Top   /  New
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Putin can't throw Iran under the bus, because he never had Iran's back to begin with.

“Russia has an interest to bleed Iran in Syria, to weaken Iran but not collapse Iran because it may lose the Assad regime, which is its major card,” said Sami Nader, head of the Levant Institute for Strategic Stud ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
I didn't say I thought it would actually happen.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Trump is probably thinking to himself, "yeah, and oil prices will go much higher when we attack Iran".
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Russian women don't really need a sexual revolution. Communism gave them that many moons ago, This story is just sad.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Smaller countries - i.e. not world powers - are as strong as their friends. Israel has the strongest friends in the world. Iran has none. That's not rocket science.

As Putin said, the mullahs should not be saying things that can be interpreted as indicating a real desire to destroy Israel, or Ameri ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"The Russian Eurasian notion is of different cultures, autonomous, and sovereign, that precisely denies universality and hegemony, in principle."

But of course Russia still wants to dominate this entire region, so when Russia talks about sovereignty, there is an agenda involved, Russia is no differ ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Let's not overestimate the size of the "rift" in the Atlantic. The two sides have never agreed on everything.

"China was and remains a pure mercantilist power, whose grand total of protectionist policies put both the US and Europe to shame"

Yes. A much-needed piece of perspective. Whatever your po ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I suspect this was a deliberate act aimed at increasing pressure on Iran to wind down the war with Iraq.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
If you were the US and you wanted to weaken Iran, going after their oil revenue would have to be an obvious target.

Long term, expect an attempt to break away the oil and gas-rich regions from Tehran altogether.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Yes, they most certainly can, if they are prepared to take appropriate action, which should be easy enough in what is effectively an absolute monarchy. The kingdom has been on a more progressive trajectory before. KSA should be aiming to become a great big UAE.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The Europeans are desperate not to be seen as aggressors here. They will publicly support the deal until they get the opportunity to pull out - until their hand is forced by circumstances. Make no mistake, when war with Iran happens, the Euros will be on board with America.

The Russians and Chinese ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Does anyone trust a man in a turban when he screams corruption at one of his fellow countrymen? Maybe if he's a Sikh, but certainly not if he's an Iranian politician.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Or to put it a different way. India will trade with whomsoever it is convenient to trade, and avoid causing problems for itself.

It is not India's job to stick up for Iran. The media has to stop applying victim status to the great Islamic Republic. Victims do not reform because they do not believe ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Yes I think a US-UK-Russia alliance is a little fantastic. US-UK/Anglosphere nations going it alone, distanced from Europe, sure. Better relations/de-escalation deal with Russia? Plausible, and would benefit both sides. But not a proper alliance.
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Call them traitors but the people have failed to reform the present awful regime that most of the world despises. Do you think it is ok to have an internationally despised regime in power? You can't just carry on and expect everything to be fine. Change must happen, and it will happen, either by our ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"played a role in the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew U.S.-loyal Shah Reza Pahlevi"

US-loyal? Kind of. But clearly not enough, or he wouldn't have been allowed to fall. By 1979, the US/UK had doubted his loyalty for at least 5 years. The Shah liked to mouth off a bit like the mullah regime d ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"By aligning with Russia, the U.S. stands to reassert itself in this multi-polar world. And Iran, my friends, is the strategic casualty of this larger game!"

Well, this is what always happens with Iran, isn't it? It tries to capitalise on the competition between world powers, but when circumstances ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Yes, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan were all part of Iran – really not so long ago (in the 19th Century) – before the Russians (and the Brits) splintered Iran. And it is about to happen again.

Yes, the Brits yanked Afghanistan (and parts of what is ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"No-one should forget that Ayatollah Khomeini was brought to Iran on a French Government chartered air France, 747"

Yeah. Clearly, that aircraft could have been stopped. Khomeini could have been stopped before he left France. He had no control over his fate while he was in France, or on that plane. ... Read more
See More
Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
Which leads to one general conclusion: whatever comes next, even under the best case scenario, will still stink, and under the worst case, there won't be an Iran left to speak of.
See More