From Seyed Mohammad Marandi at https://english.almayadeen.net
As Iran is literally depicted as illegitimate and derogatorily labeled a “regime,” these “experts” can inform their audiences without irony of the rising “menace” of Iran and the growing threat it poses to regional stability.
Under US occupation Afghanistan has become the beating heart of global opium cultivation and distribution, but for Iran haters, just a whiff of unrest anywhere in the country is often enough for them to get practically stoned. BBC Persian becomes embarrassingly euphoric, while Persian television ‘Iran International’ headquartered in London and with ties to Mohammed bin Salman, and VOA Persian begin to hallucinate completely.
Arabic media narratives usually depend on state policy towards Iran. Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya news channel is consistent in its hatred and is often more deranged than ‘Iran International,’ while Aljazeera Arabic and English narratives largely sway in harmony with the state of play in Doha’s dealings with Riyadh, Ankara, and Washington.
Western corporate and state-owned media usually, but by no means always, put more effort into appearing balanced and professional than their state backed Persian language Iran bashing counterparts. However, in all these outlets there is a recurring and repetitive theme that can appear credible and even well documented to the uninitiated or the true believers.
Any objective review exposes a certain consistency in “analyses” that many years ago used to surprise me. Since the 1980s, audiences have been constantly told that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an evil, unstable, unpopular, incompetent and a corrupt “regime” that is on the brink of collapse. In over four decades of research and reporting, it has been regularly implied that the day is not far off when the “regime” will finally fall into the dustbin of history.
Some would argue that these “experts” confuse analysis with aspirations and facts with expectations. For them, it seems the ultimate collapse of revolutionary Iran is natural and inevitable, since its ideological foundations, constitution and political structures are not based upon “superior” or “contemporary” western intellectual traditions. These views are constantly reinforced by a small army of Iranian comprador intellectuals and many angry “scholars” affiliated with western academia, think-tanks and media, who reassuringly repeat the favorite talking points of their western overlords. Liberals and “leftists” at academic institutions may fight over Cuba, Venezuela, and Iraq, but when it comes to Iran there is often a loving consensus.
The latent Orientalism of these western analysts and their native informants as well as the Eurocentric worldview imposed upon western institutions and academia, are solid barriers that prevent most from recognizing the often irresolvable paradoxes resulting from such “expert” analyses. Hence, as the Islamic Republic is literally depicted as illegitimate, incapable of self-governance, and derogatorily labeled a “regime,” these “experts” can inform their audiences without irony of the rising “menace” of Iran and the growing threat it poses to regional stability and even the “international community.”
They feel no need to explain how an incompetent and universally reviled “regime” can possibly be such an enormous threat to the existing and well entrenched regional and international order. Either the US-led Western Empire is vastly overrated, or the Iranian “regime” is not quite the regime it is portrayed to be.
Their failure to acknowledge, let alone explain, this contradiction lies in the fact that most are simply blind to its existence. The Orientalist demonization of Iran makes almost all negative attributes seem reasonable and plausible, even though they are often mutually exclusive.
The seemingly always-in-crisis Iran doesn’t even have the luxury of being competently evil or deceiving. We are told that Iranians hate the “regime,” Iraqis despise Iran (no allusion to General Suleimani’s massive funeral processions in Iraq), Afghans are resentful, Lebanese feel subjugated, Syrians are outraged, and Yemenis abused. Nevertheless, it is largely left unexplained how an unpopular and heavily sanctioned Iran can wield such enormous influence and maintain such powerful allies, while its western and regional antagonists have infinitely more wealth and resources at their disposal.
These so called experts and analysts don’t seem to recognize that while these powerful anti-Iranian narratives may have a significant impact on perceptions towards Iran, they definitely do not inspire confidence regarding the stability or legitimacy of the US Empire. Hence, we will continue to be told that the Iranian “regime” is possibly facing imminent collapse, but the real story may actually be that the centuries old domination of the “Free and Civilized world” is closer to imminent collapse.
Nowhere is the nation of America mentioned in the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament), or the New Testament, not even a jot.
But Persia (Iran – 1953) is recorded in over one dozen books with Cyrus the Great of Persia personally blessed by God the Father, “Thus saith the Lord God to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, that nations might be obedient before him; and I will break through the strength of kings; I will open doors before him, and cities shall not be closed.” (Isaiah 45:1 KJV 1611).
The Quran is believed to mention the greatness of Cyrus (Dhu al-Qarnayn or Zu al-Qarnayn) as well (Surah 18 Al-Kahf The Cave Holy Quran)
As we read in Holy Scripture, there is a divine connection between the Iranian people by historical blood with God (Allah). Can the same be said for any of the progenitors of the American people today?
The first European colonists arrived in North America sometime in the 15th century and on July 4 2021, the United States of America celebrated its 245th birthday (2021 – 1776). Chronologically, the U.S.A. has made war against other countries nearly every decade of its existence.
The ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah were allowed to be destroyed because they failed to keep God’s covenants and only the Lord reserves the right to restore Israel to greatest again, not the Zionist false prophets. This modern “Israel” has been murdering Muslim and Christian Gentiles and stealing their land in Palestine since 1947 with the help of Great Britain and the U.S.
So which nation will survive in the future, the U.S., Israel or Iran? My opinion is the U.S. and Israel have become schismatics and apostates of God’s word and will eventually perish.
If Iranians remain strong in faith, God will not abandon them and they will continue on to teach their children the failings of the Zionists.
Nowhere is the nation of America mentioned in the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament), or the New Testament, not even a jot.
