The Myth of 'American Islam'

In one of his articles this year, the U.S.-based researcher on Iran Behnam Ben Taleblu addresses a very important but often overlooked topic: The Iranian regime's fixation on so-called 'American Islam.'

In the aftermath of the occupation of large areas in north-western Iraq and north-eastern Syria by Daesh (a.k.a., ISIL; ISIS; Islamic State) and its advance towards the Iraq-Iran border, Ben Taleblu writes, "ISIS rages next door and the U.S. Congress is threatening new sanctions, but Iranian officials remain preoccupied by a different challenge, one that has haunted them for decades…" This "challenge," explains Ben Taleblu, is 'American Islam.'

Ben Taleblu then quotes Iranian Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying, "American Islam means ceremonial Islam, an Islam that is indifferent in the face of oppression." Indeed, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Khamenei's predecessor, has set combating oppression as one of the Iranian Revolution's primary goals. Hence, to the Khomeinists, a gracious Shiite Islam that preaches awaiting the reappearance of al-Imam al-Mahdi, performing the Hajj to Mecca and Medina, and focusing one's efforts on one's family -- such as favored by, say, the Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani -- is one to be rejected.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and members of the Iranian leadership
Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and members of the Iranian leadership.


Because a Shiite Islam that lives and lets live cannot be used to unleash crafty mullahs, export 'revolutions,' and expand a sectarian empire. Such a benign Shiite Islam, in the malignant Khomeinist mind, must not only be rejected, but also declared extraneous and associated with Kufr (rejection of Islam)!

In fact, Khamenei's 'American Islam' is a mere myth, for what he is rejecting is a traditional Shiite Islam that pre-existed the establishment of the United States in 1776.

Yet, it is now self-evident that the Khomeinist mullahs are designing and selling to the Shiite populace within and without Iran … an Iranian empire.

Indeed, the Shiites in Iran are celebrating the resurrection of an empire -- one that is rising over the rubble of Syrian cities and on top of the crushed skulls of hundreds of thousands of Muslims.

That, while many of the foreign subjects of the Iranian empire kiss their enslavers' boots.

The politics of kissing Assadists' boots
The politics of kissing Assadist boots.

Alas, it's the Dahiyeh Syndrome!

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