupt king, leaving Iranians once again desperate for a government that actually cared about the country.
A few decades before, a bunch of new monarchies were set up by the British colonists around the Persian gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia and Iraq in September 1932 (10 years after the collapse of the mighty ottoman empire) and finally the United Arab emirates in 1971.
The conditions for the Iranian people did not change until 1978 when the Iranians once again stood up against the suppression of their king who happened to be America and Israel’s greatest ally in the middle east; he was so close to the Whitehouse that Iran sometimes got America’s latest military hardware even prior to the US army, such as the legendary F-14 fighter which Iran received before the US navy did.
In January 1978 the Iranian Islamic revolution led by the then exiled cleric “Ayatollah Khomeini” overthrew the Iranian regime; the shah (king) escaped and the Iranians stormed the US embassy and held the workers hostage for 444 days; demanding that the US send the shah back. this is simply known as the hostage crisis to the west, but its more than just that, this was the beginning of an even more disastrous enmity between Iran and the west; ally turned into enemy overnight and the fire of today’s conflict in the middle east ignited.
The revolution brought about a great number of profound and drastic changes in every aspect of the country, hundreds of military officers either fled or got executed and a new government was formed based on democracy and Islamic values, hence the name Islamic republic.
In the same year, the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussain who was eventually captured and executed by the United states following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, With full support from both the western and eastern blocks invaded the deeply troubled Iranian nation; hoping to seize it in a matter of days, the war however, took 8 years and cost 1 million lives on each side without the border being moved by an inch.
During that war the Iraqi army enjoyed full support from the US and its allies as well as the soviet union that supplied Iraq with fighter jets and tanks; Iraq also received chemical weapons technology from Germany and used it not only on the Iranians but in some cases also on its own people when an Iraqi city was at risk of falling into Iranian hands.
Meanwhile the soviet union, now relived of a strong American ally in the region invaded Iran’s eastern neighbor, Afghanistan, and immediately claimed full control over its territory and government.
the Americans and their new allies, the Arab monarchies, were deeply troubled by this and since they could not directly confront the soviet union they decided to form some sort of Insurgent group inside Afghanistan so as to drive the soviets out, in order to do that, they first needed an ideology that opposed communism, and at the same time was violent enough to drive them out, Islamic Salafism or Wahhabism seemed perfect, so the united states, using the Saudi made ideology, created and trained the Taliban and eventually succeeded in driving the communists out, but now the bigger problem was the Taliban itself who had taken over the country, and was implementing the harsh interpretations of islam that we today mostly associate with ISIS.
It was during the last months of the Iran-Iraq war and Iran had gotten on the offense and faced global pressure to end the war; however, Iran wasn't ready to give up until it got what it demanded; compensation for the war that Iraq started.
Then an American navy ship, USS Vincennes, strayed into Iran’s territorial waters and shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, claiming that it was mistaken for an invading fighter jet.
To many Iranians this was a warning signal, indicating that the US will not tolerate the continuing of the war, a few months later Iran accepted the UN proposed ceasefire and the war ended.
Its worth mentioning that Iran never got any compensation for the war.
Iran, still isolated began reconstructing itself while the war in Afghanistan between America and the Taliban continued to soar.
Later, Saddam Hussain, humiliated by the defeat, with a demoralised army, picked a seemingly easy target in 1991, Kuwait, a small petrodollar rich American ally offshore the Persian gulf.
This led to the invasion of Iraq by the US in 2003 and marked the beginning of a fractured and unstable Iraq we see today.
Back to Afghanistan, with several insurgencies roaming the ruins of the country, and with the formation of The Taliban in 1994 and then later AlQaeda in 1998 Afghanistan was officially a failed state.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan up until 2001 when it was toppled by a US invasion and from that date on both terror groups have been operating in all unstable and poor countries in the middle east and beyond.
The next big “crisis” inside the middle east was the “Iranian nuclear crisis”.
So what is the Iranian nuclear program all about?
here is what wikipedia says;
The program was launched in the 1950s with the help of the United States as part of the Atoms for Peace program. The participation of the United States and Western European governments in Iran's nuclear program continued until the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah of Iran.Following the 1979 Revolution, most of the international nuclear cooperation with Iran was cut off. In 1981, Iranian officials concluded that the country's nuclear development should continue. Negotiations took place with France in the late 1980s and with Argentina in the early 1990s, and agreements were reached. In the 1990s, Russia formed a joint research organization with Iran, providing Iran with Russian nuclear experts and technical information.
Later Israeli and some other dissonant Iranian groups kept claiming that Iran’s nuclear Ambitions has always had a clandestine military aspect, but with the signing of the nuclear agreement, the IAEA has confirmed that Iran is not involved in any kind of illegal nuclear activity and the sanctions have thus been partially removed.
back in 2014 a rebellious movement in Syria, Iran’s only ally during the Iran-Iraq war in the middle east, was suppressed by the government, so the rest of the Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the Whitehouse, amped up their support for insurgent groups inside Syria and sought to topple this long standing Iranian ally; the results? well most of the weapons ended up in the hands of jihadi organisations that had been operating inside Iraq and Syria and eventually led to the rise of ISIS, a sunni islamist group that follows the same ideology as the Taliban and AlQaeda and as surprising as it may seem, Saudi Arabia.
So why is every one so against Iran? Who are the terrorists that Iran supports?
The middle east in divided in two main sects, Shia islam, which is the religion of Iran and accounts for roughly 6% of the entire muslim population and sunni islam which is practiced throughout the rest of the world.
Shia armed groups include the Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is responsible for the death of nearly 500 US troops during the Iraq war, the Huthis in Yemen, who are not designated as terrorists by the US and are only trying to form a new government in Yemen and finally the Badr organisation which is in fact a Shia army formed to fight Isis in Iraq.
The sunni armed groups?
Well almost every other armed group in the middle east follows a form of fake sunni islam fabricated by Saudi Arabia and the united states originally to drive the soviet union out of Afghanistan; this includes ISIS, Bokoharam, AlQaeda( the ones responsible for the 9/11), the Taliban and Alnusra, almost every terrorist attack has been carried out by these groups and there has never been an Iranian terrorist attack in the world, so why is Iran America’s enemy?
The answer is simple; because what has been discussed in this article is of least important to US policymakers, they don't care if a country has a good or bad human rights record, or whether it supports terrorism or not, a perfect example to this is SaudiArabia, a monarchy that is owned by the Saudi family and it doesn't even pretend to be a democracy, furthermore Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women aren't allowed to drive, people are beheaded for crimes such a s witch craft and hands are chopped for shop lifting.
On the other hand, Iran makes the perfect enemy, it has a large educated population, it has a formidable military and an industrial base; but how do these qualities make Iran a good enemy?!
One word: weapons sales!
The more the Arab nations fear Iran and the more they are convinced that Iran is a powerful hostile nation, the more weapons they will buy from the united states, and in fact they outspent Russia in military expenditure in 2015 which means the US has received an equal of the entire Russian defence budget only from sales of arms to the rich Persian gulf states, but the arabs won't be needing any more weapons unless there is a boogeyman scaring them into it.