Massive Protests In Iran May Be Harbinger Of Regime Change

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Iranians Shatter a New York Times Myth

The people haven’t closed ranks behind the regime.

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So much for the New York Times theory that, thanks to Trumpian and Saudi bellicosity, the Iranian people have closed ranks behind their rulers. In November, the paper’s Tehran bureau chief, Thomas Erdbrink, devoted an extended feature to making this case, and it proved wildly popular with the pro-nuclear deal crowd in Washington.

“After years of cynicism, sneering or simply tuning out all things political,” wrote Erdbrink, “Iran’s urban middle classes have been swept up in a wave of nationalist fervor.” He went on: “Mr. Trump and the Saudis have helped the government achieve what years of repression could never accomplish: widespread public support for the hard-line view that the United States and Riyadh cannot be trusted.”

Erdbrink’s argument echoed rhetoric from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Responding to October’s announcement of new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Zarif tweeted: “Today, Iranians–boys, girls, men, women–are ALL IRGC.”

Or not.

This week, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to register their anger, not at Donald Trump or the House of Saud, but at the mullahs and their security apparatus. It was economic grievances that initially ignited the protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad. But soon the uprising grew and spread to at least 18 cities nationwide. And the slogans shifted from joblessness and corruption to opposition to the Islamic Republic in toto. These included:

“Death to [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei!”

“Death to Hezbollah!”

“Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, Our Life Only for Iran!”

“We Will Die to Get Our Iran Back!”

“Clerics Out of Our Country!”

One would think that the MSM would be all over this.  One would be disappointed.

 

This Is CNN

By Ace, Ace of Spades

Oh, they did cover the Iran rallies.

The pro-government Iran rallies, I mean.

Not to be outdone in fake news, the tired gray crone of Gotham chose to muddy the waters.

The New York Times chooses to pretend this is just about “economic woes,” rather than a direct challenge to the clerical tyranny itself…

That does indeed smack of the propaganda once spread by Pravda and Tass.

But wait, there’s more:

Jihadist Group Blows Up Oil Pipeline In Iran, In Midst Of Protests

By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge

Overnight Friday a well-known Sunni jihadist group which operates in Iran posted a video to its media accounts purporting to show an attack on an oil pipeline in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province, which has historically been a restive area in which Sunni Arab separatists have been active.

Though Iran has yet to confirm the attack, the terror group Ansar al-Furqan Ahwaz Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility in an official statement, which noted This operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of the criminal Iranian regime.” Ansar al-Furqan is a relatively new group, having been founded in 2013, and has ties to Syria’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front (currently called Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham). It is comprised primarily of Baluchi Salafist militants which are hostile to the Iranian government – the Baluch people, an entho-linguistic group, are spread primarily throughout southern Iran, Afghanistan, and western Pakistan.

Both the video and written statement identify the location of the attack as near near Omidiyeh, a city in Khuzestan Province – an area of the country which has witnessed periodic uprisings and sporadic bombings going back to 1979 and into the mid-2000’s.

The United States Department of State Issued a Statement:

[via Ace of Spades]

Back to ZeroHedge for some actual reporting:

US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

By Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge

The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime “a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos” while announcing support for protesters.It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

The statement by spokesperson Heather Nauert, released late on Friday, further comes very close to calling for regime change in Iran when it asserts the following:

On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports “those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know.” The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.

As I have demonstrated here on Wizbang before, Iran has been waging war upon the United States for over thirty years.  I for one hope the mad mullahs not only fall, but are torn apart in the streets.

[UPDATE] U. S. Ambassador to the U. N. Nikki Haley:

In the New Year, our hopes and prayers are with the millions of people who are suffering from oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and especially in Iran, where they long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice. The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day.

 

I’m still holding out for a very bad end for the mad mullahs.

 

 

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  • stan25

    The man responsible for the whole debacle in Iran is now building houses and being praised to the rooftops for being such a true statesman. He is also spilling propaganda everytime he opens his mouth.

    • The less said about dhimmy the better. He’ll be a “good dhimmocrat” soon enough.

      • jim_m

        Which means he will continue to vote

  • jim_m

    US media continues to have a virtual black out on coverage of this.

    It’s really hard to quibble with Trump’s claim that the media is the enemy of the people when the media is actively siding with the enemies of the United States.

    • Rdm42

      “They just want people to DIE!!”

      Unfortunately in this case that may not be an exxageration(sigh)

  • Brett Buck

    I would *hope* you are right about regime change. However, I fear/expect it will turn out more like Tiananmen Square.

    • I share your concern. I don’t think the Iranian people will go down as easily.

      • Brett Buck

        Unless they have something to fight with, it’s hard to see what they are going to do up against the fully-equipped Iranian Guard, should it come to that. Just like the Iraqi Republican Guard, they would get wiped out in short order against a modern army, but against unarmed civilians (even with their mandatory military service), not much they can do.

        And it’s not like the Chinese kids were just whiny wimps – it really was tanks VS guys on bicycles, what were they supposed to do? Eventually they found a tank driver who was willing to just keep going.

        These types of revolutions only succeed when the military, at some point, decides they just won’t fire on the revolutionaries – not that the revolutionaries somehow win the battles outright. It didn’t work in Prague, it didn’t work in Hungary, it didn’t work in Tiananmen Square, it did finally work in the USSR. I imagine God is on their side, we shall see, I suppose.

        I also note that the usual bunch of idiots came out of the woodwork to undermine the effort in the US press. I think Trump has *probably* done everything he should do to this point. While it would be very tempting to support them materially, that more-or-less guarantees that those protecting the regime will keep doing it, just to oppose our interference.

        • There are already reports of Soldiers and Republican Guards taking off their uniforms and joining the protesters, which are tens of thousands strong in more than 20 cities.

          • Brett Buck

            It’s a new year, I am still hopeful. Last year, Trump aside, sucked rancid donkey b*lls, as far as I am concerned.

    • Jwb10001

      Considering our intelligence agencies incompetence and our past performance in the region I also fear for the worst outcome rather than the best. A few well place CIA teams could help move the process along but we’re clearly out of that business for good. While I think Trump expressing support is good, espeically considering our last President’s performance, it’s clearly not sufficient to effect the out come. I don’t know what if anything else he has up his sleeve but unless there is something more concrete in the works I fear these protesters are going to meet a cruel end.

  • Related:

    HMM: Kuwaiti report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general. “US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.” Well, that’s possibly true. Possibly not.

    But this, if true, seems bigger: “For the past 20 years or so, Qassem Soleimani has commanded the Quds Force — the branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responsible for military and clandestine operations outside of the Islamic Republic. . . . Three years ago, Israel came close to assassinating Soleimani near Damascus, al-Jarida quoted unnamed source as saying, but the Americans tipped off the Iranians against the background of intense disagreement between Washington and Jerusalem. That was during the Obama administration, which, according to reports at the time, was so focused on securing the 2015 Iran nuclear accord that it chose to overlook and even obstruct efforts to clamp down on Iranian-backed terror organizations.”

    And sadly plausible. (Emphasis added).

    • Brett Buck

      Unfortunately, exactly what you would have expected. I don’t think it matters, but it’s certainly easy to see why people thought Obama might be a radical Muslim.