Menace in Disguise

2017 ,    »  -   26 Comments
Ratings: 7.66/10 from 587 users.

Iran's standing on the world stage, and in its relationship to the United States in particular, is the focus of the documentary Menace in Disguise, a searing and informative portrait of the single largest supporter of global terrorism.

The country has grabbed headlines in recent years for its consistent unpredictability, and for the US-led Iran nuclear deal which was drafted in 2015. That deal has proven controversial and inflammatory in several prominent circles. Current President Donald Trump calls it the worst deal he has ever witnessed. Others feel that it merely represents a brief reprieve from the inevitable, and question whether Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei can ultimately be trusted to adhere to its demands. The film offers a panel of experts, including former United Nations ambassadors and other foreign relations specialists, who provide a thought-provoking analysis of the deal's potential shortcomings.

The filmmakers insist that with or without a deal, Iran's desire to increase their nuclear capabilities is unquestionable, and creates a growing sense of instability in the Middle East and around the world. In many instances detailed in the film, the country has chosen to expand their sphere of influence by supporting the heinous actions of terrorist franchises such as Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. The film also explores the distressing phenomenon of ISIS, a scourge which has suspiciously left the country undisturbed during their ongoing reign of terror. Why has Iran been immune to the world's most prominent terrorist organization? In the words of one of the film's interview subjects, the country "has done a masterful job of exporting extremism, but they don't allow it at home."

Meanwhile, Iran continues to mount bold provocations against the United States, and critics claim they've been empowered to do so in the absence of meaningful retaliation. The film's recounting of the relationship between these two countries is one of its most intriguing points of interest. Heralded as the greatest of allies by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, they are now embroiled in an increasingly volatile exchange that could lead to catastrophic consequences for many regions of the world.

Menace in Disguise weaves a frightening and relevant narrative.

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26 Comments / User Reviews

  1. john smith

    Sounds very like propaganda for support of the American war machine...The USA has military bases in every middle eastern country except for Iran.Who is the terrorist? -depends on which side of the fence you are on.I am not convinced that this country is a threat certainly compared to others.Of course the Israelis see them as a threat, but any excuse to invade or provoke Iranians into war would be a catastrophe.Sort out the countries that have fallen apart due to the illegal war and invasion by the USA and it's allies first before you think about creating another war with Iran. Why does the USA always think it's right all the time and everyone who doesn't tow their line is against them and therefore will be attacked? Who gives the USA the right to decide what is right and what is wrong?

  2. Somsubhra

    Another propaganda from the so called global superpower's point of view. This clearly reflects its mind, always up to looking for threats in every part of the world. Threatening through military might for unconditional subjugation. Though the superpower needs to come to terms with reality. It's inability to provide its own citizens with free education and health care, rampant gun violence, environmental pollution in the name of industrial growth, excessive commercialization and consumerism based social structure, xenophobia towards immigrants (originally who they are themselves) are its internal problems which it disguises through ‘Global War on Terror’ a new strategy for establishing the ‘New World Order’. Though, above all it is spreading its internal ills throughout the globe in the disguise of globalization. The so called superpower post WW II has always fought against weaker countries to establish its masculine might. It always advertises itself as a safe keeper of nuclear weapons while branding every other (non-western country) as an offensive force who ever want to develop nuclear weapons. As nuclear weapons are really a threat to the world why not all who have it get together and get rid of them. Oh! but then the so called global balance (actually imbalance) of power which is always tilted towards the superpowers with their immense military might and innumerable nuclear warheads will be gone. So, in the name of liberty and justice the superpower is engaged in a perpetual war against the so called 'axis of evil' and innumerable terror groups. The ever mounting casualty lists are being brushed away as unavoidable collateral damages without which large scale human massacres by these evil forces couldn't be stopped. It is never bothered to address the root cause of increasing terrorism rather just keep on fighting blindly only to benefit its military industrial complex with longer order lists for drones, bombs, tanks and all other imaginable and unimaginable kinds of weapons and surveillance systems.

