Many of my students ask me about the main source of the US hostility towards Iran. For years, the US has spent millions of dollars to have Iranian regime overthrown whether through empowering Saddam during eight-year war or imposing various sanctions against Iranian government or people. What prompted the US to impose tough sanctions against Iran since Clinton’s presidency which led to effective pharmaceutical sanctions in the Obama era? they mostly ask. In what way Iran has undermined the US interests? Has it endangered the US economy? The answer is no. Iranian economy has mainly little share at world trades. Has Iran launched military attack on the US interests? Definitely not. Iran has not launched attack on no country for the last 200 years (except assault on Ein-Alassad military base in Iraq in retaliation for Gen. Soleimani assassination). Obviously, Iran’s military power is not comparable to that of the US.
What matters most is that the US enjoys its allies and other European nations’ company in its hostility towards Iran. When the US unilaterally announced its withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal after years of negotiations, most European countries made no positive attempts to make Iran take advantage of the deal, thus prompting a unilateral commitment on Iran’s part. Allegations made by Americans against Iran such as axis of evil etc. have proved to be unsubstantiated.
The main question is this: why the US has problems with Iran? The answer is that Iran has presented a different method to manage our world. Almost all the countries are managed based on Western civilization whose leader and ruler is the United States. Western civilization is based on what majority of people say. So is the Parliament. Parliament means each city or district introduces a representative who speaks on its behalf, in other words, people take decisions for their own lives, the way their society is run and all their affairs. Even most Islamic countries (except some Arabian countries such as Saudi Arabia which is monarchy) are run according to the Parliament’s decisions. With slight differences, countries from Far East, Africa and all over the world have common grounds in this. But for the first time in the last century, Islamic Republic of Iran has established a government run according to religious law. The society is run according to what God wants and says rather than people. In western societies, the Parliament may vote in favor of something like homosexuality, but in Iran, when the Parliament votes in favor of something, it must comply with Islamic rules after being scrutinized by the Guardian Council. In western societies, when homosexuality is raised, the question is “Are common people for or against it (through their representatives at the Parliament). But in Iran, the question is “Is God for or against it?”
Thus, Iran is offering a God-centered civilization whereas western civilization is human-centered. Underneath a divine civilization lies justice and fight against oppression which are of high importance. Iran would therefore tend to oppose western civilization leader i.e. the US in the international arena automatically. This is not a war between two countries but between two ways of thinking or between right and wrong in the true sense of the word. Definitely the right will win in the end if and only if the world comes to know the Islamic civilization’s vindication.