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Rouhani has ‘American blood on his hands,’ Emergency Committee for Israel says

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This is almost entertaining. More kneejerk alarmism from Israel’s supporters; as Annie Robbins says, This is the boy who cried wolf. The Emergency Committee for Israel has launched a new website– the Real Rouhani— that features a demonic red portrait of Hassan Rouhani and seeks to paint the new Iranian president as a master manipulator and terrorist.

“He is a career terrorist with American blood on his hands.”

What is the evidence for this claim? ECI says per the Wall Street Journal that Rouhani headed Iran’s national security agency at the time of the terrorist bombing of the Argentinian Jewish center in 1994 and the attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996. I’d point out that Iranians could make a similar claim that Obama has Iranian blood on his hands.

ECI also says that Rouhani is a Holocaust denier. It is surely an organization dedicated to a foreign government. It is led by William Kristol, who calls Israel the new leader of the West. And ECI’s line is– not surprisingly — exactly what the Israeli Embassy is saying. From ECI:

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to speak to the UN General Assembly today, the Emergency Committee for Israel launched, a website that contrasts Rouhani’s charm offensive with his long record of hostility toward the West.

After stepping down as Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator, Rouhani bragged that he had successfully deceived the world about Iran’s nuclear program. As head of Iran’s National Security Council, he oversaw the bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina and the Khobar Towers bombing. As a newly-elected president, he appointed as defense minister a terrorist who plotted the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that killed 241 Americans. Last week, he denied the Holocaust in an interview with NBC News.

Noah Pollak, ECI’s executive director, said: “Hassan Rouhani is trying to obscure decades of hatred, lies, and terrorism by smiling for the cameras and saying nice things at the UN. The real Rouhani is as committed to acquiring nuclear weapons as the rest of the Iranian regime.”


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  1. annie on September 24, 2013, 3:28 pm

    [update: meeting called off. ]

    omg! there’s no end to their alarmism, this is almost comical.

    meanwhile …the plot thickens! Rouhani skipped the UN luncheon!!!

    If President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart share a historic handshake, it won’t be over tuna tartare.

  2. Justpassingby on September 24, 2013, 3:29 pm

    Why not say that Rouhani is the son of Hitler while you’re at it?

    Again, what are these people doing in America?

    • Bumblebye on September 24, 2013, 4:43 pm

      The Son?! Nay! He is the cloned reincarnation! Do you not see the exact similarity?? So he shaves the toothbrush, so what!

    • Bandolero on September 24, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Saying Rouhani is Hitler or the son of Hitler wouldn’t be credible.

      It’s well known that Rouhani came – together with Khomenei – by Air France from France to rule Iran, and France isn’t known as the country of Hitler or the son of Hitler.

      Of course, the Green Belt Strategy was a social engineering project of Washington that failed to produce desired results, but for the Israel and the lobby that’s not a reason to not try it again, this time in Syria. And as they do so it’s favorible for them not to mention at all where Khomeini and Rouhani came from to take power in Iran.

  3. Woody Tanaka on September 24, 2013, 3:31 pm

    “Last week, he denied the Holocaust in an interview with NBC News.”

    Well, this is a lie; he did no such thing. So it is safe to assume that everything that the “The Emergency Committee for Israel” is a lie, as well.

  4. American on September 24, 2013, 3:46 pm

    ut oh….would Feinsten have to create a special exemption for Isr orgs? She wants to exempt net bloggers and everyone except paid journalst who work for the MSN press and media from being sheilded by the 1st Amendment. Which means they could be investigated, sued, shut down and so forth.
    btw way Feinstein– it’s called the ‘Bill of Rights’ …..not the Bill of Privilage

    Feinstein say 1st Amendment is a ‘special privilege Not a right.

    Feinstein First Amendment is a Special Privilege, Not a Right …
    ► 3:13► 3:13
    5 days ago – Uploaded by The Sound of Freedom Don’t “work” for the corporate controlled media? They’re coming for you… how long until

  5. amigo on September 24, 2013, 3:50 pm

    “Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first deprives of their senses.”


