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, 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. 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, 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.
The craziness isn't limited to treasonous politicians.