An Apology To Iran: By Doing A Simple Calculation, Iran's History Of Violence Is A Long One
23 November 2015
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
I am not surprised that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded in his
interview with an Italian newspaper that the United States should apologise
to his country before the countries opened embassies in the capitals of each
others' countries. Falsification of history has become synonymous with
talking about conflict in the region until you no longer know who the
aggressor is and who the victim is.
The American government seems desperate to be friendly with the Iranian
authorities and prepared to bend over backwards in order to respond to its
requests. The only price that Iran paid for this love was accepting the
freezing of its nuclear programme which the White House considers to be an
achievement as great as the rapprochement with China or the collapse of the
Berlin Wall! The question is: what does President Rouhani want the Americans
to apologise for? Who wronged who?
By doing a simple calculation, we find that most of the victims during the
decades of tension have been American. Even if one of the members of Congress
asked the Secretary of State John Kerry a number of times about how many
Americans the Iranian regime had killed, he would not be able to give a
Iran's history of violence is a long one and began with the detention of US
embassy staff in Tehran, followed by 17 Americans being killed in an attack
on the embassy in Beirut and 241 Americans being killed at the Marines'
barracks, also in Beirut. The Iranians also masterminded an attack on the
Marines' building in the city of Khobar, Saudi Arabia in which 19 Americans
were killed and 240 wounded. In addition to this, they also hijacked a TWA
flight. Iranian authorities are also responsible for tens of other operations
against American people or interests in our region, in Europe, South America
and even in Washington itself where American security foiled a conspiracy to
assassinate the Saudi ambassador. Hundreds of American soldiers killed in
Iraq and Afghanistan were also targeted with the support of Iran.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers
of Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He
is currently based in Dubai.