DESPITE the attempts of Tehran’s leaders to consolidate their regime, such efforts will only weaken them further due to the raging public anger over living conditions which continued for years. This happens while the ruling clique of Iran enjoys the country’s wealth, some of which is given to gangs affiliated to them in the region.
If the statement, “Let them eat the cake,” sent Queen Marie Antoinette into the guillotine; the uprising fuel ignited the Mullah regime so its leaders will be dragged to the streets.
Therefore, threats made by Basij leaders and the Revolutionary Guard about executing protest leaders and arresting thousands of protestors or killing 300 are aimed at extinguishing the uprising. However, the truth is that the uprising is a natural prelude to the collapse of this dictatorial regime.
History has many examples of where futile policies practiced by a clique completely detached from reality led to. For instance, the oppression of Roman emperor Nero in 64 AD, when he burned down Rome as an act of vengeance towards the major opposition that faced him. It was the start of his collapse as he was killed in the hands of his soldiers four years later.
Today, if leaders of Basij tried to put pressure on the protestors through the call to hang leaders of protestors or arrest thousands and send them to jail, how many thousands of political prisoners have disappeared in the hands of the ruling clique throughout the last four decades? Until when will the Iranians persevere while seeing the best of their youths being killed in cold blood or thrown behind bars?
Undoubtedly, what transpired a few days ago, especially the confrontation between Basij and security forces on one hand, and protestors on the other hand, created a major crack between the peacock plucked regime and its loyalist forces. This was manifested in what transpired in 1978 and 1979 when the security forces of the Shah of Iran refused to confront the protestors; and instead, stood with the people.
This also happened in Egypt when the Egyptian Army refused to confront protestors on June 30, 2013 as it did not obey the Brotherhood’s order to quell the protest. The Lebanese Army did the same in recent weeks when it did not obey order of the ruling alliance (Hezbollah, Amal and Auon faction) to confront protestors. This is due to the fact that in the end; soldiers will confront their families, not the hostile people.
If only the Mullah regime allocated Iran’s wealth for internal development; Iran would have been totally different today, instead of witnessing severe poverty and continuous security tribulations from the beginning of the current year.
Instead of taking the national development path; leaders resorted to the skewed political principle of ‘exporting revolution’ as per the vision of the regime’s founder, the late Ayatollah Khomeini — propagation of Shiism in line with the Persian concept.
In order to achieve such a vision, the regime launched what is known as ‘divine groups’ — terrorist groups that worked to destabilize security in the region, in addition to igniting war with Iraq to avenge expulsion of Khomeini.
Nonetheless, it is clear that the leaders of Iran have not learned lessons from history — whether in relation with Abraha Al-Ashram (an Aksumite army general), the viceroy of southern Arabia for the Kingdom of Aksum, the king of Himyar who wanted to invade Makkah and destroy the Kaaba in a bid to propagate Christianity and redirect pilgrimage to his Al-Qalis Church in Yemen, or Hitlerish Nazi plan to make the Aryan race superior in Europe; prompting him to invade Poland as his gateway to invade the rest of the continent.
We dedicate these historic lessons to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and the remaining leaders of the Mullah regime who avoid facing the reality of their country and would rather spread foreign terrorism.
Although the regime spent billions for such purpose, its leaders failed to implement their regional scheme; not in Lebanon where the scheme is collapsing bit by bit in the uprising arenas, not in Iraq where the public wrath against sectarian gangs has intensified while the events in Yemen affirmed the collapse of their scheme.
Despite their lies about quelling the populist uprising in Iran, towns continue to get out of their control. These towns remain under the control of protesters who vowed not to return to their houses unless they drag the regime’s figures into the guillotine, if not the streets.
Slogans and lies cannot nourish nations thirsty for freedom, justice and good life.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times