Iranophobia Project

Iranian assassination plot allegations


Iranophobia Project
by Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh

The United States government leveled new charges against Iran in early October 2011 by alleging that the country is implicated in an assassination plot targeting the Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir. The new scenario can be analyzed from various angles.

Firstly, the highest levels in the American political establishment have stood by it, claiming that they have solid evidence to prove the allegations.

Secondly, the story about involvement of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force or other Iranian entities in that plot is so bizarre that even many American experts and mass media have expressed doubts about it.

And thirdly, it is clear that the new scenario follows well-calculated objectives when one considers that the allegations have surfaced at a time that the United States is grappling with dire economic conditions and is in deep trouble due to the ongoing developments in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s fragile situation, shaky position of Israel in the region, Iran’s special status, forthcoming US elections and the US plan to withdraw its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The following points are noteworthy in this regard:

1. There were hot debates in early days after publication of these allegations about whether the new anti-Iranian charges were credible or not? Of course, they had no serious bearing on the totality of the story. From an Iranian view, it is just a scenario. However, that scenario is characterized by strange speed of action and insistence shown by the US government to take the best advantage of it. Here, the American officials have leveled charges against Iran and immediately enforced sanctions against an important Iranian airline. The radical American politicians have pointed in various ways and using different languages that it is necessary to give a military answer to Iran. They have lost no time in aligning Saudi Arabia with their scenario in addition to some regional Arab states and institutions.

After a few days, the issue was raised at the United Nations Security Council. In the meantime, the highest levels of the US Administration insisted that they had viable evidence which could convince all countries as to the authenticity of their allegations. These measures were taken before even a single shred of credible evidence was produced before the world’s public opinion. As such, it was clear that the advantage that the United States intends to take of this story is much more important than whether it is true or false.

2. In the aftermath of these charges when the US statesmen promised to provide solid proof and Iranians were categorically denying charges and as expert and media debates on whether the plot could have been acted out by Iran were still hot, a negative point which was largely forgotten was repetition of the claim that Iran’s Quds force has been already implicated in a lot of terrorist activities outside the country and has managed every time to do its job without leaving a fingerprint! Many experts who even doubted totality of the scenario, frequently associated the name of Iran’s biggest military organ with the word “terrorism.” It seems that certain circles are trying to get the world used to that association so that the name of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps would be reminder of terrorism for the world public opinion. This will certainly be of great help to the United States to convince other countries when trying to justify further claims against Iran at the UN Security Council.

3. Only time will determine the main benefit that the United States is trying to reap out of this scenario. However, it should not be forgotten that the United States is currently facing complicated conditions in the Middle East region:

a. US officials are doing their best to keep part of their military forces in Iraq with judicial immunity. This issue has so far elicited widespread protests from various political parties that make up the Iraqi establishment. The United States (quite or perhaps intentionally by mistake) attributes, at least, part of that opposition to Iran. Therefore, some American analysts are of the opinion that the distance between Iran and Iraq could be increased through a powerful leverage provided to Washington by implicating Iran in the Saudi ambassador’s assassination plot and raising the case at the Security Council. In this way, the United States can get along with its plans in Iraq and keep some of its military forces in that country.

b. Even if one assumed that recent political developments in the Middle East and reform seeking movements in the Arab countries have not been inspired by Iran’s revolutionary views or even Islamic teachings and all that happens is just of a purely political nature, not Islamic and anti-West awakening, it cannot be denied that the main beneficiary of those developments more than Israel, Saudi Arabia or even the US is Iran. Therefore, anything that can further mar Iran’s image in the region will be of use to the United States.

c. The United States has been spearheading Iranophobia project in the region for many long years. Huge arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, selling advanced equipment to Israel to create a balance, deployment of NATO’s missile shield in Turkey under the pretext of a missile threat from Iran, introducing Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities as a threat to regional peace and security and other instances attest to this fact. The ultimate goal of the United States is to tarnish Iran’s image, further isolate the country and, above all, increase the costs of alignment with Iran for other countries.

