FARS News Agency, Feb. 27, 2011
Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi on Sunday strongly criticized the United States’ racial discrimination against the Indian and black Americans.
“Today, Americans are the symbol of paradox and hypocrisy when it comes to the campaign against racism in the world. They are trying to brand themselves as the flag-bearer of democracy and human rights in the world but the realities in the US society as well as its brutal and criminal policies against the other nations and oppressed ethnic groups in different parts of the world prove this claim to be untrue,” Firouzabadi stated on Sunday.
“Today, Americans are the flag-bearers of modern racism,” he stressed, adding, “Although the US claims to be supporting democracy and human rights in the world, they have ignored the inalienable rights of a major segment of the country’s population due to racism.”
He described the US administration’s weak response to the damages caused by the Katrina Hurricane as an example of the US officials’ discrimination against the black Americans.
“The poor and the Black are second-class citizens in the eyes of the US leaders and these are only the white and rich Americans who enjoy the rights and advantages of first-class citizens,” the commander reiterated.
Also in another part of his statements, the Iranian chief military official called for comprehensive and joint efforts by all nations to end the ongoing injustice and discrimination in the world.