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Top Media Lies About Iran

Posted by alanmirs on May 4, 2010

Top Media Lies About Iran
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Top Media Lies About Iran

By Huda Jawad

03 May, 2010

The Peace Prize
President in the White House continues to increase his empty, but angry
rhetoric in an attempt to garner enough support for a strike on Iran.
The propaganda juggernaut is in full action, and thousands of articles,
TV shows, and politicians are beating the drums for a war against Iran.
If this sounds eerily familiar, it’s because it is. In 2001, the London
Observer ran a series of reports linking Iraq to the September 11
attacks and going as far as to claim there were secret bases in Iraq
that produced anthrax as a weapon of mass destruction.

In late 2009, The Times of London published a now
admittedly forged document it asserted revealed "a four-year plan [by
Iran] to test a neutron initiator." On the same day, Catherine Phillips,
another writer for The Times, quoted Mark Fitzpatrick barefacedly
saying, "Is this the smoking gun? That’s the question people should be
asking. It looks like the smoking gun. This is smoking uranium." To the
naïve, this would be a shocking use of the media to garner support for a
war that is pre-emptive and unjustified. To everyone else, it’s a
repeat of 2001 and the pre-Iraq war legacy of the two biggest war
criminals of our generation: George Bush and Tony Blair.

Not surprisingly, very few members of the corporate
owned media have bothered to ask: does Iran have nuclear weapons? Does
Iran even want nuclear weapons? It doesn’t matter. When the media is as
prostituted as it is now, the sole aim is to convince the masses that
Iran threatens our very existence and must be dealt with in a manner
that disregards every single international law and charter. The Times of
London is part of the seasoned propagandist Rupert Murdoch publishing
empire that owns Fox News, the Sunday Times, and the New York Post. As
expected, each and every Murdoch-owned media outlet views Iran from a
decidedly pro-Israeli lens and disregards the need for evidence in
making claims against a country that has fulfilled every clause of the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT or NNPT). You know, the same one
Israel refuses to sign.

Below are the top myths the media tells us daily
about Iran.

Iran Has/Wants Nuclear Weapons

To date, no concrete evidence has been presented
about the existence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran. Each and every
inspect report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the
National Intelligence Estimate has confirmed that Iran does not have a
nuclear weapons program. Additionally, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid
Ali Khamenei, who has the final word in Iran on such issues, has
denounced nuclear weapons as un-Islamic and stated unequivocally that
Islam forbids the "production and stock piling of nuclear weapons." The
Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons is a registered document with the
United Nations. Iran has been the only country to lobby for a
nuclear-free Middle East. In contrast, Israel has yet to agree to a
single IAEA inspection, and its nuclear weapons plant in Dimona is an
open secret used to intimidate the Palestinians and neighboring

Iran Threatened to Wipe Israel off the Map

The world hears incessantly how Iranian president
Ahmedinjad threatened to "wipe Israel off the map." Ironically, not a
single translation of this speech has been made to clearly prove he made
this statement. In 2005, the newly-elected Ahmedinjad was giving a
speech at a conference in Tehran about Zionism. He quoted the founder of
the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini, and said, "Imam ghoft een
rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad." A
direct translation of this is: "The Imam [Khomeini] said [the] regime
occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." The words "wiped
off the map" are not to be found in that sentence, and any amateur
translator will tell you nagsheh, the Persian term for map, is not found
in that sentence. In the speech, Ahmedinjad further stated that just as
the Soviet regime had fallen, the Zionist one would too. He did not say
Israel was going to be wiped off any map. Obviously when the Soviet
regime collapsed, was Russia wiped off the map? In the same infamous
speech, Ahmedinjad called for a Middle East where Muslims, Jews, and
Christians would live in a real democracy and in liberty.

For the record, Iran has not launched an attack on
any nation in the past 300 years, but it has defended itself against
assaults by other countries. Compare this track record to that of the
biggest war monger in the Middle East, the same one that uses cluster
bombs to take out innocent children.

The Iranians are Eagerly Awaiting the
Arrival of "US Democracy"

American-style democracy has taken over the Middle
East; just ask the Iraqis and Afghans how happy they are post-American
liberation of their countries. Operation Iraqi Freedom has only cost 1.3
million Iraqi lives to date. In the last Iranian elections, an
overwhelming 85 percent of voters turned out to pick the next president,
and practically every pre-election poll showed President Ahmedinjad
with a significant lead over his opponents. However, the West continues
to claim Iran is not a democratic country despite it being the only
Middle Eastern country with transparent elections and a fully functional
parliament. Western hypocrisy of this magnitude must be respected, and
the West has yet to call its allies (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Saudi
Arabia) for throwing political opponents in jail and never holding

By all instances, Iran is a democratic society, but
to the United States and its allies, the very existence of a democracy
in Iran is a threat. They removed this threat in 1953 when they
overthrew the democratically-elected government and put in the
totalitarian Shah. Speaking of democracy and sovereignty, the US would
know a thing or two about those terms, considering for the past 30 years
we have tried to overthrow the Iranian government and laid siege upon
siege on the Iranian people. More recently, Congress voted to allocate
120 million dollars for anti-regime media broadcasts into Iran. It
doesn’t end there. The US also generously donated 60-75 million dollars
to fund and support violent underground extremist groups like
Mujahiden-Khalq (MKO), one of the largest terrorist organizations in
Iran. Democracy in the Middle East is synonymous with murderous and
catastrophic regime change.

Iran Is Five Years Away from a Nuclear Bomb

Every few months, the United States and Britain try
to scare us out of sleeping at night by saying Iran is five years away
from a nuclear bomb. Here’s the problem: Iran has been "five years away
from a nuclear bomb" for the past four decades, since the Shah began the
peaceful nuclear program with US help. Those Iranians don’t seem to be
getting any closer to a nuclear weapon, which they don’t seem to want by
the way, but that won’t detract the propagandist and war criminals.
When the Qom facility was "exposed" by the United States last year, the
neocons were quick to hawk it as proof of Iran’s nuclear weapons
program. However, they neglected to mention that Iran had openly
revealed by it in a voluntary letter to the IAEA days before the US
announced it. In addition, the Qom facility is incomplete and
non-operational, and if the United States knew about the facility and
did not reveal this information, then it too is in direct violation of
the NPT. Unless, of course, the facility was not illegal, and thus there
was no need to report it.

On April 13, President Obama was asked by a
Washington Post reporter if he would "call on Israel to declare its
nuclear program and sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty." The usually
eloquent Obama stuttered his way through a response once he finally
regained his composure and stated, "And, as far as Israel goes, I’m not
going to comment on their program."

Maybe he should leave Iran’s peaceful program alone
and worry about the nuclear warheads Israel and India have.

Huda Jawad is a writer for Islamic
Insights (,
a weekly publication in North America.





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