Iranian Resistance Culture against US, roots and causes - Part 2

(Sunday, September 30, 2018) 19:33

The roots of Resistance Culture of Iranians against US and its allies backs to more than forty years back and it is not a new phenomenon in sphere of Iranian foreign policy.

The Center of Mosque Studies – In last part of this article, we considered the major roots and reasons for historical challenges between Iran and US after 1979 revolution of Iran. Now we want to investigate the roots of resistance culture in Iran. Why Iranians resist against any compulsion? Why don’t they homage in front of oppression of Washington?

We have to study all social aspects of a nation to understand their reasons for doing some actions like resistance against oppression. Many of these reasons are laid in cultural roots of nations especially religious aspects.

You can find major roots of Iranians behavior through their beliefs as Shiite Muslims who follow the ideology of twelve imams. But we can point Imam Hussein (PBUH) as the symbol for beliefs of Iranian in their life. The life of Imam Hussein is based on resistance against Bani Omayid Regime and their oppressor ruler means Yazid Bin Moaviah who asked Imam Hussein to homage him under constrain. The matter which was not acceptable by Imam Hussein and that’s why battle of Ashura happened because of this refuse.

Many of Shiite scholars who believes in dynamic Fiqh, stress on significance of following Imam Hussein’s attitude on today’s issues. They prohibit Shiites from obey illegitimate demands of cruel regimes like US government.

So, we can understand that a major part of Iranian resistance culture backs to their religious beliefs without any link to the political issues.

During past years, many of political reformists asked the government of Iran to stop this resistance. When moderate government of Hassan Rouhani raised power on 2013, the hopes for having better relation between Tehran and Washington raised among them. After sign of JCPOA as a real success of Rouhani’s government, rumors on creating mutual better and vaster relations between the sides increased. But after rise of Trump as the new president of the US, everything was changed. He broke the signed agreement with Iran simply and refused to act according what US committed.  

Now, even moderate political groups of Iran are regretful for sign of such agreement with Washington and there is no way for them to resist against demands of Washington alike what Imam Hussein did against Yazid.

In fact, today’s resistant behavior of Iranians is laid in two main reasons: 1) their religious beliefs and teachings 2) non-commitment of US government in front of free nations like Iran.  

 


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