Sunday, July 08, 2007

The American 'Democracy Fund' for Iran

The $75 million American dirty information tricks campaign against Iran known as the ‘democracy fund’ has turned into a total fiasco.  Every institution associated with it, even the once respected Farsi service of the V. O. A., has been tainted.  Americans Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh seem to have been arrested in Iran as a direct result of it.  Almost all the money goes to fat-cat salaries in institutions in the United States to produce the usual propaganda that would otherwise have been produced for free.  The usual ex-pat Chalabi-types, wannabe Iranian puppet leaders of the future, circle the fund like flies around shit.  Iranian dissident journalist Emadeddin Baghi said:

“The [democracy] money is a blade.  Our government accuses us of receiving money from the Americans. All of a sudden, my normal human rights work becomes political. I have one question: Why do I have to suffer when this money is going to pay for someone else’s salary in Washington?”