posted on Jan, 22 2010 @ 05:41 PM
So we all notice that Iran is on the news a lot lately, but there was a time when Iran was hardly talked about in the media.
The funny thing is that time wasn’t that long ago.
Though the Iranian nuclear program was launched in the 1950’s nobody would consider going to war with Iran because of it a couple of years ago, but
now, Iran appears to be on the news daily, always in a negative way and there is a certain build up of fear regarding their nuclear program.
So I understand a lot of people are afraid of the idea of Iran possessing nuclear weapons, some people so much that they would like to attack the
country pre-emptive in order to stop them from possessing nuclear weapons.
The Iranian government claims that their intentions regarding their nuclear program are peaceful, but of course we can’t be certain that they are
speaking the truth.
The thing is, the idea of attacking Iran is growing in popularity lately but the arguments of the people who approve this idea seem very strange to
me, I would like to name some of those arguments and show you why I find them strange:
-Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons
The Iranian nuclear program began in the 1950’s with the help of the United States, this continued until the 1979 Islamic revolution which
terminated diplomatic relations between the US and Iran.
After this event the program was paused for several years and again continued without the help of the US but instead mostly Russia.
Today many western countries and Israel claim Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons and therefore pose a treat to mostly Israel, but it is yet to be
Now this wouldn’t be the first time the US goes to war because they think a certain country possesses WMD’s, in Iraq it seemed this wasn’t the
case, so the reason for the invasion changed to liberation of the Iraqi people.
I’m not saying Iran has no intentions to build nuclear weapons, but I hope the US and the western world has learned of its mistakes and doesn’t
repeat what happened in Iraq.
-Iran poses a treat to Israel
The reason people feel Iran poses a treat to the security of Israel is because they see videos of many Iranian people chanting: death to Israel!
Also the current president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made several claims concerning Israel, and of course Iran supports Hezbollah and Hamas,
both enemies of Israel.
Well, it is true people in Iran rallied and chanted death to Israel, but that’s not because they want to “wipe Israel of the map”, it is because
they think Israel is murdering innocent Muslim people, its just a different way of showing how people feel about certain things, for example when
Israel launched operation cast lead, the UN said: we condemn your military actions and urge you to comply with UN resolutions, some Iranian people
said: death to Israel!
It’s just a way to express their feelings, of course it is rather childish and I would suggest them to use other words, but it’s not because they
hate Jews or want to destroy them.
Ahmadinejad is believed to have said that he wants to wipe Israel off the map, well, this is not true, he said the current Zionist regime who occupies
the Muslim territory must vanish from the page of time, again that doesn’t mean he will act to it.
Though there are many controversial things said about Israel by the Iranian people Iran never threatened to attack Israel, there are several wars
fought between Arab nations and Israel in the past, Iran never participated in any of these wars.
On the other hand, Israel has threatened to attack Iran many times in the recent past because it feels Iran poses a treat to its security.
About Iran supporting Hamas and Hezbollah brings me to the next argument.
-Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism
It is no secret that Iran supports Hamas, the thing is they don’t only supply them with weapons but also with food and shelter, at least they try
Iran often sends food, medical aid, cement etc. to the Palestinian people thru Egypt and who knows where because Israel doesn’t allow cargo from
Iran to the Palestinian people, but this is not of common knowledge unlike Iran arming Hamas.
Hamas is a political party which includes a paramilitary force who govern Gaza, Canada, the European Union, Israel, Japan, Australia and the United
States classify Hamas as a terrorist organization but the rest of the world recognizes Hamas as the governing body of the Gaza territory, so Iran
doesn’t see Hamas as terrorists along with the majority of the world, so you must understand that in the eyes of the majority of the world Iran is
not a state sponsor of terrorism.
-Iran is a dictatorship
Well, Iran WAS a dictatorship, in the time when the shah ruled Iran a lot of people felt oppressed by him, he was a dictator and a sell out in their
opinion though he was considered a true friend of the United States, he maintained friendly relations with the US and the two saw each other as close
In 1951 Mohammad Mossadegh was appointed as prime minister of Iran by a democratic election, shortly after that he nationalized the Iranian oil, which
was mostly in the hands of the UK at the time
Mossadegh was opposed by the shah who feared a resulting oil embargo imposed by the west would leave Iran in economic ruin.
He fled Iran but returned when the UK and US staged a coup against Mossadegh in August 1953.
Mossadegh was then arrested by pro shah army forces.
After this the shah ruled Iran till 1979 when he was overthrown by the Iranian people under leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who became the
supreme leader of Iran and imposed a clerical rule in the country.
The people of Iran agreed with the way to rule as Khomeini wanted at the time but the percentages will certainly have changed now but that doesn’t
mean Iran is a dictatorship, a dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual, the
dictator, without hereditary ascension.
Though the supreme leader is the most powerful figure in Iranian politics, he can be removed from power by the assembly of experts according to the
Also Iran has a president and a parliament.
In conclusion, we can discuss what the real reason of the US and Israel is for a potential war with Iran, but I hope you understand that it isn’t
one of the reasons I mentioned above.
Peace and love