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A senior Iranian lawmaker rapped the US, its European allies and some Arab states for attending a meeting in Rome to discuss oil sanctions against the country, and said such moves cannot persuade Tehran to withdraw from its principled positions.
Majority rule is often listed as a characteristic of democracy
An electoral system in which only one party is allowed to participate run is a dictatorship without the dictator.
Why is US (govt) so mad at Iran ?
Iran has consistently been described by the United States as the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism. It actively supports terrorist groups, most prominently the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The Iranian relationship with Hezbollah demonstrates one accepted explanation of why states sponsor terrorism: to indirectly influence politics elsewhere
The report charges that Iran's involvement in countries like Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Palestinian territories threatens efforts to promote peace, economic stability in the Gulf and democracy.
The report singles out the Quds force, an elite branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as the channel through which Iran supports terrorist activities and groups abroad. The report also takes to task Syria, an Iranian ally in the region.
Around the time Chavez was in Tehran, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) began meeting with Iran’s and Venezuela’s ambassadors in Mexico, and computer engineering students and faculty, in a plot to build a cyberweapon aimed at U.S. infrastructure.
In a characteristically bizarre speech on Iranian television on Monday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States of fomenting the on-going turmoil in the Arab world and said America “had no place among the nations”.
According to the transcript of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at a recent anti-Israel conference in Tehran, which was translated and published by The New York Times, he predicted and called for the destruction of the United States. The author of a new novel about a plot by Iran to inflict nuclear terrorism on America, Sheldon Filger, warned that ignoring the statement by Iran’s president could have grave consequences for world peace.
News headlines across the world exploded with the diatribe that emanated from the lips of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to Mr. Ahmadinejad, Israel must be "wiped off the map." However, it was not only Israel that Mr. Ahmadinejad threatened with annihilation. In a transcript of the speech posted by the Iranian Student News Association on its website, which was translated and published by The New York Times on October 30th, 2005, Iran’s president made clear his desire to see the U.S. destroyed along with Israel. Refering to the United States as "the world oppressor," Ahmadinejad said, "Many who are dissapointed in the struggle between the Islamic world and the infidels…say it is not possible to have a world without the United States and Zionism. But you know that this is a possible goal and slogan."
I'm used to thinking of vetting to mean reviewing a group of people and rejecting the unfit ones for some reason
Originally posted by SirMike
reply to post by hmdphantom
There are two dominant parties in the US and dozens of smaller parties. To compare the US electoral system, with all its flaws, on an even basis with a one party dictatorship is ridiculous.
Majority of people in Iran still support the Islamic Revolution , they are really supporting it by any price they can pay. By taking all the hard sanctions against Iran.
Do the people feel dictated to because the Council of Guardians choose their candidates, or is it such a part of the culture that the people are fine with it?
Can you see where some western countries believe that Islam is trying to replace western culture and beliefs?
To be honest, I don't see much effort from Islamic countries to be tolerant of western life.
Exactly what do you base this assertion on? They have no choices at all...and those who do decide to vocalize their unhappiness with the system there are shot in the streets.
And...so candidates for the elected levels of Government, first have to be "vetted" by one of the bodies that they would subsequently appoint members to. Let me guess...one of the vetting questions is, will you appoint whomever we tell you to appoint? Next question...will you rename the Supreme Leader to his post if you are elected?
A one-party system that is ultimately controlled by a "Supreme Leader". This is an Islamic dictatorship, nothing else.
Oh...and one other reason that the U.S. is "mad at" Iran? State sponsored annual street demonstrations called Death to America day.
Oh...and maybe one more...their system of "justice" that provides for the hanging of people for being gay, or the execution of women for adultery (which sometimes means getting raped by a married man)...while they preach about Western societies being immoral.