USA – Iran: What you need to know – a short but rich summary and comment

If you want to see some must read non political posts on USA-Iran, head over to:

http://theotheriran.com/category/usa/

You will find multiple interesting posts including:

Iran’s extraordinary reaction to 9/11, a reaction that was unique in the region:

http://theotheriran.com/2014/03/29/irans-exceptional-reaction-to-911-attacks-candlelit-vigils-for-the-victims-and-60k-soccer-fans-respected-a-minutes-silence/

How US athletes are celebrated by Iranians shouting “USA,USA”:

http://theotheriran.com/2014/08/02/american-athletes-get-star-treatment-in-iran-usa-usa-chants-for-us-athletes/

Iranian players handed out white roses (a symbol of peace in Iran) to the US players during a football/soccer match in 1998:

http://theotheriran.com/2014/03/21/iranian-players-handed-white-roses-a-symbol-of-peace-in-iran-to-the-us-players-prior-to-soccer-match/

An address by Italy’s former Ambassador to Iran telling US students in John Hopkins University about how the common Iranians really view the US:

http://theotheriran.com/2014/08/24/italys-former-ambassador-to-iran-no-iranians-dont-hate-you/

And some incredible travel reports by US Americans who really have been in Iran (in contrast to the most opinionated politicians):

http://theotheriran.com/category/usa/

Let’s move to the comment part:

Since the hostage crisis in 1979 mainstream US TV, which is still the main source of information for most of the people in the US, has not really shown multiple sides of Iran. The media coverage has focused on the happenings in 1979 and showing recordings of Iranians shouting anti-American slogans. The hostage crisis took 444 days and Iran was seen as the main adversary of the US. Unfortunately this view has manifested itself since then.

If you compare the hostage taking with what is happening these days in other parts of the world, it does not seem as insuperable hurdle for peace making. The hostages were not put in orange jumpsuits, were not beaten or tortured, they were basically put under house arrest. Shortly after the embassy takeover, the students released women and African American personnel, citing solidarity with “oppressed minorities.” Another hostage, Richard Queen, was released in 1980 due to health problems.
70% of the Iranians are under 40 years. So most of the people living in Iran were not even five years old when the embassy takeover happened. I don’t care about the governments but the people deserve peace and shouldn’t be barred from reestablishing friendship.
After all why should this be impossible when the US could see Germany as partner and friend a few years after millions were killed in WWII and the Holocaust. Germany got a second chance and a lot of help (Marshal Plan) after committing unbelievable crimes.

The hostage taking was bad, but then what about:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/08/26/exclusive-cia-files-prove-america-helped-saddam-as-he-gassed-iran/

or the downing of a civilian Iranian Air liner over the Persian Gulf by the US navy (290 passengers, 66 children):

http://www.iranchamber.com/history/articles/shootingdown_iranair_flight655.php

Vice President George H. W. Bush (later President of United States of America) declared a month later,
“I will never apologize for the United States of America, ever. I don’t care what the facts are.”

“Death to America” slogans are bad, but what about:

John McCain singing “Bomb, Bomb, bomb Iran” in front of applauding audience: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9688222

US Senator on Iran Sanctions: “take the food out of the mouths of the Iranian citizens”:
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/10/12/342194/kirk-food-from-mouths-iran/

or the US classic “All military options are on the table”

Iranians still hold a lot of admiration for the US. Opinion polls show the majority of Iranians hold a favorable opinion of Americans, making Iran second only to Israel as the most supportive country in the Middle East. Iranians are not resentful and they are very well informed about the US ( Satellite TV, Internet ), may be if bigger parts of US media could focus on representing the majority of Iranians instead of a tiny minority, a lot of misunderstandings between our people could be solved.

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