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Saturday, May 11, 2013

STUPIDITY by the numbers: misguided relations with centuries-old civilization, proud people

From Rodney Shakespeare’s “Stupidities of U.S. government about Iran”
Excerpt, editing by 
Carolyn Bennett

Tough love, hard truths, both… (?)
These are some of Shakespeare’s thoughts mapped out (with apologies for literary license, see full text link below) for easy reading.

Claiming knowledge of a country without having an embassy there

USA bullies, targets Iran
Missing a prime source of information, the USA’s analysis and understanding of Iran is not only wrong; it is more than thirty years out of date.

The USA is locked into a condition of permanent hatred for having been ignominiously booted out for its support of the brutal regime of Shah [U.S. autocratic ally Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, pro-Western SHAH OF IRAN:  1941 to 1979]

Like a spoiled child, the USA is in a condition of stunted development, unable to grow up.

Letting prejudice get in the way of objective analysis.

Even when the USA does receive real information, it wrecks the value of that information by viewing it through the prism of ignorance and spite.

The USA is therefore unable to understand that the Iranian Revolution has established deep roots so that Iran is burgeoning ─ despite sanctions ─ into a modern, technologically advanced society.

Iran is politically stable so that the chances of its population wanting a … sell-out to the militarist globalist financial capitalism now wrecking the world are nil.

Thinking that sanctions will stop Iran’s progress in civilian nuclear energy or in anything else

Nothing will stop that progress.

More and more nations are quietly making agreements with Iran.

Stupid over Iran
Thinking it can bully Iran into a groveling submission.

Such is the bigotry and arrogance of the USA.

Such is the USA’s supreme hubris, thinking the world looks up to it instead of increasingly despising it.

Iranians are a proud people with a civilized history that reaches back many centuries, before the USA stopped slaughtering Native Americans (just over one hundred years ago). Moreover, in the contemporary context, Iranians remember that ─

…the USA has been militarily aggressive every year for the past seventy years
…the USA assassinates and tortures
…the USA’s economy is collapsing.
…the USA is experiencing a creeping internal fascism that will soon be jumping up and stamping on the face of its population

Sanctions against Iran
“Iranians simply are not amenable to being bullied,” Rodney Shakespeare concludes. When bullied, “Exactly the opposite happens: Iranian resolve is strengthened, national pride is doubled, and even more effort is put into forwarding the Revolution.” The USA government, he says, “is stupid” and “should grow up.…

“Intelligent people realize

that the thirty navies deployed in the Persian Gulf are there to threaten Iran, to provoke Russia, to support vicious autocracies, and to further destabilize the Middle East.”

One day, which will come sooner rather than later, the world now quietly and powerfully “rearranging itself will see the collapse of the dollar-USA [and] a lessening of, even an ending to U.S. militarism and adventurism in the Persian Gulf.”

nder the headline “New Economic Sanctions on Iran, Washington’s Regime Change Strategy,” Timothy Alexander Guzman wrote last month at Global Research:

… It was the same idea that was used in Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro by the Cuban people with an economic and financial Embargo back in 1960

… Obviously that has not worked out well for every U.S. administration since then. 

It will not work in Iran either.

Sources and notes

“Stupidities of U.S. government about Iran” (Prof. Rodney Shakespeare, Press TV, RS/HSN), May 2, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/02/301364/stupidities-of-us-government-about-iran/

Rodney Shakespeare is London-based writer and lecturer and a Trisakti University (Jakarta, Indonesia) visiting professor of Binary Economics, teaching in the international postgraduate Islamic Economics and Finance program. Credentialed at Cambridge (MA), he is also “a qualified UK Barrister [and] well-known presenter and lecturer, particularly at Islamic conferences dealing with money, the real economy, binary economics, and social and economic justice.” Shakespeare is co-author of Seven Steps to Justice and is affiliated with the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and Global Justice Movement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rodney_Shakespeare

The global justice movement is described as “a network or constellation of globalized social movements opposing ‘corporate globalization’ and promoting equal distribution of economic resources,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_justice_movement

“New Economic Sanctions on Iran, Washington’s Regime Change Strategy” (Timothy Alexander Guzman, Global Research), April 10, 2013, http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-economic-sanctions-on-iran-washingtons-regime-change-strategy/5330823

Mass Movement

ran is a mountainous, arid, ethnically diverse country of southwestern Asia; heart of the storied Persian empire of antiquity, Iran has long played an important role in the region as an imperial power and later—because of its strategic position and abundant natural resources, especially petroleum—as a factor in colonial and superpower rivalries.


