THE VIEW, OCTOBER 2013

Your correspondent Behrooz Behbudi tells us that ordinary Iranians are being forced to live in poverty as a result of western sanctions imposed on the country following the government’s refusal to co- operate with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors.

If Behbudi is right that the majority of Iran’s people desire only to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world, I sympathise with their plight. However, what I am at a loss to understand is how Iran’s people are able to continue to fund the anarchy and chaos their government supports in various places around the world without the support and cooperation of the electorate, especially given that sanctions over recent years have reduced them to such penury?

In the Occupied Territories, in Lebanon, in Syria, seemingly wherever there is trouble, the spectre of Hizbullah rears its ugly head. And, according to fairly widespread and available information, the group’s activities are not only limited to the Middle East region, its influence has even been noted as far afield as South and Central America. This is multi-million dollar mayhem.

Some sources would have us believe that it is the illegal drugs trade and/or organised crime that funds the group’s activities but rarely is the group alluded to without being introduced as “the Iranian-backed organisation” Hizbullah.

So where is the money coming from? Is Hizbullah the true agent of Tehran, or an elusive well-oiled machine conveniently labelled ‘Iranian-backed’ by the world’s international agencies who have, so far, all been unable to rein it in?

M.K. Vieville