  3. Hossain

    Iran is the first country that stood against ISIS and other terrorists horrible crimes. Crimes was happens in Syria and anyone in west said something about it. Iran is victim of terrorists. Iran is victim of western propaganda. Iran never attacked any country in last 250 years. When all te world support Iraqi Dictator "Saddam", Iran stood alone against the world with over 250000 MARTYRS. Iran is not Arab, Iran is not Sunny. Iran is in the middle of history, in the middle of the world.
    And about ISIS. ISIS ideology is trained in Saudi Arabia Universities and budgets from Qatar and UAE. Mainstream medias doesn't show us the reality of the world. Open your eyes and read "The Shock Doctrine" by "Naomi Klein".

  4. Ed

    Very one-sided, but has nothing to do with any War Machine. Clearly this is simple political propaganda from a certain segment of American political spectrum (perhaps call it the Zionist/Right coalition).

    That said, I certainly agree with many points made. Presentation and tone are another matter.

    End of the day, Religion and in particular religion-based governments are extremely bad ideas...and lead to a great deal of evil. This may be even more of a case in a religion such as Islam where it is as much a political movement than religion (Sunni vs Shia and other schisms are still perfectly good reasons to conquer/terrorize/cleanse entire populations).
    Perhaps this is to be expected as the Christians had the Inquisition 500 years ago...and Islam is about 610-ish years younger than Christianity. Again, religion is generally bad and generally evil when given military and/or governmental power.

  5. spanizdogs

    This is a very one sided documentary.

  6. Mark

    Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments/insights. It's breath of fresh air to finally see people who use their common sense and not their emotions and speak of the truth. Speaking of the truth at the time of global deceit and oppression is the way of martyrs.

    Couple of things that I respectfully disagree with Ed. Those are the issue of sectarian wars and bad religion. First, the sectarian war is another tool for politicians and superpowers to use as methods of divide and conquer in many nations. Otherwise, we can see throughout the history people of different sects and faiths have lived harmoniously for centuries such as in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Rwanda, India and many other countries. Even, Jews flourished and lived safely amongst the Muslim communities than any other religious groups. ISIS is the terrorist group that was created by the senator John McCain and his Zionist masters to be portrayed as Muslim Extremists who kill only Muslims. Life is sacred in the sight of God and NOBODY to take another person’s life unjustly. God Grant life and He Takes life. In the Holy Quran God Says, “If you take a life is like you have taken the life of humanity and if you save a life is like you have saved the lives of the humanity”. This is so profound. That means, if one kills a person, one has killed that person and all his/her offspring and if one saves a life, one has saved all his/her offspring.

    Secondly, religion is good if all the followers of different religion follow the fundamental of the faith. Because, religions fundamentally are good and encourages the followers to do good and to be good. The problem usually arises from misinterpretation of the fundamental commandments and/or believes and from misguided leaders who use the platforms to brainwash the masses for their own personal and evil agendas.

    Unfortunately, many people tend to listen and believe what these leaders are saying thru the loud voice of the media and make the wrong judgments about others without a complete knowledge and facts. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. “ Holy Bible, Luke 6:37

    There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true. It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. - “Mark Twain”

    They call it Conspiracy Theory. Conspiracy is a theory, so long as it is an idea or notion but when it becomes factual then it becomes real, actual and fact.
    May God Help us and have Mercy on all us. Amen

  7. Johnson T

    Amazing film! Thumbs up!

  8. Ingo

    Amazing film? Thumbs down!

    Besides the Iran-Iraq War in the '80s, it has not waged war against any other country, whereas the list of US military invasions makes you wonder, who really is a global terrorist?

  9. Mohammad

    Iran 🇮🇷 the one Reason for all Violence in Middle East god save world from iran

  10. William James

    It's encouraging to see that most posters understand the bias of this doc. Congratuatlaions!

  11. Paulo Haro

    Disgusting bushtit! Propaganda for justifying another American war. Why you don’t acknowledge first your responsibilities is destabilizing the region since 1951 when you interfered a democratic government in order to protect Exxon and Shell oil private interests?

