More on the Protests in Iran

The protests in Iran are still going strong, and the government is threatening to crack down heavily if they continue. Only their Arab counterparts tried that in their own various uprisings and it turned the protests into full-on revolutions. There are videos on Twitter showing huge crowds embracing policemen while hurling rocks at Revolutionary Guards, suggesting any such crackdown won’t be so easy. And it seems young men are at least having a go.

Thankfully, the Iranian Mullahs have plenty of folk in the western world on their side. Consider the BBC article I linked to:

Three days of demonstrations erupted over falling living standards.

But a Revolutionary Guards commander said the protests had degenerated into people chanting political slogans and burning public property.

Funny how the BBC pours scorn on every word Trump utters, but quotes Revolutionary Guards commanders uncritically.

Brigadier-General Esmail Kowsari told the ISNA news agency: “If people came into the streets over high prices, they should not have chanted those slogans and burned public property and cars.”

Iran’s interior minister has also warned the public that protesters will be held accountable.

Presumably the BBC are on board with this. It is only later we’re told:

BBC Persian correspondent Kasra Naji said a common factor in all locations has been protesters’ demand for an end to clerical rule in Iran.

There is also anger at Iran’s interventions abroad. In Mashhad, some chanted “not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran”, a reference to what protesters say is the administration’s focus on foreign rather than domestic issues.

CNN went one further, saying little about the actual protests but giving front-page coverage of pro-government demonstrations:

Some people, including this cretin from the Huffington Post, have gone full retard:

The normally sensible Cathy Young hasn’t covered herself in glory, either:

Presumably Saint Obama siding with the Mullahs is preferable to Trump backing the protesters because The Messiah did so with “dignity”. What’s ironic is Cathy Young is originally from the Soviet Union so one would have thought she’d be a little more aware of the importance of the US president’s words on such matters, regardless of the perceived moral character of the speaker. But then, I have noticed that a lot of Russians flee to the US and start complaining about the way things are run when they get there. Max Boot is another example.

A lot of people have also noticed the silence and hypocrisy from America’s so-called feminists:

Others have noted the deafening silence from the EU on the protests. There are three reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a weekend in holiday season: bureaucrats aren’t going to check their emails just because there’s a revolution brewing in Iran. And Juncker will be drunk anyway. Secondly, as we saw in Catalonia, the EU elites don’t much like anti-government protests which is why they’re so keen on getting an EU army established. Finally, certain large EU member states have been sucking up royally to the Mullahs since sanctions on Iran were eased, positioning themselves as reliable European partners in contrast to the Great Satan, hoping to cash in when the country finally opens up. They will oppose any regime change in Iran for the same reason they objected to the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

Perhaps I’m forgetting something which could also explain the EU’s silence? Yes, I am: cowardice. This tweet sums it up nicely, I think:

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19 thoughts on “More on the Protests in Iran

  1. It’s interesting that the US feminists who are commenting about this are the “pariahs” like Christina Hoff Sommers. Her Twitter feed is worth a look. There are also various “before and after” pictures from various Iranian women showing their mothers before and after the 1979 revolution.

    Before – professional jobs, miniskirts, makeup etc.

    After – forced to wear the hijab

    Why aren’t all the feminists marching in solidarity with their oppressed sisters?

  2. It’s interesting that the US feminists who are commenting about this are the “pariahs” like Christina Hoff Sommers.

    Yes, I follow her, she’s very good indeed. To be fair, Cathy Young is somewhat of a pariah too, which is why I was disappointed to see that nonsense from her today.

    Why aren’t all the feminists marching in solidarity with their oppressed sisters?

    It’s been strikingly obvious for some time that third-wave feminism is about neutering white, western men and has nothing whatsoever to do with improving women’s lives other than their own.

  3. Alisa,

    That is but one of many, many examples. A few months ago you had female Australian academics calling Ayaan Hirsi Ali a white supremacist.

