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  1. We would have to know more of the details behind this in order to make a better judgement of the matter.

    I’ve listened to a few speeches and interviews with the Iranian president, Ahmadinejad. He seems like a fairly reasonable man.

    To understand some of the tension between Iran and the western nations, you have to consider what was done to them in the past…the American-supported coupe against their government that put the Shah into power, described like this in Wikipedia:

    “The 1953 Iranian coup d’état, on August 19, 1953, was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh orchestrated by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom and the United States. The coup launched 26 years of dictatorship under Mohammad-Rezā Shāh Pahlavi, who relied heavily on U.S. support to hold on to power until the Shah himself was overthrown in February 1979….The overthrow of Iran’s elected government in 1953 ensured Western control of Iran’s petroleum resources and prevented the Soviet Union from competing for Iranian oil.”

    Now, considering that background, and some other rather shady dealings against them by the western powers, I’m not that surprised if they are suspicious of certain christian groups, especially since it is a well-known fact that many christians hold interpretations of Bible prophecy that practically justify Israel’s aggression against it’s muslim neighbors.

    Now, if we were “persecuted for righteousness sake”, and not just because our country’s diplomatic track record with them is so bad, that would be another thing. But even then, as Jesus said, we could “rejoice”.

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