Iran Hijacks Black Lives Matter!
The co-opting of issues by outsiders with malicious intensions is now a constant fact of life today.
At this precise moment, perfectly reasonable moral outrage over the death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a sadist obviously unfit for the police force has transformed into yet another Black Lives Matter-led festival of racial terrorism.
Astoundingly, however, there is an entity even less worthy of speaking to the problems, both real and imagined, facing America’s black community: the most dangerous terrorist state on the planet — the Islamic Republic of Iran.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), on June 12, 2020, there opened in Tehran an exhibit of anti-American cartoons entitled “I Can’t Breath” which “was billed by its organizers as a condemnation of the U.S. racism.”
This exhibition of 72 cartoons by 45 artists from 27 countries (including the U.S.) featured such masterpieces as George Floyd crushed beneath both a swastika and also President Trump’s face emblazoned upon Officer Chauvin’s knee. Images of America equated with the Klan abounded, as well as every kind of ignorant, hateful depiction of supposed American racism. Comparisons of a democratically elected president with Adolf Hitler, of course, also appeared.
The exhibit’s organizer, Masoud Shojaei Tabatabaei, has curated similar exhibitions in the past. In 2016, he organized the third Holocaust International Cartoon Contest, at which a vulgar composition called “The Holocaust Business” won first prize.
“With our art, we will show the pain and suffering caused by the thinking of the American administration, which always claims [to support] human rights. America does not appreciate its citizens; it acts in a racist manner and violates human rights while claiming to defend them. Iran has always been the standard-bearer of the pursuit of justice, coming to the aid of the oppressed all over the world,” Tabatabaei said.
The irony is rather rich. Iran is such a beacon of human rights that it runs its own terrorist army called Hezbollah, constantly vows to finish the very Holocaust it denies ever happened, brutally tortures dissenters, hangs homosexuals, happily allows child rape, slaughters (legitimately) peaceful protesters, and, if some sources are to be believed, actually enslaves Afghan migrants.
The United States is a very imperfect society indeed. Still, in addition to affording all of its citizens a level of freedom and prosperity unknown in human history, between 1945 and 1953, the U.S. armed forces liberated a total of 185.6 million people in Italy, Japan, (South) Korea, and (West) Germany. (If you add in Afghanistan and Iraq before Obama took office, it comes to 232.8 million.) By contrast, Iran’s terrorist regime has come to swallow about 178.1 million people in its murderous military domination of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen, as well as its own population.
America has the words “all men are created equal” written right into its birth certificate. The words “strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies” sum up the Iranian regime’s constitution.
We should leave humanitarian issues to people who actually value freedom; Iran can take a hike.
By Barry Nussbaum, Son of Auschwitz survivors, Founder American Truth Project, Foreign and Domestic Policy Commentator