|Mullah apologist and appeaser Obama is silent on Iran protests.|
On Persian social media outlets and apps such as Telegram, which is extremely popular among Iranians, people are cheering Donald Yrump and the US support. People are asking the US to support them in other ways as well, in addition to helping them bypass the internet-blocks and shut-downs that the Iranian regime recently implemented.
If the Iranians succeed in changing this Islamist regime, it will bring down the highest state sponsor of terrorism, the leading regime in human rights violations, the top state sponsor of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitic propaganda.
Iran, with its current Islamist regime, is a danger not just to its long-suffering people, but to everyone. These protesters, who are flooding the streets and demanding that their voices be heard, are committing acts of heroism that will be felt throughout the world and throughout history.
Remember, just eight years ago in 2009, that the people of Iran rose up in their millions against their Islamist dictatorship. The US administration at the time stayed abhorrently silent. People on the streets chanted, "Obama, Obama, are you with them [mullahs] or with us?"
Washington did not offer support. The administration's dismissal not only enabled the mullahs brutally to crush the demonstrations with impunity; the mullahs were even rewarded with a deal that would enable them to have a legitimate nuclear weapons capability down the road, as well as billions of dollars.
Obama and the Iranian regime sold the world the idea that the nuclear agreement, appeasement policies towards the mullahs, and the lifting of UN sanctions would supposedly help the Iranian people and make the Iranian government a constructive player. All facts show, then as now, that the opposite took place.
People are suffering financially in oil-rich Iran (as they are in oil-rich Venezuela). Unemployment among the youth has reached a record-high of roughly 31%, while approximately 60% of the Iranian population is under 30 years of age. Many of the youth are highly educated and tech-savvy but they cannot find jobs. Those who are older cannot afford medicine, food or shelter. Inflation has been skyrocketing.
Suppression of freedoms, and human rights violations have escalated, according to Amnesty International and other human rights groups. The extra billions of dollars in revenue, thanks to the wretched nuclear agreement that should have been cancelled months ago, are going not into the pockets of the people, but into the pockets of the Revolutionary Guards, Syria's President Assad, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, and other terrorist groups.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's proposed budget for 2018-2019 includes a significant increase for the military and ballistic-missile program while cutting subsidies for the poor.
US President Donald J. Trump, on the other hand, has been supporting and praising the bravery of the Iranian people, and publicly condemning any human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime against the people.
The Iranian regime, its agents and the mainstream leftist media is attempting to make readers and viewers believe that the US should be silent during this uprising. How could a country based on freedom and civil rights be silent while other humans are being butchered because they desire that same freedom and those same rights? Is silence not a betrayal of justice, freedom and democracy?
Is silence not a betrayal of the victims of Islamism, terrorism and violence, in the face of the acts being committed by the Iranian regime against innocent people in Iran and around the world? The Iranian regime is the top state sponsor of terrorism. It is ranked top in the world when it comes to executing people per capita. The regime, according to Amnesty International, is a leading executioner of children. As the regime continues to intensify its crackdown in the last few days, dozens of peaceful protesters have been shot dead.
As a long-time Iranian, I can tell you that the support of the US and President Trump is invaluable to the ordinary Iranians: they feel helpless and alone in the face of the monsters (Mad Mullahs) who have been oppressing them for so long.
On Persian social media outlets and apps such as Telegram, which is extremely popular among Iranians, people are cheering the US support. People are asking the US to support them in other ways as well, in addition to helping them bypass the internet-blocks and shut-downs that the Iranian regime recently implemented.
It is hypocritical and heartbreaking to see that the international community and the United Nations simply watch while peaceful protesters are being beaten and killed: no words of condemnation have been spoken. The dictators and despots who form the UN's majority are doubtless worried that that might be next.
Silence equals tolerance. Is this the message being sent to the protesters who are risking their lives to bring freedom not only to their nation but eventually to the entire world?
Iran, with its current regime, is a danger not just to its long-suffering people, but to everyone. These protesters, who are flooding the streets and demanding that their voices be heard, are committing acts of heroism that will be felt throughout the world and throughout history.
(Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He is the author of "Peaceful Reformation in Iran's Islam".)
President Obama has betrayed the pro-democracy protesters in Tehran. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are risking their lives to contest Iran’s rigged elections. They understand that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election was a fraud and that his main challenger, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, is the victim of a stolen election.
