THE QUESTION OF IRAN

STEPHEN KINZER’S LECTURE ON IRAN AND THE UNITED STATES’S RELATIONSHIP LEFT ME SPEECHLESS. NOT ONLY DID THIS AWARD­-WINNING JOURNALIST LAY A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE LONG-LASTING EFFECTS OF THE BRITISH­-AMERICAN COUP ON IRANIAN ­WESTERN RELATIONS, BUT IT GAVE ME A DEEPER APPRECIATION FOR THE IRANIAN­-AMERICAN DIPLOMATS WHO CURRENTLY WORK FOR A STRATEGIC ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. KINZER DEPICTED THE ENTIRE PROBLEM BETWIXT THE WEST AND IRAN AS STEMMING FROM THE EVENTS OF 1953: MOSSADEGH’S FORCED REMOVAL DUE TO THE CONFLICTED BRITISH INTEREST IN THE NATIONALIZED IRANIAN OIL WELLS. THE MISTRUST THAT CULMINATED FROM THESE EVENTS AND THE SUBSEQUENT ADDITION OF AMERICA’S FUNDING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN OBVIOUSLY WORSENED TIES, DISCOVERED BY KINZER AS HE TRAVERSED IRAN. KINZER ALSO MENTIONED THAT THE US POLICY DURING 2001 HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER RELATIONS BUT THE AMERICAN OFFICIALS HELD OFF ON WORKING WITH THE IRANIANS– WHICH CONSEQUENTLY KEPT AMERICANS FROM VITAL GROUND INTEL AND A SOUND ALLY IN THE WAR. THESE MISTAKES, REMARKED KINZER, HAVE TOTALED TO AN ANTI-­AMERICAN SENTIMENT WITHIN THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT BUT NOT WITHIN THE PEOPLE. KINZER STATED THAT ACTUALLY MANY IRANIANS, “LOVE AMERICANS AND FREAK OUT WHENEVER THEY SEE ONE”. ALL OF THESE FACTS CONVERGING INTO A CONSISTENT TIMELINE, I BEGAN TO SEE THE THE EFFECTS OF POOR AMERICAN DIPLOMACY (ESPECIALLY WITH HIS REFERENCE TO GEORGE BUSH’S “AXIS OF TERRORISM” SPEECH) AND THE IDIOTIC MISTAKES MADE BY THESE SO­-CALLED PROFESSIONALS REALLY BEGAN TICK ME OFF. KINZER THEN BEGAN TO LIST THE MANY ADVANTAGES OF MAKING AN ALLIANCE WITH IRAN.
THE ECONOMIC GAINS FROM IRAN AND THE US WOULD BE BENEFICIAL, COMMENTED KINZER, BUT THERE WOULD BE BETTER ADVANTAGES IN WHAT THE ALLIANCE WOULD REPRESENT. IRAN HAS BEEN A STABLE COUNTRY SINCE THEIR CIVIL WAR IN THE 1980S AND KINZER SURMISES THAT WHEN THE US STANDS BESIDE IRAN, THEY STAND BESIDE PEACE WITHIN THE REGION, WITHOUT HAVING TO DEPLOY FORCES TO ENFORCE SAID PEACE. KINZER ALSO STIPULATES THAT IRAN WOULD ALSO PROVIDE AS A MODEL FOR THE COUNTRIES OF THAT REGION. THE NUCLEAR ISSUE CAN BE SOLVED BY “REGULATIONS AND CHECKS” COMPLETED BY US OFFICIALS FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS (THAT NUMBER STILL SOMETHING OF DEBATE), WITH NUCLEAR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT ALLOWANCE GRANTED TO IRAN. KINZER ALSO MENTIONED THAT ISRAEL DEVELOPED NUKES WITHOUT US ALLOWANCE AND THE “THREAT POSED BY IRAN” IS SOMETHING UTILIZED BY ISRAELI DIPLOMATS TO KEEP THEIR POWER IN THE REGION AND IN THE AMERICAN LOBBY. THIS ALL SAID, KINZER HAS CONVINCED ME (WITH A BASIC HISTORY LESSON AND SOME INNUMERABLE FACTS) THAT AN IRANIAN­AMERICAN ALLIANCE WOULD BETTER FOR THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY AND THE TWO COUNTRIES. I THANK CIS FOR BRINGING STEPHEN KINZER­ PLEASE BRING MORE LIKE HIM!
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