Iran from anti-imperialist to imperialist again, by Thierry Meyssan


11-08-20 09:05:00,

Continuing his study of contemporary Iran, Thierry Meyssan shows how Tehran has once again abandoned the anti-imperialist ideal of the 1979 revolution to return to its imperialist policy. This article, like the previous one, presents many unknown elements. It continues with an astonishing hypothesis.

This article is a follow-up to :
Imperialist Iran Becomes Anti-Imperialist,” by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, August 4, 2020.

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At the United Nations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for an international investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. His intervention provoked panic in Washington from where, immediately, President Barack Obama addressed the Iranians and hoisted the white flag.

The youth that had shed its blood for the country was coming of age. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, then 51, a former officer in the Revolutionary Guard Special Forces, was elected president. Like Khomeini, he had a conflictual relationship with the clergy, especially since the clergy had only protected only its own children during the war. He intended to resume the fight against injustice and modernize the country. An engineer by training and a professor of technology, he endowed Iran with an efficient industry. He undertook a vast construction programme throughout the country to put an end to the shantytowns. At the international level, he allied himself with the Venezuelan Hugo Chávez and the Syrian Bashar el-Assad to challenge Western imperialism. These three countries suddenly became the centre of the international diplomatic game with the discreet support of the Holy See.

Despite the painful memory of the war imposed on Iran by Iraq, Ahmadinejad helped the Iraqi Resistance to the US aggression, without distinguishing between Sunnis and Shiites, and then the Syrian Resistance against the jihadists. But he came into conflict with his own Iranian allies firstly because of his commitment to the Iraqi Sunnis and Syrian secularists, then because he attached more importance to ancient Iran than to the Islamic era, and finally when he tried to allow the shaving of beards and to make the Islamic veil optional. He then directly threatened the power of the clergy and the Guide of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At the time of his re-election, Khatami and a son of Rafsanjani organized with the CIA an uprising of the bourgeoisie of Tehran and Esfahan.

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