Protesters raped in Iran: “My life is over. I don’t think I can ever recover.” - Macleans.ca
 

Protesters raped in Iran: “My life is over. I don’t think I can ever recover.”


 

Several weeks ago, I blogged about the useful idiots in the West – including in Canada – who work for Iran’s state-run propaganda organ, Press TV.

The online comment board discussion diverted to a discussion about Iranian regime thugs raping prisoners, especially young women who had been sentenced to die. The Jerusalem Post had published an interview with an Iranian prison guard who had this job and discussed it in detail.

Two commentators doubted the veracity of the Jerusalem Post story. One, Robert McClelland, dismissed it outright and added the bizarre claim that “Canadian media has shut out Muslims who refuse to become an uncle Tarek” – presumably a dig at Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah, who has apparently sullied himself in McClelland’s eyes by taking a stand against Islamism and advocating the separation of religion in state.

Anyway, I doubt that any amount of evidence will convince people like McClelland that reports of the barbarous treatment suffered by democratic dissidents in Iran are anything other than fairy tales concocted by anti-Muslim fanatics like me. But I suspect other readers will be disturbed and saddened to read about this 15-year-old democrat, whose body and spirit has been broken by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s rapists.

His family is exploring ways to leave Iran. I wish they might find a home here.


 

Protesters raped in Iran: “My life is over. I don’t think I can ever recover.”

  1. I read that story the other day and was shocked and not at all surprised at same time. I hope the boy and his family can escape and I, too, would be happy for them to emigrate here.

    Iranian President also appointed Vahidi, wanted by Interpol for bombing Jewish cultural centre in Argentina fifteen years ago, as Defense Minister. I wonder if Obama has seen enough yet or does he still want to negotiate with these gangsters and murderers.

  2. Paul Wolfowitz testified before Congress that the Abu Ghraib abuses included rapes of minors and other atrocities the information for which was too disturbing to be released to the public. That's a story that has still not been examined adequately.

    If some of you "journalists" paid as much attention to our (ie. the West's) dubious record of brutality (and stopped reacting so petulantly whenever the rest of us bring up the fact that the Iraq invasion proved many of you are willing propagandists) we might start believing you are capable of balanced reporting on this kind of thing.

    Don't blame your readers for having become highly skeptical about a lot of this reporting, Mr. Petrou.

    • So what the Americans did in Iraq means we should be skeptical about reports in Canadian/UK msm that use Iranians in Iran as sources?

      Using your logic, we should never believe a single word msm says/prints.

      • "Using your logic, we should never believe a single word msm says/prints."

        Hallelujah! I've reached one.

        • The problem with your position is that you start saying things like Glenn Greenwald is someone that should be read.

    • Shorter Anon: Who cares about state-sponsored rape in Iran? We still haven't adequately wallowed in self-flagellation over Abu Ghraib yet!

    • Shorter Anon: Oh, who cares about state-sponsored rape in Iran? We still haven't adequately wallowed in self-flagellation over Abu Ghraib yet!

    • Shorter Anon: Oh, who cares about active, ongoing, officially state-sponsored rape in Iran? We still haven't adequately wallowed in self-flagellation over Abu Ghraib yet!

      • Actually, the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, Afghanis and Palestinians (all of it state-sponsored) are usually what's on my mind these days.

        I know, I know. Incinerating entire villages from 20,000 feet is civilized, whereas this stuff is barbaric. I guess I just have an over-developed sense of perspective.

      • why is state-sponsored abuse (rape) by Iran treated seriously in your post and state-sponsored abuse in a US prison in Iraq merely a matter of self-flagellation? Is state-sponsored abuse not state-sponsored abuse?

  3. REgardless of the veracity of any content, Petrou really sounds like a prissy little girl in both this column and the one he links to.

    I would like to see MacLeans set some guidelines about this sort of thing, and Petrou to up his game a bit.

    • It's not Mike Petrou who needs to up his game.

      • But when people like you or Weinman decide to address a commenter tries to take you to task, you do it with a great deal more elan and reserve. This post just makes me think "wow, this McCelland guy got so far under Petrou's skin he's taken to using co-opted wringnut phraseology like 'useful idiot'. "

        • I see Well is goose-stepping through the comment sections, deleting my comments.

          The "fiercely intelligent" Glenn Greenwald has a good post up on journalistic petulance. I never tire of it.

        • I think you need to reread the original post. The "useful idiot" was wrt journalists that work for PressTV. Petrou's treatment of McClelland was pretty fair, (he did describe the media shutting out muslims as bizarre but Robert's original statement was much more inflamatory.

          • Petrou's treatment of McClelland was pretty fair

            No it wasn't. He misrepresented my opinion, leaped to a baseless conclusion and then implied I was nailing him to the cross.

          • Fair enough… don't have access to the original
            Above there is an summary of an opinion and a quote attributed to you. He says you dismissed the J.Post story outright and attributes the quote “Canadian media has shut out Muslims who refuse to become an uncle Tarek” to you.
            Are these misrepresentations?

          • It is you who need to re-read. I never said he was describing McLelland. My take was he was so riled up he was forgetting himself and using terminology better suited to Freerepub and it's Canadian imitators.

      • Who else? Shaq? The Edmonton Eskimos? Why so coy, Mr. Wells, are you preparing a column on Mike T. and you'd rather not spoil the surprise?

  4. I have to catch up. I'm still trying to digest Germans killing Belgian babies,
    Iraqis unplugging incubators, and then William Calley goes and apologizes …

  5. The victim gave an interview to the Times of London. It was the guard who gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post.

    • Ah. Well, that's what I believe we call corroboration.

  6. Donald Bostrom is reporting that the IDF is harvesting the organs of Palestinians. Are you going to leap aboard that claim too, Michael?

    I don't doubt that rapes occur in Iranian prisons. What I doubted was the story that Iranian virgins sentenced to die are married against their will and then raped in accordance with Islamic dogma. That story, along with the organ harvesting should be doubted unless some reasonably solid evidence is presented.

    As for Tarek, it's his silly claims that the left are in league with terrorists that makes me discount what he has to say. He's simply become a shrieking nutcase lately. Which is too bad since he is, or at least used to be, a fairly smart commentator.

  7. Let the victim give an interview to a credible news source, not the Jerusalem Post, and then everyone can believe it. FWIW it sounds entirely plausible to me, witness or no witness; but the fact that something about Iran is published in the Jerusalem Post is neither here nor there.

  8. I would pay money to put an end to folks dropping their shorts and pulling out the rulers in some sort of competition among Robert McL, Mike T, Paul W, etc., and focus mostly on the horrors suffered by freedom-loving citizens at the hands of their own government in Iran. D'you think we might migrate back to that, please?

    • You just made me want to not look