Bromance


What’s with the bromance between France and Iran?

Why did France ever give Iranian tyrant Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a 1978 haven following his expulsion from Iraq thereby thereby enabling him to build a government-in-exile and recruit funding and followers?

France, in effect, assisted a coup which put  terrorists in power in Iran and helped destroy a progressive Western ally.

Thousands of Iranians fled the country.

In 1979 a group calling itself “Muslim Student Followers of the Imam” captured the U.S. Embassy and held 52 hostages for 444 days.

Women were forced into shroud-like coverings and were expelled from universities and professions.

Political opposition and freedom of the press were suppressed.

Iranian terrorism was exported worldwide.

Reliant on Iranian oil, France thought other powers would submit to the Iranian mullahs as well.

It failed to foresee American energy independence.

By coddling Khomeini it humanized him.

The image of the robed and turbaned Khomeini walking down the Air France gangway assisted by a uniformed member of the crew went around the world.

France learned nothing from other self-styled revolutionaries such as Lenin and more recently, Castro who portrayed himself as a democratic reformer and once in power, jailed and executed his opposition, controlled the media and nationalized industries, driving foreign investment out of Cuba and impoverishing its populace for decades.

Now, 40 years after the 1979 seizure of Iran by fundamentalists, France is trying to revivify its investment and prop up a failing regime by inviting it to international meetings and proposing $15 billion in credits in order to persuade it to comply with 2015 “Iran Nuclear Deal.”

France will fail as they have failed in the past.

Its arrogance will do it in.

Eventually.

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her book. FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019.
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