I’m not advocating war with Iran. I’m unmasking people who refuse to acknowledge that the regime ruling in Tehran is a brutal repressive expansionist theocracy. These are people who apologize for the rulers as they crush the people. It’s such a bizarre twist as people who paint themselves Progressive heap praise on one of the most regressive governments on earth, one trying hard to go back to fundamentalist 8th century moral codes and spread them across the world.
The Shia rulers execute more people per capital than any other country.
The regime is horribly intolerant of LGBTQ people. It has executed 5,000 in the last 30 years.
Women in Iran have to endure harassment from clothing morality police. That is but none of the many manifestations of the deep misogyny that is central to the fundamentalist outlook of the rulers, all of whom are men.
The Ayatollahs are the progenitors of terrorism across the Mideast, in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen and across Europe and even in Latin America. The Iranian theocracy views the spread of its true religion as its mission: concern for the people of Iran is a much lower priority. The protestors were justifiably upset to learn the money extorted from Obama was going to support Iranian intervention in Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, and Yemen while subsidies were being cut for food for the Iranian poor.
We need to support the Iranian people. They want to throw off the shackles of the totalitarian dictatorship and become close friends with the USA. The Iranian regime is unpopular, economically incompetent, and hopelessly corrupt. If we keep calling it out and keep the pressure on, it will fall faster than the Berlin Wall without need for actual invasion.