What Do These Beautiful People Have In Common?

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They’re Iranians.

(They also happen to live in a stunningly beautiful country).

Why am I – an American – sharing flattering pictures of Iranian people?

Well-known American travel writer Rick Steves – who normally focuses on Europe – visited Iran to find out what the people are really like. (Steve’s did a very balanced television special on his trip to Iran.)

As Steves says in a 10-minute C-span video, it is common to demonize the enemy to try to justify war, but we should “get to know people before we decide to bomb them”.

While the hard-liners in Iran are problematic, I – like Steves – am simply trying to show other sides of Iran than normally shown in the war-loving American media, especially given that:

  • The top American defense officials say that – despite its heated rhetoric – Iran is a “rational actor”. For example, in 2011, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress that “we continue to judge Iran’s nuclear decision-making is guided by a cost-benefit approach.” In February 2012, General Ron Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress that “the agency assesses Iran is unlikely to initiate or provoke a conflict.” Also in February, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: “We are of the opinion that Iran is a rational actor”
  • Top American and Israeli military and intelligence officials say that – even if Iran did build a nuclear bomb – it would not be that dangerous, because Israel and America have so many more nukes. And see this
  • Security experts – including both hawks and doves – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this
  • The people pushing for war against Iran are the same people who pushed for war against Iraq, and said it would be a “cakewalk”. See this and this
  • Hotheads within the U.S. have been claiming for more than 30 years that Iran was on the verge of nuclear capability
  • According to Stanley Weiss, Iranian diplomats in Europe saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and Iran served as an escape route for Iraqi Jews fleeing to Israel after the 1948 war for Israeli independence. Weiss also says that Iran was one of the first Muslim countries to establish diplomatic and trade relations with the state of Israel
  • The CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran’s oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies. As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister
  • If the U.S. hadn’t overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over. (Moreover, the U.S. has had a large hand in strengthening radical Islam in the Middle East by supporting radicals to fight the Soviets and others)
  • The U.S. armed and supported Iraq after it invaded Iran and engaged in a long, bloody war which included the use of chemical weapons. Here is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam Hussein in the 1980′s, several months after Saddam had used chemical weapons in a massacre:

  • The U.S. helped fund Iran’s nuclear program

  • The U.S. has been actively planning regime change in Iran – and throughout the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa – for 20 years
  • The decision to threaten to bomb Iran was made before 9/11

Finally, I am against any religion being unfairly blamed for terrorism. For example, Christianity is not responsible for terrorism, even though the Norwegian shooter claimed to be a devout Christian, millions of the most radical types of , rogue U.S. military leaders want to start a nuclear war to wipe out Islam, a FEMA trainer implies that Christians are crazy radicals prone to terrorism, and polls show that Christians are more prone to use violence than Muslims.

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  • Questanvarius

    George, you are doing a great service to humanity, which unfortunately is in short supply here in the US, in posting these last two videos on Iran. They are the perfect antidote to the bloodthirsty, warmongering propaganda served up by our pathetic media designed to demonize everything Iranian and prepare Americans to accept another criminal act of aggression.

  • Chris
    • http://chimaeraimaginarium.wordpress.com/ Richard_William_Posner

      What’s your point Chris? Looks like spam to me.

  • http://chimaeraimaginarium.wordpress.com/ Richard_William_Posner

    Well done and so true. But, doesn’t “preaching to the choir” get frustrating after a while?

    Until a vast majority of the american people realise that ignorance is not strength, there is little to no chance of preventing this
    ponerogenic cycle from
    reaching the usual bloody conclusion.

