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Iranium: Clarion Fund’s Third Crusade

Third time’s the charm, so they say. Following the last two transparent failures to influence American politics with Islamophobia, the Clarion Fund (Aish HaTorah) is literally counting the seconds down until their “nationwide event” to reveal their newest scare-mongering dud: Iranium.

We have reported on Clarion’s last two anti-Muslim films: Obsession (see: Obsessionforhate) and Third Jihad. Those films featured a number of Islamophobic “experts” we have exposed on this site (i.e. Daniel Pipes, Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, Steven Emerson) who specialize in making lucrative careers off Islamophobic fear. Those two films were disturbingly similar to other sophisticated propaganda films that demonize entire populations. Jack Shaheen, an Oxford University research scholar and author of four books on racism, stereotyping and propaganda, describes the film Obsession as “very convincing.” He says:

“Goebbels would be proud. This film has a place in cinema history with the racist film Birth of a Nation and the Nazi film Triumph of the Will because it so cleverly advances lies to vilify a people.”

Those are the old films. But with this new film will Clarion reform its alarmist ways and instead present us with an insightful, balanced, and objective analysis of the situation in Iran? A quick look at some of the film’s interviewees tell us, no.

Iranium, like its predecessors, seems to rely on a highly edited mix of expert and pseudo-expert commentary. Among the most glaring pseudo-experts is Frank Gaffney; noted on this site for his adherence to the “stealth jihad” conspiracy. Gaffney is founder of the Center for Security Policy where he lobbies for hardline neoconservative security policies. Gaffney is a prolific writer on the Washington Times’ anti-Muslim editorial page where he has seriously argued that President Obama is a secret Muslim, lambasted Obama for daring to reach out to the Muslim World, and accused Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan of facilitating a Sharia take-over… twice.

Due to his obvious conflict of interest, Gaffney’s presence as a film expert raises serious doubts about the credibility of the film. Since Gaffney is a neoconservative lobbyist, he writes security “analysis” that favors neoconservative policy prescriptions. In other words, it is not in his policy interest to provide us with an objective analysis. Hence, he has been duly noted for the idiocy of his hyper-inflated anti-Sharia report.

If all of Clarion’s films have relied on pseudo-expert testimony that supports a pre-defined policy prescription, then why should we take seriously their hyping the Iranian threat? Is the purpose to inform the public or to influence them to vote a certain way? Iranium appears to be just another expensive attempt to influence American politics by scapegoating the Islamic/Iranian boogeyman.

People who are inspired by the Clarion Fund should flip the scenario around. Would it be acceptable for me to create a serious documentary entitled Israelanium featuring Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu? Would it be right if my film deliberately blurred the line between extremism and Judaism? Somehow I think charges of anti-Semitism would immediately ensue, but this same crowd of people has no problem using the same cut, paste, and smear tactics against Muslims.

Don’t get me wrong. The Iranian government should be subject to all the international laws and standards that all nations are held to. There are important concerns about which people need to get good, balanced information. So for this reason the film Iranium promises to harm our national debate even more by injecting inflammatory, one-sided propaganda into the discourse at a time when people need clear-headed assessment.

So while Clarion prepares for another Muslim-fearing mulligan, let’s hope that this film follows its cousins as another embarrassingly epic failure. Perhaps our efforts to restore sanity will overcome their march to keep fear alive.

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  • Fatima

    Wondering Out Loud: Iraq–After they took Iran’s land and brutally massacred the Iranian, Azeri, and Christian Armenian fighters for Iran.
    Asalaam Alaikum,
    The movie came out a while a going and took an entire time slot on Hannity. The people at Fox News do not understand anything about Iran. This movie is not only Phobic of Iran and Iranians but also of Islam. It ridicules Islam constantly throughout the entire movie.
    Remember: several Islamic Mullahs and Ayatollahs–including Ayatollah Khameini–have said that having nuclear weapons is against Islam. They want nuclear energy to help their people in a time of sanctions and economic weakness. This allows scientific development in Iran.
    Allah Hafiz

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  • Wondering Out Loud

    How many countries has Iran invaded since WW2?

  • Rosy

    Right-wing Israeli “fiction”…would not surprise me if the “conclusion” of this propaganda piece is that America need to bomb Iran.

  • Is it bad that I feel like heckling their blog just on general principles?

  • AJ

    The great puppeteer holds this show. It dictates who America attacks, who America gives loans to, who America kills, what gets published in American newspapers and what not. All the great loons on this site are directly or indirectly linked to it. Pammy and Pipey and Spencey and Wilderness meet here often to devise new schemes for hate and paranoia. Porky dorky on this forum sings its praises often. The great puppeteer just had a huge fire. Perhaps the first sign of Allah has arrived.

  • LaRoja

    This is hate-mongering and discrimination. SPLC should monitor all these loony, us vs them think-tanks that only create hate and mistrust.

  • Rob

    “Long live the STATE of ISRAEL”

    Of course you support Israel, so the end of times can commence which would kill off the jews you evangelicals pretend to ‘love’.

  • Rob

    *But

  • Rob

    Porky:

    “Unfortunately,the Muslims have been frozen in in time in their backward thinking of the 7th century Arabia”

    If they were ‘backward thinking’ as you claim, they would be content with fighting with swords instead of trying to build nuclear weapons…..Derp!

    By I see what your pork brain is trying to purvey. Anyone who believes in an the apocalypse, a second coming, Armageddon must be a$$-backwards.

  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq

    haram pork the ubiquitous troll,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

    Allahu A’lam

  • Exactly Mosizzle and it’s a point that Mr Pork will insult you for bringing that up 😛 Don’t forget that not only does Israel have nukes, it will use them and has put them ready for immediate use a number of times. It also engages in covert activity to ensure that only it will have nukes in the ME. They also have the so called ‘Samson Option’, where they will launch everything they have at pre set targets… and people worry about Iran?!

  • Mosizzle

    Halal Pork, the country in the world that has used nuclear weapons to kill people is the United States. The Supreme Leader of Iran has declared it forbidden for nuclear weapons to be used under Islamic Law.

    Israel currently does not have a “No first use policy” which means it is prepared to fire nuclear weapons first, not in response if someone fires first, but whenever it feels like it.

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