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Thursday, June 30, 2005

America's Duplicity - This time, target Iran

America's Duplicity - This time, target Iran

As much as I desist from writing about the war, the policies and adventures, rather mis-adventures, of the American administration keep upping the ante and it becomes impossible for me to resist venting my frustration - yet again.

Barely a few days after the former mayor of Teheran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was elected President of Iran, the Americans are working their propoganda machinery, a la, Goebbels, to paint a horrible picture of him in particular and Iran in general.

First, Rummy, Cheney and Bush called the Iranian elections unfair. The Americans have just gone through 2 questionable elections and yet they think they (and UK) have the moral right to call the elections in Iran unfair. Of course, the elections in Iraq held under the American guns went as well as any election ever could!

Then, a few of the hostages "recognized" Ahmadinejad as one of the student leaders who held 52 Americans captive for 444 days during the revolution of 1979 that put Ayotallah Khomeini to power.

What is not much highlighted are these facts:

  • The US and UK intelligence forces were responsible for toppling Dr.Mohammed Mossadegh's popular elected Government in Iran and replacing him with Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (Shah of Iran). They toppled him because he sought to nationalize the Iranian oil reserves.

  • The Shah led a ruthless persecution of his people through tortures and assasinations, all through supported by both US and UK.

  • The 1979 workers revolution resulted in the Shah fleeing to the US where the mass murderer and torturer was given sanctuary.

  • The Iranians then led protests, mostly outside the American embassy, demanding the Americans to deport the Shah back to Iran to face trials for his war crimes. Of course, the US refused.

  • The frustrated Iranians then planned and successfully took over the American embassy and held about 55 Americans captive for 444 days.



But none of those anti-democratic acts of the Americans ever come under a microscope. The only point thats highlighted in the media is that Ahmadinejad was a possible captor.

Even if he was, I don't see what the big deal is. Do they want him to stand trial? Or are they looking for an excuse to take out Iran as they did Iraq?

The Americans have invaded a nation violating all international laws. They have committed a terrorist act. And they are holding the elected President of a nation captive and thousands of civilians in prisons where they are subjected to rape and torture. That in a nutshell the enormity of American warcrimes, without even going into the thousands of innocent civilians killed so far and the hundreds more dying on a daily basis because of them.

And instead of addressing their war crimes, they are going back 25+ years to try and figure out if Ahmadinejad was a captor!

There is a clear emerging pattern here. First they paint a country as undemocratic. Once that message sinks in, they paint the leaders of the nation as not only anti-American but as people who have been at "war" with the US. That is usually sufficient to sucker the majority of the Americans into believing that the said country is uncivilized, backward, oppressive and brimming with terrorists. The next step would be to play the "nuclear weapons" card. And finally, the "serious national security" ace. Thats about all it takes to rally most of the Americans to feel "patriotic" and want to go in and take out the tyrannical government in a far-off land. Nobody even talks about the collateral damage and the so-called coalition's depleted uranium shells scattered across the Middle East countryside.

I hope America's duplicity comes under the spotlight soon enough and the rest of the world stands up at least this time against the Western war criminals.

Meanwhile, I may have to prepare for an orange suit for writing this piece!

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