Shia Sunni division playing out in politics.
Sadly, America, and etc. has done a great job of playing the two against each other.
...we can do way better than this.
Iran is acting reactivity against aggression of their expanse into democracy that was part of the 1953 Coup.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is by any means the heiress of the Islamic caliphate :
1) They have a Khalifa (shadow of Allah the Khamenei).
2) Colonized Nations ((Kurds, Ahwaz, Baloch, etc.).
3) Expansion plans with a lot of resources to finance their acts.
the problem with Iran is more than just a sectarian.
Contrary to common belief in the U.S. I don't see Iran as being an aggressive 'nation.' As far as I know they haven't started, and haven't been the aggressor of a war in hundreds of years.
I don't know about your point #2. It is something I should learn. When did that happen, and how well are these different groups integrated now? Are they discriminated against? - or do they have equal representation for their representative size.
I wonder how much the Islamic caliphate gained control as a result of the coup of '53. Prior to that how much power did the Islamic caliphate have?
What about the Iran-Ottoman war? Iran-Iraq war? what about the occupation of Arab Emirates Islands in 1971 ?
what about the Iranian Revolutionary Guard operations in Mecca in 1987 over 400 were killed
or in 1989 when they did the bombings in Mecca or 1996 bombing that was carried out by the "Saudi Hezbollah" who have been trained by the Iranians, what about now, Iranian general goes to Iraq to dictate who to choose as president , or their Military operations in Syria or their support for al-Qaeda in Yemen and also Houthis and on and on .
as for alahwaz it was occupied in 1925, they (Like other indigenous peoples such as : Kurds, etc) were denial their basic rights (like language) And has also been pushed to live in poverty (most of Iran's oil is from alahwaz!) you can read more : http://www.ahwaziarabs.info
Kurds in Iran also are not happy, I watched an interview a few days ago on TV with one of their leaders
My understanding from reading about the Iran Iraq War at the National Security Archives (and elsewhere) is that it was a proxy war- Saddam Hussein with U.S. backing against Iran. That appears to be in retaliation for Iran overthrowing the (American imposed) Shaw of Iran (following the coup of 1953).
I also read Iran was helping the U.S. and NATO target Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan at the beginning of the U.S. invasion there. Prior to G.W. Bushes "Axis of Evil" speech Iran was leaning toward a moderate government. "W's" speech provoked such anger in Iran that the election turned resulting in the conservative government and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.
I'm not pro or anti-Iran. I see the American mass media trying to drum drumming up false charges of a nuclear weapons program (that the IAEA hasn't shown to exist) as a reason to bomb them into oblivion. I see the U.S. constantly shunning Iran attempts to open diplomatic ties. I see the history of oil as a curse on the region and the main reason for Western aggression and interference.
Many of the boarders and Nation States in the area are a result of European dictates after WWI and aren't natural. It makes sense that more natural boarders might be better and until that happens there will be conflict within the region.
I'm for indigenous cultures. I know some things about how Saddam Hussein destroyed the Marsh Arabs (in Iraq) in what seemed like a case of genocide through the destruction of their habitat.
Aside from the war against Iraq (and Afghanistan for that matter), which I thought was a terrible idea, I really hate to see how the U.S. and allies used and will continue using Depleted Uranium which will continue to kill and destroy DNA indiscriminately for 4.5 billion years into the future.
Fukishima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island should be enough to show how dangerous Nuclear power is. Iran shouldn't try to develop a power system as hazardous as this with a waste product that has no safe means of disposal.
The U.S. and France have no bargaining room when it comes to Iran developing atomic energy with all the plants they have.
I read reports about this as they were published and thought I'd throw it into the mix.
For confirmation go to GWU CIA Confirms Role in 1953 Iran Coup
Could this "news" article be any more propaganda than it is?