Is US the “Good Guy” Imposing Sanity on Iranian “Bad Guy”?

By Robert Barsocchini
April 2, 2015
Washingtons Blog


Ex CIA analyst Ray McGovern today points out that “The mainstream U.S. media portrays the Iran nuclear talks as ‘our good guys’ imposing some sanity on ‘their bad guys.’”

Does this portrayal make any sense?  Or is it another “laboriously constructed” effort by what Physicians for Social Responsibility notes is an incredibly biased information system that leads people to believe wild fantasies, as in: “U.S. citizens believe that only 9,900 Iraqis were killed during the [US] occupation … [while] the actual number is likely to be more than a hundred times higher” (1 million +).

A brief review of US treatment of Iranians may shed some light.

In 1953, US-Iranian relations began: US oil magnates used the US government to overthrow Iran’s democracy and replace it with a tyrannical “king”.  Amnesty International said the king’s “history of torture … is beyond belief” and “no country in the world has a worse record in human rights” (p. 13).  With a puppet firmly set to enforce their will, the US oil magnates began looting 40% of Iran’s oil extractions, with the remaining 60% looted by Western Europe.

While working towards developing nuclear energy with US support, the Iranian puppet-king imprisoned, beat, tortured and/or murdered countless journalists, authors, educators, students, union organizers, and others.  A trademark move of the king was amputating a person’s limbs and sending the torso to the family (more).  The International Commission of Jurists reported that the king’s secret police “permeate Iranian society … especially where there are concentrated numbers of students” (ibid, p. 13).  One student recalled being shackled in a rancid cell and watching cockroaches, attracted by the open wounds inflicted on him by the king’s terrorists, eat him alive.

The US, always closely involved, was good enough to produce special instructional film for the king’s secret police on such topics as “how to torture women”.

Newsweek journalist John Barry has seen and described some of the taped Iranian/US sessions, which he refers to as “un-erasable pornography”.  Barry notes of the films:

Even now, on bad nights, images surface.

It seemed endless. I have no words to convey the horror.

The film showed sequences of torture on living victims, men and women, all naked and shackled to what looked like a bed frame. A variety of techniques were demonstrated: cigarette burns to sensitive parts of the body, the effects of electricity, and then on into other savageries I shy from recalling. One technique shown on the film used water. The film was clearly professionally made. There was a commentary … explaining, among other things, the varying sensitivities of men and women to different techniques, with a filmed example to illustrate each lesson. This was an instructional film. These torture sessions were not even designed to elicit information. The film was intended to teach Savak [Iranian secret police] recruits.

Barry does not mention the US role in producing these films, but documentation is readily available.  Here is Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk in London’s The Independent, on August 9, 1998:

American intelligence … taught the Shah’s SAVAK secret police how to torture women; after the revolution, the Iranians found CIA film of these lessons.

Historian William Blum notes that SAVAK was “created under the guidance” of the US and Israel and, “according to a former CIA analyst on Iran”, the US instructed SAVAK in torture.

(Dan Mitrione is one US terrorist who became personally notorious for demonstrating torture on live victims – homeless people – though his particular sessions served to maintain and expand the USA’s Latin American iron curtain.)

As an example of the “notoriously savage” techniques used by the Iranian/US regime, Barry, reporting in Newsweek, continues:

…an Iranian exile … had gone from Jordan into Iran to try to organize unions. Savak caught him, surgically amputated his arms and legs, and sent his living trunk back to his family in Amman as a warning.

Once they cast off the iron curtain, Iranians discovered certificates documenting people who had been tortured all the way to death by the US-supported implant:

…hundreds and hundreds of forms.

The USA’s man in Iran committed so much terrorism against secular opposition to the monarchy that the Islamic resistance took the lead once the tyranny was overthrown.

After being kicked out of its prime position for torturing, repressing, looting, and pillaging, the US swiftly teamed up with Saddam Hussein and some European countries, re-invaded Iran using Hussein as proxy (providing him with advanced and chemical weaponry), and killed some one million Iranian citizens (US per-capita equivalent of over 4 million citizens):

The death toll, overall, was an estimated 1 million for Iran… (The Guardian).

The US/Iraqi/Euro axis also slaughtered thousands of Kurds, many with gas weapons, arguably an act of genocide.  (The US soon thereafter, under Clinton, teamed up with Turkey for another genocide against the Kurds.)

In 1988, US pirates, thousands of miles from “their” own turf, shot down an Iranian civilian airliner in commercial airspace, killing almost 300 people.  A nearby US commander who witnessed the shoot-down wrote an article saying he couldn’t believe what he was seeing – an unprovoked US attack on an obviously civilian plane.  But when the pirates returned home, they, including the one who demanded the crime, were given a hero’s welcome and awarded medals, and VP Bush Sr. said specifically of the attack, exhibiting signature class, “I’ll never apologize for America, ever.  I don’t care what the facts are…”

Today, the US and its clients proudly assassinate Iranian scientists, and US sanctions against Iran, like the illegal US sanctions against Cuba, are intended to, and do, harm Iranian civilians for political reasons – the textbook definition of terrorism.

The US-EU sanctions have crippled Iran’s economy and caused tens of thousands of deaths by denying Iranians access to pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. (Keith Jones)

Iran sanctions now causing food insecurity, mass suffering … the US and its allies spread mass human misery… intensifying suffering of 75 million Iranian citizens as a result of the sanctions regime being imposed on them by the US and its allies… That sanctions on Muslim countries cause mass human suffering is not only inevitable but part of their design [producing] horrific … human suffering…

…”terrorism” means the use of violence aimed at civilians in order to induce political change from their government… (Glenn Greenwald)

On July 9, 2012, Muhammad Sahimi noted for that “tens of thousands of them [Iranians], if not more, will also lose their lives if the sanctions continue, even without being tightened further.”

