Here i am.
Somedays back i was watching a documentary on Iran and its relationship with the west.
Seriously i thought.
That some misconceptions if they had been removed then the whole area would have been a better place.
Let’s start with this country of middle east and the relations it had with the west.
Starting from 1979, the shah regime of Iran was fearing something.
Maybe you would think what a country who was rich in oil (still is) and had good relations with America.
What it was fearing?
I know, you might be thinking about some military invasion.
It was fearing the man who was 80 year old.
The man who changed the whole geopolitical structure of that area.
Why there was fear?
Let’s dig deep into this.
Iran as we all know is shia dominated Islamic country having its own ways of rules and regulations and its own way of life.
But,there was a problem.
The shah regime was highly sophisticated and maybe you can say they were the rich guys and quite influenced by the west.
By west you know what i mean. (America)
The whole culture in Iran was imbibing the culture of the west.
Maybe from movies and showing women in a different way.
Or from having a capitalist mindset.
There were more socio economic factors responsible, as I mentioned Iran was and still is rich in oil but what was happening that the money and the policies weren’t reaching to the people.
And we all know.
When the rich are eating your money?
When your culture is changing ?
When your economy is crumbling?
You can guess.
The regime was also fearing a revolution.
But what’s the connection between ayotallah khomeni and the revolution.
You can guess.
Ayotallah knomeni was a cleric who was highly respected and is still respected in Iran. As things were changing he got dissatisfied by the shah regime and its ways of working. He believed in an Iran which was based on Islamic fundamentals.
Well that’s quite right.
This is what belief is.
To be frankly speaking he was guiding the whole revolution.
Moving on, we know that a revolution was going to take place.
And its onset was quite visible on the roads.
All were there.
The regime started to fear.
Police and military.
Both under the regime started crushing the people.
Even, bullets were fired and many protesters were killed.
But, the revolution didn’t stop.
Somehow exiled khomeni returned to Iran from Paris.
It was just the change which was rising.
There waves of people to see their supreme leader.
His speeches were igniting people.
And the west was dumbstruck that how an 80 year old man with no arms and ammunition is making them crazy.
The shah and America went to a meeting.
There were no decisions taken.
Just because the revolution was at its zenith.
As They can’t fire at so many people.
The shah of Iran and his wife fled.
But, the army wasn’t giving up.
Sooner and later.
It too gave up.
The iranian revolution was a success.
Ayotallah khomeni was declared its supreme leader.
Iran formulated it’s own constitution based on its own rules and way of living.
The whole Iran Who was one of the great allys of america was chanting slogans like Death to America.
The change of regime for everyone was hard to digest.
I think the whole episode of deteriorating relations with America started from here.
There were serious lapses from both the sides in maintaining good relations.
Be it hostage taking of American diplomats by iranian students.
Or be it.
America taking hard stance on Iran everytime.
But, there was some good times for both of them.
And you won’t believe they have partnered in various operations.
That time when khatemi (second president of Iran) was incharge of Iran had helped America in gathering intelligence against the sadam hussain government during the Iraq-USA war.
Even after 9/11, the northern alliance a sympathiser of Iran who was present in Afghanistan started giving inputs to American intelligence so that they can eliminate Taliban.
I don’t know even after such goodwill gestures.
What really happened.
Relations could have been better.
I know after 2002.
Iran started its nuclear programme.
Things could have been better.
If both sides had agreed to sit and discuss.
Iran needs sanctions to be removed.
It’s economy needs that.
America wants a stable middle east.
It will only happen when both Iran and America resolve their previous conflicts and improve its relations.
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