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American Quest: Learning to Live Like Honorable MenPerspective on Iran by Tim King Salem-News.com
The U.S. ripped Iran off for years. They finally took back control of their nation which is successful today, and the western nations keep creating and issuing lies about nuclear weapons that don't exist.
(SALEM, Ore.) - We are taught by our parents, our society and our educators, to be fair. The law of our land in essence, demands equity for all citizens. Religious doctrine tells us it is wrong to lie, steal, kill and hate. But for some reason, a large number of Americans and Israeli's believe that they can randomly dismiss those obligations and yet still be in the right; wrong.
When an individual makes a mistake, they should atone for it. When a nation makes a mistake, the government of that land should do the same. We persecute people every day for stealing and for business crimes, yet we shrug off our responsibility for having ripped off Iran in the years leading up to WWII. Every single thing that is wrong today is based in what the U.S. and the U.K. did. It was about one simple thing; ripping off Iran's oil, and there are many history books that discuss it in great detail.
The governments are different today, or are they? We are supposed to learn from our mistakes, (that is also taught to us as children) but we repeat them over and over again. The biggest one, the thing that brings the world down to its knees; is prejudice.
This is the prejudice displayed toward Vietnamese people in the late 1940's when we financed the French re-occupation of that fragile and sensitive country, and it is the same prejudice used against the Palestinian people during the early years of Israel.
Hell, it is the same spirit that rode under the red, white and blue flags at conferences where Native Americans were offered treaties that the U.S. Cavalry would turn around and almost immediately dishonor. It is the same American spirit that has known for over 25 years that Israel possessed hundreds of illegal nuclear weapons. We just aren't always right, and even that we don't seem to learn from repeated lessons.
Our nation is in trouble; it has been driven to the very edge of normalcy under the Bush Presidency. The war in Afghanistan was only necessary because we turned our western backs on the Afghanistan problem after their war with the Soviet Union ended ended in 1989.
This is a point made extremely clear at the end of the movie Charlie Wilson's War. The United States could have thrown a few million dollars into Afghanistan to help it rebuild from a ten year war, but instead we allowed the warlords to resume fighting for control of this historic, contested country. Before long the Taliban were in power and it all happened because we were greedy and didn't want to invest in rebuilding Afghanistan's infrastructure after the Soviet Invasion was defeated.
Flash forward several years to 2002; after attacking numerous targets in Afghanistan, George W. Bush asks every kid in America to send a dollar to an Afghan child and he creates the Afghan Children's Fund. (See: Salem-News.com's Tim King on KPSU Radio) Then in 2005, when many resources that should be in Afghanistan are in Iraq, Bush cancels the Afghan Children's Fund. I still call it sabotage and no act that any well-intentioned President would even consider. It didn't cost the White House a penny, but they still killed the only viable U.S. program that existed to help those poor, freezing and starving children in Afghanistan.
Of course Bush and the other politicians who take the time to visit the war theater never see the real story. They don't see the starving, huddled people whose opportunities have been destroyed, eradicated by warring governments, invading governments. This is why the idea of attacking Iran is so easy to discuss; because those talks take place in warm rooms where there is plenty of food and water and clean air.
Iran has done little to any western country that could ever be viewed as hostile, and Iran has never attacked the United States. Our problems with Iran have all taken place within their own borders, not in ours. The country was under control of a puppet government that the CIA installed from 1953 to 1979. That is the year of the Iranian Revolution. In 1979 several hundred students in Iran overtook the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, ultimately taking and holding a number of U.S. hostages.
They took back what we stole from them. Ever since that time we have alternately sought revenge. The United States under Reagan, helped fund the Iraqi leadership to attack Iran, which it did without success. We shot down one of their airliners loaded with hundreds of civilians for no reason at all; that in the opinion of many was a pure provocation for war. But Iran didn't attack us back, ultimately we paid them for being 100% at fault for blowing those people out of the sky.
Perhaps the reason Americans hate Iran it is the same reason many hate President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela - these are countries that have dared to "stand up" to U.S. aggression. (See: Taking Government Control of Media by the Horns: Hugo Chavez and Venezuela) Bush doesn't like being called names, but the leaders of these countries have done so anyway.
Iran is a nation like many others that has good and bad points. The cost of oil is spiraling and Iran wants to have nuclear power, like its neighbors. There is no evidence that they are building illegal nuclear weapons - like Israel, as former President Carter revealed in June. (See: Carter Reveals Israel's Possession of 150 Nuclear Weapons) There also is no saber rattling going on over the revelation that Israel is one of the world's biggest political Pinocchio's, along with the U.S. But Iran remains in the sights of western nations over pure lies about weapons they don't have.
Israel and the United States are both bully nations and their governments are out of control and probably very illegal in a standard world view. That is what Congressman Dennis Kucinich alleged during a recent reading of impeachment charges against George W. Bush. This is a president so illegal that it will literally involve a great amount of time and space to even outline the crimes he may be guilty of. We have learned very little over the years but as a nation we have certainly defined and honed the technique of military action and death. If we foolishly try to force our tired military into another war with a country like Iran, then everything we consider precious will likely die in the process. Write to your elected representatives and tell them not to attack Iran.
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Today, in addition to his role as a war correspondent in Afghanistan where he spent the winter of 2006/07, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators. Tim's coverage from Iraq that was set to begin in April has been delayed and may not take place until August, 2008. You can send Tim an email at this address: email@example.com
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