Ten “hottest” takes on the Iranian protests
What is it about the people protesting for freedom and democracy and against an oppressive, theocratic, warmongering (and anti-American) regime that brings out the propagandists, equivocators,
1.Alex Mohajer, one of 2017 “Out 100” most eligible bachelors and a “Huffington Post” contributor:
The #IranianProtests, the #Resistance, and @WomensMarch are all the same. Across the world, people are fighting autocracies and oppressive regimes. @realDonaldTrump is NO DIFFERENT than the oppressive Ayatollahs in Iran. Here's my case, for HuffPost: https://t.co/sYVi12BWdU
— Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) December 30, 2017
Donald Trump is “NO DIFFERENT” than the oppressive Ayatollahs in Iran. And pussy-hatted feminists marching in favour of hijab in Washington are the same as women of Tehran risking jail or worse to protest against hijab. You have to be a Berkeley graduate to be this dumb and morally equivalent.
2. “Financial Times”:
Nationwide protests test Rouhani’s commitment to reform in Iran https://t.co/zHpK8Ugv0K
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) December 31, 2017
What are all those stupid Iranians doing, trying to provoke the reformist mullahs?
3. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s “foreign” “policy” “adviser”:
The Iranian people are rightfully demanding dignity, less corruption, more opportunity, and greater control over their lives. In looking at US twitter, it seems lost on too many that this is about what Iranians want for Iran, and not about us.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 31, 2017
This is from the man who sent $1.7 billion in pallets of unmarked bills on a plane to thank the mullahs for a bullshit “deal” that didn’t solve anything except giving the Iranian government more legitimacy and more pocket money to spend on suppressing dignity and creating more corruption. Sit this one out, Ben.
4. Linda Sarsour, the professional hijab and Sharia promoter, and one of Women’s March organisers:
As Neontaster commented: “Regardless of how you feel about the travel ban, Iran is on it because it is designated a state sponsor of terrorism, which is precisely the same reason that people are protesting the regime there, hence the support for them.”
5. Thomas Erdbrink, “Tehran bureau chief for the New York Times. I am one of the few Westerners reporting from Iran, and have been based here for the past 10 years”:
Scattered Protests Erupt in Iran Over Economic Woes. https://t.co/waB6Qrn2NC
— Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) December 30, 2017
From the paper, whose Russian correspondent won the Pulitzer Prize for denying the Ukrainian Famine, in which Stalin starved to death 7 million people, comes the Iranian correspondent with “nothing to see here, move along”. Don’t want your travel to Iran side-business to suffer, perhaps?
Another one, from a few weeks ago, that hasn’t aged well. Thanks, Tehran Thomas:
For many years many Iranians were cynical about their leaders, but that is changing thanks to Trump and the Saudi crown prince. https://t.co/9hcueYEUfr
— Thomas Erdbrink (@ThomasErdbrink) November 27, 2017
President Trump tweets his support for protests taking place in Iran, writing, "The world is watching!" https://t.co/EMkLrDbrNC (Corrects to show photo of anti-government protests instead of pro-government protests) pic.twitter.com/ZLqpYqpR0H
— CNN International (@cnni) December 30, 2017
Remember guys: this is an apple, but some people will try to tell you it’s a banana.
7. Ted Lieu, Congressman:
I agree with @realDonaldTrump that people have the right to express themselves against a government that attacks the free press; corruptly uses private jets at the people's expense; and squanders the nation's wealth by increasing troops in the Middle East. The world is watching! https://t.co/E0kollMalL
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 30, 2017
Donald Trump = Ayatollahs. Of course.
By the way Ted, “increasing troops in the Middle East” just defeated ISIS. What have you done this year?
8. Susan Rice, President Obama’s National Security Adviser and UN ambassador, endorsing a “NYT”op-ed:
How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet. https://t.co/w0MNlWMkxG
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 31, 2017
Being quiet is how the Obama Administration has helped the Iranian pro-democracy movement from 2009 to 2016, from the suppression of the Green Revolution to the “pallets of cash” nuclear deal. Another former official who should sit this one out.
9. Caitlin Johnstone, “Rogue journalist, poet, and utopia prepper”:
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) December 31, 2017
Mullahs are right: the Great Satan is behind all the unrest against the peaceful and freedom-loving theocratic regime. #SaveAyatollah!
10. Messages of support for the protesting Iranians from the progressive celebrities, Western feminists, the EU officialdom, and Democrat politicians:
The Iranian people, especially the young, are protesting for the freedom and future they deserve. I hope their government responds peacefully and supports their hopes.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 31, 2017
OK, that’s pretty much it. The audacity of hope that the mullah government supports the aspirations of their people to freedom.