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How Iran killed its future

Postby Atusa Qajar » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:21 pm

How Iran killed its future
By Shahrzad Elghanayan

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 8:59 p.m.
Updated 4 hours ago

How Iran killed its future

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Just think about where the U.S. economy would be today if John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie or any of the magnates who helped turn America into an industrialized society had been gunned down by a revolutionary firing squad.

In 1979, that is what happened in Iran to my grandfather, Habib Elghanian, Iran’s most prominent Jewish industrialist and philanthropist. My grandfather’s execution was not only a personal loss but a turning point for Iran.

His execution and the subsequent fleeing of businessmen from Iran contributed to derailing the country’s chances of building a modern, diversified, export-based economy and foreshadowed Iran’s neglect of its most valuable resource ­— its people.

Since the revolution in 1979, a new generation of Iranians has been left to foot the hefty losses caused by the Islamic Republic’s hostility to independent businessmen, its fixation on oil, uranium and nuclear power and its cantankerous rhetoric against Israel.

In the months after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return to Iran on Feb. 1, 1979, about 200 former high-ranking members of the Shah’s security forces, military and government were killed, many charged with “association with the Shah’s regime.”

That May, my grandfather was the first businessman to be executed. During a show trial that lasted no longer than 20 minutes, he was falsely charged with being a “Zionist spy” and a “corrupter on Earth.” Newspaper stories and editorials around the world carried the news of the execution of “Iran’s plastics king.”

My grandfather’s crime, according to the prosecutor, was making financial contributions to Israel and meeting with Israeli politicians when they came to Iran or when he traveled to Israel — as was customary for leaders of the Jewish diaspora.

He was the leader of Iran’s 80,000 to 100,000 Jews in the 1960s and 1970s when Iran and Israel enjoyed peaceful, if not always cordial, relations under the Shah. Not mentioned was how hard he had worked to form partnerships with Muslim and Armenian businessmen, how he had rehabilitated hospitals — including one in which injured revolutionaries were treated — and how he had funded charities to help poor schoolchildren and the elderly.

It didn’t matter that even as members of the elite were fleeing the country with their money, my grandfather had returned to Iran from a brief visit to the U.S. and Israel in November 1978. “I have done nothing wrong; I’m going home,” he said. The prosecutor instead focused on his contributions to Israel and concluded that made him “a friend of God’s foes and a foe of God’s friends.”

My grandfather grew up poor. He began working in an uncle’s hotel at 15, went on to become a merchant in a bazaar and later, along with his brothers, spent decades building factories, creating thousands of jobs, producing modestly priced goods for a growing middle class and laying the foundations for an Iranian export industry.

For 30 years, the family played a pioneering role in Iran’s modernization and industrialization, building the first high-rise and shopping arcades in Iran. An aluminum factory manufactured household goods including refrigerators, and a plastics factory mass-produced simple consumer products never before made in Iran.

In the early 1970s, my grandfather and other industrialists who belonged to the Iranian Chamber of Commerce were invited to China to lay the groundwork for trade between the two nations. China became Iran’s biggest trade partner, but an average 80 percent of what Iran exports to China is oil, not manufactured goods.

When I think of how Iran’s economy was more modern than China’s and India’s before the Iranian revolution, it saddens and frustrates me that Iranian oil has helped fuel both those nations’ prosperity while Iran’s modernization came to a halt.

If Iran after the 1979 revolution had nurtured, rather than ended, entrepreneurs’ visions for the country, wouldn’t businessmen such as YouTube Chief Executive Salar Kamangar, Expedia President Dara Khosrowshahi, MGA Entertainment Chief Executive Isaac Larian and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar have helped transform Iran into a 21st-century economic powerhouse? The first three were born in Iran; Omidyar’s father is Iranian.

It was puzzling in March to hear Iran’s leaders suggest that the nation “lift our domestic production” to stave off inflation and unemployment and strengthen the economy. That very principle — favoring products made in Iran by Iranians — was what my grandfather and other Iranian industrialists had long championed.

