- How much attention do elections in Japan, India, Argentina,
or any other country, get from the US media? How many Americans and American
journalists even know who is in political office in other countries besides
England, France, and Germany? Who can name the political leaders of Switzerland,
Holland, Brazil, Japan, or even China?
- Yet, many know of Iran's President Ahmadinejad. The reason
is obvious. He is daily demonized in the US media.
- The US media's demonization of Ahmadinejad itself demonstrates
American ignorance. The President of Iran is not the ruler. He is not the
commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He cannot set policies outside
the boundaries set by Iran's rulers, the ayatollahs who are not willing
for the Iranian Revolution to be overturned by American money in some color-coded
- Iranians have a bitter experience with the United States
government. Their first democratic election, after emerging from occupied
and colonized status, in the 1950s was overturned by the US government.
The US government installed in place of the elected candidate a dictator
who tortured and murdered dissidents who thought Iran should be an independent
country and not ruled by an American puppet.
- The US "superpower" has never forgiven the
Iranian Islamic ayatollahs for the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970s,
which overthrew the US puppet government and held hostage US embassy personnel,
regarded as "a den of spies," while Iranian students pieced together
shredded embassy documents that proved America's complicity in the destruction
of Iranian democracy.
- The government-controlled US corporate media, a Ministry
of Propaganda, has responded to the re-election of Ahmadinejad with non-stop
reports of violent Iranians protests to a stolen election. A stolen election
is presented as a fact, even thought there is no evidence whatsoever. The
US media's response to the documented stolen elections during the George
W. Bush/Karl Rove era was to ignore the massive documented evidence of
real stolen elections.
- Leaders of the American puppet states of Great Britain
and Germany have fallen in line with the American psychological warfare
operation. The discredited British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, expressed
his " serious doubt " about Ahmadinejad's victory to a meeting
of European Union ministers in Luxembourg. Miliband, of course, has no
source of independent information. He is simply following Washington's
instructions and relying on unsupported claims by the defeated candidate
preferred by the US Government.
- Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, had her arm twisted,
too. She called in the Iranian ambassador to demand "more transparency"
on the elections.
- Even the American left-wing has endorsed the US government's
propaganda. Writing in The Nation, Robert Dreyfuss presents the hysterical
views of one Iranian dissident as if they are the definitive truth about
"the illegitimate election," terming it "a coup d'etat."
- What is the source of the information for the US media
and the American puppet states?
- Nothing but the assertions of the defeated candidate,
the one America prefers.
- However, there is hard evidence to the contrary. An independent,
objective poll was conducted in Iran by American pollsters prior to the
election. The pollsters, Ken Ballen of the nonprofit Center for Public
Opinion and Patrick Doherty of the nonprofit New America Foundation, describe
their poll results in the June 15 Washington Post. The polling was funded
by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and was conducted in Farsi "by a
polling company whose work in the region for ABC News and the BBC has received
an Emmy award."
- You can find their report here.
- The poll results, the only real information we have at
this time, indicate that the election results reflect the will of the Iranian
voters. Among the extremely interesting information revealed by the poll
is the following:
- "Many experts are claiming that the margin of victory
of incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the result of fraud or manipulation,
but our nationwide public opinion survey of Iranians three weeks before
the vote showed Ahmadinejad leading by a more than 2 to 1 margin -- greater
than his actual apparent margin of victory in Friday's election.
- "While Western news reports from Tehran in the days
leading up to the voting portrayed an Iranian public enthusiastic about
Ahmadinejad's principal opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, our scientific sampling
from across all 30 of Iran's provinces showed Ahmadinejad well ahead.
- "The breadth of Ahmadinejad's support was apparent
in our pre-election survey. During the campaign, for instance, Mousavi
emphasized his identity as an Azeri, the second-largest ethnic group in
Iran after Persians, to woo Azeri voters. Our survey indicated, though,
that Azeris favored Ahmadinejad by 2 to 1 over Mousavi.
- "Much commentary has portrayed Iranian youth and
the Internet as harbingers of change in this election. But our poll found
that only a third of Iranians even have access to the Internet, while 18-to-24-year-olds
comprised the strongest voting bloc for Ahmadinejad of all age groups.
