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  1. kactus

    US vs Iran

    Theresa May will take a hard look at whoever offers UK the best deal post Brexit. It’s all about money.... Today the Iranian courts have resurrected a charge against Nazanin Radcliffe a British/Iranian female held captive in Iran since 2016. She is alleged to have been kept in prison on the basis of espionage to help overthrow the regime (thanks to inept intervention of Boris Johnson who uttered in the house of commons that she is training journalists...) The UK government so far has remained mute on what to do after the announcement by the court today. Given that Theresa May held a telephone conversation with her Iranian counterpart president Hassan Rouhani it is unlikely that she wants to piss off the Iranian government over this matter and where doing “business as usual” with Iran takes precedence....
  2. I read this piece today: President Donald Trump said on Monday that he was working directly with God, “as well as with several of His best right-wing pastors,” to hasten the “end-times” events prophesied in the Bible. The apocalyptic prophecy, popular with white evangelical Christians who also happen to be the president’s base, states that the world will turn black with evil, people will descend into a swamp of immorality and violence, and the boastful, arrogant, and unholy will reign. At that point, Jesus Christ will appear, scold the masses, then whisk all true believers up to heaven with him in what conservative Christians call “The Rapture.” https://extranewsfeed.com/trump-works-directly-with-christians-to-fast-track-end-times-prophecy-6001a7bafad8 This is quite scary times. According to this prophecy the non-believer non christians place is in hell. Apparently evangelical christianity in US is a big business worth $1.2 trillion.
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    Iran needs some democracy

    Since you asked me and have an inclination to know my religious belief I tell you straight so there’s no ambiguity. I do not have a religion. I do find it absurd you want to expose me as a muslim by having a ‘foreign name’ as if that is a crime..... As for Marcus or Hudson Jones I cannot speak on their behalf. Why would it bother me what they say as it is their opinion but it is clearly bothering you and have accused me time and time again to be the same person!? But let’s set aside my religious or political motivations for now rue. What exactly is your issue with my last post stating my opinion!?
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    Iran needs some democracy

    I have pointed this out before and I will say it again that democracy in the middle east does not correlate to the value system that is inherent in the western society. This is simply due to the fact that what we in the West preach about moral ethics, democracy and human rights in those countries that does not match our actions in helping to promote democratic values in those countries. Take Saudi Arabia for instance. Americans don’t give a hoot for a sheikh with no money yet whilst these sheikhs are rich it doesn’t stop the US government to sell billions of dollars of arms to their despotic regime. And to those who suggest that only China and Russia are the biggest allies of the Iranian mullah regime I say this. Either you are misrepresenting or just trying to exonerate the West because regardless of the US and Israel’s vested interest to isolate Iran, the three European powerhouse (UK, Germany and France) are going to carry on doing ‘“business” as usual with Iran’s mullahs....With UK there is even more incentive to do so with the Brexit ramifications looming...Theresa May spoke to Iranian president on the phone yesterday and today she is hosting Erdogan who is on a state visit to UK and meeting the Queen... It would be foolish to think why would Theresa May the leader of a country with democratic values want to meet with a dictator killing and arresting intellectuals and kurds in his own country other than getting some lucrative deals signed!!! It is these selfish and short sighted moves by western countries that emboldens leaders in Iran snd Turkey and else where! One would argue that of course the Western governments are there to serve their own interests and don’t give a damn about drmocracy in those countries. Therefore it gives no one in western countries any rights to moan about human right issues when such double standards and hypocrisy exists.
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    Iran needs some democracy

    The coin indeed has the photo of Cyrus the great. A monumental moment when he allowed the passage for jews through Babylon and rebuilding temple of Jerusalem... He was also the founder of human rights charter... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great_in_the_Bible https://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.slideplayer.com%2F34%2F10226853%2Fslides%2Fslide_4.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fslideplayer.com%2Fslide%2F10226853%2F&docid=EfPxkpuq31yllM&tbnid=Suo1YQ3FqKfb6M%3A&vet=1&w=960&h=720&source=sh%2Fx%2Fim
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    US vs Iran

    Whilst that may be true there are those misinformed ones that cannot distinguish between the Iranian people and their government. Oh even Trump made that distinction recently in his speech just to make himself not look like one of those misguided individuals hell bent to fabricate fake news.
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    Iran needs some democracy

    It has to be said that everytime Iranians have revolted against the government whether due to the elections of Ahmadinejhad in 2009 or the recent peaceful protests by courageous women removing their headscarves in public it met with the brutal force of the regime. Alot of people in the west do not simply understand the bravery these people show risking their lives for what they stand for against this alien corrupt regime that has invaded Iran. Added to this complexity is dealing with a misogynist, racist and narcissist currently residing the Whitehouse hell bent to undo everything Obama has done. The withdrawal from the nuclear deal and imposing sanctions by this orange buffoon will only hurt ordinary Iranians and not the apparatus of the regime. This has been the case time and time again.... Nevertheless, three of the biggest US allies namely UK, France and Germany and also another two members Russia and China have expressed their commitment to stay with the deal. This is a heavy price to pay by these European countries knowing fully well that any company that deals with Iran would be subject to sanctions by the US....However, they will endeavour to stick to their end of the bargain. Whether Trumps end game before his speech about withdrawal from nuclear deal is ultimately sending a signal to the the clerical estsblishment that their time is up remain moot. However, this is far from over yet....
  8. kactus

