Omid Memarian

Friday, February 23, 2007

Is Media Fueling the Fire of War with Iran?

I wrote a piece a few days ago for Radio Zamaneh's website regardingthis issue. During the last few weeks, I have tracked many TV NewsPieces which have all been focused on Iran. The content is shocking:the rhetoric of media in the United States is getting harsh, with atendency toward justification of a possible war with Iran. It isevident that they are portraying Iran as a big "boogy man" in theMiddle East.


The US officials claim that they have evidence which proves Iranianshave been involved in an insurgency in Iraq. You can see that MSNBC isshowing Iranian soldiers with their weapons, behind the title. But arethey even in Iraq? No! These are pieces from Iran's recent militaryexercises. Clearly this is painting a different picture in people'smind, i.e. that Iranians are carrying weapons to insurgents in Iraq. Isit true? Perhaps, but there is no evidence of this...Bob Gates,Secretary of Defense, claimed that Iranian top leaders have authorizedsending weapons to Iraq. But is there any evidence of this? Definitelynot...so, what does it mean?Bob Gates, Secretary of Defense claimed that Iranian top leaders authorized sending the weapons? Did they have any evidence? Definitely not...But, what did it mean? "
Media has been fed mis-information about Iran's involvement in Iraq and despite their insistence on the "credibility of facts", the imageswhich has been drawn about Iran are mixed with biases and inaccurate
By looking these pictures you can see the consequences of misguidedpropagada. How can former Iranian presidents who are well-known forharboring good relationship with the International Community beattached to Quds forces? There are many similar news pieces which carryone message for ordinary people: Stop Iran, a state which kills ourtroops! But, who is really killing the US troops? What is the impact of2008 election on being tough toward Iran?

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At 9:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omid,

Many Iranian exiles, like yourself, have contributed to Iranian being branded the "buggy man" of the Middle East.

You claim you were tortured by governmental forces in Iran.

You argue that censoring in Iran is oppressive.

You argue that Iranians long for a secular government.


All these things makes Iran the buggy man of the Middle East.


As such, if USA (or its surrogates) attack Iran --- I will blame you and

Abbas Milani
Dariush Zahedi
Mehrandegiz Kar
Persian-language media in the USA
Iranian Jews
Iranian Bahais
Iranian.com
Azar Nafisi
Rasool Nafisi
Hossein Derakhshan
Roya Hakakian
Ramin Ahmadi

 
At 1:22 AM , Blogger Omid Memarian said...

Thanks for your comment. The problems that we are facing in Iran are not excuses for anybody to interfere and or attack Iran. What I say is based on the facts. it doesn't mean any kind of criticism should be silenced beucase of whatever is happening in the Middle East. The casues and effects are totally different. How media, sometimes, project the issues is the core of this post...

 
At 8:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omid,

"The problems we are facing in Iran."

1. You are not the sovereign of Iran, so the loyal "we" is not appropiate for your use, especially since you live in Berkeley, California (half a world away from Iran).

2. You are a voluntary exile in the USA.


"What I say is based on facts."

1. Wrong! What you say is based on opinion and conjecture not empirically supported evidence.


"it [your opinions and conjectures} doesn't mean any kind of criticism should be silenced beucase of whatever is happening in the Middle East."

Iran -- is no longer your country. I assume you have ventured on getting a green card, thence US citizenship. You also fit the profile of a man who is unlikely to marry an Iranian-American. Therefore, Iran is only in your past.

"How media, sometimes, project the issues is the core of this post..."

Follow my analogy. If you were to have domestic problems and you share the problems with your neighbors (near and far), instead resolving within the domestic unit. Then would you assume that your neighbors may not want to intervene by taking preemptive measures for the benefit of your "freedom and prosperity."

Americans are indoctrinated to interfere if someone they know is a victim of domestic abuse. Interfering in other countries domestic affairs is an extension of interfering on behave of a woman who is battered by her abusive husband.

Likewise, you portray Iranians as victims of its abusive leadership.


You may only see benefits to speaking out about Iran to a foreign audience. But I see the costs.

I would like to carry this conversation in person. If I were to email you, will you give me your contact number. Don't be afraid. I am a petite woman.

 
At 12:44 AM , Blogger Omid Memarian said...

Iran is for all Iranians all over the world. You could easily find my email through this blog.

I appreciate if you criticize the facts which I use and enlighten me with your opinion. As long as you are angry, and I dont know why, your message doesn't spread to the audiance, my friend.

No matter what the US government is doing, which there is no control over it, Iranian government should be more careful and do not inflame the crisis. You probabely have heard that Mr. Ransanjani has asked the radicals in Iran to be caucious about what they say...which means many peolple, even among the top offcials h, feel that something serious is happening....

