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Western Nations Do Not Understand Iran

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Submitted by Emmett (United States), Jul 15, 2015 at 10:22

The Iran Nuclear Agreement

May I point out two points that I haven't heard included in the technical or political statements about this agreement.

The Shiites (Persians) invented the concept of Taquiyya (disimulation) to hide their religious views from the majority Sunni. Today some, in the Muslim world, interpret it to mean that non Muslims need not be told the truth. Former President Ahmadinejad used this concept when he stated, at Columbia University, " We have no homosexuals in Iran." He knew full well that the govrnment had, a few days before, executed several men accused of being homosexuals. The Palestinian Authority uses taquiyya when they state that the Jews have no connection to Jerusalem. Yet, the Quran mentions Israel given to the Jews and the description of Solomon's temple in Sura 5:34 and 17: 34 respectively.
So Iran's facilities, level of development, amount of fissile material, declaration of oeaceful uses of their nuclear facilities, may be just taquiyya. Not to be believed until proven!

The second point concerns Shiite theology, which I respect. Their twelfth Imam (Mahdi) will arrive (Kingdom of Heaven) after a giant conflagration. So, mutually assured destruction (MAD) is not a deterrent but an inducement.

Emmett


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As I understood Ahmedinejad, he was not saying there is no homosexual activity in Iran but that no Iranians identify themselves as homosexuals. The latter is not quite the absurd statement as that the former is.

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