by Scott Creighton
There’s a good article on WSWS about a new development within the leadership of Iran’s neoliberal PR campaign aka the "Green Revolution". The big three are playing kiss and make up with the legitimate leadership of Iran. Curious timing, wouldn’t you say? This past October, 5 Republican Guard leaders and 37 others were killed by a suicide bomber in southern Iran. The attack has been claimed by the Jundallah terrorists in Iran who are working for “regime change”. Robert Baer gives us a little insight into Jundallah.
A former Central Intelligence Agency officer has confirmed US’ relations with the terrorist group Jundullah, despite the CIA knowing that the group has close links with the al-Qaeda. PressTv
A former Jundullah member said this;
US officials have repeatedly confirmed that the government has secretly encouraged and advised Jundallah as it fights the Iranian government. But Rigi insisted the US ties went well beyond encouragement.
Not long after severing its ties with al-Qaeda, the group started a relationship with the United States government.
That fact has never been disputed, indeed Rigi insisted that five years ago when the relationship began the US government gave the group $100,000 and promised to provide it with “everything we needed.” He also claimed that the US was directing the group’s attacks, saying “they told us whom to shoot and whom not to. All orders came from them.” AntiWar
The CIA and other pro-neoliberal elements of the US have had their hand in stirring the Iranian pot for some time now. But it looks like they failed. The “color revolution” in Iran like the “Orange Revolution” before it, was a complete contrivance cooked up by the regime-change ”centrist” war-mongers here in America. Staged hangings, attacks on Iranian police, fraudulent “tweets” coming out of other countries… it was all a fraud aided by a very small group of people within Iran who wanted to bring neoliberal free-market reforms to Iran and it failed. The ad agencies PR war was a flop. So I guess there is only one course left to take; send in the dogs of war.
The Green opposition has been hailed by all sections of the bourgeois political establishment in the US and Europe, including the left, as a “democratizing” movement. In fact it speaks for powerful elements within Iran’s bourgeois-clerical establishment who bitterly oppose the populist policies that Ahmadinejad—who came to power as the result of a popular backlash against the neo-liberal policies implemented under Khatami and before him Rafsanjani—pursued during his first term as president. They denounce Ahmadinejad for squandering the proceeds of the 2005-08 oil boom on price subsidies and social spending and for pursuing a needlessly confrontational policy toward the US. WSWS
Other recent international events mainly involving the United States, have caused an unexpected turn in the leadership of the phony Green Revolution of Iran. It would seem that with popular anger developing against the pending sanctions, the last thing the bourgeois leadership of the contrived movement want is to be caught on the wrong side of the battle lines when the sh-t hits the fan. That’s probably a wise move for them and an unexpected one for their CIA and pro-business NGO’s here in the states.
Mohammad Khatami, Iran’s president from 1997 to 2004 and one of the principal sponsors of Mousavi’s election campaign, issued an even more conciliatory statement. “The reform movement and I personally,” wrote Khatami, “recognize the current administration of Mr. Ahmadinejad, but we must combat extremism.”
This past week, Medhi Karroubi, a former speaker of Iran’s parliament, a defeated candidate in the 2005 and 2009 presidential elections, and the third in the troika of Green leaders, issued a series of statements acknowledging Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president and declaring the supreme leader or guardian of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khamanei, the “best person” to solve the current political crisis.
Karroubi said slogans that called into question Khamanei’s leadership, the post of supreme leader or velayat-e faghih, and other key institutions of the Islamic Republic “are 100 percent wrong.” “I don’t agree with slogans that call for changing power structures.”
He also condemned the right-wing, pro-US slogan taken up by opposition demonstrators on several occasions, most notably on Iran’s traditional day of solidarity with the Palestinian people—“Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon. My life is for Iran.”
Karroubi, it need be noted, had until last week been the most strident of the three Green leaders. WSWS
The “Green Revolution” or the Twitter Revolution has failed and the populist president of the country has won. Now a different phase of the regime change program in Iran is about to take place. Now the globalists like Hillary Clinton and Robert Kagan, a “progressive” and a “neocon” working side by side will enforce a sanction policy on the people of Iran which will be crippling to their economy and their lives. But just like the phony Green Revolution before it, this neoliberal “plot and plan” has no consideration for the damage it will cause to the innocent people of the nation. They may pay some lip service to that end, but ultimately what they are doing is holding the innocent people of Iran hostage till the government caves in and allows the bankers that run the Obama administration into their country. It’s funny really; some people might call that “terrorism”.
Regime change is more important than any deal the Obama administration might strike with Iran’s present government on its nuclear program. Even if Tehran were to accept the offer made last year to export some of its low-enriched uranium, this would be a modest step down a long, uncertain road. Such a minor concession is not worth abandoning the push for real change. Robert Kagan
In a long diatribe against both Iran and China, Clinton declared that it was time to “move away from the engagement track” and apply more sanctions against Iran. She warned that China would face diplomatic isolation and disruptions to its energy supply.
Clinton made the threats at a speech at the French war college, following a meeting in which US and French officials drafted a new round of sanctions they hoped to push through the UN Security Council. AntiWar
So I guess “engagement” (is that what they are calling CIA covert ops these days?) didn’t work for the old globalist battle-ax Clinton and now it’s time to spin up the “existential threat” or the “WMDs” rhetoric. Again, some people might say that using sanctions to target the civilians in Iran is treading extremely closely to state sponsored terrorism. But ex-President Clinton has a pre-made definition that takes care of that for us. In truly Orwellian new-speak, Bill Clinton recently gave his definition in an interview.
Terror mean[s] killing and robbery and coercion by people who do not have state authority and go beyond national borders. Bill Clinton, 2010
There you have it. As long as the “state” authorises “killing and robbery and coercion” then it’s ok… it’s not terrorism. And since his WIFE is the head of the “State” department, I suppose what Hillary is pressing for is just fine and dandy. I wonder what Bill Clinton thinks its called when you kill and rob and coerce people inside your national borders?
Oh yeah, that’s called “globalization”.
Well, strap in and hang on, boys and girls. All these pro-empire incursions of the Obama administration are about to become yesterday’s news. Since China has already staked out their position this little embargo of Shillary’s is going to have dire consequences for the vast majority of the American people. It’s a good thing Bush and Obama handed off so much of our money to their favorite companies and wealthy elites. At least we don’t have to worry about them suffering from the pending dollar crisis that will certainly follow China dropping ‘em like hot potatoes. At least we know the banks have enough money to survive, right? So the American way of life will be preserved.
So go ahead Hillary and Bill… get together with your other neocon buddies like Robert Kagan and set the stage for an invasion of Iran for no other reason than regime change. We know there are no WMDs so there is no use in wasting valuable time and resources spinning up those lies. The Obama revolution will support whatever he does for the next year or so anyway no matter how Bushovian it is. They will always find a way to justify their Obama-love. So go ahead and spin-up world war III based on even more lies and deception. It’s not like we learned anything during the Bush terms.
Well, at least, nothing we can’t forget in service to Obama.
Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, armies of corporate lobbyists grease the palms of our elected officials, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia, and our imperial wars expand in the Middle East. Brand Obama is about being happy consumers. We are entertained. We feel hopeful. We like our president. We believe he is like us. But like all branded products spun out from the manipulative world of corporate advertising, this product is duping us into doing and supporting a lot of things that are not in our interest. Chris Hedges