  6. anthonybellchambers on September 24, 2013, 3:58 pm

    Israel is in an invidious position vis a vis its funder and arms supplier, the US. President Obama has refused to use American troops to further Mr Netanyahu’s political agenda which has left the Likud coalition fuming and impotent.

    But there is also concern at the increasing level of criticism worldwide at Israel’s refusal to be a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) that bans the use of these WMD. It also refuses to be a party to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty -unlike the rest of the free world. Questions are now being asked in world capitals why Israel is not bound by any of the conventions relating to war and to the protection of human and civil rights.

  7. surewin on September 24, 2013, 4:05 pm

    Sorry, but could someone remind me as to what the emergency is?

  8. Citizen on September 24, 2013, 4:12 pm

    CURRY: You mention political will. Much of what Americans think about Iran is influenced by your predecessor and some statements that he had made. So let me ask you. President Ahmadinejad said, “The Holocaust is a myth.” Do you agree?
    ROUHANI (VOICE OF TRANSLATOR): I’m not historian. I’m a politician. What is important for us is that the people, the nations in our region should get closer to one another. The nations in the world should get closer to one another so that they could prevent aggression and brutality. What I could say is that the people of Palestine should not be displaced. They should return to their homes.
    CURRY: President Ahmadinejad had people believing that he wanted to wipe Israel off the map. Do you agree with this? Is that what you want?
    ROUHANI (VOICE OF TRANSLATOR): What we wish for this region is the rule of the people’s votes. We will leave in ballot boxes and the Palestinian issues who believe that people’s votes should determine the destiny of that region. The votes of all, Palestine’s and all those who belong to Palestine, that’s what we believe and what we respect.
    CURRY: So I’ve just asked you two questions that relate to things that President Ahmadinejad said that caused a lot of Americans to be concerned about Iran. And I want to know, I want to ask you again if you want to say that these statements are erroneous or if you have a problem with these statements.

    ROUHANI (VOICE OF TRANSLATOR): Why are you only returning and referring to the past? Our people and the whole world acknowledge and realize the importance of elections. The people of Iran clearly talk to the world. The people voted for someone whose voice is moderation. People voted for someone who said that in our foreign policy we are looking for constructive interaction. We are not seeking or looking for war with any nation. We are seeking peace and stability among all nations in the region. And basically speaking, we are striving for peace and stability to be restored in the world.

    • kalithea on September 24, 2013, 9:26 pm

      Ann Curry FYI, Ahmedinejad never said he wanted to wipe Israel off the map. Check your facts.

      Rouhani should have replied: Tell your Zionist masters I’m not playing their game.

  9. seafoid on September 24, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Zionism has so much American blood on its hands. But you won’t read it in the NYT.

  10. Dutch on September 24, 2013, 4:16 pm

    The ‘Emergency Committee for Israel’ … this is confusing. I thought Phil was heading that.

    @ Woody. People deny all sorts of things: humanity, equal rights, evolution, … Denying that someone else did not deny the Holocaust is just a small step.

  11. DICKERSON3870 on September 24, 2013, 4:28 pm

    RE: “Hassan Rouhani is trying to obscure decades of hatred, lies, and terrorism by smiling for the cameras . . .” ~ Emergency Committee for Israel

    MY COMMENT: Like this*? And this**?

    * Menachem Begin (Irgun Zvei Leumi) –
    ** Yitzhak Shamir: the Well-Liked Terrorist –

    P.S. This appears to be yet another instance of ‘psychological projection’ on the part of the Emergency Committee for Israel!

