ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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IRAN- View from the United States

'December 15, 1979 T is well-known that Iran is facing an acute economic crisis as well as a political and organisational one in spite of its oil resources. Under the Shah's regime the forces of neocolonialism in Iran were so open that anti- imperialist pressures were sure to intensify. However, some of these anti-imperialist forces (which are dominant now) took the form of an extreme reactionary nationalism under the veil of Islamic democracy. Naturally, this nationalism found support among the middle-class Iranians who are relatively dominant and well-organised and who,' while eager to get a greater share of the national wealth, do not desire changes in the existing relations of production Their middle-class ideology, is however, influenced by Islamic dogma and the ideas associated with Western modernisation. This is leading to various factions and splits among, them. In order to consolidate his Islamic regime Khomeini found it necessary to violently attack US imperialism and used every opportunity to redirect mass movements away from any significant social change. This regime has not only found it imperative to execute many close followers of the Shah, but also to enforce strong repressive measures against ail the leftist forces. Iranian students in the US belong mostly to rich and middle-class families' and it is quite natural that they would support the middle-class nationalistic movement overlaid by Islamic doctrines. Although the basic aspirations of these students are individualistic and they want to maintain their relative affluence (possibly by staying on in the US), their nationalistic emotion and zeal were nuclear arms. Even then, the superpowers believed that they had enough nuclear arsenal to wipe out the entire civilisation; since then, the weapons of destruction have become more sophisticated but not less destructive. Yet the arms race continues. It will continue as long as one side distrusts the other and unilateral moves towards bringing it to a halt are considered as a sign of the "enemy's" weakness. In addition there are the vested interests of the military-industrial complexes both in the West and in the East.

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