In 1979 three things or rather events happened in the Middle East which had devastating consequences, in all these events, Washington played a key part. A little background information is required before speaking about the present state of affairs.
In February 1979 Afghan militant fundamentalists abducted the American ambassador in Kabul. This did not prevent the U.S from supporting the terrorists who carried out this outrage. Later, Ronald Reagan, called the murderers and torturers “freedom fighters”, one tactic these “freedom fighters” used was “to torture victims by first cutting off their noses, ears and genitals, then removing one slice of skin after another”. The Afghan Government “invited” the Soviet Union to intervene and so they did. Jimmy Carter gave the Mujahideen terrorists $500 million; Reagan, in the following years, gave them so much more. It has been said by commentators in the U.S that this was Washington’s revenge. America lost thousands of marines in Indochina, so they were determined the same fate would happen to the Russians, and it did. Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, gave the following interview, years after he had left office, or rather kicked out of office:
Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?
Brzezinski: It isn’t quite that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?
Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic [integrisme], having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.
Brzezinski: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn’t a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.
There was another reason why Washington took this course of action: its major ally in the Middle East, at least one of them, fell.
In 1953, Mohammad Mossadegh, the Prime Minister of Iran, was overthrown in a coup. It was Britain who intended to get rid of him because he drew up plans to nationalise the AIOC (Anglo-Iranian Oil Company), which was an English company. With Washington’s help the coup was a success. The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was put in his place, and for a quarter of a century ruled like a bloodthirsty tyrant. In the 1970s, Amnesty International, the human-rights group, published a report saying the Shah was one of the biggest violators of human rights abuses in the world. From 1953 until 1979, Washington Backed him until he fell from grace. When They lost their ally they sought refuge in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Iraq, a similar story is told. In the late 1950s and early 60s’ the country was led by Karim Qasim. In 1961 he announced that the Government had intended to take fifty percent of the profits from oil exports. By February, 1963, Qasim was dead; he had been executed. Again, Britain and the U.S were the proud initiators of yet another coup. The C.I.A then handed out lists to the new government of 5,000 names, they were subsequently hunted down and murdered. The Baathist party ruled until November of 63’, and there was another coup. In the late 60s’ they regained power once again, and a decade later Saddam Hussein became the country’s President, with consequences that would haunt the country for many years to come. One ally was lost in Iran, but no matter, because Saddam Hussein was promoting American interests in Baghdad, and they would thank him. They sent him enough weapons to wage a war against his own population.
Since 1979 propaganda against Iran has been unrelenting. The United States, of course, needs an “official enemy”, and the enemy must be known to everyone. Fidel Castro, Muammar Gaddafi, Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Osama bin Laden, just to name a few. The U.S was waging its second war of terror, announced by George.W.Bush and supported during the Obama administration. Iran is one of the most important and biggest powers in the Middle East, so the U.S have come up with creative and fairytale nonsense to launch the Americans into a state of frenzy and panic, believing Iran to be an imminent threat to the U.S. How could they do this? The answer is very simple.
The discussion was now about Iran’s military arsenal. They wanted people to believe Iran was a threat to the world, and that Iran was intent on developing nuclear weapons. This would be the sole justification for a military invasion. It had already been justified for the brutal sanctions, where the civilian population of Iran suffers, but this is of no concern to Washington. Part of the reason is for Iran to rise up and overthrow the current regime. Its neighbours, Israel, not only has enough nuclear warheads to wipe it out; it has enough weapons to wipe out every country in the Middle East. This is well known, but largely ignored.
