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Watch Iran Closely – History Suggests Big Change Is Coming

IranWatch Iran closely. Things are happening in Teheran that have not in 40 years. These events are big. They parallel historic predicates, which shook the world.

Some may recall – with eerie similarity – these exact days 40 years ago.   On January 16, 1979, a ruling monarch, known as the Shah of Iran, was forced from power.  Longtime US ally, the Shah faced mass protests.  He abdicated to a “regency council.”  The council was overtaken by the “Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini” – who declared Iran an “Islamic Republic.”

From there, a radical Islamic theocracy took over.  They killed thousands overnight, initiated universal repression of civil liberties, fomented Islamic terror across the region.  Consolidating power, they took over the US embassy in November 1979.  Affiliated radical Islamist’s held US hostages for 444 days – until Ronald Reagan assumed power, January 20, 1981.  They knew Reagan meant business.

Globally, the Iranian Islamic government has funded Hezbollah, Hamas and myriad terrorists.  One goal is a Shite “crescent” – running from Iran, through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.  They also underwrite regional violence, Saudi Arabia and Yemen to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Nor have Iran’s surrogates stayed local.  Iranian-supported terror cells appear from Africa and Far East to South America.  In short, the “Islamic revolution” of 40 years ago has proved a source of continuing global violence, instability, repression and fear.

All this is instructive, as Iran goes through new convulsions.  Those who led the 1979 Islamic take-over are aging.  The country’s young feel no allegiance to their repression, or terror.   Accentuating anger, Iran’s radical leaders pushed nuclear and long-range ballistic missile development, triggering US sanctions.  Trump is giving the regime no “out.”  That is empowering Iranians who crave self-rule.

Two months ago, they began protesting.  Their objections were met by “live fire” from their own government.   Informed sources confirmed the Iranian government killed 1,500 innocent protestors, then charged the families money to get the bodies back.  Iranians are outraged.

Then Iran ramped-up terror, attacking British and Arab tankers, shooting down US drones over international waters, bombing a Saudi oil refinery, targeting Western allies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Israel.

In an act of profound audacity, they planned attacks on four US embassies, after staging a protest in Baghdad with Iranian-backed Shite Militias.  Events accelerated.  The US struck first, killing Quds Force leader and IRGC General Soleimani, in Baghdad.  Then Iran launched missiles at Iraqi bases with US forces.  In the process, they shot down a civilian airliner, killing all 176 innocent passengers.

The rage is now boiling over.  If history is an example, this is prelude.  While events of 40 years ago are illuminating, the most apt analogy is elsewhere.  President Ronald Reagan spoke to the people of the Soviet Union.  He emphasized that totalitarian government is not inevitable.  Such governments are morally bankrupt, so have no legitimacy.  He emphasized a better path – freedom and democracy.

In parallel, President Trump is speaking boldly – first in a press conference and then tweets, using Farsi and English – to the Iranian people.  Their government is devoid of moral authority, a danger to them and humanity.  It lacks legitimacy.

He is pointing to a better way, self-rule.  While he has invited reform, he has not missed the chance to broadcast the illegitimacy of radical totalitarian and Islamic rule.  He has distinguished between the immoral government and the beleaguered people.  That is a page from Reagan.

Now, Iran’s repressed population is speaking.  They are moving in a hundred cities, protesting a government strangling them, pushing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, exporting terror, mowing down 1,500 civilians, repulsively charging for bodies, then shooting down a passenger plane with 176 innocents, lying about doing so.  The Iranian government does not care about people.

Far from recent mock rallies, compelled at gun point, most Iranians are not interested in more death, repression, terror and destabilization.  They want rights – basic political, civic and economic freedoms.  They are done with radical Islam, repressive totalitarianism, and duplicitous, deceiving leaders.

Where will this upsurge end?  If the people of Iran and the world are fortunate, these events will compel real change.  That is a tall order, given the power of repression and a totalitarian state, but it is possible.

Short of that, reality is undeniable.  Iran’s government has zero legitimacy.  European allies must now join the US in saying so.  Americans should harmonize around this fact.   The people of Iran, like those of the erstwhile Soviet Union, deserve freedom.

Watch Iran closely.  Things are happening, that have not in 40 years.  The events are big.  Historic parallels are world-shaking.  Let us hope, as winds of change fill Iranian sails, courageous Iranians will not be caught in irons.  The next few days, weeks, months are consequential – for all of us.

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John Karkalis

Excellent point. When the regime change comes it will come from the young, the largest demographic in Iran.
We have seen again and again that repressive regimes contain the seeds of their own destruction. It took a while, but the Iron curtain folded.
Indeed, exciting times for the youth of Iran.
What a stroke! for our President to communicate in Farsi.
Just as I thought I would never live to see the collapse of the Soviet Union, so I never expected to see brave Iranians protesting for the removal of the “Supreme Leader “.
With luck and courage hopefully it can only get better.
Stay the course Mr President.

