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Donald Trump And "The Strangling Of Persia"

July 11, 2019


"We know that Donald Trump does not read books. He is more of a television enthusiast and a Twitter aficionado. His knowledge of international relations and history - Middle East history, in particular - is limited at best. But as we stand on the brink of a war with Iran, with catastrophic repercussions that would dwarf the fallout from the Iraq war, basic knowledge of the history of the country that President Trump almost bombed last month, would serve him, and his supporters, well.


In his magisterial study, From the Ruins of Empire, Pankaj Mishra reminds us that Western history is not universal history. At the start of his book, he observes that for most of the developing world, the key events of the 20th century were not the two world wars, the Holocaust, the Cold War or the fall of the Berlin Wall. The central political developments that shaped the modern history and identity of millions of Asians and Africans revolved around the struggle for self-determination and independence from Europe.


Iran's story fits within this framework. While it was never formally colonised, historians have described 19th-century Iran as a "semi-colony" due to the conspicuous influence Western powers had over the nation's domestic affairs.


American lawyer William Morgan Shuster was an observer and participant of these events. He was appointed by the newly established Iranian Parliament as treasurer-general to modernize Iran's finances which were in a state of disrepair as a result of the monarchy's corrupt spending. Eager to retain influence, Russia and Britain protested Shuster's appointment and eventually succeeded in having him expelled.


After returning to the United States, Shuster wrote "The Strangling Of Persia", which is a first-hand account of a weak developing nation falling prey to the machinations of the great powers.


"What we learn from history," the great historian of modern Iran, Ervand Arbrahamian recently observed, paraphrasing Hegel, "is that we don't learn anything from history."


Current U.S. policy towards Iran under the Trump administration seems destined to confirm this truth."



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2 hours ago, Phoenix68 said:




"Anyone surprised? Anyone?? Anyone???"





You defend reality, where is your maturity as a grown one of a kind lifetimes now?  Just a supporting role in a cast of people shouting we rather believe now isn't eternity than face it is.

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