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Iran Drone Propaganda

Oct 24, 2022

The U.S. media has been airing news about Russia’s use of Iranian drones to attack Ukraine’s power grid and municipal heating systems in cities like Kiev.

The headlines bang the war drums: the New York Times front page blares "Deadly Message Sent by Drones: It’s Russia and Iran vs. the West." They yell about Iran, casting the country as a villain, an intruder into the war. But let us not forget who the biggest arms dealer in the world is! That would be the United States, which is up to its ears in this war overseas. The U.S. has provided much more money, and far more sophisticated weapons to Ukraine.

So why is the U.S. media making such a big deal about some dozens of Iranian drones? Maybe they think that bundling Iran, a Muslim country and a long-time opponent of U.S. imperialism, together with Russia can help them prepare the U.S. population for war. Having vilified Iran for decades, they now find it useful to play on racist stereotypes as a way to set Americans against Russians.