Why the US can't bully Iran
By Shahir Shahidsaless
For better or worse, Iranians are a proud people. This characteristic has roots in Iran's long history, its long-lasting geopolitical influence, and - for a good part of history - its dominance in the region, which could even be considered extreme.
At the same time, Iranian culture is very hospitable towards Westerners, American included. As long as they feel they are not being ridiculed, humiliated or looked down on, Iranians extend royal treatment to foreigners.
The above cultural nuances may seem simple or obvious, yet they
are widely ignored by policymakers and their advisers in the US when dealing with Iran.
Strategic policies towards Iran cannot be developed in an office in Washington, relying on biased defectors, opposition groups or out-of-touch academics as advisers.
Assurances given by advisers like Bern
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