[Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s] anti-imperialist rhetoric, though compelling to some, is obviously designed to draw attention away from Iran’s inhuman treatment of women, homosexuals, human rights activists and cyber-dissidents. He is not, as he wants the world to believe, the creator of a new world order. He is simply a fear-monger whose brutality follows the model established by a long line of authoritarian governments—so nothing new here.
and his rhetoric appeals to those with similar desires to use anti-imperialism to hide gross violations of human rights in their own country. Hence the alliances with places such as Venezuela and Bolivia.
I recently questioned President Evo Morales from Bolivia on the Iranian President’s efforts to create a new coalition to defend against imperialist nations (i.e. The United States).. Morales replied ” Iran has the right to defend itself… If robbers break into your house, you have to protect your family.”