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The Costs of Iran’s Political Pageantry

By Karim Sadjadpour

“You know the thing about Iran,” a European Ambassador in Tehran once lamented to me. “It has such a rich culture, a grand history, wonderful people. The cuisine is sophisticated and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s got incredible poets, musicians and filmmakers. Beautiful art and architecture…But it’s cursed with such lousy politicians.”

I was reminded of these words when watching the pageantry of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this morning, announcing that 15 British sailors held captive in Iran would be “pardoned” as an Easter “gift” to the British people in a gesture of magnanimity from “the great Iranian nation.”

Hardliners in Tehran are certain to perceive the entire incident as a diplomatic victory. After all, Iran publicly humiliated its long-time nemesis Britain, and won the release of an Iranian diplomat who had been detained in Iraq.

But at what cost?

From the diplomatic perspective, Tehran may feel like it has chastened the Europeans to think twice before working in concert with the U.S., but in fact they’ve likely achieved the opposite effect. Instead of splitting the international coalition assembled against them by weaning the Europeans away from the Americans—a strategy which Iran successfully employed during the era of reformist President Mohammed Khatami—Iran has further eroded European confidence that there exists a mature Iranian leadership amenable to diplomatic compromise.

And what effect will this have on the moribund Iranian economy, the regime’s Achilles heel? Is the multi-national corporation looking for investment opportunities in the Middle East going to go to Iran or Dubai? Is the international energy firm going to look to sign lucrative natural gas contracts with Iran or Qatar? Are the European tourists who were looking to visit the Middle East this year going to journey to Iran or Egypt?

Iranian hardliners similarly proclaimed victory after the 444 day hostage crisis in 1979 which humiliated the Carter administration. While three decades later the hostage crisis is a blip in the history of the United States, Iran continues to pay for it in terms of a soiled international reputation, political and economic isolation, and vastly unfulfilled potential.

And what about the Iranian people, whom president Ahmadinejad professes to speak for? Ahmadinejad’s entire campaign platform was about compassion for the common man and putting the oil money on people’s dinner tables. But they have been diminished to a mere footnote during his presidency, amidst the bustle about uranium enrichment, centrifuges, holocaust denial, and now British sailors.

Before announcing the release of the sailors, Ahmadinejad felt compelled to lecture the West on gender sensitivity, asking why the UK would send Faye Turney, a mother, on such a compromising mission. “Why don't they respect the values of families in the West?” he asked. “Why is there no respect for motherhood, affection?”

His remarks come one month after a few dozen Iranian women were arrested and/or beaten while peacefully assembling against laws which, among other things, permit stoning women to death if they are convicted of adultery and deny women equal rights in divorce, custody and inheritance. I’m sure the double standard was lost on him.

In characteristic fashion, Iran’s leadership is consumed by short-term tactics at the expense of long-term strategy. In the short term, Iran thumbed its nose at the West and put a smile on the face of millions around the world—especially in the Islamic world—who abhor Western policies in the Middle East.

But once the dust has settled in Tehran, more sober Iranian officials will come to realize that Iran has only increased the time and distance it will need to travel until it can reintegrate itself into the international community and assume its rightful position as a respected member of the league of nations.

Karim Sadjadpour recently joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace after serving four years as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Tehran and Washington, D.C. A leading researcher on Iran, Sadjadpour has conducted dozens of interviews with senior Iranian officials, and hundreds across Iranian society. He is a regular contributor to BBC World TV and radio, CNN and National Public Radio, and has written in the Washington Post, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and New Republic.

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"And the Unitedstatesians and their British poodles should cease intervening in other people's countries."

Maybe when Iran stops putting 9 year old girls on trial for adultery and hanging them in public from cranes can Governments like the US and Britain stop 'interfering' with disgraceful nations such as Iran.

Percent latte:

Hey Karim pssst pssst,

stop drinking me and travel a bit more, possibly to Tehran. There are currently 193 countries in the world. Exactly which community are you refering to. LOL.

"Iran has only increased the time and distance it will need to travel until it can reintegrate itself into the international community and assume its rightful position as a respected member of the league of nations."


Sofia:

"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"
refusing to be "WEAK AND FEABLE"
accusing the author of "kissing up to the West"

This kind of talk focusing on PRIDE and LOOKING GOOD, as opposed to searching for peace, is scary and reminds me of terrorist and George Bush talk. The images of the Iranians parading the British soldiers on t.v. forcing them to say a variety of phrases also reminded me of fanatical terrorist behaviour.

These types of attitudes and behaviours do not improve any situation, only increase the divides. What is even more scary is that by acting like this, the governments (whether the U.S. or Iran) end up gaining support from the people and getting into wars. It also takes attention away from what is really going on (i.e. in Iran - women being buried and stoned to death, people being arrested and tortured for saying what they think etc. etc. etc. etc.)

I am saddened by this situation as I would like to have hope for the future but it seems as though religious fanatisism, hatred of the West and "us against them" mentalities are just continuing to increase.

Guest Worker:

Secular or not, my brothers, PEACE be upon all of you.

Michael Deal:

The Bush Administration has never offered to end the embargo of Iran as part of a uranium deal. It should: Offering such a carrot would be a face-saving win for the Iranian government, and it would strengthen the US. While the financial pressure on Iran is, after 11 years, finally having some impact simply because we live, at the moment, in a global economy that is denominated in U.S. dollars, the unilateral U.S. trade embargo on Iran has almost no effect and hurts American exports far worse than any adverse impact on Iran. The import ban has no effect given the high demand for oil by all other countries. The export ban hurts Americans because the U.S. embargo prohibits not only all direct exports to Iran, but also ALL re-exports of US-origin products and even the export of foreign made products with U.S.-origin content in the form of parts, components, materials or technology. Thus a trading company in Dubai or a manufacturing in India that sells product to Iran dares not purchase US goods unless it is willing to put an inventory control system into place that abides by US controls, and most aren't willing to go to that expense. As a result, they source their goods or components from other countries. This hurts the US far more than it hurts Iran, and even helps the mullahs keep the country insulated from Western influence as well as the Iranian exile community, which would be rather influential in Iran if trade were permitted. It also denies the US considerable intelligence that would be gained from debriefing business travellers to Iran (not to mention covers for actual intelligence operatives).

Anonymous:

The naked truth is that UK and USA have lied to the world for more than 4 years about Iraq and the Middle East. They have no credibility left whatsoever. Whatever they say is simply baloney or a lie.

Jaleh:

DCGUY

You are the victim of Gobbles technique that repeating a lie enough times, would make people believe it. In the present Nazi-like environment of the US, the media repeats lies like "Iraq has WMD and ties to Al-Qaeda....-or- "Iran president says "Israel should be wiped off the map" and holds Holocaust Denial Conferences in Tehran" -so many times that you parrot it like a good little Nazi!

In case of the Iraqi lies, you already got the fruit of your false propaganda, so let me just correct your propaganda re. Iran:

1. Ahmadinejad has talked about Israel disappearing from the 'pages of history'- JUST LIKE SOUTH AFRICAN APARTHEID AND SOVIET UNION REGIME disappeared. He meant that the colonial and apartheid regime of Israel, that is Zionism, will end. Many people who believe in a positive direction of history, believe in the inevitability of the same. Colonialism in its crudest form died by 20th centurey, so will Zionism. And historically speaking, soon!

But, Ahmadinejad's words conviniently propagated in the Jewish dominated media of the US as 'Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map', so god forbid if it acquires nukes too! Let alone than Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has a stockpile of nukes and in its short existence has invaded all its neighbors and is sitting on stolen land from its neighbors ILLEGALLY. Iran on the other hand, has not invaded any country for over a century. Iran has been attacked by Iraq which was in turn supported and provided chemical weapons by UK, France, Germany and USA. This should answer your second point that EU will sanction Iran more severely.... EU and US could NOT defeat Iranian revolution by their combined help to Saddam's free cannon fodders AND the Arab finaces in 8 years of war that they instigated against Iran. They have been trying for 27 years, they will continue for another 27 years if Iran does not accept another puppet of theirs like the US-UK installed Shah.


2. The conference in Iran is named as 'holocasut denial conference,' again in US media. However, it was a conference to allow all rereachers whose voice have been shut up in the west bring up their voice without censor, like any other scientific conference. Neither was it an anti-Semitic conference as many Rabbis against Zionism attended the meeting. Questioning the number of people who got killed in Holocasut, or remembering that many other people whom the Nazis considered 'non-pure' such as Yahova witness, gays, Gypsies, Poles, Russians, Jews, retarded people.... were ALL victims of holocaust is such a BIG ARTIFICIALLY MADE TABOO in the US, that you call anyone who talks about it freely, as a 'holocasut-denier'!

The two terms 'anti-Semite' and 'holocaust-denier' have been used ad nauseam to shut up any critic of Israeli crimes.

You don't seem to be bothered by the fact that people are put in prison for VOICING their opinion or sharing their research with peer, or the fact that the synagogue of the Rabbis who attended the conference in Iran was burned recently in NY, no?

Finally, your last point regarding the OVERHYPED fearsome Israeli military. AIPAC has been getting BILLIONS of US taxpayers money in the name of 'US does not have to get its hands dirty in Middle East directly, we'll be their pit bulls, just give us weapons and money.'

It seems that Israel can take care of Palestinians who don't have anything but pebbles to fight with, alright. But, 1/5 of Israelis had to hide in shelters when a small militia of Hezbollah shot some cheap rocket in Israel, no? Did Israel manage to destroy little Hezbollah under its own nose in Lebanon, even though US gave them EMERGENCY EXTRA BOMBS and prevented a cease fire until Israel 'finishes the job?'

In Iraq the case was even reversed, instaed of Israel being of any help to the US, the tail wagged the dog. Brainwashed Americans went ahead with the disaster thanks to the lies of their media.

They are being told a new set of lies mixed with some of the same old ones, this time about Iran. Repeat it at your own peril, casue Iran won't be as easy as Iraq for you.

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SAY WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR. JUST LIKE YOUR BOSS.
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Anonymous:

To hear of Cyrus the great is good! Jews in Iran are Iranians, arent they? Like jews in France are Frenchmen and Jews in Germany used to be Germans, avant 33.

