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Iran, West and the new challenges
I've often written that Capitalism and Secularism both sound attractive as long as they are consumed for limited purposes. Pitted against religion or the theocracy of religion in the real politick of this world, they begin to lose steam.

We have seen the cycles of Nationalism, Capitalism and Socialism, and back to anarchy in the churning of governing entities round the globe. However, one factor that is constant and has subdued all these ideologies is RELIGION and its offshoot ideals.

Our civilizations need an unknown shock absorber, to dump or pick up the hurdles of progress as we march ahead. Who would take all those extra hits? Off course the broad shoulder of religion! It is the province that claims to border on rationality and reason but can't always guarantee the same to its believers. So we have to live up to a powerful reality and compromise in the name of faith.

The problems with all the nascent thought processes of the world today is that they try to challenge the religion with reason without the proper tools or an equivalent nebulizer that could drag the humanity to the point of equivalence in troublesome life.

Most of the times, the political leaders of all the colours and all the times ? democrats, dictators or kings have never been able to assuage or ameliorate the problems that mankind has been facing since time immemorial. They try and they fail sooner or later. The religion comes with Quick-Fixes from a make-believe world. The religion is a winner in whatever form it is.

Another failing of the new thought processes and ideologies is the paucity of good leaders. Most of them have carried a baggage of contradictions of their character, deeds, belief and career.

Here, in the recent US ? Iran conflagration, we are witnessing the two pivots ? President Donald Trump and Supreme leader of Islamic Republic of Iran.

President Trump is the son of a real estate developer, and his wife, Mary, a homemaker and Scottish immigrant, No big achievement in any academic or military field to his credit. After college he joined his father's company, which developed apartments for the middle-class in New York City's outer boroughs. He became president of the firm in 1974 and went on to make a name for himself in the Manhattan real estate world with the construction of such high-profile projects as the Grand Hyatt New York hotel, which opened in 1980, and Trump Tower, a luxury high-rise that opened in 1983. Also in the 1980s, Trump opened hotel-casinos in Atlantic City, In the ensuing decades, he acquired and built hotels, office towers, casinos and golf courses and also appeared on 14 seasons of "The Apprentice." He is the first person ever elected to the U.S. presidency without any previous government or military experience.

The Supreme Leader of Islamic Iran Ayatullah Khamenei was born in the holy city of Mashhad, in the province of Khorasan. Sayyed Ali Khamenei was the second son of Sayyed Javad Khamenei, a humble and poor Islamic scholar who taught all members of his family how to lead a simple, humble way of life. 

At the advance religious schools of Iran, and under the supervision of his father and the tutorships of some great religious scholars, he studied the 'intermediate level' curriculum including logic, philosophy and Islamic jurisprudence in the exceptionally short time of five years. He then started his advanced level studies called 'Darse Kharij' with such eminent scholars and instructors as Grand Ayatollah Milani. At 18, the young Sayyed Ali started his studies at the highest level. He decided to make a pilgrimage to the holy shrines in Iraq, and so he left Iran for Najaf in 1957. He was fascinated by the theological and academic instructions of such eminent scholars such as Ayatollah Hakim and Ayatollah Shahrudi. However his father asked his son continue his advanced studies in the holy city of Qum, Iran. Thus, respecting his father's wish, he returned to Iran in 1958. 

At Qum in 1962 Sayyed Ali Khameni joined the ranks of the revolutionary followers of Imam Khomeini who opposed the pro-American, anti-Islamic policies of the Shah's regime. He followed this path for the next 16 years which ultimately led to the downfall of the Shah's brutal regime.

In 1980 he had founded the 'Islamic Republic Party,' together with such religious scholars as Shahid Beheshti, Rafsanjani, Shahid Bahonar, and Musavi-Ardebili.

The trajectory of his career:

He was the Deputy-Minister of Defence of Islamic Republic of Iran,
Supervisor of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. In 1982 he was elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran following the martyrdom of President Mohammad Ali Raja. He was appointed Chairman of the Revolution's Cultural Council. He was re-elected President of the Islamic Republic for a second 4-year term. In 1989- elected as the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Assembly of Experts after the demise of Imam Khomeini.

1990- Chairman of the Committee for Revision of the Constitution and Supreme Leader of Iran.

