So once again there are people in the streets of Iran. In 2009 the “Green Revolution” emerged but ill-fated was doomed to a crushing response by those who wielded absolute power in Tehran.
By in large those same individuals who were in the position to use the instruments of state power to end the Green Revolution have continued to remain firmly entrenched in their positions of authority since then. And the actions of Iran under Ali Khamenei have been telling since 2009.
Tehran has used all available resources it has access to for the enabling of the sadistic repression by Damascus against those citizens of Syria who, like their Iranian counterparts, wanted to use the right to peaceably assemble to petition their government.
This same regime has sent ballistic missiles to Houthi’s in Yemen, made available special forces to assemble, sight and fire these weapons which have subsequently been used to target civilians, and major urban population centers in Saudi Arabia.
With the help of these same individuals who orchestrated the actions against Iranian and Syrian citizens, they also put into Iraq nefarious militias that would etch their actions into the psyche of large swathes of the Iraqi population with horrors of their own accord, culminating with the haunting names of Saqlawyia and the Razaza Checkpoint.
There is no question that these individuals who currently occupy the seats of power in Tehran will not hesitate to use any means available to deny dignity and freedom, to the citizens of Iran and throughout the region as well, while using torture and murder as their response.
The people of Iran, both those who support and do not support the ulema and its Khomeinist ideology, know of what happened to the Tudeh Party in the 1980’s, the existence of Building 203, or Evin Prison. The international community also knows as well.
It does bear repeating that Iranian government does not give dignity to Iranian people, or tens of millions of people throughout the regionFaisal Al-Shammeri
Horrors of the state
In National Socialist Germany and Bolshevik Russia there was no need to speak of the horrors that the state was capable of inflicting against anyone it chose to should it feel the prerogative to do so. Citizens of Germany and Bolshevik Russia knew of the secret police, its unlimited scope of power, and the camps.
Again, it does bear repeating that the government in Tehran does not give dignity to the Iranian people, or tens of millions of people throughout the region. There should not be the expectation that it will adjust, moderate, or change its behavior.
To date it has not been shown any incentive to do so. But yet, despite the reality of its nature, the world is once again watching the people of Iran out in full public view, protesting the actions of the clerical regime. So this time, where is this all going? And what can be done?
The global diplomatic community offers platitudes more than deliberate purpose. Based on what we have seen so far, the Rohingya in Burma have been slaughtered, and ethnically displaced in pursuant to deliberate state policy under the leadership of a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Burma has not been held into account for its actions. Bashar Al Asad remains in power in Syria.
His legitimacy seems to have more recognition that the unspeakable death he delivered to the civilians of Syria. Men, Women, Children, Dogs, Cats, Zoo Animals, and simple livestock were all touched by the evil of Bashar Al Asad. Like Burma, Syria has not been held into account fo its actions. The international community has failed to make a difference in Congo or Somalia.
Russia’s annexation of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and The Crimea have all but been accepted and the estimated 10,000 who have died in the Donbass are hardly ever mentioned. The global diplomatic community is good at having talks about North Korea but little else.
To the bureaucrats who meet to discuss these, and many other topics, it seems that procedures are everything and outcomes nothing. So if the past is able to offer hindsight and it is a light into future behavior it is hard to put faith in the efforts of both those in Tehran who are currently manufacturing their response to their own citizens and the global community that is concerned about its actions. So, what can be done?
‘The evil empire’
US President Ronald Reagan called Bolshevik Russia “the Evil Empire.” It was, and he was right. It was the greatest enslaver and murder of people that history has ever known. Only Maoist China can rival it on a pure body count.
The rulers of Moscow held sway over an empire that went from the Pacific, throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe keeping the peoples enslaved as prisoners walled off from the rest of the world only to live in a parallel universe.
For all intents and purposes, Beirut, Damascus, and Baghdad are all the outposts of this regime. In order that the people of Iran can finally have the freedom and dignity that they have desired since 1979 the global community needs to look at Ali Khamenei, the IRGC, those within the state security apparatus, and the most powerful people within the clerical regime as a regional version of Bolshevik Russia.
A Cold War-like policy of containment needs to be enforced against Tehran, and its ability to participate in all meaningful forms of global commerce should be denied, immediately and forthwith. The removal of the ulema in Iran, when it does finally occur, could potentially be viewed as the most significant geopolitical action since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As beneficial as the removal of the world’s most prolific state sponsor of terror would have for all, the greatest benefit would be the liberation of the Iranian people and their talents finally made available for the world to benefit from.
Faisal Al-Shammeri is a political analyst based in Washington DC. He tweets @mr_alshammeri.