Guardian’s Seumas Milne runs interference for “anti-Imperialist” Islamic Republic of Iran


Whether you refer to them as the ‘far left”, the “extreme left”, “Guardian left” – or, “Straight Left”, the name of the pro-Stalinist Marxist newspaper where Seumas Milne worked prior to joining the Guardian – those who champion, excuse, or defend totalitarian movements in the name of anti-imperialism by definition forfeit any claim to genuine progressive values.

Seumas Milne’s latest apologia for the Islamic Republic of Iran – which adds to similar defenses of the regime at the Guardian by Brian Whitaker and Mehdi Hasan – is not surprising to anyone familiar with Milne’s extreme politics. 

Milne, who used to work at the pro-Stalinist paper Straight Left, is evidently an unreformed Leninist who has lamented the fall of the Soviet Union. 

Further, following the attacks on 9/11 which killed nearly 3000 Americans, Milne argued that the U.S. policy drove the al Qaeda terrorists to “sacrifice their own lives” and that the attack was fueled by (among other dynamics) “[America] recklessly throwing its weight behind Israel’s 34-year illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza…”

Milne’s extremism was also quite clearly on display in a speech he gave in 2010 in London, in which he waxed poetically of “resistance” movements in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Milne’s latest essay , “War on Iran has already begun: Act before it threatens all of us” serves as classic far left agitprop, and includes a subheading which spells out precisely who the antagonists are in his polemical tale:

Escalation of the covert US-Israeli campaign against Tehran risks a global storm. Opposition has to get more serious

Milne warns that “evidence has been growing that a US-Israeli stealth war against Iran has already begun” before arguing that such a war “is the more shocking” as “the case against Iran is so spectacularly flimsy”, before concluding:

“There is in fact no reliable evidence that Iran is engaged in a nuclear weapons programme…. the evidence suggests Iran suspended any weapons programme in 2003 and has not reactivated it.”

In fact nothing could be further than the truth.  The latest IAEA Report specifically concluded that:

“Iran has been conducting research and experiments geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability…”

“Iran had carried out tests “relevant to the development of a nuclear device”.

As Dore Gold wrote in an analysis of the IAEA report:

“Iran is determined to obtain nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to target. The IAEA no longer has “suspicions” about the Iranian weaponization program – it has hard intelligence from “more than ten Member States.”

Even a Guardian report on Nov. 9 (which included a pdf of the full report) characterized the latest IAEA findings as establishing that that “Iran appears to be on a structured path to building a nuclear weapon.”

So, why is Milne running interference for the the Islamist Republic’s quest for nuclear weapons and – more broadly – regional hegemony?

Well, a clue could be found in the contempt he seemed to possess for Iranian pro-democracy demonstrators in 2009.

In a Guardian piece on Jun 18, 2009, Milne complained about the Western media’s favorable coverage of the Iranian reformers:

“[To] the western media, whose cameras focus so lovingly on Tehran’s gilded youth…Ahmadinejad is nothing but a Holocaust-denying fanatic.

The other Ahmadinejad, who is seen to stand up for the country’s independence, expose elite corruption on TV and use Iran’s oil wealth to boost the incomes of the poor majority, is largely invisible abroad….. But such details have got lost as the pressure has built in Tehran for a “green revolution” amid unsubstantiated claims that the election was stolen.  

Get it?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ruling Mullahs – only seemingly despotic and repressive – are in the vanguard of progressive resistance to Western Imperialism.

It is unlikely that Milne’s Marxist dialectic even allows for any genuine reflection over the overwhelming evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons.

For Milne, and his political fellow travelers, the political axiom which seems to dictate a position on any given issue is that the enemy of the U.S., Israel and the West are, by definition, within the realm of progressive imaginative sympathy.

The facts and stories may indeed change, but Milne’s anti-Imperialism of fools will never wane.

42 comments on “Guardian’s Seumas Milne runs interference for “anti-Imperialist” Islamic Republic of Iran

      • Your implied charge against me is baseless, you being completely ignorant of my politics.

        My open charge against Milne and this website is evidenced by their respective political records, of which I have seen plenty enough to judge.

        Do you see the difference between the two judgements? The former being based on nothing, the latter being evidence-based?

        This, my friend, is the difference between shouting and rational discourse.

              • “Facts? WHAT facts?”

                The facts of my political record. You have already made your decision regarding it based on no evidence and that is fine; I don’t feel the need to confuse you further.

