Iran sold its soul to the devil, not just America

A casual look behind the curtain of Iranian propaganda reveals the ugly hypocrisy lurking in the shadows.
Sunday 04/03/2018
Many faces of the problem. Iraqis hold portraits of Houthi rebels’ leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi (R) and Commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force Qassem Soleimani during a rally in Baghdad. (AFP)
Many faces of the problem. Iraqis hold portraits of Houthi rebels’ leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi (R) and Commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force Qassem Soleimani during a rally in Baghdad. (AFP)

As Iran celebrated the 39th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s revolution, which installed the region’s most brutal Islamist regime into power, its most notorious general, Qassem Soleimani, decided to do more to further the cause of conflict rather than peace.

Soleimani said Saudi Arabia and its allies had “sold everything they have to America,” suggesting Arab regimes had sold their souls to the United States.

Surely those who live in glass houses ought to not throw rocks. Look at Iran’s record collaborating with Western powers and sowing suffering and misery across the Middle East.

Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ al-Quds Force, claimed the regime he serves had achieved victory in the region, saying Tehran “uprooted the Ba’ath [in Iraq]… and defeated the Islamic State [ISIS].”

Ironic, then, that it is Iran that is propping up the Syrian Ba’ath regime of Bashar Assad, which is openly using chemical weapons against its civilian population and has an ideology that Khomeini described as “heretical.”

Without Iranian sponsorship of fundamentalist Shia Islamist sectarianism in Iraq, ISIS would not have been the threat that it has been over the past four years.

Staying in the tragedy of Syria, does Soleimani not find it absurd that he and his force of US-listed terrorists are working hand in glove with a resurgent Russia? Tehran’s mullahs have berated every government in the region for working with “imperialists,” yet see no problem with assisting Russia, a country that once colonised parts of Iran, to carve up and eviscerate the Syrian people.

Soleimani also conveniently forgot just how much of that deplorable American airpower he and his sectarian Shia jihadists needed to turn the tide against ISIS, an enemy with no airpower or significant heavy armoured units.

Imagine the scene: The so-called sworn enemy of the United States, the Islamic Republic of Iran and its horde of hardcore Shia Islamist militants who carry out the decree of Allah on Earth advancing under the air cover of the “Great Satan” itself. Were it not for the war crimes, crimes against humanity and tremendous loss of civilian life in Iraq because of this most unholy alliance, it would be hilarious for its sheer hypocrisy.

In case anyone wanted to argue that Iran is acting pragmatically and making necessary and temporary alliances of convenience in a highly complicated modern strategic environment, this is not the first time since Khomeini’s republic was founded that it has worked with Washington and its allies.

In its infant years and during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Tehran cut deals with not only the United States but with a country that it has incessantly reminded us needs to be wiped off the face of the Earth — Israel. In the infamous Irangate scandal that rocked the Reagan administration, Iran received weapons from Israel while the United States resupplied the Israelis and received payments from them.

All of this is quite apart from Iran’s active assistance in the United States’ global war on terror and the dual disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. A casual look behind the curtain of Iranian propaganda reveals the ugly hypocrisy lurking in the shadows.

Iran is in no position to be taking Saudi Arabia and its allies to task over working with Washington when Tehran itself has a storied history of collaborating with a country it makes a song and dance about opposing but spends its time trying to ingratiate itself to.

Soleimani had better take a long, hard look in the mirror before blasting his regional opponents.

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