I wouldn’t be so quick to make such a conclusion. In the book of Revelation of St. John chapter 17: 9-11 we find the mentioning of the Babylonian whore.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.”
Now some would and indeed argue the city with 7 hills would have to be Rome and historically speaking she has certainly been a great kingdom. The Rome of today however, is a far, far cry from the Rome of yesteryear. Roads no longer lead to her doorsteps her military is practically non-existant and she is certainly no port city receiving the wealth and riches of the world into her harbor as Rev. 18 points out. To find a city of comparable description today and one need only look across the Atlantic Ocean to a city like New York and/or Washington, a city that guess what? Was herself built on 7 hills? So if we were to take the scripture literally than perhaps America does indeed exist in the New Testament. I mean as a global power no city comes close to her power over practically the entire world. 800 military bases etc, etc, etc?
Further to this imagine these words?
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Rev. 17:14
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. Rev. 19:17
What kind of a people would think of going to war against God and yet here are the words? Could it be that with our advanced technological marvels men will think they can take on even God now? Are we redefining God as an alien? And throwing out religion as fables and nonsense?
Lastly, as for Iran and the Middle East the Revelation speaks about the Great River Euphrates and how its waters will be dried up to prepare for the kings of the east and an army numbering some 200 million?
“The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.” Rev. 16:12
Maybe America is indeed in the scriptures after all? Certainly the Middle East is along with the kingdoms of the east meaning everything from Israel right to the eastern coast of China Shanghai and everything in between?
The Babylonian Whore was the Semitic ‘goddess’ Ishtar, who had temples which were like brothels.
What does a Babylonian cult of ‘sacred’ prostitution from Uruk (Erech, Iraq) circa 2000 BC have to do with America today? If you had equated the porn industry in California with Ishtar, it would have made perfect sense.
So, first of all, the identity of the Whore of Babylon is no mystery, and it is absolutely beyond debate: it has nothing to do with the Anglo-American USA of the modern era.
Secondly, very few things from 2000 years ago have anything to do with Anglo-Americans.
Thirdly, you yourself admit that Rome was the city of seven hills, which was a great world power when the scriptures were written. Occam’s Razor, anyone?
Fourth, is the US so exceptional that it needs to be the center of the universe in every discussion? Even when the discussion happened over a thousand years before the US even existed?
Five, I follow a lot of your Christian-centric comments here, Gerry. And I try to keep an open mind and always learn new things. But I just can’t see the sense in a lot of the things you say.
Six, people have been touting eschatological scriptures for centuries, always believing that the vague descriptions are referring to their time and their country, and so far, they have _always_ been wrong. But, you are right?
Seven, the USA is not exceptional, and it has not been referred to in any scripture.
Eight, as a psychoanalyst, I would say that people who refer to eschatological texts a lot, usually do so because they are unhappy.
Nine, Americans don’t have to jump to belittle Iran everywhere all the time. Let Cyrus the poor bastard lay in peace. No need to steal a dead man’s thunder. Just because an Iranian was mentioned in the Jews’ book, and the USA wasn’t, doesn’t reflect on you, the USA, or anyone else.
Looks like US, Israel and UK are very shortly going to collapse the Iranian govt. Covid lockdowns provide perfect domestic political control while they plan their attack. Wonder if UK new aircraft carrier will be involved.
I think I can say, on behalf of Mr. Marandi: thank you for demonstrating the point of the article. Say hi to the other hasbaroids.
Can I call you hasbaroids? Or is that anti-Semitic?
I believe that Iran, Syria, and North Korea all are guilty of not participating in a federal reserve type banking scheme that profits the international banking cartel. That is one reason they are pariahs. Iran is the last major obstacle to Israel’s greater Israel program. This is where the Jews suffer from the delusion that they are the creator Gods chosen people to this day and they want all the land that was promised to them in the Old Testament.
Since the US is completely dominated by Israel’s lobby they will eventually fight the war with Iran. This will probably escalate to a global crisis since Russia and China have a say in that region as well.
Cyrus was mentioned in Isaiah because he was used if God to allow the ancient Hebrews to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple after the Babylonian captivity.
Dispensationalism is a basket of beliefs that dominate the modern American Christian church today. It contradicts the first 1850 years of Christianity and replaces it with a Jewish centric pseudo theology. The US sucks today because the Christian church is a managed asset of Zionists and therefore lacks the spiritual muscle to fight for truth, righteousness, and justice.
The world would be a better place if real leadership would create a dialogue with Iran and work towards some kind of detente.
Iranian Islamic Socialism will endure and despite sanctions, Iran outperformed 50 other countries and 43 USA states in Covid-19 deaths per million, even beat Germany, engine of the EU with a similar population size.
I’ve been living in Iran for 5 years now and have not seen poverty and homelessness like in the USA or EU, nor have I seen an empty shelf in any shop or shops boarded up.
It is now the first time since Khomeini and President Khamenei that a president in total alignment with the Leader won the election despite many Reformist voters staying away as they were wiped out in the general elections because of their pathetic performance in local and international affairs.
This new partnership, Raisi and Kamenei, together with the IRGC and their influence from Yemen to Lebanon and even Afghanistan will look East and South as the Anglo-Zionist Empire and it’s proxies/satraps/puppets have become irrelevant to Iran’s future.
I won’t be surprised if Raisi filibuster the JCPOA as it is about to expire anyway. Negotiations are no longer required as these ‘partners’ are not agreement capable as 3 centuries of broken deals and ripped treaties attest.
White man speaks with forked tongue!!!