                “Which “anti-war” marches denounced Al Qada, Osama Bin Laden, the Islamic Republic of Iran?”

                I’m not sure. Maybe the “REAL anti-war” ones you have organised? Can you link some pictures of them for me? You have organised some haven’t you?

                • Please summarize your political record. Boil it down to one or two sentences.

                  Which of your REAL “anti-war” marches in the UK have denounced Al Qada?

                  Try Youtube, search arguments “london anti war”.

                  Which video of an anti-war march shows marchers denouncing Al Qada?

                • “Please summarize your political record. Boil it down to one or two sentences.”

                  To what end? You have already decided. I have engaged with you sufficiently to see that anything I say will not change your mind and I have accepted that so don’t worry.

                  “Which of your REAL “anti-war” marches in the UK have denounced Al Qada?”

                  No, no, they are your ‘REAL anti-war’ marches.

                  I assumed, since you oppose ‘FAKE anti-war marches that don’t denounce Al Qada, Osama Bin Laden, the Islamic Republic of Iran’ you have organised ‘REAL anti-war marches that do denounce Al Qada, Osama Bin Laden, the Islamic Republic of Iran’.

                  Or are you admitting that this isn’t the case and your commitment to ‘REAL anti-war’ is, well, a bit hollow?

    • Suits you too. Now, this “genuine progressive values” is just soooo cute. Make you feel sooooo important and righteous, eh?

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  2. Please summarize your political record. Boil it down to one or two sentences.

    Which of your REAL “anti-war” marches in the UK have denounced Al Qada?

    Try Youtube, search arguments “london anti war”.

    Which video of an anti-war march shows marchers denouncing Al Qada?

  3. The good thing about Milne and the livingstones of this world is that their strong support for the iranian regime and extreme islamists of all colours finally puts paid to any pretence at all that their beliefs are in any way determined by human rights.

  4. “..Milne argued that the U.S. policy drove the al Qaeda terrorists to “sacrifice their own lives” and that the attack was fueled by (among other dynamics) “[America] recklessly throwing its weight behind Israel’s 34-year illegal military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza…”

    The man is demented as well as stupid. How does this explain the thousands of Muslim deaths which can be laid at Al-Qaeda’s door?

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  7. On that Seumas Milne article Berchmans wrote……………..

    “Milne gets straight to the issues that the Nick Cohens mysteriously avoid”
    It got recommended 415 times…….

    I was wondering who are these Nick Cohens that Berchmans is referring to,I only know of the one Nick Cohen….Berchmans usually uses double entendres.and gets away with it……………

    I often wonder if the Rustbucket is Berchmans bastard child……

    • Berchmans also says: ‘Milne is the most attacked writer on CIF and on web sites dedicated to criticising the Guardian. He draws the most fire from the legion of right wingers and extremists that come here. There will be a barrage of they want to destroy us.. the Guardian hates us ..we are only the size of Wales ..:) etc etc’
      Persecution mania, anyone? So anyone criticiing that nutcase Milne and his dubious followers is a ‘Rightwing extermists’. Right, who could fault that logic!
      FYI, Berchie: The only one so far gone left that he coincides with the extreme right, is the author (Milne). – On the other hand, if you are moderately, reasonably left (or conservative) you should totally reject the views expounded by that writer.

      • Lisa and Benorr, Berchmans cannot be taken at all seriously. He is terminally confused, politically and otherwise.

  8. The Guardian is a very miserable web site,most of it’s articles writers posters Above and Below the Line are written by someone who is whining and whinging about something.Not a skerrick of light all darkness

    Their disgusting cartoons are either about condoms,blood,body fluids,bums bums and more bums.

  9. Milne and all the other drittsekks at the other Guardian are flag wavers for dhimmitude and Islamization … they will probably be the first to go in their bright new world.

  10. Milne – it doesn’t matter what shocking human rights abuses Ahmedinejad’s regime commits, because he “stands up for the country’s independence.”

    I suppose by that reasoning, Hitler was a hero because he sorted out the German economy and refused to be shackled by the terms of the Versailles treaty?

  11. Milne is one of the Guardians standard bearers,he personifies the Guardian.

    The Guardian’s standards are very low and very simple,they have decided to champion the Palestinian,the Muslim,the Arab,the anti Israel,anti-Semitic,anti Zionist,and the anti American cause.

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