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Posted in Iran, USA by homeyra on June 11, 2008

Jim Lobe: “Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal editorial page is as hard-line as ever, today featuring a lengthy and by now familiar meditation by AEI “Freedom Scholar” and perennial intrigue entrepreneur Michael Ledeen on “Iran and the Problem of Evil.” …” read the article


Two short interviews with Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell:
Cheney blocked talks with Iran
Iran’s influence is a fact, negotiations a must

Click picture to get to videos and transcripts


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  1. Pedestrian said, on June 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    “from Hezbollah and al Qaeda to the Iranian Khomeinists and the Saudi Wahhabis”

    It’s not his words that anger me but his ignorance.

  2. Pedestrian said, on June 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Oops … I hadn’t read Lobe’s piece before I posted!

    There’s just one thing I disagree with in his post: antisemitism is not on the rise in Iran (as far as my interactions have been concerned). Sure, most of Iran outside of Tehran was out of my reach … but also out of reach of Lobe and practically everybody else. And neither him nor I have the right to comment about that.

    But as for many Iranians no matter where they live: the world may like to portray them as warmongers who have nothing better to do than plan a strategy for the destruction of Israel, … But the truth is that they are too occupied with their day to day struggles to even care less about such matters!

    At the same time, I don’t understand this whole “religious minority” business that the government uses to label people (from what I understand they only came to existence after 1979?)

    Just calling a group a “minority” is wrong; labeling of any kind is wrong.

    Although, not always unpleasant.

    (explanation: I have Armenian and Zoroastrian friends who tell me they like being labeled. As if it somehow “separates” them from the rest of the Iranian community and thus they are not looked down upon the way many of us are when we travel outside of Iran)

    But even this label is different than the racism that exists in the West. They are of two very different natures and I think people who look at Iran have to understand that.

    Many devout Muslims will wash off their dishes or what not if a non-Muslim uses them (including a Jew). Many Iranians unfairly despise Israel (without knowing any facts or going after information)

    These practices are just plain wrong but they are drastically different in nature than the racism and antisemitism practiced in the West. So if you’re going to look at racial/religious divides in Iran you have to look at it in its own context.

  3. NeghNeghoo said, on June 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Homeyra,
    Thanks for the informative links. i enjoyed them much.
    Keep up the good work.

  4. homeyra said, on June 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Ledeen is – by himself- a ministry of disinformation. This article isn’t a credit to the Wall Street Journal.
    We sure have our share of jerks (and saints!), but Ledeen is the American version of Taheri – or the other way around!
    You’r welcome NeghNeghoo:) This seemed to me like a really boring post, I am glad that you find it informative, thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

  5. Ali said, on June 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    What influence? why can’t Iran just spare us – Arabs the trouble and mind its own business in teh iNdian sub-continent or whatever. We are all Arabs here. What has Iran got to do with us bafles me.

    And this talk about influence sounds disgusting and aggressive. We – the Arabs collectively defeated Iran in 1988 when it tried to practise influence in Iraq and export its dark medieval Indian Khomeinist cult to us. It will happen again if Iran doesn’t back off. It is humilating to the see the historical hub odf the thousands of years old Arab civilisation and one of the strongest progressive Arab countries fall under the Persian control . We will for the Arab nation

  6. Pedestrian said, on June 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Ali, you sound like Ledeen!

    And get your facts straight … The entirety of hte world agreed that Iraq was the one who attacked Iran.

    It wasn’t the other way around!

    And there was no winner to the war, …

    And there was no Iraq before the Sykes-Picot agreement …

    Don’t you read?

  7. homeyra said, on June 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Some aspects of this talk about the “influence” in the western press are offensive.
    My guess is that harboring division and hatred in the ME is an active industry – unfortunately it seems effective.

  8. Pedestrian said, on June 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I think a term like “geopolitical interference” would make more sense.

    Iran geopolitically interferes in Lebanon, Iraq, etc.

    The United States geopolitically interferes in … ummmm, too long a list.

    But I don’t think “influence” is meant to be offensive.

    You have to remember that this is being published in the American mainstream press … They can’t use big/long words! It’ll confuse everybody …

  9. homeyra said, on June 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    “Geopolitical interference” like any other country.
    Pedestrian, I edited my previous comment after yours, and added “some aspects”.
    Anyway what I found interesting in the above articles were not the titles. The content is a reminder of some recent history buried under too much sensationalism.

  10. 99 said, on June 12, 2008 at 4:10 am

    What if I just interfere with Ledeen’s windpipe and call it a day?

  11. homeyra said, on June 12, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Windpipe! 🙂 Counting on you 99!

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