Karim Sharara: Talebzadeh Wore US Sanctions Like Badge of Honor
TEHRAN (FNA)- Karim Sharara, political commentator, says the late Iranian filmmaker, Nader Talebzadeh, was not afraid of the US sanctions, as they indicated he was on the right path of resistance.
Speaking in an interview with FNA, Sharara said, “When you counter imperialism, it will seek to weaken and harm you with whatever means possible. This is no doubt a testament to the success of the work he did in the past, and namely after he launched the New Horizons conference, and his dialogue with many intellectuals in the West… His work was indeed so successful that the West had to put a stop to it in whatever means necessary.”
Karim Sharara is a Tehran-based Lebanese political commentator specializing on Iranian affairs. His articles have been published by various international outlets.
Below is the full text of the interview:
Q: Along with his works at Cinema and holding conferences, Talebzadeh ran weekly TV programs including “Asr” (the Age) and “Raaz” (the Secret). How successful was he in countering this US-waged media war?
A: What made Nader Talebzadeh so special is that he was a revolutionary person who was committed to spreading the message he so dearly believed in. The man worked tirelessly in the post-revolutionary period in order to spread anti-imperialist ideals, initiate dialogue with Western intellectuals that do not approve of the West’s neocolonialist practices, and connect with them on a deep cultural level.
The work he did allowed people to connect with Iran on a cultural level, and realize that there is more to the revolution than what Western media attempts to disseminate. The man risked his life, time and time again, during the Iran-Iraq war and the Balkans war in order to spread the message of the disenfranchised, which rightly earned him the title of a revolutionary.
Q: Talebzadeh was a media personality who never did any terrorist acts. Why were he, his wife and some of his colleagues sanctioned by the US? Now, why are the posts related to him removed by the US giant social media networks such as Instagram?
A: Talebzadeh, his wife, and many of his colleagues paid the price revolutionaries often do. When you counter imperialism, it will seek to weaken and harm you with whatever means possible. This is no doubt a testament to the success of the work he did in the past, and namely after he launched the New Horizons conference, and his dialogue with many intellectuals in the West.
If anything, he and his colleagues wore the sanctions like a badge of honor, because to him, it meant his work was indeed so successful that the West had to put a stop to it in whatever means necessary. Therefore, it would not be so strange for Western social media platforms to limit or remove content related to him, just as they do for content related to all forms of Resistance.
Q: What is the legacy of Talebzade?
A: On the many occasions I met Mr. Talebzadeh, what struck me most about him was his extreme kindness and humility. If I had not known who he was beforehand I would have sworn he was just like any other person; but, he was very approachable, and always ready to help others.
Many of those around him say that he lived by the saying that “the almsgiving of knowledge is to spread it” by teaching others. Perhaps our takeaway from this great man should be to live as he did and spread whatever meager knowledge we might have through hard work and dedication. Resistance progresses because it is the result of the cumulative actions of the many; Talebzadeh was one of those who left their mark in this great cause through his revolutionary spirit.