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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
This article is deliberately off the mark, but this is less important than the fact that this regional rivalry would not have been so venomous if it weren't for the idiotic pan-Shiite policies of the IR.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
The Islamic Republic is anything but rational. It is an entity whose source of legitimacy is Arabian fairy tales and whose founder said that economics is for donkeys. It's a regime ruled by men who wear turbans and have a phobia of women's hair. The IR is so irrational that for the sake of Islam and Arabs it is putting Iran in direct confrontation with some of the world's most powerful forces at the expense of Iran's national interests and security while millions of Iranians are living in abject poverty. The rulers of this irrational entity are so stupid in fact that they believe they can fight Western imperialism by spreading Iranian Shiite "soft power" in a region whose majority is Arab and Sunni, and while also turning itself into a tool for the other imperial power in the north. They believe a bunch of ragtag Shiite militia in Arab countries and Revolutionary fishing boats in the Persian Gulf are all what it take to counter imperial domination. Not to be outdone in imbecility, it's a regime that has caused a huge crisis over nothing more than a peaceful nuclear program; all these sanctions, negotiations, and all this mess just for a bunch of damned energy reactors, when common sense says they should have been aiming for something much bigger with that program given the heavy price it comes with.

I'm just scratching the surface here. It's truly astounding that some people consider this abominable regime to be "rational".
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ayatoilet ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
This article is completely off the mark. You conveniently forget to mention CIA, Saudi and Israel's role in starting, arming and financially supporting virtually ALL of the rebel groups - who by the way created, and caused the human 'catastrophe' to begin with. Assad was bad, but by every measure these so called 'rebels' were worse. You don't have to take my word for it, read direct interviews with people in the cities they controlled. It doesn't take a hard line Shiite, or a lefty or a nationalist etc. to simply understand that these same groups were heading for Iran next, after entering Iraq. The Iran-Iraq war is a perfect illustration of the simple fact that ALL Iranians are nationalistic not Statists. When Saddam invaded Iran, ALL Iranians (even opponents of the regime) united to fight off Saddam. Fighting ISIS, ISIL, Al Nusra, SDF etc.was a simple task of protecting Iranian sovereignty and national security. It cannot be stated in any other terms. And, by the way, the underlying objective was to put oil and gas pipelines from Israel, and Saudi Arabia to Turkey and eventually Europe, to undermine Iran's future exports. The battle was a simple case of protecting Iran's interests - like fighting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war (who was looking at taking Iranian land, and oil fields). War is NOT pretty. But ALL the blame goes elsewhere. Supporting, Arming, and financing ISIS was an idiotic move, and mark my words, has set in motion the collapse of the regimes that supported them and their carnage. By ALL accounts Iran did the right thing, which would have/should have been done by ANY regime in Tehran.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Contrary to your assessment, they are rational actors.

First, let's pls remember that after the September 11th attacks President Khatami and Khamenei were quick to condemn the terrorist attacks. Hell, they even allowed a candlelight vigil of some 60,000 people to observe a minute's silence at Tehran's soccer stadium.

The country is where it is b/c their raison d'être, however short-sighted, is to stand against Western imperialism, spread their brand of revolutionary Islam; and their foreign policy is to gird themselves against adversaries through soft power and proxies. With a century plus of sanctions, a battered economy and outdated military that is largely viewed as defensive (outdated by Middle Eastern standards, largely due to US sales in the region), their best offense is a good defense and asymmetrical warfare. And of course, internal mismanagement aside, they are also in this economic pickle b/c Obama could not deliver the promised economic fruits of the Iran deal and Trump flatly reneged.

But going back to being a rational actor, the Bush administration’s 2007 National Intelligence Estimate said that Iran is “guided by a cost-benefit approach.” Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in 2012 that “we are of the opinion that Iran is a rational actor.” Benny Gantz, then head of the Israel Defense Forces, declared the same year that “the Iranian leadership is composed of very rational people.” It’s why Meir Dagan, the longtime head of Israel’s intelligence agency, called the Iranian regime “rational” in an interview with 60 Minutes. And it’s why Ron Burgess, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress that “the agency assesses Iran is unlikely to initiate or provoke a conflict.” The assessment today, much to Netanyahu and American hawks' chagrin, has not changed too much.

Simply put, the regime is first and foremost about ensuring its survival.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
It's a good idea. Go for a summit and push those 12 demands on the mullahs again. Alas, it may be too late for the mullahs to agree to such humiliation, if the US has already decided to go to war.

If the mullahs really were rational actors as so many Western journalists have written, we wouldn't be where we are now - nowhere near it.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Active criticism, i.e. criticism that amounts to real political change, is not something Iranians do much of, as evidenced by the fact that after 39 years the mullahs are still successfully running roughshod over them, and imposijng more restrictions on their liberty..
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Nice find. Will post it on The Iranian. Thanks for sharing.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"The company has not sold its cars in the United States since abandoning the market in the 1980s."

Apparently Renault has minimal exposure to the US, mainly via its partner brand Nissan.

Still, it seems risky. It's pretty hard for a major manufacturer to avoid entanglement with the US financial system.

