Turkish Weekly Journal, Kourosh Ziabari: Indisputably, the main factor of recent tensions in the Middle East should be sought in the intervening hands of foreign powers that have long destabilized the region and inflamed the bursts of conflict between the Muslim countries.
In addition to the illegitimate and catastrophic invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq which has caused a tragic rate of 3 million civilian casualties, the ardent and fervent lobbying of western powers who seek the demonization of Iran for its neighboring Arab partners may well be named another disastrous project which the US and its European allies have been getting done in the past years.
At the outset, the American leaders used to recognize the sensitivities of both Iranian and Arab nations perspicaciously, so that they could initiate a seditious project of arousing clash and controversy among them. They subsequently, set off their plan with a few green lights to the Arab leaders who were doubtful about undermining and threatening their Iran-related interests by engaging in the war-game.
Everything started with the publication of National Geographic's 2001 edition, where the term "Arabian Gulf" where put in the parenthesis beneath the name of Persian Gulf on the map; however, "Arabian Gulf" was not the whole story. National Geographic's other recipe for the Iranians was the eccentric pretension over the islands of Abu Musa, Lesser and Greater Tunbs where the statement of "occupied by Iran since 1903" had been put in the parenthesis next to the name of Islands on the map.
The outlandish and unprecedented action of American magazine outraged Iranians as well as the historians, archaeologists and cartographers worldwide, who had not experienced such a name distortion in a western publication until that time.