Can You Pass The Iran Quiz?

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    Can You Pass The Iran Quiz?

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What can possibly justify the relentless U.S. diplomatic (and mainstream media) assault on Iran ?

It cannot be argued that Iran is an aggressive state that is dangerous to its neighbors, as facts do not support this claim…It cannot be relevant that Iran has, over the years, had a nuclear research program, and is most likely pursuing the capacity to develop nuclear weapons, as Pakistan, India, Israel and other states are nuclear powers yet remain U.S. allies—indeed, Israel deceived the U.S. while developing its nuclear program.

 

The following quiz is an attempt to introduce more balance into the mainstream discussion of Iran.  A few of the questions:

  1. Is Iran an Arab country?

    No. Alone among the Middle Eastern peoples conquered by the Arabs, the Iranians did not lose their language or their identity. Ethnic Persians make up 60 percent of modern Iran, modern Persian (not Arabic) is the official language, Iran is not a member of the Arab League, and the majority of Iranians are Shiite Muslims while most Arabs are Sunni Muslims. Accordingly, based on language, ancestry and religion, Iran is not an Arab country. ( http://www.slate.com/id/1008394/ )
  2. Has Iran launched an aggressive war of conquest against another country since 1900?

    No. – According to Juan Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Iran has not launched such a war for at least 150 years. ( Juan Cole; Engaging the Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York: 2009; p.199.)

    It should be appreciated that Iran did not start the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s: “ The war began when Iraq invaded Iran, launching a simultaneous invasion by air and land into Iranian territory on 22 September 1980 following a long history of border disputes, and fears of Shia insurgency among Iraq’s long-suppressed Shia majority influenced by the Iranian Revolution. Iraq was also aiming to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_War)

  3. How many known cases of an Iranian suicide-bomber have there been from 1989 to 2007?

    Zero. There is not a single known instance of an Iranian suicide-bomber since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988. ( Robert Baer; The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower; Crown Publishers; New York: 2008.)

  4. What percentage of students entering university in Iran is female?

    Over 60%. ( M. Axworthy; A History of Iran : Empire of the Mind; Basic Books; New York : 2008.)
  5. What percentage of the Iranian population attends Friday prayers?

    1.4%. ( M. Axworthy; A History of Iran : Empire of the Mind; Basic Books; New York : 2008.)

  6. Which two countries were responsible for orchestrating the 1953 overthrow of Iran’s populist government of democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh, primarily because he introduced legislation that led to the nationalization of Iranian oil?

    The U.S. and Britain . ( Stephen Kinzer; All The Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; New Jersey: 2008.)

    -According to Kinzer, Iranians had been complaining that the British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) had not been sharing profits on Iranian petroleum with Iran fairly; and Iran’s parliament (Majles) had tried to renegotiate with the AIOC. When the AIOC rejected renegotiation, Mossadegh introduced the nationalization act in 1951. In response, Britain and the U.S. organized a global boycott of Iran which sent the Iranian economy into a tailspin. Later, the military coup was orchestrated that reinstalled the shah. (One irony is that Britain itself had nationalized several industries in the 1940s and 1950s.)

  7. Which countries trained the Shah’s brutal internal security service, SAVAK?

    According to William Blum, a highly respected author and journalist, “The notorious Iranian security service, SAVAK, which employed torture routinely, was created under the guidance of the CIA and Israel in the 1950s. According to a former CIA analyst on Iran, Jesse J. Leaf, SAVAK was instructed in torture techniques by the Agency. After the 1979 revolution, the Iranians found CIA film made for SAVAK on how to torture women.” (http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/Torture_RS.html)

    -According to Reed College Professor Darius Rejali, one of the world’s leading writers on the subject of torture and the consequences of its use for modern society, “[T]he Iranian revolution of 1978-1979 was the revolution against torture. When the Shah criticized Khomayni as a blackrobed Islamic medieval throwback, Khomayni replied, look who is talking, the man who tortures. This was powerful rhetoric for recruiting people, then as it is now. People joined the revolutionary opposition because of the Shah’s brutality, and they remembered who installed him. If anyone wants to know why Iranians hated the U.S. so, all they have to do is ask what America ‘s role was in promoting torture in Iran . Torture not only shaped the revolution, it was the factor that has deeply poisoned the relationship of Iran with the West. So why trust the West again? And the Iranian leadership doesn’t.” ( http://www.harpers.org/archive/2008/02/hbc-90002387)

  8. Does Iran have nuclear weapons?

    No.