    FROM WIKIPEDIA [Psychological projection]:

    [EXCERPTS] Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person unconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to other people. . .
    . . . The theory was developed by Sigmund Freud – in his letters to Wilhelm Fliess, “‘Draft H’ deals with projection as a mechanism of defence” – and further refined by his daughter Anna Freud; for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as Freudian Projection.
    According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one “projects” one’s own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. ‘Emotions or excitations which the ego tries to ward off are “split out” and then felt as being outside the ego…perceived in another person’.[4] It is a common process.[5] . . .
    . . . In one example of the process, a person might have thoughts of infidelity with respect to a spouse or other partner. Instead of dealing with these undesirable thoughts consciously, the subject unconsciously projects these feelings onto the other person, and begins to think that the other has thoughts of infidelity and that the other may be having an affair. In this way, the subject may obtain ‘acquittal by his conscience – if he projects his own impulses to faithlessness on to the partner to whom he owes faith’.[7] . . .
    . . . Projection can also be established as a means of obtaining or justifying certain actions that would normally be found atrocious or heinous. This often means projecting false accusations, information, etc., onto an individual for the sole purpose of maintaining a self-created illusion. . .


  12. Woody Tanaka on September 24, 2013, 5:04 pm

    “Rouhani has ‘American blood on his hands,’ Emergency Committee for Israel says”

    And to this, I say, so what? The US and Iran have been regional political rivals for thirty-some years. How is this even surprising or a basis for objecting to diplomacy?

  13. American on September 24, 2013, 5:11 pm

    “”As a newly-elected president, he appointed as defense minister a terrorist who plotted the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that killed 241 Americans.””

    LOL, I love that they bring up this, gives us another opportunity to spread this all over the net:

    Israel Charged with Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines
    Donald Neff has been a journalist for forty years. He spent 16 years in service for Time Magazine and is a regular contributor to Middle East International and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He has written five excellent books on the Middle East.

    By Donald Neff
    Former Time Magazine Bureau Chief, Israel
    Washington Report, March 1995
    It was also published in Fifty Years of Israel

    It was 12 years ago, on March 14, 1983, that the commandant of the Marine Corps sent a highly unusual letter to the secretary of defense expressing frustration and anger at Israel. General R.H. Barrow charged that Israeli troops were deliberately threatening the lives of Marines serving as peacekeepers in Lebanon. There was, he wrote, a systematic pattern of harassment by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that was resulting in “life-threatening situations, replete with verbal degradation of the officers, their uniform and country.”

    Barrow’s letter added: “It is inconceivable to me why Americans serving in peacekeeping roles must be harassed, endangered by an ally…It is evident to me, and the opinion of the U.S. commanders afloat and ashore, that the incidents between the Marines and the IDF are timed, orchestrated, and executed for obtuse Israeli political purposes.”1

    Israel’s motives were less obtuse than the diplomatic general pretended. It was widely believed then, and now, that Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, one of Israel’s most Machiavellian politician-generals, was creating the incidents deliberately in an effort to convince Washington that the two forces had to coordinate their actions in order to avoid such tensions. This, of course, would have been taken by the Arabs as proof that the Marines were not really in Lebanon as neutral peacekeepers but as allies of the Israelis, a perception that would have obvious advantages for Israel.2

    Barrow’s extraordinary letter was indicative of the frustrations and miseries the Marines suffered during their posting to Lebanon starting on Aug. 25, 1982, as a result of Israel’s invasion 11 weeks earlier. Initially a U.S. unit of 800 men was sent to Beirut harbor as part of a multinational force to monitor the evacuation of PLO guerrillas from Beirut. The Marines, President Reagan announced, “in no case… would stay longer than 30 days.”3 This turned out to be only partly true. They did withdraw on Sept. 10, but a reinforced unit of 1,200 was rushed back 15 days later after the massacres at the Palestinian refugee camps at Sabra and Shatila that accompanied the Israeli seizure of West Beirut. The U.S. forces remained until Feb. 26, 1984.4

    During their year-and-a-half posting in Lebanon, the Marines suffered 268 killed.5 The casualties started within a week of the return of the Marines in September 1982. On the 30th, a U.S.-made cluster bomb left behind by the Israelis exploded, killing Corporal David Reagan and wounding three other Marines.6

    Corporal Reagan’s death represented the dangers of the new mission of the Marines in Lebanon. While their first brief stay had been to separate Israeli forces from Palestinian fighters evacuating West Beirut, their new mission was as part of a multinational force sent to prevent Israeli troops from attacking the Palestinian civilians left defenseless there after the withdrawal of PLO forces. As President Reagan said: “For this multinational force to succeed, it is essential that Israel withdraw from Beirut.”7

