Mi rifiuto di descrivere l'Iran come una vittima. Non lo è. È una delle nazioni più influenti e forti della Terra.
Di fronte al pericolo mortale, la sua gente si unisce, si compatta e si prepara ad affrontare gli invasori, indipendentemente da quanto possano essere minacciosi.
Iran is home to one of the oldest and
deepest cultures in the world, and it’s precisely this culture that
helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.
And one such moment is sadly, right now.
U.S. battleships are sailing right next
to the Iranian territorial waters. One mistake, one false move, and war
could erupt, engulfing the entire region in flames. Iran is a proud
nation, and it takes its independence extremely seriously.
Right now, the country is facing one of
the most unjust embargoes in human history. It is being punished for
nothing; or more precisely, for sticking to all the points of the
agreement called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as The Iran Nuclear Deal, which it signed in 2015 with China,
France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany, and which
the United States abandoned, without providing any logical explanation.
While not particularly happy about the U.S. withdrawal; Germany, France
and U.K. are doing all they can not to anger their senior partner, and
its leaders in Washington.
COVID-19, and inability of the country, due to sanctions, to buy
medical equipment, at least in the West, and you have the perfect
scenario for a national calamity and even for imminent collapse.
Or more precisely, anywhere else this would be the case, but not in Iran!
After receiving terrible blows from the
West, one after another, Iran has never fallen to its knees. It has
never abandoned its internationalist and socialist course (socialist,
with Iranian characteristics), and it has preserved its dignity.
What it has managed to achieve is amazing, nothing short of heroic, given the circumstances.
If you look at the latest, 2019 HDI (Human
Development Index, compiled and published by the UNDP), Iran is in the
High Human Development bracket, and only 3 steps from the Highest Human
Development group of countries. Which is thoroughly amazing, given the
above-mentioned sanctions, embargoes and constant military
Whenever I visit Iran, I am astonished by
its public spaces, cultural institutions, public transportation,
fountains, comfortable trains… The country is functioning well, showing
incredible grace under pressure. Its television channel – PressTV
– is one of the most important anti-imperialist news outlets in the
world. I don’t see extreme misery, or homelessness, there. Iranians are
polite, well-educated and proud. They have to deal with complex exchange
rates, which I do not understand. Whenever I pay in a café or taxi, I
simply extend my hand full of local currency, and I never get cheated.
Things are solid and reassuring there; I feel it and really appreciate
Iran is an internationalist country. Not
unlike Cuba or Venezuela, who are its long-term allies. Even when
injured, itself, it helps others, those who need solidarity even more.
This can never be forgotten, particularly in places like Latin America,
Hezbollah, Iran’s close ally in
the Middle East, is fighting the most dangerous terrorist groups in
Syria; those groups that have been injected there by the West, but also
by Washington’s regional allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey. But Hezbollah
is also essentially the only social net for the poor in Syria’s
neighbor – Lebanon. And not only for the Shi’a Muslims, but also for the
disadvantaged Sunni citizens, for the Christians, and non-believers.
Whoever is destitute in Lebanon, comes to Hezbollah, for
assistance. I was based in Beirut for five years, and I know what I am
talking about. All this, while the Lebanese elites are burning money in
Paris, in Nice, in the nightclubs of Beirut, driving their lavish cars
through the slums. And the more Iran and Hezbollah help the region, the more frustrated, outraged and aggressive the West becomes.
Look at Palestine. When it comes to the
liberation of the Palestinian people from the long and brutal Israeli
occupation, the Gulf countries just talk and talk. In the end, some of
them side with the West and Israel. The closest, the most determined
allies of the long-suffering Palestinian people in the region, are,
without doubt, Iran and Syria. That, everybody in the Middle East knows,
and it is only “a secret” to Westerners.
In Afghanistan, particularly in Herat, I
witnessed long lines of Afghan people in front of the Iranian consulate.
Devastated by the NATO occupation, Afghanistan is in despair, rated as a
country with the shortest life expectancy in Asia, and the lowest Human
Development Index (HDI) on the Asian continent. Tens of thousands of
the Afghan people have been traveling to Iran in search of jobs. Without
Iran, Herat would most likely starve to death. And now, Iran is
searching for ways, (together with China and Russia), how to help
Afghanistan to find a political solution, and send the NATO forces
For years, all the Socialist countries of
Latin America, could always rely on Iran. Be it Bolivia, before the
legitimate government of Evo Morales was overthrown, or Cuba and
especially Venezuela. Iran has been building social housing, it was
helping with oil technology, and with many other social essentials.
Iraq and Iran, two great nations, in the
past brutally pitched against each other by Washington, are once again
cooperating, working together. The Western occupation has already
thoroughly ruined Iraq (as it has ruined Afghanistan), historically one
of the richest countries in the region. However, the more positively
Iran gets involved in neighboring Iraq, the more aggressively the West
behaves. It now habitually crosses all the lines of acceptable behavior.
In January 2020, a U.S. drone strike murdered Iran’s national hero,
General Quasem Soleimani, while he was traveling right near the Baghdad
For years now, Iran has been standing
shoulder to shoulder with Russia, China, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba; the
nations which are openly and bravely deterring the aggression and
brutality of Western imperialism.
It seems that no matter what the West
tries to do, Iran cannot be broken. Despite the embargoes and sanctions,
it demonstrates that it is capable of producing and shooting satellites
into space, or of producing its own medical equipment to combat the
COVID-19 pandemic. While the nation creates its great scientific and
technological achievements, Iranian filmmakers keep producing their
cinematic masterpieces. What a nation!
