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‘Comment is Free’ or PressTV? CiF contributor portrays Iran as a force for peace & reform in Syria


Even by Guardian standards the propaganda value of a recent ‘Comment is Free’ essay, June 26, titled “Iran is trying to broker a political solution to Syria“, by Mohammad Ataie, is off the charts.

The first clue was the breathtaking claim in the strap line:

Consistent with the title, Ataie, an Iranian journalist with Diplomacy-i-Irani, argues that Iran is working tirelessly to end the violence in Syria, a brutal crackdown on opposition by Bashar al-Assad which has resulted in a death toll of up to 15,000.

Here are some of the passages in his essay worth noting:

Iran’s leaders are frustrated with the slow pace of reform in Syria:

“But, particularly since the recent parliamentary election in Syria, there has been an increasing sense of frustration in Tehran with the sluggish Assad-led political reforms.”

Iran, the peacemaker:

“During the past few months, Iranian diplomats have contacted the Syrian opposition to assist the Assad-led reform and facilitate negotiations between the president and the opposition.”

Iran, the champion of political dissent:

“The recent “multi-party parliamentary election” – which was devoid of meaningful participation by opposition groups – and the formation of the new Syrian government by a member of the ruling Ba’ath party, have in particular disenchanted Iranian officials with Assad’s strategy for a political solution.”

Iran opposes the violent crackdown by Syria, and urgently wants nothing more than to end the bloodshed:

“Iran, though certainly intent on safeguarding its key regional ally, does not see its fundamental interest in a security crackdown, but rather in reform and serious dialogue between Assad and the opposition.”

“Iran is not on the same side of the Syrian conflict as the US and its allies, but it does have a big stake in ending the bloodshed and finding a political solution to the crisis.”

Of course, anyone familiar with Iran’s military assistance to Assad would immediately understand that Ataie’s claims are nothing but fiction, a polemic designed to deceive the gullible or provide comfort to those who view Iran sympathetically as an anti-imperialist counterweight to U.S. hegemony.

It’s simply not in dispute that  Iran continues to provide major assistance to Assad specifically, per a recent Reuters report, “to help him suppress anti-government protests, [and is providing] high-tech surveillance technology, guns and ammunition”, according to U.S. and European security officials.

(Photo–http://www.presstv.ir/detail.fa/144902.html)

A well documented report just published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, titled “The role of Iranian Security Forces in the Syrian Bloodshed“, details the Islamic Republic’s assistance to the Assad regime.

Among their findings: 

  • “Amid the…massacres of the civilian population in various parts of the country, Iranian military, propaganda, and economic assistance keeps flowing in, and its aim is to help President Bashar al-Assad survive. Iran views the confrontation in Syria as a critical battleground with the West regarding the reshaping of the Middle East and its own role in the region as a key, vital and influential player.” [emphasis added]
  • “Hizbullah weapons are serving – under Iran’s command – as part of Assad’s apparatus of violent repression. Esmail Ghani, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force (IRGC-QF), is the most senior Iranian military official so far to have revealed its activity in Syria. In an interview…he acknowledged that elements of the IRGC-QF have been involved in Syrian events.” [emphasis added]
  • “This marked the first time a senior IRGC-QF commander had confirmed reports by Syrian opposition elements and Western sources about active involvement of elite units of the IRGC-QF, together with the Syrian army, in violent repression of the protests. The opposition, especially the Free Syrian Army, sometimes presents testimonies of direct Iranian involvement in the fighting.  Iranians and  Hizbullah operatives have been captured in the main centers of fighting including Homs. In their confessions they admit that they belong to the IRGC-QF and were sent to put down the disturbances in Syria.” [emphasis added]
  • “Iranian assistance to the repression of the Syrian uprising, which has included consultation as well as guidance in the “field,” began shortly after the protests first erupted. This aid was already reported by Iranian opposition elements, who claimed that the repression in Syria was being carried out by a Syrian contingent of the IRGC-QF that had been operating in the country, and had been responsible over time for military, intelligence, and logistical assistance to Hizbullah in Lebanon.”
  • “In a May 29, 2012, press briefing, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland pointed to Iran’s involvement in the Houla massacre, linking the Qods Force to the incident and implicitly to other incidents in Syria as well. She noted the great similarity in structure and operational methods between the Shabiha forces that stood behind the massacre, according to various testimonies,  and the Basij, the volunteer arm of the IRGC-QF.” [emphasis added]

Finally, Ataie’s CiF essay included this claim:

“In the eyes of Iran…civil war and sectarian violence in Syria only benefit Israel.” [emphasis added]

So, based on this criteria, is it now safe to characterize the Islamic Republic of Iran itself as a tool of the Zionists?

