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23 Sep 2010 03:105 Comments

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Iran Blames Mahabad Attack on Israel

Tabnak | Sept 22

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Wednesday that the terrorist attack in the city of Mahabad was Israel's reaction to Tehran's successful diplomacy in New York.

"The terrorist attack in Mahabad is the reaction of Israeli agents and the supporters of the Zionist regime to the country's defensive prowess in the Sacred Defense Week and the successes of the Islamic Republic of Iran's active diplomacy in the biggest international arena in New York," Press TV quoted Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

A bomb explosion in the city of Mahabad in West Azarbaijan Province on Wednesday left 12 people dead and 70 others injured. The terrorist attack took place where people were watching a military parade. No group or person has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

"This terrorist attack coincided with the influential presence of the Iranian delegation headed by Dr. Ahmadinejad in New York and his influential public diplomacy in raising public awareness as well as his defense of our country's rightful stances," IRNA quoted Mehmanparast as saying.

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Successful diplomacy in NY?! What is he talking about?
Did AN have another highly successful meeting with a bunch of empty seats? I think by "successful diplomacy in NY" he must mean that they finally found a hotel willing to tolerate the presence of his excellency for a couple of nights!

Cy / September 23, 2010 4:03 AM

cy- you are just jealous. which leader of any developing or Muslim country gets the number of interviews on prime time TV that Ahmedinejad has achieved on each visit to NY. His answers and style of of responses are human and makes the interviewer and listener ponder over their own pre-conceptions and prejudices about Iran, Islam and other important world issues that have caused such deep fissures in international relations and could easily lead to a major clash between the Christian (Western) and Muslim (Eastern) worlds. Majority of the western political elite are deep in the pockets of powerful lobby groups particularly that around Israel and the neo-cons. Their major concern is to hold on to power as long as possible and enjoy the benefits of their position and they know very well who they need to keep happy if they want to keep enjoying their privileges, certainly not the general public! The question is why Obama refuses to give interviews to Iranian media. The only interview he gave to a Persian channel was the one under patronage of the UK govt. Out of over 100 representatives only the US and other Western delegates (who take their orders from Washington/Tel Aviv anyhow) marched out, the rest of the world stayed and applauded. He made some brilliant points and you should take care to read his whole speech without prejudice.

rezvan / September 30, 2010 4:38 PM


1. I wonder if you truly believe that the reason behind the tremendous coverage that Ahmadinejad receives on his annual trips to NY is that major newspapers and TV broadcasters think that his comments are going to lead to an improvement in relations between the Muslim world and the rest of the world and avert some sort of upcoming clash of civilisations. Ask yourself why broadcasters ranging from FOX News to CNN, which presumably in your worldview are "in the pockets of powerful lobby groups" and under "Zionist control" decide to give him such publicity which you assess as favorable?! Surely they should be desparate to limit his publicity and deprive the world of his pearls of wisdom. Surely they would not want to provide him an opportunity to improve Islam's image in the world and disrupt their masters' plans for global domination!

I think it is clear who benefits from him getting the maximum level of coverage possible.

2. If you think that disgust at Ahmadinejad and his mannerism and rhetoric is limited "only to the US and other Western delegates" you are very wrong. I assure you that by the end of his speech at the General Assembly "the rest of the world" did not "stay and applaud". If you think delegates from countries such as Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, etc. found his speech worthy of anything more than ridicule I think you are mistaken.

I can sense that you genuinly care about your faith and the way that it is perceived. I suggest you rethink whether Ahmadinejad and the Islamic Republic are worthy representatives of your religion and how well they serve its interests. 30 years into this regime's existence we see that a powerful anti-clericalism has formed in Iranian society which I think is unrivaled not only in Muslim countries but in the world. Insulting religious scholars (mullahs, etc.) has become a norm in Iranian discourse among the masses whereas before it was limited to the elite. This is only the beginning. Every day that passes anti-clerical sentiments will become more intense and widespread and Islam itself will lose support in Iran. This is a familiar pattern that we see is common in the history of countries where religious legitimacy is used to govern with an iron fist. 30 years is a very short time in the history of a country like Iran. If I were you I'd be worried about what another 30 years of the Islamic Republic is going to do to Islam in Iran.

Cy / September 30, 2010 10:48 PM

cy- there are only a few saints in this world of many sinners and i am sure a fair proportion of those are represented amongst the 'turbanned' ones. Anyone can choose to speak o.b.o. any religion or ideology but it does not make that person representative for that faith. I do not remember AN saying anywhere that he represents 'Islam'. He and those who espouse an 'Islamist' politicial discourse of all hues and shades certainly represent a good section of Muslim public opinion even within Iran just as the 'tea party' right wing Christians neo-cons of the Republican party in the US represent a swath of US public opinion that would not accept it being called 'racist' but who in practice are pretty much racist and xenophobic in their opposition to the proposed Muslim centre and other things 'Islamic' or ' Muslim' in their midst. Whatever AN's motives, and only God knows what lies in the hearts and minds of people, what he called for is his right as president of Iran and neighbour of two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, which have suffered hundreds of thousands of deaths and invasions (one illegal) arising out of the US's self declared 'war on terror' on the hapless and mostly helpless peoples of these countries. All this happened because of 9/11. As the Koran says 'when you hear some news and are unsure of the truthfulness of its source then verify it first lest you may harm the innocents due to acting on it'. The 9/11 incident needs to be properly investigated by an international truth commission so that the many loose strands can be looked into properly. See for yourself the documentary 'loose change'. Something to ponder over??

rezvan / October 3, 2010 1:51 AM

Islamic bigotry and Arab racism blame all their "brothers vs brother" crimes in their own world, upon the Jews. That's what bigotry is all about.

Ginasoni / December 10, 2010 6:28 AM