Crowds of people have congregated as if in anticipation of experiencing a miraculous religious vision – but instead a grotesque dead chicken lies slumped across the cliff-top in front of them. The crowd’s inability to recognize the inanity of the object they are venerating, emphasized the futility of their mission.
« Chihuahua » by David Alfaro Siqueiros 1947, Museo de Arte Alvar y Carmen T de Carillo, Mexico City
By now, at the tail end of 2007, we all know who Mohammad-Ali Ramin is. But when I first wrote about him some eighteen months ago he was a relative unknown, and aside from the odd flutter at the beginning of this year, when he claimed in a December 28th interview with a Tehran-based ‘Baztab’ news website that Hitler was Jewish, he is keeping his powder relatively dry. I still say, fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be an explosive ride:
« We will acquire this [nuclear] technology and export it to all the 150 countries. This is the power we have not yet used. »
Mohammad-Ali Ramin’s looks are deceptive.
He is good looking with his soft, well manicured beard. His looks are either German or Scandinavian, blue eyes, light hair. Nothing threatening, charming smile; you’d invite him to your dinner party without a moments hesitation. Well almost….
Little would you know that you would be wining and dining the very reincarnation of Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Eichmann, Dr Josef Mengele dubbed ‘The Angel of Death’, you name it, take your pick, improved only in looks and finesse. Pure, unabashed, soft-spoken evil. Measured in tone, deliberate and utterly confident in everything he says. He’s not a psychopath, but someone who is absolutely convinced to occupy the moral high ground, certain of his convictions being sanctioned by Allah himself.
In response to Russian President Putin’s remark, « ..we have enough nuclear weapons to destroy the whole world 7 times over, but [we] do not talk like Iranian leaders do, so why do [they]?« , he says:
« [We have] just woken up after 16 years of forgetting God. […] Only 11 countries in the world [are] against Iran whereas there [are] some 150 states supporting Iran. »
Ramin claimed that Ahmadi Nezhad’s presidency [that’s how ‘Thug-in-Chief’ Ahmadinejad is affectionately called by his close friends and admireres] had created a new global wave and that many world leaders had lined up to speak with him. He also stressed that Europe and the US were entirely incapable of threatening Iran.
Who is Mohammad-Ali Ramin and why should we pay very close attention to what he has to say?
He is what Joseph Goebbels was to Hitler. He is the brain behind « Thug-In-Chief » Ahmadinejad, his hard-line presidential advisor.
He is the editor-in-chief of Emamat monthly, a founder of the Association of the Islamic Path in Europe, director of the Holocaust seminar in Tehran, and secretary-general of the new « world foundation for Holocaust Studies ».
Like Ahmadinejad, he too is a member of the Shi’a branch of Islam, that rejects the first three Sunni caliphs and regards Ali, the fourth caliph, as Muhammad’s first true successor.
He is Ahmadinejad’s architect of the Caliphat, charged with the careful planning and realization of the global Dar-al-Islam, the time when Islam has subjugated the whole world, the time when Islam will be ‘tolerant’ for there will be none left to oppose or differ.
Born in 1954, it is an eerie irony, that he was brought up and educated in the ‘Vaterland’ ; only after completing his major in Mechanical Engineering and after founding the « Islamische Gemeinschaft in Clausthal e.V. » (Clausthal is an hour’s drive from Hannover, Germany) as well as other unspecified ‘political activism’, did he move his wife and three children back to his native home, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Apart from bringing about the global Dar-al-Islam, his passion and academic work is dedicated to the revision of the Holocaust ‘Myth’. Ramin was the one who initiated the idea of the « relocation of Israel » and also the idea, that « Holocaust is a myth ». Ahmadinejad was just the messenger.
He himself accepted the full responsibility of this action. In an interview with the Financial Times (German version), Ramin stated that he has also initiated the « Holocaust commission » and that he is the founder of the Conference on Holocaust in Tehran.
His logic is as simple as it is evil: Should his committee determine that indeed 6 million Jews had been killed by the Nazis, then another committee must be assembled and determine a just punishment for Germany, which, oh quelle surprise, must include the transfer of German territory so as to establish a Jewish State.
Should it however establish, that Holocaust was a ‘Myth’, Ramin would have successfully vilified the Jews and exonerated the Nazis. He would then hope to re-open the debate questioning the legality of the State of Israel and bring him one step closer to return Israel’s territories to Arab rule. Destruction of Israel is only the last resort option. Much preferred is to usurp Israel ‘peacefully’, and hand control over to Arab leaders. I wonder what he’d call the new nation…
Having first coached his eager pupil Ahmadinejad, Ramin later praised the President for having voiced his doubts over the Holocaust and the need for relocating the Jews to Europe if Europeans really did the massacre during the Second World War. Ramin then suggested publicly that Ahmadinejad establish a committee for clarifying the « real extent » of the Holocaust.
To those, who criticize Ramin and his government’s position on denying the Holocaust, and the serial murders of Iranian intellectuals by the Ministry of Intelligence, he responds:
« The Islamic Revolution has already shaken the world and […] the unexpected epidemics such as the Asian Flu and AIDS [are] emerging […] The world [is] too envious to witness the success of Iran’s young generation. »
To all of you, who reflexively dismiss these clearly stated goals as hype and hysteria, I say, it is with historical curiosity and fascination, that I appreciate your stance, for it allows me to time-travel some 70-75 years into the past and experience first hand what it must have been like for those, who saw the writing on the wall.
I am much more concerned about Ramin than about ‘Thug-in-Chief’ Ahmadinejad. After all, thanks to the President’s forthrightness, Iran has managed to mobilize the whole world against itself in just 6 months.
Mohammad-Ali Ramin appears moderate, calm and reasonable. Yet his views are the same that led without fail to the biggest atrocities and genocidal crimes committed by man-kind. My translation of a short passage from a German interview in June 2004, well before the election of extremist Ahmadinejad, shows why this soft-spoken ideology always ends in disaster:
« We have never claimed to be a democratic system fashioned after the Western model, nor that we even seek to establish one. We don’t believe that Western democracies are the ideal governing system, but believe that other people [« Völker »] with different cultures are able to establish better systems which are truly governed by the people and much more humane [« menschlicher »]. We don’t want a system where people like George Bush can be elected as their leader, but instead want a system where the selection is ensured by reasonable and wise individuals. »