What do Iran, Lebanon, and Gaza all have in common? They are all places that have a corrupt leadership that uses most of their resources towards centralization of their power. They could use the hundreds of millions of dollars that Iran has in order to take care of building up their infrastructure and increase jobs for their population. Instead, all they do is build up their terror infrastructure. Iran funds the Hizbullah and Gaza in order to make sure that they do exactly the same as they do. And that is why their is so much poverty in Gaza and Lebanon. The depth of the terror tunnels is the depth of the poverty of the populations that are basically held hostage by the corrupt Arab leaders that run the regions.
Iran and Lebanon Were Once Modern Countries
Back in the 60’s and 70’s, Iran was a democratically oriented country. American companies helped Iran computerize and steer towards modernity. But instead, in the late 1970’s, the Ayatollahs took over and the country drove backwards into the Middle Ages. This happened in Lebanon too. Most countries in the Middle East were not as open-minded Lebanon. But Iran drove a wedge into Southern Lebanon via the Hizbullah, and began to fund the Hamas down in the Gaza Strip. Now Iran has a proxy war on a low flame with Israel. But it wasn’t always like that, and it may actually change one day.
It is very important to realize that in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it would have seemed like a pipe dream to imagine the Cold War ending and the Iron Curtain falling. But that is exactly what happened at the end of the 80’s. The Soviet Union literally crumbled and the world changed radically. This could indeed happen in the future decade if the United States and Europe keep the economic pressure on Iran and be willing to use force if absolutely necessary.
There are ex-Iranians in the United States and around the world. These are people that are not stuck in the Middle Ages at all. These ex-pats serve as an excellent reminder of what Iran once was and what it could become. But, the pressure needs to stay on.