Iran is a fantastic country

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The reason that the Western politicians and press don’t like Iran is very simple. They have taken sides in the eternal Sunni Vs Shia conflict and have come down on the side of the Sunni’s huge oil production and their huge purchases of Western weapons. So Sunni, barbaric, uncivilised Saudi and Bahrain were our friend and civilised, educated Iran became our enemy.

What has changed can be expressed in one word: Fracking. With fracking we don’t need the filthy Saudis and their filthy oil. The USA is now self sufficient for oil and gas and Western Europe could easily be if we ignored the stupid NIMBYs.

Fracking map Europe 650

Iran has one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning in 3200–2800 BC. It became the dominant cultural and political power in the region. Iran reached the pinnacle of its power during the Achaemenid Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC, which at its greatest extent comprised major portions of the ancient world, stretching from parts of the Balkans in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east, making it the largest empire the world had yet seen.

From 651 AD Iran played a vital role in the Islamic Golden Age, producing many influential scientists, scholars, artists, and thinkers. The emergence in 1501 of the Safavid dynasty marked one of the most important turning points in Iranian and Muslim history. Starting in 1736 under Nader Shah, Iran reached its greatest size for a millennium, possessing the most powerful empire in the world. When it’s Middle East neighbours were little more than primitive tribal goat and camel herders.

It is a little known fact that Iran last attacked a neighbouring country in 1795. Compare and contrast that with another country, Israel, which has attacked and stolen land from every single one of its neighbours during its short life.

Then take nuclear weapons. Israel has more nuclear weapons than Great Britain has, including sophisticated neutron bombs, they also have powerful ballistic missiles to deliver them around the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also has a plentiful supply of nuclear weapons, manufactured for it by Pakistan, and it has bought the missiles to deliver them. Iran has no nuclear weapons.

A side issue is that Iran, quite rightly, opposes a Zionist state in the Middle East built on land stolen from Palestine. Compare and contrast that opposition with the genocide and ethnic cleansing that the Israeli state continuously carries out against non Jews. There is no moral equivalence.

Israel Palestine 650

Some say that Iran sponsors terrorism, and it is true that they stick up for the Shia cause around the region. But this pales into significance compared with the immense sponsorship of terrorism by Sunni Saudi Arabia. Islamic State is their baby. And 9/11 was committed by Saudis, financed by Saudis and organised by Saudis.

Since the 1979 revolution the West has behaved despicably towards Iran. What happens inside sovereign nations is largely their own business and our politics throughout the whole Middle East has been laden with hypocrisy and stupidity. Now we have a chance to make a new start with the wonderful, civilised people of Iran. It is a great opportunity for us and a great opportunity for them.



  1. Great article Bruce – thanks for writing it.

    One question; do you honestly think 9/11 was a Saudi job or were there other actors involved?


  2. Strange maps… Palestinian land in green? Palestine actually was much more larger area (not country!!!) than shown and it was meant to be home for the jewish people. I think You misuse terminology and are mistaken.


  3. The people of Iran are so civilised that they hang people for being gay and for apostasy. They also imprison hundreds of journalists, stifling freedom of speech. What a moronic article.


    1. BruceTriesPolitics,

      You should fit Google to your computer and learn how to use it.
      There is a thriving gay scene in Iran.

      As for apostasy, there are Jewish, Christian and Zoroastrian communities in Iran and they each have one member of Parliament.
      Jews in Iran:
      Christians in Iran:

      Yes, Iran imprisons journalists (but not hundreds), but so do our friends like Turkey and Egypt. And in America Barrett Brown is in jail.
      Far worse is that Israel kills journalists. Lots of them.

      As you can see you are completely ignorant about Iran. Like many in the West you have been fed lies and you don’t have the intellectual rigour to find the truth. So you are brainwashed.


  4. Ayatollah, is that you? I thought I heard your voice.

    SORRY ‘Bruce’ or whoever you really are. This is a joke, right? There is ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH IN THIS FANTASY STORY. The Iranian leaders are despicable despots who preach peace & then sell guns & weapons to Hezbollah who in turn kidnap, rape & murder woman & children and then torture men to death. Iran is a disgusting blight of phony Muslims who believe in a bitter, murderous, hateful, contradictory liar named mo-hammy. Fuck you & your murdering cunt-rymen. I wish my quivering, cowardly, racist President had the cajones to turn the middle east into a glass parking lot.



      It is ignorant, uneducated people like you who are a big problem in the world.


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