Are the Iranian Election Protests
Another US Orchestrated 'Color Revolution'?
by Paul Craig Roberts
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. . . .
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 News."
. . . 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."
McAdams has made some telling points. For 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.
Timmerman 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." Timmerman's 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."
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial
page and Contributing Editor of National Review.
The United States Ambassador to Iran, Henry F. Grady (1950 - 1951),
according to an unconfirmed report, is said to have encouraged Iran to
nationalize the British organized Anglo-Iranian Oil Company so that American
oil companies could, at a later date, gain control of Iran's oil.
Fifty years ago, in a bold and far-reaching covert operation, the CIA
overthrew the elected government of Iran. Although the coup seemed
successful at first, its "haunting and terrible legacy" is now becoming
Operation Ajax, as the plot was
code-named, reshaped the history of Iran, the Middle East and the world. It
restored Mohammad Reza Shah to the Peacock Throne, allowing him to impose a
tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979.--Stephen
The Shah's Men," NPR On Point, August 20, 2003]
[Los Angeles Farsi radio station KRSI noted the similarity between current
US efforts and the CIA's 1953 overthrow of Iran's democratically elected
premier Mohammed Mossadeq.--Trish Schuh, "The
American hand in Iran," Asia Times, July 6, 2005]
[President Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into
motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of
propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and
international financial transactions.--"Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran," ABC News, May
[Many experts are claiming that the margin of victory of incumbent President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the result of fraud or manipulation, but our
nationwide public opinion survey of Iranians three weeks before the vote
showed Ahmadinejad leading by a more than 2 to 1 margin - greater than his
actual apparent margin of victory in Friday's election.--Ken Ballen and
Patrick Doherty, "The Iranian People Speak," Washington
Post, June 15, 2009]
[Were these legitimate Iranian people or the works of a propaganda machine?
I became curious and decided to investigate the origins of the information.
In doing so, I narrowed it down to a handful of people who have accounted
for 30,000 Iran related tweets in the past few days.--"Israeli Effort to Destabilize Iran Via
Twitter," chartingstocks.net, June 15, 2009]
[The government-controlled U.S. corporate media, a Ministry of Propaganda,
has responded to the re-election of Ahmadinejad with non-stop reports of
violent Iranians protests to a stolen election. A stolen election is
presented as a fact, even thought there is no evidence for it whatsoever.
The U.S. media's response to the documented stolen elections during the
George W. Bush/Karl Rove era was to ignore the evidence of real stolen
elections. . . .
There have been numerous news reports that the U.S. government has
implemented a program to destabilize Iran. There have been reports that the
U.S. government has financed bombings and assassinations within Iran.
[The BBC has again been caught engaging in mass public deception by using
photographs of pro-Ahmadinejad rallies in Iran and claiming they represent
anti-government protests in favor of Hossein Mousavi.--Paul Joseph Watson,
"BBC Caught In Mass Public Deception With Iran
Propaganda," infowars.com, June 18, 2009]
["American officials' remarks about human rights and limitations on people
are not acceptable because they have no idea about human rights after what
they have done in Afghanistan and Iraq and other parts of the world."--"Iran's
Khamenei condemns 'foreign power' interference," alertnet.org, June
[Officially, President Ahmadinejad received 24.5 million votes to Mousavi's
13.2 million votes, or 62.6 per cent to 33.8 per cent of the total votes,
respectively. In fact, this result mirrored the 2005 elections when
Ahmadinejad received 61.7 per cent to former President Hashemi Rafsanjani's
35.9 per cent in the runoff elections. . . .
There were a total of 45,713 ballot boxes that were set up in cities, towns and villages across Iran. With 39.2 million ballots cast, there were less than 860 ballots per box.
Unlike other countries where voters can cast their ballots on several
candidates and issues in a single election, Iranian voters had only one
choice to consider: their presidential candidate. Why would it take more
than an hour or two to count 860 ballots per poll?--Esam Al-Amin, "What Actually
Happened in the Iranian Presidential Election? A Hard Look at the
Numbers," counterpunch.org, June 22, 2009]
[Washington has been attempting to overthrow Iran's Islamic government
since the 1979 revolution and continues to do so in spite of pledges of
neutrality in the current crisis.
The US has laid economic siege to Iran for 30 years, blocking desperately
needed foreign investment, preventing technology transfers, and disrupting
Iranian trade. In recent years, the US Congress voted $120 million for
anti-regime media broadcasts into Iran, and $60-75 million funding
opposition parties, violent underground Marxists like the
Mujahidin-i-Khalq, and restive ethnic groups like Azeris, Kurds, and Arabs
under the so-called 'Iran Democracy Program.'
The arm of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, remains withered
from a bomb planted by the US-backed Mujahidin-i-Khalq, who were once on the
US terrorist list.
Pakistani intelligence sources put CIA's recent spending on 'black
operations' to subvert Iran's government at $400 million.--Eric Margolis, "Seeing Through All the Propaganda About
Iran," ericmargolis.com, June 22, 2009]
[Iran's legislative body, the Guardian Council, has said there were no major
polling irregularities in the 12 June election and ruled out an annulment.
election annulment ruled out," BBC News, June 23, 2009]
[The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that
support Iranian dissidents, records and interviews show, continuing a
program that became controversial when it was expanded by President Bush.--Ken
Dilanian, "U.S. grants support Iranian dissidents," USA Today, June 25,
[When the young Iranian woman called Neda Soltan was shot by an unknown
assailant, her death quickly became global headline news. Western
politicians were so moved that even President Obama, close to tears, said
that it was heartbreaking. A few weeks later in the German city of Dresden,
an Egyptian woman called Marwa el-Sherbini was attending the trial of a man
who racially abused her because she was wearing a hijab. Fined Ű2,800 for
insulting her, the extremist then went on a rampage, attacking Marwa and her
husband with a knife. Marwa died on the spot.--Alaa Al Aswany, "
Western hostility to Islam is stoked by double standards and
distortion," Guardian, July 20, 2009]
[In the 1979 Revolution in Iran the liberal forces made a fatal mistake:
they adopted the old dictum of the enemy of my enemy is my friend and allied
themselves with just about every force that opposed the tyrannical rule of
the shah.--Sasan Fayazmanesh, "The Iranian Greens
and the West: A Dangerous Liaison," counterpunch.org, February 18,
[With a decision due within weeks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
former US four-star generals, intelligence chiefs, governors, and political
heavyweights are calling for the US government to take the Mojahedin-e Khalq
(MEK/MKO) off the terror list it shares with Al Qaeda and Hezbollah.--Scott
Peterson, "Iranian group's big-money
push to get off US terrorist list," csmonitor.com, August 8, 2011]