In October of 1990, a 15 year old Kuwaiti girl known as “Nurse Nayirah” testified before US Congress saying she witnessed occupying Iraqi troops take babies out of incubators and intentionally leave them for dead. While the event was instrumental in convincing the American public to launch a bloody war, it was also proven to be a well orchestrated and well financed propaganda operation designed for that very purpose. Nayirah turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and the “testimony” was directed by the PR firm Hill and Knowlton. In retrospect, no one can blame the girl for the mass deception. She was under age, and her own country had just been invaded by a foreign enemy. 20 years later, Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast in the same role for the same purpose, but she does not have the same excuses.
When I hear that a prominent Iranian-American actress who should serve as a role model for her generation of countrymen and women has sadly lent her voice and her prestige to a crude Iran-phobic propaganda film made by an ultra-orthodox Israeli Rabbi and his accomplices known as hawkish warmongers, I cannot help thinking that the only appropriate response by the decent Iran-loving compatriots is to openly distance themselves from this actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and to boycott her next play in order to send her a stern message that she has now crossed the… >>>