Iran’s roots as a distinctive culture and society date to 550 BC. From that time the region that is now Iran—traditionally known as Persia—has been influenced by waves of indigenous and foreign conquerors and immigrants, including the Hellenistic Seleucids and native Parthians and Sāsānids. Persia’s conquest by the Muslim Arabs in the 7th century AD was to leave the most lasting influence, however, as Iranian culture was all but completely subsumed under that of its conquerors.

Its capital Tehran, a sprawling, jumbled metropolis at the southern foot of the Elburz Mountains, Iran ─ consisting largely of a central desert plateau ringed on all sides by lofty mountain ranges affording access to the interior through high passes ─ is bounded to the north by Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, and the Caspian Sea; to the east by Pakistan and Afghanistan; to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Iran also controls about a dozen islands in the Persian Gulf. About one-third of its 4,770-mile (7,680-km) boundary is seacoast. Britannica note

PERSIAN GULF (Arabian Gulf)
A shallow marginal sea of the Indian Ocean that
Lies between the Arabian Peninsula and southwestern Iran
Bordered on the north, northeast and east by Iran;
On the southeast and south by part of Oman and by the United Arab Emirates;
On the southwest and west by Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia; and
On the northwest by Kuwait and Iraq
The term Persian Gulf sometimes refers not only to Persian Gulf proper but
Also to its outlets —
The Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, which open into the Arabian Sea

ince World War II the Persian Gulf and the surrounding countries have come to account for a significant proportion of the world’s oil production.

In addition, the area has approximately two-thirds of the world’s estimated proven oil reserves and one-third of the world’s estimated proven natural gas reserves.

The region thus has acquired considerable strategic significance for the world’s industrialized countries. Exploration has remained active, and new reserves are continually being discovered, both on land and offshore. Control of these reserves has led to numerous legal wrangles among states about exact territorial limits and has been at least partially responsible for major conflicts in the region: the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s, the Persian Gulf War of the early 1990s, and the Iraq War of the early 21st century.

Large amounts of oil are refined locally, but most is exported to northwestern Europe, East Asia, and other areas of the world. Petrochemical and other petroleum-based industries, as well as consumer industries, have been developing rapidly in the gulf region. [Presented also in Bennett’s book No Land an Island No People Apart]

U.S. autocratic ally

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (b. October 26, 1919, Tehrān, Iran; d. July 27, 1980, Cairo, Egypt), the pro-Western shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979 against whom domestic opposition rose based upon his autocratic rule, corruption in his government, the unequal distribution of oil wealth, forced westernization, and the activities of Savak (the secret police) in suppressing dissent and opposition to his rule.

These negative aspects of the shah’s rule became markedly accentuated after Iran began to reap greater revenues from its petroleum exports beginning in 1973.

Widespread dissatisfaction among the lower classes, the Shiite clergy, the bazaar merchants, and students led in 1978 to the growth of support for the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a Shiite religious leader living in exile in Paris.

Rioting and turmoil in Iran’s major cities brought down four successive governments and on January 16, 1979, the shah left the country; the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini assumed control.

The shah did not abdicate but a referendum resulted in the declaration on April 1, 1979, of an Islamic republic in Iran.

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi traveled to Egypt, Morocco, The Bahamas, and Mexico before entering the United States on October 22, 1979, for medical treatment of lymphatic cancer.

Two weeks later Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran, took hostage more than 50 Americans, and demanded extradition of the shah in return for release of the hostages. Extradition was refused.

The shah later left the United States first for Panama, then Cairo where he was granted asylum by Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat. [Britannica note] 


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