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Why Should Iran Be Cherished and Defended?

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As I pen this short essay, Iran is standing against the mightiest nation on earth. It is facing tremendous danger; of annihilation even, if the world does not wake up fast, and rush to its rescue.

Stunning Iranian cities are in danger, but above all, its people: proud and beautiful, creative, formed by one of the oldest and deepest cultures on earth.

This is a reminder to the world: Iran may be bombed, devastated and injured terribly, for absolutely no reason. I repeat: there is zero rational reason for attacking Iran.

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Iran has never attacked anyone. It has done nothing bad to the United States, to the United Kingdom, or even to those countries that want to destroy it immediately: Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Its only 'crime' is that it helped devastated Syria. And that it seriously stands by Palestine. And that it came to the rescue of many far away nations, like Cuba and Venezuela, when they were in awful need.

I am trying to choose the simplest words. No need for pirouettes and intellectual exercises.

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Thousands, millions of Iranians may soon die, simply because a psychopath who is currently occupying the White House wants to humiliate his predecessor, who signed the nuclear deal. This information was leaked by his own staff. This is not about who is a bigger gangster. It is about the horrible fact that antagonizing Iran has absolutely nothing to do with Iran itself.

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Which brings the question to my mind: in what world are we really living? Could this be tolerable? Can the world just stand by, idly, and watch how one of the greatest countries on earth gets violated by aggressive, brutal forces, without any justification?

I love Iran! I love its cinema, poetry, food. I love Teheran. And I love the Iranian people with their polite, educated flair. I love their thinkers. I don't want anything bad to happen to them.

You know, you were of course never told by the Western media, but Iran is a socialist country. It professes a system that could be defined as "socialism with Iranian characteristics". Like China, Iran is one of the most ancient nations on earth, and it is perfectly capable of creating and developing its own economic and social system.

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Iran is an extremely successful nation. Despite the embargos and terrible intimidation from the West, it still sits at the threshold of the "Very high human development", defined by UNDP; well above such darlings of the West as Ukraine, Colombia or Thailand.

It clearly has an internationalist spirit: it shows great solidarity with the countries that are being battered by Western imperialism, including those in Latin America.

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I hope this will reach many people. My family are all completely closed minded toward Iran, they hear all the lies and practically no contrary information. They all think Iran is a terrorist state, but none of them wants a war.

Japan has been on good terms with Iran, but we hear the propaganda here too. I had to explain to my husband that no, it wasn't terrorists that boarded and took control of the British-flagged tanker. Iran is really standing its ground. The Moon of Alabama has pointed out that sometimes they seem to be daring America to "Go ahead, punk, make my day." They could give America a real black eye to say the least. "Atom bomb? We don't need no stinkin' atom bomb!"

A Shia Muslim from Iran joined us at prayer in a Shinto shrine--that impressed me. I don't think the Sunni would. The Saker's blog has opened my mind to Iran a lot too. I wanted to visit Iran and talk to the people, see what the real situation is there but was dissuaded by the Iranian who visited our shrine. As an American, I'd have a hard time getting a visa.

My time spent in Russia and many friends there helped me dispel all of the propaganda on that country, but trying to persuade the propagandized is very hard. At least they know that not everyone agrees.

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Code Pink is going to Iran in Sept and Oct. Check out their website, Code Pink Travel. I have signed up for the Sept trip. I have gone on Code Pink delegations to Cuba and Palestine. I was very impressed. They are very professional and they open doors to government officials so you really get a VIP tour. They also get the Visa for you.

The demonization of iran is pure propaganda and the politics of Western imperialism. The US demonizes any country such as Venezuela and Iran that is closed for foreign investment and non-compliant to being a vassal state. Iran has allied with Syria, Iraq, and the Palestinians. That is their right to do so, and it is not against international law or international norms.

It is pure propaganda that Iran is "the leading terrorist state". There are few if any documented cases of Iran terrorism. They are a Islamic socialist country with a democratically elected government. The government does have a theocracy that "keeps the governance Islamic". I suggest you read their constitution, if you want a better understanding. Very impressive.

You can also read my article on the Iran Nuclear Deal. Iran's constitution forbids nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as un-Islamic.

