My rant on New York Times “Iran Executes Sunni Rebel Leader” News


I came across this news published by the New York Times “Iran Executes Sunni Rebel Leader” on June 20th, 2010.

This news report is just the most pathetic reporting I have ever noticed so far. I have criticized about some News reporting here and here but this breaks the record of all those posts.

Jundullah is a Terrorist group. If the Iranian government hanged the leader of the Jundullah, why the entire NY Times article did not mention him and the organization to be Terrorist?

Jundullah is accused by Iran and the rightist section of Pakistan to be funded by America. There is no proof of that but the terrorist acts by Jundullah are many and on the basis of which it is considered to be Terrorist organization.

Jundullah mostly targets Iran and Pakistan and sabotages their relationship and that is for a fact. So I am left wondering why the NY Times chose to leave this important fact about the group? Is it because it poses no threat to “The West” and that it does not target NATO forces in the region? I just don’t get the reason.

Even worst, after excluding the fact that Jundullah is a terrorist organization, NY Times article chose to mention that the leader, Abdul-Malik Rigi, is a Sunni. What Mr. A.M.Rigi being Sunni has to do with anything?? Does this information is mentioned because Iran is a Shiite Muslim state? I think so that is precisely the reason. This reasoning of mine gets even stronger if we put it in perspective- A Sunni Rebel leader got executed by the Shiite government and that Jundullah is a group that attacks the government in a province where Sunnis are in minorities in a Shiite dominated State.‘ A lot is wrong with this info “Sunni” ! by putting things in perspective the reasoning becomes clearer.

Jundullah is a threat to the Pak-Iran relationship. Where Jundullah gets fundings from, that is of no concern to me. Based on its terrorist attacks, bombings, target killings and kidnappings of key people, Jundullah is considered and classifies as a Terrorist organization and both- Iran and Pakistan consider it to be so. Rigi being a Sunni is totally irrelevant and mentioning of it shows how ignorant NY Times is that it chose to omit the fact of it being Terrorist and chose to include “Sunni Leader” as an important info!

Great job New York Times and Nazila Fathi.

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