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Iran's Big Push for Peace

by Eric Margolis / September 21, 2013

Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has lost no time in trying to end the 34-year old political and economic siege imposed on his nation by the United States and its allies.

President Barack Obama, having just been wrong-footed over Syria, now faces a surprise Iranian diplomatic and public relations offensive that will be hard to resist. America’s war party is furious: its dreams of seeing US power crush Syria, then Iran are in jeopardy.

Ever since a popular revolution ousted the US-installed regime of Shah Pahlavi in 1979, Washington has sought to overthrow Iran’s Islamic republic. Iran has been isolated, put under intense economic and diplomatic siege, become the target of subversion and the US-backed invasion by Iraq in 1980 that killed up to 500,000 Iranians.

The US challenge to Iran is always depicted for public consumption as an effort to stop Tehran getting nuclear weapons. Iran is routinely accused of supporting “terrorism” and subversion.

In reality, US hostility towards Iran is mostly about old-fashioned power politics. In 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell let the cat out of the bag by admitting that Iran’s acquisition of a few nuclear weapons would “limit” US ability to use force in the region.

Control of the Mideast is one of the pillars of US world power. The US has dominated the Mideast since 1945, as I detail in my book “American Raj – How America Rules the Mideast.” Islamic Iran emerged after 1979 as the most potent challenge to US regional domination and control of its energy.

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DJP333's picture


Here's something weird, Ahmadinejad is now working as a professor after finishing his term as president...


"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

It's black and white

Christians make up the majority of the neo-cons.

Why are Christians neo-cons? IMO, being pro-war is completely in contrast to what Jesus taught. However, I can tell you why Christians ARE neo-cons.

It's very simple. Christians believe that WWIII is part of the prophecy that will start Armageddon. This is why they're pro-war. They want this "final" war because they believe it's part of biblical prophecy. I know, because I was born into a Christian family and even the Christians that I've talked to that aren't part of my family feel the same way.

Actions like this from Syria and Iran are a complete confusion to the Christians. They will never understand why actions of peace would be given by the middle easterners.

Reverend Right

Those tipe of Christian must go to Obamas church! !!!


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Hmm.. that doesn't describe

Hmm.. that doesn't describe the Christians in my life. Those that you are describing are not true believers therefore I would not call them Christians.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


I was raised Christian. I do not know anyone in my extended family nor any of my friends who want war with any country. Maybe it's the area of the country he lives in but based on my reality, I'd think the majority of Christians do not want war.

You're right, it doesn't

It doesn't describe what "Christians" should be, but the description I gave is the description of most of the Christians in the country.

I highly doubt you know most

I highly doubt you know most of the Christians in the country, so unless you have a poll that indicates otherwise you are totally bullshitting.

I know many Christians and not one, not a single one, is clamoring for war anywhere, including the middle east.

Maybe the Christians in your part of the country are just totally bonkers.

You might "believe" that most Christians want war, but it's just your assertion with no facts to back it up. So either back it up, or stop claiming truths that are not so, just say it's your belief and leave it at that. Claiming false truths does none of us any good.


Would you say that the majority of Christians in the US are liberal, conservative, other, or not labeled? I'll answer "conservative" without skipping a beat. I dare you to say that most neo-conservatives aren't Christian. There's reason for them to be so and I've already listed it.

Tell me this: Does the Bible not say that the entire world will rise up against Israel?
Does it not say that those that align with Israel will have God's favor?

This is specifically why I say that neo-conservatives want war with the middle east, because if we don't, we aren't fulfilling prophecy.

Go up to person you consider a "true" Christian and ask them "Do you support any war in the middle east, regardless of the circumstances, if it's in defense of Israel?" The answer will most usually be "Yes."

Let's not beat around the bush. The majority of people calling for war in the middle east after 9/11 were Christians. And it's no secret why: Christians and Muslims (at least the majority, the bit that doesn't truly follow their own doctrine) have been enemies for a long time and continue as such.



sure is good politics at the very least. The war mongers will be furious at even the thought of a peaceful resolution to the Iranian issue.