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New Year Started with a Bang: Revolt in Iran


An icon of Iran’s protests

The year 2018 started with a bang: mass protests in Iran and clashes
with the populace (mostly younger people) and the notorious Revolutionary
Guard, the enforcer of the mullahs’ will: Sharia. The Revolutionary
Guard
is a “paramilitary” army.
The Guard formed out
of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution as a force meant to protect its
Shiite-cleric-overseen government and later [was] enshrined in its
constitution.
It operated parallel
to the country’s regular armed forces, growing in prominence and power during a
long and ruinous war with Iraq in the 1980s.
Though facing
possible disbandment after the war, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
allowed it to thrive, granting it powers to expand into private enterprise. The
Guard answers only to Iran’s supreme leader.
 The Iranian regular
military, or Islamic Republic of Iran Army,
consist of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Army Ground Forces
, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy,[22]
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force,
and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air
Defense Force
. The regular armed forces have an estimated 398,000
personnel: the Islamic Republic of Iran Army,
350,000 personnel, of which 220,000 are conscripts; the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, 18,000
personnel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force,
30,000 airmen.[1]
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air
Defense Force
is a branch split off from the IRIAF.
The Army of the Guardians
of the Islamic Revolution
, or Revolutionary Guards, has an estimated
125,000 personnel in five branches: Its own Navy,[22]
Aerospace
Force
, and Ground
Forces
; and the Quds Force (special
forces
).
The protests and demonstrations continue, and possibly cause the
downfall of the “Revolutionary” government.
The larger protests,
which began on December 28 in Mashhad and have entered their seventh
consecutive day throughout Iran, have focused on a variety of issues, including
lack of food, high inflation, unemployment, and rejecting Iran’s costly wars in
foreign countries, which have resulted in sending weapons and fighters to Syria
and providing financial support to the Palestinians and Hamas and the Lebanese
Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
Chants of “Death to
the dictator!” referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and “Death
to Rouhani,” referring to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, have been repeated
for the past few days. Other chants include, “We
don’t want an Islamic republic,” and
 “Clerics shame on you, let go of our
country!”
This can’t help but come to a boil: the Revolutionary Guard and the
Iran army will crush the protests, or they will cave in. Some members of the Guard
and the army have let it be known they will not help punish the protestors;
this is a crack in the mullahs’ façade of omnipotence. We have had two
administrations that have helped the mullahs erect that sense of omnipotence,
Obama and Clinton.
Iran has planned and carried out dozens of acts of terror across five
continents. The regime currently provides financial and military support to
Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, groups listed as Foreign Terrorist
Organizations (FTO) by the State Department and designated as terrorist
organizations by the European Union as well as several Arab nations. Iran
enabled Assad to perpetrate genocide against his own people, enabled Hezbollah
to swallow Lebanon whole, has spread misery in Yemen and provided deadly
Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFP) to Jihadists battling American troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
The EU designating Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad as terrorist
groups doesn’t really protect European citizens from them. The EU bureaucrats
are insulated from their hatred, and the devil takes the hindmost. They have
free reign to knife, run over, rape, toss fire bombs, and raise hell when they
will. There is no action being taken against them. They are like poisonous
mushrooms and they keep sprouting. We know these groups are there every time
more victims add to the pile of corpses they produce. They’re still in Europe
and their numbers are increasing as ISIS loses its steam and the U.S. and a few
others reduce their numbers, while all the others flee Iraq and make their way
to Europe through Turkey’s and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’ s not-so-underground
railroad.
Brendan O’Neil, editor of
Spiked, yesterday asked:
Where is the world media?’,
asked Iranian-heritage actress Nazanin Boniadi this week as people across Iran
continued to confront the theocratic authorities. It’s a good question. Iran
has been rocked by brave, liberty-demanding revolts, and its Islamist rulers
have responded with severe, fatal repression, yet much of the Western media has
looked the other way. Liberal hacks in Britain have been too busy poring over
Toby Young’s tweets from eight years ago to think about Iranian women fighting
for the right to wear what they want and live as they please. Some media
outlets, including the HuffPost, have churned out protester-shaming
reports that could have been authored by the Ayatollah himself. We are now
seeing the extent of Western observers’ disdain for the idea of democracy in
this era of Brexit and Trump: they’ve become so convinced that politics is
better done by wise, expert cliques, rather than by grubby, ‘low-information’
little people, that they are unmoved, and probably a little horrified, by
ordinary Iranians’ democratic revolt against the theocrats and the Guardian Council
and the Assembly of Experts. Having demeaned democracy at home, they cannot
cheer it overseas.
All but a few MSM TV and print publications have either ignored the
protests or smeared them in various levels. “We don’t want to know about this. These
protestors are too much like the ‘freedom of speech’ protestors on campus. Besides
it isn’t important enough to pay attention to.” They choose not to acknowledge
that there are crucial radical differences: 
freedom of speech protestors in this country were harassed and penalized
by school and civil authorities, and attacked by Antifa thugs, who have the blessing of at least one U.S. congressman, Keith Ellison, a Muslim (shouldn’t he be wearing a Muslim night gown,  a beanie, and have an Arabic name, so we can
better identify his true colors?).

In the meantime, in the U.S., the new governor of Wisconsin has
revealed his Left narrative leanings by calling “The Star Spangled Banner” an “Ode
to Slavery” while Bosch Fawstin, had his Twitter account terminated by a wonk over “hate speech content.”
(It was reinstated after numerous protests and a threat by Fatwin to sue.)

The craziness isn’t limited to treasonous politicians.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Unknown

    Most university students in Iran despise that Dark Age Arab cult called Islam, admire the Western Civilization, and want a free Persian (not Muslim) society.
    Most Western university students, "intellectuals" and politicians, however, love the Islamic cult, despise the Western civilization, and want a Communist-Islamic, backward and oppressive society. Quite an irony !

    The Islamic theocracy of Iran will not be overthrown for the simple reason that Islam will never be wiped out of Iranian society. Persia was lost forever in 634 C.E. (http://www.historyofjihad.org/persia.html?syf=contact)

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