The US goverment, the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration, the Trump Administration, the State Department, US intelligence agencies, the US military establishment and the US media have all declared Iran a terrorist nation and many believe that Iran must be destroyed or bombed, attacked, invaded, droned or occupied. These are indeed serious charges but what about proof? If we start with all Islamist terror attacks commited against the US and the West, it is not only clearly evident that every terror attack was commited by Sunni Islam and NOT Shiite Islam then the case against Shiite Iran immediates falls apart. In fact, every terror attack against the US was an act of Sunni Islam.
08/7/1998 2 US embassies, one in Nairobi, Kenya and one in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were attacked by Al Qaeda Sunni Islamists with truck bombs; 224 died and over 4,000 were injured.
02/23/1993 First attack on World Trade Center, 6 dead, 1,042 injured The 7 perps were: Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin, and Ahmed Ajaj (Pakistan), Eyad Ismoil. . They were all Sunni Muslims and none were Shiites or from Iran. More information on the 1993 WTC bombing is here and here,
10/12/2000 Attack on the USS Cole in the Aden, Yemen Harbor, 17 Americans killed, 39 injured. A small boat loaded with explosives and 2 suicide bombers plowed into the USS Cole and the Sunni Islamist terror group, Al Qaeda, was responsible. More on the USS Cole attack is here.
09/01/2001 The World Trade Centers Towers are brought down, along with other nearby buildings. 4 commercial jets were hijacked, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the WTC Towers killing 2,753 that included 343 FDNY firefighters, 23 NYPD police officers and 37 Port Authority Officers. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon killing 184 and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA killing 40. A total of 2,977 people died at the hands of Muslims just practicing their religion.
Of the 19 911 Muslim terrorists, 15 were Saudi Nationals, 2 were from the UAE, one was from Egypt and one was from Lebanon.
07/04/2002 Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fired at the LA Airport killing 2, and injuring 4.
06/01/2009 Addulhakim Muhajid Muhammad murdered a soldier at a Little Rock, AR recruiting center.
11/05/2009 Nidal Hasan murdered 13 and injured 33 at Ft. Hood, TX
04/15/2015 Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev murdered 3 at the Boston Marathon by setting off pressure cooker bombs. Hundreds were injured and several lost their limbs.
07/16/2015 Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez open fired at 2 military installations in Chattaanooga, TN killing 6 and injuring 2.
12/02/2015 Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik open fired at a Christmas Party in San Bernardino, CA for Department of Public Health Workers killing 14 and injuring 22. Farook and Malik has recently returned from Saudi Arabia.
06/12/2016 Omar Mateen murdered 49 and injured 53 at a gay bar in Orlando, FL.
01/06/2017 Esteban Santiago (Aashiq Hammad) opened fired at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport killing 5 and injuring 6. Santiago was a Muslim convert.
All of the above terror attacks against the US have one common denominator - the attackers were all Sunni Muslims and NONE were Shiite Muslims, Iranians or from Iran. Neither Iran nor Iranians nor Shiite Muslims are responsible for any terror attacks against the US, the West and other nations that have experienced Islamist terror. The numerous terror attacks in Europe are the deeds of Sunni Muslims who got radicalized at a Wahhabist funded mosque.
Iran is NOT a terrorist nation and 100% of global Islamist terrorism emanates from Saudi Arabia, the kingpin of Islamist terror and Sunni Salafist Wahhabism. Yet, the US media and the US government has managed to terrify American into believing that Iran is a terrorist nation and there isn't one piece of documented evidence to support to support this.
Iran is not an Arab nation - Iranians view themselves as Persian and they are an Indo-European people with a rich history steeped in a glorious culture and significant achievements. With 90-95% of the Iranian people being Shi'a, the Islamic split between Sunni and Shiites is largely a cultural phenomena from the Arab military conquest of Persia. Even today, the Persians despise the Arabs and consider them savages. Of all the nations in the Middle East region, it was Iran that was advancing, modernizing and secular. Yet, the US foreign policy establishment decided to destroy Iran and for no sane or justifiable reason and certainly not for reasons of US national security. Iran has never posed a threat to the US or US national security.
While media demonization of Iran is routine, on occasion somebody actually gets it right about Iran and flatout speaks the truth.
Why Is Iran Our Enemy?
Demonization of Iran runs wide and deep in our mainstream politics. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tell us that Iran is the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism, aimed at taking over the whole Middle East, if not the world (this echoes the State Department, which in its recently released annual report calls Iran the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism). Both have declared themselves ready and eager to “strike” and “obliterate” Iran. Republican Senator Ted Cruz says flatly that Iran intends to launch a nuclear attack against the United States. Mike Huckabee and Benjamin Netanyahu, who must be considered an American as well as an Israeli politician, say that Iran is preparing the ovens for another holocaust of the Jews. In 2013, when there was no evidence that Iran was building a nuclear bomb, Vice President Joe Biden announced that—just in case—“all options, including military force, are on the table.” Following their leaders, most Americans have strongly negative opinions of Iran.