    Mohammad bin Salman

    Stop baiting and start debating... When you learn this simple fact I am happy to discuss.... Hypothetically, Suppose I were a muslim. (which I am not) In your fantasy world am I not allowed to have an opinion enjoy having a ‘quaint’ english sounding name like kactus or is that just something confined to likes of rue having the entitlement to have a french sounding name!? Do you realise how pathetic you sound when you think it’s OK to label and categorise other people and accuse them as muslim extremists hiding behind english sounding names when they do not conform to your view of the world!? There is a name for that rue or whatever you are...That name resonates with hypocrisy aligned with this kind of behaviour.... Focus on your own deeds and talks instead of judging and preaching others...
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    Syrian Civil War

    ...Stop baiting and start debating.... Linking me to muslims and terrorists is not gonna get you brownies. On the contrary it is a personal attack and you are blatantly being provocative!
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    Syrian Civil War

    As much as one detests Assad’s policies and his cronies an attack on Syria by western allies to topple him would be a grave mistake IMO.... The power vacuum that it would create if US decides to send troops home in six months will pave the way for other notorious groups like ISIS, Al Nusra etc, with far worse consequences. Assad is what is holding Syria together just like it did with Ghadaffi in Libya and Saddam in Iraq.
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    Iran needs some democracy

    Democracy comes at a prize and every country that genuinely wanted paid that price. Whether it was Europe during middle ages with the separation of church from state or post war countries like Germany and Japan. So to reiterate that point that change for democracy in Iran comes with the blood of Iranians fighting for their freedom not a western style democracy interjected into the culture.... Personally, I think a sub section of the Iranian society conforms to the norms of dictatorship. Despite the huge sub section of the society comprising young, affluent and educated population some of the older and more conservative tyoes only see dictatorship as a way of managing the country and daily lives. Wheyher they get paid or supported by the regime remains moot. This worked well when the late Shah of Iran became more autocratic during the last few years of his reign and certainly true with the current drakonian measures applied by islamic theocracy that has absorbed all the learnings from failures of previous government and does not let people enjoy/ experience genuine democracy. The system applies force to silence the opposition for its own survival. This system has learned that it is only through chaos and instability that it can possibly steal a country’s wealth and deprive people from their freedom. This instability by the way is something the western governments have been meddling and still do in Middle Eastern countries to profit the corporates and arms dealers....Lest to say that the western governments do not want to see Iran either flourishing in democracy or their future government take reaponsibility and ownership of their natural weath/ resources. Just oil alone brings Iran’s democracy in conflict with western government’s interests.
  12. kactus

    Iran needs some democracy

    100% agree with this sentiment and that doesn’t mean support for the mullah regime.
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    Iran needs some democracy

    Indeed Carter knew that the situation in Iran was volatile but he was giving Shah the false hopes. Carter was part of the reason for Shah's downfall. There is a theory that Shah has served the interest of the West and it was time for him to go. Khomeini's transport by the plane from France was just a vehicle for this transition and minor detail... Look, I am with SpankyMcFarland on this one. We are where we are now.... The foundations for change in Iran has to come from within to bolster the democratic values. You cannot import western style democracy and hope miracles are achieved as we have witnessed in Iraq and Libya. Frankly, the absence of credible opposition right now provides a vacuum and I am reluctant to see the removal of the current system in Iran when the unknowns can have far more devastating consequences thereby creating divisions between ethnic groups and religions. The history tells us that the western intervention recently created more instability and wars in the region than peace. It's good business for arms manufacturers and employment. That's no brainer! But it isn't good for Iran. The balkanisation of former Yugoslavia, Iraq WMD and divisions of Shia, Sunni and Kurds and Libya are just a few legacies the West has left behind and still carrying on....
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    Iran needs some democracy

    Independent yes but they are Shia and that's where it becomes political...
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    Iran needs some democracy

    Agreed....The last thing Iranians want is yet another intervention in their affair by the West. The 1953 coup against the democratically elected prime minister of Iran is a clear example where the British and Americans had violated the thriving democracy for the sake of their own greed and oil interests....That ultimately led to the 1979 revolution and the rise of islamists....Some people here even admit that it was all because of oil and some just wash it off that Iran was getting closer to communist Russia through Dr. Mossadegh and exonerating MI6 and CIA involvement which saw the demise of democracy in Iran. Whichever way you look at it that era of intervention has played in the psyche of many Iranians and created mistrust of motives of foreign powers vis a vis oil and opportunity for genuine democracy flourishing. History taught us that and quite rightly so.
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