4. What Iran should do?

A multiphasic approach would be the best option for Iran under the existing circumstances. Firstly, Tehran should try to mend fences with Riyadh taking into account that any effort to this end will upset the United States and Israel. Therefore, this should be a gradual process which needs patience before full results are in sight.

Secondly, more diligent follow-up of the assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientists which occurred in the past few years is imperative. Iran claims to have its hands on ample evidence to prove that the assassinations were both ordered and supported by foreign intelligence services.

Thirdly, a general active and dynamic diplomatic drive is needed at international level. It should not simply suffice to denying charges against Iran, but should also lay emphasis on realities, advances, and positive points and do its best to find remedies for the existing weaknesses of Iran. It should also seriously challenge the allegations against Iran and their theoretical foundations.

In the misty environment which surrounds us, the player that is more alert, resilient and realistic is sure to win the game.

First published in .

Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh Executive Editor of Iran Review.


Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Dear Kaveh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


By necessary I mean politically inevitable. You touch it and say goodbye to reelection. Here is the spending:


You tell me what is there to cut. Please remember that you have to be realistic. Any cut to elderly benefits will bring their wrath. Meaning you don't get reelected. Any cut to military is tough given the wars we are involved in. Basically there is 19% discretionary. That also got its advocates since pork goes a long way in congress. 

It is simple to say cut but hard to find what to hit :-) 

Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

I have to disagree with your position that most of the spending is necessary. There is entirely too much government in the sense that there is so much overlap and redundancy, and the results are evident. Inefficiency and waste are the norm, and there is virtually zero oversight. And that absence of oversight is why money is being hemorraged every second.

At present, NONE of the so-called solutions being thrown around involve operating within their means. So-called cuts are inconsequential at best.

Redundant and inefficient departments in government (AND THEIR WORTHLESS LAZY PERSONNEL) need to be eliminated for starters. As a people, we have to rely less on government and become more self-sufficient.

But that's another story for another time. :-)

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Dear Kaveh

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


The US is spending more than taking in and it is a fact. You got two choices: spend less; take more in. That's it. 

Most of the spending is not discretionary it is required. Therefore I see no way out other than raising revenue. I am happy to hear other ideas. The only other option is to print more money. I know people with different politics prefer different solutions. But the problem of spending more than income is real and must be dealt with,

Kaveh Nouraee

The US Government is far from broke

by Kaveh Nouraee on

The US Government is bro-KEN.

Raising taxes is not the answer. You do not enable a junkie by providing them with more of the substance to which they are addicted in the hopes that they will somehow overcome the addiction.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Dear Vildermose

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


The bonus those guys get is WHY America is broke. The amount of debt is staggering. Yes there is enough for the vampires to such a bit more. The problem is not lack of money. It is lack of government funds.

Reason: insufficient taxes and over spending by government. Problem may be resolved if they just upped the taxes a bit. However the right wing people in the government will have none of it. Hence the US government is broke. 

Yes there is PLENTY of money in America but in the wrong hands. The 13 M you mention is a tiny drop in the bucket. It is not even worth mentioning. Let us talk about the Trillions being grabbed on a regular basis.

hamsade ghadimi

a bit more about the

by hamsade ghadimi on

a bit more about the non-partisan, independent author (golshanpajooh):



America is broke.....NOT

by vildemose on


10 Fannie, Freddie Execs Rake in $13M in Bonuses



"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


Best shot to save mullahs from falling down

by Siavash300 on

"Many experts who even doubted totality of the scenario, frequently associated the name of Iran’s biggest military organ with the word “terrorism"

"The United States has been spearheading Iranophobia project in the region for many long years" Mohammad Reza....