    “Incidents are timed, orchestrated, and executed for Israeli political purposes.”
    Israel’s siege of Beirut during the summer of 1982 had been brutal and bloody, reaching a peak of horror on Aug. 12, quickly known as Black Thursday. On that day, Sharon’s forces launched at dawn a massive artillery barrage that lasted for 11 straight hours and was accompanied by saturation air bombardment.8 As many as 500 persons, mainly Lebanese and Palestinian civilians, were killed.9


    • RoHa on September 24, 2013, 10:16 pm

      “It is inconceivable to me why Americans serving in peacekeeping roles must be harassed, endangered by an ally”

      There’s your problem, General Barrow. Israel isn’t an ally.

  14. American on September 24, 2013, 5:12 pm

    ”‘’However, on Feb. 2 a unit of three Israeli tanks, led by Israeli Lt. Col. Rafi Landsberg, tried to pass through Marine/Lebanese Army lines at Rayan University Library in south Lebanon. By this time, Landsberg was no stranger to the Marines. Since the beginning of January he had been leading small Israeli units in probes against the Marine lines, although such units would normally have a commander no higher than a sergeant or lieutenant. The suspicion grew that Sharon’s troops were deliberately provoking the Marines and Landsberg was there to see that things did not get out of hand. The Israeli tactics were aimed more at forcing a joint U.S.-Israeli strategy than merely probing lines.

    In the Feb. 2 incident, the checkpoint was commanded by Marine Capt. Charles Johnson, who firmly refused permission for Landsberg to advance. When two of the Israeli tanks ignored his warning to halt, Johnson leaped on Landsberg’s tank with pistol drawn and demanded Landsberg and his tanks withdraw. They did.11

    Landsberg and the Israeli embassy in Washington tried to laugh off the incident, implying that Johnson was a trigger-happy John Wayne type and that the media were exaggerating a routine event. Landsberg even went so far as to claim that he smelled alcohol on Johnson’s breath and that drunkenness must have clouded his reason. Marines were infuriated because Johnson was well known as a teetotaler. Americans flocked to Johnson’s side. He received hundreds of letters from school children, former Marines and from Commandant Barrow.12 It was a losing battle for the Israelis and Landsberg soon dropped from sight.

    But the incidents did not stop. These now included “helicopter harassment,” by which U.S.-made helicopters with glaring spotlights were flown by the Israelis over Marine positions at night, illuminating Marine outposts and exposing them to potential attack. As reports of these incidents piled up, Gen. Barrow received a letter on March 12 from a U.S. Army major stationed in Lebanon with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization (UNTSO). The letter described a systematic pattern of Israeli attacks and provocations against UNTSO troops, including instances in which U.S. officers were singled out for “near-miss” shootings, abuse and detention.13 That same day two Marine patrols were challenged and cursed by Israeli soldiers.14

    Two days later Barrow wrote his letter to Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger, who endorsed it and sent it along to the State Department”

  15. American on September 24, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Price tag time…..crank it up. Irritate the co conspirators in ECI. Divide and conquer.

    [email protected]

    Subject: Engaging in subversion against the US

    By your support of Israel and association with the ECI.
    We know what they are, what you are doing in trying to lead the US into a war with Iran.
    We will hold you responsible for all lies disseminated by ECI.
    And in our putting out the real facts on Israel we will name you and your organization, ‘American Values” as a deceptive foreign interest organzation and as co-conspirators in this subversion of the American peoples welfare.
    For every lie you tell like this one there will be a ‘price tag’ levied on your reputation for your disloyalty to the United States by countering with the truth about your motives and the Israel propaganda lobbies.

    ECI Lie:…”As a newly-elected president, he appointed as defense minister a terrorist who plotted the 1983 Marine barracks bombing that killed 241 Americans. Last week, he denied the Holocaust in an interview with NBC News.’