He is a learned scholar and prolific writer. The following books go to his credit:

Works Authored

1. Islamic Thought in the Quran (An Outline)
2. The Profundity of Prayer
3. A Discourse on Patience
4. On the Four Principal Books of Traditions Concerning the Biography of Narrators.
5. Guardianship (Wilayah)
6. A General Report of the Islamic Seminary of Mashhad 
7. Imam Al-Saadiq (AS)
8. Unity and Political Parties
9. Personal Views on the Arts
10. Understanding Religion Properly
11. Struggles of Shia Imams (as)
12. The Essence of God's Unity
13. The Necessity of Returning to the Quran
14. Imam Al-Sajjad (as)
15. Imam Reza (as) and His Appointment as Crown Prince.
16. The Cultural Invasion (Collection of Speeches)
17. Collections of Speeches and Messages ( 9 Volumes )

Translations (from Arabic into Farsi)

1. Peace Treaty of Imam Hassan (AS) , by Raazi Aal-Yasseen
2. The Future in Islamic Lands, by Sayyed Qutb
3. Muslims in the Liberation Movement of India, by Abdulmunaim Nassri
4. An Indictment against the Western Civilization, by Sayyed Gutb

Most of the media-enlightened masses of the world are unaware that the so-called Mullahs or Ayatullahs of Iran that are ruling Iran since the fall of Shah or Iran are scholars of history, political science, philosophy, culture and other contemporary fields of knowledge. Iran has not venture in space research but they are independent to meet their military needs. So far they have shown no weakness in their acts and deeds as an when they were challenged by West or royalties of Arabia. They have encircled Israel and enemy Arab States with strategic military partners like Al Houtis in Yemen and Hizbullah in Lebnon. Eveeyone in the world knows that Iraq is a trusted ally of Iran.

The strategic Strait of Hormuz lies between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It is controlled by Iran since the time immemorial ? the ships began to sail in Arabia sea. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. T

The US military strategist and Western warriors are aware of this fact. If they stop Iran to sail its ships through it, Iran would not let a single ship cross the strait. The far reaching consequence of this new development is an invitation to an open-ended disaster.

The world and especially America had already tasted the bitter pill of Iran's military capabilities when it had forced the US drone on Iranian soil through its advanced electronic techniques.

How could the Americans afford to forget that on 5 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. Presidnt Obama had asked Iran to return the drone. Iran is said to have produced drones based on the captured RQ-170.

And on June 20, 2019, Iran's IRGC shot down a surveillance drone with a surface-to-air missile over the Strait of Hormouz. Iranian officials said that the drone violated their airspace, while U.S. officials responded that the drone was in international airspace.

The US crony in world affairs ? Britain,captured an Iranian oil tanker in early July 2019 near Gibraltar and accused Iran of violating sanctions on Syria. On July 19, Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important waterway for oil shipments. It was like a tit for tat, a fight between the two great powers, not a one sided skirmish between a third world nation and a mighty world power.

In all the above stated conflagrations, Iran has not only humbled the West but also sent a clear message to Israel and the royals of Arabia that they can't afford to belittle or ignore the military capabilities of Islamic Republic of Iran.

In the immediate aftermath of shooting down of US drone, the US President is trying to find an excuse for his foe and for US to escape from a retaliatory action. Trump tried to concoct an excuse that Iran could have shot it down my mistake. Iran had set a bold face. Iranian officials declared that they shot down the drone knowingly and on purpose. President Trump went for a chicken hearted approach when he asked the US forces to strike and got the cold feet just 30 minutes before the launch.

In nutshell, a anticipatory lesson for Iran to rein in ended up emboldening up the Islamic Republic of Iran where US is now looking for a face saver.

Only last week Iran has successfully tested a long range missile Shahab ? 3, which flew 1,100 kilometers.

Let us recall that on May 5, 2019 had announce the mobilization of US warships in the Iranian neighbourhood citing 'troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.' He had also promised 'unrelenting force' if ever attacked.

Now, in view of Iranian seizure of British oil tanker, the Secetary of State Mike Pompeo is reiterating that UK should protect its own ships. The same Pompeo had once promised that he would restore the US State Department's "swagger."

The problem with Trump is that he does not have the right alliances to go after Iran. Trump is exerting a lot of pressure on his allies and putting demands forward while taking a hands-off approach himself. His attitude shows no confidence among US allies. He said he has limited interest in what he called a "dangerous" region.

I think the time of US supremacy in world affairs and its role of World Policeman is now becoming a history. It can't afford to threaten to other nations whenever it wants and walk away whenever it wants. The strong rhetoric and aggressive threats do no longer work.

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