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Sanctioning the sanctioners: De-dollarization & de-Americanization is an idea whose time's come

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The world that is invites us at seminal moments to contemplate the world that is not in obeisance to the understanding of history and historical events as the story of the roads not taken.

Imagine for a moment if instead of Alexander's Macedonians invading and conquering the vastness of the Persian Empire, it had been the Persian Emperor Darius who'd invaded and conquered Macedonia and the Greek city-states with his elite army of Immortals. What kind of world would have been fashioned as a consequence?

Imagine if the outcome of the Second Punic War had not been Hannibal's defeat at the hands of Rome but his victory over what was then a rising imperialist power and empire, crushing it at an early stage and thus changing the course of history.

Imagine, too, if the Europe of monarchy and aristocracy represented by the army of Wellington had been defeated by Napoleon's Grand Armee at Waterloo instead of the other way round; imagine the succor such an outcome would have provided to the growing cause of republicanism and democracy in those parts of the continent where autocracy still reigned.

More pertinently, concerning us today, what if instead of the Soviet Union and real socialism leaving the pages of history in the early 1990s it had been US/Western imperialism and forces of free market capitalism that had gone down history’s plughole? Would such a world be better or worse than this one, more or less secure and stable? Ultimately the answer to those questions will vary according to where it is asked, in which parts of the world it is put.

Of the many countries and peoples with cause to lament the demise of the Soviet Union and the concomitant rise of US and Western hegemony, Iran and its people stand front and center.

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