How the Crafty Mullahs of Iran were Fooled by Bashar Assad & America.
The Rise and Fall of Shiism
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
On August 27, Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi passed away. Hardly anyone remembers him now though during the rule of the Shah of Iran he led Iranian students in America in constant protest and rallies against the tyrant.
I had the honor of talking to him. When Imam Khomeini overthrew the Shah through a popular mass uprising, Yazdi became his interpreter and his voice to the world. America opposed the Imam right from the beginning. I used to rebut the anti-Iran and anti-Imam propaganda as editor of a widely distributed magazine titled Islamic Revolution.
With the help of one of Dr. Yazdi's closest associates I was able to interview Imam Khomeini first in Qum and then in Tehran. Some of this material was published in my book titled Khomeini's Iran.
The original leadership of the revolution was decimated by terrorists working for western powers. But for the love the masses had for the Imam,, the revolution would have collapsed. However the new ,leadership was Shi'a in the old style sectarianism. There was a parting of ways between the open minded groups supporting Yazdi and the sincere but rigid new Shia leadership. I thought there was still hope for revolutionary forces under as long as Imam Khomeini was alive. So I left Yazdi's people and continued to support the Imam. During the Iraq-Iran war I was solidly with Iran and visited the horrific war fronts to report on Iraqi aggression [which was supported by the Arab regimes and America.]
Unfortunately I found to my dismay that Ayatollah Montazeri, the obvious successor to the Imam, had been removed in an internal coup. The new Iran was Iran was emerging as solidly Shia [in the sectarian sense]. There were a few years of nationalism but the surge of Shia doctrine gradually submerged it.
In 1982, the people of Hama rose against the Syrian tyrant Hafez al-Assad. The regime sealed off all news of its atrocities and destroyed Hama, building casinos where there had been mosques. I was in Iran at that time and noticed that there was hardly a ripple of concern about Hama, with only a paragraph of the news of Hama in Tehran Times.
Gradually the regime inside became more and more tyrannical. Azam Taleghani, the daughter of one of the founders of the revolution, Ayatollah Taleghani, who had suddenly and strangely died, was protesting the increasingly restrictive policies of the regime. I complained to some of the authorities about how she was being treated and was told not to speak out otherwise I might be arrested.
Iran after the revolution had an intensely anti-American culture. During parades, the troops would march over the American flag draped on the street. "Murg bur Amrika" was such a popular slogan that every Iranian child chanted it.
After Khomeini, the crafty Mullahs who took over completely, started sneaky connections with America. They supported, very carefully, the American invasion of Afghanistan. The deadly sanctions imposed on Iraq were supported by Iran all the way. The Iraqi air force sought shelter in Iran to evade the deadly American assault and the air force was seized by the Iranians.
By that time I was fiercely against the sanctions on Iraq.
Bashar Assad, the new tyrant of Syria, a clever supporter of Israel and America, insidiously fooled the Iranians into thinking that he had given up his traditional Alawite [Nusairi[ sect and had become a regular Shia. The Syrian regime had carried out massacres of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon [where Syria had an occupation army]. When Israel attacked Syria, the Syrian forces collapsed rapidly in the Six Day war. After that Syria never fired a shot at Israel.
When the western powers ordered Syria to get out of Lebanon, it hastened to get out. The Assad regime convinced Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon that with the help of Syria, a Shiite empire would emerge all the way from Tehran through Damascus to Beirut.
Assad kept up a steady stream of propaganda to indicate that kit wanted to "liberate" Palestine. In the meantime, America was sending people to Syria to be tortured. The case of Arar [of Canada] is well known.
When a popular uprising broke out against Assad, Iran supported Assad. Mujahideen from all ovder the world went to Syria to stop the horrendous massacres of Syria's unarmed people by the regime's death squads. Assad claimed that the western powers were trying to overthrow him!
The mujahideen who had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq against America organized, trained and armed thousands of Syrians. They helped the defectors from Assad's army to stop the massacres.
When Assad started wobbling owing to the waves of uprising across Syria, the regime appealed to Iran and Hizbullah for help. The plea was that the dream of the Shia empire would fail and Palestine would not be liberated.
[Remember that during Israeli invasions of Gaza, Hizbullah did NOTHING.]
Hizbullah sent in several thousand of its best forces but it could not change the situation and started suffering casualties.
Assad was wobbling again. That's when Iran came in with weekly shipments of weapons, huge financial help and finally Revolitionary Guards and artillery. Iran suffered heavily for Assad, including the death of senior officers.
Within the mujahideen groups too changes took place. Owing to unthinkable atrocities by the Assad regime, the people wanted a powerful response and retaliation. This came in the shape of the Islamic Caliphate which united Syria with Iraq.
The Islamic Caliphate took over half of Syria and parts of Iraq. Again the Assad regime started wobbling. The IS forces executed several hundred Assad forces as criminals who committed genocide against the Syrian people.
The Syrian regime was again near collapse despite heavy Iranian support. That's when Russia came in to save Assad and started the daily bombing of the Islamic forces on a scale which was not possible for Assad.
To understand American-Israeli strategy, we must note that at all three interventions, America did not protest, even formally.
Hizbullah. Iran. Russia: All three are supposed to be opponents of America. Not a word against their intervention.
America took advantage of these interventions to enter Syria from the north east to attack the Islamic State. It has created a force under its control, made out of Kurdish Communists and Kurdish nationalists. The US air force is bombing the Islamic State on a daily basis, leading the Kurds to the capital of of the Islamic State. America has gone to the extent of bombing the women and children of the Islamic State who had fled al-Raqqa to seek refuge in Mayadein [south east Syria].
In Iraq, the Shia regime and America and Iran are collaborating big time with each other. There is no mystery or conspiracy in Iraq. USA has a well established military base in Erbil and a huge air base in Anbar province. In Mosul, American special forces and "advisers" were embedded with the Shia armada.
Imam Khomeini taught that the slightest cooperation with America meant the death of the revolution. Shiism has reached its nadir.