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NIAC Factbook   Hassan Dai

Takeyh-Maloney's Report on Iran: Old Demands, New Arguments   Hassan Dai

Did NIAC defraud the Congressional fund?
Report on NIAC-NED relation
  Hassan Dai

NIAC's internal documents, Series 5, Part 2
How did NIAC spend the Congressional Funds?
  Hassan Dai

NIAC’s internal documents-Series one
Lobby organization: IIC
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NIAC’s internal documents (Series 5)
Funding from NED and EF
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NIAC’s internal Documents- Series four
Parsi’s communications with M. Javad Zarif in 2006-2007
  Hassan Dai

NIAC’s internal document-Series three
Trita Parsi'e collaboration with Siamak Namazi
  Hassan Dai

NIAC’s internal documents-Series two
Trita Parsi: 2001-2002
  Hassan Dai

The Iranian revolt and the role of pro- appeasement lobby in the US   Hassan Dai

Iranian regime, the War in Gaza and Trita Parsi   Hassan Dai

Twelve years of pro-Tehran lobby   Hassan Dai

Iran: America's Sophie's choice   Hassan Dai

Iranian regime's web of influence
A money trail
  Hassan Dai

Did the NIAC Defraud the National Endowment for Democracy and Congress   Hassan Dai

Flirting with the Mullahs
Mohammad Parvin and Hassan Daioleslam
  Hassan Dai

The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States   Hassan Dai

Pro-Ayatollahs Disinformation and Manipulation Campaign by Washington Think Tankers   Hassan Dai

Iran’s 2003 Grand Bargain Offer: Secrets, Lies, and Manipulation   Hassan Dai

Iran’s Oil Mafia: Penetrating the US Political System   Hassan Dai

The Iranian Lobby and the Israeli Decoy   Hassan Dai

An Iranian Embassy in Boston   Hassan Dai

Return from Paradise in the Left Lane   Hassan Dai

Congressman Kucinich Must Find a Better Role Model than Bob Ney   Hassan Dai

Ayatollahs’ Lobby In Washington Offering Human Rights as a Negotiating Item   Hassan Dai

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Congressman Kucinich Must Find a Better Role Model than Bob Ney

[ARTICLES]  [25 Jun 2008]  
Hassan Dai
Source: [www.iranianlobby.com] 


A Personal Note:  I wholeheartedly believe that a US war against Iran will be a catastrophe of unbelievable dimensions.  It equally troubles me to see that Tehran’s lobbyists and ayatollahs’ advocates disguise their patronage for mullahs as anti-war pursuit.  Their disinformation campaign is bringing us to the brink of a war they pretend they aim to deter.  ~~~ H. Daioleslam

 

Bob Ney, a current federal prisoner and former Ohio Congressman, has left quite a legacy. Throughout his tenure in the US Congress he received bribes in exchange for providing services to a variety of clients.  Ney was finally convicted for several charges including accepting bribes from lobbyists and international arms dealers in an effort to circumvent sanctions to sell US-made airplane parts to Tehran1. In the US congress, Ney was an active and outspoken advocate of the Iranian mullahs. He fought hard against sanctions, toned down the pro human right statements against Iran and worked hard to create a pro-Iran lobbying organization in Washington (the National Iranian American Council- NIAC)2,3.  Ney wrote articles, organized meetings, delivered speeches and held fundraising events for various pro-mullahs causes. It took about ten years for Ney’s criminal affairs to be exposed.

An alarming resemblance exists between Ney's advocacy of Tehran over the past decade and Congressman Dennis Kucinich's (D-Ohio) advocacy of Tehran now. On August 1, 2007, Baztab, the Farsi language web site controlled by the former commander of the revolutionary guards, wrote an article about Kucinich's "lonely battle" in opposition to sanction efforts against the Iranian regime.4

Kucinich and Ney's support of Tehran's ayatollahs is quite similar in method and substance. They both call for engagement with mullahs; They both vehemently fight against any type of sanction against the mullahs; They both oppose human right statements against Iran by the congress; They both associate with the same known mullahs' proxies in the US; And they both side with Iran when it comes to Iran's anti Israeli rhetoric.  

Kucinich passionate criticism of H.R. 2347, the “Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007” and H.R. 957, the “Amendments to the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996”, and his demand for unconditional engagement with mullahs 5 is remarkably similar in tone and form to speech by Ney six years earlier. 6

Kucinich voted against the bill that was designed to condemn the repression of religious minorities and especially Bahais, again identical to Ney’s activities in the past.7

Bob Ney's assistant and right hand man in Iran related affairs was Trita Parsi. Roy Coffee, one of the lobbyists involved in Ney's Iran sanction affair, in a letter to media admitted that they worked with Trita Parsi to create an Iranian lobbying organization. 8 Parsi who is known in Washington circles as the voice of mullahs was subsequently appointed the president of NIAC.9   For this reason, when Kucinich invited Trita parsi to a congressional hearing and introduced him as “one of the nation’s top experts on Iran”, the Iranian community was deeply troubled.10

We note that the two Ohio congressmen have offered different justifications for their friendly gestures towards the Iranian mullahs. While Bob Ney claimed defense of US economic interests, Kucinich offers the more noble cause of preventing war with Iran. If this is indeed true, surely his peaceful inspirations could find a more suitable partner than Trita Parsi. Note that this individual was the advisor of Ney, a vehement defender of war with Iraq and the instigator of the "freedom fries" charade.

