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Is Cyrus the Great Cylinder Would Continue its Existence, or Will Join the History’s Lost Treasures

 

11 October 2009

 

 

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  The Cyrus cylinder, made around 530BCE. Its lettering decrees that everyone should be free to practice their own religion. Photograph: British Museum (Click to enlarge)

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- These suspicious, ranging from antisemitism sentiments to destruction of the artefact has occupied the minds of many. However, the answer cannot be anything but to evoke Iranian nationalism in their favour and destroy the artefact later when served its purpose. Therefore, the demand is politically motivated and connected to the internal affairs.

 

Today the Islamic regime and its leaders are facing its most fragile situation since they took power in Iran in 1979. The recent uprising as the result of presidential election’s fraud is still an ongoing force and it getting stronger by day. As the result, people’s demands has changed from recounting the votes and installing Mir Hossein Mousavi to the presidential seat – to the fall of Islamic Regime and replacing it with a democratic and nationalist government.

 

In addition, the treatment of those who also were arrested in the recent uprising which have faced rape, torture and executions in past few months have angered Iranians to the point that many of those who even believed in an Islamic state has questioned their belief.

 

In order the regime to gain the support of its people and ensure its survival, like the neo-conservatives in US they need a hoax enemy to unite Iranians with the regime – and that could only happened if they evoking Iranians strong sense of ‘nationalism’ – and who could be better enemy to nominee than the old semi-mythical enemy - Britain? Iranians since 19th century are very suspicious of Britain and believe that anything bad that happens to them was and is because of the Britain.

 

Therefore, bringing Cyrus the Great’ Cylinder home by itself cannot have a great impact on the Iranian nation, if the regime however refuses to return the artefact to Britain and lay a claim on its ownership this would attract a massive support, which perhaps would ensures their survival for while.

 

In turn, and for sure United Kingdom would demand the return of the Cylinder to British Museum, which will be resulted in further tension between Tehran and London – and Iranians who believe to be rightful owner of the “Cyrus Cylinder” would back the Islamic Regime.

 

After that anything could happen to the cylinder – the regime could come up with a range of far-fetched stories as the clerics in Iran are known for their mastery in deception and manipulation of the religious masses since the Safavid era. Perhaps these sorts of scenarios would sound wild to many people of the world, but it would definitely be accepted by the majority of those who support the regime in Iran who are culturally deprived background.

 

Nonetheless, demanding the loaning of Cyrus Cylinder by the government if Mahmood Ahmadinjed is a political gamble which perhaps he cannot afford and would bring him dire consequences. While Britain is refusing the loaning of the Cylinder to Iran, Ahmadinejad is being portrays as a fighting force battling with the good old British imperialism, the moment however, Cylinder arrives in Iran – if goes to Iran, he could be accused of reviving non-Islamic Iranian sentiments that will cost him the support of his hardliner allies.  

 

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