Freedom protests have broken out all over Iran, lasting several days now.
Iranian troops have in at least one instance opened fire on the protesters and killed five, and the crackdown is not just on heads but in the information battlespace as well: the government is prevailing upon Internet providers to shut down service to several Iranian cities, so that the mullahs will have total control over what information the Iranians get. But the Iranians have shown amazing courage. The demonstrations have continued, even after the killings.
The protesters want no more of the bloody Islamic regime that has tyrannized them since 1979: they have been chanting “we don’t want an Islamic Republic,” “death to Rouhani,” and “long live Reza Shah.” Iranian dissident Potkin Azarmehr explained: “Protesters in Iran chant ‘Reza Shah, bless your soul’ – referring to Reza Shah the Great, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty, the nemesis of the clerics, the modernizer of Iran.”
This is a historic moment. Thank heaven that to meet it, we have a president in the White House who stands for freedom and individual rights. Thanks to Barack Obama, the Iranian people who marched for freedom back in 2009 were routed, raped, and defeated en masse. The contrast couldn’t be more vivid between Trump’s immediate declaration of support for people yearning to be free versus Obama’s shrug, then silence, and ultimately support for the murdering mullahs.
The brutality of the 2009 crackdown on the Iranian people marching for freedom, for one man one vote, was impossible for those of us in the West to fathom. We heard the horror stories. We saw unarmed people meeting bullets with sheer will. But you cannot win this way.
We watched our president of the United States sanction the crushing suppression of a people who were yearning to be free. We witnessed our president sanction mass rape, torture, and the public hangings of innocent people by an Islamic regime that our president demanded for eight years that we respect.
Seven more years of crushing oppression followed. But now, I believe the election of President Trump empowered the Iranian people. The Iranian people have been waiting for eight years for another opportunity, and now, with Trump in the White House, they have seized the moment.
It has been a long time coming. Back in June of 2009, the American government under the Obama regime, abandoned the only true freedom movement in the Middle East. He sanctioned the cruel and brutal putdown of the Iranian people who marched for democracy in the Green Movement. Actually, it was worse than that: Obama aided and abetted the murdering mullahs.
Now, at last, we have a chance to right that terrible wrong.
Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas put it well: “Even after the billions in sanctions relief they secured through the nuclear deal, the ayatollahs still can’t provide for the basic needs of their own people—perhaps because they’ve funneled so much of that money into their campaign of regional aggression in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen. The protests in Mashhad show that a regime driven by such a hateful ideology cannot maintain broad popular support forever, and we should support the Iranian people who are willing to risk their lives to speak out against it.”
Of course, we should. After Obama’s 2009 betrayal, they deserve nothing less.
Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran declared: “This is the Iranian people’s great uprising to overthrow the mullahs’ oppressive and corrupt dictatorship.”
Iranian journalist Amir Taheri tweeted, “A remarkable feature of current situation in Iran is that more and more security units refuse to attack protesters as they did in 2009. This may change but feeling at the moment is that mullahs might find it hard to persuade their gunmen to kill unarmed protesters as before.”
They may find it hard, but not thanks to the enemedia. Obama’s media lackeys are almost indistinguishable from Iranian state press. CNN’s initial headline on the protests was not about the protests at all, but about counter-protests stage-managed by the regime: “Iran protests: Government supporters rally.” The headline has since been changed.
The mullahs might also find it hard to crack down as brutally as they’d like because of Donald Trump. The Telegraph reported, “Donald Trump condemned the arrest of protesters in Iran, telling Tehran that ‘the world is watching’ as officials reported fresh demonstrations over the country’s struggling economy.” Trump’s full tweet said: “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement: “Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.”
And the White House added in its own statement: “There are many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad.”
If the Iranian people rise up, Trump will stand them. This is history.
Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller