Are the Iranian election protests another US orchestrated �color revolution�?
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jun 23, 2009, 00:22
A number of
commentators have expressed their idealistic belief in the purity of Mousavi, Montazeri, and the westernized youth of
Tehran. The CIA destabilization plan, announced two years ago (see below) has
somehow not contaminated unfolding events.
The claim is made that Ahmadinejad stole the election,
because the outcome was declared too soon after the polls closed for all the
votes to have been counted. However, Mousavi declared his victory several hours
before the polls closed. This is classic CIA destabilization designed to
discredit a contrary outcome. It forces an early declaration of the vote. The
longer the time interval between the preemptive declaration of victory and the
release of the vote tally, the longer Mousavi has to create the impression that
the authorities are using the time to fix the vote. It is amazing that people
don�t see through this trick.
Grand Ayatollah Montazeri�s charge that the election was stolen, he was the
initial choice to succeed Khomeini, but lost out to the current Supreme Leader.
He sees in the protests an opportunity to settle the score with Khamenei.
Montazeri has the incentive to challenge the election whether or not he is
being manipulated by the CIA, which has a successful history of manipulating
There is a
power struggle among the ayatollahs. Many are aligned against Ahmadinejad
because he accuses them of corruption, thus playing to the Iranian countryside
where Iranians believe the ayatollahs� lifestyles indicate an excess of power
and money. In my opinion, Ahmadinejad�s attack on the ayatollahs is
opportunistic. However, it does make it odd for his American detractors to say
he is a conservative reactionary lined up with the ayatollahs.
are �explaining� the Iran
elections based on their own illusions, delusions, emotions, and vested
interests. Whether or not the poll results predicting Ahmadinejad�s win are
sound, there is, so far, no evidence beyond surmise that the election was
stolen. However, there are credible reports that the CIA has been working for
two years to destabilize the Iranian government.
On May 23,
2007, Brian Ross and Richard Esposito reported on ABC News: �The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert �black� operation to destabilize the Iranian
government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell ABC
On May 27,
2007, the London Telegraph independently reported: �Mr. Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a
propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually
topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.�
A few days
previously, the Telegraph reported on May 16, 2007, that Bush administration neocon
warmonger John Bolton told the Telegraph that a US military attack on
Iran would �be a �last option� after
economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed.�
On June 29,
2008, Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker: �Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund
a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and
former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for
which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described
in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the
country�s religious leadership.�
protests in Tehran no doubt have many sincere participants. The protests also
have the hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine.
total blindness not to see this.
McAdams has made some telling points.
example, neoconservative Kenneth Timmerman wrote the day before the election that �there�s talk of a �green revolution� in Tehran.� How would
Timmerman know that unless it was an orchestrated plan? Why would there be a
�green revolution� prepared prior to the vote, especially if Mousavi and his
supporters were as confident of victory as they claim? This looks like definite
evidence that the US is involved in the election protests.
goes on to write that �the National
Endowment for Democracy has spent millions of
dollars promoting �color� revolutions . . . Some of that money appears to have
made it into the hands of pro-Mousavi groups, who have ties to non-governmental
organizations outside Iran that the National Endowment for Democracy funds.�
own neocon Foundation for Democracy is �a private, non-profit organization established in 1995 with grants from
the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), to promote democracy and
internationally-recognized standards of human rights in Iran.�
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President
Reagan�s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University,
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was
awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the
author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider�s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for
Peter Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
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