US vice-President wants to provoke Iran

August 19, 2007 at 4:30 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

The Cheney proposal for an airstrike against three bases in Iran can have only one purpose — to provoke an Iranian retaliation that would then make it possible to unleash a full-fledged strategic air attack against Iran. The provocation strategy would be an obvious way around the political obstacles in the way of an unprovoked attack.

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US congress wants its puppets to indict President Ahmadinejad

June 20, 2007 at 11:42 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

Aside from the fact that this so-called resolution is based on a falsified translation of the President of Iran’s statement… exactly who is the United States to be passing such resolutions?

The United States government that is responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, just in the past three years – and in the millions over the past decade or two of genocidal sanctions.

If there is a government that should be indicted for genocide it is the US government — not only Iraq, but for the slaughter in Vietnam, the slaughter in Central America — and lets not ever forget the Holocaust of the Native/First Nation peoples of this continent – for which the American government has never been held accountable.

Of-course, this has nothing to do with standing up for human rights – or being against genocide – this has everything to do with increasing the psychological pressure on the Iranian government that chooses to remain outside of the American puppet sphere.

This afternoon the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to urge the United Nations to indict the President of Iran for inciting genocide. The charge is over a disproven allegation (based on a mistranslation) that Ahmadinejad was called for the destruction of Israel.

Only two members of the House voted against the resolution, Republican Ron Paul and Democrat Dennis Kucinich. Eleven members voted “present” indicating a weak opposition. Usually-consistently-antiwar Rep. Barbara Lee supported the hawks in this vote.

see also Vineyard’s blog entry on this “resolution.”

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a “new” strategy

June 17, 2007 at 10:25 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

by

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar,
President,

International Movement for a Just World (JUST).

Malaysia.

A strategic shift has taken place in US-Israel policy in the Middle East. The new strategy seeks to isolate, emasculate and decimate Iran. Through this shift, the elite in Washington and Tel Aviv hope to achieve their ultimate goal which is ‘the conquest of the Middle East’, to borrow a phrase from Robert Fisk.

The Washington-Tel Aviv elites thought that they would be able to accomplish their objective through the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They would have gained effective control over one of the richest oil reserves in the region and would have eliminated a government— the Saddam Hussein leadership—that was an impediment to Israeli dominance of the Middle East.

Their strategy failed for two reasons. Armed opposition to the occupation mainly from the Sunni Arab community has turned out to be more organized and more determined than the occupiers had anticipated. The Shiite majority that was in a sense empowered through the invasion and the subsequent elections, has also become increasingly critical of the occupation and a segment of the community under the leadership of Muqtada Sadr has chosen to take up arms. What is even more significant, Shiites as a whole including the government of Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki appear to be more inclined towards Shiite Iran. This is what prompted the American academic Juan Cole to make that cryptic remark, “The Iraq war is over and the winner is Iran”.

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“Black ops” directed against Iran, Lebanon, and Syria

June 2, 2007 at 7:19 pm (anti-Iran Propaganda)

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky

The Bush administration has admitted that covert actions of an aggressive nature were applied against Iran and Syria. The stated objective was to wreck the countries’ economies and currency systems. The infamous Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG) created in early 2006, integrated by officials from the White House, the State Department, the CIA and the Treasury Department, had a mandate to destabilize Syria and Iran, and bring about “Regime Change” :

“The committee, the Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group [ISOG], met weekly throughout much of 2006 to coordinate actions such as curtailing Iran’s access to credit and banking institutions, organizing the sale of military equipment to Iran’s neighbors and supporting forces that oppose the two regimes.” (Boston Globe, 25 May 2007)

ISOG had also been providing undercover assistance to Iranian opposition groups and dissidents. The group’s propaganda ploy consisted in feeding disinformation into the news chain and “building international outrage toward Iran”. (Boston Globe 2, January 2007)

The decision to dismantle ISOG is largely cosmetic. Most of these intelligence operations remain intact. ISOG was one among several covert initiatives to destabilize Iran and Syria. Regime change and outright war are still part of the Administration’s agenda. In fact, destabilizing covert intelligence operations directed against Iran and Syria have been stepped up in the course of the last four years. Moreover, these operations are closely coordinated with Israeli and NATO war plans, which constitute an integral part of the US sponsored military operation directed against Iran, Syria and Lebanon.

