During the New Year celebrations in most of the world, the people of Iran were taking to the streets, demanding that the government be replaced with one that actually listens to the people. Iranians seem to have finally had enough of their fascist government, and the extremist Muslim religious dictatorship that rules it, and they have launched into the first wide-scale protests in Iran since Obama let the 2009 protests fizzle out by refusing to support democracy in any way.
The initial spark for the protest is up for debate, though many claim that the reason behind it is the increasing cost of living in Iran while the economy is sluggish. Apparently, having an economy based entirely on oil and being an exporter of terrorism isn’t the way to prosperity, who knew? What is not up for debate, though, are the steps that the Iranian regime was willing to take to stop the protests.
The report was leaked to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) from what the NCRI claimed were highly-placed sources within the Iranian government, members of the regime itself. This report, which contains the regime’s notes on what they could do to put an end to the protests, is telling of how little the Iranian regime actually cares about the people who make up their nation and their constituency.
The Khamenei-led Iranian government response talks of how they have already deployed the intelligence division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to better prevent and analyze the protests (and, likely, to target the leaders at a later date for arrest or death). The notes also talk about how the protesters “started chanting the ultimate slogans from day one. In Tehran today, people were chanting slogans against Khamenei and the slogans used yesterday were all against Khamenei.”
The United States and Trump’s support for the protesters were also mentioned in the report, pointing out that “the United States officially supported the people on the streets.” The note also says that the United States and the rest of the West have “have all united in support of the Hypocrites.” The ‘Hypocrites’ is a phrase that the Iranian regime uses to describe the NCRI and other groups that are part of it, such as the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (also known as the MEK), and pretty much anyone who is against the government.
The report goes on to say that the NCRI, the MEK, and other organizations are “united with the Infidels for the first time,” and they acknowledge that regime change is becoming more popular with each passing hour in Iran. The report also states that Iranian leadership is continuing to monitor the situation, and that “the security and intelligence forces must constantly monitor the situation on the scene and conduct surveillance and subsequently report to the office of the leadership.”
Iranian authorities have clamped down on Tehran after demonstrators across the country ignored calls for calm https://t.co/M9G7x8lvAT
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 1, 2018
Perhaps the most disturbing part of the report is the discussion of declaring a “red alert” which would involve the utilization of the Iranian military and police in putting down the protests. The report predicted that doing this, or otherwise using the Iranian military or the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, would be likely to backfire and would also further antagonize the protesters.
Meanwhile, here in the United States, the New York Times and much of the mainstream media are continuing to paint Hassan Rouhani, the current puppet/’president’, as well as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as ‘moderates.’ Further, the New York Times on New Year’s Day ran a lovely hit piece, making excuses for the regime’s continued practice of killing dissidents by saying that the protesters ignored calls for ‘nonviolence’ from the despots in charge. Those awful protesters demanding freedom were just asking for it.
The piece, written by Thomas Erdbrink (who has lived and worked in Iran for fifteen years) makes no attempt to disguise the left’s strange respect for Rouhani, who the New York Times continues to pretend is a moderate. This pretense continues solely because admitting that Obama appeased and sent money to an extremist Muslim regime in Iran just to score cheap political points and a flimsy nuclear agreement would be too close to actual reporting on the Obama administration’s myriad failures.
We can all hope that the citizens of Iran are finally able to throw off the yoke of the despotic religious dictatorship they’ve lived under for the last fifty years, and we should all be thankful that when protests began again, President Donald Trump, unlike his predecessor, was there to provide his support to the Iranian people yearning to be free.
Perhaps the NCRI and its leader, Maryam Rajavi, will be better leaders for the people of Iran, and better members of the world community. But until they are given the chance, it remains business as usual in Tehran.