by Tony Cartalucci
“Reza Kahlili” is not his real name. Appearing either masked or silhouetted, “Reza Kahlili” is a reoccurring character in the US Neo-Con’s long-running pro-war, anti-Iranian propaganda campaign, stretching all the way back to the Bush administration. His biography, as stated on Neo-Con warmonger Joseph Farah’s “World Net Daily” (WND), is as follows:
The FDI of course, is a US National Endowment for Democracy (NED)-funded
consortium of Neo-Cons and Iranian accomplices who have played an
instrumental role in the selling, execution and perpetuation of
America’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and its current covert
involvement in subverting Syria and Iran. Included upon the FDI’s
advisory board are notorious Neo-Cons Frank Gaffney and James Woolsey,
who along with Reza Kahlili, participated in the war propaganda film “Iranium,” indisputably as absurd as it is insulting to one’s intelligence.
Video: An except from the cartoonish Neo-Con war propaganda film, “Iranium.” Here we have WND contributor, and CIA agent “Reza Kahlili” inadvertently explaining to us why we should never believe a word he says. Despite this cartoonish facade, Western media outlets have repeated his latest, baseless claims that “Iran” has threatened to “rape” Obama’s daughter, in perhaps the most bizarre and disturbing ploy yet to sell war with Syria and in turn, Iran.
Considering the background of “Reza Kahlili,” whose real identity is unknown and who is a documented propagandist serving the interests of documented liars, it would seem appropriate to dismiss out of hand any claims he makes unless credible evidence was provided, and still, independent verification would be needed.
Yet the Western media, eager to sell war with Syria, and in turn, Iran, have repeated recent allegations made by “Kahlili” regarding a threat against US President Barack Obama’s daughter (Sasha) made by a supposed “former Iranian official” named “Alireza Forghani.” “Kahlili” claims in a Daily Caller article titled, “Iran threatens brutal attacks on Americans, Obama family if US hits Syria,” that:
Forghani warned, “We should remind Obama that if you are a bastard,
there are other bastards all around the world who can assault Sasha.”
The statement is written in both English and Farsi, but in the Farsi
version, Forghani clearly stated that Sasha will be raped by someone who
has been able to get close to the Obama family.
Of course, “Kahlili” is unable to make any credible connection between this bizarre statement from this alleged individual and any element of the actual Iranian government – akin to a foreign propagandist attributing the ravings of a foul-mouthed racist backwater former-sheriff to the official position of the White House.
Whether Alireza Forghani exists or not, or made these statements is irrelevant. They are not the official position of the Iranian government, as “Kahlili” attempts to disingenuously portray, and rather yet another elementary attempt to manipulate a public “Kahlili” and his Neo-Con collaborators must assume are infinitely ignorant.
However, knowing “Reza Kahlili’s” background, and examining closely his latest piece of pro-war, anti-Iranian propaganda, we can expose this ploy along with the disingenuous media outlets that played a part in disseminating it to the public, including Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze,” Joseph Farah’s “WND,” and the David Horowitz “Freedom Center” Islamophobia nexus, Frontpage Magazine.
As general rule, the more outrageous the claim, the more effort that should be put into finding out who is making the claim and why. Simple investigative work into the sources behind the “Iranian rape threat” would reveal a troupe of practiced liars and propagandists at work doing what they do best – lying to manipulate a hopefully unwitting public.
Why Drag Iran Into the Fray?
“Reza Kahlili’s” mission was to drag Iran into the debate surrounding the looming US attack on Syria. As far back as 2007, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker piece “The Redirection,” Neo-Cons within the Bush administration were engineering the very sectarian bloodbath now unfolding in Syria amidst which the US now plans on “intervening.” The purpose of embroiling Syria in a destructive and protracted internal conflict was to weaken it, and deprive neighboring Iran of an ally. The goal is to
eventually move on Iran once it is sufficiently isolated.
The report states specifically:
“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush
Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in
the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with
Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations
that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is
backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations
aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has
been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant
vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”
Framing Iran as an irrational, belligerent, and savage enemy, seeking to “rape” the US President’s daughter, primes the stage for false flag attacks and the rhetorical justification for widening current plans for Syria to include Iran as well.