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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"But more importantly from an Asian point of view it ended a 16 game winless drought and showed that the continent can compete. Iran are Asia’s best team and the continent owes them thanks. There is still a long way yo go but things are looking up. Now it is up to the rest."
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
Pride is a sin in various religions for a reason. It is the ruin of men. At least they got that right, although few seem to comprehend it. Pride is also a common hallmark of losers, and their fragile egos can be manipulated very easily, which is another big weakness we see here. But anyway, you raise more valid points here. Iran has Arabic plastered all over its flag, which is ironic and problematic given the sense of superiority many Iranians harbour towards Arabs due to their pre Islamic past. More ironic is the vomit fest we see whenever someone calls the Gulf Arabian instead of Persian. Get the Arabic off the flag before you complain about the name of the Gulf!
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The pride we see in Iranians is false and empty. There has been nothing to be proud of in Iran in the past 1400 years. Foreign occupation, native tyranny and incompetence, and cultural degeneration in addition to garbage poetry written by idle and hypocritical Muslim drunkards. Iranians take pride in the Zoroastrian past, not because our ancestors were actually great in many ways, but rather because they are perceived to have been "pure Aryans", which means Iranians are proud of that heritage because they think it brings them close to Europe, the object of their endless veneration. Not to mention that rubbish about the "First Human Rights Declaration", as though Cyrus the Great was some sort of an ancient Westernized bleeding heart liberal.

The list goes on and on. I find it highly amusing when Iranians say they are proud while their names, their religion, and their culture is all Islamic, Arabian, Semitic, and Abrahamic with a mix of Western. Are they even real Iranians?
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Russia will help supply Iran with all the rope it needs to hang itself, then swoop in to take a piece of the Persian pie when it is carved up. That was always how this "strategic partnership" which many hopeful have been dreaming about for years was going to end.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
I should add, Islam is part of the problem here, since there is more sympathy towards lying and concealment within the religion, which automatically breeds corruption.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
This stuff needs to be said. Many Iranians will not like it, because it hurts their pride, but until they accept it and act to change it, we can only expect more of the same - a s-hole country ruled by s-heads.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
It should be plainly obvious why most Iranians refuse to effectively rise up.

First, Iranians are timid and so they don't want to get their heads bashed in by regime thugs or thrown in prison and abused. All this nonsense we hear about Iranians being tough to subdue is a load of rubbish. In the past 1400 years Iranians have been some of the most subdued people in the world; they rebel only when the government/ruler is very weak, and Ali Khamenei is no weakling like Mohammad Reza Pahlavi or the late Qajars. They like to say the Shahnameh is the soul of the nation, but the spirit of Kaveh is nowhere to be felt. We look and all we see is a submissive mass of consenting Muslims enthralled by foreign domination and trampled by homegrown tyrants.

Second, Iranians mistrust each other and refuse to compromise on their politics. They believe another revolution would make matters worse somehow. This deep mistrust and endemic hatred does not foster national solidarity. It's a cultural and societal problem that not only paralyzes the nation in its quest for freedom and prosperity, but it would also prevent a future democracy from functioning, because let's not forget that national cooperation is a cornerstone of any functional democratic system. Since Iranians refuse to put aside their petty differences and unite in opposition to the regime and hostile foreign powers, we're not going to see any real change soon.

Iran wouldn't be where it is today if most Muslim Iranians were worthy of their own country. Only in a country like this would a man such as Mohammad Mossadegh be a hero, since what set him apart from most Iranians were his unfailing honesty, integrity, loyalty, and patriotism.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
'That would destroy his carefully crafted image as the leader of the “resistance axis,” a group of countries and groups in the Middle East that oppose United States policies.'

The whole idea of the resistance axis is childish and pathetic. How's that axis going, by the way? With Iran the only real resistant country left, it's not going well. It is obvious that NOT resisting would have saved millions of lives. But those fateful decisions to resist were made over 50 years ago, so it's too late now.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
He said that like most people he knew, he had no inclination to rise up against Iran’s leaders. “But if they talk to Trump and things will get better, I think that will be great and many people will be happy,” he said.

Therein lies the problem. In order to have any chance - and I see the chances as slim - of being "accepted" by America as a legitimate member of the world community, the mullahs would have to make some humiliating decisions, which seems unlikely given all the opportunity they have had to do it. The only other option is for the people to rise up and force reform, but that isn't happening either. That leaves us in a very bad situation in which eventual war/regime-change is likely.


'President Trump also has set different conditions for Iran than he did for North Korea. “He wants Iran to give up everything, without offering any incentive in return,” Mr. Laylaz said. “Why should we sit down with him under such conditions?”'

It's really very simple. You must be blind if you think there are no incentives. At worst, the incentive is a case of 'submit or die'. At best, the incentive is to avoid more and more sanctions and acts of subversion. The mullahs don't deserve a reward for behaving themselves or conforming to the expectations of the US and other states, so if you're expecting that kind of incentive, you're dreaming - lifting sanctions is not a reward, it's just an end to punishment. Look, we are on a trajectory that cannot possibly end well for Iran. It needs to change.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
When the people fail to reform the country themselves - the imperial powers start taking matters into their own hands. And when that happens, the wants and needs of the people are left out of the equation. In fact, I believe the US, while it pretends to sympathise with the Iranian people, has actually condemned them on the basis that they, through their inaction, effectively condone the mullahs and therefore deserve to go down with them.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
جام جهانی روسیه؛ شادی و رقص خیابانی مردم ایران پس از پیروزی بر مراکش
ا پیروزی یک بر صفر تیم ملی فوتبال ایران بر مراکش در جام جهانی مردم در بعضی نقاط ایران به خیابان آمدند و با هم رقصیدند.

تصاویری از خیابان‌های کرمانشاه، مشهد، سنندج، خرمشهر، تهران و شهرهای دیگر به دست بی‌بی‌سی فارسی رسیده که شادمانی مردم را سوار بر ماشین یا پیاده نشان می‌دهد.
www.bbc.com/persian/iran-44503824

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