If their efforts had not been quashed, the headlines about Tehran might have been about Iran’s latest crop of titans building a modern, prosperous and stable economy, serving as an example for the rest of the region.

Instead, they will continue to be about the tribulations of a nation investing its energy in the wrong resources.

Shahrzad Elghanayan is working on a book about her grandfather.
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Re: Should US Invade and Liberate Iran?

Postby IPC » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:00 am

Should US invade and liberate Iran?

No thank you, Obama has already done more than enough for Iranians! Obama went out of his way to help Iranians, why not review some of Obama’s great efforts for Iranians:

1. Obama didn’t support the Iranian Opposition during the 2009 revolt / revolution, not even a heartwarming word or statement of support, rest aside weapons or political support!

2. Obama appeased, flirted and indirectly supported Ahmadinejad’s government and IRI before, during and after the 2009 revolts / revolution.

3. Throughout his career, Obama has been a great comfort to Mullahs of Iran and their 5th column in America, the IRI Lobby. Through Obama’s great efforts, IRI Lobby in America such as NIAC, PAAIA, AIC and dozens of other Mozdurs and IRI espionage nests in America has grown large and infiltrated the Iranian communities and organizations around the US.

4. Through Obama’s great leadership, Mullahs are already nuclear and moving toward creating a great nuclear arsenal. They have been playing America and the west for decades of stagnation to gain more nuclear power and bombs, so we can never kick the nuclear Mullahs out of power and establish democracy in Iran.

5. Obama has given legitimacy to IRI and a free green card to IRI to grow and become a regional empire ruling parts of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, with their puppet regimes and terrorist groups backed by Tehran; puppets such as Iraqi Government, Assad Regime in Damascus, Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood, Jihad Al Islamiyah, Shiite Radicals in Afghanistan and so much more.

6. Great number of mercenaries from around Middle East rushed to Iran to serve as IRI muscles in Sepah IRGC and Basij to control security, suppress any opposition riots and to protect and serve Mullahs. These foreign Muslims perform jobs that no Iranian will do. These foreigners grew to a great number protecting IRI because Obama left a free and open hand for Mullahs to operate, draft and expand them.

7. By incompetence, bad foreign policy, appeasement, and giving points to Mullahs, Obama allowed IRI to gain momentum, growth and new power.

Many thanks to Obama for everything that he done for the Mullahs to suppress and oppress the Iranian Opposition inside and outside Iran. Many thanks to Obama for everything that he done to grow IRI and IRI Lobby in America.

Many thanks Mr. Obama for destroying the Iranian Opposition and hopes of the Iranian people for democracy. Many thanks Mr. Obama for appeasing and supporting the Mullahs and IRI.

Many thanks for everything which you have done so far, but no thanks, please do not help us anymore! We don’t know how to handle all of your help!

Question: Should US invade and liberate Iran?

Answer: No thanks, Obama has already set the Iranian Opposition a decade back and set the Mullahs a decade forth!

Thank you Mr. Obama, you have been a great help for Rise of IRI, IRI Lobby in America, Islamism and Islam, your religion of peace around the region and the world. Mr. Obama, you are a Great Muslim, ehem, ehem, sorry you are a great man of peace expanding the Religion of Peace globally!
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Re: Should US Invade and Liberate Iran?

Postby Kargozaran » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:10 am

Hey guys, invade this :byefinger:

Should Islamic Republic of Iran invade America?

Hmm, I will think about it later.

America is nothing, like jelly in our hands.

Our republic has no room for agitators and enemies of Islam. Islam is a part of Iran. Islamic economy has made Iran a global superpower. We are a factor in global affairs. We have recently bitch slapped America and got 150 billion dollars of our money back. We are nuclear and will always be nuclear and America cannot do anything about it. Deal with it bitches.

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