- "The only demographic groups in which our survey
found Mousavi leading or competitive with Ahmadinejad were university students
and graduates, and the highest-income Iranians. When our poll was taken,
almost a third of Iranians were also still undecided. Yet the baseline
distributions we found then mirror the results reported by the Iranian
authorities, indicating the possibility that the vote is not the product
of widespread fraud."
- There have been numerous news reports that the US government
has implemented a program to destabilize Iran. There have been reports
that the US government has financed bombings and assassinations within
Iran. The US media treats these reports in a braggadocio manner as illustrations
of the American Superpower's ability to bring dissenting countries to heel,
while some foreign media see these reports as evidence of the US government's
- Pakistan's former military chief, General Mirza Aslam
Beig, said on Pashto Radio on Monday, June 15, that undisputed intelligence
proves the US interfered in the Iranian election. "The documents prove
that the CIA spent 400 million dollars inside Iran to prop up a colorful
but hollow revolution following the election."
- The success of the US government in financing color revolutions
in former Soviet Georgia and Ukraine and in other parts of the former Soviet
empire have been widely reported and discussed, with the US media treating
it as an indication of US omnipotence and natural right and some foreign
media as a sign of US interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
It is certainly within the realm of possibility that Mir Hossein Mousavi
is a bought and paid for operative of the US government.
- We know for a fact that the US government has psychological
warfare operations that target both Americans and foreigners through the
US and foreign media. Many articles have been published on this subject.
- Think about the Iranian election from a common sense
standpoint. Neither myself nor the vast majority of readers are Iranian
experts. But from a common sense standpoint, if your country was under
constant threat of attack, even nuclear attack, from two countries with
much more powerful military establishments, as is Iran from the US and
Israel, would you desert your country's best defender and elect the preferred
candidate of the US and Israel?
- Do you believe that the Iranian people would have voted
to become an American puppet state?
- Iran is an ancient and sophisticated society. Much of
the intellectual class is secularized. A significant, but small, percentage
of the youth has fallen in thrall to Western sexual promiscuity, to personal
pleasure, and to self-absorption. These people are easily organized with
American money to give their government and Islamic constraints on personal
behavior the bird.
- The US government is taking advantage of these westernized
Iranians to create a basis for discrediting the Iranian election and the
- On June 14, the McClatchy Washington Bureau, which sometimes
attempts to report the real news, acquiesced to Washington's psychological
warfare and declared : "Iran election result makes Obama's outreach
efforts harder." What we see here is the raising of the ugly head
of the excuse for "diplomatic failure," leaving only a military
- As a person who has seen it all from inside the US government,
I believe that the purpose of the US government's manipulation of the American
and puppet government media is to discredit the Iranian government by portraying
the Iranian government as an oppressor of the Iranian people and a frustrater
of the Iranian people's will. This is how the US government is setting
up Iran for military attack.
- With the help of Mousavi, the US government is creating
another "oppressed people," like Iraqis under Saddam Hussein,
who require American blood and treasure to liberate. Has Mousavi, the American
candidate in the Iranian election who was roundly trounced, been chosen
by Washington to become the American puppet ruler of Iran?
- The great macho superpower is eager to restore its hegemony
over the Iranian people, thus settling the score with the ayatollahs who
overthrew American rule of Iran in 1978.
- That is the script. You are watching it every minute
on US television.
- There is no end of "experts" to support the
script. For one example among hundreds, we have Gary Sick, appropriately
named, who formerly served on the National Security Council and currently
teaches at Columbia University:
- "If they'd been a little more modest and said Ahmadinejad
had won by 51 percent," Sick said, Iranians might have been dubious
but more accepting. But the government's assertion that Ahmadinejad won
with 62.6 percent of the vote, "is not credible."
- "I think," continued Sick, "it does mark
a real transition point in the Iranian Revolution, from a position of claiming
to have its legitimacy based on the support of the population, to a position
that has increasingly relied on repression. The voice of the people is
- The only hard information available is the poll referenced
above. The poll found that Ahmadinejad was the favored candidate by a margin
of two to one.
- But as in everything else having to do with American
hegemony over other peoples, facts and truth play no part. Lies and propaganda
- Consumed by its passion for hegemony, America is driven
prevail over others, morality and justice be damned. This world-threatening
script will play until America bankrupts itself and has so alienated the
rest of the world that it is isolated and universally despised.
- Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
during President Reagan's first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including
the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies,
Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution,
Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President
Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's
Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy
and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence
M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats
Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.