I am surprised to see a quote of a Western diplomat as a measure on Iran. The measure I heard from Iranians is the "Death to" language, used by all sides. "Death to the mullahs" is not better than "Death to the UK". But maybe this is just "Yes, yes, no, no" of the bible, Abraham, that came with the Turks, that brought Islam to Iran many years ago.

Well, Zoroaster, Mitras etc, there is more in Iran, which Arab country would have been capable to perform such a cavalry attack? Maybe Nazrallahs great fighters in Lebanon. Chapeau!

Afsaneh:

JACOB

Your Jewish ancestors, who revered the very Persian of Persians, Cyrus the Great for liberating them in Babylon, would be turning in their graves for the anti-"Persian" ramblings your are churning here.

DCGuy:

Iran has every reason to be proud that the Persian people have more say in their government than any other nation in the Near East. (except Israel... but that's debatable as well) When Iranians went to the polls in 2005, Bush and the US government only strengthened the hands of the hardliners by disputing Iran's democracy and telling Iranians to boycott the election. The reformist electorate largely stayed away anyways, but it energized the anti-Western factions to vote and put Ahmadinejad in power over the more liberal Rafsanjani. In my mind, Ahmadinejad HAS a significant claim to democratic legitimacy.

Of course, at the same time, let's be honest here. You cannot truly refer to a nation as a true "democracy" when a non-elected Spiritual Leader and Council maintain ultimate authority, especially when that elite group prevents the vast majority of political candidates from running, and suppresses free speech. (Both of which are abuses that occur in ALL democracies, including the US, but not en masse) Iranians posting here may not agree with Mr. Sadjadpour's viewpoint, but in Iran, he wouldn't even be able to state it. In our media you will find a wide variety of opinions and likeminded politicians that run contrary to US policy. They're allowed. THAT is the essence of democracy, protection of dissenting opinions and minority viewpoints. (Which many would say is currently at a low not seen since the Red Scares of the 1950s and 1919.)

However, on the issue of the British sailors, I believe that it's fairly clear to the international community that the facts show that Iran was probably in the wrong. The border was not a US-UK imposed boundary but an internationally accepted one, whether Iran agrees or not. The British government was able to provide GPS evidence that their people were in Iraqi waters, and in the face of this evidence, the Iranian government changed their claim as to where the British sailors were captured. The issue of using the prisoners as televised propaganda is a violation of the Geneva code as well, but there are much worse violations going on as we speak.

In the face of international sanctions against an already economically stagnant country, I don't think that providing more evidence to the anti-Iran camp of Iran's unpredictability and immaturity (by international standards) at this point in time was a very wise idea. I'm glad, however, that all parties were able to resolve the issue peacefully, and that Iran apparently treated the Brits pretty well. Ahmadinejad isn't crazy, he's a reactionary, and a skilled politician. But he has a tendency to to a bit too far for international (and occassionally Khamenei's, supposedly) tastes.

The Persian people have a long and glorious history, and are one of the oldest and most cultured civilizations anywhere in the world. Additionally, Iran has every right to (lawfully and peacefully) oppose what it sees as attempted Western domination. But disregarding international law and actions that fly in the face of global opinion are not the ways to encourage national development domestically and internationally. This man, and these actions, are not characteristic of the true Iran.

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Afsaneh:

JAXOB

For all your ramblings about Iran killing off the Zoroastrians - (they fled the Arab invasion of the 7th century not, the Iranian people) please pay attention to some pertinent facts:
THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR, currently celebrated in Iran, and a reason in part why this whole sailor ordeal had so many layers to it, is a 2 week holiday starting from the first day of Spring, March 21st.
From the staunchest Mullahs to the most reformed of reformers this unifying, pre-Islamic Zoroastrian New Year continues to be celebrated in Iran. It has remained for 2500 years, Iran's National Holiday.
The country literally shuts down for 2 weeks, and in part the holiday complicated the UK sailors' situation.
The Shah didn't take "Persia" away from the nation of Iran. He only took a tyranny in which you couldn't even elect a President, away from the Iranian people.
Ramble as much as you want. But do pick up a book somewhere along the way. Less than that, just pick up an IQ or 2, that's all it takes to know current history.
Good ,bad, or ugly - Iranians now elect their Presidents. They also continue to speak Persian, and hold as thier singular national holiday, the same Zorastrian New Year of their forefather, Cyrus.

Angelina:

I PROFOUNDLY DISAGREE with the author. This was a "coup de theatre" win for human decency in the face of 4 years of never-ending human mutilation on our screens. I don't even care where the credits lie - I'm just sick of 4 year raging war in the region - with upwards of 650,000 perished souls hovering over those same contentious waters - We have witnessed prisoners on both sides, US and Iraqi, degraded, mutilated, hung from bridges, put into but-naked pyramids, genitals pointed at and photographed. There have been endless signs of the lowest signs of human degradation.
As a woman, I applaud this one act of just letting it go. I don't care who won, who lost. The fact that we didn't have to witness any mutilations, cell phone recorded hangings, and in its place saw people in good health able to return to their lives back in the UK, is no small feat. BRAVO to all involved.

DCGuy:

Iran will never end up with the bomb, at least not anytime soon while their president says "Israel should be wiped off the map" and holds Holocaust Denial Conferences in Tehran.

The EU will sanction Iran harder, with spotty support (it would now appear) from Russia and China, but will not take up arms. (Even the Brits, I don't think)

The US might decide against a military option should Iran come close to testing a nuke, or they might not. But if Iran seems poised to get nuclear weapons, and they don't do something, the Israelis will.

I'm not saying it's right, or wrong, or western, or eastern, or democratic, or imperialist, or whatnot, but that's what's going to happen. I am an American who is pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist and respects and reveres culture from all the ummah, but... Israel is THE dominant military power in the Near East, and the only one with nuclear weapons. They will not allow that dominance to be challenged, especially by a theocratic democracy like Iran.

Ray:

I enjoyed the posts by many Iranians who correctly pointed out the colonial tricks and imperial savagery played by the Brits in Iran, middle-east, India, and many other places. It's typically the western imperialist trick to scream until they are blue in their face about "breaking laws and international codes of conducts": let me just give a few examples of the wonderful laws of the white imperialist rules from just the last fifty years: 1) In the USA in the south, black citizens could not use the same restrooms as whites, could not sit where they wanted in public buses, and could not attend :white-onlu schools"until about 1962!!, 2) After the white nations (US/Russia/England/France)had developed, tested and deployed nuclear bombs in the 50's, they tried like hell with so called laws such as the nuclear non-proliferation trety to prevent any other country (mostly the so-called undeveloped nations such as India/China)to get the same right to threaten and massacre civilians as these countries already possesed. Russia helped China to get the nuke, and US helped Israel to get the nuke.. India (where I am from) with great wisdom and dignity refused to sign the NPT unless all the nuclear-bomb nations agreed to get rid of their massive arsenals of mass destruction. Muslim-Arab nations after seeing how the USA lets Isreal to illegally occupy Palestinian land and treat Palestinians as cattle realized that they need to have the same WMD weapons as the USA and Isreal so that they can negotiate from strength the end of Isreali occupation, and other counter other threats from the USA. That's what led to massive Suadi/Libyan oil-money funding of Pakistani development of the nuclear bomb. India decided to do the same on its own.. Pakistanis (their President Mr. Musharaaf being the main facilitator thru A Q Khan, head of the Pakistani nuke program) shared their uranium separation technology, and other bomb-making scerets in exchange for money with Iran and Libya, and in exchange for long-range missiles with N. Korea..

So it's very amusing to read from the mostly clue-less, and totally ignorant of world history and culture (except for the part that has to do with the brief Wester domination during the last 300 years or so) readers of W. Post or NY Times, the rants and raves about "laws" and "rights", and how the USA frees oppressed peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan etc.. Time and tide wait for no one, least for an arrogant nation drunk in the myth of total power to destroy any other nation in the world. This too will pass in the brief span of 20-40 years..

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Maybe our President Mr. Bush was right when he said these two thing that I find WISE.
1)"YOU Are Either With Us Or Against US." Similar.

2)On Pakistan reluctance to help US post 911, "We can BOMB YOU Back To the Stone-Age.." Similar.

WE COULD NUKE Iran-Afghanistan & Pakman country ALL AT THE Same-Time and call it a day!

And Brother George Walker will enjoy his Jim Beam, just like in Heaven. But Only with Laura, Our virgin First Lady. Ya Ya. :=)'

Then TRUE & Genuine PEACE and healing of Nations on EARTH will truly become the Bloom of our future. Because the real SATAN will lose. And we will win. Just a matter of clock time.
PEACE-LOVE-ROCKnROLL. Ya Ya.

Dennis Heath:

Mr Posted on April 4, 2007 20:42

Jacob Jozevz:
I would enjoy talking to you more about iran and that region, you sound like you know much more then i do, i am diable and spend alot of time trying to umderstand this crazy world we live in. so if you get this maybe somehow we could email each other.my email is meangrouchy@hotmail.com
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Anonymous:

خجالت بکش... این حرفهای بی ربط چیه؟

bright dutchman:

123: I could be objective, but then my posts would make even less sense. Anyway, quite positive that these 15 soldiers finally were released from their compulsory appearance in show of half decent comedy playwright Ahmadinejad.

123:

Boooooooooo.....this man can be a half decent comedian, but not exactly a keen and objective analyst.

bright dutchman:

Although I've never been to Iran I suppose that its population ranges from stupid idiots to fantastic bright people, like everywhere. Most probably, they are as divided as the people having posted comments here. Having said that, I think the brighter generally feel more inclined to escape to free parts of the world, especially to the US and Europe, which leads to a "brain drain". I've got the idea that the remaining people fear democracy and have doubts about the ability of their divided countrymen and opposed interest groups to negotiate peacefully in order to achieve common goals. Perhaps a lot of them also fear foreign (US) supremacy. I therefore fear that the dictature and this ludicrous, must be joking, Iranian president has, at least for the time being, more supporters than we, and most Iranians, would like. This, among other things, however condems most Iranians to poverty, because investors most probably are going to prefer Dubai. Nonetheless, the common world culture of the future is that everybody, including the Iranian citizens, wants to become more or less wealthy and those who don't are bound to perish. We are all more American than we would like to admit.