  12. Joseph

    People dont like to watch the truth. They like to be fooled by the mainstream media.. this movie shows nothing but the absolute truth about the iranian danger.

  13. Canucks

    Nobody is fooled by this appalling propaganda. It is the USA who is the #1 terrorist on the planet. USA's interventions in the Middle East have only created more mayhem and misery.

  14. Eye

    Appalling drivel!
    Constant spew of half truths half fabrications.
    Only brain dead (about 1.5 billion) will believe.

  15. Balqis

    Only fools believed this one sided documentaries.
    Let me repeat Ingo comments...very very good one...

    'Besides the Iran-Iraq War in the '80s, it has not waged war against any other country, whereas the list of US military invasions makes you wonder, who really is a global terrorist?'
    and the answer is AMERICA....

  16. Mark

    As others have commented, this presentation merely puts forth a tendentious anti-Iranian perspective due to the agenda of the filmmaker(s). That Iran is so committed to a Shiite Muslim religious viewpoint automatically puts it at odds with those identified with the Sunni perspective, most violently espoused by ISIS. In fact, they've been involved in Iraq for precisely that reason. And if they opposed Israel and are allied with Hezbollah, it's because of Israel's past interventions in Lebanon. The inchoate pro Democratic and pro Western elements in Iran will quite conceivably evolve into an irresistably stronger force probably in ten years which the hard liners(exemplified by the Revolutionary Guard) will be less able to stop.

  17. Paul Appleby

    Agit prop rubbish

  18. bungabunga

    there are some excellent comments here.

  19. Mortie

    those who think this documentary gives them truthful information and those even who made this documentary dont know a little bit about the basic ideology of Shia and Sunni Islam and what are the origins of ISIS and Iran Islamic Revolution and why middle eastern countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia are enemies. this is very clear that ISIS origins and ideologies is not even a bit same to the Irans Ideology and Philosophy. Iran is already the biggest country fighting with them (ISIS) in the region on the ground field.
    ask why ISIS doesnt attack Saudi Arabia :))

  20. Satasha

    I managed to tolerate this trash for 20 minutes. It's nothing more than a propaganda film made in opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal with the US. I turned it off after realizing the film was using experts from discredited organizations like the American Heritage Institute. None of the "expert's" statements was supported by factual data.

  21. John

    Total American crap..tired of American silly propaganda which now whole world is seems to realize. Stop watching mainstream media like FOX, CNN, this is one of the channels spreads biased America first, others second attitude. Its time they stop this non-sense before it gets too late.

  22. Jon

    Terrible. I could only stand 5 minutes of this cr*p. I think the people are moving beyond the LIE. Time for new ones eh.

  23. Steven Corningstone.

    Somsubhra, I'm sorry I couldn't get past "so called global superpower's."

  24. Somsubhra

    Steven Corningstone, thanks for the correction. It should be "superpower's" only rather than "global superpower's" as the term superpower itself indicates power projection capacity on global scale. By "so called", I mean to indicate the superpower's true military and economic potential, which is very doubtful.

  25. Harun

    IRAN is not a support of 'global terrorism', it is the American global terrorism especially in the Middle East that they are against. Bravo to them to be brave enough to stand up against the world's biggest terrorist, the Americans. Look at the North Korean situation now. The North Koreans has no quarrels with any countries but the Japanese and the Americans. The reason is because, during the WW2, the Japanese Imperial army wholesale massacre their civilians. During the Korean war, the American army also carried out indiscriminate massacre of their civilians. Now they want to make sure it will not happen again and probably would like some kind of revenge against these 2 powers. North Korean has no 'beef' against any other countries and it is best we leave it to the Japanese and the Americans to 'fight' this out themselves.

  26. MOAZIZ

    Normally I am very patient with biased documentaries just to see the other side of a picture. But this was outrageous. Thankfully, most of the comments were very realistic and showed that you cannot fool all the people all the time.

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