Patty L

Time to pray for the Iranian civilians. 🙏🏻

General Patton

Those 2 MORONS Obama and Biden did nothing to support the Iranian people, just support the Mullahs. As usual TRUMP has a winning strategy for America.

Alan

Iran is the country Obama gave billions of dollars to. Much of it in hard currency and all of it in the middle of the night like an illicit drug deal. Iran was able with the hard currency, to fund terrorists on a more massive scale. Why has that not been considered to be a treasonous act; Obama should have been impeached at that very moment. Where were the Republicans back then? Obama was a traitor to our country. President Trump in contrast is a patriot and the most loyal individual the free world has ever known. In order to contain Iran and hopefully alter its course, we must re-elect President Trump. We need to wake up as many lost and misinformed people that have been twisted and brainwashed by the fake media. There is still hope while President Trump still holds the light of freedom.

Catherine

Pray without ceasing in the name of JESUS!!!

Winnie

My heart breaks for Iranian citizens I wonder how will the chaos that results will manage to develop a government that is beneficial to the citizens of Iran. May God help them.

Brenda Blunt

Time to let those leftist move there to live and see how they will “love” it there!

Stephen Russell

All began in Nov 1979 with hostages, time for long needed Revolt in Iran.
Or Tinamen Sq rerun in Iran?
Hopefully we can take out nuke weapons labs & missile sites alone with IDF help

Philip Hopper

Let’s hope! Trump and the state department need to fully support them

Ed J

People will live under repression for a long time and tolerate it until they collectively get to a tipping point of “enough is enough.” Change will then occur, often rapidly. Sometimes peacefully and sometime violently. Let’s hope the coming regime change that will occur in Iran does not again get hijacked by extremists as the 1979 revolution was by the religious fanatics under the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini (AKA Kho-Maniac). Iran has the potential to be a shining star among the nations of the world, but only if it embraces freedom for the Iranian people and pursues a peaceful path in the world.

Joe F

I’m support their demonstrations but Iranian police and military are already shooting civilians. As with China in the 1990’s and Venezuela, Hong Kong today the civilians have no weapons – no second amendment rights.

Jane C Dewberry

I would imagine the citizens of Iran are pretty much like normal folks everywhere in what they desire for themselves. Like us, they want to live in peace, work to earn a living to support their families, and the freedom to make the choices that will insure their happiness and contentment. These people are not to be feared. The problem lies with their government and its suppression of the rights and liberties all its citizens deserve. When that government adopts a path of tyranny and enslaves its people and lies to them, imprisons them and murders them, and others, without compunction, it is time for the citizens to set aside any differences they have and band together for their own survival. They must make the choice as to whether they wish to remain slaves or are willing to sacrifice their lives to fight for the freedom they deserve. Make no… Read more »

Lorna

Thank you for giving this informative report. We need to pray for them.

Patriot Will

The people of Iran have been under the thumb of evil extremists for way too long. It’s time for their rebirth into the 21st century.

Hdrydr

Iran wants democracy and the lunatic leftist swine in this country want Socialism/ Communism. The lefties in America LOVE despot leaders and failed systems of government.

Lisa

Praying for Iran. May they make wise decisions.

HAL HOFFMAN

AS LONG AS YOU HAVE AGING RELIGIOUS ZEALOTS RUNNING THINGS. IRAN WILL NOT CHANGE. I AM HOPING THAT THE SHOOTING DOWN OF THAT UKRAINIAN FLIGHT WILL BE THE CATALYST FOR GREATER CHANGES! HOPEFULLY, THE MONEY TO THEIR SURROGATES AROUND THE WORLD IS DRYING UP, AND THEIR EMPTY BELLIES WILL BEGIN TO TALK LOUDER THAN THEIR RELIGIOUS RHETORIC! CUBA IS IN THE SAME SITUATION AS IRAN! CUBA COULD BE TRANSFORMED OVER NIGHT INTO THE JEWEL OF THE CARIBBEAN, BUT THE GUYS WITH THE GUNS REFUSE TO GIVE UP POWER! LET US PRAY THAT THE OLD GUARD GETS FORCED OUT WITH A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF BLOOD SHED,

Mary Mendenhall

I sure do pray for their freedom

Lynn Miller

I’d believe in imminent change if I ever saw the same crowds in the streets voluntarily standing against the Iranian regime as were present for the supposed mourning parades supposedly under government compulsion last week.

Harry Barber

Let us only hope that change will occur !