Iran celebrated the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution with plenty of anti-America, anti-Israeli, and anti-Western sentiment.
Their parades of American hate included re-enacting the capture of 10 American sailors in January and banners showing US President Barack Obama and John Kerry with Pinocchio nose calling for “Death To America.”
NBC News reports “tens of thousands of Iranians” marching through Azadi Square in Tehran, chanting “Death to America and Israel!” and waving signs with anti-Western slogans such as:
Ahmad Norouzi, a nurse, wore a bandana on his head that read: “We will not allow foreign influence.”
“I have a message for Obama,” the 37-year-old said. “You can’t do anything to us and anything you say is a lie.”
Sanaz, a 22-year-old secretary, also joined the rally saying:
“I am happy that I was able to come here today, and as an Iranian I can put my fist in America’s mouth and say Death to America.”
Gulf News reports a banner showing a fist draped with the colors of Iran’s flag punching Barack Obama’s teeth out. Most revelers were content to hold up their “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” signs, or pose for selfies with the Iranian long-range ballistic missile.
There were a number of re-enactments showing the American sailors being captured by Iran, some using schoolchildren as the actors. ABC News reports some of the re-enactments used overweight men and women to represent the American prisoners, while others marched them along with bags over their heads.
The BBC reports one forum featured a man in drag representing the captured female American sailor, while another had a mock prisoner with a tissue over his face — a mocking reference to the recently-released Iranian propaganda video of an American sailor weeping in captivity.
“Our nuclear victory showed to the world that Iranians are capable of winning any battle, including diplomatic battles,” proclaimed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his address to the crowed, as reported by NBC News.
The Observer revealed a similar message from Mohammed Reza Naqdi, commander of the Basij paramilitary force.
He used the occasion to announce that Iran is the major power in the Middle East and the United States now takes a back seat to Iran militarily. Not merely one of the major powers, but the major power. He drove his point home by proclaiming that Iran “will not make any compromises with our enemies in the Middle East.”
Moving on to the modern world, Mr. Naqdi explained that the Shah of Iran was weak because he was allied with the United States and the West. He then elaborated, arguing that it is impossible to compare his high-flying country to Iran under the Shah’s rule, when it was subordinate to the American administration. Today, he went on, the United States “subordinates to Iran’s dominance in the Middle East and it cannot act in the region without getting the approval of the Supreme Leader of Iran.”
According to the BBC, some Iranians were not delighted by the event. A few of them managed to get online to describe the festivities as “bizarre,” and denounce them as “cheap, ugly, and ridiculous.”
“What are they trying to prove by this ridiculous show? Even if Iran and America are at war against each other, which they are not, what kind of messages are these kinds of cheap acts trying to convey to the American people, who like us, love their soldiers?” asked an Iranian on Facebook.
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sources: Gulf News, Youtube, Breitbart, JewsNews, NBC News, BBC