  9. Is Iran a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)?

    Yes. ( http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/18/world/AP-ML-Iran.html)
  10. Is Israel a signatory of the NPT?

    No. ( http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/18/world/AP-ML-Iran.html)
  11. Does the NPT permit a signatory to pursue a nuclear program?

    Yes.

    -According to Juan Cole, The NPT specifies that “Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination.” Therefore, as long as Iran meets its responsibilities under the NPT and continues to allow inspections by the IAEA, it is acting within its rights. The sorts of research facilities maintained by Iran are common in industrialized countries. The real issue is trust and transparency rather than purely one of technology. Yet, Iran has not always been forthcoming in fulfilling its obligations under the NPT.

  12. What percentage of Iranians in 2008 said they had an unfavorable view of the American people?

    20%. ( Juan Cole; Engaging The Muslim World; Palgrave Macmillan; New York : 2009; p.197.)

Hope you scored higher than I did…

Larry

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good find larry.  

nice touch adding the pictures.  the human face speaks more authoritatively than CIA/Mossad/MI6 talking points pumped through the corporate media controlled by Anglo billionaires.

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yeah !

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Except for the questions which demanded an exact percentage,  I got them all right. SmileYeay Iran!…and yeay me!

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Larry,

You forgot to add that the current Middle Eastern Borders were drawn up by Winston Churchill and the British after World War I, precisely to split ethnic populations in Iran and Iraq (Turkey and the rest of the middle east for that matter) precisely to stir up conflict and keep them weak.

It is precisely about oil and cover for Iran catching an israeli nuke in the not too distant future.  That is also why I think Obama is trying to distance the US from Israel for plausible deniability.

To be fair though you cannot equate the peaceful Iranian people with their government who is murdering them daily and supplying and supporting insurgencies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon.  That being said, yes there is a propaganda war against Iran equal to the one against Saddam Hussein before the current US misadventure in Iraq.

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To be fair though you cannot equate the peaceful Iranian people with their government who is murdering them daily and supplying and supporting insurgencies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon.  That being said, yes there is a propaganda war against Iran equal to the one against Saddam Hussein before the current US misadventure in Iraq.

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Why wouldn’t the govt of Iran help their neighbours drive out  their aggessors? If Russians invaded Canada, I’d expect the U.S. to help. Why do so many people have a  problem with something as fundamental as neighbours helping neighbours?  Iran has to be funding some of the defensive action Palestinians have engaged in, too.  Rock on,  Ahmadinejad!

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Thanks Larry for that informative piece.  Someone had sent me an e-mail a couple of years ago that contained a photo travelogue of Iran.  The beauty of the country astonished me.  It’s amazing the propanda that we’re exposed to that creates divisiveness among the people of the world.  I remember watching a documentary of a North Korean family and was amazed to see how much like us they were, wanting all the same things we want and differing from us primarily by the way in which their government had influenced their political thinking (just as our government influences ours). 

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LOL Agitating Prop

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To be fair though you cannot equate the peaceful Iranian people with their government who is murdering them daily and supplying and supporting insurgencies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon.  That being said, yes there is a propaganda war against Iran equal to the one against Saddam Hussein before the current US misadventure in Iraq.

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Why wouldn’t the govt of Iran help their neighbours drive out  their aggessors? If Russians invaded Canada, I’d expect the U.S. to help. Why do so many people have a  problem with something as fundamental as neighbours helping neighbours?  Iran has to be funding some of the defensive action Palestinians have engaged in, too.  Rock on,  Ahmadinejad!

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I would fight for you AP.  Unfortunately the US Govt. would probably split you with the Russians — sad but true.

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Interesting post….However, your not mentioning Hamas and Hezbollah must have been an act of ommission rather than commission…

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