US fabricates bizarre tales about Iran
Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:43PM
Interview with Foad Izadi,Professor at the University of Tehran.
A recent ruling of an American court, excluding Saudi's role in 9/11 and surprisingly including Iran in it after years, has created more doubts about reality of this [war-pretext] incident.
Press TV has conducted an interview with, Foad Izadi, Professor at the University of Tehran, to share his opinion on this issue.
The program also offers insights of two additional guests, James H. Felzer, Founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth from Madison, and Joshua Blakeney from Scholars for 9/11 Truth from Calgary.
Below is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV : The reactions that we got, here in the capital Tehran, when people heard the news, -you know- they were surprised to say the least of how the US could actually make such a move to them, it just didn't add up, Iran, 9/11, al-Qaeda. What do you make of the New York court decision?
Izadi: I think this is an orchestrated effort by the US government to pressure Iran. Next to the news that you had with the New York Judge making that ruling, we had a US state department official, who claimed that, there was al-Qaeda member in Iran operating, and it seems that the US government is increasing its pressures on Iran.
We have had, other sort of bizarre stories, lately, with the story of Iran trying to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington and --you know-- different types of accusations that the US government has been leveling against Iran.
It is quite clear that we are seeing an escalation of rhetoric against Iran and we should not take these threats seriously in normal conditions, because they are baseless.
The problem is that the US government has a tradition of leveling these types of threats and then attacking countries based on dubious allegations, and that is what makes all these things scary.
We are basically witnessing a repeat of what happened prior to Iraq war in 2001-2002 and 2003. Essentially the same people, who orchestrated the Iraq war or supported the Iraq war, are at it again, this time against Iran, with the US troops, getting out of Iraq, I think they want to start another war, and these are quite serious times that we live in.
The reason obviously is that, Iran is quite different from Iraq. Iran is fully capable of defending itself, and it is going to be a very messy situation, if the leaders in the United States carry on these crazy ideas, that sometimes they have in their mind.
Press TV: Well, I am going to pick up on the adjectives, that you used when you talked about crazy or when we look at- as you described- the allegations that the US has leveled against Iran.
It's one thing to have baseless allegations, but for it to be, so far out, looking at what has occurred in a New York court, this particular case, where fifteen other members are from Saudi origin, yet, Saudi Arabia has been taken off the list of defendants, and of course as you mentioned, the terror allegations against Iran, of Iran paying this Iranian, who is related to a Mexican drug cartel to kill a Saudi ambassador on US soil.
Isn't that damaging the credibility of the US if it is tense to gather a galvanized international support against Iran?
Izadi: The problem is that the US thinks that it is immune from logic, because they have done this before. Remember when they wanted to attack Iraq, they made all these allegations of connecting Saddam's government with al-Qaeda, and as your other respected guest mentioned, there was no connection.
So since we have gotten away from that disastrous war, they think that they can basically, repeat the same thing with regard to Iran, and I think the people in the United States need to realize that, their country is going toward a direction that is quite dangerous.
As I have already said, Iran is quite different from Iraq and the guests that you have on, have done a great job, in terms of presenting facts, that actually the whole story of 9/11 is quite amazing, in terms of different points of it.
Press TV: On Iran it just appears that the US is on a path of smear campaign. Do you agree?
I mean you got the terror allegations, we talked about that- the IAEA report, it was mentioned by another guest- you have human rights violations, and at the same time, we are not seeing any concrete proof of it.
Meanwhile, the US has admitted [that] it had created the Taliban. It has admitted to funding anti-Iran terrorist groups like MKO, and Jundallah, not to mention violating Iran's airspace, which we know what happened with that CIA spy drone, which is one of several drones to be sent into Iran.
I mean how can the US defend itself, when it is not even providing concrete proof?
Izadi: I think this is more a sign of desperation. They have been bringing up this issue of Iran's nuclear program for a number of years and they have not been successful. They have been trying to sanction Iran for the last thirty years or so, and the results have not been what they were looking for.
So these types of activities, bringing up new allegations, coming up with the stories for incidents that happened ten years ago, and creating a situation [that] trying to make Iran look bad in the international scene, is actually making the US government look unsubstantiated. And these are the activities that the US government is engaging in now, given what has happened in the last few weeks, with the drone incident, Iran has shown that it has the capability of defending itself.
Iran has shown that, it is actually, in terms of technology can do things that the US cannot do, in terms of blocking Iran's advances against its drones and airplanes.
So we have this type of cold war that is going on between Iran and US. And when you hear these types of new allegations, I think you should put them in that context, the fact that the US government has been trying to overthrow Iran's government for the last thirty years or so, and no matter which route they have taken, they have not been successful in that aim, and this is not going to be the end of it. They are going to be added, we are going to have new allegations, they are going to have, create new problems for Iran, and it is actually hurting the Iranian people, more than anything else.
The Iranian side has shown clearly that it is not going to respond well, to pressure.And I think, we have to see- you know- more movements from American intellectuals, university professors, like the ones that you have on your program, and others; to point out to the fact that, the US government is taking the United States, into a direction that is going to be very dangerous, unless we have a popular movement against these types of allegations.
I think the US government officials will be added more and more, and we are going to have a situation, that we cannot really predict.