Memo to Mainstream Media: Iran
regime is even more anti-Iranian than anti-Semitic
Posted by: Sheda Vasseghi July 20, 2011- 8:45 AM
The most elevated
member of the Shiite “Hidden Imam” (the Messiah) Club in the Islamic
Republic of Iran is its President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But a column in
a major American newspaper has labeled him an “ally of Iran’s democracy
movement,” and a catalyst for the “decay” of the Islamic Republic.
Karim Sadjadpour’s evaluation of Ahmadinejad’s
role in history as spelled out in his July 13, 2011, op-ed in The
Washington Post shows how mainstream media and “associates” of Western
institutions taint and misrepresent Iran’s current affairs and views of
majority of its people to manipulate public opinion and foreign
Sadjadpour’s concerns with Ahmadinejad’s
anti-Semitic rhetoric but silence on that regime’s real atrocities
committed against Iranians represent a perfect example of how realities
are skewed. It is important to remind Sadjadpour that the Islamic
Republic is first and foremost more anti-Iranian than anti-Semitic!
The Islamic Republic and its handpicked
leaders, in or out of favor with the representative of God Ayatollah
Khamenei, may claim they want to wipe out Israel from the map, but they
are actually implementing their racial cleansing of Iranians on a daily
basis through endless public executions and destruction of national
memorials such as statues, murals and ancient sites.
The regime recently ordered removal of statues
of national heroes in various cities such as Ariobarzan and Arash-e
Kamangir. For those who find this anti-Iranian policy by the regime in
Tehran hard to believe under the assumption that the clerics after all
are “Iranians” themselves, for the majority of Iranians, they are
Sadjadpour also claims, as countless other
journalists and “intellectuals” in the West that Mir Hossein Mousavi and
mullah Mehdi Karroubi are opposition leaders working to bring democracy
to Iran. Both Mousavi and Karroubi are from the Islamist regime by the
Islamist regime for the Islamist regime. Neither wants the fall of a
theocratic regime or the destruction of the current Sharia-based
Constitution which is the primary reason Iranians have not obtained
freedom and democracy. That is, they view Islam above all else. The
majority of freedom loving Iranians do not support or view these
individuals as the answer to their national problems.
Sadjadpour hints at the Iranian youth wanting
change, but leaves out the details of this change. The reader is left
with the assumption that the youth just wants change in leadership when,
in fact, it is the downfall of the Islamic regime in its entirety.
Sadjadpour, who works in a secular country,
conveniently ignores the basic foundation of a democracy in promoting
individuals within the Islamic Republic regime, who had a hand in, and
will continue to operate based on, terrorism, corruption and oppression.
Is Sadjadpour, an associate at a Western institution, unaware of the
nature of an Islamic Constitution in Iran and its effect on that
country’s laws, or lack thereof? Is he unaware of the relationship
between secularism and democracy? Or does he assume the general public
to be ignorant of such key concepts?
The real Iranian opposition consisting of
nationalists is not for advancement of Islamic theories, philosophy and
politics. It is for secularism, modernization and progress of a nation
that was so brutally subdued 32 years ago by Islamic basijis, leftist
guerrillas and short-sighted foreign powers.
If a country is being run by a religious
faction, it will not progress since its people are forced to abide by a
holier-than-thou minority claiming divine authority rather than common
sense, reason and logic. Leadership based on faith has led to social and
economic disasters in a once prosperous Iran. The clerics now want to
change the name of Iran’s currency and remove extra zeros to hide the
destructive nature of an Islamic economic model.
Freedom, tolerance, equality, equity and
respect for humanity do not mean different things at different places.
Nor is something that is “traditional” okay and worthy of preservation
and respect for the sake of tradition.
It is time for mainstream media to stop
publishing and distributing such useless and harmful op-eds to the
detriment of millions of people held hostage by a bunch of thugs using
ideological backwardness and superstitions to control and abuse the
As long as Iran is run by an Islamic regime
and a Sharia-based Constitution, there will be no freedom or democracy
in Iran, and certainly no end to religious violence in the Middle East.
A rich and important country such as Iran
under “hardline” Islamists (Khamenei, Ahmadinejad, et al.), “reformed”
Islamists (Khatami, Rafsanjani, Mousavi, Karroubi, et al.) or
“democratic” Islamists (Mojahedin or MEK or PMOI) will continue to
export its divine version of world order across the region and the Free
World. The Iranian people have paid a dear price to reach that
conclusion. Isn’t it time for Sadjadpours of Western think-tanks?
Vasseghi is on the Board of Azadegan Foundation, and is a regular
contributor to Freepressers.com and WorldTribune.com on Iran’s affairs.
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