Iran: A history full of conflict
By: Rick Worthington
I’m offering no opinions here, I just think this is good information to have available today.
Iran’s history is FULL of armed conflict.
Wikipedia has lots of information available, but if you only have 6 minutes, watch “U.S. and Iran’s rocky history explained.”
Click the link below to see the video:
NOTE: The video was done in June 2019, and does not reflect the latest hostilities between the US and Iran. However, it does a fairly good job looking back at the recent history of our two countries.
Let me give you some quick highlights on Iran. Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 4000 BC.
Before Iran was called Iran, and before Iranians lived there, a different group of people lived in Iran. These people were called the Elamites. The Elamites are mentioned in the Bible. Elam was conquered by Iranian peoples.
Around 500 BC, present-day Iran was the center of the Persian Empire. Then, Alexander the Great took the country by fighting and the Achaemenid dynasty of Persia later ruled. After them the Sassanian dynasty (224-651) took over.
Skipping way ahead to this century… The Iranian government was changed to an Islamic Republic by Islamic Revolution. Soon afterwards, Iranian Students Movement (Tahkim Vahdat), with the backing of the new government took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held most of the diplomats hostage for 444 days. Relations between the two countries have not been good since.
The US claims Iran supports terrorist groups against Israel. Meanwhile, Iran does not recognize Israel as a state, and believes that Israel does not have the right to occupy the land of Palestinians.
These days, the US is trying to prevent Iran from mastering nuclear technology.