    US Marine Corp Truth……link to

    ‘Israel Charged with Systematic Harassment of U.S. Marines
    Donald Neff has been a journalist for forty years. He spent 16 years in service for Time Magazine and is a regular contributor to Middle East International and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. He has written five excellent books on the Middle East.

    By Donald Neff
    Former Time Magazine Bureau Chief, Israel
    Washington Report, March 1995
    It was also published in Fifty Years of Israel

    It was 12 years ago, on March 14, 1983, that the commandant of the Marine Corps sent a highly unusual letter to the secretary of defense expressing frustration and anger at Israel. General R.H. Barrow charged that Israeli troops were deliberately threatening the lives of Marines serving as peacekeepers in Lebanon. There was, he wrote, a systematic pattern of harassment by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that was resulting in “life-threatening situations, replete with verbal degradation of the officers, their uniform and country.”

  16. annie on September 24, 2013, 7:05 pm

    ECI has on it’s ‘real rouhani’ website this allegation/link:

    2. Rouhani in a campaign speech on May 8th, 2013: “Saying ‘Death to America’ is easy. We need to express ‘Death to America’ with action.” (The Wall Street Journal, 08/07/13)

    links here: “About That New ‘Moderate’ Iranian Cabinet . . .
    Rouhani’s ministers have a history of denouncing ‘the arrogance,’ aka the U.S. and its allies.”

    it’s blocking me out and i cannot read it. but when i googled the allegation by ‘news’ not web, it says:

    « View all articles in this story
    No articles related to Death to America is easy. We need to express Death to America with action were found.

    (my bold) can anyone tell me exactly what the wsj link says, with blockquote?

    • Bandolero on September 24, 2013, 7:25 pm

      “can anyone tell me exactly what the wsj link says, with blockquote?”

      Fast-forward to May 8, 2013, when Mr. Rouhani was campaigning for the presidency. “Saying ‘Death to America’ is easy,” Mr. Rouhani said in a speech in the city of Karaj, according to the state-run Mehr News Agency. “We need to express ‘Death to America’ with action. Saying it is easy.”

      For me, browsing the web without javascript, a google cache of the article is available at this link:

      • annie on September 24, 2013, 7:26 pm

        thanks bandolero

        by Sohrab Ahmari

        Sohrab Ahmari is a conservative Iranian-American writer. Formerly a non-resident fellow at the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society, Ahmari is the assistant books editor for the Wall Street Journal. Ahmari’s articles and commentaries have also been published in neoconservative outlets Commentary and the Weekly Standard, as well as the Tablet, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, and the Boston Globe.[1]

        Described by former Media Matters writer MJ Rosenberg as “the neocons’ favorite Iranian,” Ahmari has been a vocal advocate of U.S.-imposed regime change in his native Iran, which he left as a teenager. Rosenberg likened Ahmari to Ahmed Chalabi, the formerly exiled Iraqi politician who curried favor with U.S. neoconservatives ahead of the Iraq War and lent an Iraqi name to the list of those supporting the U.S. invasion.[3]

        it may behoove us to take mr Ahmari’s words w/a grain of salt.

      • Bandolero on September 24, 2013, 7:37 pm

        And, who may expect that the alleged quote was a misquote?

        As far as I understand, the Mehr News article in question is this one:

        And, as far as I understand what Rouhani said, a good translation of what he said may be:

        “It is easy to say death to America but what’s important is to thwart the American conspiracies.”

        That sounds to me completely different than what the Israel lobby claims as what he said.

      • annie on September 24, 2013, 8:10 pm

        thank you very much for the link. i think you are much more qualified than myself to search in farsi!

        i agree it is probably a misquote. from the rest of the article written about Ahmari on rightweb, i wouldn’t trust him to be honest. a

        and from a simple google translate of your appears:

        science can not relate to a particular country , Ali Sina Tbsh great books in the world still in use .

        Should we experience the world

        not mean independence, the independence of the human experience possible.

        Former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council said: Why are some countries where we have lower today ahead of us in terms of human and social development and Why Malaysia is ahead of us .

        CSR chairman of the Expediency Council , said : ‘We pioneered and developed countries in the region and we were in the vanguard of the struggle against imperialism , but we do not war against Iraq was a war against the world .

