I don’t see what people have against Iran, politically or culturally (especially the latter). Of course, if someone wants to criticize people’s entire culture based on a generalization, whether based on the fact that they follow a particular religion or have different customs, they’re basically admitting that they are racist. But politically, it’s a really dumb argument and causes a lot of problems. I don’t even see how it’s taken seriously – it would be better if he US and Iran just had a soccer match, or played chess, and settled it that way, because all that politicians have done is fuck things up royally. Examining this, I think is not based on any logic whatsoever, yet people accept it, because the media repeats it. But if one does want to consider it seriously, politically, it’s worth noting that Iran’s government has taken the same stance as the US multiple times, on several international issues:
– Bosnian war, 1993: Iran supported Bosniaks during the genocide, and opposed Serbia. They even wanted to send soldiers to help Bosnia, which NATO refused to endorse. NATO decided to bomb Serbian cities instead, even at civilian sites, years later.
– Iraq, 1980-2003: Iran opposed Saddam Hussein, from the time they had a horrible war with Iran. After the war ended they still were against Saddam Hussein, while the US supported him till Iraq took over Kuwait. Only then did the US oppose Saddam, in 1990, and Iran continued the same way.
– Iraq, 2003–present : Iran opposes al-Qa’idah, as well as ISIS.
– Afghanistan, 1980-present: Iran opposed Stalinist coup and Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Supported Afghan Mujahideen, just like the USA, though different groups.
– Afghanistan, 1997-present: Iran opposes Taliban, as well as al-Qa’idah. Originally, Iran had almost gone to war with the Taliban, after Taliban invaded and killed people in the Iranian embassy, while the US remained neutral. They then tried to make peace with Iran, but Iran never recognized them. They never went to war, which Iran avoided. The US invaded in 2001, and Iran did not support the Taliban.
Now how are they threatening? What have they done to us, here in the USA? It makes more sense, historically, that the US should not have a problem with Iran, and should negotiate what few issues both countries have for the sake of peace, and just so that the world can move on to issues that really deserve action, such as the environment. All that can be said in regard to any aggressive action by Iran against the US is that 39 years ago, before everyone in my generation was born, the people who started their government took over a US embassy and held the staff captive. They released them. Contrast that with what Saddam, the Taliban, al-Qa’idah, and others that Iran has warned everyone else about would have done. When the Taliban came into an Iranian embassy, they didn’t bother taking hostages: they shot the occupants dead, including a journalist. That was within the last 20 years. Remind me again why I should hate and live in fear a country I have never been to. For its politics, which have never affected my life? Count me baffled.