Iranian Regime’s Unimpressive Drone Show

The Iranian government is doing its best to show off what it says is a captured US drone, but we have to ask: are the people of Iran really paying attention?

This is especially true about the people of Tehran. Those who want to care have to stop coughing first as the level of pollution in the capital city is reaching dangerous levels.

Today Tehran’s schools and universities were closed because of excessive pollution. Tomorrow could be the same. The situation is so bad that the Iranian Ministry of Health has advised people to leave Tehran. According to Radio France International’s Persian language service, Iran’s National Security Council has even instructed the media to stop reporting this event. This instruction must be very recent as there are still news sites in Iran reporting about the pollution issue.

Tehran’s pollution problem has been getting worse over the years. Traffic mismanagement and relatively high proportion of old gas guzzlers on the road have meant high levels of air pollution. The fact that Tehran is situated between mountains means that unless there is very heavy rain or wind, the pollution stays above the city. Some are also blaming Iran’s own petrol which its producing in order to avoid sanctions, which is said to be low quality and highly contaminated.

The other responsible factor, or rather person is Ahmadinejad. For years Tehran’s Mayor Ghalibaf has been trying to improve Tehran’s Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) as well as the Metro system. To do so he needs funds to be released from the Ministry of Interior which Ahmadinejad has been running as president. As the Mayor is Ahmadinejad’s rival, the president has made life very difficult for him, meaning numerous traffic projects having to be placed on hold because sufficient funds have not been released.

While the regime shows off what it says is its technological prowess which it says enabled it to capture a US drone intact, it should focus on other things. The regime says that it can bring down a US made drone, yet it can’t bring down inflation or unemployment.

It’s not clear whether the drone was American or how it came to Iran’s possession, however what is more clear is that in terms of public consumption inside Iran, this whole drone saga is very  unlikely to impress the Iranian public.

3 thoughts on “Iranian Regime’s Unimpressive Drone Show

  1. Off topic, but relevant in a laregr sense, I think for folks interested in the Iran election, I think the recent Venezuela election had some interesting parallels to offer for consideration. Where the opposition in Iran boasted a particular shade of designer green as its symbol, the clever color symbol for the Venezuelan opposition was a purple thumb; like the opposition in Iran, the Venezuelan opposition made a point of declaring victory before official results came out, stating that they had won the overall vote by 52 48 %, which contrasted with the later official result, according to which Chavez’ party won a small majority of the overall vote (the opposition also apparently failed to point out that overall vote is not necessarily as meaningful in an election where no national office is being voted on); as with the Iran election, anyone following the election on Twitter would have assumed that the opposition had won an overwhelming victory; as with Iran, international media immediately scored the election as a triumph for the opposition, even though the opposite would appear to have been true.The major difference, of course, is that the US is heavily involved in supporting the Venezuelan opposition, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, whereas the US has not supported the Iranian opposition in any way whatsoever, until just recently or so virtually the entire punditocracy seems to agree. So we should ignore obvious US interest in the Iran election, simply assuming that this would be a nearly unique case globally where the US had a strong interest in an outcome, but did nothing about it. Also, we should ignore the many obvious parallels between the Green Revolution and other color revolutions where extensive US involvement is known to have taken place. Also we should ignore the fact that the State Department ALONE has apparently spent AT LEAST 400 million attempting to bring about regime change covertly in Iran, with other US departments presumably spending heavily on the same project, simply assuming that none of that bounty could conceivably have been spent on any support to the Green Revolution, much less massive support, despite the well known historical precedent for the US covertly supporting an opposition in Iran to bring the Shah to power Yes, ‘serious people’ should ignore the screaming parallels between the Green Revolution and other US-backed, US-manipulated color revolutions. That Mousavi is an interesting character, isn’t he? Once known, apparently, for having hands covered with the blood of both Iranian dissidents and American citizens, he is now a high-minded champion of civil rights and peace! And, although Mousavi is known, amongst other things, for his apparent CIA contacts during Iran-contra days, it is Ahmadinejad who is to be criticized for his dubious foreign involvements Mousavi runs a fascinatingly jigjagged political course, now attacking the government for not taking a strong enough line against the crowning jewel of Obamian engagement’ the uranium swap now attacking the government for too strong a line against the West! Is it possible that Mousavi is a heavily backed opportunist, rather than a great leader, drawn to the crucible of history by high ideals and strong principles, by the Call of his Suffering People?Who can say? Certainly it would not be ‘serious’, or responsible’, to take into account any obvious parallels between the Great Green Revolution in Iran and any other recent US-backed color revolutions, including the recent adventures of the US backed opposition in Venezuela.

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