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  1. Do you think the Guardian will report or comment on this?

    “TEHRAN — Iran’s vice president delivered a baldly anti-Semitic speech on Tuesday at an international antidrug conference here, saying that the Talmud, a central text of Judaism, was responsible for the spread of illegal drugs around the world…

    Mr. Rahimi, second in line to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the Talmud teaches to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews.”

    The “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said, asking foreign dignitaries to research his claims. “Zionists” is Iran’s ideological term for Jews who support the state of Israel.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.” …

    Mr. Rahimi, who spoke after Mr. De Leo, told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews, adding that mysteriously no Jews died in that uprising… ”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/world/middleeast/irans-vice-president-rahimi-makes-anti-semitic-speech.html?_r=1&ref=world

    • I know several “Zionists” who are, or have been, addicts of various illegal drugs. How much are the Islamic Republic of Iran going to pay me? I’ll happily take their money off them!

      • I could think of various individual anecdotes to disprove Rahimi’s laughable coment.
        But you don’t need them to make the man look like an utter fool.

    • “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.” …

      By this logic it should be evident that Islam is responsible for alcoholism around the world.

    • So, what country controls the production and marketing of ecstasy world-wide? I won’t give you the country nor will I give you their Rabbi’s names, but I will give you a hint – they wear scaggly ‘piojo’ enfested beards and smelly Johnny Cash black garb. LOL! 🙂

    • After murdering their scientists (unarmed civilians, the Jews specialty, if I may) why are you commenting on Iranian anti-semitism? As a Jew don’t you have a ‘natural’ adversion to the Nazi’s. The United Snakes (US/Israel) murder of hundreds of Iraqi scientists, intellectuals and nuclear technicians during the Iraq aggession certainly does not bode well for Jews in Iraq. Especially, with Israel trying to get that oil line from Kirkkut to Tel Aviv and currently arming and training the PKK terrorists to gain their filelity.

    • Studied the Talmud a few times and I will admit ‘It’s a pretty racist book full of disioriented/disjointed prejudices. A Jew can have sex with a Goyim child but a Goyim having sex with a Jewress must die?

  2. I’d bet money I don’t have that the Guardian won’t report this. Or, if they do, the report will omit the antisemitic quotes in the NYT story.

  3. Always great to come to this website and discover that the only country in the world with independent interests is Israel. Of course, Iran only has interests in causing trouble, creating tension around the world, etc. etc. It’s of course inconceivable to think of Iran as a country run by human beings with such independent agency.

    Funny, it used to be the case that antiracism websites (as this purports to be, though we all know that it’s simply a religious fundamentalism outlet) would have been against such generalisations. But then, racism when it’s against brown people is fine, eh Adam?!!!

    • If your comment made even the slightest of sense or had any modicum of reason, I would respond to it. As it is, all I can do is ask – eh? What you on about?

    • ‘It’s of course inconceivable to think of Iran as a country run by human beings with such independent agency’.

      Given the brutal suppression of the pro-democracy demonstrations three years ago (including the slaying of Neda Agha-Soltan and many other protestors by the regime’s thugs), the murder in custody of journalists like Zahra Kazemi, and the fate of individuals like Atefah Sahaleh (a 16 year old girl who was sexually assaulted as a minor, and hanged by the regime for ‘indecency’) I find your apologia for the theocratic fascists who rule Iran to be utterly obnoxious.

