Nuclear Iran, Reloaded

In the Reloaded version of my blog, I'll write about Iran, its nuclear program, its culture, and most importantly, myself.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Persian Complex

The Persian Complex is a nice OP-ED and a must-read in New York Times by Abbas Amanat, an Iranian Professor in Yale University. He describes Iran's insistence on its sovereign right from a historical point of view.

He discusses how Iran was deprived of basic technologies such as railroad from the 1870's to the 1920's and what happened to the man who built the railroad. He also discusses how the oil nationalization movement of 1951 to 1953 under Mossadegh was opposed by Britain and what happened to Mossadegh.

He concludes that the United States "can for a time deny Iran nuclear technology, but ... no doubt the Islamic regime will .... advance its nuclear program...."

The end piece was by far the best peice:
"... Legend has it that the Persian king Hushang, an equivalent of Prometheus, introduced fire to the Iranians. But unlike his Greek mythological counterpart, who stole it from gods, he accidentally discovered it while fighting with a dragon."


Blogger Qasem said...

Should the legends be applied to the current situation, then what will happen to the present governers?

Thu Jun 01, 09:35:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Amir said...

They die.

Thu Jun 01, 10:01:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Qasem said...

Fair enough ;)

Thu Jun 01, 02:49:00 PM 2006  

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