Anti-Israeli positions

Trita Parsi along with many other Tehran proxies in the US have always had a strong anti- Israeli undertone in their proclamations. They have portrayed Israel and the Israeli lobby in the US as the main reason that Iran is isolated, is accused of human rights violation and terrorism in the world, and is not allowed to pursue the god-given right of nuclear technology.11-13

They used these arguments also to justify Tehran's lobby in the US to balance Israeli lobby. They proclaimed, “An Iranian-American lobby is needed in order to create a balance between the competing Middle Eastern lobbies. Without it, Iran-bashing may become popular in Congress again.” 14

Bob Ney had no reservation in jumping on this bandwagon and blame Israel for what the mullahs have done. When in 2001, the Iran Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) was extended for five years. For Bob Ney and his assistant Trita Parsi, the blame was to be put on Israel.6

In 2005 and 2006, the ultra-fascist Iranian president Ahmadinejad embarked on a large-scale campaign of anti-Semitism, which has been condemned by the international community. This campaign includes "Holocaust" conference, call for wiping out Israel, criminal declarations and support of the most heinous racist figures of the contemporary world. The day after Ahmadinejad’s declaration, the “Jomhouri Eslami”, a governmental newspaper dedicated its front page to an organized rally in support of Ahmadinejad’s speech. The front page reads; “Israel (country) should be eradicated” and a big picture of demonstrators shows a similar sign, leaving no doubt what the Iranian president meant and said. 19

Siamak Namazi, Parsi's cohort and a leading figure of Iran's oil mafia offered a ridiculous interpretation of Ahmadinejad's call for" wiping out Israel from the map" and suggested that there was a translation problem and he meant the Israeli regime should be changed.15

Two years later, the US Congress passed a statement condemning Ahmadinejad's deplorable declarations. Despite overwhelming support for the bill, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) voiced the same shady argument that Ahmadinejad's true intentions were lost in translation. 16

The Iranian-American community has not been surprised by NIAC's absence of denouncing these horrible acts. We are not even shocked at the subsequent disinformation campaign by Trita Parsi and his partners from Tehran to spin the PR disaster of Ahmadinejad. We are however seriously concerned about the Congressman Kucinich's direct participation in this anti-Iranian and anti-humanity campaign of hatred. Astonishingly, Congressman Kucinich’s friendly gesture toward the Iranian regime does not stop here as he declared: “President Ahmadinejad’s speeches can also be translated as a call for regime change, much in the same manner the Bush Administration has called for regime change in Iraq and Iran, making this resolution very ironic.” 20

We wonder how Congressman Kucinichcan can possibly interpret Ahmadinejad’s repeated declarations that the Jewish population must look for another place or country and evacuate the actual Israel as a call for  “regime change” in Israel.17,18

The Iranian community in the United States is appalled at Kucinich participation in the disinformation campaign advocacy of Tehran's mullahs. The gentleman from Ohio needs to look for better role models than his previous congressional colleague now in prison.

About the Author

Hassan Daioleslam is an independent writer and Iran Analyst.  He is well published and has appeared as an expert guest in the Voice of America-TV as well as other Persian media.  Daioleslam has three decades of history of political activism and political scholarly analysis.

References

1.             Lobbying: The Web Widens. in NewsWeek, , Jan. 23, 2006 (www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10857676/site/newsweek/).

2.             Daioleslam, H. Ayatollahs’ Lobby In Washington Offering Human Rights As A Negotiating Item. in http://www.globalpolitician.com/articledes.asp?ID=3130&cid=2&sid=4

3.             Daioleslam, H. Iran’s Oil Mafia. in http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=27787

 4.            in Baztab,  http://www.baztab.ir/news/72496.php.

5.             Kucinich Stands Against Drumbeat of War Targeting Iran. (July 31, 2007). http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=70545

6.             Speech by Congressman Bob Ney (R-Ohio) (June 2001).                                 http://www.american-iranian.org/pubs/articles/Bob%20Ney%20speech.pdf

7.             Condemning Repression of Iran's Baha'is a Pretext for War? Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House. (Sept 19th, 2006). http://www.kucinichforcongress.com/floor_speeches/intl_bahai_pretext19sep.php

8.             RE: A LAWYER IN TROUBLE. Front Burner, (February 1, 2006). http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/archives/013069.html

9.             Timmerman, K.R. The Mullah's Voice. (Feb. 23, 2007). http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID={02549A0A-61FB-4A13-A574-756C67F9155B}

10.          Kucinich, D. Opening Statement, Iran Briefing. (October 11, 2006). http://kucinich.house.gov/UploadedFiles/dkiranstatement.pdf

11.          IRANIANS FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. in http://www.payvand.com/news/01/jul/1161.html.

12.          Parsi, T. What's to fear? A challenge to Israel's strategic primacy. in (January 5, 2006).http://www.iranian.com/Parsi/2006/January/Nuclear/index.html

 13.         Parsi, T. A Modus Vivendi Between Jerusalem and Tehran. (March 17, 2006). http://www.forward.com/articles/a-modus-vivendi-between-jerusalem-and-tehran/

 14.         Namazi, S. & Parsi, T. Iran-Americans: The bridge between two nations.  DAPIA Conference, (Cyprus, November 1999).  http://www.geocities.com/tritaparsi/iranamericans.PDF

 15.         Lost in Translation: Ahmadinejad Never said Israel Should Be "Wiped off the Map". in http://edstrong.blogcity.com/lost_in_translation_ahmadinejad_never_said_israel_should_be_.htm.

16.          House Resolution Highlights Debate over Interpretation of Ahmadinejad Comments (Jun 19, 2007). in www.niacouncil.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=807&Itemid=2

17.          Iran's president tells Israel to find a new home. (Aug 4, 2007). http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070804/wl_mideast_afp/iranisraelalgeria_070804151914

18.          Speech by Ahmadinejad. in http://emruz.biz/ShowItem.aspx?ID=9050&p=1

 (1386/05/14  (Iranian Calander)).

19.                       http://www.jomhourieslami.com/1384/13840807/index.html     

20.                       http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=67929


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