Paris, 24 Feb. (IPS) As religious and sectarian killings in Iraq intensifies, with major Arab nations uniting their forces to stop the growth in strength and popularity of the Sh’ia Muslims, but particularly non Arab Iran that is aiming at becoming the Middle East’s super power, Arab historians, intellectuals, journalists and ulemas have started a vigorous anti-Iranian, anti Shi’a campaign.
In this framework, Mahmoud Al-Sayyed Al-Dugheim, a Syrian-born historian based in London told recently the Dubai-based Aljazeera Television that Iran has established a global Shi’ite Government that operates in accordance with the “Protocols of the Mollahs of Qom”, aimed at annihilating the Sunnis.
Iran has established a global Shi’ite Government that operates in accordance with the “Protocols of the Mollahs of Qom”, aimed at annihilating the Sunnis.
Last week, Sheykh Yussef Al Zarqawi, the Head of the International Union of the Muslim’s Most Learned (Olama), in a duel with Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Islamic regime of Iran’s number two personality on Al Jazeera about “friendship and unity between all branches of Islam”, overtly accused the Shi’ites of cursing first caliphs of Islam, including Abou Bakr and Aisha, the last and young wife of Mohammad, but particularly Omar, whom, according to Mr. Zarqawi, had “liberated Iran from the fire worshipers”, referring to the Zoroastrians, ignoring that not only the Zoroastrians were deists, they were also the first to introduce monotheism, and this centuries before Islam.
For his part, Hasan Haydar, a columnist at the pan Arab daily “Al Hayat”, denounced the "culture of death" that Iran is spreading in the Arab world by means of the resistance movements in Lebanon and in Palestine.
The following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian-born historian Mahmoud Al-Sayyed Al-Dugheim, aired on Al-Jazeera TV on 30 January 2007.
Mahmoud Al-Sayyed Al-Dugheim: "We consider the Zionist plan to be dangerous to the Arab nation, but even more dangerous is the Safavid Sassanian Iranian plan to restore the Empire of Cyrus, which would range from Greece to Egypt, and the Arabian Peninsula, in addition to other regions. The Zionist plan was unable to penetrate the ranks of Islamic unity, the way the Safavid Iranian plan did. The collaborators with the Zionists throughout the Arab and Islamic world are too ashamed to reveal themselves, while the collaborators with the Sassanian Safavid plan boast about it in public. Wasn't it one of their leaders who said yesterday: 'We are a Lebanon in Iran, and an Iran in Lebanon?.
"While the Zionist plan targets Jerusalem, which is holy to us, the Safavid plan targets Mecca and Al-Madina. If you go back to their books - which they do not mention in the media, yet these books exist and are accepted by them - they claim that their Hidden Imam will come to Mecca and al-Madina, destroy the al-Haram Mosque and the Mosque of the Prophet, and dig in the graves of Abu Bakr and Omar and burn them both, and then he will command the wind to blow them away. He will also dig in the grave of Aisha, the Mother of the Believers, and will execute her. All this is part of their plan".
"The Shah was most definitely one of the sworn enemies of the Arabs, but he did not legislate a law to persecute the Sunni Muslims, who constitute one-third of the Iranian population. The new Iranian constitution persecutes Sunni Muslims in Iran, while it gives constitutional rights to the Zoroastrians, the Jews, and the Christians. This constitution denies the Sunnis these rights. There is no Sunni mosque in Tehran, even though there are over two million Sunni Muslims there".
"All these actions are part of the 50-year plan of the Protocols of the Mollahs of Qom. This plan has been published and is well known. It aims to infiltrate the Sunni Muslim countries, to annihilate them, and to sow civil strife between the ruler and his subjects, all within fifty years".
"Listen to the following secret communiqué: “At the command and with the guidance of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the Supreme Guide of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and under the title “The Shi'a of Ali Are Victorious”, the extended conference of the world's Shi’ites was held in the holy city of Qom. It was attended by the leaders of all Shi’ite parties and religious authorities. The conference decided that a global organization must be established to annihilate the people who are left, to examine and analyze the current regional situation, to build a military force, to infiltrate governmental institutions through the women's organizations everywhere, and then to infiltrate intelligence agencies, and to finish off the Sunni leaders, even by assassination”. This is the plan of the Hashashin,[followers of Hassan Sabah] which still exists.