Yours most probably, fantastic bright dutchman.

F. Jones (UK):

Only a charlatan will disown his country and his own people, only to kiss up to American media and tell them what they want to hear.

The confused tone of this man's writing smacks of having a personal axe to grind. Hardly an objective analysis.

The UK servicemen matter with Iran was a diplomatic incident and it was resolved thru the proper diplomatic channel, as it should have been done, not via the media, hype or irrelevant talk.

Anonymous:

Iranian politics has changed. Iran is the only Middle Eastern country with a former president, alive and well and not executed or in jail or in exile.

Iranian boy:

Bravo to Jaleh, poster above!

This fellow seems to suffer from dillusional confusion. He thinks that if he puts all political, social, and economic issues in a giant blender, mix it all with a subjective (and not objective analysis) and criticize his own country, all problems will go away! .....Grow up!

Iran must do what is in its national interests. Capitulation to foreigners is not in the cards. In the same way that it was not in the cards for China and India. They too were subject to negative psycho-babble for decades. But look at them now, the envy of the world.

And your favourites, the Yanks and the Brits? Totally isolated by world opinion, could not win a war against a creampuff, and awfully close to defeat in Iraq....essentially what happened to the USSR in Afghanistan!!!! The most amusing, and fascinating, point is that both defeats are the work of a rag-tag but determined bunch people, known as the Mujahedeen back then and Al Qaeda these days! Victory belongs to the prepared and determined mind, does it not?

Behrooz:

The answer to why Iran has "such lousy politicians" is obvious:

In Iran political candidates are first screened for ideological loyalty, which shrinks the pool of talent greatly. Even worse, in Iranian universities political science and law classes are filled with students who are there because they could not get it to what they really wanted to study. The poiliticians currently in office are not trained in these fields anyway. For example Ahmadinejad is an engineer.

lili:

oops, my message was cut for some reason!

I was trying to explain to Karen first hand as an Iranian who likes Iran, loves Ahmadinejad, voted for him (despite what Mr. Sadjadipour-types portray him, Ahmadinejad got elected by far with higher percentage of Iranian population than any recent US presidet got in office), and respect the foreign policy of Iran that stands up to bullies who invade, occupy and intervene in other countries by concocting LIES.

Unlike the author, I also think that kissing up to the west, will not HELP Iran. If the west COULD do any harm to Iran, they wouldn't hesitate, no matter how much Mr Sadjadipour kisses up. At the present, Iran recognised that Brits could not do more than bark. Iran reacted perfectly to Brits who wanted ONCE AGAIN to mess around by DEFINING Iran's water borders.
Iran played cleverly a poor hand that it was dealt.

But to answer Karen's other questions, that is, if I feel good about Iran why did I come to the great US of A? short answer:

1) I prefer my American janoitor to the Philipino one I had in Iran.

2) To share some of the great wealth which America has obtained basically by stealing the natural resources of countries like MINE for so many decades.

lili:

To Karen and numerous other Americans who writes comment like the following:

>

I left because I enjoy the American janitor who works for me better than the philipino one I used to have in Iran. Satisfied?

no hope for you:

This is to Oldhonky and people like him:
You and yours are full of it. Most of you are so ignorant to what is happening around not just the world but around your selfs. Most of Americans refuse to learn about/from history. Most of you let the TV do your thinking for you instead of taking time away form it to educate your brains instead of sitting on it, drinking your beer and admirring your 4 wheel TV commercials.

Your leaders lie to you over and over and over and spoon feed crap to you saying it's honey through your TV and by above article you might have read.

Iranian men don't treat thier women like sex objects, but most American do. Iranian women cover themselves like the nuns do and like blessed virgin marry because it is thier right, unlike most American women who choose to dress like street women to be noticed by thier men.

You and your leaders are pissed off of Iranians because despite all your unjust sanctions and all you negetive propeganda towrds them, they have achieved so much that we have lost count including sending sattelites to the orbit.

One of the reasons Iran took those Americans as hostages was because your leaders were trying to over through the people elect government of Iran, like they had done before with the British help on 1953.

Your leaders creat monsters like osama bin laden, Sadam and likes of him to terrerize the worlds people and use them to start wars. You have traveled accross the glob to medel and yet you accuse Iran of medeling.

You, likes of you and your leaders have sucked the Iranian lives dry for so long that you are use to it. Like a infant used to his motheres milk. But guess what, no more!!.

And you, yes you, the one who wrote the article. Educate your self regarding what ever subject you choose to cover, so that you don't sound like a fool. I advise you to learn it from Mr. Tedd Kopole.

oldhonky:

Iran seems to have two governments. The ultimate power is the Shi*ite theocratic government run by Ayatollah Khamenei. But that government permits a structurally democratic government with many elected officials to exist, to hold elections, and to handle day-to-day business. When the latter government has a well-intentioned leader, such as Mohammed khatami who was President for eight years, many things seem to work acceptably well. But Khatami*s successor, Ahmedinejad, is a ranting excitable xenophobic nutcase -- but also a clever man with a talent for manipulating the media to advance his causes. Ahmedinejad is believed to be a millenialist -- meaning that he is said to believe that the Twelfth Imam will come back and the world will end, kind of a Shi*ite version of our American Appalachian fundamentalism based on a literal reading of the Biblical Book of Revelation. A millenialist does not care if he plunges the world into war and chaos, since it is about to end anyway. Still, Khamenei, lurking behind the scenes, has ultimate control of Iran -- and he seems to be a cautious person, who may yet reach for Ahmedinejad*s chain and pull it if Iran is being stampeded into too much destructive trouble by Ahmedinejad*s excesses. Since we in the USA cannot know for sure how accurate the news is that comes out of Iran, much of what I have just stated is impossible to establish beyond all reasonable doubt.

George Milton:

Just rewind to the video scenes of Saddam firing his shotgun on his balcony in defiance of the west - such Bravado. Remind you of anyone? Right. Some civilizations never learn.

Daniel:

All of the hegemonic powers of their time engaged in various military adventures including the Iranians/Persians in centuries past and the Americans in this century and the last.

The problem with Arabs and Persians, and to a lesser extent, Americans is their machismo which leads to confrontation and conflict.

Arabian and Persian societies are characterised by the oppression of women. Until women are liberated in their societies then their cultures will stagnate and fall behind western culture and civilisation to a greater extent than it already has. The rapid development of western civilisation in recent decades has coincided with the rise of liberalism and the denunciation of prejudice and oppression. This has been the core of objective of the Neocon's and has been fought every step of the way by the left. It has been a noble quest but, unfortunately, has not been as well managed as it could have been. Yet the lack of support from the left has done its chances of success no favours.

In any case, while many here may curse American power now you may find yourselves in a much greater moral dilemma when Americans and Chinese inevitably clash in the Pacific. No doubt Europeans (and some self Americans) may cheer at the weakening of US power that would result you may find yourselves longing for the days of US strategic hegemony to counter Chinese and Soviet strategic dominance in Europe and the Pacific.

Daniel:

All of the hegemonic powers of their time engaged in various military adventures including the Iranians/Persians in centuries past and the Americans in this century and the last.

The problem with Arabs and Persians, and to a lesser extent, Americans is their machismo which leads to confrontation and conflict.

Arabian and Persian societies are characterised by the oppression of women. Until women are liberated in their societies then their cultures will stagnate and fall behind western culture and civilisation to a greater extent than it already has. The rapid development of western civilisation in recent decades has coincided with the rise of liberalism and the denunciation of prejudice and oppression. This has been the core of objective of the Neocon's and has been fought every step of the way by the left. It has been a noble quest but, unfortunately, has not been as well managed as it could have been. Yet the lack of support from the left has done its chances of success no favours.

In any case, while many here may curse the Americans now you may find yourselves in a much greater moral dilemma when the Americans and Chinese inevitably clash in the Pacific. While you Europeans may (in fact you probably will) sit on the sidelines and cheer at the weakening of US power that would result, your position as regards the Russians will be seriously compromised and you may find yourselves longing for the days of US hegemony to counter Chinese and Soviet strategic dominance.

Anonymous:

98%, 48%, 53% and 68%.

Do you know what these numbers say?
Come on all you thinkers!!.

This is in case you don't know. 98% of the Iranians voted to live under the GOD's commandments.
48% of all Americans voted to elect a president two elections ago.
53% of all Americans voted to elect a president the last time.
Get this, 68% of the Iranians voted to elect their president the last time.

Dr. Ahmadi nejod was elected by word of mouth for his honesty and an outstanding job he did as the mayor of Tehran. He did'nt have the money to travel to talk to people of Iran for their votes when he was running to be the president of his nation, So he did after he was elected to the open arms of his country men. He turned out to be one of the greatest presidents of any nation so far.

Iranian people are greatful to have a one of the kind leader such as Auyatol'lah KHamanaie, a president such as Dr. Ahmadi nejod and his administration and above all to be blessed with living under GOD's commandments.

I read most of your comments and question as to why people don't live according to what the say they believe. It dos'nt matter where one is from, what matters is the choices we make with taking all the true facts into accont.

Please people, for your own sake, don't be decieved by what this world offers. Live your lives by learning about each other and being part of one another.
There is a famos Iranian poem which says, all the humans are part of one body, if one part ach's, other parts forget all about themselvs to comfort that one part.

I pray for us all to have the best life has to offer.

What if they dont care?:

So all this speculation is predicated upon Iran's desire to become a world player. But it seems their politicians are just playing games for their internal situations and don't really care about the rest of the world, as it has been since the Carter crisis. They rule by religious fear based on a very authoritarian set of precepts as well as a neurotic mind-set. Unlikely that the Iranians themselves will force a change on their regime, as they undoubtedly have seen anough already. As have we in the USA with our current regime.

Charles:

The sad thing is that Iran has smart people, great natural resources and a wonderful geographic location (right next to the Golden Crescent where civilization first flourished).

What Iran is regrettably missing is RULE OF LAW so that people (even from European Union countries that have diplomatic links with Iran) ACTUALLY feel they can do business with companies in the country, go there as a tourist, invest there and maybe even work there as an expatriate. Without the rule of law, the hospitality, the nice suits for the repatriated Royal Navy and Royal Marines and so on are just window dressing.

Thus the spot price of oil went down as this crisis went off the close-up radar. However, the share prices of companies that produce oil went up, especially some of those operations getting oil out of the oil sands of Northern Alberta where the weather gets to minus 40 in January (and even today is just 25 degrees). I think the stock market is saying it's easier to deal with the Canadians and their donuts and hockey obsession than with the Iranians.

Karen:

All these Iranians who left their country and fled to the US and England for safety, freedom, and a Mercedes should be ashamed of themselves for supporting Iran right now. Iran wants the US and Israel wiped off the earth. They are not going to give a bullhorn warning to Iranian-Americans and their lucky offspring to run for cover. Please know if the US of A did not allow you to stay in this wonderful country that you hate so much, you would be one of the millions of unemployed, suppressed disgruntled Iranians living in Iran. If it is this great, noble place, why did you leave?

Karen:

All these Iranians who left their country and fled to the US and England for safety, freedom, and a Mercedes should be ashamed of themselves for supporting Iran right now. Iran wants the US and Israel wiped off the earth. They are not going to give a bullhorn warning to Iranian-Americans and their lucky offspring to run for cover. Please know if the US of A did not allow you to stay in this wonderful country that you hate so much, you would be one of the millions of unemployed, suppressed disgruntled Iranians living in Iran. If it is this great, noble place, why did you leave?

IceBreaker:

Dear author, please write with ethics in mind. I have studied Iran's contemporary history, and it is very unfortunate to see your article written so politically motivated that makes anyone with some knowledge of history to feel ashamed.
Less that 100 years ago the British forces occupied about 1/4 of Iran's territory on the south, and banished the resisting Iranian king who attempted to take more of an independent stance against the colonial power. About 60 years ago, the British and America's CIA shamelessly returned a defied dictator of Iran to power, and overthrew the popular and secular Dr. Mossadeq who had nationalized the country's petrol. Today; however, the country celebrates its full independence with pride despite countless difficulties brought by the foreign forces in the Persian Gulf. The country is opening its way through obstacles.

Please stop playing with the words to pretend Iran is driven by madness. Iran was clearly the winner in this game whether you like it or not. The country made $100M extra due to oil price surge, got its missing diplomat back from the Iraqi occupation forces, received the British promise to avoid any further territorial intrusions, deflated the pressure from a negative UNSC resolution, and raised its domestic pride and trust level.

About country's economic issues, I direct your attention to the high raise in non-oil goods' export values and volumes and the raise in foreign investment in the country. Please see the following recent new:
http://www.isna.ir/Main/NewsView.aspx?ID=News-890045&Lang=E


Write with ethics, write for ethics.

USA:

Good articulate article, great comments!!!!!!
I love the boarderless democracy of the internet because everyone from every country can say what they really feel and believe without fear of being jailed, threatened, tortured or killed.

Hashem:

Mr Sadjadpour's comments are typical of the whining flock that has plagued the Iranian nation for decades. These are the same people that would whine about the cronyism of the Shah’s regime. They whine about the “lousy politicians” of this regime. And they’ll find something to whine about if this regime is overthrown (e.g. why the new regime can't put an end to the civil war) .
They whine because it dissipates the feeling of guilt that they chose not to participat in the development of their own country.

Brian DC:

How about Iran stops blaming the west for all their problem and work to create a great, peaceful nation? Oh wait its much easier to blame everything on the U.S. and Britain. The U.S. was an exploited colony a bit over 200 years ago and you dont hear us complaining about it. How about Iran's holocaust denial? I bet all you Iran supporters and America haters think the killing of 6 million jews was just a lie? YOU should pick up a history book or watch the films of the allies liberating the concentration camps. Oh wait that would require you to actually aknowlege the truth.

Alvand Irani :

First of all, Great comment by "Flavio Americo dos Reis".
Do you think Mr. Sadjadpour (an Iranian) would have been able to publish this article if he hadn't reflected the US & British line?? I highly doubt that. I wrote a memo in response to an article printed in the NY Times, and it got lost in the Twilight Zone!!!
Well, let's be fair & look at the past & recent history of events & intrusions by the US & west in Iran:
As far back as the time of the Qajar Dynasty (over a hundred years ago), the British colonialists manipulated Iran's boundaries & all the way until 1953 when Dr. Mossadegh nationalized the Iranian oil, the Brits were taking Iranian oil as if it was their own. After nationalization of the oil industry, they were so incensed by Dr. Mossadegh's move, and at the prospect of losing the Iranian oil, that they conspired with the US, and in 1953 they organized a coup detat against the popularly elected Prime Minister of Iran, Dr. Mossadegh, and put him in prison for the rest of his life.
This changed Iran's political dynamics such that we Iranians are still suffering for it, and the Iranian revolution of 1979 can be traced back as a reaction to this British & American adventure in Iran.
After bringing down Dr. Mossadegh, the US & Britain imposed the puppet regime of the Shah on the Iranian nation for 26 years, supporting & training the Shah's notorious secret police, called the "Savak" to restrain & destroy those who wanted to talk of democracy & freedom.
Now let's talk about the Iran-Iraq war that started in the 1980s & lasted for 8 years: It started at the encouragement of Saddam by the United States & Britain as a payback for the hostage crisis of 1979. The US gave the Iraqis all kinds of logistical & informational support, while the French & Germans supplied saddam with Chemical weapons to kill & maim the Iranian soldiers & Kurdish civilians. Over a million Iranians died in this unjust war waged by saddam with the support of the west.
To all those who have patiently read my humble words I ask:
In return for all these injustices, What has Iran done to the outside world? Has Iran ever invaded another country? Today Iran is politically the only truly independent country on the face of the earth, being victimized and daemonized by the west for wanting to live its own way of life, and believing in itself, creating a true self-sufficient nation.
Iran has survived for 3000 years, and will do so in the future.

joe harper:

This is okay as far as it goes . The further problem between Iran and the U.S. , is that both countries are controlled by religious extremist wackos .It is public knowledge that George "monkey boy " Bush believes he , not the Ayotollah , is the HAND OF GOD . He believes that destroying the world through nuclear holocoust is merely fullfilling biblical prophecy . He is dangerous , as all religious superstition followers are . Bush has two years left to bring the world to nuclear war . As his time in power grows closer to ending , he becomes an ever growing threat to humanity . Not to suggest that the Iranian lunatics are any better . They just have less armaments .

babak:

i think it was a good move, it take the inititive away from the coalition. it proved with all of the propaganda england is not willing to go to war. it laves only US. from now english navy be hesitant to get close to boundry. oil price went up and iran profited. it shown that EU never want to cut trade relation. you see iranian opposition just critisie any iranian action.that is why they stay in opposition beacuse rhey are not willing to understand the strong point of this government.

Support The Troops:

We would of been out of iraq alongtime ago if it wasnt for Iran suppling all those weapons to these religous fanatics. Irans goal is to control the entire middle east. The US and the rest of the world wouldnt care if iran had nuclear power, we just dont want them to a have nuclear bomb, and that is what iran has been building. That is why they kicked out the inspectors, when the found weapons grade uraium, or when they found a whole shipment of everything you need to build a bomb, or when they bought the blueprints from that nuclear expert in pakistan.this has all been proven. And I am a true believer that religion and politics are poisonous together.leave the running of coutrys to the policians and let our religous leaders teach us our beliefs.

OBJECTIVE OBSERVER :

to KEN YAMAT

You said "I support our troops but not the war or President Bush"

Don't you get it?

Man, your so suckered in it's pitiful.

the whole "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" campaign was engineered by the U.S. Government. You probably think that one day a group of citizen, civilians, mothers and girlfriends got together and initiated the whole "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" fiasco.

Well, your wrong.

Why would the government spend millions of dollars to fund the Support our Troops campaign? THINK ABOUT IT!

By supporting our troops we are indirectly and directly supporting what they are doing.

Example, if someone rapes a little girl and you support that person, in proxy you are supporting what they have done.

By supporting the troops you are telling them that what they are doing is correct. How can you tell the troops that what they are doing is correct and then say the person who sent them there is incorrect?

By supporting the troops you are supporting the reason why they are there, and by supporting the reason why they are there you are supporting Bush and supporting the war and all that is going wrong in it.

DO NOT SUPPORT THE TROOPS

Indomino (Italian):

America (USA) and the UK have committed wrong on various countries through history (in Africa, in Asia and the Middle East); however, isn't it about time to focus on the here-and-now, rather than, "Who did what, to whom, yesterday?"

Iran's president looks like a provincial idiot for not having come forward sooner to release the 15 British sailors and marines, captured by an extremist element of the Iranian navy.

On the nuclear issue, Iran needs to give it a rest: They need nuclear power just about as much as the USA needs another illegal alien!

A true Here-and-Now, a practical, insightful person would not capture and hold sailors of another country that do or don't happen to float into one's territorial waters; they would arrest them and expel them, immediately.

Iran is messing around in Iraq; peddling not-needed radical Islamic influence. Bush, and his administration are deceitful and have no international relations skill. They have alienated far too many otherwise friendly people around the world, over the past six years.

In the end, no nation is always right, but I am very happy to know that I live in the nation that forbids the Church from mixing in Government. That is the biggest problem. Beware of those who say they represent Christian values and want to influence U.S. politics!

OBJECTIVE OBSERVER :

Sorry B. GOODENOW. .

I was directing my comment towards BRANDON US-SC and not to you.

I apologize.

