Blaming the foreigners for interfering in Iranian matters is not anything new in Iranian foreign politics or domestic policies. Throughout the pre-revolution history, the Russians, the British, the French and finally the Americans have competed for power in Iran leaving a sense of distrust and paranoia on the Iranian psyche.
The revolution of 1979, when a people’s revolt under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini ousted 2500 years of Monarchy, legitimized this fear even further and what some people thought in their heads now was publicly said. Ayatollah Khomeini called the US the "great satan" and turned his back to America. Since then, Iranian officials have continued to accuse USA of secretly plotting against Iran and its Islamic values from provoking the protesters of green movement to sending spy drones and impregnating Iranian women via Internet.
What was once a political tactic, now has creeped into minds and lives in a form of a stereotype mixed with love of conspiracy theory and has made it easy to believe any rumor that evolves around the foreign powers’ hand in anything that goes wrong in Iran.
Growing up in Iran, I have heard all sorts of it’s-US’s-fault or the Zionists-did-it accusations. But they never stop to amuse me and bring a smile to my face.
One man who every time I hear his claims I say, you've got to Heart Iran is Dr. Hussein Ravazadeh. A celebrity figure in Iran, he appears on TV and lectures crowds on benefits of traditional and Islamic medicine. According to his website, he has dedicated his medical career to inform and educate the people about the conspiracy of the “hidden hands” of the world’s power in taking control and poisoning of the food and resources.
In the video below, he talks about demolishing the American pine trees which during the Shah regime were brought to Iran and were planted as a part of the American plot to destroy the Iranian soil:
“Have you ever seen any one who wants to sit by a pine tree?” he asks and adds “It has no shade, no leaf for animals to eat, no fruit and worse of all, any where it is planted, after ten years, the soil will no longer be suitable for agriculture.”