Because stinky ruling mullahs targeting civilians. Brutal act of killing Dariush Forohar and his wife in their resident in Tehran, Killing Bakhatiar and his top aid in Paris, killing Dr.Sharafkandi and his people in Mikonos restaurant in Germany, killing Farokhzad, chain killing of Jafar Poyandeh and Mohammad Mokhtari and other intellectuals puts mullahs and their military organ in the category of "terrorist". It is NOT U.S economy made mullahs terrorist. They were terrorist from the day one when they burned cinema Rex in abadan and blamed it on shah and SAVAK. These people who were killed by mullahs were NOT armed to defend themselve. So the title of terrorism is quite appropriate. This is NOT what U.S created. It is what mullahs created. That is shame to see their paid agents selling their county men and women for few bucks they are receiving from those bastards. The brutal killing of mullah's opponents and recent attempt to kill Saudi embassador has nothing to do with U.S economy and all other garbages that has been mentioned in this article. This article meant to justify mullah's dirty act.

    Mullah's act throughout the years show the devilish nature of these monsters. It has nothing to do with U.S. This time mullahs got caught by U.S informat and they have to face consequenses. I am sure they will.  

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

All of them

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


suck including IRI {Shia}; Saudi {Wahhabi}; and Obama {useless}.

Fred: give up on the nuke red herring. We all know that is not the issue. The problem is very clearly head butting for power. 

When I hear someone show real interest in Iranian people I will listen to them. The rest if jockeying for power between rotten and rotten.

hamsade ghadimi

it's not a question why

by hamsade ghadimi on

it's not a question why golshanpajooh is defending a bunch of criminals.  it's his job.  he's an expert in "soft war" (jang narm) or better known as a cyber propogandaist.  the real question is why picks up this poorly written article (unsolicited) by a known iri apologist and cyber warrior and features it on its main page.  could it be that golshanpajooh's organization is a sister agency to


Had a look at that site

by Rea on

G. Rahmanian

"You're defending a bunch of criminals who are corrupt to ... "

by G. Rahmanian on

Should, perhaps, read: "Why are you defending a bunch of criminals who are corrupt to the extreme and have brought nothing for the Iranian people except misery?" I wonder what's in all this for Mr. Golshanpazhooh!!!


Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

by Pari on

IRGC has been known as a terrorist organization for years now.  IRI has terrorized its own citizens since its inception and has killed many Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan.  US has plenty of evidence against IRI's terrorist actions even before the latest terror plot. 

IRI has no credibility inside and outside of Iran.  It's one of the most hated governments in the world.  You're defending a bunch of criminals who are corrupt to the extreme and have brought nothing for the Iranian people except misery!



Where is your evidence?

by bparhami on

I am sorry, but the author has not presented a shred of evidence that the charges are false. I am not saying that they are true, but just because something is bizarre does not make it false. This line of reasoning is akin to declaring someone guilty of murder just because s/he had motives to do so.


 LOL, Wall street has had

by vildemose on

 LOL, Wall street has had record profits and the Persian gulf will see more American troops even after the withdrawal from Iraq...

Daily Kos: Wells Fargo Posts Record $4.1B Profit in Q3
Oct 17, 2011 ... How exciting, I just received in my newsfeed that Wells Fargo Posted a record $4.1B profit. This was 72 cents on a share price of around ...
// - Cached Daily Kos: Congratulations to BP on Record Profits
Apr 11, 2011 ... We get so focused in on everything bad, that we fail to see ...
// - Cached Daily Kos: With record profits, IBM workers face pay cut
Jan 24, 2008 ... The AP article over the fold neglects to mention the union ...
//,-IBM-workers-face-pay... - Cached 38 billion in overdraft and fees generate record bank profits - Daily Kos
Aug 20, 2009 ... Bounced check and credit card fees continue to be the ...
// - Cached

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis D. Brandeis


The Islamist Rapist Republic

by Fred on

A rogue terrorist messianic Islamist regime which is acquiring illegal weaponized nuke has been charged with an attempted terrorist plot to be carried out in the U.S.

Given the Islamist Rapist Republic (IRR) has been caught red-handed in too many overseas assassinations employing non-Iranian hit men, the Mykonos Restaurant in Germany being the most notable one, it is all too plausible.

 And the intentional using of Iran in place of the Islamist Rapist Republic (IRR) is passé.