Unfortunately, all this is hidden from
the eyes and ears of the public, both in the West, and in the client
states. There, Iran is portrayed as a [brutal, backward] “threat”.
Look at this irony. On April 30, 2020, Reuters released a report about the German move to ban Hezbollah:
“Last December, Germany's parliament
approved a motion urging Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to ban
all activities by Hezbollah on German soil, citing its "terrorist
activities" especially in Syria.
On a trip to Berlin last year, U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped Germany would follow
Britain in banning Hezbollah. Britain introduced legislation in February
of last year that classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.”
When the West says “Terrorist activities,
especially in Syria”, what it really means is “fighting the terrorism
injected by the West and its allies, into Syria”. Everything is twisted,
perverted and turned upside-down by the propaganda outlets operating
out of the United States, Europe, Israel and the Gulf.
“Terrorist activities” outside Syria,
also means supporting the Palestinian struggle for independence, as well
as at least moral support for Syria, in its attempts to regain the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, an occupation which has never been
recognized, even by the United Nations. It also means helping Iraq and
Afghanistan, as well as Latin American countries, which are brutalized
(or should we say ‘terrorized’), relentlessly, by Washington and its
This is precisely the logic and lexicon
which was used by German propagandists during WWII, to describe
resistance forces in its colonies. Freedom fighters and partisans were
labeled terrorists, in France, Yugoslavia, Ukraine.
Even the otherwise mainstream newspaper - The Independent - published on May 1, 2020 a report critical of the bizarre U.S. scheming against Iran:
“The United States is pushing ahead
with a scheme to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran that is
due to be lifted in October as part of the nuclear deal that Washington
abandoned two years ago.
To force the extension, Washington
will attempt to lobby the Security Council to continue the arms embargo,
which bars weapons sales to or from Iran.
But it also is making what legal
experts and diplomats describe as a convoluted argument that it is still
part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it left, and hence
able to use one of its provisions to “snapback” the embargo.”
This weird political somersault has been, according to The Independent, criticized even by one of Washington’s allies, the French President Emmanuel Macron:
“China and Russia have already vowed
to use any means to block the US plan. France’s Emmanuel Macron has been
working behind the scenes to sabotage the Trump scheme because of what
it sees as an attempt by the White House to destroy international legal
norms, said a well-placed European diplomat.”
France, the U.K., Germany and other EU
countries are not necessarily happy with Washington’s foreign policy
towards Iran, but their outrage is far from being [just] moral
indignation. Iran is big and it is far from being poor. European
companies are losing billions of euros in trade, because of the
sanctions. For instance, in the recent past, two Iranian airlines were
ready to purchase large numbers of brand-new Airbus aircraft, in order
to compete with Qatar Airways and the Emirates. Such plans
collapsed, because of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, and the
almost immediate imposition of new, senseless but brutal sanctions
against Teheran. Now even Mahan Air, a civilian airline, is facing
sanctions, allegedly because of its flights to Venezuela, and to several
Middle Eastern destinations.
Now, many are perhaps wondering, what triggered, in the West, such hatred towards Iran?
There is a well-hidden (again, in the
West) secret regarding Iran: “It is a Socialist country. Socialist with
Mazaheri: He's also a generous correspondent and contributor to leading
independent media such as The Saker and The Greanville Post.
In his latest and by all means ground-breaking book about Iran (“Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism”), which our publishing house Badak Merah will be publishing later in May 2020, an Iranian author and the PressTV Paris chief correspondent, Ramin Mazaheri, passionately defends the Iranian socialist concept:
“I think that if open-minded leftists
would simply become aware of the facts and… modern socialist
interpretations of Iran’s policies – many of which I’m sure are being
presented in English for the first time - I’m sure that they would not
be waiting breathlessly for the collapse of the Middle East’s greatest
bulwark against imperialism and capitalism.
It is urgent that Western leftists
understand that the reversal of Iran’s popular, democratic revolution
would have incredibly negative ramifications for the anti-imperialist
movement in the Middle East, and thus the global anti-imperialist
movement, and it certainly would be the cruelest loss for Islamic
Socialism, which is taken quite seriously in the Muslim world even if
atheistic Trotskyism cannot even discuss the concept without resorting
And, of course, a counter-revolution
in Iran would be a major blow for global democracy, as there is no doubt
that the Iranian People support their revolution, constitution and
unique system in a democratic majority.”
Like Russia and China in Euro Asia and in
Asia, like Venezuela, Cuba and before the coup, Bolivia, Iran is
spreading hope and revolutionary optimism in its entire part of the
world. And it is an extremely wounded part of the world, where hope is
absent, but desperately needed.
Spreading hope - that is never forgiven
by the Western empire, which, like some gigantic and sadistic prison
warden, constantly demands submission, while spreading depression and
In the entirety of modern history, Iran
has never invaded, never attacked anyone. Iran is a peaceful nation. But
at the same time, it is a powerful, brave and proud country.
The United States and its
turbo-capitalist regime understand brutal force, only. They do not
comprehend, do not appreciate cultural nuances, let alone depth. Pity!
There is so much to learn from Iran and its culture.
Iran will not attack anyone, that is
clear as is proven by history. But if physically confronted, it will
defend itself, and its people. It will fight, well and bravely.
The West should know: if it triggers a war with Iran, the entire Middle East will be consumed by terrible fire.
May 15, 2020