It appears the citizens of Iran are at it again.
What began three days ago as relatively small protests against the sharp increase in prices of basic staples such as bread, eggs and gasoline by isolated groups in remote Iranian villages have blossomed into full-scale protests against the Theocratic rulers of the country.
As you may recall, eight years ago, the people of Iran staged major rallies and protests against their rulers.
They were not alone.
All across the Middle East – from Libya to Egypt and even to a degree in Saudi Arabia – in what came to be called “the Arab Spring” – people living in despotic regimes rose up and ousted their Leaders: Khadafi in Libya, Mubarak in Egypt.
Sensing their opportunity, the people of Iran rose up as well, hoping to gain the support of the Free Nations of the World – but they were ignored by the United States government and others with the moral authority to give their revolution legitimacy.
Can you say Tianenmen Square?
The protests in support of Freedom and Individual Liberty were crushed violently by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
with the full support of the Government – led then, as now, by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei
(as chosen by the Assembly of Experts).
I’m not kidding. This is The Assembly of Experts. Gotta love the diversity..
Protestors who were not shot on sight or summarily executed after their capture, were sent to political prisons to be tortured and/or re-educated (does this sound familiar?).
Plus c’est change, Plus c’est la meme chose.
The hopeful difference between the protests of ’09 and the protests of today have one major difference: The United States is not averting its eyes or embarrassed to flex its moral authority.
From President Trump, these words:
“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,” he said. “The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”
It will be interesting to see what happens in the New Year for the good people of Iran, but if this guy, the Revolutionary Guard’s commander for Security in Tehran, Brigadier General Esmail Kowsari has his way, things could get ugly. He said:
“Protesters must certainly know that improper behavior will be to their detriment, and the nation will come out and stand against these actions and throw a hard punch in their faces.”
Thomas Jefferson famously said, “The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
The citizens of Iran are not refreshing the Tree – they’re trying to plant it.
The woman in this photograph is the embodiment of Courage.
She could be shot and killed at any moment but still she takes to the street. That’s how badly the Iranian people want what we sometimes take for granted.
I stand with her..
**Originally Posted on 31 Dec 2017**