You are 100% correct

S.David:

I have no doubt in my mind that the Iranian regime is wrong, but what our government and media are doing is beyond imagination!!
I’m truthfully questioning if some of those thoughts are naive stupidities, or else evil and wrongness are astonishingly decorated to blind you brains!?
Wake up, read history, don’t let extremism wrap you up; don’t let those who blindly accept as true stories told thousands of years ago enfold you.
Look at this advertising running daily in our televisions and make a guess what year are we living in!!!?
http://www.ifcj.org/site/PageServer?pagename=swarmingbees&s_subsrc=E7CGBB

Ken Yamat:

You are correct when you say that anti-american immigrants should go back to their homeland. I'm only anti-Bush and not anti-American (myself).

I take back my comment to D. Grant Haynes. It is not America that is the villian. It is just President Bush that is the villian.

I support our troops but not the war or President Bush.

Someone made a statement regarding Mexico. We currently have more problems comming from that country than from Iran with all of the Meth production and drug smuggling. In Mexico they do not like the life sentence even for a mass murderer. So I guess if you want to Murder or commit crimes, Mexico is the place to be. With their laws, they attract the crimminal of which their Politicians want. By not punishing the crimminal, they encourage it.

How did I get off on a tangent? I don't know.

OBJECTIVE OBSERVER :

B. GOODENOW. . .

Please. You sound like an intelligent and objective individual.

Try to get a little less conditioned and a little more educated in what is going on.

The Iranians are not STUPID, and YES they do need nuclear energy.

Ever hear of PEAK OIL? Well the Iranians sure have.
Maybe you should hear of it as well, because the oil ain't gonna last, and when it's gone the Iranians know that they will be in a very bad position with very little to keep the economy and industry afloat. If the Iranians ever hope to raise above their current economic position by increasing industrial output they know that they will need to have a stable and continuos power resource, and OIL isn't going to last, where as NUKE energy will.

Come on people, WAKE UP.

This is not about IRAN wanting BOMBS

This is not even about the present NOW

This is about the FUTURE

THe United States knows that Iran will run out of OIL and so does IRAN. The U.S. does not want Iran to have the capability of becoming a FUTURE "Economic" power in the Middle East. It has NOTHING to do with Weapons.

An economic power has more influence than a military one.

The U.S. is spinning this to make Iran look like a weapons hungry nation when all they are trying to do is the most logical and rational thing by abandoning their own dependency on crude and raising their level of output through Nuclear.

PEAK OIL!

Look it up

BB:

"Standing up to the west, eliminating Israel and Jihad mean more to the Arab/Moslem street than any oblique concept such as western civilization or a working economy."

Evidence of a hopelessly brainwashed American!

To: D. Grant Haynes, Idiot:

Actually, I didn't vote for Bush. And you prove your own ending statement beyond any doubt. I don't like Bush one bit, but to say that you would prefer Ahminadamnjihad is a little extreme. Why don't you try living under his rule for a while and see if you still feel that way.

Natas Enasni:

"Pushing ones ideals onto another is a contradiction of seeking world peace."

You mean, like America does right?

C'mon you mid west southern christian conservatives; you aren't dumb (orrr.... hmmmm everything wrong with America originates from...)

Just please. Open. Your. Eyes.


You think the most POWERFUL GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD tells you the whole truth? Especially when there are multiple defections from that Government basically telling us they are lying to us; and then they die, without getting mainstream media coverage, and American's open another beer.

You don't need to see the plethora of evidence that the government pretty much just dismisses (WTC 7 anyone? Designed to withstand jetliner impacts anyone? This affect you at ALL?!); all you need to see is their broad campaign to prevent investigation into 9/11 and their efforts at discrediting all who question in our New republik.

Remember; credit card fraud is how they bring you in; after that you're only a memory.

eve:


A chess game it is, where british sailors who were not in violation were kidnapped and then released as a good will effort(an effort to make Iran politicians look rosy), an effort from Syria to assist in the process, hostage exchanges, oil, money, sanctions. The democrats platform to rise, the republicans go under.
So, what is next, what about the next time any one ever gets a little close to the edge - this will never happen again, off with their heads? I don't think so.
Mideast bad boys Iran and Syria are now the do gooders. Sounds fishy. Ever heard of the South American towns run by gangsters - the ones who keep the peasants in debt, pay for the locals education, provide them jobs, etc so that the locals do not report but work with the gangsters to continue the subversive operations.

As one Iranian mentioned to me a while back "In my country, if someone performs a good act - we always ask what he wants in return, we always wonder what his angle is?"

What do the Iranian politicians have to gain domestically and internationally from this? Does anyone buy the good will effort? This is the man who claimed that the holocaust does not exist. This is the man who was part of the original u.s. hostage crisis i.e he was a possible abductor. A puppet to the extremist, a fanatical cannon.

Ask another question to yourself when you downgrade how horrible the U.S. is - where would you rather live Iran, Syria or the U.S.? Actually lets ask the many anti-us immigrants whether they would like to go return to their homelands?

Yakub Yosif:

You: J I H A D I S T: U. N. C. L. E. - S.A.M. IS (((((( wATCHINg yOu ))))))))

Your un-grateful Mohamed-ians   [ like your “World Trade Bomber cousin, nephew” , Mohamed ATTA , and your so-called MAGNIFICENT 19 ACTS” that you secretly thus Evilily do uphold in your Mosques et a places.
He married a 9 year old girl and made concubines out of the Women he personally WIDOWED.  
Your own story in YATHRUB, Saudi Arabia, in City of “Medina”. 
Oh, He owe lots of slaves (Dark and Light) and did not know how to write, you know  and more?     Ya Ya.
(((((((( A.T.T.E.N.T.I.O.N. A.T.T.E.N.T.I.O.N. )))))))))

I.R.A.N Turns a “Blind Satanic Eye” to their own Merchants of Death, Pirates, Smuggler, Killers, Pimps, Slavemen and more low-Lives. Ya Ya.

Yet Persia [Iran] wants to arrest some nice British folks instead.

With Some people you can take them out of the jungle, Deserts, Mountains or Islands, but you can't take the Mt. or jungle out of them , no matter where you place them.

As a Religious Majority, these people are Playing the West & work hand & hand with Afghanistan, Pakman, including Iranians.

HONEY, Heroin. Opium, Hashish, underground Sex-Slaves, AK-47 & Grenade Launchers, et al, is
BIG BUSINESS between these three Nations mentioned.

Hence: They now boldly imagine (not thinkers) that they are smarter (Rag headed) than Sweet Sweet Momma America & Family or friends. Ya!

D.A.N.G.E.R. D.A.N.G.E.R. C/A/U/T/I/O/N/

the idiot who wrote TO: D. GRANT HAYNES:

Is that the BEST you can come up with?

That's it?

"So move there"?

You voted for BUSH, didn't you?

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STUPID PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS. . . They just might vote

B. Goodenow:

Brandon US-SC:

"As for their Nuclear Future, they need to stop that as well, they have no need for nuclear power when they have all the oil they could ever use in their own country."

It really annoys me when I see this statement (which I've seen many times). According to the CIA Factbook, Iran pumps 3.979 million barrels of oil/day, and uses 1.51 million barrels/day. The rest, they export. (Saudi Arabia exports about 7.9 million barrels/day, for comparison). If they could displace even 500,000 barrels/day of their own oil use by nuclear power (and keep in mind they have plenty of their own uranium ore, which is why they want to enrich uranium in their country, so they don't have to rely on an outside supplier for crucial energy supplies; you know, the same thing Americans are worried about...), that is another 12 billion dollars a year in exported oil income (at $64/barrel, and it will only go higher and higher as the worlds reserves run down). Of course, Irans oil production is winding down as well, they used to pump over 6 million barrels/day...

Do you know anything about Peak Oil ? The oil reserves in the Middle East will get more and more valuable as other countries start to deplete faster and faster (e.g. in Mexico, its huge Cantarell oil field is depleting at about 10%/year now; Indonesia used to be a big oil exporter, now it has to import, same for England). Without wasting their oil to generate electricity, Iran can sell more of an increasingly valuable commodity on the world market. Nuclear power makes perfect sense for Iran; it just makes the U.S. and Israel nervous. Knowledge is dangerous.

Note that nuclear power made perfect sense in Iran for the Gerald Ford administration, which sold a nuclear power plant to the Shah's government. But THAT was a brutal dictator that we could trust, sort of like Saddam Hussein in the 80's.

Terry Maloney:

Most of you people living in the USA who condemn the USA & The UK have freedom of Speech, because you live in a democratic country where the right to say what you think is never threatened.

To Afshar & Zia others who do not like the report by Karim Sadjadpour, you have the right to say what you think.... But only in the Western Democracies who give you that right, because we believe in Freedom.

Go back to Iran and try to Criticize the Iranian Government and see who long you live, let alone have the right to say what you think. You are here in North America shooting off your mouth. In Iran you would have your A## shot off for good.

To: D. Grant Haynes:

>>I'd prefer to have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as my president any day rather than Bush<<

So move there. Everyone wins.

Ken Yamat:

Well said D. Grant Haynes.

OBJECTIVE OBSERVER :

JACOB JOZEVZ. . . you forgot to include someone in your DOWN WITH rant.

(((( DOWN WITH ISRAEL AND THE ZIONIST OPPRESSION WHICH CONTINUES TO CAUSE NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS AND TENSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND IS AN ABOMINATION TO G-D ))))

G-D Bless TRUE TORAH JEWS!
G-D Bless JEWS AGAINST ZIONISM!

iranian:

As iranian man I really ask you to change your name ! you do not have any deserve for iranian name !! If pepole in iran read your wonderful analyze they only think you drink too much !!!! at what cost you sell yourself to the west?!

D. Grant Haynes:

I beg to differ with Mr. Sadjadpour's biased assessment of the probable fall out from Iran's release of the 15 British military personnel--especially his assertion that Iran if plagued with inept politicians.

Compare Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's intelligence, podium presence, erudition, and personal style with those of George W. Bush.

Ahmadinejad is a world apart from the bungling, slow to put together a sentence, ignorant and altogether embarrassing George W. Bush.

Bush's only advantage at this moment in time and history is that he has his nervous little trigger finger--one that is more adept at popping a top on a beer can than anything else--on the most powerful arsenal mankind has ever known. That is unfortunate for the United States and the human race.

I'd prefer to have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as my president any day rather than Bush.

