AMERICA V. IRAN: CIVILIZATIONS IN COLLISION Sept 26, 2007 10:06:27 GMT -7
Post by troubledgoodangel on Sept 26, 2007 10:06:27 GMT -7
When two nations are quarreling, the prerequisite for peace is understanding your adversary and then smoothing over the differences. The differences must somehow be worked out, first, and there are no shortcuts, and no gimmics. Watching the confrontation between President Ahmadinejad and Dr. Bollinger at Columbia University, I was perplexed at first, but after a long reflection here is the conclusion I came to: the encounter between these two people was a classic clash of civilizations that cannot find common ground! Mr. Ahmadinejad, raised in the Zoroastrian milieu, thinks in terms of evil and good spirits battling each other! The "facts," which Mr. Bollinger spoke of, mean nothing to such a mind! What matters, and I emphasize this, are the spiritual "root causes" behind the facts! Remember how many times Mr. Ahmadinejad used this phrase? Many! And remember how well he outlined his "spiritual foundations" in a long preliminary speech, before he answered questions? Mr. Ahmadinejad, according to his Iranian mind-set, wanted sincerely to know, which "spirits," the Spenta Mainyu (good), or the Angra Mainyu (evil), were behind the Holocaust, the occupation of Palestine, and the September 11 massacre! This way of thinking, I submit, proved (in the confrontation) infinitely superior to that of Mr. Bollinger, for whom the spiritual "root causes" were meaningless, as they are meaningless to the Western civilization resting on might! This is where the civilizations have been clashing badly for centuries, when it comes to the evaluation of history! America has to give credit to the ancient Persian culture for being much more meticulous in learning from past. But America must also know, why a person like Mr. Ahmadinajad is able "to speculate" (I am sure he does), that the Jews "brought the Holocaust upon themselves," and that the Americans "brought the September 11 upon themselves, by being on the wrong side of the spirit, morally"! This is how the Persian mind thinks, ignoring the suffering aspect (the facts), but seizing upon the root causes of all suffering! But this is not all. On top of these conceptual mine field, there comes the age-old ruthless struggle of the less powerful against the more powerful, in this instance Iran against the United States! This struggle has a dynamic of its own: the expectation of the vindication from God! Iran, certain of its rightheousness, feels spiritually on the right side, to snatch the America's power! This, however, is sought differently by the Iranians, than it is defended by the Americans, and this creates an additional confusion of languages! The Iranians seek power by proving the Great Power "wrong" - even as the "Great Satan." The Americans, on their part, try to defend it with military might, alonside with the "facts of their rightness," dubious in many instances, but unassailable in others. To win, America must further build up her spiritual and moral assets, for this clash is spiritual and moral in nature, and hence so dangerous. In the battles of spirit, both sides are always found wanting, but it is better that we know what we are against, so that we can focus more forcefully on what is spiritually right` in the eyes of God, as our defense and as our weapon. And it doesn't really matter whether we call Him Yahweh, the Heavenly Father, or Allah or Ahura Mazda. But we better be morally right, for this alone will be the deciding factor against cultures as that of Mr. Ahmadinejad! I hope that America gets the message.