Here’s a cautionary tale about Middle-Eastern dissidents who seek to advance their causes — even after the lesson of Iraq — by making common cause with American right-wing extremists and their phony ‘human rights’ campaigns. (Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi is the daughter of Iranian political prisoner Siamak Pourzand, and was recently an organizer, with Michael Ledeen, of the extraordinarily fishy Secular Islam Summit.)
From Michelle Malkin’s HotAir, 9/25/07:
Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi is the English editor of Iran Press News and a lifelong Iranian democracy activist who, along with her family, has been battling the mullahs since they took power in 1979. Like everyone else who isn’t a student of Columbia University, she was locked out of yesterday’s forum on the campus featuring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Had she been allowed to confront Ahmadinejad she might have been able to ask him what the regime has done with her father, who has been a political prisoner since 2001.
From: Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi [email address redacted] Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 11:26 PM This photo was taken of a woman in 1992 in the town of Arok in Iran. It was smuggled out by the photographer in the early 2000’s…this woman was in her early 20’s and if it was used by some filmmaker, it would have been because the photographer gave it to her to use. My old partner from Iran Press News was the person who was given the photograph…it first came out in Iranian websites before it came out in the western press. Ralph Luker, a professor who blogs on the History News Network is calling Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week “Hate Your Neighbor Week.” Apparently Ralph’s neighbors are Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah and Zawahiri.
Also once again, this is from comments at Southern Beale, 9/27/07, at 11:27 PM. The first comment by ‘Ban’ appeared one minute after the above email was sent, and several hours before the email and its claims were published:
typical of leftist turds who want to discount the misery of Iranian women. This is NO actress you fuckwits. This was a woman in her 20′s in the city of Arok in Iran and the photo was taken in 1992 and the photographer GAVE IT to Tamizi.
Ban | 09.27.07 – 11:27 pm |
You’re nothing but cultural imperialist westerners who have NO clue as to what goes on in the middle east and only want to scream about your own misery to drown out the sounds of the real pain around the world. SHAME ON YOU FASCISTS.Why don’t you move to Iran so the Mullahs can give you a taste of what your free speech will cost you.
Ban | 09.27.07 – 11:32 pm |
Wow…you guys really believe your own lies. Tamizi was given the photo by the photographer you self-congradulatory American smart ass. What do you think? That Iranians are liars and we make this stuff up? Who died and made you such an expert on our part of the world Ms. Southern Belle?
Nasi | 09.27.07 – 11:37 pm |
Oh yes, these silly entitled people sit on this side of the world nice and happy, fat, ignorant, arrogant and think that we have to lie about the filth of the Mullahs. Wait till they come and get you, because they are coming and by the time you wake up, it will be too late and then you will be wondering why you treated us like sand monkeys. Racist.
Somaya | 09.27.07 – 11:40 pm |
Ban, don’t you think posting under five different names is a little disingenuous? Do you really think I don’t know how to look up an IP address?
Southern Beale | Homepage | 09.28.07 – 7:30 am |
Actually it wasn’t just me posting Madam. I contacted a group of my friends who all live in the US to show them what racists you people are and how much you want to support the Mullahs by acting like the Mullahs do not stone women to death in Iran. THAT is why you have people baragging you…because I told them to give them a piece of their mind. Just to show that you American leftists will do and say anything to support the Islamo-Imperialists.
ban | 09.28.07 – 11:16 am |
Well, Ban, you’re all living really close together because you all have the same IP address and it’s in Virginia, not the Middle East but whatEVER. Keep up the fairy tales.
Southern Beale | Homepage | 09.28.07 – 12:44 pm |
These are the people who will soon be appearing everywhere as ‘experts’ to make the case for war with Iran. (Apparently, among other things, ye shall know them by their trail of Internet sock-puppets.) Since Malkin’s HotAir jumped all over Glenn Greenwald for a lesser and more ambiguous offense, perhaps the healing can begin with an update on their Zand-Bonazzi interview.
On a related topic, Matt Yglesias picks up on the lavishly-funded Freedom’s Watch group (next target: Iran policy) via the NY Times, but as usual, things are probably worse than Matt immediately believes. Because what’s this? Apparently, Freedom’s Watch is partnered up with these people — the same dirt-grade, yell-in-your-face Bush loyalists who were out fomenting attacks on war protesters on the 15th, and hanging out at the White House on the 18th. The White House reception makes a bit more sense now, at least. (The ones who wear actual brown shirts, by the way, are the Vets For Freedom.)
If you’re not thoroughly weirded out yet, check out the famous names involved with Freedom’s Watch — a group which, according to its founder, “has more funding than MoveOn.org and other George Soros operations.”
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