The Iranian leader Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei yesterday accused the American and British governments of funding terrorism against Iran and fomenting Shi’a/Sunni divisions in order to destabilise the Iranian government.
Just last week, a Shi’a mosque in Zahedan, the mainly Sunni capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province in Southeastern Iran, was hit by multiple explosions resulting in the deaths of 22 people. The Sunni terrorist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) claimed responsibility for the bombings.
Official government statements from both Britain and the US denounced the bombings in Iran, so is the claim from the Iranian leader that the US/UK are actively promoting and funding rebel Iranian groups that are trying to undermine the Iranian regime and are engaged in terrorist acts believable?
A report in the Daily Telegraph three years ago revealed that the US government under former President George W. Bush was ‘secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear programme.’
The report added that:
‘The operations are controversial because they involve dealing with movements that resort to terrorist methods in pursuit of their grievances against the Iranian regime.’
A 2008 report in the New Yorker by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh looked at the US’s secret war against Iran and noted how Congress had approved $400 million funding to destabilise the Iranian regime.
Could President Obama really be continuing such a disgraceful policy against Iran? And would the UK which itself has been the victim of terrorist attacks really be helping promote such vile actions overseas in pursuit of its shameful foreign policy objectives?