reply to post by mideast
Thanks for your reply Mideast. It is interesting that I agree with nearly everything you have said in your reply.
I think your identification of the bullying happening in this situation is correct. I also agree there is a double standard, that the US would not
allow foreign agents to inspect their facilities as they now are demanding of Iran.
But the purpose of my post, was to present the reality of the situation. That even though there is bullying, double standards, and unrealistic demands
being made, this situation and its consequences are real. Please allow me to make a simplified demonstration of how I view the situation.
Imagine Iran is a store owner. America and Israel enter the store armed with guns, and attempt to rob the store's cash register. If the store owner
hands over his money, he will save his life. If he refuses to hand over the money, he will be killed, and America and Israel will empty the cash
register and leave. The point is, in both of these outcomes, America and Israel end up with the cash registers money, but in only one outcome does the
store owner live. That is an example of how I view the current situation. Is it worth the store owners life?
I would like to share with you my personal feelings on the situation. I don't like or trust Israel. I am displeased by the American alliance with
Israel. I also don't like or trust Iran. I was very young when I first saw a video of Iranian children in school that were about the same age as me
at the time, chanting "Death to America". I was shocked. In my school we did not chant "Death to Iran", or death to any country for that matter.
It was then in my early youth I realized Iran was an enemy of my country.
Later in my life I came to know an Iranian man. He went by the name Moe, which was short for his name Mohammed. Moe was in a difficult time in his
life, and my family took him in to live with us. I cared for this man, helped him, I took him to the hospital when he needed surgery, and I stayed
with him there and helped him as he recovered. He was weak and I helped him eat, get out of his bed, and with other matters he could not take care of
himself during this time. Despite my negative childhood impression of Iran, I came to accept this Iranian man as a part of my family.
I asked Moe once about the "Death to America" thing. He told me that it was true this was a slogan often heard in his home country. But he said it
did not mean the literal death of America. That Iranian people did not truly wish to see Americans killed. The phrase he said, referred to the Iranian
peoples disagreement with American middle eastern policy, and they wanted it to change. That "Death" simply meant change in this slogan. I accepted
As time went on, I came to learn that Moe was a terrible person. He acted very kind and generous and hospitable. But he was a manipulator, a serial
liar, and a thief. He cheated on his faithful girlfriend with prostitutes, and happily showed me his cell phone pictures of him doing this. As he got
to know me better and trust me more, he revealed more of who he truly was to me. I was disgusted by his real self. I started to disbelieve everything
he told me. Including his explanation for the death to america slogan. On the outside he at first appeared to be one of the most gentle and kind
people I ever knew, but then he turned out to be one of the most awful people I have ever met.
The moral of my story here is Iran and Iranian people are just like countries all over the world. You will find good people in every country, and you
will find bad people in every country. And in most of these countries the bad people tend to gravitate to positions of power, such as that of
You can tell me the Iranian people are not greedy, but that is an obvious lie. There are Iranians that are greedy, I knew one personally. But I would
believe there are Iranians who are not greedy. If you say the whole population of any country are a certain way, you will be lying about it. The
Iranian president said there are no homosexuals in Iran. That is a lie. Any generalization applied to a population of people is going to be a biased
lie. Not everyone in America is fat. Not all British people have bad teeth. Not all Iraqi's are greedy. Generalizations are almost always
I think all war is wrong. War is a failure of human kind as a species whenever and wherever it occurs. A failure to resolve problems intelligently. A
failure to overcome the evils of pride, vengeance, and greed. A failure to have compassion for the human victims. The earth was not created with
borders, but humans put them there. Created by humans who wanted to rule the people and resources within the boundary.
And I say to anyone who actually has bothered to read this massive wall of text, thank you for reading.