But reality has been getting in the way of PCG's dogmatic proclamation.
President Ahmadinejad walked out of power in 2013 and his preferred successor was not elected. Recently President Obama made an international agreement with Iran to monitor their nuclear program. It became more widely known that back in 2003 Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei had made a fatwa condemning the possession of nuclear weapons as un-Islamic thus banning Iran from making nuclear weapons.
And now Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei has minimized the slogan "Death to America" by saying it is merely a protest against U.S. policies the Iranian government does not like and not an incitement for the mass murder of Americans. This contradicts PCG's negative portrayal of Iran so the PCG leadership is telling their readers to pay no attention to what Khamenei has just said in a recent article by Callum Wood.
According to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, “Death to America” isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. In the lead-up to the Wednesday anniversary of the destruction of the United States embassy in Tehran, Khamenei has taken to his website to clarify the meaning of the slogan.The PCG leadership seem afraid that PCG members might just believe Khamenei. Wood proceeds to insist that Khamenei is just lying.
“It goes without saying,” Khamenei stated, “that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the U.S. policies, death to arrogance.”
Can we believe that? The truth is that the ayatollah’s statements are just a flimsy facade to keep Iran’s “moderate” charade from being exposed. There is evidence aplenty to suggest that the words “death to America” actually mean death to America.Wood proceeds to insist that Iranians have hated the United States for a long time.
Its hatred for America predates even the 1979 revolution that toppled the shah of Iran. In 1953, Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh was battling Britain for control of Iran’s oil assets. Alongside the CIA, British intelligence allegedly orchestrated a coup, reinstating Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi as Iran’s ruler. Fueled by Iranian hard-liners like Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranians began to see the shah as a mere puppet of the meddling United States.It is absurd for this article to insinuate that it is not true that British and American agents helped overthrow Mosaddegh. British and American agents indeed helped to orchestrate the coup against the democratically elected Mosaddegh. This fact is well known to anyone who cares to research the subject. That is what happened in Iran in 1953.
Iran uses a policy of anti-Americanism to strengthen its overall effectiveness in the region. By enacting “death to America” policies, it establishes itself as a legitimate opponent to the influence of the United States in the Middle East. Many Muslims do not trust the U.S. and look for a viable power to replace it. By propagating anti-West, anti-American sentiment, Iran is working to establish itself as that replacement.So now Wood has redefined “Death to America” as a policy instead of a slogan. This is a sudden change of topic.
The “Death to America” policy does not center on merely reversing American policy; it calls for the destruction of America and all it represents. If Iran really was interested in the death of American “policy and arrogance,” neither its pursuit of nuclear arms nor its support of terrorism would be necessary.
No mention is made of the fact that Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei had made a fatwa that banned Iran from making nuclear weapons in 2003.
Wood then insists that it does not matter what the Iranian people think. The Iranian leadership are extremists and really scary. The PCG leadership want readers to be afraid and fearful of Iran.
But they miss the point. Those with the ability to switch on the centrifuges and launch a missile—the policymakers and religious leaders—are the ones who believe in the slogan! Those are the people to worry about. The media should fear a handful of Iran’s political and religious zealots chanting “Death to America” far more than it should fear a crowd of Iranian youths who may be pressured into chanting it.So now Wood wants us to just ignore a bunch of Iranian juveniles shouting “Death to America”?
What's really going on is that this article is trying to keep readers convinced that PCG's continuous demonization of Iran since 1994 is fully justified. The PCG leadership will even not let Iran's Supreme Leader contradict their portrayal of the world.
Surprisingly enough among the comments PCG has allowed to be posted the following comment criticizing Wood's article.
I’m sorry Mr. Wood, but I stopped reading after the first few paragraphs. I suggest you get yourself a visa and go to Iran like so many Americans do every year. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you aren’t beheaded on arrival, and possibly floored by how you’re greeted with delight by virtually every ordinary Iranian when they find out you’re from the States. If you don’t believe me, check out a few travelogs by American citizens who have been there instead of watching Argo and 300 reruns.It just seems as though PCG is lacking the enthusiasm to vilify Iran like they used to. Perhaps they might change the identity of the King of the South soon.
Really getting sick of uninformed commentary at best, and blatant propaganda at worst, by people who have never been to Iran or have the faintest idea what Iranians really think behind the noise of the shills from both that regime and your own.
As an aside, there’s nothing “alleged” about the coup in ‘53, even the CIA has admitted it. Please at least get one or two facts straight before wasting people’s time.
(It is also worth mentioning that PCG are but false prophets.)