* Ahmadinejad instructs Foreign Ministry to file complaint against Allies for invading Iran in WWII
(This dispatch concerns Iran. There is also a related dispatch today which concerns Iran’s allies Syria and Hizbullah, which can be read here.)
1. Iran: “Zionist regime directed terrorist attacks in Norway”
2. Ahmadinejad instructs Foreign Ministry to file complaint against Allies for invading Iran in WWII
3. Iran: U.S., Israel hiring Saudi, Lebanese mercenaries to foment unrest in Syria
4. Iran considering $5.8 billion loan to Syria
5. Iranian forces enter Iraq and kill Kurds
6. “U.S. spy drone shot down by Iran over nuclear enrichment plant”
7. Photos of the day: the prettier side of Iran this summer
[All notes below by Tom Gross]
IRAN: “ZIONIST REGIME DIRECTED TERRORIST ATTACKS IN NORWAY”
The following is a report from Iran’s government-controlled (i.e. propaganda) Fars news agency on Saturday (the bad use of English is theirs):
Commander Blames Zionist Regime for Directing Terrorist Attacks in Norway
TEHRAN (FNA) - Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi took the Zionist regime responsible for directing and sponsoring the last-week terrorist attacks in Oslo, Norway, which killed scores of innocent people.
“The West should know that Zionists are behind the so-called religious extremists and terrorist and racist actions,” Firouzabadi said on Saturday, adding that the Zionist regime misuses the world people to materialize its wrong and racist beliefs.
He referred to the terrorist attacks in Norway, and said that any probe into the incentives and goals of these terrorist attacks without investigating their links with the Zionists will be fruitless.
“Since Zionists realized their failure and weakness, they have tried to expand and spread Christian Zionism which is a big danger for the Christian world, and the West as well as the Church should take it seriously,” he added.
Tom Gross adds: Palestinian websites (including Fatah sites paid for with funds from European charities and governments) have also accused Israel of being behind the attacks, as have anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists in Britain and elsewhere, who have sent out fake videos on the internet.
AHMADINEJAD INSTRUCTS FOREIGN MINISTRY TO FILE COMPLAINT AGAINST ALLIES FOR INVADING IRAN IN WWII
The following is a report from Iran’s government-controlled Fars news agency:
Ahmadinejad Urges FM to Collect Documents on Iran’s Occupation in WWII
TEHRAN (FNA) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the country’s foreign ministry to set up a committee to collect more documents regarding the country’s occupation during WWII to lodge complaints with international bodies against the occupiers.
He made the remarks in a ceremony unveiling a five-volume book series which includes documents on the occupation of Iran during the Second World War.
“These documents lay bare the face of plunderers,” Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.
The Iranian president called on researchers and historians to gather documents dating back to World War I despite all odds.
He highlighted the need for the Foreign Ministry to set up a committee to collect more documents regarding the country’s occupation during WWII.
“We could present one by one of these documents before international courts to lodge a case,” he noted.
Ahmadinejad pointed out how the colonialist West has altered its disguise at a time when liberation and independence-seeking movements have yielded fruit.
They are those who organized plunders in the world, unprecedented in history, he noted.
“The plunderers have created a global economic establishment to enable them to automatically rob other nations...They have set the dollar as the world’s dominant currency and published more than 32 trillion dollars of money without backing in recent years,” he went on to say.
The Iranian president called for a change in the financial and monetary systems -- including the World Bank -- which currently dominate the world.
“As long as these structures do not change, [and] the basis of the [UN] Security Council and the world’s financial and monetary structure is not disturbed, the plunders will continue,” Ahmadinejad warned.
IRAN: U.S., ISRAEL HIRING SAUDI, LEBANESE MERCENARIES TO FOMENT UNREST IN SYRIA
Iran’s government-controlled Fars news agency reports as follows (based on some information from a professor at London university):
TEHRAN (FNA) - The US and Israel are trying to divide the Syrian nation and government by sparking tension in the Arab state through hiring Saudi and Lebanese March 14 forces, a senior Iraqi analyst warned on Saturday.
“The US and Israel are hiring and leading a number of regional forces like (the Lebanese) March 14 and Saudis to show Damascus insecure by creating unrests,” Head of the Center for the Southern Iraq Studies and Professor of London University Ali Ramazan al-Ousi told FNA.
Al-Ousi also blasted certain regional-religious streams like the Wahhabies and also the Saudi government for preventing establishment of Islamic governments in the region through following the US-Zionist policies in the region.
Earlier, the Iranian foreign ministry in a statement had warned that the US and the Zionist regime of Israel have hatched plots to create a rift among the Syrian people.
The ministry said in a statement that the wave of unrest that has swept across Syria in recent weeks is a plot by Washington and Tel Aviv to undermine the country’s national solidarity and sovereignty.
The ministry also called on both the people and the government in Syria not to lose sight of their national reform plans in the face of enemy plots to undermine their efforts.
“The Syrian leadership and nation’s reform effort in the framework of the county’s national interests is an important responsibility. By practicing moderation in both voicing and addressing demands, a grand victory for Syria can be achieved,” read the statement.
The statement also said that Syria’s 60-year opposition to the Israeli oppression of the Lebanese and Palestinians is the main reason why the nation has become a target of Western plots.
(Just to remind readers, the text in the above items is from the Fars news agency. The text below is mine -- Tom Gross)
IRAN CONSIDERING $5.8 BILLION LOAN TO SYRIA
As Syria’s economic situation worsens as a result of the daily protests by millions of people in towns throughout Syria which has brought some parts of the country to a near standstill, Syria’s closest ally Iran, concerned at the possible fall of Assad, is reported to be considering making a $5.8 billion loan to Syria, in addition to giving Damascus 290,000 free barrels of oil. The Syrian government has denied the reports.
Since the beginning of the uprising against the Assad regime in Syria, Iran has assisted it in both the security and propaganda aspects of its violent repression of the protests.
Iran has sent to Syria members of its Al-Quds Force (responsible for subversion and special operations outside of Iran), advisers from Iran’s domestic Law Enforcement Services, and Hizbullah fighters from Lebanon to help put down the protests in Syria.
Iran has also provided Syria with advanced eavesdropping equipment in order to help monitor phone calls and social networks to identify and then arrest activists.
IRANIAN FORCES ENTER IRAQ TO KILL KURDS
Iranian Revolutionary Guards entered northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish fighters last week, and shot several of them dead. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said they had killed “many” Kurds in the operation.
The brutally repressed Kurds of Iran are demanding independence, just like Kurds in Syria, Iraq and Turkey.
As usual, the liberal Western media has not reported on this properly, and Western NGOs have virtually nothing to say about Kurdish rights.
“U.S. SPY DRONE SHOT DOWN BY IRAN OVER NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT PLANT”
Iran’s Fars news agency reports that a U.S. drone was shot down by Iran on July 20 over the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant in the Central Qom province.
An Iranian official stated that the U.S. drone was on a mission to identify the location of the Fordo nuclear enrichment plant and gather information about the nuclear facility for the CIA.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY: THE PRETTIER SIDE OF IRAN THIS SUMMER
Here are some scenic photos of Iran, courtesy of the Fars news agency.
[All notes above by Tom Gross]