Whenever there is news about the uprising in Iran, we have a flood of critics who pop up on this and other sites, on our TV screens and even in our emails and tell us how the movement in being infiltrated by this and that and how they are doing this and that wrong, etc. To them, every nuance takes away from the purity of the movement and makes it a tool of western and other varieties of “evil-doers”.
But let us compare this revolution with the 1979 revolution, and as you will see, the hypocrisy and the hidden agendas will become abundantly clear.
1979: Khomeini is living in Iraq, and is supported by the Ba’athist regime in Iraq as a tool against its archrival Iran. He has been out of Iran in exile for almost thirty years. Iraq has already been at war with Iran and has made no secret of its claims to Iranian territory. Khomeini takes over the “leadership” of the revolution with the active participation and approval of leftist groups in Iran (who are now the dinosaur left ) No questions are raised about his long absence from Iran or that he may be “out of touch” with realities of Iran. Also, no questions are ever (to this day) raised about his connection to the Iraqi regime. Khomeini then decimates the Iranian military, giving Iraq the green light to attack Iran.
2009: The dinosaur left and their cohorts attack anyone and any support that comes out of exiled groups, calling them foreign agents (simply because they live outside of Iran in exile) and out of touch with the reality in Iran because, just like Khomeini, they have been living outside of Iran for the past thirty years in exile. This is notwithstanding the fact that unlike Khomeini’s era, the information age has made being in touch with Iran and obtaining news out of Iran, much easier. Reza Pahlavi (who I do not support) and others are accused of being AIPAC agents (with absolutely no evidence) and are accused (again with no evidence) of being Israeli agents who want to create chaos so that Israel could attack Iran. The claim is there cannot possibly be a suitable leader for Iran coming out of the exile community.
1979: Khomeini and his agents appear more than 400 times on foreign media, using it as a platform to gather support and get his message out. Those appearances are encouraged and applauded by the usual suspects as an effective tool to topple Shah’s regime. There is no mention of “Zionist” controlled western media. The same Zionist controlled western media is also encouraged to report from Iran by the same people so that “people’s voice” can be heard. The BBC is haled as the most unbiased news outlet because it (through its former socialist “news anchors” such as Khonji) gives the most lip service to Khomeini.
2009: Opposition leaders who appear on foreign media are accused—by the usual suspects--of being agents of the “west” who are being used by Zionist controlled foreign media to foment unrest and chaos in Iran so that…what else…Israel could attack Iran and prevent it from achieving greatness in its nuclear program. BBC becomes the number one enemy for its coverage of the uprising in Iran, and is called the biggest imperialist tool.
1979: Use of violence against the Shah is universally encouraged by all groups involved in the revolution. People are encouraged to fight the army street to street, storm government buildings, radio and television stations and army bases.
2009: When people respond to oppression, beatings, killings, rapes, torture and to their organs being harvested in IRI’s prisons, they are admonished and are told not to use violence and to simply “peacefully” demonstrate (even though the brutal IRI shows equal brutality against peaceful demonstrators) until somehow this military dictatorship succumbs to a Gandhi like figure!
Last, but not the least:
1979: Every single death in any demonstration is blamed on the Shah and his army, the dead are called martyrs, with endless “hafeth” and “chelleh”, and no one ever thinks about conducting an “investigation” of how someone was shot to death at the demonstrations, even though there were many armed demonstrators from various groups with axes to grind against each other in those demonstrations.
2009: Neda Agha Soltan is shot and murdered in cold blood as she is at a demonstration. A Basij agent is captured by the people as the shooter, and is heard saying “I didn’t mean to kill her”. But the usual suspects call the death “suspicious” and ask for an “investigation”. The death is even blamed on the BBC and Dr. Arash Hejazi, who attempted to save the young woman’s life in her dying moments.
See the hypocrisy and the double standard folks? Now you know!
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