In the last several days protests have manifested across the Islamic Republic of Iran that threaten the theocratic regime that represents the world’s largest State sponsor of terrorism.
Reportedly having a genesis in economic grievances, the protests quickly gained momentum, spreading across the country as women defiantly removed their veils, and crowds chanted ‘Death to the Ayatollah!’.
Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has been under the control of hardcore Shiite Islamists that are intent upon bringing about the Apocalypse and thereby summoning the advent of the ’12th Imam.’ The result has been a historic oppression of one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
If the protests were originally motivated by economic concerns, they merely served as the spark that has ignited a more powerful human yearning for freedom. Much of the Iranian people are distinct from the ruling Islamic clerics in that they are educated and pro-Western, tired of suffering under repressive theocracy.
Now in their sixth day, security forces have killed up to two dozen people, and some reports indicate that select security forces are refusing orders to suppress protests.
This is the regime that President Obama went to great lengths to appease, even covering up massive drug trafficking and terror-related activities they sponsored in order to achieve his landmark nuclear deal with the rogue nation.
President Trump wasted no time in offering support to the Iranian people and chiding the Islamic rulers for human rights abuses. Now, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is calling for an emergency meeting to address the situation.
“The U.N. must speak out,” Haley said at a press conference. “In the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session both here in New York and at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
Protests in Iran started late last week over frustration with Iran’s sluggish economy, but have since grown into far-reaching, open defiance of the country’s leadership.
So far, at least 21 people have been killed in the protests.
The Trump administration has come out in support of the protesters, including the president himself, who tweeted on the matter.
“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ‘pockets,’ ” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
“The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!”
This is not the first time the Iranian people have risen up against the regime. Most recently, the so-called Green Revolution in 2009 emerged as a threat to the Ayatollahs iron-fisted rule. The President Barack Obama turned a blind eye to the events as Iranian security forces brutally crushed the uprising.
Obama had a quite different response to ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere that ushered in Islamist regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and laid the foundation for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Now Leftists are urging Trump and other Americans to stay quiet again, but this time it is out of their petty wishes to protect Obama’s legacy as the president that negotiated the Iran Nuclear Deal. A deal that benefited the terror state currently under threat.
What kind of “Liberals” are in favor of uprisings resulting in Islamist theocratic rule, and against supporting uprising against such rule in defense of individual human rights?
Therein lies the rub. Leftists aren’t really ‘liberals’ in the classical sense at all. They favor government control, and bristle anytime a freedom movement threatens the notion that government knows best. Even murderous tyrannies like Iran that throw gays off roof tops for their sins, and summarily execute those that challenge the authority of the clerics, are preferable to a liberty movement that could threaten their narrative that Obama is infallible and Progressivism is the highest cause.
Watch the Iranian protests closely. With the right spot light, support, and encouragement, this autocratic regime could fall and a freer, more friendly Iranian nation could rise in its place.
To say it is an uphill battle for the Iranian people seeking to throw off the yoke of tyranny is a massive understatement. But just as conservatives fight to rid ourselves of Big Government here in the U.S., they should also, and especially, stand up for those fighting to rid themselves of theocratic and despotic rulers that threaten world security for as long as they remain in power.