What TV show will it be next? Friends? I Love Lucy?
I first covered Mr. Hassan Abbasi on July 3rd:
He had been missing for some time, and when he reemerged, I had this post:
And this is the translation of a speech he gave in October:
As I’ve mentioned on this space before, the reason I take this man very seriously is that he seems to be one of the masterminds behind Iran’s current hostage crisis. His is a name we don’t hear often, but by following him for the past decade, he seems to be a very important player behind the scenes. At the same time, depending on the audience he’s playing for: the poor, those with strong criticisms of the West’s double-standards and hypocrisy, the basij, those with pro-Palestinian sentiments, etc he can be very convincing because his arguments are very simple to follow … if you don’t stop to think them through.
And now he’s back again, with a 14,000 word speech which is simply too long for me to translate in full.
According to RajaNews, He was speaking in Shiraz, as head of the “Doctorial Analysis Center for Security Without Border” in a ceremony to “commemorate the resistance in Gaza”.
The great chunk of the speech is dedicated to expanding on his theories of “soft war”:
In 2003, the supreme leader put forth a new term, “neo-colonialism” [as far as I know, this term was not the brainchild of the supreme leader]. In this form of colonialism, they do not come after your land and your country, they do not come to topple your government with a coup. In this form of colonialism, they come after you, the individual and change the way you think. Then, you go and topple your own government and you go and present your own country to them on a platter. This is called soft warfare, they influence your mind and your decisions so that you are the one to hand them everything. So unlike hard war, where your country’s lands are at stake, and even unlike semi-hard war where the financial institutions and the economy are taken over, in soft war, the individuals are under siege. You are the target, 70 million Iranians are the target, not the 1,900,000 square kilometers which composes the area of Iran. They [the Westerners] have an expression for this, “Mind & Heart Battle.”
In the past year, the Islamic Republic has entered a fourth paradigm … [here outlines the first three] … there are only two paths today … one leads to light, and the other to darkness [does this remind you of anyone?] In this soft war, they [the other camp] has given up their hearts and minds to evil, and thus they are infidels. This soft war is the war of the faithful against infidels. It is the war of accepting the rule of God against the rule of the devil. Those who come in the street and shout esteghlal, azadi, jomhooriyeh Irani ["independence, freedom, Iranian Republic" as opposed to the chant of the revolution "independence, freedom, Islamic Republic"] they are the ones who have chose the second path [rule of the devil]. Those who put forth ideas about changing the constitution, their problem is not with the supreme leader, rather, [their problem is that] they do not accept the rule of God. They want to destroy the rule of God.
This is a fight the devil himself has stirred.
[He then talks at length about teaching cinema at the University of Tehran, which took me by surprise. He talks about how American TV is one of the arms of this soft war and launches into a monologue about the series "24"]:
In our classes, we spend over two hours talking about a series which ran for 105 episodes. Each of these shows [American tv shows] has an underlying agenda. For instance, take the series “24″ which has 168 episodes thus far, and is now in its eighth season [he's pretty up to date, I don't watch 24, but I did google his facts to verify them]. This show is actually the reason why a black man got elected president in the U.S. In 2001, when the attacks of 9/11 took place during the first year of Bush’s presidency, this show started airing. And in that year, I said that a black Democrat will become president in the U.S. That is, for eight years, American TV channels set the frameworks for the rise of a black man. Do you think that someone just randomly ran for an election and won? In order to not let Mrs. Clinton win the presidency, in season 7 of “24″, they had a female actress who looked much like Mrs. Clinton play a president who was unfit for the job and so they [the show] influenced people not to vote for Mrs. Clinton, and to elect a black man, because they wanted it that way.
See, there is a large group orchestrating events from behind the TV screens, persuading people to act a certain way.
[he goes on for two more paragraphs about how 24 was the reason Obama got elected]
Now, this series,  gets a black man elected in the U.S., [in order] to create this catastrophe for us in Iran. Do you really believe that these allegations of “fraud” and “cheating” in the election came about on their own? Soft war means that [the Americans] influence Iranian youth to sit around and watch shows like Lost or 24. Compare this youth to his ancestors who at most read 5 books in their lifetime. Compare the amount of information he will have to process.
[After 7 more paragraphs, he moves on ...]
Do you even know that our educational system is based on Darwinism? Do you know that our university curriculum is based on Darwinism? Do you know that our ministry of health is run by policies which are based on Darwinism? The biology our children learn in schools are based on Darwinism. Do you see these computer games children play which show the giraffe’s neck becoming longer because he needs to eat from the top of the tree or the elephant’s ears growing longer? … this is all Darwinism and it is being sponsored and paid for with the money of this Islamic state. Playing around with the Koran and with the prophet has a heavy price. But this is soft war. Giving in 14 million students and 2 million teachers to the [Western] Darwinism on our own.
[For the next 20 paragraphs, he lashes out at the "Imam's old friends who have been bought by the West"]