Aside from facing double-digit inflation, especially on essential goods, Iran now faces a round of deadly protests, which garnered international excitement. They’ve caught the attention of U.S. president Donald Trump.
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
Some historical context needs to be addressed before we can go further.
America has been enraged over the concept of Russians meddling in their elections. The irony seems to have been lost on their political commentators, and the hypocrisy eludes their politicians.
They claim that American meddling in other elections or sovereign powers is justified on the grounds that these regimes support terrorism. Russia could very well have used the same justification for their interference, given the US’s historical support for Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Saddam Hussein, as well as their recent turning of Libya over to misogyny and terror, and aiding the Saudi use of starvation as a weapon of war in Yemen.
Upon witnessing this unrelenting support for terrorism, and their consistent meddling in Iran’s sovereignty, Iran adopted the motto, “Death to Israel, Death to America.”
The tension has led to Iran completely humiliating the US and their allies in 2017.
Iranian proxies in Iraq have gained more territory; the Shia Syrian government has continued to slaughter the ISIS and Al Qaeda led rebellion; Houthi rebels have fought off the Saudi Coalition; Hezbollah continues its rise to prominence in Lebanon; and with Azerbaijan, Iran extends its influence from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean.
The chief concern NATO has with Iran never had anything to do with terrorism – It has everything to do with their capacity to control the Middle East.
With Iran’s winning the cold war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, coupled with Iran being far more willing to do business with Russia and China than they are with NATO states, Middle Eastern resources could be funneled away from the West.
Quite predictably, a nation that doesn’t want to do business with the world’s largest economy has become an economic under-performer. This is coupled with the massive human rights abuses, theocratic regulation, and funding of Iranian proxy governments that have all led to frustration from the Iranian people.
Iran is going through its most passionate round of protests in a generation, and it could lead to real change for their troubled country.
I find it highly unlikely that Trump cares about the human rights abuses, but the Iranian people and Trump share one thing in common, the Revolutionary Guard falling is in both of their best interests.
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