Washington has allies in Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and so on but Iran is the one that got away, and it needs pulling back, so to speak. This would be the last piece in the jigsaw puzzle. If the U.S could somehow have a client regime in Iran, they would have total control over the Middle East, and indeed they know it. So why did not George.W.Bush and his henchmen not overthrow the Ahmadinejad Government, as it had done in Iraq and Afghanistan? Unlike these two countries Iran actually has an army to defend itself, not only that, it is organised, it is not a small army either. They would be well disposed to defend themselves, that is the ultimate sin to Washington, self-defence. When George.H.Bush assumed the presidency of the United states in 1989, a National Security Policy Review read: “in cases where the U.S confronts much weaker enemies, our challenge will be not simply to defeat them, but to defeat them decisively and rapidly”. In other words Washington wants weak enemies, a power that is unable to defend itself and a quick victory with few American casualties, so belligerent America can stand proud of this. Panama and Iraq are striking examples.
When his son, George.W.Bush made a speech on “the Axis of Evil”, he named Iran. But fortunately for the Iranians they have sufficient military power to defend themselves from cowardly states. They often paint Iran as evil and menacing, cruel, bloody and so forth. It may be the case the Iranian Government is cruel and bloody to its own people, which Washington has no concern about, but in terms of international terrorism, rather Iranian state terror, it hardly goes bombing nations on a regular basis. It is Israel’s duty to carry out such barbarism, the home of state terror in the Middle East, not Iran but Israel, beautiful Israel as its baleful sycophants call it.
Barack Obama and the rest of the “civilised world” placed stupendous and barbaric sanctions on Iran, the main aim of sanctions of course is to attack the civilian population, to declare a kind of war on them, a war by other means, it is an economic war, that Iran has vast amounts of oil is no coincidence. If the Iranian Government were overthrown, America and other “friendly” states would reap the awards. So the propaganda against them has been rampant and constant. Under what is labelled communism, the “threat of the red menace”; the propaganda on this is one of the biggest success stories of the 20th century. We had briefly what was labelled “the drugs war”, this came in the form of bombing an old ally, Daniel Noriega, of Panama. In the early ‘80s he was one of their most-favoured allies, this is when the M16 and the CIA were running drug cartels, and of course Noriega himself was heavily involved with this narco trafficking, but then he decided against letting the Reaganites use his country to carry out their terrorist war with Nicaragua, then came the obscenity of “humanitarian intervention”, this largely meant increasing murder and destruction in the Balkans, there was finally “a war on terror”, first launched in 1981 by Ronald Reagan, to terrorise Nicaragua, Guatemala, El-Salvador and others, in 2001, “the war on terror” was re-launched by George.W.Bush, it was more a corporate affair. But it was all mass propaganda which allowed this criminal behaviour to perpetuate. But now the U.S and its client states have mounting problems, people are more aware of the actions of government. The internet has allowed people to attain information that was previously unobtainable, they are now going on radical and dissident websites, they are also organising online, also there are protests, boycotts, information is being received by the general population, even through social networking sites, for many people use them. So there is room to be concerned from the imperial powers. Iran, meanwhile remains the “official enemy”, and Israel, the land of state terror and oppression, is an “official ally”.
Samira Makhmalbaf, an Iranian Film director, was asked along with ten other international film directors, to make a short film, eleven minutes long, to be exact, about September 11th, 2001. She made the film from the perspective of the Iranians. She showed how terrified Iranians were at the prospect of of Washington attacking the country at any moment. One of the biggest liars in history and the biggest propagandists of modern times, is Tony Blair, at any appearance at the Chilcot enquiry about Iraq, he emphasised the need to deal with Iran, in fact he mentioned them no less than 50 times; this was from an enquiry that did not even concern Iran.
In this new age people are no longer people. They do not have feelings, emotions, they do not feel excitement or pain. States that do not adhere to the postwar global fascist framework are evil monsters. The children in countries like Iran are unpeople, as are the elderly, the sick, women and everybody else. They have become the new Vietnam, they have become the Filipino, the Cambodian, the Indonesian, the Guatemalan, the Nicaraguan, the Cuban, the Chilean, the Bolivian, the Albanian, the Palestinian, the Afghan, the Mexican, the Nigerian, the sudanese, the Brazilian and now the Iranian. All this propaganda has now become official history, indeed history has been engineered. Whatever will happen next?5th January, 2013