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iran should act like a "normal' country (Mike Pompeo)

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In Pompeo's mind, it means to follow the post-Cold War global order of American unipolarity, and to not disrupt America's business relations nor its special allies like Israel or some of the Middle Eastern states which host both US bases and the economic key to the world: oil.

To me, a good example of a what should be a normal country is Switzerland. That should be what the world strives for in terms of foreign policy and economy. 

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17 hours ago, Sumerian said:

To me, a good example of a what should be a normal country is Switzerland. That should be what the world strives for in terms of foreign policy and economy. 

Salam , Oman was best example for your belief , it's king disguise his country as Switzerland that every Sunni ,Ibadi ,Shia muslim live peacefully & with harmony under his banner & he remained neutral about attack of KSA (Hijaz) to Yemen btw Iran had positive view about Oman also it was recommended to invest in Oman instead of UAE but Oman King suddenly recognized Israel as a legitimate country & hosted it's minister before UAE (it was former Switzerland of ME) & now Qatar & Jordan want to play this rule , Qatar stopped supporting of anti shia groups & heavily invested in Turkey after it's breakdown with KSA (Hijaz) & Jordan king shows himself as a peacemaker in every national council & in a great show off canceled his long term deal with Israel but he was the first person that proposed conspiracy theory of Shia (Shiite) Crescent against Sunins  in conclusion both kings of Qatar & Jordan want to fix their image & take position of KSA & UAE and  Oman in Sunni muslim world , personally i never trust Jordan (because it will be rising place of Sufyani [la]) about Qatar it's so-so because still it has potential of backing to Anti shia Mode & still preserves it's ties with Israel.

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22 hours ago, Aabiss_Shakari said:

Just read a good article. Thought to share with you.

US directs Iran to act like a ‘normal’ country. What is a normal country?

After reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran this week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened that Iran should “act like a normal country, or see its economy crumble.” But, how exactly does a ‘normal’ country act?

Since the dictat was issued from Washington DC, it seems only fair to start there. Is the United States itself a ‘normal’ country? What makes a ‘normal’ country as opposed to an ‘abnormal’ one?

Foreign Policy

If the US is indeed a 'normal' country, there is a lot we can glean from that, including that a militaristic and bullying foreign policy, which regularly features bombings, invasions and the sponsorship of regime change operations around the world, is normal behavior. If this is normal, is Mike Pompeo suggesting that Iran should start invading its neighbors and engineering foreign coups?

The ideology of ‘American exceptionalism’, the belief that the US is inherently good and unique among nations, is so pervasive in American society and media, that any politician who does not strictly adhere to it will find themselves labeled as un-American or unpatriotic.

American exceptionalism also makes it ‘normal’, celebrated even,  for the US government to spend more than $650 billion on the military every year - more than the next seven countries combined. Pompeo himself is a strict adherent to this ideology, recently discussing the essential rightness” of the US in global affairs. But hey, one man’s normal is another man’s imperialist militarism.

Crime

The US regularly issues travel advisories to citizens traveling to other countries, warning them about crime rates, instances of political violence etc., but what ratings the US get if other countries were dishing them out as frequently?

There have been over 300 mass shootings in the US in 2018 alone. That’s nearly one mass shooting every day so far this year (we’re on day 311). These shootings have become so ‘normal’ that there’s a website which does nothing but track them as they happen.

There were 11,000 gun-related deaths in 2016 and statistics show that Americans are twice as likely to die from gun violence than they are to die while riding inside a car, truck, or van, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

 

Police brutality

Police in the US shot dead 987 people last year. By contrast, German police shot dead 14 people in the same year. Germany’s population is four times smaller, but if it matched that of the US, only 56 people would have been killed at this rate. In the US, statistics also show that black men are shot at disproportionately high rates compared to the rest of the population.

In fact, black men (armed and unarmed) made up 22 percent of the total number of people killed by police in 2017 - but they make up just six percent of the population. Harrowing videos have shown police shoot unarmed black men in the back as they attempted to run away or choking them to death for selling untaxed cigarettes. Yet, rarely do police face trial for these shootings - and fewer still are convicted. Maybe that’s what Pompeo means by ‘normal’?

Healthcare

Americans spent roughly $3.4 trillion on health care in 2017, which would work out at about $10,350 per person if you divided it equally. That number is twice what any other developed country spends - and yet, the system is so inefficient and broken that there are still about 30 million Americans without health insurance.

Some of them are forced to choose between buying food or buying medication because the costs of prescription drugs are so high. It’s estimated that 45,000 Americans die every year simply because they can’t afford health cover. Is that how things work in a ‘normal’ country? It is also the only developed country that does not provide maternity leave.

Education

Receiving a good college education in the US can be an expensive affair.

So expensive in fact, that students often end up saddled with debt for decades. Americans currently owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt.

Meanwhile, public education is so underfunded in the US that some schools are falling apart. One study found that 94 percent of US public school teachers use their own paychecks to buy essential supplies for their classrooms due to underfunding. In April, Oklahoma teachers went on a nine-day strike complaining that their low wages won’t allow them to make ends meet. During the walkout, pictures of falling-apart textbooks were posted online, prompting one student to admit she “didn’t realize that people had textbooks with covers on them.”

Anything can become normal when you get used to it.

USA DIRECTS IRAN TO ACT LIKE A "NORMAL" COUNTRY

US wants them banana state which the definition of normalcy.

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i think that this article shows their doctrine that proposed by Mr.Nasr that calims Imam Khamenei has no follower except between political hardliners  & Iran must stops supporting of Hezbollah & Hashd & Ansarullah & rest of shia Militant groups then just focuses on war between Marajis as a war between Imam Khameni & Great Ayatollah Sistani followers that completly neutralize Iran & Iraq toward Israel and in process Iraq will recognize as a legitimate state & in follow after Imam Khamenei Iran will make peace with Israel that is main idea behind idea of making Iran an normal country

http://www.pewforum.org/2006/07/24/the-revival-of-shia-islam/

https://www.mo.be/en/article/heart-hezbollahs-popular-army

http://www.saudius.org/war-against-yemenis-to-expand-to-attack-on-iran-.html

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