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Iranian poet slams Arabs, Turkey for their stance on Syria

A poem by Iranian poet Shujaa al-Din Ibrahimi expresses his indignation at the condemnation of the brutality of the Syrian regim

By Saud al-Zahed | Al Arabiya | 12 Apr 2012

A famous Iranian poet posted online a poem criticizing Arab nations as well as Turkey for supporting the Syrian people against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Fars News Agency, known for its strong ties with Iran’s Supreme Guide Ayatollah Khamenei, posted a poem by Iranian poet Shujaa al-Din Ibrahimi in which he expresses his indignation at the condemnation of the brutality of the Syrian regime, one of Iran’s closest allies.

In the poem entitled “The Modern Conspiracy,” Ibrahimi called Arabs “invaders” a Persian derogatory term used in reference to the Muslim Arab conquest that toppled the Persian Sassinid Empire.

“The Turks follow the invaders and together they conspire against Syria,” wrote Ibrahimi in the poem.

Ibrahimi describes Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as “sorcerers.”

In another poem entitled “Assad’s Tail,” Ibrahimi stresses that Syria is not Iraq and in an image aimed at insulting the countries supporting the Syrian revolution, he says that “a donkey does not dare to play with the lion’s tail.”

In this line, Ibrahimi uses word play since Assad is Arabic for lion. This image is often used among Iranians who support the Syrian regime and who refer to Turks in particular as donkeys.

The poet is known for his close ties with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Supreme Guide Ayatollah Khamenei, who explicitly declared his rejection of the Syrian revolution and his support of Assad’s regime.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Iran are at an unprecedented low owing to their disagreement over the Syrian crisis.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)

 

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