The streets of Iran are boiling today, full of citizens who desire nothing more than to be free to live their lives without being subjected to attack by a brutal and vengeful regime.
A 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, with everything to live for, was simply murdered by the police, perhaps because a lock of hair was showing under her hijab. Such barbarity has nothing to do with Islam; especially when we know that the sons and daughters of Ayatollahs live in large villas in Europe; enjoying alcohol, narcotics, illicit relationships, and out-of-control spending sprees.
Protests have been a constant feature of life in Iran for several decades, and indeed even when such protests haven’t been in the news, there have been continual smaller demonstrations by pensioners, postal workers, teachers, nurses and every other conceivable sector among demographics who are being choked by the Ayatollahs regime.
But never have these protests been so widespread, breaking out in hundreds of towns and cities throughout every province in the country. Experts predict that if these demonstrations continue at this current rate, the security forces in some areas could soon be completely overwhelmed – especially as many local police forces have equally good reasons for hating this regime.
There is only one state in the world today committed to spreading terrorism and militancy throughout the world in order to fulfil its aggressive agenda. Today there are numerous Arab nations which are in a state of complete chaos and conflict, just because the Mullah’s regime decided that it wanted to impose its influence – or its dominance – upon these countries.
Bahrain had a narrow escape after multiple attempts by the Islamic Republic to stage coups and buy-off radicalised elements within the opposition. For several years, opposition-linked extremists based in Qom were accepting assistance from the Revolutionary Guard with which to stage terrorist attacks inside Bahrain. Some radicals were traveling to Iraq, Lebanon and Iran to receive terrorist training.
We scarcely dare to imagine how different the Middle East would be if the Ayatollah’s regime collapsed. Hassan Nasrallah would be on the first plane out of Beirut, fleeing for his life, if the hundreds of millions of dollars of Iranian funding he received stopped. Stripped of its endless funds and weapons supplies, the mighty Hezbollah could vanish in a puff of smoke and eventually disappear into political irrelevance.
Likewise, the Houthi terrorists – if their billion-dollar weapons supplies halted – would have to go fleeing back to their mountain hideouts and leave Yemen to rebuild itself.
We could almost pity Bashar al-Assad – if he wasn’t an evil genocidal, psychopathic dictator. Just imagine losing his two major patrons within a few months; first Putin withdraws all his troops to Ukraine where they have faced utter humiliation and defeat at the hands of the Ukrainian people. And then if the Satanic republic of Iran is also consigned to the dustbin of history, then how much longer can the Assad regime survive?
Also, in Iraq; we have seen how much chaos pro-Iran militias have caused to the political process in recent months, rendering Iraq (and in a similar way Lebanon) almost ungovernable.
This all shows how much is at stake.
Instead of holding out for a dead-on-arrival nuclear deal; Biden and his European allies should be doing everything in their power to support the Iranian people in their aspirations for freedom, including efforts to prevent the regime blocking the internet and brutally crushing protests. The price of crushing this latest unrest will be tens of thousands of innocent Iranian lives; a price that we know President Raisi is more than willing to pay.
Arab and regional states should also be proactive in their support for the burgeoning Iranian revolution. They are well in their rights to seek to influence the situation after decades of ceaseless Iranian efforts to stir sedition, unrest and chaos throughout the Middle East.
Finally, we salute and congratulate the courageous Iranian people and hope that their suffering will not be for much longer, and that they will no longer have to see their sons and daughters beaten to death in the backs of police cars or shot dead in the streets for articulating their demands for freedom.