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Iran: The Petulant Child

Updated on March 21, 2009

They Need to Get Over Their Inferiority Complex

 Recently, President Obama attempted to normalize, at least to some degree, the relations between Iran and the US. He tried to use key operative words to express that the US does respect Iran, its history, its strength, its people. Obama even bent over backwards to convey such respect by congratulating the Iranians on the start of the Persian  calendar year 1338. What year? I think the rest of the world is calling 2009. He even used phrases from a famous Iranian poet.  All this simply to try to have dialogue, start fresh after a bitter and isolated 30 years, when the Iranians took over the US Embassy and tossed out the Shah and installed radicals that subsequently got Iran into a eight year war with Iraq and resembled WW1, complete with hundreds of thousands of deaths.

An what is Iran's government response?

Iran reacted like a kid brother trying to catch up to the rest of the world in prestige after 30yrs of isolation, like a street punk holding some illusion of power. Its default rhetoric remained, "Thanks, but change your policies, and we will talk", "don't be fooled by Obama, he is as harsh and dangerous and is against Iran as Bush was". Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, went on  to state that iran will not change nor forget the previous hostile and aggressive attitude of the US. Iran will not show its back to him.

Now, we all know this guy is out to lunch. Some think he was part of the 1979 overthrow, when he was a student.  But what the heck is he referring to? What hostile American policy is he ranting about? 

They were the hostiles in 1979. They went to war with Iraq for eight years. They send Iranian made weapons into Iraq. They send  elite soldiers to train HAMAS in the Gaza and in Lebanon. They have nuclear ambitions just to prove to the world that they are a "major" player on the world stage.They refuse to allow UN inspectors in to their nuclear sites to prove to the world that it is for peaceful purposes. They deliberately isolate themselves and provide harsh law on their young population.  They try to control every aspect of its population through deception and other means.

Why would Obama change policy with such a BS response. What policy? Do they mean, get out of Iraq, get out of Afghanistan, not fight al-Qaeda, not fight the Taliban, have faith in Iranian promises regarding nukes, remove USN escorts of oil tankers through the Straits of Hormuz, halt western influence via satellites, accept Iran as an equal on the world stage?

Seriously, the government in Iran is acting like an angry, neglected kid that now demands attention or they will not play. It is they should get over their own inferiority complex. Responding publicly as they have simply will continue to chill things. Whether Obama is sincere or not, at least, at the very minimum, he tried.

Apparently, Iran likes isolation and playing the role of the bad-ass, rogue, nation of the world. So, that is just how they will be treated. They are not interested in conciliation, they seek power via weapons. They seek a "Greater Persia" as in by-gone days. They seek world respect in the most dangerous way. The outcome of any Iran against the World is predictable. But then, their are some real crazies leading its people.  

 

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      brad 

      6 years ago

      There are a lot of misconceptions mikelong what do you mean? You dont make any sense. Londongirl its hostages in 1979. Americans were taken hostages at the Iran american embassy for a full year. And for the rest of you its just not a US issue and your pathetic harping on the past. Get over it.Stay in the present Iran is isolating itself from its neighbors along the rest of the world.

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      mikelong 

      7 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      It would have been very interesting to see what Iran would have been like if the U.S. hadn't removed their freely elected government...

      All for oil.....

    • Wilma Proops profile image

      Wilma Proops 

      9 years ago from London, Liverpool, Paris, New York and Tenerife

      The article offers nothing of substance and makes no attempt to consider the consequences of the USA's support of Sadam Hussein and supplying him weapons of mass destruction to use against the Islamic Republic of Iran and his own people.  Nor your attempts to deny the Iranian people democracy with your imposition of that butcher Shar of Iran.  Try as you might you'll not be able to rewrite history - you could attempt some lessons though...

      The first president Bush had opportunity to liberate Iraq without the complete destruction of its infrastructure but screwed that up and left Sadam in a more powerful and paranoid position.  The second Bush tried to put right his daddy's mistakes and (along with his UK poodle Blair - aka Bliar) caused the most destruction this planet has ever seen - and is still not over yet. Thankfully the people of America realised that Palin and her side kick would - among other things - no doubt be at war on 3 fronts (at least now) as they'd have gone into Iran too... again. Obama at least has some chance of putting some things right with the Iranian people.

      In case you think I'm some sort of nutter who takes the Iranian position and defends it at any cost read my recent article https://hubpages.com/politics/Iran-Child-Execution... and know that I think people everywhere with any measure of decency should show their support for the peaceful protesters in Iran against the election fraud and the old men who rule it in reality.

      So what you've noticed their current Prime Minister isn't playing with a full hand?  No mention of his Holocaust denying or homophobia or the execution of children under his watch to justify your position though.  It's just a pity you never noticed that past American Presidents - the Bush dynasty in particlular - were just as bad only less sophisticated.

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      hasan12 

      9 years ago

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      9 years ago

      spoken like a true iranian LOL

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 

      9 years ago from DC Area

      Well, the main risk to the world peace is USA...

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      9 years ago

      well, it matters not who started the Iraq-Iran war, both are guilty for continuing it. It was just bad blood. I think BOTH are the two main risks to world peace for different reasons. iran is way more a problem, pakistan is an allie, iran has its own agenda and thinks the world should bend over for them. They seek instability via the Hamas and their own groups in lebanon. I think they will really be bold after they get the nuke. They have the rocket to deliver it. Now, its just the payload eluding them.

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      LondonGirl 

      9 years ago from London

      "They were the hostiles in 1979. They went to war with Iraq for eight years. They send Iranian made weapons into Iraq."

      I thought Iraq started the war?

      I think Pakistan is more of a risk to world peace than Iran.

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