Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Ayatollah Khamenei Has Himself to Blame for Growing 'Iranophobia'
Iran's aggressiveness following the catastrophic Obama nuclear deal is seen in the law passed by the Iranian parliament demanding that the US compensate it for damages from events dating to the 1953 coup that increased the power of the pro-American Shah. The bill requires Iran's government to demand compensation from the US for "spiritual and material" damages. The CIA and British Intel have acknowledged directing the 1953 coup that ousted Iran's elected prime minister during a complicated dispute over control of oil. The figurehead Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was given real power and ruled until the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The bill does not ask for specific damages, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports, but the parliament seeks compensation for things including 17,000 victims of assassination, the "martyrdom" of 223,600 soldiers in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, and recently for damages for "blocking, confiscating or seizing of assets belonging to Iranian government, organizations or public and state-owned organizations and officials of Iran." ~~~~~ At the same time, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council voted to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the US over last month's US Supreme Court ruling that approved confiscation of $2 billion in Iranian assets frozen in US banks to be used to compensate victims of a 1983 terrorist strike in Lebanon linked to Iran. The Iranian Justice Minister said the ICJ complaint is just one way Iran will pursue the case -- "overt and covert political" efforts also will be pursued, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported. ~~~~~ More worrisome -- RT, the 'independent' Russian media outlet, reported on May 19 that Iran has deployed a Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system, bringing a decade-long controversy about the shipment almost to an end. Russian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan was cited by the Tasnim news agency as saying the long-range S-300 system was placed at Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base,:which contains Iran's air-defense system, and is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Russia Beyond the Headlines, a pro-Kremlin media outlet, reported this week that Iran will use the Russian S-300s to protect missile plants, and scientific and industrial facilities, from "possible Israeli attacks," quoting Russian expert Said Gafurov, the marxist pro-Kremlin scientific director of the Moscow Institute of Applied Middle East and Africa Studies. In October 2015, Teheran showed a video of a new underground missile base located, according to Iran's military, at a depth of 500 meters. At that time, Commander of the Iranian Aerospace Force Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said the underground base was only one of many in Iran. ~~~~~ The $900 million S-300 deal was signed by Russia and Iran in 2007, but Russia canceled it after Iran was accused of clandestinely developing nuclear weapons. The contract was revived in 2015 during the nuclear talks. Dehqan was also reported by RT as saying the domestically-produced Iranian Bavar-373 air defense system, copied from the S-300, will be mass-produced later this year. ~~~~~ In another missile dispute, Dehqan said, when it was launched in October 2015, that the Emad missile is a technological achievement for Iran. It has a 1,000-km range, can be controlled until the moment of impact and hit targets “with high precision.” Dehqan later seemed to deny this. The UN Iran oversight panel said video footage of the launch identified the Emad delivery system as “the Ghadr-1 medium-range single stage liquid-fuelled ballistic missile." The US and UN fear it is capable of being used offensively and of carrying nuclear warheads. ~~~~~ Dear readers, Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, says the United States is creating "Iranophobia." Given Iran's lawless anti-West behavior, it is Iran that is creating Iranophobia. The best advice for Ayatollah Khamenei is from Socrates : "Know thyself."