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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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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___) 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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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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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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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___) 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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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Who knew?
Iran is the head of its group. All the teams including Spain and Portugal played today. Spain and Portugal match resulted in a draw, 3 goals each. Iran national team is the only team with a win in this group and has a chance to move up.
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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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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) replied to abolhussein (@abolhussein) on Pinned comment
The last time Iran was a paradise was 1400 years ago, after which it turned into a dystopia populated by Muslims speaking a bastardized language half Persian half Arabic and following a culture of bare arsed Bedouins. It has been like that ever since, a country under Muslim occupation basically.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Iran is facing Morocco team this Friday. Go Iran!
Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz:
"Nike should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary."
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vahabhakimian Vahab Hakimian (@vahabhakimian) on Pinned comment
Discrimination, and hate crime based on politics, not race. Is there a difference?
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Boycott Nike's products and sign the petition.
"Iranians around the world are proud to rally behind Team Melli against Nike’s unjust targeting, and show that Iran’s athletes deserve equal recognition in this internationally celebrated event"
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I love how they single out the President, i.e. Trump, as if the rest of the US is totally opposed to war with Iran and it's just his personal agenda paid for by Israel or the Jooz. BS. Iran is a target for very simple reasons: it doesn't submit to the Western dominated world order and global financial system, it pursues independence and sovereignty, and an independent foreign policy in opposition to Anglo-American hegemony of the middle east, which makes Iran a strategic threat to Anglo-American interests, and generally continues to stick its finger up at America, Israel etc. Just because Israel and Saudi Arabia also want Iran taken out doesn't mean they are dictating American foreign policy. Iran was a "problem" for the world powers before Israel and even before Saudi Arabia existed - going back to the Ottoman era. That aside, sure, they plan to fight Iran. Even if Trump is serious about getting a new deal with Iran, and even if that deal is done, I believe Washington and London still want the mullahs gone.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Isn't the whole point that, as bad as it was, it was better than now by several key measures? Glorification of Iran under the Shah by certain media outlets is, as mentioned in the article, merely the opposite of what the anti-Shah pro mullah camp (which is not only IRI propaganda but includes many Western leftists) does.

"He was seen as a "Westoxicated" leader, disconnected from the masses and kept in power by a coup in 1953, which was backed by the CIA and British agents."

Key words, "he was seen". Appearances aren't always accurate. The Shah developed a nasty habit of "waving a finger" at the US and UK in the mid 70s, just as the mullahs are doing now. It seems likely he was removed by those same powers who put him in, and who also made sure that the mullahs would emerge on top.
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) replied to Mossadegh Project (@mossadegh) on Pinned comment
The Messiah: liberator, savior, lover of Iranians is at it again and this time, he will deliver water to the needy. Below is his latest...

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