Sinners preaching the gospel
IRI vs. Israel: The pot calling the kettle black
By Shahriar Zangeneh
August 28, 2001
The Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and the supporters of its policy toward
Israel invariably base their justification on morality and pursuit of justice.
It's the defense of the aggrieved that compels IRI to forfeit Iran's national
interest, become a target of "the worldwide Zionist media", the
Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) and a possible future military attack. It's
the duty of "the first religious government on earth" to defend
the interest of the oppressed and the downtrodden. The unending pogroms
of the Palestinians are making IRI to bankroll half a dozen freedom movements.
It's the right thing to do.
On the face of it, it all sounds good. It makes one to be proud of having
been sired in such a land, a beacon of morality and justice. Advocacy of
the oppressed is a deeply satisfying noble quality.
The purpose of this writing is not to defend the indefensible, i.e. the
violation of Palestinians' civil rights by Israel. Nor is it intended to
recount the daily horrors administered to them (Palestinian and Israeli
civilians) in the name of national security of Israel. Other intertwined
issues of Middle East are also avoided for the sake of brevity. Every other
issue except IRI's pursuance of morality and justice as a foreign policy
objective is intentionally overlooked.
Morality, whatever it means, and justice, to be effective, have to be
applied across the board and without exception. One can not be a sinner
and preach the gospel to the neighbor. That would be hypocrisy. So is to
be living in an expropriated house and admonishing someone else for doing
Supporters of IRI's policy never get tired of recounting the horrors
befallen the Palestinians at the hands of Israel or her local lackeys, as
though they are the only ones privy to the publicly available information.
What they invariably fail to mention is that the IRI is no better, if not
worse than Israel in committing the very same egregious crimes. They fail
to appreciate that it is the case of the pot calling the kettle black. They
need to reflect on the saying, cheraaghy keh beh khaaneh ravaast beh masjed
One of the main reasons for the IRI's failed Palestinian policy is its
domestic policies and as a consequence the lack of credibility at home and
abroad. It would be one thing if a Scandinavian country preached Israel
and quite another when Tehran does it.
The moral high ground that the IRI is claiming to occupy is nothing but
a figment of its supporters imagination, so is its pursuit of justice for
the Palestinian. The actions of the IRI toward its own subjects clearly
demonstrate this. It is becoming harder and harder for the apologists to
explain away or sweep under the rug. There isn't a rug big enough to cover
it all. That leaves the age old hypocritical command of do as I say and
not as I do.
Another reason for the IRI's failed Palestinian policy again goes back
to the nature of the regime itself. To be blunt, it scares away the potential
sympathizers. Not many nations and individuals who are in full command of
their faculty, would want to be publicly identified with a cause that its
biggest supporters are the IRI and Saddam Hussein. The Hawks in Israel like
the Shas Party have picked up on this and use it to cow the burgeoning domestic
peace movement. Ayatollah Khamenei and his minions' shameless anti-Semitic
speeches serve as an unlimited ammunition depot for the supporters of Israel's
The last reason for the failure of the IRI is its relentless pursuit
of a tried and failed policy. Calling Israel a cancerous tumor that needs
to be taken out only reveals to the world the dearth of IRI's policy. Unfortunately
the history of the Jewish diaspora clearly shows a need for a safe haven
for human beings who have chosen to be adherents of Judaism. When the chips
been down they have been the first ones to be targeted with nowhere to take
sanctuary. Any plausible settlement in the Middle East has to take this
need as a given, something that the IRI adamantly refuses to do so and,
interestingly enough, the Palestinian leadership has publicly announced
that it does.
Saddam Hussein's announced policy of chemotherapy (gassing the cancerous
Israel) and the IRI's scare straight policy of a suicide bomber around every
corner, only serve to harden the resolve of the Israelis. They simply have
nowhere else to go, and when cornered they fight to survive with all the
rules of a decent society being their first victim.
The fallacy of IRI's desire for justice is put on gruesome display every
time a misguided youth blows himself and other innocent civilians to bits.
Where is the justice in killing youth for their parents' "crime"?
What sort of morality dictates taking advantage of an impressionable youth,
pumping him with promises of drop dead gorgeous naked "hoors and ghalmaans"
impatiently awaiting his arrival in the afterlife?