The article praised Hitler for transforming a war-torn country with enormous debts into a superpower in terms of technology, industry, military and luxury for its people. Hitler is seen as a symbol of iron determination who rose to great leadership from homelessness.
The Iranian theocracy’s silent approval of the website is apparent in several places, including the “about us” page. “This website operates completely within the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the text reads in part.
A similar site was disbanded in early 2011 after briefly appearing online in 2010 and announcing: “This website is under Islamic Republic of Iran laws and it is under the supervision of the working committee on Digital Media of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.”
Hitler devised his “Final Solution” for exterminating Jews and other “inferior” people, a Holocaust that killed an estimated 6 million Jews, more than the 5.5 million represented in the more recent Israeli census. That count also identifies 1.5 million Arabs.
Iranian leaders believe their own “Final Solution” — the destruction of Israel — will bring on the last imam, an Islamic messiah who will rule the world.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray.” He is a senior fellow with EMPact America, a member of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).