NYT-Style Iran Bashing

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NYT-Style Iran Bashing

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On all things Iran, the Times plays press agent for US/NATO/Israeli war on the country by other means.

Ahead of Iran’s Friday presidential election, Times propaganda falsely called the process a “race of one (sic).”

A same-day article explained Iran’s electoral process in detail.

Of seven presidential aspirants, three dropped out for lack of support.

Four remain in the race for Iran’s highest elective office.

True enough according to polls, Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi is overwhelmingly favored to become Iran’s next president.

The Times mocked him, falsely saying that “a council of powerful clerics disqualified virtually all the other viable candidates (sic)” — a typical bald-faced Big Lie by the self-styled newspaper of record, adding:

“…Iran has never been a true democracy.”

Its electoral process shames fantasy US/Western versions — democracies in name only, never the real thing.

The same goes for apartheid Israel. Millions of Arab citizens and Occupied Palestinians are virtually disenfranchised with no say over how they’re ruled.

In the US, voters get to chose between two right wings of one-party state rule.

Iranians have multiple choices for president and members of parliament.

Raisi is overwhelmingly favored to become Iran’s next president because he’s far more popular than other aspirants.

The Times lied, claiming “(t)he country is now moving increasingly toward what amounts to a one-party system (sic) whereby the top council of clerics that vets candidates eliminates anyone seen as a challenge to their conservative policies and views (sic).”

In virtually all nations, political candidates must meet prescribed standards to run for office.

To qualify in Iran to run for president, they must be an Iranian national with “administrative capacity and resourcefulness, (as well as) qualities of trustworthiness and piety,” a same day article explained, adding:

Candidates must also support Islamic Republic of Iran principles and Islam to assure preservation of its Islamic culture.

They must be approved by six theologians and six legal experts.

If no presidential aspirant wins a majority of the vote, a runoff is held between two candidates receiving most support.

Iranians of other faiths are free to practice their religion unobstructed.

Former Iranian Jewish parliamentarian Siamak Moreh Sedgh earlier said conditions for Jews in the Islamic Republic have “always been better than in Europe,” adding:

“In our country’s history, there was never a time when all Iranians had the same religion, race, or language, so there is a high degree of tolerance.” 

“Jews are a recognized minority here, so we can practice our religion freely.” 

“We have more than 20 working synagogues in Tehran and at least five kosher butcheries.”

In 2016, Iranian Jewish lawmaker Ciamak Morsadegh, a surgeon turned politician, said “Iran is a place where Jews feel secure and we are happy to be here.” 

“We are proud to be Iranian. I know this doesn’t follow the Zionist script, but this is the reality.”

Iran’s Jewish population is small at around 25,000. They prefer living in the Islamic Republic to Israel or elsewhere.

None of the above is explained by the Times and other establishment media — focusing instead on Iran bashing, based on state-supplied talking points.

In 2019, the Trump regime illegally sanctioned Raisi and other Iranians, falsely accusing them of “advancing…domestic and foreign oppression” — a longstanding US/Western/Israeli specialty, not how Iran operates.

Separately pre-election, the Times editors called for a “nuclear weapons-free Persian Gulf.”

Their editorial was all about wanting Iran prevented from developing nukes it never sought, doesn’t now, and wants eliminated everywhere to prevent the threat of their use ever.

Yet the Times defied reality by falsely claiming “Iran’s long-term ambitions” for bomb development that doesn’t exist and never did.

Instead of calling for the US to return to the JCPOA as affirmed by Security Council Res. 2231, the Times expressed support for an unacceptable “longer and stronger” agreement demanded by Biden regime hardliners that Iran justifiably rejects.

Citing nuclear weapons-free zones in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, Times editors said:

“The goal should be to have countries around the Persian Gulf agree to the same strict nonproliferation standards, effectively establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the region and preventing an inevitably destabilizing nuclear arms race.”

As long as Israel remains nuclear armed and dangerous, the above notion is a nonstarter. 

The Times barely mentioned the Jewish state, only saying that “(s)keptics may dismiss the idea…because of Israel’s unacknowledged and nonnegotiable possession of nuclear weapons.”

Achieving a Persian Gulf free of nukes starts with Israel and Pentagon occupation of Middle East countries — perhaps including secret deployment of nuclear weapons on one or more of its regional bases.

Nonbelligerent Iran is at peace with its neighbors, threatening none —what the Times and other establishment media should explain but don’t.

In stark contract, hegemon USA, NATO and Israel pose an unparalleled threat to regional and world peace.

What’s most important to explain, the Times and other establishment media suppress.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.