    Our species has been on the wrong path for at least twelve to fourteen thousand yearrs

  • Rehmat

    Merlin Miller, too, has expressed similar feelings toward Iranians and their President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Merlin Miller, an American filmmaker and American Third Position Party presidential candidate visited Tehran to attend ‘New Horizon – The 1st. International Independent Filmmakers Festival’ held in Tehran from September 2-7, 2012.
    http://rehmat1.com/2012/09/23/us-filmmaker-iranians-are-beautiful-people/

    • jo6pac

      Thanks for the link

  • jo6pac
  • Zdingaan

    So Iran should not be attacks because they look a certain way, what is even the point of this post, most Iranians don’t look like that, why does the way Iranians look have to do with anything.

    • My Truth

      That wasn’t the point of article , the point is that american people don’t know much about the country which they maybe get into a war with them , as an Iranian who is living in Iran for 27 years i must state that there is no typical Iranian look !! :) here is very mixed up.

  • chump12345

    Yeah, great…they still stone women to death and hang gays. I don’t care what they look like, there were some pretty hot Nazi’s too. Geesh. Who buys this crap?

  • rollsthepaul

    Iran should be left alone. Did you know that Benjamin Netanyahu murdered his psychiatrist because he started to leak that Netanyahu was trying to start WWIII. The Zionists are a creation of the Rothschilds, who own Israel completely. Zionism is based the Talmud which is one of the most evil books on the planet. Most of us would equate it with Satanism. True Jews follow the Torah and often demonstrate against Zionism, inside Israel. The difference between Zionism and Judaism, is night and day. Judaism is not the problem, Zionism is the problem. Yes, I am antiZionist but not antiJew. Time to stop catering to these Zionist monsters and take a stand.

    • Jewish Person

      This is pure rubbish. But where to begin? Murdered his psychiatrist? Rothschilds? Judaism is based on the Talmud, so calling the Talmud evil is calling Judaism evil. Modern political Zionism has nothing to do with the Talmud.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonbw Jon B. Wilder

        You are DEAD wrong….Talmudism’s strains are CRYSTAL CLEAR in modern Zio-Masonic stratagems…

    • Your Soul Knows

      Are you serious he murdered his psychiatrist? In my opinion he is the biggest loose cannon in the entire region….

  • lifeofliberty

    If you read (actually read, versus “scan”) you would have easily recognized that these were all Iranians.

    Don’t worry about war with Iran — it won’t happen. The United States and Israel are stumbling all over themselves, but it is not going to result in a visible war with Iran. Instead, they are going to attempt to bring international pressure and sanctions even further.

    War however, will most definitely NOT happen. Both the U.S and Israel will lose if they attempt this. World opinion does not side with US or Israel and on that front, “we will lose, big time”. Israel would also lose a face to face war, and without the help of the United States, has virtually no chance at all of winning.

    The United States will not wage war with Iran in any case, they are not willing to do this again, nor are they willing to risk the Strait and the oil supplies running through there.

    All the rhetoric surrounding “war with Iran” should simply be ignored. It’s being posited by idiots and fools.

    Admittedly anything is possible — but it is very unlikely in this case. Iran is well prepared to fight and win.

    Media fear-mongering is intended to bring public opinion into alignment that a nuclear Iran cannot be allowed. There is very little chance that this will be prevented. Iran will achieve its aims.

  • Alexander

    I’m pretty sure that you’re right about Iran threatening WAR with Israel. I think the real fear is that Iran will put nukes into the weapons supply-line that it already has with Hezbollah in Lebanon and elsewhere. Only one of your sources discusses this possibility. Since they do have a long history of funding and supplying international Hezbollah, it seems to me not an unreasonable fear. (PS, I’m surprised that you don’t delete the offensive comments – undermines your credibility.)

  • FactChecker

    Brevik was decidedly not Christian, that is a distortion to suggest he is a Christian when his own manifesto denies the fact

  • Sam

    Christianity has a long history of terrorism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades

    • Nightrider

      Yes, like during the time of the Crusades, going around killing people.

  • sara

    beautiful! thanks for exposing the truth that was hidden in peoples eyes because of the media!

  • http://twitter.com/angelacorrias Angela Corrias

    Well said, thorough and well documented piece.

 

 

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