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The Iranian Conflict

If we asked any Iranian about their country, they would tell us about the beautiful city of Shiraz, where the alcohol was invented[1] and where some of the best wines in the world were produced. They would mention Khayyam and Rumi. They would confess that, by nature, Iranians are not aggressive at all.

After finding information about this nation, I realized that experts believe that, in general terms, its foreign policy is more related to pragmatism than to a visceral reaction[2]. We should not rely on stereotypes or simple and superficial arguments. The nuclear conflict in Iran File:Tehranwnight34w.jpgis not as simple as it is described by some columnists, nor is it so dramatic.

At present, Iran is struggling to solve several conflicts. Whatever results from this should promote multilateral solutions that include an active commitment in the historic disputes of the region, like the one between Arabs and Israelites. Therefore, we would need a multilateral focal point supported by most of the countries in the United Nations. If this aim is reinforced by the affected region, it would allow convulsed areas like the Middle East or the Mediterranean, to achieve certain stability.

Apart from this, blinded by the sensationalism of the mass media, we are not conscious of the fact that we have given preference to the nuclear conflict in relation to other problems, such as the evident lack of some universal rights in Iran.

Iran is a country that greatly depends on youth (50% of the population is younger than twenty years old and 70% is younger than thirty[3]). Perhaps, instead of acclaiming the sanctions of the OIEA and of vivifying anti-Occidentalism, it would be more reasonable to promote certain universal values among the youth. The future of the country is in their hands.

Footnotes

  1. Wine. (7 May 2012). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 7, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine
  2. Miguel Ángel Ballesteros Martín (2010). 5th Chapter “Irán como pivote geopolítico”:Relaciones exteriores de Irán con las grandes potencias. Madrid: Ministerio de Defensa. Page 74.
  3. Demographic data available in the official web page of the C.I.A. (Central Inteligence Agency). Retrieved May 7, 2012, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ir.html

Bibliography

  • Several authors (2010). Irán como pivote geopolítico”:Relaciones exteriores de Irán con las grandes potencias. Madrid: Ministerio de Defensa.

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