Given the lack of support of the Iranian people by their government, and the obvious hatred of everything America stands for by far-left democrats, perhaps the two should switch places.
Patriots would welcome oppressed and peaceful supporters from other countries with open arms. And they would gladly send ignorant, lying hypocrites who soil America’s strength and unification abroad to live among the terrorists to whom they remain so lovingly loyal.
Despite its denial, everyone knew that the civilian Ukrainian plane that was shot down last week was done by the Iranian military following its airstrikes on Iraqi and US forces. But now that Iran has actually admitted it, the Iranian people are outraged.
After repeatedly denying fault of the plane crash in Tehran, which killed 176 Iranian, Canadian and Ukrainian citizens, President Hassan Rouhani finally announced over the weekend that the Iranian military “unintentionally” struck down the aircraft.
He called the incident a “disastrous mistake.”
After the admittance of fault for the deadly incident, protestors gathered outside of Tehran’s Amirkabir University. It’s been estimated that over 1,000 people participated in the protest at the University, and 5 other major cities also reported protests- Isfahan, Hamadan, Sari, Rasht, and Babol.
— چهار فصل (@FourCzen) January 11, 2020
Angered citizens ripped up photos of former military general Qassem Soleimani.
Candlelight vigils were held during the protests for the over 50 people killed in a stampede during Soleimani’s funeral, which held mandatory attendance.
Chants broke out against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, calling him to resign.
“Death to the dictator,” they shouted.
“Shame on you Khamenei, leave the country,” “Death to the liars,” and “Shame on the Revolutionary Guards, let the country go” were also heard.
Others still shouted:
“Soleimani is a murderer,” “Don’t be afraid, we’re all together.”
Police were seen using force against the protestors, which were generally peaceful in nature, and angered attendees further.
When the US got word of the protests, President Donald Trump addressed the Iranian people on Twitter. He posted:
“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”
The significance of the Iranian civilian protests and President Trump’s remarks is astounding. Here’s why.
The United States Presidential Administration is supporting the oppressed civilian population in Iran, while the Iranian government turns its police and military against anyone in opposition of their homegrown terrorists like Soleimani.
Similarly, the majority of the Iranian people thank President Trump for the termination of the threat of Soleimani, while democrats post all over social media their “outrage” that the US would kill a terrorist actively plotting to murder Americans.
Democrats also sought to limit the President’s powers to protect the American people by attempting to enact a War Powers Resolution.
Why can the people of Iran see the entire situation for what it is, but our own democratic politicians can’t?
Or, rather, why can’t our democratic politicians resist the urge to attack the President with their hatred and choose instead to give the US at least the appearance of some level of unification?
An Iranian rights group, The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center, took to twitter, saying:
“For days, Iranian authorities misled Iranians about the cause of the crash that killed everyone aboard #FlightPS752. Iranian officials apologized & promised accountability. But now, they’re breaking up protests. They must be held accountable.”
For days, Iranian authorities misled Iranians about the cause of the crash that killed everyone aboard #FlightPS752.
Iranian officials apologized & promised accountability. But now, they're breaking up protests.
They must be held accountable.https://t.co/aFQo7jTYUx
— Abdorrahman Boroumand Center (@IranRights_org) January 11, 2020
After 3 days of denial, President Rouhani said that the plane was mistaken for a “hostile target.” This is because, he said, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was at its “highest level of readiness,” and the plane allegedly turned toward a “sensitive military center.”
That’s interesting because civilian aircrafts have specific flight paths that they’re required to follow to avoid instances such as this.
A statement released on the incident remarked on the heightened tension between Iran and the US and said:
“In such a condition, because of human error and in a[n] unintentional way, the flight was hit.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter:
“Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster. Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”
“We assure you that by pursuing fundamental reforms in operational processes at the armed forces’ level,” a general statement said, “we will make it impossible to repeat such errors.” The statement went on to say that those responsible for the strike would “immediately” face military justice.
Either something was lost in translation or we have different definitions of the word “immediately,” because the government repeatedly denying fault for 3 full days doesn’t scream immediacy.
Following the crash, the head of Iran’s National Aviation Department, Abedzadeh said:
“What is obvious for us, and what we can say with certainty, is that no missile hit the plane.”
Bulldozers were on scene to clear up any type of evidence in record speed. Questions also arose as to why Iranian officials failed to announce a closure of airspace in anticipation of US retaliation, which was done by the US’s Federal Aviation Administration.
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As reported by Reuters, Iranians turned online to voice their anger at the situation. The Iranian government, they said, had promised “harsh revenge” against the US after Soleimani’s death, but instead of killing American soldiers, they downed a civilian plane. Killing a plane full of civilians, largely Iranian in nationality, is hardly a military retaliation.
Reuters shared the following quotes from Iranian citizens:
“They concealed this huge tragic news for days just to mourn for Soleimani. Shame on you,” Reza Ghadyani said.
“You took your revenge from Iranians,” Ahmad Batebi tweeted.
“Only resignation,” one Sadeq wrote.
“It is a national tragedy. The way it was handled and it was announced by the authorities was even more tragic,” Ali Ansari, a moderate cleric, said.
“They were so careful not to kill any American in their revenge for Soleimani. But they did not close the airport? This shows how much this regime cares for Iranians,” Mira Sedaghati, told the agency.
“Concealing the truth from the administration is dreadful,” Mohammad Fazeli, a sociology professor in Tehran, wrote on social media. “If it had not been concealed, the head of civil aviation and the government spokesmen would not have persistently denied it.”
The United States, Canada, British, and Australian leadership announced that intelligence pointed to the plane being struck down by a surface-to-air missile, but Iran originally claimed that the Boeing 737 had “technical issues” that caused the crash.
The pilots never declared an emergency on board. Black boxes were recovered and declared readable, which may have forced Iran to admit its deadly mistake.
It’s doubtful that families of the deceased would ever have closer without this pending evidence.
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