There is not going to be any let-up in the West's anti-Iran propaganda despite the July 14 nuclear agreement. The vicious propaganda has simply assumed a more subtle form but the underlying objective is to undermine the Islamic Republic because it has established a successful Islamic model that is a challenge to the Western-imposed world order.
Monday, September 21, 2015, 09:47 DST
Even if the West’s anti-Iran propaganda has somewhat subsided in the wake of the nuclear agreement signed in Vienna on July 14, it would be wrong to assume that the propaganda has stopped altogether.
It has assumed more subtle forms.
Consider the following example.
On September 13, the AFP published an article that was misleadingly titled “‘Made in Iran' cars face boycott campaign at home.”
The Western corporate media immediately picked up the AFP story and turned into a top news report on Iran for that day.
This immediately prompted a question as to why turn an insignificant news story based on the opinion of minuscule number of social media users into a major headline—the so called social media campaign the AFP based its story on had a grand total of 319 likes on Facebook!
The answer lies in the details put into strategic political perspective.
To an average observer the AFP article was carefully camouflaged with out of context data and statements that made it appear genuine, objective and non-political.
Nevertheless, half-truth propaganda always has cracks and a closer look can easily reveal them.
The AFP article stated that “almost 20,000 people die on Iran's roads each year, and police say faulty cars are partly to blame.”
Well, faulty cars are partly to blame for accidents in many parts of the world.
For example, in 2014 NBC News reported that accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles, caused 30 fatalities and GM got 1,580 claims for deaths and injuries.
Many leading car manufacturers experience similar types of defects regularly.
In 2013, for instance, GM recalled 26.6 million vehicles in the US and if Canada were included, the total would climb to 30.1 million vehicles.
In Canada, car accidents are the highest cause of death among young people. Are all these the result of faulty vehicles?
Are car accidents and deaths the result of Iranian made cars?
People that visit Iran and choose not to hang out only in north Tehran and four star hotels can easily notice Iranian dedication to boosting their national manufacturing capabilities.
The illegitimate sanctions made many Iranians realize that using domestic goods and services is the key to overcoming sanctions and improving their own living conditions.
When it comes to its car industry, Islamic Iran is the largest automobile manufacturer in the Middle East.
In 2015 Iran’s car manufacturing company SAIPA announced a landmark increase of 122 percent in its exports over a period of 10 months.
SAIPA exported a total of 16,979 cars during the period that was markedly higher than the figure for the same period in 2014 when its exports had been recorded at 7,638 cars.
Overall, Iranian cars are getting popular in Venezuela, Iraq, Syria and many former Soviet countries.
This is something Washington’s regional backward puppets are not able to achieve, unless the US or Britain decide for political reasons to start up a car company for them in order to prop up their archaic image.
After the US and its surrogates were forced to sign a Hudaybiyah-type treaty with Islamic Iran in regards to its peaceful nuclear program, one of the first foreign businessmen to head to Tehran were the fat cats of the Western auto industry.
Research shows that Islamic Iran maintained a principled position against the Western automotive industry and offered to cooperate only based on mutually beneficial terms.
Iran Khodro, one of the largest Iranian automakers in Iran suspended plans to team up with Peugeot due to its unethical behavior against Tehran when the sanctions were tightened and instead started talks with other companies including Germany’s Volkswagen.
It seems Agence France Press (AFP) being based in Paris had to opt for an irrelevant story to please France’s political and economic elite.
In March 2015 Crescent International (See ‘Modifications of US pressure on Islamic Iran’) highlighted that having seen the total failure of its sanctions regime on Islamic Iran, Washington is now opting for a soft-power approach.
The AFP’s recent “journalistic endeavor” is one such soft approach in pressuring the only working independent Islamic model in the Muslim world.