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10 Myths About Iran

Posted By Editor On March 12, 2012 @ 12:39 pm In National & World News,Political & Politicians | Comments Disabled

AlterNet 10 Myths About Iran [1]

 

 

 

 

And Why They’re Dead Wrong [2]

Here’s the truth about Iran

By Jasmin Ramsey

March 8, 2012  |

As media reports continue to imply that a military confrontation with Iran is closer than ever, rhetoric demonizing the Iranian government is rampant, particularly among Israeli leaders and most Republican presidential candidates—so much so that former Israeli Mossad director Efraim Halevy recently complained [3] that Mitt Romney is “making the [Iran] situation worse” with his statements.

Iran flag225p1 10 Myths About Iran [4]So it should come as no surprise that according to a 2012 Gallup poll [5], Iran is Americans’ “least favored nation” and has consistently ranked unfavorably since 1989. Gallup is not specific about why an overwhelming majority of respondents have such a low “overall opinion” of the Islamic Republic, but they suggest that “heavy scrutiny and criticism from the West over its nuclear programs” sheds light on American reasoning. Alarmist notions about Iran’s foreign and nuclear policy that spread through the media perpetuate a negative image that is oftentimes inaccurate–and help pave the path to war, which experts say would have disastrous consequences for Israel, the broader Middle East and the U.S.

AlterNet decided to look at 10 myths about Iran, many of them created by these alarmist notions—and explain why they’re dead wrong.

1. Iran does not have a nuclear weapon.

viewarticle 10 Myths About Iran [2]


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[2] And Why They’re Dead Wrong: http://www.alternet.org/world/154479/10_myths_about_iran_--_and_why_they%27re_dead_wrong/

[3] complained: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/iran-crisis-efraim-halevy-israel-romney-mossad_n_1323639.html?ref=mostpopular

[4] Image: http://www.berthoudrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Iran-flag225p1.png

[5] 2012 Gallup poll: http://www.gallup.com/poll/152735/Americans-Give-Record-High-Ratings-Several-Allies.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=Politics

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