Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Iran's Views On America


On this link there are many Cartoons by Massoud Shojai Tabatabai. He is Irans top cartoonist and is editor-in-cheif for the Iranian monthly cartoon magazine "Kayhan". The cartoons on this website show many Iranian's views on the current war in the middle east. Many Iranian's believe in anti-Americanism, which is hostility or opposition to the people, policies or Government of the United States.

Each cartoon posted onto this website is Anti-America, and because Massoud Shojai Tabatabai is a highly successful and respected journalist, these sources can be seen as valid and reliable to a certain extent. To counteract this, because he is Iranian himself, he may have a biased view on the matter.

Iran has had anti-Americanism views for a long time. From the Tehran Crisis in 1979 (52 US citezens held captive for 444 days for the Iranian Revolution), Iran percieved the United States as "inept, pagan military giant that could not even rescue its own hostages because God was on the other side".

More currently, Iranian's view America's interception into the Middle East, causing a war, as meddling. The Iranian Government sent Hussan Taheri Khoramabadi to address tens of thousands of worshippers. In this speech he quoted "America's meddling was part of a plot to destroy Irans economy" and then goes on to expand on the quote by saying "America wants to prove to the European and our neighbours countries and the middle eastern countries that there is no stability in Iran, that theres anarchy here" and "That way others would not have relations and do buisness with Iran". The crowd replied "DEATH TO AMERICA". This shows that a majority of the Iranian public have anti-americanism views, and do not agree with the American "meddling" in Irans buisness. [1]

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/17world/iran-s-view-of-us-evil-bumbling-or-unimportant.html

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