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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
The US did not lose anything except money, which it prints out of thin air anyway. Syria and Assad on the other hand lost hundreds of thousands of lives and a whole country worth of infrastructure.
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
Asia and the East China Sea should be increasingly occupying the Empire's focus, resources and adventurism. Unlike the aforementioned the ME presents no meaningful threat to America's post-Cold-world order. For the foreseeable future they will keep selling weapons to the region, Egypt will continue being paid off, and Israel will maintain its military superiority. To be sure Syria has been a slap in America's face and prestige, but if looking to squeeze out a few more years or decades out of US imperialism they are well served to be less engaged in the ME.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"On Monday, sources told Reuters Chinese buyers of Iranian oil were beginning to shift their cargoes to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) for nearly all their imports.

The shift demonstrates that China, Iran’s biggest oil customer, wants to keep buying Iranian crude despite the sanctions, which were reimposed after the United States withdrew in May from a 2015 agreement to halt Iran’s nuclear program."
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"Out of 3,000 Mojahedin that the United States brought to Albania in 2016, around 400 of them have deserted the paramilitary organization, have abandoned jihad and many of them have been trafficked to Germany, Italy, Greece and other European countries. MEK which is panicking because of these mass defections of its jihadis has moved its members in camp Ashraf 3 in the Albanian village of Manza and does not let them out. "
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
There's a very thin line between refraining from recklessly provoking an empire and kowtowing to it. This line separates reasonable cautiousness from spineless cowardice.

One of the things that separates Dr. Mossadegh from MRP and the Mullahs is the fact that his cause was just and his fight with the imperial powers well-chosen. Unlike the aforementioned idiots, Mossadegh did not recklessly provoke the foreign enemy because of an irrational reason or self-serving purpose. He fought not for religion, ideology, or power, but for sovereignty, freedom, and justice. He fought for his nation, and he knew what he was doing. Even though Iran and Mossadegh ultimately lost in the end, it was a good fight, since it was a heroic and defiant mockery of foreign enemies that had a chance to yield fruits and was driven by noble principles and ideals that continue to inspire millions of Iranian patriots.

Iran may have been driven out of the international community had Mossadegh succeeded, but is being part of that club more important than national honor, dignity, and independence? Absolutely not. Fighting against the odds is the right thing to do a lot of the times.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I beg to differ. This analogy would be valid if the intended goal in Syria was simply trashing the country. But I believe what was intended was much more than that. America & Co. wanted to overthrow Assad, completely dismantle the country, and pave the way for a certain economic and political project they had in mind. Of course, none of that has been accomplished. Assad is still in power, the country has not been dismantled, and the project has not been realized.

Clearly this is a victory for Assad and his partners, but at the same time it is also a Pyrrhic victory. Another valid way of looking at this is to consider the whole thing more of a failure by Assad's enemies than a victory for him - i.e. the US lost the conflict, Assad did not win it.

What remains clear is that the Syrian conflict has signaled the end of the post-Cold-War unipolar world order.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Sharks and parasites. It's time the host ridded itself of parasites and staved off the sharks, but as Mossadegh said, "until a nation is knowledgeable and informed and there are not competent administrators in a country, the country’s fate will remain the same."

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
So, if someone pays a pack of thugs to burn your village down, kill many of its inhabitants and destroy or steal your possessions, but you manage to chase them off afterwards, that's a victory for you?

Just remember where the "winners'" goals came from. They didn't exist until Syria was facing a very real existential threat. Their hands were forced.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
I must say it was quite rich of Mohamamd Reza Pahlavi to accuse Dr. Mossadegh of corruption, given that he was the corrupt son of corrupt tyrant from a corrupt upstart family. Equally as rich was the accusation of promoting imperialism. What a full-blown stooge.

This is what you get when you have a dynasty of base lineage founded by a former stable boy who slept on the floor in his palace. A family of thieves and buffoons calling themselves a "royal house" without even a drop of blue blood in their veins or a shred of nobleness in their character. What a disgraceful end to a 2500 years old monarchy.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Sharks along with internal parasites won't let it happen.
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
State of the country: The victors accomplished their goals. So yes, the ends justified the means. The US has used this formula for decades but for a change it's finding itself on the other side of the fence.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
Surely, it was never the goal of any of the "victors" to have to deal with the destruction of yet another country at the hands of the US/UK. To call this situation a "win" or victory takes a big stretch of the imagination.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
“The Trump administration should reverse course on the nuclear accord and return to the diplomatic table, end the outrageous ban on Iranians obtaining visas, and mitigate the snapback of sanctions that hurt the Iranian people and many in the United States.”
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"Interrupting the usual barrage of headlines about nuclear warheads and oil rigs, the self-taught photographer offers rare views from inside his country’s historic buildings, baths, mosques and ancient ruins. For many outdoor images, Ganji shoots at night to capture Iran’s crystalline starlit sky."
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji is a 25-year-old Iranian physics student. But he spends his free time obsessing over how to make photos that will reveal Iran’s architectural heritage and natural beauty to the rest of the world.

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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Yes. But Russians and Iranians achieved their goals. As did Assad who wet hated the storm and is still in power. The country is being rebuilt as we speak. Of course, none of the actors in Syria including the losers (US, Israel, Saudi, UAE etc) give a rats ass about Syrians but fact remains that the triumvirate of Russia, Iran and to a lesser extent Turkey achieved its goals.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I hope the new fighter jet is better than the F-313. I suspect they are so far behind that no matter what they do, any home grown fighter solution will be a waste of time and money unless it embodies imported current generation technology, which the world powers are unwilling to sell to Iran.

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"MM: I was not only against a democratic republic but any type of those kinds of regimes since a change in regime does not necessary bring progress to a nation. Until a nation is knowledgeable and informed and there are not competent administrators in a country, the country’s fate will remain the same.

There are many countries whose regimes are a republic but do not enjoy freedom and there are those countries whose regimes are constitutional monarchy and they enjoy freedom and independence."

He was definitely right there. Look what happened when Iran became a republic.
Shhhh... Mossadegh was against a democratic republic. We'd better keep that one quiet.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Mossadegh learnt what happens when you threaten the bottom line of powerful interests tied to a stronger empire than your own. I cannot say he is totally blameless for pushing as hard as he did, despite his ideas being "right", because it doesn't matter how right you are if your enemy is much stronger than you - you're probably going to lose.

Notwithstanding their differences, Mossadegh, MRP and the mullahs have one thing in common - they were/are not afraid to push the boundaries of Anglo-American imperial tolerance, and get smacked down. Sixty five years later, Iran has still not found its place in the modern world.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
The fact remains that Syria has gone from an intact, functional state to a pile of smouldering ashes, and it was all because of the US/UK.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
If you follow what was said it would have been obvious that Iran is not United States, Trump is not Khamenie, Zarif is not Pompeo or Bolton.
Trump and his team are trying to make life hell for Iranians Zarif is trying to save what is left of the Iran Deal.
Which side are you on:
Sanctions, starvation, war or peaceful coexistance?
The overthrow of the Iranian government is not possible or wise for the Iranian people inside Iran, for the Iranians living in the United States and neither for Americans .
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