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BBC Persia: Mouthpiece of the Mullahs?

The British television station goes out of its way to trash the film Iranium — and to label its director as an Israeli Jew. (Watch Roger L. Simon's interview with Iranium's director at PJTV.)

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'Reza Kahlili'

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February 12, 2011 - 12:00 am

The movie Iranium premiered on February 8, and has made a lot of noise since then. First, the Iranian Embassy in Canada tried to prevent it from being shown. Then Islamic thugs threatened the organizers. Then the Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying the documentary shows Western countries will do anything to hurt Iran’s nuclear activities. Quite clearly, the Islamic regime is fearful of this documentary, which vividly reveals the truth of Iran’s three decades of terrorism, human rights violations, and the dangers of nuclear arms in the hands of the radicals ruling Iran.

However, BBC Persia, in its recent coverage of the movie, has topped Iran’s own PR attempts.

BBC Persia began their coverage by introducing Iranium’s director, Alex Traiman, as an Israeli who resides in a Jewish city in the West Bank — rather than refer to the state of Israel. Then, BBC described the production company, Clarion, as the one that previously produced Radical Islam’s War Against the West, and subsequently was accused of “Islamophobia.”

BBC Persia then described two of the film’s interviewees — John Bolton and Kenneth Timmerman — as men famous for promoting war against Iran. BBC Persia then interviewed people known for their activities promoting appeasement of the mullahs in Iran. These subjects further trashed the movie, claiming it is a product of warmongers and neocons who only want war with Iran.

The BBC Persia narrator claimed that those criticizing the movie say it is full of exaggerations, and further say it has rewritten history to include claims of Iran’s connection to the 9/11 attack, wrong translations of Ayatollah Khomeini’s statements (it is quite clear that Khomeini has said to shed blood for Islam), and claims that over one hundred thousand political prisoners have been killed by the Iranian regime since the Revolution.

The BBC then interviewed someone who claimed to be one of the leaders of Green Movement. He objected to the movie and invited the public to join him on his Facebook page — this Facebook page’s members attack America and Israel, and voice the same slogans that are often heard coming from Islamic thugs.

The narrator concludes that the screening of Iranium and the warm reception it has received from Republicans could be a sign of strong actions against the Iranian regime in the coming months.

It is quite strange that BBC Persia has provided such biased coverage, which can only be interpreted as appeasement of the Islamic regime in Iran — it carried the same line of criticism and allegations that the regime itself voices! It is also strange that the BBC reporter introduces the film by making sure that the audience knows the director is an Israeli, and a Jew.

Why did the BBC avoid mentioning the human rights violations of the savage regime in Iran or its terrorist activities over the last thirty years, which have been vividly shown in this documentary and documented in history? Why did it not address the consequences of a nuclear bomb in the hands of a messianic regime which has no respect for humanity, freedom, and democracy? And why would anyone play down the potential dangers of such a regime acquiring the ultimate weapon of mass destruction?

Is BBC Persia a mouthpiece of the Islamic regime in Iran?

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).
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