As part of a ridiculous speech by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei is quoted as referring to the British government as the “most evil” in the Western World. Quite a statement. And quite ironic, given that the people calling us “evil” then went on to chant “death to Britain, death to America, death to Israel” Now, usually, these people dislike The USA; which over the past eight years is quite understandable, but they have much less reason to despise America these days, given it’s lack of Maniac and Vice Maniac. The USA has acted brilliantly, and taken no solid line against the quite obviously rigged election; no reason for Iran to blame America. And so they’ve moved on to hating us. Which is fine, we hate our Government too. But I suspect Iran’s Supreme Leader dislikes us, for different reasons.
The Home Office has recently provided the funds to set up the BBC Persia Television Channel, even though the Iranian Government referred to it’s creation as “against National Security“. The Head of Intelligence within Iran, Gholam Hossein Mohseini Ejehi, stated of the new BBC Persia Channel “We don’t consider this channel to be appropriate for our security. We will take the necessary measures in this regard.” Member of the Iranian Parliament, Mohammad Karim Abedi said that the BBC were planning to recruit spies, through it’s new Persian Channel. In January 2009 The minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi banned all Iranian journalists from working for the BBC. Harandi went on to say “Considering the BBC’s history of creating chaos in Iran, and its efforts to set the various strata of Iranian society against each other, the presence of the BBC Persian TV in the Islamic Republic is deemed to be illegal“.
During the election, the BBC began to broadcast reports that the election may be rigged. BBC Persia started experiencing problems with it’s broadcast, citing “heavy electronic jamming” as the problem, from Friday through to Sunday. In Tehran, as this “heavy electronic jamming” was taking place, for a brief time on Sunday, BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson was arrested along with a number of other reporters, after filming anti-Ahmadinejad protests. Iran seems to have taken exception to any form of broadcast showing descent in the Capital. BBC Persia is hugely popular in Iran, and widely influential. It isn’t the first time it has experienced problems within Iran. In January 2006, anyone inside Iran who tried to access the BBC Persia Website, were greeted with a “Access Denied” page. There had been no explanation from Iran for why this happened.
BBC trying to influence the minds of a Nation against it’s government? Far fetched right? Well, not necessarily. In 1953, a covert operation designed to dethrone the democratically-elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammed Mosaddeq, codenamed “Operation Ajax” was conducted by MI6 of the UK, with CIA involvement also. The plot was undertaken to obtain control of Iran’s oil fields, which they feared would fall into the hands of the Soviets. Churchill, the British Prime Minister at the time, used the BBC to push forward our agenda, and eventually using the BBC to provide the codeword “exactly” into a midnight time check, on BBC Persia Radio Service giving the go ahead from the UK Government for operatives inside Iran, to begin the coup. The coup was successful, and Modaddeq was subsequently replaced by Fazlollah Zahedi. So it isn’t necessarily as far fetched as one may first think, that the World’s largest broadcaster, the BBC could be used for the dirty work of the British Government. Recently, George Galloway referred to the BBC, as the “Bush Blair Corporation” for it’s coverage of the Iraq War.
But the Cold War is over. There is no particular reason why the BBC needs to attack the Iranian government. The British Government, especially given the past couple of months, has far deeper problems on it’s hands, than the Iranian election.
It would seem that in a World without Bush and Cheney, it’s much more difficult to blame America for propaganda’s sake. And so, they appear to have moved on, like propaganda whores jumping from one “enemy” to another, and we’re the target. Britain. Purely because they don’t like the BBC, because the BBC is not constantly masturbating the egos of Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah.
The World is an odd place.