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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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