Nostalgia for Persia
I have known Amir Jahanshahi in his many facets for several decades.
A shrewd businessman, at the heart of the most spectacular stock market battles but a player as discreet as he was decisive, a courageous opponent of the Ahmadinejad regime, then an ambivalent character on the borders of the current regime, and now a militant of an imperial Iranian cause including the future, in his eyes, only depends on the destruction of Saudi Arabia.
Behind his multiple incarnations looms an intelligent man, subtle and convinced of his national destiny.To questioning looks and sarcastic sarcasm, he answers without batting an eyelid: "Would you have believed in General de Gaulle on June 15, 1940?" "
Finally, this character is characterized by an unusual political trait in this region obsessed with anti-Israelism, and indirectly anti-Semitism: never attack vis-à-vis Israel, nor, conversely, defense, as if the Zionist state is neither a friend nor an enemy, and this in the name of the reasoning that Iran cannot have two adversaries at the same time and that the real one, the only one, is called Saudi Arabia.
No one is obliged to share the views of this strange, sometimes violent, often gripping book.But it offers the opportunity to approach "the complicated Middle East with simple ideas", as General de Gaulle said.on the way to the Levant.
First idea: the Iranians made a historical mistake before the war when they exchanged the name of Persians, unanimously admired, for that of Iranians.We would look at them differently with in mind their forty centuries of history, of which close to the half dazzling, the contrast would be even greater with a Saudi Arabia that emerged from Colonel Lawrence's imagination and a combination of circumstances.
Posted Date: 2020-11-16