For today’s “Israeli” policy makers, Iran is to blame for everything Tel Aviv dislikes. Even when Syria shot down the Zionist regime’s F-16, it was Iran who deceptively received the blame from Tel Aviv.
IDF has targeted the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the #UAV into Israeli airspace. Massive Syrian Anti-Air fire, one F16 crashed in Israel, pilots safe. #Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty. Event ongoing, more to follow.
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) February 10, 2018
Iran correctly said that the Zionist regime was “lying” in respect of any Iranian involvement in Syria’s self-defence measures, taken against the aggressive “Israeli” F-16 fighter jet. Likewise, it is clear that Syria’s Russian partner in the fight against terrorism, also did not have a role in helping Syria to defend herself against Zionist aggression. But when it comes to events in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, for Tel Aviv, it is always Iran’s fault. The obsession with Iran on the part of the occupiers of Arab Palestinian land, goes so far that the leader of the Zionist regime, Benjamin Netanyahu even maintains a Farsi language Twitter account, used to spew anti-Iranian propaganda in the native language of Iranians.
The content of this Twitter accord is a combination of anti-Iranian rhetoric combined with attempts to woo Iran with the absurd idea that if only the Iranian people fell in love with the Zionist regime, their lives would become better. It is not a premise that Iranians take seriously, but nor does “Israel” actually assume that they do. Instead, it is part of a long campaign which is related to the reasons why Iran is not only blamed by “Israel” for that which it does (such as standing up for Palestine), but why Iran is also blamed for that which it does not do (control Arab states and oppressed Palestinians who exercise their right to self defence).
Eurasia Future’s Nedka Babliku wrote about the psychological, geopolitical and soft-power background behind “Israel’s” softening anti-Arab rhetoric and its shift to blaming everything it does not like on Iran. One can add to this list, a phenomenon that is embarrassing to Iran and “Israel”, but at the same time, incredibly useful from the pugnacious yet deluded position of the Zionist regime and the US, particularly under the Trump administration whose anti-Iran rhetoric is a duplicate of the “Israeli” script.
When it comes to revolutionary Arab governments, there is no going back to the ancient regimes of the early to mid 20th century. Even in Arab countries where revolutionary governments have been violently overthrown, Libya will never return to the days of King Idris, nor will the relatives of the assassinated Faisal II of Iraq ever come back to rule Baghdad.
The best “Israel” can hope to do with revolutionary republican governments in the Arab world is either destabilise them with terrorism and direct attacks (as is the case with Syria), wait for the US to ‘regime change’ them (as was with case with Gaddafi in Libya and Saddam in Iraq) or work with the insincere heirs to a once vibrant revolution (as is the case with Egypt).
In Iran it is a different story from the “Israeli” perspective. In Los Angeles, USA, the son of Iran’s last monarchical ruler, prances around the glamorous streets of Beverly Hills acting like he is the leader of Iran. His name is Reza Pahlavi and he calls himself Crown Prince, even though monarchical titles have been abolished in Iran. Like his father, he has close ties to the CIA, US State Department and can charm his way around most American politicians with ease. Also like his father, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, for Reza, life is all about ostentatious decadence rather than national service or piety. Narcotics have been a particular blight on the already discredited Pahlavi name as in 1992, Reza’s uncle was arrested in Los Angeles for vast amounts of opium, while Reza’s aunt died of a drug overdose in 2001.
In spite of this, Reza runs various political organisations and has his own website where he issues absurd proclamations to “his” people – by which he means the citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran. For ordinary Americans who are brought up on anti-Islamic Revolution propaganda, Reza is considered everything they would want Iran to be: a stereotypically corrupt kingdom whose live revolves around Hollywood values and whose geopolitical ambition is for good relations with “Israel” and poor relations with Syria, Lebanon and much of the Arab world as a whole.
But for most Iranians of any political persuasion, Reza is one part menace and one part joke. “Israel” has convinced itself that in the middle of Los Angeles, there is an Iranian shadow government just ready to fly to Tehran at a moment’s notice and pick up where the corruption left off in 1979. The fact that Reza and his crew are “Israel’s” ‘great Persian hope’, demonstrates how little the Zionists actually known about modern Iran.
Iran today is a vibrant democracy where a variety of opinions are heard not just inside the Majlis (Iran’s Parliament/Assembly) but also in universities, streets and parks of all major Iranian cities. Iranians who speak of political improvements, do so in the same way Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Germans speak of the same. Iranians who want various aspects of their lives improved, simply want to contribute ideas to wider political debates as is normal in a country with free speech and an educated population.
Inside of Iran, one would be hard pressed to find anyone wanting Reza to pick up his father’s crown of gold and rule over them. Even among those advocating for policies like a relaxation of Iran’s hijab laws, such people simply want the existing local and national governments to amend some regulations and nothing more.
This does not stop the US and “Israel” from funding and encouraging fifth columnists to agitate in favour of Reza’s antics. The US and “Israel” are keen to foster a sense of counter-revolutionary zeal among Iranian ex-pats with friends and family in the Islamic Republic. One saw this when US, UK and “Israeli” intelligence hi-jacked economic protests in Iran which took place in late 2017.
In spite of US and “Israeli” efforts, these agitations failed miserably and order was rapidly restored to the few places where violence briefly threatened the peace. By far, the city where the most pro-Reza demonstrations took place in late 2017 was Los Angeles and ironically many of Reza’s own organisations helped to orchestrate them.
Perhaps the greatest irony for the “Israelis” and Americans is that even by the standards of monarchical government, the Pahlavi dynasty did not come to power in a legitimate way. In 1879, the Persian Cossack Brigade was formed as a national defence unit organised by Russia and staffed by soldiers who were mostly ethnic Muhajirs. There were no actual Cossack fighters in the brigade and only in its later years did it assume any Iranian leaders.
In the midst of the Russian Civil War, the leadership of the brigade transferred from Russia to Britain. It was in 1921 that the British Empire convinced Reza (Shah) Pahlavi to lead a coup against the weak Qajar dynasty. The coup was successful and it eventually paved the way for the full establishment of the Pahlavis as the ruling dynasty in 1925.
The Pahlavi dynasty was easily manipulated by both Britain and the United States throughout its period of rule. In 1941, Reza Shah Pahlavi was forced to abdicate by British diplomats in favour of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Under Mohammad Reza, Iran only slipped further into western control when in 1953, the CIA, acting under UK orders, deposed the influential progressive Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. From there on, the dynasty was associated with a blind adherence to western foreign policies abroad and corrupt decadence at home.
This is what “Israel” thinks Iranians want and it is why “Israel” is so desperate to help what it foolishly believes is the last chance to bring back an old puppet regime that was so unpopular it fell to the Islamic Revolution 39 years ago.
Ultimately “Israel” has bought into Reza’s own propaganda regarding the fact that he is a ‘shadow government in waiting’. He is nothing of the sort. He is merely the shadow of what Iran gladly got rid of in 1979.