Iran and Anti-Imperialism (Part 2: International Relations)

Iran, with its strong national identity, could never forget foreign imperialist interference on its soil. Thus, one of the central demands since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 has been for the country’s former aggressors to respect their national sovereignty and right to self-determination.


Hezbollah in Lebanon, supported by Iran, was born out of resistance to Israeli aggression and continued Western interference in the region. It is a movement that cannot be destroyed by more violence. Only withdrawal of Western troops in the region, an end to Israeli apartheid, and a new policy of respect for national sovereignty will see support for violence diminish.


Whether all aspects of Iranian politics are pleasing or not, the fact is that Iranians have a right to determine their own destiny. If change is to come in Iran, or anywhere else in the world, it will be through the education of people and their subsequent commitment to bring about change in their own nation. Therefore, any dealings made with Iran should be out of respect and tolerance. All imperialist pretexts must be left at the door.



About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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