The covert ops have been synchronized with the military road map, including the various US war scenarios envisaged since the launching of ” Theater Iran Near Term” (TIRANNT) in May 2003, barely a month after the invasion of Iraq. These war-like scenarios explicitly envisage regime change:

… Under TIRANNT, Army and U.S. Central Command planners have been examining both near-term and out-year scenarios for war with Iran, including all aspects of a major combat operation, from mobilization and deployment of forces through postwar stability operations after regime change.” (William Arkin, Washington Post, 16 April 2006)

The US is on a war footing and the various covert operations and Psy-Ops –which routinely feed despicable images of the Iranian head of State into the news chain–, are an integral part of the military-intelligence and propaganda arsenal.

In turn, the covert ops are coordinated with US, Israeli and NATO military deployments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf including the conduct of major war games, which have been carried out almost continuously since Summer 2006.

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more on the cia psy/black ops

May 27, 2007 at 1:08 am (anti-Iran Propaganda, CIA)

“Iranians in America have links with their families at home, and they are a good two-way source of information,” he said.

The CIA will also be allowed to supply communications equipment which would enable opposition groups in Iran to work together and bypass internet censorship by the clerical regime.

“The Intelligence Ministry succeeded in finding, recognizing and confronting some spy networks of infiltrating elements from the Iraqi occupiers in west, southwest and central Iran,” said the statement, carried by the official IRNA news agency.

“These spy networks were guided by the intelligence services of the occupiers and were supported by some influential Iraqi groups. The detailed news will be announced in the next few days.”

The mistranslated “wiped off the map” quote attributed to Iran’s president has been spread worldwide, repeated thousands of times in international media, and prompted the denouncements of numerous world leaders. Virtually every major and minor media outlet has published or broadcast this false statement to the masses. Big news agencies such as The Associated Press and Reuters refer to the misquote, literally, on an almost daily basis.

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CIA operations to destabilise Iran

May 25, 2007 at 5:23 am (anti-Iran Propaganda, CIA)

According to the American television network, Bush signed a formal “non-lethal presidential finding” earlier this year authorising “a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran’s currency and international financial transactions”.

Based on information from unnamed former and current CIA officials, ABC News reported that Bush approved the plan “about the time that [Admiral William] Fallon took over [as head of the Pentagon’s Central Command]”—that is, about mid-March. It also stated that National Security Adviser Steve Hadley and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams both gave the green light for the operation.

The timing of the plan coincides with a steady stream of articles, prominently placed in the media, highlighting Tehran’s crackdown on women’s dress, arrest of dissidents, alleged nuclear weapons programs and support for anti-occupation militia operating inside neighbouring Iraq. While it is impossible to know how many of these reports are direct CIA “plants,” they point to a concerted campaign of propaganda and disinformation. Whatever the impact inside Iran, such stories serve to poison public opinion in the US and internationally in preparation for a possible military strike.

There is nothing particularly secret about the Bush administration’s campaign for “regime change”. Last year Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought and received $75 million for anti-Iranian propaganda broadcasts and to fund opposition groups inside and outside Iran. In 2005, the figure was just $10 million. Rice also established an Iranian Affairs office last year, initially headed by Elizabeth Cheney, the vice president’s daughter, to coordinate policy and provide “pro-democracy funding” for opponents of the regime. The Boston Globe reported in January that a team of top officials from the Pentagon, State Department, CIA, Treasury and National Security Council, known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG), had been working for some time to strengthen military alliances against Iran, finance Iranian dissidents and undermine the country economically.