Millions of Iranian ballots have been cast aside. In the face of a popular uprising, the theocratic regime is resorting to a brutal, Tiananmen Square-style crackdown. Dissidents have been murdered. Opposition leaders, student activists and Iranian journalists have been arrested.
The feared Basij, Iran’s government-backed militia, roam the streets, like fascist brownshirts, assaulting peaceful protesters and indiscriminately shooting at rallies. Innocent blood is being shed on the streets of Tehran, and Mr. Obama remains circumspect - almost cowardly.
The best the president Obama can muster is that he is “concerned” by the election results and “troubled” by the “suppression” of peaceful dissent. His top priority is that America not be seen as “meddling” in Iran’s internal affairs. Mr. Obama is convinced that nothing - including a possible democratic revolution - must derail his “grand bargain” to negotiate an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. This is realpolitik at its worst.
|Mad Mullahs' heavily-armed Basij Militia killed thousands to quash 2009 Uprising in Iran.|
An American president is again violating Iranian democracy - although this time before it can even be installed. The opposition protesters need bold leadership, not caution, from Washington.
On the surface, there is very little difference between Mr. Ahmadinejad and Mr. Mousavi. Both men are Islamic fundamentalists, both support the conservative clerical establishment and, most important, both back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In fact, Mr. Mousavi was a loyal follower of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. As prime minister, he personally ordered the first purchase of centrifuge equipment for Tehran’s nuclear program. Hence, he is not the solution but part of the problem.
This is all true - and irrelevant. Iran is at a fundamental turning point. Today’s protests in Tehran are similar to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Then, Hungarians disenchanted with Soviet imperial rule rallied around an unlikely figure, Imre Nagy, who was a creature of the communist system. Yet his leadership galvanized Hungary’s fledgling opposition.
When Moscow sent tanks into Budapest to crush the popular uprising, President Eisenhower - to his eternal shame - stood by and did nothing. The result: Hungary suffered for 33 more years under totalitarian rule. Moreover, a golden opportunity to inspire liberation movements across Eastern Europe was squandered.
The Iranian uprising is a direct result of deep cracks in the regime. The mullocracy is fragile and buckling under the weight of accumulated popular resentments. The mullahs have mismanaged the economy. Corruption is rampant. Poverty and unemployment are soaring. Thirty years of rigid autocratic theocracy, in which messianic Shi’itism has been shoved down the throats of Iranians, has left much of the population disgusted with the ruling elite.
Women’s groups, students, labor unions, the urban middle class, ethnic minorities - all of them are ready for a modernizing revolution. The time is ripe for regime change - if only Washington has the will and vision to seize it.
Mr. Mousavi has become the unlikely symbol for his country’s emerging democracy. He is Iran’s Mikhail Gorbachev. He is unleashing powerful forces that he - and other disgruntled clerics - will not be able to control. Already, his call for a new election has severely undermined the regime’s legitimacy.
After initially fully supporting Mr. Ahmadinejad’s electoral victory, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - who has the final say on matters of state - had to backtrack and demand a partial vote recount. Mr. Mousavi rightly rejected the proposal. The genie is out of the bottle. The supreme leader no longer reigns supreme. His authority is ebbing, and he increasingly is perceived as a weak puppet of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s.
This is a palace coup. The hard-line military-security elite is elevating Mr. Ahmadinejad to a position of dominance. The sclerotic clerical establishment is being subordinated - and in some ways, supplanted. The regime is in crisis.
The opposition protests threaten to discredit and sweep away the key institutions of the Islamic Republic. Most Iranians rightly sense that Mr. Ahmadinejad and the apocalyptic mullahs are taking Iran down the path to national suicide. Once Tehran acquires the bomb, a nuclear showdown with Israel is not only likely, but inevitable. It is not just Israel that will be wiped off the map. So will Iran.
Mr. Obama’s failure to speak out courageously on behalf of Iran’s pro-democracy movement is a profound betrayal of American values and interests. An Iran minus Mr. Ahmadinejad and with the hard-liners in retreat is a safer Iran - both to its neighbors and to the world. Mr. Obama’s failure is one of nerve and statesmanship.
Protesters are dying on the streets and rotting in Tehran’s prisons. They need support. They need encouragement. They need to hear that the leader of the Free World will not abandon them - no matter how dire the situation. Instead, all they hear are meek, empty words from a meek, empty president. History will not forgive him.
(Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington-based think tank.)
|Mullahs apologist and anti-people traitor Dr. Trita Parsi the Presidnet of NIAC.|
Why did President Obama refuse to support the demonstrators in Iran in 2009, but supported the "Arab Spring" in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere more recently?
In 2009, demonstrators filled the streets of Iran, denouncing the regime and crying out for freedom. It was a glorious opportunity for the leader of the free world to demonstrate his support for free people everywhere and strike a decisive blow against the bloody regime that had considered itself at war with the United States for three decades. But Barack Obama didn't help them. Quite the contrary. The leader of the free world was too busy extending his hand to those same mullahs.
It was monstrous when Obama stood by and did nothing during the abortive Iranian revolution; instead, he bought ice cream and posed for photo ops on the golf course while the only revolution against Islamic rule in a Muslim country was taking flight in Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed one reason why last week: the Obama administration's Iranian advisers told them not to express support for the protesters.
"At the time," Hillary said, "the most insistent voices within the Green Movement and the supporters from outside of Iran were that we, the United States, had to be very careful not to look like what was happening inside Iran was directed by... the United States. So we were torn. ... We kept being cautioned that we would put people's lives in danger, we would discredit the movement, we would undermine their aspirations."
Now the Foundation for Democracy in Iran has revealed that Hillary's advisors on Iran included Trita Parsi.
Trita Parsi is the president of the George Soros-funded National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a powerful Iranian lobbying group in Washington. Arash Irandoost of the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iran calls Parsi "an intellectually dishonest regime apologist and an unofficial and unregistered lobbyist for the Iranian regime." According to Irandoost, "Trita Parsi contributes to the regime's agenda and serves the interests of those in power in the Islamic Republic of Iran, not the Iranians, nor the Iranian-Americans."
|Trita Parsi loves Obama's Iran Nuke Deal.|
NIAC coordinated its work inside Iran with Hamyaran, a "government initiated agency incepted, initiated, founded and managed by the Iranian regime." NIAC and Parsi even lobbied the U.S. Congress to "stop appropriating funds for independent democratic movements and NGOs that were not under Hamyaran or regime's control."
Not surprisingly, Parsi opposes sanctions against the Islamic Republic, claiming that "imposing new sanctions prior to diplomacy having begun will only decrease the chances of successful diplomacy." The NIAC has opposed sanctions for quite some time. Iranian dissident Hassan Daioleslam notes that "in 2008, when [the] U.S. Congress was showing some teeth to the Iranian regime," a coalition of Islamic groups, antiwar groups, and others founded the Campaign for New American Policy on Iran to fight against new sanctions against Iran called for by the advisory resolution H.R. 362. This resolution was not passed, and "NIAC and Parsi," says Daioleslam, "were on top of this event."
No strike on Iran. No sanctions. Just diplomacy -- with a genocidally inclined and fanatically intransigent regime whose contempt for Obama's overtures made the president look increasingly beggarly as his presidency wore on.
It is no mystery why many wonder which side NIAC is really on. And as long as it continued to wield such influence in Washington and held the ear of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the freedom-fighters in Tehran didn't stand a chance.
From the beginning of the unrest, the CIA should have been at work inside Iran, helping the dissidents and reformers and strategizing about the removal of the country's nuclear weapons. And the president of the United States should have spoken out strongly in favor of the demonstrators, and freedom.
But instead, Obama said: "I've made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not interfering with Iran's affairs."
Imagine: the people of Iran -- not the jihadis and the devout, but the women and the secularists -- were all calling for the head of the snake. Iran is indeed the head of the snake. Imagine the direction that the world might have taken if the greatest force for good, the United States, had stepped in to help the people of Iran remove that key part of the Axis of Evil. Iran is now doing business as Hezb'allah in Lebanon and is the engine and puppetmaster behind Syria. It supports Hamas and the Taliban, is agitating the Shia in Bahrain, and more.
And if that weren't heinous enough, now the colluder in the White House is hiding behind his empty shell of a secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, as she throws the blame for the administration's betrayal of the Iranian demonstrators onto the stealth jihadists and Khomeini-aligned quislings they threw in with. They should have thrown them out of country for working for our mortal enemy.
History will not be kind to Obama for his siding with evil and brutally aggressive oppression over freedom.