Iran

Iran

Iran

Iran

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If our Western civilization is destined to peter out into flat egalitarianism, intellectual no less than social and economic-- as many expect--the entire world will have to share this fate. We shall then become the grave diggers of foreign civilizations (as of our own), and the interest we shall continue to take in them will be historical, or, to choose a more expressive term, archaeological.

There can be no doubt that such an outlook springs from a fatal misunderstanding of the democratic ideal. True democracy strives for the creation of conditions which guarantee the unfolding of individual and national personalities--an evolution which finds its limits only where self-realization endangers that of other individuals or members of the community of nations. Once this is agreed, it becomes a noble and urgent task to understand and to appreciate foreign nations in order to establish sound and lasting relations for mutual benefit.

American interest in Iran, apart from regular trade relations, has in the past almost entirely been limited to cultural activities. The Presbyterians had missionary schools (now taken over by the Persian government) and they still conduct a missionary hospital. The work of American archaeologists and anthropologists and of the American Institute for Iranian Art and Archaeology has made all-important contributions to our knowledge of Iran. Three times, in 1911, 1922, and 1944, America sent financial advisers to Iran.

The share the United States will assume in Middle Eastern affairs will exceed by far that of prewar times. To predict the result of this evolution is beyond the scope of this book. The interests of the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudi Arabia alone involve problems of local, regional, and international character. In the region of which Iran is the center the American interests meet . . .

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