The participants shouted slogans against the United States and the Israeli regime, which welcomed the turmoil and voiced support for the riots. They were particularly angry at US President Donald Trump for repeatedly posting insulting tweets against the nation in recent days.
This came after a number of peaceful protests over economic grievances started in several cities, but those gatherings suspiciously changed color and turned ugly when groups of participants, some of them armed, launched attacks on public property, police stations and religious sites. Tragic enough, over a dozen people were killed in the ensuing violence. However, that President Trump has angered Iranians by his insulting tweets should surprise no one:
– He has banned Iranians from traveling to the United States for family visits.
– If he cares for the protesters’ economic hardship, he wouldn’t impose economic hardship on the Iranian public through illegal sanctions to pressure the government to give up the resistance front in the region.
– If he really sympathizes with working people in Iran, he wouldn’t help Saudi Arabia impose an illegal blockade on the besieged people of Yemen, who are facing increased starvation and famine amid an unjustified US-backed, Saudi-led warfare.
Mind you, the hypocrisy is systematic: There are equally many others within the Trump regime and the Capitol Hill that have emerged in recent days as self-styled defenders of the Iranian people – the kind of hypocrites that have a long record of calling for bombing Iran that will potentially leave many dead.
Perhaps, this should be a reminder for a handful of those rioters who are still under the illusion that America is a true defender of freedom and democracy not just in Iran but in rest of the region. On the contrary, America’s hostile history shows that the Trump regime is just an opportunist and an agitator of instability – no more qualified to speak about freedom in Iran than in Syria and the region.
The “sympathy” coming from the Trump White House, however, is only designed to agitate for instability in Iran from people who are pretending to care about the Iranian people, their human rights, and their welfare. They actually couldn’t care less about the Iranian people. Lest we forget, these are the same regime changers and war criminals that after framing the Iraq war of 2003 as a fight for democracy said ‘real men go to Tehran.’
But the bottom line: No doubt there are some deficiencies in the Iranian economy, including corruption, black market, and profiteering that need to be addressed by the elected government of President Hassan Rouhani in a sustainable, comprehensive fashion. However, that does in no way mean that America and Israel are not the proximate cause of the current unrest, which must be seen not only as a trigger, but its driving force. The sudden spread of these riots after Tehran’s announcement of the defeat of ISIL in Iraq and Syria by the allied forces of Iran, Syria, Iraq, Russia, Hezbollah and Popular Mobilization Units is further proof that they are instigated by extraterritorial enemies, i.e., the Saudi-Israeli-US alliance whose anti-regime agitation went nowhere in the Levant despite aiding and abetting so many vile terror proxies and extremist outfits.
As things currently stand in Iran, the regime changers haven’t lost their hopes yet. They are desperate for mass discontent and more than ever willing to coordinate attacks against the establishment in any way possible. With that in mind, they will try to exploit the economic and social aspirations of the Iranian people in order to create gap between state and society. All this begs the question, have Iranians learned the hard lessons of Iraq and Syria, and can they really determine who their enemies are?
By taking to the streets en mass on Wednesday, January 3, by renewing their allegiance to the Islamic establishment, and by condemning the recent wave of foreign-backed riots the people of Iran showed they have indeed learned their lessons; that they are capable of successfully pursuing their political, economic, and social aspirations without Trump’s faux sympathy; and that the Trump regime does not possess any ability to affect the outcome of internal Iranian matters – not today, not tomorrow, not ever.