Wednesday, 03 January 2018 07:58

What is the matter with Iran?

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Ozodi Osuji

Iran is an ancient country; in fact, its roots go back to more than three thousand years! We know about Persia's war with ancient Greece; we know about its conquest of ancient Egypt; we know a lot about ancient Persia.

With the dawn of Mohammed and his Arab Islam the Muslims conquered Persia. Persia became Islamic (it jettisoned its ancient Zoroastrianism).   As in most Muslim countries Persia's accomplishments were subsumed in Islamic accomplishments. Thus, we really did not hear much about Persia as an independent country until the modern age, which for the purposes of this essay began in the nineteenth century.

We learned about Persia's efforts to modernize and its attempts to have a European style king. We learned that in 1953 the Iranians elected Mohammed Mosaddegh, a socialist leader as their prime minister and that the American CIA engineered a military coup d'état that overthrew the Mosaddegh government.

We learned that many Iranians thereafter fled to the West, especially to France. In the West they came up with a way to go back to their country and reclaim it from the Americans; they were going to do it by driving away the Americans and impose Islam.

Apparently Iranians were particularly annoyed at the rapid westernization brought by the Shah (king) of Iran. In 1979 there was an uprising. Iranian students took the American embassy staff hostage.

President Jimmy Carter made a halfhearted effort to use the US military to go rescue the hostages and the attempt fell in the Iranian desert. The hostages were not released until Ronald Reagan came to power in 1981.

Iran left the orbit of the West and tried to restructure its internal dynamics along Muslim lines. Islam was imposed on the people and their women were given the usual Muslim black roles to wear instead of modern Western women's attire.

It would seem that Iran left the modern age and reverted to seventh century Muslim, feudal world. The Ayatollah of Shia Muslims became the supreme leader of the country; putative secular leaders were elected but they had to get approval from the Muslim cleric before they did whatever they did.

America seized whatever economic assets (saving from Iran's oil exports) were in America. In the meantime, Muslim Iran had political ambitions. It wanted to become a mighty political force in the world, especially in the Middle East.

Apparently, Saddam Hussein of Iraq had other plans. Iraq attacked Iran in the 1980s and a protracted war between the two countries ensued.

Some claim that that war was a proxy war, that the Americans funded the war and used Iraq to try to destabilize Iran.

Iran did manage to drive Iraqis out of its territory. Thereafter, Iran embarked on trying to acquire nuclear weapons.

Apparently, the West feared that a nuclear armed Muslim Iran would use it on the West if only to convert the West to Islam. Muslims do not mind killing people if that helps them to convert folks to Islam so the West feared that Iran might kill it and did everything to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Iran flexed its muscles in funding anti-Israel movements and funding terrorists' organizations such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Parts of Israel occupied West bank and Gaza.

Iran also allegedly funded organizations that support its Muslim rival, Saudi Arabia's Sunni (Wahhabi) government.

Apparently, in Islam Sunni and Shia is at war, a war that began right after Mohammed died in 632 AD and the question was who is to succeed him.

Iranian Shiites fight Sunnis and Sunnis fight Shiites; these wars are mostly fought through proxy countries such as the war going on in Yemen.

Muslim rulers of Iran tried very hard to prevent Iranians from becoming like Westerners; they call Western civilization evil and call the USA the evil empire; everything American is disapproved.

In the meantime the Iranian economy tanked and is going where. Without selling its oil Iran really has no other means of earning foreign money. It does export some third rate military weapons to the Muslims fighting  the West in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, and  Yemen but its weapons are obviously no match to Western weapons and given the opportunity those who buy Iranian weapons would buy Western weapons of war.

Fact: Little or no economic development is taking place in Iran. Thus, people are massively poor; unemployment is sky high.

The unemployed youth are given opportunity to chant anti America slogans and burn American flags. In the meantime, they are starving; you do not eat burning American flags!

In 2009 Iranians took to the streets in protestation of their conditions.  At that time the USA had the Muslim sympathizer in the White House, Barack Obama. Thus, the USA did not encourage the demonstrations and the Iranian authorities used brutal means to suppress the people.

Barack Obama did nothing as Sunni ISIS Caliphate wannabes overran Iraq and much of Syria. Obama did not want to intervene and simply left Muslim Jihadists to have a field day killing whoever they wanted to kill (how that man slept at night knowing that he created the environment that led to ISIS caliphate that drove several million Syrians into refugee camps and millions of them to Europe...I am supposing that as a closet Muslim he did not mind people dying for Islam and driving Muslims into Europe so that in due course they would destabilize Europe and Islam takes over and return Europe to the dark ages, baffles me).

Last week Iranians took to the streets, once again. This time President Donald Trump tweets his encouragement of what they are doing.

The Iranian government mobilized its own forces to demonstrate against the antigovernment demonstrators. Thus, the killing on Iranian streets!

As these things always work out, if the government wants to use sufficient brute force it will suppress the antigovernment demonstrators and the country reverts to the Muslim status quo.

My question is this: what do the Iranian leaders want? Do they want their country to revert to seventh century Muslim type primitive country? Is that really what they want?  What exactly is the matter with the rulers of Iran?  Why not let Iranians become part of the modern world, have individual rights?

I know that some half-baked Western sympathizers of Iran are telling us that the current demonstrations going on in Iran is instigated by the West, specifically by the USA and Israel; they tell us that the Americans want to destabilize Iran and make it powerless so that it would not be able to challenge Israel or fund terrorists movements in the Middle East. This view seems plausible except that it ignores the economic issues at work in Iran.

One can say that the West's economic sanctions against Iran contributed to Iran's economic woes.

Listen, I am not interested in Western leftist criticism of the West for the West itself has problems. America has its own problems, problems that are so serious that the country has sown the seed for its collapse (I will write an essay to that effect).

The question I am asking here is this: why do the rulers of Iran prefer to have their country a shiftless country instead of jumping into the scientific world and give up its efforts to resurrect seventh century anachronistic religious ideas?

Why don't the rulers of this world do the right thing? Must they always be stupid? Clearly, what the world needs is social democracy with mixed economy, societies that serve all their people; we no longer need a world where a few, political or religious, lord it over the people.

Ozodi Osuji

January 2, 2018

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176