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OWS Gets Another Endorsement

This time from the Iranian theocracy’s very own wannabe Hitler Youth, the Basij:

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has found an unlikely fan: Iran’s government Basij force, whose thuggish members are thought to have been heavily involved in the crackdown that followed the disputed reelection of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in 2008.

In their latest move in support of the movement, a number of young Basij members have launched a website that purports to cover news and developments about the movement in order to “fill in the gap by Western media.”

The Wall Street Fall website — with content in both Persian and English — was launched over the weekend by the head of the Basij militia, Mohammad Reza Naghdi. “This news website can notably be influential in informing the people living under the sun specially those truth enthusiasts living in the west who are captives of universal Zionist media propaganda,” Naghdi was quoted as saying on October 30.

Earlier this month, Basij members from Iranian universities staged a rally to denounce what they described as policies employed by the United States and some other Western countries to prevent the people’s awakening.

Everybody remembers the old saying: “There are two kinds of people in the world: Zionists and truth enthusiasts.” I doubt very much that many in the OWS set would welcome the endorsement, but in case any are pondering it, a thought experiment: What if instead of the NYPD, it was the Basij on the other side of the stanchions? What if instead of “corporate money,” it was the Basij who determined elections?

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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