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EDITORIAL: Rouhani’s red herring

NCRI - In the Middle Ages, it was common practice for bandits to install horseshoes backwards in order to cover their tracks as that would trick law enforcement agents to go in the opposite direction in pursuit. The ploy has morphed into a proverb in Persian literature, and it is similar expression to what is commonly known in the West as a “red herring.”

While the religious fascism ruling Iran uses 21st century machinations to pillage, murder and massacre, it nevertheless uses the same tactics employed by bandits of the Middle Ages.

Remarks by the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani – under whose two-year reign 2,000 people have been executed -- on the occasion of “Week for the Unity of the Islamic World” amount precisely to the same type of a red herring.

The mullahs ruling Iran champion themselves as the guardians of unity in the Islamic world despite the fact that they are the most important and the underlying source of discord within the Islamic world, having fanned the flames of sectarian violence in Muslim countries on an unprecedented scale and causing the death of 300,000 innocent Syrians.

While there is not even a single Sunni mosque in Tehran, a city of 14 million people, and while regime agents demolished the Sunnis’ only prayer hall, Rouhani boasts of equal rights between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iran.

By establishing an Islamic Caliphate under the banner of the velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule), Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Khamenei and Rouhani legitimized stoning, limb amputation and eye gouging under the name of Islam and tarnished the image of Islam and Muslims. Yet, Rouhani brazenly claims “we must eliminate Islam’s negative image on cyberspace.” In truth, no one has stained the image of Islam and Muslims more than the criminals ruling Iran.

Rouhani is the president of a regime whose record includes 120,000 political executions, death of one million Iranians in the unpatriotic eight-year war with Iraq, the pilfering of the Iranian nation’s wealth, the export of terrorism and the quest for nuclear weapons. This regime’s terrorists have spared no capital, from Abuja to Beirut, from Damascus to Baghdad and Kabul and the whole of the Islamic world. Yet, Rouhani impudently said “we must unite and stand against the ideology and the language of violence preached by armed Jihadist groups such as Daesh.”

Rouhani should be reminded that the Iranian people have an added incentive to overthrow the clerical regime, first ridding Iran of the mullahs’ evil rule and second liberating Islam and Muslims, whom this regime has taken hostage for 37 years. The mullahs cannot hide their blood-stained tracks from the Iranian people, who will not rest until they have succeeded in toppling this religious tyranny.

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