Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated "Color Revolution?"
Counterpunch / PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS ex-Assistant Secretar
20-Jun-2009 (9 comments)

The claim is made that Ahmadinejad stole the election, because the outcome was declared too soon after the polls closed for all the votes to have been counted. However, Mousavi declared his victory several hours before the polls closed. This is classic CIA destabilization designed to discredit a contrary outcome. It forces an early declaration of the vote. The longer the time interval between the preemptive declaration of victory and the release of the vote tally, the longer Mousavi has to create the impression that the authorities are using the time to fix the vote. It is amazing that people don’t see through this trick.

As for the grand ayatollah Montazeri’s charge that the election was stolen, he was the initial choice to succeed Khomeini, but lost out to the current Supreme Leader. He sees in the protests an opportunity to settle the score with Khamenei. Montazeri has the incentive to challenge the election whether or not he is being manipulated by the CIA, which has a successful history of manipulating disgruntled politicians.

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Farhad Kashani

Guys, Please push back

by Farhad Kashani on


Please push back and stand firm and expose any attempt by any loony and IRI supporter in the West and among Iranians to undermine and underestimate and insult our people's movement for freedom.

Blast this misguided and confused Roberts. Email the hell out of him. Expose him. Him and anyone else who are standing in our way towards freedom and democracy. We were silence for 30 years and these brainwashed loonies talked, wrote and perpetuated propaganda for 30 years. All it did was make our people more determined to stand up for freedom. Now its our turn.



by spinning (not verified) on

Aljazeerah publishes a newspaper too?


Orchestrated "Color Revolution?"

by 1 Hamvatan (not verified) on

Whom ever wrote those words (PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS ex-Assistant Secretar) just insulted our intelligent ability to decide for our own country.

Those words written out of malice and intent to hurt and divide us at the same time. We will not tolerate them.

Whom ever wrote those, has no knowledge of historical breviaries in our country in the past 2500+ history.

Islamic terrorist regime is dead and gone. We will have a democratic non religious government soon. By the people for the people. Not CIA , M15, Mossad, whatever else is out there!

Long Live Free Iran.

rosie is roxy is roshan

There are so many highly reputable analysts

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

who would be delighted to find CIA involvement, practically make a career out of it, like Pepe Escobar and Dabashi on the Left, or Liberal muckraker Robert Parry, one of the reporters who broke Iran-Contra, who never even suggest this. While Parry suggests a bias in perspective, and that AN may have won, and the other two are sure of the rigging,  then you have Robert Dreyfuss, who fence-sits--maybe a little bit of both. But CIA does not appear to be in their lexicon here. Correct me if I'm wrong.

And then there's aljazeera. That paper is so convinced AN won they don't even dignify the issue as a question, and appear to be almost indifferent to the protesters. but never speculate about CIA. involvement. Even our resident IRI spokesperson doesn't--with O and AN in place, the future is bright.

These people get their panties wet every time they say CIA and would definitely do it if they could.

I don't think so...


Paul Craig Roberts is a Loony

by Paul Craig Roberts is a loony (not verified) on

This writer is the same nut-job that thinks George Bush masterminded the 9/11 attacks and planted bombs inside the world trade center because the planes alone could not have caused them to fall. He is nothing but a mentally imbalanced conspiracy theorist.

Mardom Mazloom

The only coup-d'etat here

by Mardom Mazloom on

was orchestrated by Ali cholagh (aka rahbar mall'oon). Now try to put this into your tiny skull and go speak with your 4 legs congeners, they are the only ones which can be fooled by you.


‫چو ایران نباشد، تن من مباد



by mousavisupporter (not verified) on

Stop insulting Iranian people! That is similar to what Khamanei and his ilk are trying to do. They think they can fool people.

I prove that you are dumb. Ahmadinejad and
his deluded gang think they are harbingers of the "hidden Imam". His ignorant and credulous followers call him the miracle of millenium!!

You have no clue to what length they go to keep in power. Because they are part of a divine plan and bunch of liberals can not take it away from them. For them people are nothing when it comes to god's plans. A taxi driver in Tehran can analyze the situation better. So stop this nonsense and don't lose your day job!

Shah gholam, get some sleep tomorrow you have to beat people up with your stick!


no agency can overthrow the God appointed IRI

by jimzbund on

if it does then your beloved IRI was supported by terror and fabrications. Get raedy for your favorite color which is BLACK for mourning your loss.

bogzarad in roozegaar talkh tar az zahr

baar degar roozehgaar chon shekar ayad. 



Bund, Jimz Bund

Farhad Kashani

Shah Gholam,   I have

by Farhad Kashani on

Shah Gholam,


I have bad news for you and your beloved Fascist IRI regime.


No amount of blind anti Americanism and “blame U.S.A” trick will save your IRI regime from collapse. Not this time around.


For 30 years, your regime committed every act of crimes possible against the Iranian people and the world, and justified it for its few delusional supporters by using anti American rhetoric and blaming America. Most people didn’t buy into it, but some did.

That all shattered in 1 week, last week.


The whole realized the true nature of this regime. I know the regime is trying unbelievably hard to somehow involve the West, and America in this. But no more. Trust me. The number of their supporters are dwindling bad, and it’s sad that traitors to Iran come out on this site and call this heroic uprising of our people against oppression, tyranny and fundamentalism, a U.S made “conspiracy”. Surfing the net looking for garbage propaganda by some delusional conspiracy theorist left wingers to blame the U.S will only result in 3 things: 1-shows your desperation 2- Shatter IRIs “blame U.S.A” propaganda 3- Distinguish who is the enemy and who is the friend of the Iranian people.


Long live Iran.