"There is a fatwa by their imams and religious authorities, which permits the trading and planting of hashish, in order to profit and to cover up their crimes".
"While the American target is economic oil, the Iranian Persian goal is to massacre the Arabs, as is evident in all their writings".
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Columnist Hassan Haydar: Iran Spreads a “Culture of Death”
In an article published on First of February, 2007 in the English edition of the London daily Al-Hayat, columnist Hassan Haydar denounced the "culture of death" that Iran is spreading in the Arab world by means of the resistance movements in Lebanon and in Palestine.
The following are excerpts from the article, as they appeared in English:
The Islamic Republic of Iran is spreading a "culture of death" that Iran in the Arab world by means of the resistance movements in Lebanon and in Palestine.
"According to a Reuters news report from Monday, a little Lebanese girl who appeared on a... children's show on Al-Manar - Hezbollah's TV channel - said that she had often prayed for her father to be martyred in battle with Israel, and that she was very proud that he was killed in the war last July, and that she was 'very happy for him,' because she felt that God had heard her prayers.
"The mother of the Palestinian suicide bomber who blew himself up in Eilat three days ago also told Agence France-Presse that she was happy her son was martyred. She revealed that she had said goodbye [to him] before he left for his mission and had wished him success, and that she was happy that 'God had heard her prayers.'
"These two examples are no different from the Iranian “human waves”, in which the victims wore keys to Paradise around their necks as they marched through Iraqi minefields. They are also no different from the majority of operations that have been carried out by the Lebanese and Palestinian Islamic resistance movements over the last two decades."
"[The Culture of Death] Reflects a State of Collective Psychological Detachment, in Which a Child Can Celebrate the Loss of a Father and a Mother the Loss of a Son"
"Most important, such examples confirm the growing influence that Tehran has today, and the extent to which the culture of death and the glorification of martyrdom have proliferated in more than one Arab country. [Tehran spreads this culture by] exploiting its sectarian affiliation... with Shi'ites in Iraq and Lebanon, and [by means of its support of] the Palestinian Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movements.
"The culture [of death] is not limited to local professional fighters engaged in armed conflict with an enemy, but has spread to affect entire communities - including mothers and children, schools and television, newspapers, poetry, art and music. The significance of this [lies] in distorting the concept of struggle itself, denying people the right to make rational and mature choices, and demeaning everything other than martyrdom, including political and social efforts aimed at improving the conditions of these communities and their members' living standards.
"It is also a culture that reflects a state of collective psychological detachment, in which a child can celebrate the loss of a father and a mother [can celebrate] the loss of a son, which [goes] against human nature and culture.
"But in stark contrast, the media apparatuses of the same Iran-affiliated movements express admiration for American anti-war groups and for mothers of American soldiers demanding the return of their children, just as they emphasized last summer's protests by Israeli mothers who opposed the Israeli army's involvement in a ground war in Lebanon, praising the influence of such actions on society as a whole and on the Israeli decision-making process.
"In doing this, these media apparatuses essentially condemn the very same concepts that they try to advocate, since the American and Israel anti-war protests promote the sanctity of life and the desire to protect life in face of all the justifications of the American and Israeli governments.
"The validity of the reasons behind the animosity toward Israel cannot be disputed, and opposing its repeated aggression often means accepting the eventuality of death and destruction. A problem arises, however, when death becomes the only weapon and deterrent, and a goal in itself, while [the taking of] life should be the last card resorted to, and [should be resorted to] only if fighting is the only way to improve the standards of this life.
"We might ask: How will this child, who was raised to exalt and glamorize death, be able to conform to the rules of a work place, or comply with public law, or harmonize with a civil society later in life?
"How will such a child be able to appreciate the value of a tree, a house, a field, a road, a bridge, a public square, or any of the normal things... that surrounding him?
"What Lebanon went through last summer and what is currently taking place in the heart of Beirut and in its alleys - are these not examples of what a child nurtured on the culture of death is capable of doing?". ENDS SHIA SUNNI CONFLICT 24207
Editor’s note: The text has been edited for clarity
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