BTW, Do you follow CNN these days, especially today? I wish you could post something anout your opinion anout that. Good luck

 
At 11:03 AM , Anonymous Luciana Mastrorosa said...

Hi, Omid! How are you? My name is Luciana Mastrorosa, I am a brazilian journalist, I work for Globo. I am working on a special weblog to celebrate the International Women´s Day. Do you know any iranian women journalist that could write some posts about it to us? I give you my email, so we can talk: globo.luciana@gmail.com. Thanks a lot, sincerely, Luciana

 
At 2:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iran has become a boogyman not because of Omid or taghi, or abbass. Iran has become a boogyman because it's meddling in places where she shouldn't with the GDP of Less than $3000 and income per capita of less than $8000 (1 out of 7 live on $1 a day)...It's not Iran's or Iranian's job to defeat the US imperialism in the region and if the mullahs under this hegemonic delusion of their own then they have to suffer the consequences. The US, The Sunnis, and Israelis are all against Iran...What Iran has done in Iraq fomenting secterian wars against Sunnis will come back and haunt them...for everymovement there is a countermovement. Iran with their weekly death chants to the West has at least pissed off half (probably more) of the non-muslim world and they are beginning to take those chants and threats seriously. It's amazing how blind one can be and not see the anti-islamic sentiments that raging through the infidel lands...Remember Pope Urban II.

 
At 2:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omid: MUST READ

I found another article that you might like. It's an interview with Noam Chomsky and he basically says, it's all about control of energy to counter China rising power...and many more revealing statements.

"The Iranian issue I don't think has much to do with nuclear weapons, frankly. Nobody is saying Iran should have nuclear weapons - nor should anybody else. But the point in the Middle East, as distinct from North Korea, is that this is center of the world's energy resources. Originally the British and secondarily the French had dominated it, but after World War II, it's been a US preserve.

That's been an axiom of US foreign policy, that it must control Middle East energy resources. It is not a matter of access, as people often say. Once the oil is on the seas, it goes anywhere. In fact if the United States used no Middle East oil, it'd have the same policies. If we went on solar energy tomorrow, it'd keep the same policies. Just look at the internal record, or the logic of it: the issue has always been control. Control is the source of strategic power."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IB22Ak05.html

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger Omid Memarian said...

thanks anonymous friend to send the link...

 
At 7:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anonymous poster who commented on Iran being the "boggyman" of the ME.

You are a simpleton. US has no right to interfere in the ME. Iranians and Iraqi will forever me neighbors.

As Ahmadinejad said to Mike Wallace, Iraqi are members of our extended family. I am a Jaffari Shia Muslim, as are 60+% of Iraqis. I am also partly Kurdish, as are about 20% of Iraqis.

We, Iranians, have a right to help out our co-religionists and brethren.


I suggest you stop watching FOX and CNN and stop reading the New York Times. Taken together, they use Iran as a scapegoat for US failures.

 
At 8:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then suffer the consequences....

 
At 8:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I' half arab. Let me assure you, Sunnis neither in Iraq or Lebanon or Egypt see Shi'ites as their brethern. There are 1 billion Sunnis and 350 million shi'ite. You need to step into the real world from whatever planet you live in and stop reading IRNA and listening to your delusional and deomogaugic Ahmadinejad.

 
At 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

typo correction: i'=I'm

 
At 12:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anonymous above,

Which half-half is Arab? Obviously your head (the one attached to your neck) is not the part of you that is Arab.

I don't care is Sunnis don't think of the Shia has their Muslim co-religionists.

In Lebanon, its the Shia who kicked the ass of Lebanon's enemy (Israel) not once but twice, despite being out-manned and out-equipped.

In Iraq, the Shia fought side to side with Sunnis in the Iran-Iraq War.


In Egypt, I don't know much about the Shia in Eqypt. Nonetheless, Egypt doesn't like Shia because the Shia, unlike the Sunnis, kicked Israel's ass. Moreover, the Shia of Lebanon through NGOs help the poverty-stricken.


To Omid,

Catch "Talk of the Nation" on Thursday, March 1, 2007. The topic of the show will be on Iran.

 
At 12:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omid,

Why did someone dog Dariush Zahedi; I think he is pretty pro-Iran. Isn't he?

 
At 9:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous: You sound like an un-informed punk. I highly recommed you to join the reality-based community and travel around the world and visit some Red states...you're as ignorant as they come.

 
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At 1:43 PM , Anonymous serendip said...

Must Read for all the theocon mullahs and their shills before they lead thousands of Iranians to the slaughter with a plastic key to heaven just to prolong their blood-sucking parasitic existence.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/themes/article.jsp?id=6&articleId=4396

 
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