      • I make no apologies for the actions of the Iranian leadership. Their decisions are often disgusting. Nevertheless, they are human beings with interests and just because those interests are different from the religious fundamentalists who run this site, doesn’t mean those interets don’t exist.

    • @Sanity: “It’s of course inconceivable to think of Iran as a country run by human beings…”

      Of course, ‘Sanity’. Here is something which supports your idiotic assertion:

      “Two Iranians have been sentenced to death for persistent consumption of alcohol under the country’s Islamic Sharia law, which forbids the use, manufacturing and trading of all types of alcoholic drinks. The two… have each previously been lashed 160 times after twice being arrested for consuming alcohol. Being convicted for the third time makes them liable for the death penalty.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/25/iranian-pair-death-penalty-alcohol

      • Do you deny it? That would seem to be dehumanising Iranians, which is racist of course.

        Looks like that article was published in … The Guardian! Presumably they had some antisemitic motive in publishing it, though.

        • Sanity, anything to say about this:

          “Mr. Rahimi, second in line to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said the Talmud teaches to “destroy everyone who opposes the Jews.” The
          “Zionists” are in firm control of the illegal drug trade, Mr. Rahimi said, asking foreign dignitaries to research his claims. “Zionists” is Iran’s ideological term for Jews who support the state of Israel. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Mr. Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.” … Mr. Rahimi, who spoke after Mr. De Leo, told stories of gynecologists’ killing black babies on the orders of the Zionists and claimed that the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 was started by Jews.”

          Does not compute on your ‘outraged by racism’ radar?

          Harbouring double standards about Jews, holding them up to a higher standard than you demand from others. We know what that’s called, but are you educated enough to be able to tell us?

          Perhaps, in a different time – let’s say 70 to 80 years ago, you would have been an apologist for Nazi Germany, castigating the racist Jews for criticising the policies of a government that should have been embraced by the family of nations.

    • “Of course, Iran only has interests in causing trouble, creating tension around the world, etc. etc. ”
      You said it, not me.

      “It’s of course inconceivable to think of Iran as a country run by human beings with such independent agency.”
      Funny, this is the anti-Israel crowd’s take on the PLO, PA, and Hamas, etc.

    • A religious fundamentalist outlet, eh? Well, I’m just dying to see your evidence / follow your thought process for that particular conclusion!
      Which particular religion did you have in mind? – FYI, I’m an atheist from a family of C.of E. descent, and the articles here pretty much reflect my views!

        • I repeat – eh? What you on about? Do you have even a shred of self-respect? How do you justify this post? I am genuinely interested to hear.

        • I have no issue with anyone, in Bradford or elsewhere, on account of their religion or race. I do have issues with some people, regardless of their geography, ethnicity, or religion, on account of their behaviour. The fact that you seem to find the the behaviour of the Iranian government acceptable, both as regards to the way it treats its own populace, and its behaviour towards people of other nationalities, does rather suggest that you have extreme problems with your own moral compass – whatever your religion may be! Or maybe Sanity is simply the very thing you lack…..

    • Well, since Iran has not invaded anyone in 200 years I believe you owe the Ayartollah’s a humble apology. The last war they were in was precipitated by the United Snakes (US/Israel) who have satellite troop movement information to Saddam and Tow/Maverik anti-tank missiles to the Iranians and sat back and laughed as over a million young conscripts died. No, aren’t yuou ashamed of yourselves with your 63 years of criminal existence?

    • Well, I admit all countries have their national interests but Israel is one of the few that ‘settles’ all of them through murder and mayhem. Remember Dubai, Hariri in Lebanon and the Iranian scientist murders?).

  4. Typical Guardian propaganda. The Civil war in Syrian is between the Shia government (armed and supported by Iran including with troops) and the Sunni majority with the Kurds somewhat neutral right now.

    The Guardian are obviously stupid gullible useless idiots or hand in hand with the Tehran propaganda machine.

    I personally prefer the Assad Alawi Ba’ath Shia socialists than the Al-Quida Sunni alternative but this is really a case of two bad choices.

  5. Iran has not attacked anyone in 200 years. Somthing the United Snakes (US/Israel) should be working on in their obvious leanings towards a nuclear free Middle East..