I think that the Iranians gained much statue in the eyes of the world with their handling of the incident concerning the 15 British sailors and marines.

The woman among them has been treated with respect and the men will come back without bruises and the trauma of a "Gitmo" style torture session.

The United States of America is the outlaw amongst nations at this time and all of her money and military power will not alter that perception--except in the eyes of the Zionist-dominated media of this nation.

D. Grant Haynes
USA

Samuel:

I think Sajadpour is totally wrong because we don't know exactly what was the deal between two countries. His analyze is based on an occidental view as we would say that's similar to a CNN reporter although the retaining of sailors was wrong but. Being against Iranian interior policy (which is a disaster) doesn't mean that their foreign policy is wrong. I would think that Sajadpour would support UK at the time of Mossadegh, that why Iran should pay such a price because of its foreign pageantry.

Ken Yamat:

I think the President of Iran is almost as bad as the current President of the United States of which most of you voted for.

I don't like the President of Iran either, but the current President of the United States may be just as bad if not worse. You who voted for Mr. Bush are just as bad.

Objective Observer :

mostafa bigone:
A question to our islamic friends ...

why do muslims kill muslims?

ANSWER
Because they are not Muslims.
They are Muslims only in name and not in sincere practice or understanding of Islam.

Why do Christians kill Christians?
What was WW I and WW II? What was the America Revolution, or the American Civil War? Christians against Hindus?

No, they where Christians killing Christians. . . So what's the point of your pointless question?

Wake up, Grow up and Shut up!
This has nothing to do with religion and the faith or perceived faith of the people involved is irrelevant and inconsequential.

This is politics my boy, plain and simple.
It's ALWAYS been about politics, it's only ignorant uneducated people like yourself who have been fooled to believe and accept that the religious aspect of such things are valid and real.

Vsh:

True character lies in what one does in private and not in public. Whether the Brits were actually on the wrong side of the waters will never be known in public, but privately each government knows the truth. Interesting question is what would have UK (or US) government done if they wrongly or rightly captured Iranian soldiers? Would they have deported them, released them quietly or with political grandstanding just the way Iran did or detained them indefinitely, even unwilling and uncaring to pay attention to any Iranian efforts to resolve crisis?

M. Shafaee:

i think we are being fooled by the guise of what is and what is not a democracy. let us put aside all facades and deconstruct this issue in an ideological sense. iran is an actor. the us--and essentially, the uk as well as its proxy--is an actor. all talks of "democracy" and/or "dictatorship" are completely irrelevant. if the united states is a democracy, then whatever gains that democracy produces are all contained domestically. if iran is run by a dictator, then whatever negative effects that produces is felt by the iranian populace alone. when nations face each other vis-a-vis, these considerations are put aside and they are both acting as calculating actors, taking whatever means to achieve their own maximum personal gain.

all of this to me seems as a continued and perpetual blowback that is still resonating from the CIA's operation Ajax in the 50's. Anglo-Iranian's presence (today's BP) created resentment which in turn caused the events of 79 to unfold. add on top of that western support for iraq in the 80-88 war, and this resentment and mistrust only increased. ironically, then, one can say that the western powers are in a sense responsible for the existence of this regime which they despise. their self-serving actions acted as the fuel which allowed it to thrive. it's hard to see that the iran of today would be the same entity had the us and uk not uprooted iran's fledgling democracy in the 50's in lieu of a totalitarian monarchy.

mostafa bigone:

A question to our islamic friends ...

why do muslims kill muslims?

Jacob Jozrvz:

Att: D E N I S Heath et al:

ZIA al Haq, created Al Quaeda via Mujahajeen in Afghanstan, before he got killed himself, and this via estaqblishing the TALIBAN.. Ya Ya..

Objective Observer :

Mr. Sadjadpour is making a commentary not from an objective, non biased point of view, but rather from a very Pro-American / Pro-British point of view, and therefore he negates the possible informative aspect of this article in to no more than "spin" and propaganda, which is no different than the behavior of some of the Iranian elements which he attempts to scrutinize and show criticism towards.

His article is also intentionally misleading towards the true dynamics of these current events in attempt to make something appear to be one thing when it is something else all together.

In one line Sadjadpour says: "After all, Iran publicly humiliated its long-time nemesis Britain", and though this statement is true, as technically speaking Britain came out of this with the short end of the stick and Iran has acquired some well deserved points for its proficiency in nonconventional diplomacy, the fact of the matter is that Sadjadpour attempts to mislead us all when he states "Tehran may feel like it has chastened the Europeans to think twice before working in concert with the U.S. . . "

The "Europeans"? Granted the U.K. is a member of the European Union, but Britain does not represent European interests in the Middle East, nor have the "Europeans" as a collective been affected in any significant way by the recent events between Iran and the U.K., events which has definitely affected Britain.

If Iran was trying to convey a message to anyone, it's message was to the United States, The United Kingdom and Israel and more importantly a message to it's Arab neighbors. Yet to say that this issue was between "Europe" and Iran in any direct or indirect manner, or that there is some sort of ongoing political tension between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Europe is purely BOVINE EXCREMENT as they might say.

It appears to be an ongoing pattern for the western world to both misrepresent the truths of what is occurring in the Middle East and at the same time to underestimate both Western and Local Middle Eastern capabilities to confront the issues and tensions which seem to perpetually stir in the region.

Both the United States and the U.K. have made very critical and significant mistakes and miscalculations when dealing with both the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, two nations which did not even come close to the capabilities of Iran currently possesses in way of Martial philosophy and stratagem. If the United States and the U.K. are finding it difficult to manage and contain Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran would only turn out to be the greatest and most long lasting mistake that the U.S. could ever make if it decided to initiate an open and actual conflict the the Islamic Republic.

Sadjadpour highly criticizes Iran for double standards, yet fails to own up to the double standards of both the United States and Great Britain.
There are no innocent players in this game. The United States and The U.K. are no less oppressive than Iran, and I would venture to say though that Iran might end up the more justified in the long run.

Iran may not emerge out of this as "The Winner" in the long run, but neither will it become the "loser" either. The only ones who will fail to succeed and suffer loss in this continuing SNAFU will be the United States and the United Kingdom, two nations which seem to never learn from their previous historical mistakes.

Dennis Heath:

In regards to ZIA, You are a FOOL,the only puppet mention in this article is the president of iran, and then not a good one at. You speak of the iranian people not being able to speak up for themselves, well that is there problem isnt it? If they dont like living like that then as a people they should stand up to the puppets that run their country and fight for the freedom that they want.

Monster:

All these opinions will never change the facts. What a hypocritical and strange world we live in when one group of nations think they have the right to certain technologies, and others do not..... All I see in the future is more wars, destruction and death...

Steve L.:

It seems the American and Iranian people have something in common; We both have lunatics for leaders. "Governments don't have to live together, people do." Josie Wales

Rod:

The author makes some very good points, but you also have to read this for a better picture: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article2414760.ece

Chiam Schewitkzki:

What iran did was justice people, and Karim has to get a life because he does not know what hes talking abt.. its Iran, a non aggressive country people. It's total aim is peace and non intervention! Iran caught the arrogant and ignorant Brit sailors and as their law states, they had to arrest them because its a term of TRESSPASSING! I personally would HATE people from oversease to hijack ships in my territory! AND ITS AGAINST THE LAW INHUMAN BRITS! I suppport Iran's president, and i respect him as a human being and as a leader.. may God bless Iran and keep Middle East secure.

John Doe:

Had the tables been turned and another nationality illegally breached our borders, I suspect our government would have branded them enemy combatants and given them rendition in Guantanamo or ethiopia.

Dennis Heath:

Its the first time I have read a article with some truth in it. I could only wish that more like this one could be done. Its not a matter of going out and not finding a story like this, because they are all over the place. Maybe we just found a honest stand strong writer in Karim Sadjadpour. Thank You for a good article

Dennis R Heath

hmm:

u all scare me.

Ron:

The problem with the preamble to this artical is that the people "elected" the Iranian president. The people elected Hamas; and the the other mid east leaders that were not elected are ever so popular. Standing up to the west, eliminating Israel and Jihad mean more to the Arab/Moslem street than any oblique concept such as western civilization or a working economy. The Iranian president "is" thinking long term. Unless the Iranian oil economy is brought down and/or they understand that there will be a severe military consequence the Iranian leadership will manufacture nuclear weapons.

Worth:

An excerpt from a post yesterday:
I believe Iran staged this ruse NOT to delay UN sanctions related to their nuclear program, but rather to cause an immediate-term oil shock and demonstrate/send a reminder of their un-attackable status to the world (while adding a few dollars to the oil coffers in the process). Nothing more. And it accomplished that very objective, if only for a matter of hours, with the price of oil spiking $5 almost instantaneously on the news of the capturing. But by the next morning, oil had settled down (no doubt after a few well-placed phone calls from the leaders of Britain and America).
Now, Iran is playing and looking the part of the idiot, with nothing to show for their effort other than some well-documented Geneva Convention violations by using prisoners as propaganda and the realization that they don't have nearly as much control over the price of oil as they believed they did.
worthreading.typepad.com to read in its entirety.

Guest Worker:

This one was never going to be a problem. Here is why it was only a show:

1) The Iranians (I am talking about their lausy politicians now) may have the balls, but they don't have the resources to defeat UK if things did escelate.

2) Tony Blair has some resources and since he knows he is soon out of Iraq, he too may have grown some balls. Sure, with the economies of the UK and the european union, guns of NATO and of course "W", he probably could have managed to pull together Operation Stupid III. But he does not want a war because for all we know he is probably looking at retirement communities in Florida.

3) This non-sense was just interupting the news on Anna Nichole Smith too frequently.

Zia:

>>First of all, I feel that this article is entirely stupid and meant to provoke the feelings. The author is completely biased towards the UK and USA. He totally ignored the self respect of the Iranians and behaved like a puppet of the Western press.<<

The author is not a "puppet" - he is a free man in a free country, freely expressing his opinion publicly.

How free are the people of Iran to express and publish opinions contrary to their theocratic overlords?

Matt F.:

Iran will never earn the respect of the western civilization as long as the demand is there.

