Iran marks anti-British colonialism day each year
Iran, never a British colony, marks anti-British colonialism day each year on Shahrivar 12 (September 3rd), a reminder of a potent British presence in Iran, while commemorating efforts to thwart imperialist influence in this country by tribal fighters.
This day is the martyrdom anniversary of Rais Ali Delvari who organized popular resistance in the south of Iran against British troops which had invaded Iran in 1915.
In other words, Iran felt their boot, without the British being resident imperialism in this country. They first set their sights on Iran in the 19th century. But Iranians suspect British involvement wherever things aren’t right.
Is it simply paranoia based on a past reality or is the past present? And is the UK still a policy-maker or just a follower of a US policy of hostility and destruction in Iran and West Asia?
After World War II, the decline of the British Empire began. If you pay attention, the secession of India in 1949, the nationalization of the oil industry in Iran in 1953, and the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956 by Jamal Abdul Nasser marked the decline of the British Empire which was 30-million square kilometers. It controlled such a vast expanse that it was believed that the Sun never set in its territory.
The UK also has a long-standing entanglement with Iran as does the USA. It was cut off from Iran, as the United States was, by the Islamic Revolution.
But Britain was perturbed by Iran, long before the revolution, when in the 1950s Tehran nationalized its oil.
If the Brits and Americans continue with hopeless wars because of delusions of colonial grandeur from a time long past, they should bear in mind that Iran is known as the world’s first empire, a benevolent empire from 2500 years ago. Yet it doesn’t go capturing weaker countries because of some delusion of what can be.