Paris, December 3, 2013 Ė Itís not only most Israelis, led by their Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the coven of policy-community hawks in Washington and acolytes of AIPAC in the Congress, who hate the interim nuclear agreement signed by Iran in November with the United Nations Security Council ď5 plus one.Ē
So do the leaders of the paramilitary Basij force in Iran, and other Iranians who support a hard and hostile line towards the Great Satan and the UN diplomats who collaborated in setting up what many in the West, and no doubt in Iran, hope will prove a first step in reconciliation between the Iranians and the Western community.
Why do Americans hate the Iranians? Most Americans probably do not. Itís the American government that has a grudge against Iran. Thatís because the American government was made a fool of in its dealings with Iran. And the U.S. government nurses grudges. (Think of Fidel Castro.)
In the Iran case, Washington nurses a grievance against the Iranians for having seized the American Embassy staff at the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, keeping most of the embassyís staff prisoners until 1981 while American protests were scorned and an American military rescue attempt proved a fiasco.
Iranians have the best reasons for hating Americans and the British. Persia is one of the oldest continuous civilizations in human history. It became Islamized in the 7th century of the modern era, when it reached its peak of power, ruling the classical and Mediterranean worlds from North Africa to the Balkans.