Professor Monshipouri: U.S.-Iran Strike, President's Rhetoric Cause 'Counterproductive,' 'Toxic' Feelings of Nationalism

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

KTVU-CHANNEL 2 (OAKLAND) -- San Francisco State University Professor Mahmood Monshipouri is chair of the International Relations Department, an Iranian American who’s lived in the U.S. more than 40 years and fears for regular people in both countries.

“Because of what has happened this act of assassination has triggered nationalistic sentiment,” said Monshipouri, “It creates a very toxic feeling of nationalism on either side, and this is very counterproductive.”

He worries President Trump’s statement that Iran’s cultural sites could be targeted will drive more Iranians to support the regime.

“Iranians have a tremendous attachments to these cultural centers, and there are more than 10,000 cultural centers,” said Monshipouri.