Demanding respect is different than earning respect. When someone demands respect, they never receive it because they have no credibility. Once credibility is established, respect can be earned.

Western civilizations will never earn the respect of Iranians as long as western culture and ideals are pushed onto others.

Pushing ones ideals onto another is a contradiction of seeking world peace.

As long as both countries retain these flaws, there will never be a common ground for the western civilization and Iran.

As far as the 15 British sailors go, they were detained on a technicality. It was most likely a backlash for the sanctions being pushed upon Iran. They are just showing that they can play hardball too. And the gift of releasing the sailors was showing that they can let things slide, and most likely would like the favor returned for their nuclear program.

I beleive the credibility of Iran is the only thing that will suffer as a result of this in turn hurting their being a respected country in the world. Note: Fear does not breed respect, only hate.

*Western Civilization refers to Europe and the United States.

**This is written in opinion and what I precieve the events to be. Only opinion.

Prasad:

First of all, I feel that this article is entirely stupid and meant to provoke the feelings. The author is completely biased towards the UK and USA. He totally ignored the self respect of the Iranians and behaved like a puppet of the Western press.

Second, somebody pointed out that it's SNSC which controlling the Iran's president. That's actually good - they are working for their country. Look at the situation in US. Is President Bush working for his own people? Is he doing things on his own? Is he not a puppet in the hands of multinational businesses and companies? Look at today's news... Toyota's profits are raising while the poor middle-class americans are loosing their jobs.

Great job American Press - keep going!!

sm:

I think this author has gravely underestimated the effect of the embassy hostage taking on US attitudes and policies.

John Twiss:

I had intended to read all of the comments, I have however ceased around one third through. I find that most are either offensive, since they stem from hysterical nationalism with out rational consideration. I have heard Iranians talk of British arrogance in invading Iran (at a time when the Iranian State Leadership had decided to enter a war on the side of the axis powers against the allies.) The same Iranians have conveniently forgotten that Iran for hundreds of years arrogantly invaded Asia Minor and Greece as well as the whole area of the fertile crescent ranging from Egypt through to Iraq. I have read people group Iranians with Arabs for no better reason than the fact that they are both Muslim, even though they have been mutually hostile for centuries, and do not even share a common ethnicity or language. While I may deplore the stupidity of the current Iranian regime, I must equally deplore the stupidity with which the Bush administration and Blair's government in the UK have conducted themselves while the French drag every one down with them in their desire to remain culturally pure - forgetting that the very name France came from a Germanic tribe - the Franks. Perhaps we all need to take pause and become a little better educated.

mominms:

Flavio Americo dos Reis - good insight and well said. Now let's watch for the US to release the 5 Iranian diplomats it has kept in hiding since January.
Also, check out this story by Brian Ross and Christopher Isham on the US's funding of a secret pakistani terrorist group operating in Iran. http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/04/abc_news_exclus.html

Infidel:

USA is between a rock and a hard place.
If USA intervines, the world says "you have no right to intervine, get out!"
If USA does not intervine, the world says "USA has a responsiblity, as the only super-power left, to intervine and help out. Were are the Americans?"

Reality Check:

"“You know the thing about Iran ... It has such a rich culture, a grand history, wonderful people. The cuisine is sophisticated and the scenery is breathtaking. It’s got incredible poets, musicians and filmmakers. Beautiful art and architecture…But it’s cursed with such lousy politicians.”

No problem. The exemplary politicians in the US and Britain -- who would never ever lie to their subjects over in order to carry out illegal wars -- will soon turn Iran into a paradise on par with the terrific work they are doing in Iraq. I am certain our Iranian writer can hardly wait for the day when blood flows like rivers in Tehran so long as his colonial masters give him a nice job overseeing the looting of the Iranian gas fields.

Natas Enasni:

Look at the spin machine at work and be amazed by OUR LOVELY DEMOCRACY!!!

-British Soldiers, probably at the request of massing US Forces outside Iran (Been preparing for a post-9/11 event since 2005 [a 9/11 event very likely created by our lovely government]) go into Iran's territory and try to anger them into an action that will look bad in the mass media.

-They are captured.

-Videos appear to show them fairly well-treated and all of them agree that they trespassed in Iranian territory.

-Media begins condemning campaign against Iran

-American's ANGRY!!!

-Iran realizes the hostages free of strings attached.

-America baffled! Whaaa??

-Media begins condemning such "propaganda".

-Americans get more angry!!! GRRR!!! INVADE!


Wake the hell up morons. You make me ashamed to be a thinking breathing American. It won't stop until you open your eyes.

Wini England:

A well written article, yes I agree, especially the point about the critism of the UK sending a mother into a compromising mission, while a month earlier Iranian women were arrested and beated for peacefully demonstrating against harsh laws.

But should we not be careful about judging Islamic Society by Western standards. Is this not being intolerant about other peoples way of life. By Islamic standard the president simple stated home truths under the Law of Islam. As far as a Muslim was concerned there was no double standard; but to a Westerner there clearly was. Misunderstandings and disagreements that end up being resolved by force of arms.

Could not a lot of the problems in Arabia be resolve if east is judged by eastern standards and west by western standards and each respects one another’s views. Or as my grandfather who served in Afghanistan in the Seaforth Highlands long long ago used to say, ‘East is East, and West is West, but who is to say which is best’. . . bless him.

Big Ol Redneck:

What right did they have to " hyjack" the cargo ship???....MAYBE they were looking for wepons before they LET THE SHIP GO ON ITS WAY.

Brent:

This incident was a pathetic exercise in counterfeit national pride. Nothing was truly accomplished by the Iranian government. True, the Iranian government has an uncanny knack for creating situations to show the powerlessness of the mighty. Big deal. What this event should show us in the West is the incredible trickery, self-deception, blind stupidity, and self-defeating character of Iran's government. Watch out for them. Ahmadinejad is not one of the most dangerous men in the world. He is one of the most dangerous men in the *history* of the world.

Zia:

>>The current regime in iran is the only one that said - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - that refused to be WEAK and FEABLE - that refused to bow to the almighty British and their arrogance and conceit.<<

It saddens me to see the author of this comment is so full of venom and hatred.

It is understandable that the author feels a deep sense of humiliation and impotence given the enormous gap between the aspirations and potential of the Iranian people, and their current wretched economic state and international isolation.

However, if Iran is to build a better future for her people and fulfill her great potential, this silly posturing and bad behavior on the part of her leaders must stop.

Faraz Dadgar:

Great article. I agree with everything in it. It is truly sad everytime I think of how our once highly-regarded nation is run by illiterate, uneducated Mullahs who are succeeding in Arabizing the Persian culture. The people despise the governement, have grown resentful of Islam and love Western culture, all the while being too afraid to speak up or spark dissent.
Long live the ancient Persian culture and secular nations around the world. This is what happens when people are forced to be religious and are led by religious fanatics who don't practice the same principles that they preach.

wow:

controlled demolition needs a hug, bad. This article isn't about the US, it's about the Iranian people and the fact they CANNOT choose their leaders but rather have a lunatic and fanatical theocracy pulling all the strings. In a democracy you can change the leadership as the US just did with congress. This "president" was a one man ballot and if you didn't go out and vote then you disappeared

Afshar:

Karim Agha is this why Iran has survived for over 25 centuries because has lousy politicians, or because it can standup to your likes bosses, this is not about Ahmadinijad is about Iran's rights and you are playing on the visitor side I saw your interview in PBS don’t say you are Iranian again

Kooshy afshar
Los Angeles

Masood:

This was a win-win situation for both sides.
Still open for debate, the Iranians proclaimed their territory in the face of the US. The actual show has not started yet...
Wait and see: "The night is long if you don't make your bed wet..."
Oh, Just another Persian proverb.

kooshy :

Karim Agha is this why Iran has survived for over 25 centuries because has lousy politicians, or because it can standup to your likes bosses, this is not about Ahmadinijad is about Iran's rights and you are playing on the visitor side I saw your interview in PBS don’t say you are Iranian again

Kooshy Afshar
Los Angeles

Masood:

This was a win-win situation for both sides.
Still open for debate, the Iranians proclaimed their territory in the face of the US. The actual show has not started yet...
Wait and see: "The night is long if you don't make your bed wet..."
Oh, Just another Persian proverb.

Mossfarms:

sad really,diplomacy seems to have worked here,to bad baby bush can't do the same.
Seems to me the Iraq study group mentioned talking more than once....

Echopapa:

It is funny that we repeatedly and somehow intentionally ignore the fact that Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is in charge of the grand policies not her president per se.
The situation may have a good outcome though. At least West would know the domain and the scope of influence of Larijani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), if there are open eyes to see and a will to resolve. Recall that he interfered directly on this issue just hours ago. Perhaps, if he is taken more seriously, more can be achieved. E.g.,

" Larijani said Iran could answer all of the U.N.'s nuclear oversight agency's questions within three weeks, and the whole issue could be resolved through talks."
(excerpted from NPR - Larijani's remarks at the Q&A session at 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, Feb. 11, 2007)

nab:

Nothing surprises me when it comes to the middleast.

Minuteman:

Lousy politicians abound in all nations it seems.

We in the west make will keep making the same mistakes as we made on the past if we try to impose any form of government on middle eastern nations.
To paraphrase Mahatma Ghandi----A people would rather have a bad government of their own , than have someone elses good government imposed on them.

Lloyd K:

For those who say "Iranians are not wonderful people" you are wrong. I am an American to the bone and as such have great pride in my country, not so much my government. I live in North Carolina and I speak from experience the Iranian community here is filled with outstanding people.

They are very welcoming to strangers and open their doors to anyone. I have tried to make sure my kids can see this side so that they do not go around taking what they hear in the news as fact.

Iran may have their "not wonderful" people but so does America and every other country on earth. It is a shame that we can not put our differences aside and find away to get a long.

Tanoomand:

Never expect better descriptions from this anti-Iraninan reporter.

C. Mosley:

Kudos to Mr. Sadjadpour for a thoughtful analysis of the recent events in Iran. My only wish is for the obtuse President of Iran to take notice of the consequences of his government's actions. Although I know he won't.

