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WHAT DOES IRAN HAVE THAT THE US DOES NOT HAVE?
A profitable energy business with oil and gas that can be extracted cheaply
Contrast Iran and its profitable hydrocarbons to the US, which has mainly shale oil and gas, requiring expensive fracking to extract. Despite the fuss made by politicians over America as the largest supplier of hydrocarbons in the world, the financial news is replete with stories of bankruptcies in American shale, indicating that the party may not last much longer:
As Oil Prices Drop And Money Dries Up, Is The U.S. Shale Boom Going Bust?
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Oil and Gas Bankruptcies Grow as Investors Lose Appetite for Shale
Unlike the US, Iran does not steal anyone’s oil. Iran and its protégé Hezbollah have been helping Syria fight terrorists, eg, ISIS, Al-Qaeda and its rebrandings (Al-Nusra, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, etc) since the start of the invasion of Syria and Iraq by Western-backed terrorist proxies (an invasion cannot be called a "civil war"). During that time, there have been no reports of Iranians stealing Syrian oil. Contrast this with Trump’s crude admission that the US intends to “take the oil” from a country that the US invaded. There was a time when no politician would have dared to admit this shameful fact. But now all of a sudden, they can admit they have no sense of right and wrong. Because America is exceptional, because we said so.
Further, Iran is not known to concoct stories about the states that hate it, in contrast to the US, which has invented accusations against Iran, such as the absurdity that Iran supposedly aided ISIS shortly after that group formed. The fact that Iran has been helping Syria fight ISIS ever since the beginning of the invasion by foreign jihadists in Syria and Iraq, gives the lie to this pernicious narrative. In fact, it would be theologically impossible for Shiite-majority Iran, with its devout Shiite government, to join forces with Sunni Wahhabist ISIS and Al-Qaeda. (I am not trying to imply that Sunnism in itself is as intolerant and violent as the Wahhabist jihadists in Syria and Iraq. Some of the kindest and humblest Muslims are the Sunnis of Indonesia, for example, who have never been trained by the West to invade and bully other states).
Honesty is a trait that hails back to ancient Persia (former name for Iran). Herodotus wrote that the most disgraceful thing for Persians was telling a lie.
According to Wikipedia:
“Freedom of religion in Iran. ... Iran recognizes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian religious minorities, among others. The continuous presence of the country's pre-Islamic, non-Muslim communities, such as Zoroastrians, Jews, and Christians, had accustomed the population to the participation of non-Muslims in society.” On the other hand, it must be said that there are reports of abuse of Zoroastrians by Iranian Muslims.
Remember, however, that in today’s US, an executive order has banned the granting of visas to Muslims. That is religious intolerance on the official level, something that was once alien to the American spirit.
Again, the trait of tolerance goes back millennia. Persians practiced tolerance to the religions of the peoples they conquered.
According to Wikipedia Christianity in Iran - Wikipedia, there are 600 Christian churches and 500,000 to a million Christians in Iran, the country that is demonized by the US for alleged human rights abuses.
Contrast this to the US’ closest Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, which is almost never criticised by US politicians and is visited by most presidents, who treat the Saudi royals like ... royalty. In that country, no Christian or other worship is allowed. Even Christians who worship in homes can be arrested. You probably didn’t know that, but you did know that some US-associated churches are banned in China because they are seen to subvert the government. The Western press is highly selective. You are only allowed to know the official story.
Years of Hebrew friendly history
While the Babylonians took Hebrews captive, it was Persian king Cyrus who conquered Babylonia and set the Judeans free. And it was Cyrus’ son Darius who helped the Jews build their destroyed temple. Temple, The Second Decree to Rebuild the - Amazing Bible Timeline with World History
American Jews commemorate Purim, the liberation of the Jews in Persia and their salvation from execution. Some have claimed that the situation with Israel today, supposedly threatened by Iran (because a few angry leaders issued threats), is reminiscent of this. But in the Purim story, it is not only an evil Persian who threatened the Jews, it was also the righteous Persians who saved them from this evil man and then punished him severely. So it is not about Persians/Iranians vs Jews, it is about good vs evil, tolerance vs intolerance.
As for tolerance, did you know that Jewish Purim is celebrated today in Iran?
Celebrating Purim in Iran
Yes, there are a few Jews there living peacefully. But none in Saudi Arabia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Saudi_Arabia. Unlike the current US administration, which conflates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism (https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-antisemitism-20180915-story.html), Iran recognizes the distinction between Jewishness and Zionism. As for US pal Saudi Arabia, there is a whole article in Wikipedia on anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia. Antisemitism in Saudi Arabia - Wikipedia
And did you know that Iran took in refugees of the Holocaust?
So what is the problem with Israel? The trouble is that, unlike the vast majority of Americans, the Iranians sympathize with the Palestinians who were displaced in and before 1948 and are still being fired upon by the IDF, which has killed hundreds of unarmed Arabs in the occupied territories. Iranians have feelings for the downtrodden that Westerners are taught to despise.
The history of the village of Deir Yassin is well known to Iranians and other Middle Eastern Muslims but it is virtually taboo to talk about it in the West. (I have had factual commentaries on this issue, and on "Christian" Zionism removed by various social media platforms I have used).
While some Jewish groups deny that a massacre occurred, there are honest Israeli journalists and historians who dare to tell it as it happened. Haaretz has reported on the massacre in grim detail. Testimonies from the censored Deir Yassin massacre: 'They piled bodies and burned them'
Iran is not anti-Jewish, but it opposes the atrocities described in the linked article and the inhumane treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It does not agree with US politicians who insist anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. After all, what if Germany suddenly declared that anti-Nazism is anti-German? Wouldn’t that be a message to the world that Germans are inherently Nazis? Why would anyone send such a message? But that is exactly the message we are receiving from Zionists, both Christian and other.
Until the time this tragic time in the history of Palestine can be discussed openly, there will be no reconciliation between America and this surprisingly tolerant and open country that our politicians want us all to hate.
Please remember that there is nothing wrong with Jews or Iranians. Intelligent open minded Jews and Iranians can get along just fine. It is the American politicians (on both the left and the right), and even religious leaders, who have sown enmity between the two groups by pampering one and demonizing the other.
Westerners have got to learn to think for themselves. That is how we can all be great again.
“CHRISTIAN” ZIONISM TAKES THE WORLD TO THE BRINK OF WORLD WAR BUT HAS NO BASIS IN SCRIPTURE