        Presidential candidate by saying that we are not powerless in the political world, he added conspired to thwart America is important , but it is easy to say death to America .

        this provides a different kind of context. especially since they are talking about competing on the world stage, scientific development, their university students. thwarting imperialism is not just slogans, that sort of thing.

  17. Bandolero on September 24, 2013, 9:21 pm

    Let’s see how Rouhani’s message contrasts with that of the Israel lobby.

    The New York Times reports:

    Iran’s New President Preaches Tolerance in First U.N. Appearance

  18. Citizen on September 25, 2013, 4:39 am

    The translation of the Curry interview I posted above on this thread, wherein Rouhani dodges her holocaust denial claim by saying he’s not a historian and why not focus on today’s issues, may be mistranslated or edited. In this version, Rouhani clearly condemns the holocaust as a historic crime against humanity:

    Maybe he said this subsequent to the Curry interview. But he said it!

  19. yrn on September 25, 2013, 8:14 am

    When Rouhani was asked whether he agreed with Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust was myth, Rouhani fluffed his lines.

    “I’m not historian. I’m a politician,” he said.

    Well guess Mr. Wiess would say “I’m not historian. I’m a journalist,”
    Hostage would say I’m not historian. I’m an attorney,”

    and this will be acceptable in Mondowiess.

    • Woody Tanaka on September 26, 2013, 10:57 am

      If someone asked as irrelevant a question to them as Curry did to Rouhani, sure. In fact, that’s the proper way to handle such an irrelevant question.

  20. kalithea on September 25, 2013, 1:32 pm

    Hypothetical Amanpour interview with Rouhani:

    A: Do you believe the Holocaust happened?

    R: Yes, I do. But rather than repeat this question every time you interview me, would you instead please ask me next time: Do you believe the Nakba happened?

    A: Are you kidding me??? My uber paranoid Zionist masters would fire me in a New York minute!

    R: And then you question freedom of the press in Iran!

    A: Speaking of that: Do you believe Iran is a real democracy?

    R: Iran is as democratic as Israel if not more. While Zionists believe democracy is dangerous to the sustainability of Zionism, ie the Jewishness of the state, Iran’s leaders believe democracy is the tool the CIA and Mossad use to create deceptive utopist illusions and foment chaos and violence to weaken powerful, influential and independent countries like Iran that America wants to control via puppet leaders. If our political candidates are vetted by a council; in America your candidates are vetted by a foreign Zionist Lobby, and the careers of rogue, maverick candidates who defy Lobby influence are destroyed by same and in Israel the system is totally rigged against any party or politician that puts Zionism at risk.

    A: And what have you to say about Iran’s human rights record?

    R: Unfortunately, Iran is plagued with foreign-funded terrorist groups and operatives, and I won’t make excuses for how we handle these problems. And yes, religion and morality very much influence our laws. But as far as human rights are concerned, Israel is way up there in violations of the human rights of millions of people and their penal system is rife with abuses and torture. They have a secret prison where some prisoners disappear forever. And don’t let me get started on Israeli religious and race discrimination. And the U.S. has renditions, torture and then you have the Gitmo gulag and the government spies on its citizens, and the U.S. has a shameful record of slavery and racism. So who’s calling the kettle black here?

    A: Okay, okay, but you’re building a nuclear bomb, right?

    R: Once again you’re resorting to the Zionist script. Iran is a vast country, rich in resources and doesn’t need to invade anyone and hasn’t invaded anyone in modern history. Those who are poor in natural resources and greedy for more are the ones who go around trying to control everyone to get what they want, however, Saddam was the exception to that rule and yet America helped him and let him gas thousands of Iranians. And then by way of deception America invaded Iraq. Israel has provoked wars in the region for years, and practically razed Lebanon to the ground in the first war, and also lied to be able to carpet bomb Gaza in Cast Lead. So who is not worthy of trust here? The record speaks for itself. Our goal is to continue to be a great nation, rich in history and culture, scientifically advanced and rich in energy resources. No doubt this makes others like Saudi Arabia and Israel envious and insecure. We have a lot to defend; DEFEND being the operative word.