The Western diplomat Mr. Sadjadpour quoted was right. Today six hunderd years after the passing of great Iranian poet Hafez, people in Iran and elswhere can remember his name and recite his poetry and still find meanings in them. However, the same cannot be said of the past Persian kings, and ministers who mismanaged the affairs of the state. What is needed is a social revolution to cast the reactionary forces into the dust bins of history. Iran's women will see to that.

Meechka Zomorodian:

An insightful comment, Janeyruth--how did you manage to meet a representative pool of Iranians? And have we met? Because I'm pretty awful.

Panel Truck:

When the Iranian people got rid of the US/British backed dictatorship (Shah), it was Saddam Hussein of Iraq who, with US and British backing, carried out a 7 year onslaught against the people of Iran. Neither the British nor the US has any right to go within a thousand miles of the Persian Gulf....or Central America, or SE Asia, or Korea.

Brandon- US-SC:

I feel that Iran is absolutely Ridiculous, They think they did Britain the ultimate favor by releasing the Sailors. In fact they did themselves the ultimate favor. As for their Nuclear Future, they need to stop that as well, they have no need for nuclear power when they have all the oil they could ever use in their own country. This is ridiculous, the "great" iran wants nothing short than a Nuclear Bomb, and probably just to sell it to someone to drop on the US or to drop it on Israel themselves.

BOB T:

I THINK IN 5 YEARS IRAN, SYRIA AND IRAQ WILL ALL BE FRIENDS . THE WORLD WILL REWARD THEM WITH MONEY AND EVERYBODY WILL BE HAPPY, IF NOT WE CAN ALWAYS NUKE THEM.

Ivor Biggun:

This was just a ripple in the ocean to what is ahead..
Invasion of Iran is imminent..
Another great false flag attack will appear to be masterminded by Iran and we will bomb the hell out of them..
This reporter has a point, it is the Iranian people are the ones who suffer..
But i dont blame the iranian govermernment.. Blame the USA for desosing the government in the 70s.
Blame the brits for doing backhand deals in Iranian political affairs for 200 years.
We have noone to blame but our selves for Irans current plight..
They crave the power to defend themselves in a modern world..
Because of us.

Boomer:

" I’m sure the double standard was lost on him. "

It was probably also lost to the millions in the middle east who measure things by a similar cultural yardstick as President A. does.
To them what he said probably made sense and Iran has scored a proganda victory in the eyes of middle easteners. It is the residents of the middle east that Iran wants to capture the fancy of. When the Coalition leaves, I am sure Iran is jockeying to set itself up to occupy the reesulting vacuum and become accepted, by the people, as the region's leader.

Al:

It's true that western banks and multinationals are shying away from Iran. But the eastern giants are right behind and filling the gap. China with $100B for exploration, or India for LNG, Piple line and refineries. Or Russia with the Nuclear and arms business. These guys are willing to pay Iran in whatever currency they desire, which means Euros. In essence the changing world economical power structure and oil scarcity has only embolden Iran not diminished it. A new tactics to deal with Iran to embolden its moderated is required, not the threats as we see now.

Flavio Americo dos Reis:

It is always legitimate to ask what ax this analyst has to grind.

There has been a steady drumbeat of propaganda against Iran for some time now.

The Iranians are not stupid and they played their cards well, I think.

Why not go into the history of British meddling in Iranian affairs? Or why not go into the history of US meddling in Iranian affairs?

I love it how the US media spin things, in a breathless, "this just in" fashion, as though events happen "ex vacuo".

Give it a rest, will you all? I'm frankly tired of it. Go back to the library and pick up a few good history books and inform yourselves before commenting.

Notice the Iranians didn't waterboard them, or make them stand in stressed positions or make them perform sexual acts for them.

I would say the Iranians have, indeed, been very magnanimous.

And the Unitedstatesians and their British poodles should cease intervening in other people's countries.

Is that too radical a proposal? Why not try it--even though neither country has been able to do it for hundreds of years.

Give yourselves say a decade of non-intervention in the affairs of sovereign nations. You've nothing to lose and everything to gain in good will and understanding.

Otherwise, continue with what you're doing to the world, and continue getting the same results.

Good day!

BCEAlex:


It is amazing to find how negatively Washington Post tries to spin this event! Perhaps Karim is looking for a new job as Cheney's speechwriter or Bill O'Reillys sidekick.

If Ahmedinejad is such a dope, why should not Bush take him on in a tv debate then eh?

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Does everyone else keep hitting refresh? This is fascinating. I am for the Iranian people not the government. It is a dictatorship, period, and you cannot as an intelligent human being support a dictatorship. No two democracies have EVERY waged war against one another in the entire history of the world. Iranian people are suffering and they have to say they support this lunatic president or else they will disappear in the middle of the night.

Scott Hogue Carrollton, Texas:

A well written article. Iranian people know their leaders tactics and dont like it. The problem is their goverment listens to their phone conversions and has all the guns. Iranians dont like their leader spending millions of dollars in Palestine just to have Israel destroy it. Iranians want their own taken care of first, not wasting money to keep the West stirred up.

Brent Volle :

This is a brilliant article. Well done.
Richard Bentley needs a history lesson.

Robert:

An excellent and well balanced analysis. You make string point's about Iran's neglected self-interest in the face of Iranian "statecraft".

Hasan Hussein:

I am struck by the Ambassador's comment which left out the Iranaian economy. The Choice of a "centrally planned economy" clearly had -and does- limit Iran. The weak privatization effort began only about a decade ago. Every aspect of Iran's economy is affected.
But the arrest of British sailors is not -I think- the result of Iranian aggression but of British arrogance. The UN Resolution 1723 does not mention sea patrols. More importantly, the Iran-Iraq border/demarcation only covers the Avrund/Shatt al-Arab and not open water. Only Iran and Iraq can declare together where the border lies and Iran occupies the al-Faw penninsula.
Why were the British boarding/hyjacking a cargo ship of cars anyway? Isn't this kind of behavior is what started the War of 1812? So the arrest of the sailors is/was fully justified. But unlike America, Iran didn't declare war. So who is the aggressor? Who is being victumized?
Lastly, I do not agree with the above assessment about Iran's "long term strategy".Their priority is to "preserve the Islamic system" --not to kowtow to Washington and London or their UN and its agenicies' "puppets"

Zahedeh:

You are wrong. You must not understand what the majority of iranians FEEL, rather than what they say that they want.

You represent the 5% of iranians that want to please the world and be fooled with plesantries.

The rest of iranians want justice and respect. Justice for all the atrocities committed against iranians by the British and the Americans. And justice - since it has been absent for 100 years of crimes agains iran and iranians.

So write you fancy article, worry about your image among you foreign friends, pretend that you are great from a great country with great history and civilization. AND continue to ignore justice for the wrong doing agains iran and her children.

The current regime in iran is the only one that said - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - that refused to be WEAK and FEABLE - that refused to bow to the almighty British and their arrogance and conceit.

I hope this regime stays in iran - only for iran's honor and self respect without being a puppet to what image and status conscious fools like you are concerned with.

Zahedeh

Dave:

Iranians invented the game of chess and they are the best in playing in such circumstances. They already won the games in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moreover, they came out of this one a winner too. Lessons for Mr. Blair and Mr. Bush.

Dave Hays:

Correction. Two posts farther above re: MEXICO, etc.

JC:

Very well stated. However, having traveled and lived in an Arab country, there is much doubt that Iran and some of it's middle east neighbors will ever realize their full potential because of their strong religious beliefs that are infused into their government and policies.

Mark P:

You have presented a well thought and accurate perspective. I enjoyed reading your article. I am in agreement and hope Iran can get their act together as a responsible international citizen.

Bastage:

"Iranians are not "wonderful people," at least not the ones I've met. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is fairly typical, in fact."

That's a great comment. Thanks for adding to the intellecutual embrodiery of the US populace. Obviously, American public schools are teaching inductive reasoning at its best...

Dave Hays:

The previous two comments are outrageous and exemplary of the ills of the internet where any racist wacko gets to vent their hate. A pity.

Jaleh:

Talk about a self-hating Iranian!

While BBC is talking about how Iranians played their cards the best possible way, Karim Sadjadpour goes on with his typical worship of anythiny Western, and anti-Iran! Even when his country's water have been violated by a country with a dirty former and recent history of invasion with impunity!

No amount of his phony "greaty culture, great history...." rhetoric hides his dep lack of self respect for his culture and his people.

Guest Worker:

Unfortunately, Iranians are not the only people who have been cursed with lousy politicians.

Deadstick:

When has any politician been more interested in long-term strategy over short term political gains?

Doug:

What is said is that many people do not realize this man is but a puppet for Iran's fanatical and ludicrous ayatollah that pulls all the strings. Go buy Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and The Case for Democracy by Natan Sharansky, I learned a good deal. Detente does not work; it only further punishes the people under the dictatorship and continues to destroy our moral compass.

Jane Burek:

Excellent analysis. 'Burning the bridge' feels great--until you need to cross it later.

Wesley Steiner:

Finally a reality check on this story amidst the mainstream US media. Let's see if the LA Times runs with this angle.

Richard Bentley:

Substitute "United States" for "Iran" in the opening statement of this article and the analysis is also correct.

ron veelik:

same can be told about MEXICO, just change the name

JaneyRuth:

Iranians are not "wonderful people," at least not the ones I've met. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is fairly typical, in fact.

Brynn:

Well in my opinion i think that the Iranian Government should have just deported the British soldiers back to Britain. But it will obviously it will take Iran more time to come to terms and they are the only ones really suffering from this conflict

randy sherman:

Meanwhile, regime change machine continues its work:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ID05Ak05.html

A steady squeeze on Tehran
US economic pressure is mounting against Iran. While efforts to stop oil companies investing in Iran have produced mixed results, pressure via the financial sector has been more effective. At the same time, efforts to strengthen domestic opposition forces in Iran continue, as does the propaganda war.

BB:

WELL SAID, IT WILL TAKE IRAN MORE TIME TO COME WITH TERMS AND THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE GOING TO SUFFER

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