posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 08:27 PM
That's right, an ordinary person from a ME country may not want to destroy Israel at this expense especially, or not at all - despite official
propaganda in their country. But we are dealing with a strange phenomenon here - the rulers of Iran are not what you think.
As for suicide bombers, they are a different case from a state attacking Israel. They are either absolute cult members (of paranoid religious cults
within Islamic countries) or they come from a population that is desperate and in need of heroesm to blow up civilians who are seen as collectively
sitting at the top of the hated power structure that keeps their people down.
I understand their anger at hte untenable structure of the West ruling the rest of the world, no matter that an intelligent Palestinian naturally
chooses a different way to strengthen his or her folks - from organized resistance to peaceful cooperation.
With Palestinians, it is a case of collective forgetfulness too - they are a hostage people. With all my sympathies, their history started by the
neighboring countries naming them Palestinian Arabs instead of Jordanian Arabs etc. and keeping them in tent camps. Egypt would outright refuse entry
to such Arabs. Therefore they started to call themselves Palestinians. They are - according to the states neighboring Israel - pawns in the game to be
used in their own fight against Israel - which they probably see as continued European colonialism.
The picture is complex, and since everyone expects hostilities between the Iranian leadership and the West, including Israel, it is hard to see what
is real. It is imaginable that Western intelligence penetrated the anti-Ahmadinejad front in the summer precisely to lose the election to keep him in
power because either 1. such an extremist would not even shudder from sacrificing a good part of his own culture to a war 2. he is not smart enough to
see that he is being manouvered to prvoke a war 3. he is an agent of some hidden power that decided upon making war and he simply acts his role.
Judging from what I know of ordinary Iranians, they want no war and would rather live in Western comforts. Some probably agree that nuclear power
could be useful as a deterrent, some will not even buy that rhetoric from their secretly hated leaders.
Thirty years of Theocracy would convince anyone today that it is better to be without that, either a modern Muslim or an atheist or a more traditional
type. The dictatorship - largely maintained as far as public consent goes - by constant and unjust Western bullying - does not build tradition, they
only say so. Similarly, in Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe most people when asked directly said that was a state of workers and peasants, when almost
everyone knew deep down that if it were not for Soviet occupation, things were different.
Maybe the majority of Iranians would secretly want a more tolerant and less confrontational Muslim state - and they could argue why a Muslim solution
is best. But the main thing is they would not really want tyranny over their heads. I think the majority of Iran are divided, and there are far more
people in their big cities who would want to keep Iran as it is, with less direct oppression. I mean, one of the best things about Iranian culture
before the world is their wonderful music. Music itself was banned for a few years by the Theocracy, except calls for prayer. Now people started
getting busy making tapes in basements and Iranian music got to be so popular as never before in modern times. The interesting thing is that most of
it has lyrics that came from Sufism or religoous poetry, as has been that way traditionally. So a true religion was persecuted by Theocratic madmen
who always legitimized their iron-fisted rule by cruel outward pressure from the US etc. If we let enough steam off of them, they might actually
topple Ahmadinejad. But this way we reinforce the paranoid ideology spread by the dictators.
However, if we want a war anyway, for whatever economic or geopolitical reasons, then keeping the pressure up is the sure way to go down the war hole.