As one who is active on social media, I can categorically state that even among seemingly sane Republicans (damn few) Libertarians and even Paulites that the vitriol against Iran appears endemic despite the fact that all those Iran haters fail to offer up any legitimate and true facts relative to the 'alleged crimes' of Iran; nor can they even explain why Iran even poses a threat to the national security of the United States.
The root of US displeasure with Iran dates back to the CIA's 1953 coup against secular Iran's democratically elected leader, Mohammed Mosaddeq. The CIA installed a US puppet, the dreaded Shah, and displeasure with him came to a head in 1979 when the Iranians ousted the Shah, consented to the Islamic Revolution and theocratic rule by the ayatollahs and mullahs. Believing religious fundamentalist rule would be less oppressive than that of the US supported Shah, the Iranian people made a big gamble and lost but they were in a tough spot because of US interventions.
However, the legend that the Iranian people actually wanted theocratic rule is a point in history that has been disputed and recently declassified CIA documents tend to support this theory. In June of 2016, The Guardian reported that it was actually the Carter Administration that facilitated the return of the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, a theocratic madman who turned out to be a mass murderer. While it has been estimated that tens of thousands of Iranians were murdered or executed by the Khomeini Islamist regime, it has also been estimated that tens of thousands were killed by the CIA's Shah regime and some of those estimate death toll estimates are as high as 60,000.
This is not an unusual situation in a Muslim nation where battles between the secularists and theocrats are real. .
Below are photos take at the University of Tehran in the early 1970's - happy western looking young folks.
Fast forward to women in Iran todays, courtesy of the US and CIA.
Not only is it true that US foreign policy played a key rule in churning Iran from secular westernized nation into a total hellhole of an Islamic state, one is left pondering the sanity of the US foreign policy establishment.
US had extensive contact with Ayatollah Khomeini before Iran revolution
Documents seen by BBC suggest Carter administration paved way for Khomeini to return to Iran by holding the army back from launching a military coup
Iranian leaders have reacted with fury to reports that newly declassified US diplomatic cables revealed extensive contacts between Ayatollah Khomeini and the Carter administration just weeks ahead of Iran’s Islamic revolution. It was previously known that Ruhollah Khomeini, the charismatic leader of the Iranian revolution, had exchanged some messages with the US through an intermediary while living in exile in Paris. But new documents seen by the BBC’s Persian service show he went to a great lengths to ensure the Americans would not jeopardise his plans to return to Iran – and even personally wrote to US officials. The BBC’s reporting suggests that the Carter administration took heed of Khomeini’s pledges, and in effect paved the way for his return by holding the Iranian army back from launching a military coup.
Foreign interventions and meddling by our foreign policy establishment are not only horrifying and deadly but America is so profoundly arrogant that it never learns from its mistakes and disasters. America just keeps on doing the same dumb and deadly things over and over and over. There is never any remorse or regret. In fact, it's almost as if America murders for defense contractor profits. To be sure, CIA meddling in its never ending regime change games are specifically done to serve the interests of US corporations and control of natural resources. Yes, it's hideous, immoral and barbaric when unspeakable human misery, death and destruction rain down upon peoples and nations who never wronged us in any way or who ever posed a threat to US national security.
If the idiot US government actually cared about Islamist terrorism, it has no further to look than the Wahhabists in Saudi Arabia; it's been documented that the Saudis and Sunni allies in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and a few other Sunni nations have massively bankrolled the spread of Wahhabism globally. It's as disease that has infected Sunni funded mosques in western nations as well as mosques all over the world.
How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism
Exact numbers are not known, but it is thought that more than $100 billion have been spent on exporting fanatical Wahhabism to various much poorer Muslim nations worldwide over the past three decades. It might well be twice that number. By comparison, the Soviets spent about $7 billion spreading communism worldwide in the 70 years from 1921 and 1991. This appears to be a monumental campaign to bulldoze the more moderate strains of Islam, and replace them with the theo-fascist Saudi variety. Despite being well aware of the issue, Western powers continue to coddle the Saudis or, at most, protest meekly from time to time.
Meanwhile, America's neocons sing the praises of Saudi Arabia and Wahhabists. It's almost as if there is a master plan to Wahhabize the planet under the banner of Islam. Few in America's political class have the testicular fortitude to even speak the truth. The US media just follows the talking points of the neocons. Dumbed down Americans just sing the BOMB, BOMB, BOMB Iran tune memorialized by uber psychopath John McCain.
When it comes to US foreign policy, some things are just a universal truth.