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Conflicts of Iranian Anxieties the Iranian People Will Never Solve Alone.

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jun 15, 2012 at 16:21

There are conflicting sensibilities regarding how Iranians perceive America versus Americans; and there are suspicions of the reverse, how Americans perceive Iranians versus the Iranian government as depicted through the media. There are conflicts all over.

Having known Iranians for nearly thirty-five years and having run the gamut of associations of Shah-hating pre-revolutionary ideologues through non-Persian agnostics to full blown hajji's, this reader's perception is that the Iranian people are a complex people, many filled with the same sense of wanting to live free and making the best of things for their families which is in contrast to radical Islamist fanatics intent on imposing shari'a as fast and as quickly as they are able in order to advance the dominant Islamic ideal they have been preached to about all their lives.

A suspicion arises from reading the article that although there may be sincerity in the view related to the reporter and others in-country that are trying to get a sense of just what is Iran all about, the suspicion being that just maybe if the people present a affable personality they just might allay the need for over-reacting to the reactionary attitudes of the leadership and avert a disastrous series of consequences they people, not necessarily the leadership, would have to pay for.

Yet, by this reader's experience with his Persian/Iranian contacts, the majority of Iranians appear to be sincere people, even those whose Islamic proclivities are a daunting challenge to western sensibilities. So when considering how to deal with Iran and its leadership's Islamic Revolutionary vision for the world, there will be inherent collateral damage if the situation escalates as the Iranian leadership practices its brinksmanship skills beyond the realm of human abilities.

Sanctions almost never work to bring about a peaceful solution; they typically brew deeper discontent and eventually the situation boils over. The United States experienced this with Japan; and from that perspective, America's experience should be a warning to learn from that lesson. However, since the lesson of the failure of socialists' run governments is not learned globally yet, we must conclude the ruler slap on the back of the hand is not going to work here either.

Nothing, absolutely nothing will rescue the ayatollahs. Their ideology must compel them to be loyal to their cause and all sacrifices that might be made are to be made to achieve the goal. So they do not seek rescue, but advancement according to the ideology even if that puts the nation at risk. This goes to the apprehension seen in the Iranians over here that this reader has contact with – the fear that the risk of the homeland is too great that no amount of reason will be able to salvage the land; and families back home.

Only a salvation being offered that is different from that which is currently being preached to advance the Islamic Iranian Revolution is believed to offer an alternative to the Iranian people's predicament. Therein lays the choice for the people - to seek peace by appropriately means or to suffer the consequences of allowing a leadership with an ideology desiring world domination at any cost to put their lives at stake for a cause they are not ready to pay for. Even in America, that is not a choice I would ever be ready to make; thus I chose to make my peace with Yeshua because I know He will never fail me.

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