The US is the aggressor, has been for 40 years, overthrew their government in 1953, put in place a despotic dictator, instigated the Iraq-Iran war in 1980, shot down one of their commercial civilian airplanes killing 300 people on board, broke the Iran Deal treaty, and is illegally imposing economic sanctions (a blockade actually) that is killing thousands of Iranians, sponsors the terrorist group MEK that has killed thousands of Iranians. Iran is the victim. Iran is a normal country with normal people.

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I wish I could post the above in every newspaper and magazine..as well as compel every news station to report this...despite knowing that our MSM so-called-news "trumps" (sorry) independent news coverage. Many believe

RT is simply Russian propaganda. Anything else I write could write about this would be censored. Everything David's written is true.

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I'm so glad to hear this and wish I could go too!

Thank you for the informative links too!

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>merely because a psychopath who is currently occupying >the White House wants to humiliate his predecessor,


Yes, there is no justification for war with Iran. But no, this i not about Trump's -- plans to invade Iran go back at least to 2002, when PNAC planned to overturn 7 Middle Eastern governments, and the history goe back to 1952, when our CIA sponsored a coup against Iran's democratically-elected leadership.


The issue is whether Iran will be permitted to sell its oil for Chinese Yuan. The threat is to the dollar's status as international exchange currency. Since 1972, the value of the dollar is being supported only by its link to oil. If the international community defects from the dollar's hegemony, the US stands to be very much the poorer. Lionel Shriver wrote a novel about this.

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"Thousands, millions of Iranians may soon die, simply because a psychopath who is currently occupying the White House wants to humiliate his predecessor, who signed the nuclear deal."

This statement naively presents that Presidents of the USA have power in the USA. Well, they have the power to go to a toilet whenever they want, but when the policy of the US is affected, they do not have power. They have only the choice to accept the US policy freely or under pressure from those who have real power in the US. Those are wealthy people who hide, and therefore nobody can accuse them of crimes they commit. They protect obedient presidents so that nobody is responsible for the crimes the rich order and the presidents commit.

These rich people have created policy towards Iran from the time they imposed Shah Reza Pahlavi to the Iranian throne. The same strategy has continued till today and will not stop until Iran surrenders, or America bankrupts without matter who is the president. The best choice would be going after the rich, but I do not see such intention in the US. I did it in a lengthy article here http://www.sarovic.com/jacob_rothschild_is_guilty.htm

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By your argument, History has been stood on its head over 24 centuries as what was the showdown between the despotic emperor and a 'free' people has undergone a role-reversal..


As a statement for a right of being to overcome the imposition of an arbitrary power still exists.. Even in the relativity of morality..

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In 25 years of teaching elementary school, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade, one of my favorite students was Tasha (not her real name, but from Iran), and she was one of my brightest. She knew not a word of English, circa 11 years old when she came into my class, BUT she was a serious gossip! (I sat her near an Afgan girl who was fluent in four languages, including Farsi, so she could help the new student out).

Hence, by January, my biggest problems was that I could not shut Tasha up! A delightful student, did her homework, set a high bar for our "local whites," and had a brother who was a bit mellower but a wonderful student.

WTF (!!!?) are we talking about bombing these beautiful people for? Trump, Bolton, Pompeo, the CIA, NSA, FBI, and military contractors are BEYOND SICK. The only way I can see to help them grow up is with Gina Haspel having a deeply religious experience... (I think could arrange that, and would certainly like to give it a try), and put her demented brain on it.

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They get their long wanted bomb, bomb Iran war hope to occupy the North Bridge until Massatack shits down this broken promised land. That may be over my dead body as is seeming like the truth in this blog will ever make the difference it should. Too many re waiting for supererman and others don't believe nothing.

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Bomb bomb bomb Iran click here

My first wife was Barbara Ann. So this has considerable personal interest for me.

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I had two sons (both now gone, Apr 1 & Jul 1, this year)

who were cared for by lady Iranian doctors, trained in med

schools here in U.S. Both ladies were loving, capable.

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I felt the same heartbreak when the US bombed Syria. David, please take videos on your trip and write a full account .

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