Scott Horton Interviews Nima Shirazi

Scott Horton, July 23, 2011

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Nima Shirazi, creator of, discusses the summer surge of “blame Iran” talking points – the marketing strategy to sell Obama’s seventh war to Americans; how Iran’s nonchalant response to threats of an Israeli solo attack ruffles feathers in Washington and Tel Aviv; and how the US justifies an extended Iraq stay by pointing to increased Iranian influence (without acknowledging that the US destroyed Saddam’s Sunni government and helped install the current pro-Iran Shia regime).

MP3 here. (25:04)

Nima Shirazi is the creator of the Wide Asleep in America website. It is described as “dedicated to confronting the rampant and widespread falsehoods (usually about Iran, Israel, Palestine, and US policy thereof) found and repeated in the media and/or presented by politicians and pundits, and to exposing this propaganda for what it is: hegemonic efforts to manufacture consent and delegitimize the independence, sovereignty, and self-determination of nations, governments, and peoples who oppose imperialism, colonialism, oppression, and hypocrisy on a world stage, all while stifling and criminalizing dissent and resistance to such actions here in the United States.”

16 Responses to “Nima Shirazi”

  1. Part 1 of 2

    In the early G.W.Bush era , Ariel Sharon launched a propaganda campaign: “Iran is supplying arms to Palestinians” I vividly remember photos and videos of Sharon sitting in front of a relatively large cash of Iranian arms claimed to be seized from a PLO ship.

    My guess is Iranian officials were puzzled. The arms were manufactured in Iran alright but how come they ended up in the hands of Israelis? Iran, for its own sake, offered all kinds of possible cooperation with the West to find the ‘smugglers’.

    As far as I remember the original propaganda campaign fizzled quickly after that sincere Iranian offer.

    I also remember in a Charlie Rose interview Javad Zarif the Iranian UN embassador revealed the ‘ignorance’ of those who, at the time were claiming the seized arms in Iraq were Iranian built. He said something like “ bogus claims….the dates stamped on these arms are in month/day/year style. US is the only country in the world that uses that order for dates…”

  2. Part 2

    I think at the moment Iranians are very careful not to make any blatant mistake that could jeopardize the plan of US withdrawal from Iraq (such as supplying arms to groups that kill Americans). Penetta’s claim is like the US Navy’s claim that IRGC boats were harassing the US ships. You have to watch those bizarre videos (and the later videos by Iran countering US claims) to realize how stupidly unprofessional are some of those who create anti-Iran forgeries.

    I also remember Keith Olbermann debunking the claim of Iran supplying arms to Iraqis. (Base on US miliatry investigation?)

  3. The 91 gulf war, in a sense, was basically guaranteeing that Iraq would move closer to Iran in the long run. With America being notorious for ignoring anthropological issues at its own expense, it was inevitable.

  4. Anything the Israelis say about weapons procurement, sales, distribution, or manufacture in the middle east has to be taken with a grain of … scratch that, it needs to be taken with the whole damn shaker, a lime wedge, and a double shot of top shelf Anejo.

  5. The Israeli Government's word–plus 25 cents–might be enough to get me a cup of coffee.

  6. When was the last U.S. foreign policy action that was actually productive in accomplishing its goals? Ditto Israel. If that's your criterion for U.S./Israeli actions, then bombing Iran is definitely going to happen.

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  9. 'Neocons'? – how about 'Zionists'.

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