    A: Thank you for your time.

    • Bandolero on September 25, 2013, 4:12 pm

      If I’ld be Rouhani I’ld put another question to Amanpour:

      Do you believe that the US helped us – the Islamic movement – to get rid of the Shah and make Khomeini the leader of Iran?

      I’ld be interested in her answer, cause Amanpour is not only married to Zionism, but also a relative of the Shah, and I think, she is a great supporter of the Shah, and that’s where her hatred for the Islamtic Republic comes from. And the Shah said he believed the US and the Brits was behind his ouster.

  21. eljay on September 25, 2013, 1:54 pm

    >> Hypothetical Amanpour interview with Rouhani:

    It’s a pity that hypothetical Mr. Rouhani resorts to comparisons with Israel and the U.S. in order to justify his country’s shortcomings. It looks no better than Israel defending its actions by pointing to Iran’s shortcomings.

    • kalithea on September 25, 2013, 3:58 pm

      Yeah, but when Israel and the U.S. set themselves up as the beacons of democracy and morality (i.e. IDF the most “moral” army…pfft!) and wave their superiority in everyone’s face it’s only natural that others will rush to comparisons of this nature to point out the blatant hypocrisy and double standard. And lest we forget, Iran is a very Muslim country where state and Islam are indivisible; let’s be realistic; Sweden it ain’t and never will be! Hello!

      This is planet Earth and there would be fewer problems if we used that point of departure, i.e. our own genuine imperfection, when embarking on the monumental task of changing others instead of setting up the unfortunate victim of our “righteous” mission for predictable failure because we fail miserably to live up to the impossible standard we try to force upon others.

      Trouble is though, 9 times out of 10, the mission isn’t so righteous is it?

    • piotr on September 25, 2013, 6:58 pm

      It is safe to say that actual Rouhani would not make comparisons with Israel. First, no Islamist would make an explicit reference, I guess “the regime in al-Quds” is as direct as it can get. Second, I do not think that he would make an argument along the lines “we are not so bad”, but something along the lines that democracy means the government reflecting the will of the people, their tradition and religion. If American people wish to worship plutocracy as it accords with their tradition than it is up to them, and not for him to criticize, but Iran is inspired by the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him etc. As a smooth talker with a good translator, he would probably put it in less confrontational words.

      About human rights, he would argue similarly.

      About nukes, he would simply remind the reporter that Islam, as interpreted by the Supreme Leader of Iran, is against making and using of such weapons and contrary to slander from certain circles, all branches of Iranian government take it very seriously.

    • kalithea on September 25, 2013, 9:57 pm

      Hopefully, my reply to your comment will show up. Sure Iran has a dismal record on H.R. and perhaps democracy, like the other two, except for the fact that the U.S. and Israel brag to the four winds about their superiority on these issues and Iran has the double whammy of having to deal with foreign-funded and supported terrorists and CIA/Mossad operatives posing as hikers, tourists, journalists and innocent U.S. soldiers just visiting relatives in Iran, and yet no comment on my hypothetical Rouhani reply to the Holocaust issue and the nuke issue; you know, the Nakba and deterrence replies?

      Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

  22. yrn on September 26, 2013, 9:31 am

    Iran news agency slams CNN for ‘fabricating’ Rouhani’s Holocaust remarks
    “According to Fars, the word ‘Holocaust’ as well as the statement “whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn” are “the worst parts of the fabrications which totally change what President Rouhani has said.”

    So who is the Liar here…..?

    • Woody Tanaka on September 26, 2013, 10:57 am

      “So who is the Liar here…..?”

      Apparently, Christiane Amanpour.

      And The Emergency Committee for Israel. And Benji Netanyahoo. Because the translation of Rouhani’s remarks show that they are lying about Rouhani.


      Rouhani’s: “I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews, the same way that if today any crime is committed against any nation or any religion or any people or any belief, we condemn that crime and genocide. Therefore, what the Nazis did is condemned, (but) the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar.”

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