The campaign for “regime change” in Iran has nothing to do with defending “democracy” or the political rights of the Iranian population. Its sole purpose is to advance US strategic and economic interests. Iran not only contains huge reserves of oil and gas, it sits at the strategic crossroads of the resource-rich regions of Central Asia and the Middle East.

www.wsws.org

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Conservative rag proposes Regime Change for Iran

May 23, 2007 at 8:26 am (anti-Iran Propaganda)

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20829

“In the final analysis, we should remember that South Africa was brought to abandon apartheid without a war. The former Soviet Union fell from a carefully orchestrated Reagan administration effort to spend the Soviet Union into bankruptcy over military hardware including Star Wars technology, while simultaneously working with the Saudis to lower the price of oil on world markets, thereby cutting Soviet revenue. Moreover, and certainly more importantly, America could help the Iranian people – with funds, supplies and especially communication equipment — form themselves into a force that could topple the mullahs, and Ahmadinejad, from power.

President Bush could give a speech naming the Iranian heroes who are still imprisoned by the Ahmadinejad regime because they have dared to speak out against the regime, recalling themes he so eloquently expressed in his second inaugural address.

The Iranians, who like to fancy themselves as the inventors of chess, are not expecting a U.S. end game gambit where the State Department unabashedly reverses direction to declare that our goal is to oust the Ahmadinejad regime. without. The move has the added advantage of showing that our determination to back Iran off nuclear enrichment has a viable strategy alternative other than to threaten to launch a second politically difficult pre-emptive strike in the Middle East.

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Anti-Iran Propaganda in full swing

May 23, 2007 at 8:24 am (anti-Iran Propaganda)

1. AMERICAN ANTI-IRAN PROPAGANDA IS IN FULL SWING
[By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry]
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It has now become a daily occurrence to read news stories and features about Iran in the American media; the themes cover the country, its
people and culture, their government, the faith of Islam, and so on. But every one of them is explicitly negative to the nth degree.

What we are experiencing in American print and broadcast media these days is a textbook case of propaganda tactics designed to help George W.
Bush and his international war-mongering colleagues (including the current Canadian government) drum up support for a collective military assault on Iran.

In effect, Mr. Bush has started a new and ugly cold war and he clearly intends to transform it into a hot one, sooner rather than later; the
media and political hype will translate into real aggression, bringing death, misery and destruction to yet another Middle East state. The evil
character of human greed and power-lust is about to raise its ugly specter once again and subjugate a weaker nation that refuses to toe the American line.

It is all part of a long-planned Bush and Co. agenda and that is why you won’t find a single good word in the American mainstream media about
Iran — none, nil, zero.

You will search in vain to read a balanced viewpoint about Iran and the made-in-America crisis that is unfolding even at this very moment
between the two countries. The supposed sticking-point is nuclear know-how. But while Iran’s venture into nuclear civil technology has drawn the focused hostility of the U.S., other countries – like Brazil, which has a more advanced nuclear program than Iran – are barely noticed.

The compound issue of women’s rights and equality is another target area of U.S.-influenced Western media in Iran. A recent news story published by the Los Angeles Times and syndicated to Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper, the Toronto Star, was ostensibly about the role and conditions of women in Iran.

But no mention was made of the fact that more Iranian women per capita serve as Parliamentarians in that country than in either the U.S or
Canada. And there was no mention that the ratio of young Iranian women over men studying medicine, engineering, and the sciences is also proportionally much higher than in the U.S. and Canada.

What are incomplete biased news stories and features like this trying to tell their readers? Here is an example of so-called reporting that
assumes there is only one side to the news…

“Police are cracking down on barbers giving Western-style haircuts and shop owners wearing T-shirts with English slogans. They are looking for
women wearing headscarves that are too small or colourful. Authorities also recently announced they would filter mobile phone messages that they deem to be ‘immoral’.”

Or, here is an example with numbers used to prove a questionable point: “Last month, an Iranian newspaper reported that security forces warned 11 European tourists visiting a vegetable market in northern Tehran to observe the Islamic dress code.”

You may think that the American press is genuinely interested in issues like women’s rights, social justice, equal opportunity, economic
health, etc. in developing countries, and that the examples I’ve cited here fall into that category.

(Dr. Mohamed Elmasry is national president of the Canadian Islamic
Congress. He can be reached at np@canadianislamiccongress.com)

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