On July 31, 2012, the Christian Sicence Monitor headlined: “New Iran Sanctions: Why President Obama is Tightening the Screws”.

During this, as even neo-con Christopher Hitchens admitted, Iran has invaded no one, and in fact hasn’t invaded another country for over two hundred years, as noted by the Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University.

In the “talks” the US is imposing on Iran, is the US the “good guy” and Iran the “bad guy”, or is this another wild distortion “laboriously constructed” by a Western media that leads us to believe the number of people killed due to a major US act of aggression is a hundred times lower that it actually is?

(The above are acts committed, often secretly at the time and later declassified, by the US oligarchy. US citizens, as Washington’s Blog noted today, want peace.)

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6 thoughts on “Is US the “Good Guy” Imposing Sanity on Iranian “Bad Guy”?

  1. migarium

    Do you remember what I said recently on my comment at your post title:”12th Anniversary Of the Illegal Invasion of Iraq: The Anglo-American Iraq Genocide”

    /”…No.1 source says, Iraq genocide began between 1914 -1918. At those days these lands belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Dam..D! Do you know my Earthling friends, what will be the result of it? “Turks did genocide to Kurds as same as they did to the Armenians.” will be the result. The Middle East publics who were provoked by British and real slaughters and real criminals will be never sought…”

    “…And we came to 2000s. Sevres Treaty gave its place to the Greater Middle East Project. In Iraq, not only the Kurds have not lived before. But it was given such a perception of the world, in now only Kurds live here for everyone. The first reason is that Saddam killed so many Kurds. Kurds establish Kurdistan in northern Iraq. I wonder, really they established? And have been only Kurds living at northern Iraq? Turks, Arabs, Assyrians and other ethnic groups were in northern Iraq. But somehow, only the names of Kurds are spoken. Because the others etnics were exiled or murdered. And many city names were changed. For example today, the same thing happen. Do you know Kobane city in Syria. Almost entire world knows this city is Kurdish city. Actually it is not. Kobane’s name is in real Ayn-al-Arab. Is there need any explanation, it is obviously its name…”/

    And what I am seeing today,
    The same thing is under again on another article, which has to be describe the status of between Iran and America in the basis in fact.

    From this article : “(The US soon thereafter, under Clinton, teamed up with Turkey for another genocide against the Kurds.)..

    What a beatiful jump to this subject again.

    These so-called anti-American writers are not doing anything but drool with romance they wanted to live.
    Today the most profitable nations in the Middle East, are the Middle East Kurds. Kurdish in the Middle East have met the American forces with saying and celebrating “Biji serok Obama”(İn Kurdish), “Long live our leader Obama,”

    Any left idea can not be located next to the American forces side, has not to. But, somehow these writers do not know this fact!

    Left thinking, being in the first place Marxism, is based on “labor-capital conflict”. Any left thought can not support ethnic nationalism. It can not say “You are in this ethnic class, and I should take you in front the other”, is not able to say. However, with the support of America for thirty years growing Kurdish ethnic nationalism in the Middle East, has found itself a place on top of other ethnics. And America has it put forward, in particular thanks to this kind of so called-intellectuals left minded people.

    Today, to try to show Middle East Kurds who move united with the America as the left-thought fighters, is the greatest foolishness.

    And the whole world will learn with paying the cost, not only living in the region. Because history would not forgive.

    And I guess, I am going to continue to write the same thing in every time, tirelessly and tirelessly, with this poor my extraterrestrial situation.

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    1. newsfortherevolution Post author

      I find it strange that writers do not have a better understanding of this relationship. Particularity these types of writers who are speaking out against American imperialism. I guess that goes to show how difficult it is to find access to legitimate sources of information here, after all, there are some people in America who still believe Saddam was connected with al Qaeda and was part of the 9/11 “attacks”

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      1. migarium

        You know what it is called in Turkey, my Earthling friend?
        “Half-ignorant idiocy of leftist”

        Because person with full ignorant does not make anything such nonsense, because of he/she is doesn’t know anything. The non-ignorant person also already knows where will reach his/her words end.
        So these people are half-ignorant.

        Ordinary reader or writer in the world, in both areas, there is a situation like that for the last 10 years: Ambition is to be seen at the side of the leftists in one way; and to make up a story, which is leap in the dark ignorantly.

        The stories are made up. Because even if the actual main points is based on real fact, with disinformation, it turns out a huge story.

        They do not see in real or, the mankind is really stupid.

        At the end of every event in the world, to must seen who profitable is after this event. This means that with the short “to act wisely.”

        For example, what I am asking: Why the Middle East Kurds are the most profitable nation at this region? This is important: “Why” question.

        The other side, I’ve seen the human behavior over exploit the feelings. People like this too much. If there is a pain in somewhere, the others like to exploit this pain with talking, writing or with the stories. This is very ugly. They just want to attract attention the others or they serve to the those, who created this pain. This is more ugly too.

        I am always saying, you know, I want to talk in scientific about facts. Because, every story removes from the reality. And this is creating the collapse of humanbeing.

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      2. migarium

        These are quite true words: “history is a set of lies agreed upon.”
        When in thinking, I wish that this planet just has formed from the people, who witnessed to the truths. Everything would be different.
        Actually, I know a species exactly like that.:) They are called shortly Pin. They say only truths. Their only problem, as indicated by their names, is pin. One day I can tell them on my blog for the benefits for humankind;)
        By the way my dear Earthling friend, title was about Iran. And you know I was wanting to write something about Iran. But again, it slipped away.:)

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