Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iranians Flood Twitter With Photos of Favorite Cultural Sites as US Threatens Destruction - By Arjun Walia

Iranians responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s to strike sites “important to Iran and the Iranian culture” with an outpouring of photos highlighting their favorite mosques, museums, monuments, and other stunning architecture. Using the hashtag #IranianCulturalSites, Iranians flooded Twitter with hundreds of photos of locations and structures filled with personal and historical significance.
We live in a crazy world, don’t we? Politics is being outed as nothing but a cesspool of corruption, where lies and accusations are used in order to justify military action, all for ulterior motives, and usually to install a puppet government.
When it comes to the US killing the Iranian General Qassem Soleiman, it’s important to remember that when you assassinate someone acting as a ‘terrorist,’ you are also acting as a terrorist. The war against terrorism is and always will be terrorism itself. Ask yourself, which country’s government is leading the largest terrorist based actions in the world?
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We’ve written for years about the real power that seems to stand behind and control US Foreign Policy, and this kind of thing is important to reflect upon if we wish to end these continual cycles that seem to be happening every single year.  At the end of the day, the person who plays the role of the president of the United States does not really matter, and has not really mattered for quite some time. The power behind the president seems to be calling the shots, and they seem to enjoy manufacturing wars that are again, largely based on lies.
If you really want to go deep into the politics of the situation in Iran, a great place to start is with a book titled The CIA Insider’s Guide To The Iran Crisis: From CIA Coup to the Brink of Warwritten by Gareth Porter and John Kiriakou.
The truth is, the United States, or at least the powers behind the country, have a long history of painting others as dictators and sponsors of global terrorism for ulterior motives. Here’s a perspective from the other side of the pond, via the twitter account of Journalist Eva Barlett :

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I scratch my head and wonder how so many, millions in the United States alone, can and do support military intervention and action, but then I realize that the answer is simple. For a very long time a mass propaganda machine has existed, in large part in the form of western mainstream media, that provides information, mostly false, that justifies military intervention in the hearts of the citizenry. Often, the evidence of false news emerges, for example, fake intelligence, as well as plagiarized quotations, were found in an official intelligence report pertaining to Iraq’s WMD presented to the UN Security Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell on February 5, 2003. You can read more about that here.  It’s simply one of many examples. Wars are usually based upon complete lies.

The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception. – Mark Twain (source)

“Iranian cultural sites aren’t only aesthetically awe-inspiring or visually pleasing, these sites are home to thought, dialogue, and life,” said writer Neda Monem. “Precisely why a strike on a cultural site goes far beyond, and does not merely translate into, the demolition of a man-made structure.”

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Reprinted with permission from Collective Evolution.
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