  4. No by-line on the BBC article, so can’t tell where it’s from. Given the BBC funds an entire Persian bureau, and they’re all effectively banned from Iran (with – as far as I can tell from my brief social contacts with them – profound and deleterious personal consequences in many cases), you’d think those guys at least would be taking a more strident tone. Given the article suggests that they have bothered to wander down the hall to have a chat maybe they’re just bending over backwards to appear disinterested. Possibly no-one wants to really acknowledge that Obama threw the Green Revolution under a bus so that the revolutionary guard could have a free hand in Syria and Iraq, and taking sides at this moment would rather throw that one into perspective…

  5. Oh, and aside from the mindless snark, god bless those out on the streets. Maybe this time it won’t end up with all the ringleaders carted off to Evin/ weeping in exile. It’s the hope that kills.

  6. On Twitter, @RitaPanahi has been good on this; she’s an Iranian born Aussie journalist/commentator.

  7. mea culpa, looking at Wikii it seems she was born in America but was brought up in Iran until her family fled the mullahs.

  8. On Twitter, @RitaPanahi has been good on this; she’s an Iranian born Aussie journalist/commentator.

    Yup, I’ve been reading her tweets.

  9. Cathy Young, and many other nevertrump people, are more concerned with taste\style than policy and Trump is buffoon.

    I am Canadian and I said to a few people in summer of 2016 that upcoming American election was Caddyshack election and Trump was Al Czervik while nevertrumpers were Judge Smails.

    I would be willing to bet a lot of money that at least once a day since he won election, Trump has wondered what he has to do to get a little respect around here.

  10. The Trump presidency has been, if nothing else, enormously clarifying. For Jewish Russian emigres like Cathy Young, Max Boot, Masha Gessen, etc., multiculturalism and open borders in the US are the overriding priority and all the foreign policy stuff that they pontificate on is negotiable. Trump is pretty much taking their positions on issues like Jerusalem and Iran, and they won’t give him an ounce of credit, because he is questioning their sacred cows of multiculturalism and open borders.

  11. John Brady

    “Why aren’t all the feminists marching in solidarity with their oppressed sisters?”

    Because, IMO, the vast majority of feminists actually desire a world where all women are oppressed in this way. If you infer their intent from their actions, this makes a lot more sense than anything else.

  12. The reason the left are intrinsically supportive of the regime in Iran is that they are in essence islamo-communists and one of the last functioning communist regimes left standing in the world as Venezuela collapses into chaos and China gives up entirely in all but name.

  13. I note your blog fodder, Laurie Pennie has not spotted the protests yet.

    Similarly, Clementine Ford, and about a hundred others on the 3rd wave feminism KoolAid.

    Another “expressed vs revealed preferences” lesson for us there.

  14. Why do the lefties/SJW and the EU establishment support the mullahs? I think it’s mainly because all of these are essentially about extracting economic rents from being able to tell people how to live. Parasite self-preservation through solidarity. It’s the same reason Putin invaded Ukraine: if the thieves lose in one place, the victims in the next one might get the wrong ideas. It’s all about preventing the repeat of 1848.

  15. As far as I can see the Iranian economy is a mixed bag, yes it has high inflation and high unemployment, but both measures are far better than they have been in recent times and are respectable when compared to their regional peers. The economy has grown since sanctions were lifted and now with oil prices rising the outlook must be positive provided that they somehow get the all clear from the US. The recent big post sanction deals with Boeing and Total are said to be now in limbo and no doubt there would have to be some capital flight at play at the moment. It’s ironic that this economic protest might in fact worsen their plight.

    Iran may also be going through the phase that most developed economies did when they opened up to international competition and in doing so have been swamped by cheaper and better imported goods than there locally manufactured equivalent, this always causes social turmoil. They have experienced population booms late last century and now have lots of young unemployed males which again can be troublesome.

    It looks like Rouhnai is a Tory and Ahmadinejad was Labour. Ahmadinejad put in place very popular large subsidies for the poorest demographics which bought him votes, whereas Rouhani is more of a capitalist free market type and worked tirelessly to get sanctions lifted and reform their economy. Except the promised and much anticipated post sanction economic benefits are not trickling down yet and the masses are getting a bit edgy about this. He by all accounts has tried his utmost to separate his power base from that of the Ayatollah and IRGC who have obviously now got their tails up with the victory in Syria. There is of course and as always, the local mafia that Rouhnai was a partner of but seems to have now fallen out of favour with them for whatever reason and that they now want him gone.

    Good luck with all of that.

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