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Iranian Nazi Website: Run with Government Assistance?

Com­ment: A pro-Nazi web­site in Iran may well be oper­at­ing with assis­tance from the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment.

In this con­text, one should not lose sight of his­tor­i­cal and polit­i­cal links between Persia/Iran and the Third Reich. As dis­cussed below, that coun­try changed its name from Per­sian to Iran because the Per­sian polit­i­cal lead­er­ship became infat­u­at­ed with Nazi ide­ol­o­gy and polit­i­cal mythol­o­gy.

In addi­tion, the cur­rent regime has strong ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, as well as to the post­war Under­ground Reich, Fran­cois Genoud and the milieu of the Bank Al Taqwa, in par­tic­u­lar. Mohamed-Ali Ramin–the mem­ber of the regime admin­is­ter­ing offi­cial approval of the Nazi website–is the offi­cial who sanc­tioned the 2006 Holo­caust Denial con­fer­ence in Tehran. Achmadine­jad’s min­is­ters have been devel­op­ing links to Euro­pean neo-Nazis.

Visu­al con­fir­ma­tion is easy to find. Shi­ite Islam­o­fas­cists do not hide their ide­o­log­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal under­pin­nings. When Achmadine­jad recent­ly vis­it­ed Lebanon, the Hezbol­lah hon­or guard greet­ed him with a Nazi salute, a rit­u­al employed reg­u­lar­ly by the group’s youth wing.

“Who’s Behind the ‘Asso­ci­a­tion of Iran­ian Nazis’?” by Alireza Amirha­je­bi; observers.france24.com; 11/18/2010.

Excerpt: . . . This looks like a new web­site, the first dis­cus­sion posts only go back as far as August 2010. You have to be a reg­is­tered mem­ber to access the forum or any of the infor­ma­tion post­ed on the site. The site seems to have about 500 mem­bers. Most use pseu­do­nyms, so their real names, ages, or pro­fes­sions are unknown.

What’s most sur­pris­ing about the site is that its URL ends by “.ir”, the domain name exten­sion of all offi­cial Iran­ian sites. This means that the asso­ci­a­tion and its web­site have reg­is­tered and been approved by both the min­istry of Cul­ture and the min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Obvi­ous­ly, author­i­ties are at least aware that the asso­ci­a­tion exists.

[The insti­tu­tion in charge of val­i­dat­ing “.ir” domain name exten­tions is the min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. How­ev­er all Iran­ian sites, what­ev­er their domain names, must reg­is­ter with the min­istry of Cul­ture and Islam­ic Ori­en­ta­tion. The vice-min­is­ter of the lat­ter, Mohamed-Ali Ramin, organ­ised Tehran’s infa­mous nega­tion­ist con­fer­ence on the Holo­caust in 2006]. [Ital­ics are mine–D.E.]
In my view, mem­bers of this kind of asso­ci­a­tion come from a small but slow­ly increas­ing minor­i­ty of Iran­ian youths who are attract­ed by the notion that “pure-blood­ed” Per­sians are the true Aryans – a notion taint­ed with strong anti-Turk­ish and Arab sen­ti­ment. . . . .

. . . The Shah Reza Pahlav­i’s close ties and eco­nom­ic alliance with the Nazi regime wor­ried allies. It was at that peri­od that the Shah changed the country’s name from Per­sia to Iran, which means “land of the Aryans” in Per­sian. “Ger­many has nev­er been at war with Iran”, they argue, defend­ing the Nazi regime as a great infra­struc­ture builder. But in fact they know very lit­tle about the his­to­ry of World War II and the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted under the Third Reich.

In par­al­lel to this sen­ti­ment, which could be described as “Per­sian nation­al­is­tic”, there is the per­va­sive anti-Semit­ic and anti-Israeli dis­course of the cur­rent Iran­ian regime. The two lines of thought con­verge to form the ide­ol­o­gy that is expressed on the web­site, which posts mes­sages that range from “Hitler loved Iran” to “Iran needs the pow­er to fight Israel”. I believe this is why the gov­ern­ment will not try to cen­sor this kind of neo-Nazi move­ment, it may even back them. I wouldn’t be sur­prised if these groups begin tak­ing some form of con­crete action – be it in the polit­i­cal sphere or in the street – some­time in the future.”

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