There is great poverty in Iran and it’s growing. Sanctions from the United States will not help. That’s the basis for an article CNN posted a couple of days ago, an article that is rife with anti-American sentiment and condemnation for President Trump.
What’s not mentioned in the article is the fact that Iran has been breaking terms of the nuclear deal since its inception. Nor will they mention that huge amounts of money are spent by the government to fund terrorism and arm those who attack our allies. Meanwhile, people are starving on the street.
In CNN’s worldview, the deal put forth by Barack Obama and John Kerry was divinely inspired and Trump is ruining everyone’s lives. I’ll post the article here, but you don’t need to read it. The headline says it all.
“I am not that educated, I don’t have a deep understanding,” says Rahimi, who like most Iranians interviewed for this article preferred to give only their first name.
“But they [USA] don’t act justly. We don’t count in Mr Trump’s eyes. He has problems with the government, but what’s my sin? We don’t count.”
In a country of 80 million people, it isn’t hard to find the right people to interview, people who will say, “we don’t hate Americans, just their president.” That’s pretty much what the article centers around. CNN wants everyone to believe the sentiment from Iranians is focused specifically on Trump and the government rather than the people themselves.
Their narrative is comical. Let’s put aside the fact that the victims of those who are attacked as a result of Iranian influence or funding are never politicians but American, Saudi, and Israeli citizens. The biggest dent to CNN’s narrative is that chants of “death to America” could be heard on the streets of Tehran well before Trump was President. In fact, they reached their loudest and most frequent point when Obama was President.
Sometimes complicated issues need context, analysis, and perspective. Other times, such as when Iranians chant “death to America,” we should probably take the simple path and accept their feelings at face value.