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Silly Dictator Stories #1: Iranian VP Says 'Zionists' Behind Global Drug Trade

According to the UN’s most recent report on drug use, somewhere between 3 and 6 percent of the global adult population uses illicit drugs. That’s a lot of people -- hundreds of millions.

Although countless amounts of money have been spent countering illegal drug production and trafficking, and millions more spent on treatment and research into addiction, the motivating factors behind addiction may be far more simple -- The Talmud.

In a speech at an antidrug conference in Tehran on June 25, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi posited his theory that “Zionists” -- particularly those who follow Talmudic teachings -- are in control of the illegal drug trade. He went so far as to offer money to any member of the audience who could “research and find one single Zionist who is an addict.” According to Rahimi, there is no such thing as a Zionist drug addict, thus proving his point.

Interestingly, the UN report shows that Israel actually has relatively high rates of illicit drug use (not all Israelis are Zionists, of course) when compared to the rest of the world. More than 8 percent of the adult population uses marijuana, more than 1 percent uses amphetamines, and from 0.5 to 1 percent uses opiates and ecstasy.

Israeli drug use aside, Iran stands on one of the front lines of the global drug trade. According to Narconon International, an estimated 140 metric tons of finished heroin crosses the Iranian border with Afghanistan annually on its way to Europe. Most of it makes it through, as only about 30 metric tons are seized by authorities.

To boot, the UN’s antidrug representative to Iran had -- literally minutes before Rahimi’s speech -- praised Iran’s cooperation in combating the global drug trade. Just a week before the conference, Iranian state media quoted Brigadier General Ali Moayedi -- the country’s top antinarcotics officer -- as saying Iran has “shown practically to the world that we can stop drug trafficking and we are ready to share our experience.” Apparently, vice president Rahimi didn’t get the memo.

This supposed “Zionist plot” is the latest in what has been a common theme from the regime in Tehran. Other such plots include (but are certainly not limited to): the swine flu, the “Harry Potter” series, the London Olympic logo, and the Norway massacre.

-- Zach Peterson

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by: unhappy from: commenter
June 27, 2012 10:32
hey guys - it's not funny.
and you probably wouldn't have made it a joke if it was said about anyone else.

by: Gazza from: Syd
June 27, 2012 10:44
There not alone, residents of Turkey are so spooked by Israel and Zionists, that a dead migratory bird recently found was thought to be Israeli spy equipment. They be a NATO ally to boot.

by: Hamik C Gregory from: Reno, NV USA
June 27, 2012 19:24
Preaching falsehoods and believing in whatever falsehoods they preach. Their distortions and falsehoods have become so big that they have become impossible for them not to believe in them.
However, highly educated pro Western Iranian population knows better. What they believe is very different than what the regime in Tehran preaches.

by: Anonymous
June 27, 2012 20:36
Silly Radio Free Europe. What happened to real reporting?!
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by: Jack from: US
June 27, 2012 21:18
when did you see a real reporting by RFE/RL? RFE/RL is a propaganda outlet with a sole objective of promotion of US government agenda
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by: William from: Aragon
June 27, 2012 23:47
Anonymous, I concur - this column is not helping to enlighten the world and to help make it a better place.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 28, 2012 04:18
Real reporting? There has never been any real reporting on RFE/RL - only cheap boring propaganda.
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by: Matvei from: USA
June 28, 2012 12:15
"Cheap, boring propaganda", eh, Eugenio? Funny how you always seem to be making comments on this website 24/7. Apparently you prefer boring websites, or someone pays you well to listen attentively to every word RFE/RL prints.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 28, 2012 16:53
Matvei, that wasn't me. That was Konstantin from Los Angeles. He is just pretending to be me. Why he is doing this I don't know.

by: William from: Aragon
June 27, 2012 23:51
If RFERL really wanted to run a Silly Dictator Stories #1, they should have started a little closer to home with George W Bush and the Iraqi Weapons Of Mass Destruction fable. Anybody that would pass a law preventing themselves from being prosecuted for war crimes once they had left the Presidency is operating as a dictator from my point of view. (Yes, citizens of the US, he actually did that.)

by: American Troll
June 28, 2012 02:13
Once again, an antisemite leaves me regretful that I don't actually live in a fantasy world ruled by intelligent and resourceful cosmopolitans. Instead, my world is ruled by flag-waving, goose-stepping, bribe-taking, opposition-jailing, bigotry-pandering, tribal and sectarian faux-populist mafiosi hatemongers.

Fortunately, that's not literally "my" world. That's just the Old World. I'm over here in the land of obesity, creationism, monolingualism, geographic illiteracy, and spotty Wi-Fi. Those are all disgraces to be sure, but they create relatively few burned villages and shallow mass-graves full of the bullet-riddled corpses of Bad People®.

by: Mamuka
June 28, 2012 04:55
At least Jack has never railed against the Zionists. At least not yet.
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by: William from: Aragon
June 28, 2012 10:15
Hello Mamuka, don't be too hard on Jack. It is true that his Serbian background has given him a particular way of viewing the world, and that he visits certain "Christian Taliban" web-sites as a source of his information from time to time. However, he is just begining to re-evaluate a few of his long-held beliefs. We should help him.
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by: Jack from: US
June 28, 2012 13:42
apparently Zionism means different things to different people. Those who understand Zionism as natural instinct of Jews to return back to Middle East where they came from, I'm totally for it. In fact US government should encourage Jews to return to their homeland. Jews belong to Middle East, like Muslims.
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by: William from: Aragon
June 28, 2012 23:33
Hello Jack. Jews believe that they are God's chosen people - a religion and a race packaged together, which I agree has its origins in the Middle East (and some historians now say that both probably started out in ancient Sumeria - i.e. where modern Iraq is today - and not in Palestine).

Islam is a religion - its followers number over 1.5 billion. You cannot fit them all into the Middle East, even if you could convince, for example, 150 million Indonesians that for some reason they have to leave their native islands and go to live in the Middle East. So no, I don't believe that Moslems belong in the Middle East, they belong where-ever there is belief in Allah (God).

So Jack, your options are to either continue to speak out against both of these religions - which will get you nowhere because neither of them are going to go away - or learn to live with them. I propose that you consider this approach: "If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men." Romans 12:18 - King James Bible (Cambridge, UK)

by: Sergey from: Suburban Chicago, USA
June 28, 2012 14:34
The idea of "Zionists" (read Jews) as the source of all the bad things in the world is not limited to Iran. It's an opinion widespread all over Islamic world and supported by their useful idiots in the West. The historical forged book "The Protocols of The Elders of Zion" and Hitler's "Mein Kampf" are bestsellers in the Middle East.

Just read the fragments of the speech of the fmr. Malaysian PM Mahathir Muhammad in 2010 Islamic conference. And Malaysia is considered to be a "moderate Muslim state". Imagine then how non-moderate Muslim states look like.

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by: William from: Harris
June 28, 2012 23:11
Hello Sergey, a good citation, and I have two comments.

One, not all followers of the Judaic tradition are Zionists. Jews, as well as Christians, have lived quietly beside Moslems in the Middle East for centuries - Zionism was a product of European Jewry only last century. Even today in Israel as in many other countries, there are many Jews who stand against the policies of the Israeli government. (Perhaps some of our Jewish readers might care to elaborate further?)

Secondly, I would not put too much faith in the words of politicians, as we know that they say things for a political purpose. In Islamic countries it is more important to listen to what the religious leaders advise - during Mahathir's reign he was chastised publicly by Paul Keating, the then Prime Minister of neighbouring Australia, as being recalcitrant i.e. having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority

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