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Media Watch | 'Kayhan' on Sanctions: 'The West Is the Biggest Loser'

20 Mar 2012 03:46Comments

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KhomeiniShariatmadari.jpg[ media watch ] A Tehran Bureau contributor provides a look at Sunday's edition of Kayhan and its "Note of the Day." Kayhan (Universe), founded in 1942 and now one of Iran's oldest daily newspapers, has been under state control since the 1979 Revolution. Read by a conservative, religious audience, it consistently takes a hard line on domestic and foreign policy issues. Its editor, Hossein Shariatmadari, served as a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps during the Iran-Iraq War (he is seen here with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a photograph taken during the conflict). He is considered a close confidant of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -- The Editors

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Front-page headline

"Disagreements Escalate in the European Union: Sanctioning Iran Has Backfired"

Note of the Day

"1390, Year of the Blossoming of the Community of Believers and the Principle of the Rule of the Imams"

The unsigned column reviews the past Iranian year (1390), on the eve of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which begins Tuesday. Referring to the recent parliamentary elections, Kayhan claims that they resulted in "the death of the 2009 presidential intrigue," which has delivered the "greatest political damage" to the Westerners.

The column then describes how the newspaper worked to expose and raise "awareness" of the "enemy's project." This was done first by the paper "not taking sides" -- that is, by calling for unity among principlists. Second, Kayhan called for groups in the last parliamentary elections to use "competitive methods and language in such a way that the enemy would not feel that cracks have entered the principlist family."

Here, the Supreme Leader, "with his deep trust in the divine covenant and his fatherly insights into the thinking patterns and practices of the Islamic society of Iran," played a pivotal role: "He was the only one who predicted decisively, and without any doubt, the exuberant and enemy-breaking participation of the people [in the parliamentary elections] and drew the attention of all of Iran's opponents in the world to the fact that the guiding and motivating center of this country is nourished from a power whose source and origin cannot be understood by people who are the prisoners of this worldly framework."

Iran as regional model

Besides the parliamentary elections, the column asserts that "the concentration of threats and pressures on Iran reached their apex because Iran's potential for becoming a progressive and inspiring model for the region had reached its apex."

In response, the West has used the nuclear issue to justify its hostile actions, although, Kayhan argues, the concerns of Iran's adversaries go "far beyond that issue." The West, it declares, is "worried about a far greater and much more horrendous event." The United states and its allies, in sum, are determined that the Islamic Republic not be seen as the model for the region which the Supreme Leader has pronounced it as. But even as the West hopes other countries in the Middle East move in the direction of the Turkish model, according to the column, recent events in the region show that the model of Iran is spreading as "these countries are tending toward political Islam and are openly declaring their enmity to the United States and Israel."

Reviewing the past 30 years since the Revolution, Kayhan sees 1390 as a turning point: "The West has never been any weaker and its efforts against Iran have never been this hopeless and reactionary." The column states that the Western powers have failed to force Iranians to "rethink the unprecedented consensus between the government and the people about turning Iran into the number one power in the region."

Kayhan then returns to its own efforts: the paper, it says, worked hard in the past year, "with reliance on detailed and documented reports from first-rate sources and with subtle analyses using reliable information, to describe the many dimensions of this scenario [Western intrigue] for the Iranian nation. For this purpose, Kayhan is surveying almost all external sources."

Sanctions and military threats

Concerning the international sanctions that have been imposed on the Islamic Republic, Kayhan states, "Having made reference to the massive volume of reports by Western sources themselves...the West is the biggest loser of this game."

Regarding threats that Israel and/or the United States might launch a military strike on Iran, the column declares that "the massive volume of reports and analyses published by Kayhan demonstrate that a considerable number of Western analysts have expressed very serious doubts about the credibility of such hollow threats and their ability to affect the will of the people and of the state." The Western "mass media empire of lies has censored" such analyses, according to the column.

"Hope and satisfaction" on the horizon

Kayhan concludes that the coming Iranian year will be "without a doubt a year of more complicated confrontations."

However, it states with certitude, "The hard-earned experiences that Iran has gained over these years, the expertise it has acquired in managing complex crises, and the deep and sturdy unity that exists between the Islamic community of believers and the principle of the rule of the Imams have combined to create conditions such that on the horizon of the future nothing but hope and satisfaction can be seen."

Copyright © 2012 Tehran Bureau

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