The world has seen how the majority of the opposition forces in Iran united against the rule of the Shah, and as soon as he was overthrown, a bitter struggle broke out between the victorious powers as a result of which Iran was subjected to massive losses in life and property. The radical forces came out victorious and succeeded in taking Iran back to the Middle Ages.
I mentioned the above paragraph in an article a few days ago, and the Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait His Excellency Muhammad Irani did not like what I mentioned, so he sent a very nice and polite comment, objecting to my unfair judgment against his country.
His Excellency said it is my right not to support Iranian policy, but have no right to compare the situation in Iran to that of the Middle Ages, in light of all the achievements achieved by the revolution over the past forty years in various fields.
His Excellency the Ambassador also wished for us to know the facts and then comment on them positively, taking into account the blockade that Iran has suffered for a long time, the wars that were imposed on it, and the pressures exerted on it. He is confident that I will view the situation more positively.
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Thank you Mr Ambassador for the effort you have exerted to write to me to clarify many things that I was not aware of.
My relationship with Iran, with great regret, was cut off sixty years ago, except for a quick working visit to Tehran during the despicable occupation of Iraq’s Saddam of my country, and therefore it was not fair to use that offensive description and I owe him and his beautiful homeland an apology.
However I hope that His Excellency will give a patient look at my following observations: The human being in any country is the most important ‘commodity’, and his culture, happiness, health and freedom are the basis for judging the progress of any country, not the greatness and height of the buildings of that state, nor the dams and their magnitude, nor the roads and their extension.
The wealth of any country should be devoted to achieving the welfare of an individual, and not spending this wealth on external activities. You know very well what I mean, and this is not a secret, as senior religious and political references from the highest platforms have praised the expansion of Iranian influence and interference in several Arab countries.
What I am calling for in terms of interest of the Iranian individual is what I previously called for the government of my country to do through dozens of articles and interviews because all care should be given to the citizen first.
While we have succeeded in Kuwait, and inevitably in the other Gulf countries, in building various scientific edifices, impressive buildings, and huge universities, we have failed to create a good, committed citizen.
Despite the hundreds of billions spent on building bridges and tunnels, we have failed to produce a driver who knows how to drive on roads with respect to other road users and the laws.
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I agree with you that Iran has succeeded in building 550 dams, at a time when the number of dams before the revolution did not exceed 27.
What you mentioned about Iran’s achievement of great medical, agricultural, educational and oil achievements is true; however, it remains a competencies-repulsive country.
If it were easier for its citizens to get out, the remaining few creative citizens would have left. Despite the well-known love of Iranians for their homeland and their ancient culture, a majority of them are dissatisfied with the way in which their rights are obliterated and their culture is absent at the expense of the cultures of others.
I have repeated more than once that I love Iran and the Iranians, and I sincerely wish to visit them one day, but I and others hesitate to do so because we feel ‘insecure’.
I say this and I fully understand your loyalty and love for your country, but I am more concerned with the human condition in any country than my interest in other matters.
- By Ahmad alsarraf