Iran: The legacy of 41 years of repression and assassination
Today is the forty-first anniversary of the February 11, 1979 Iranian anti-monarchy revolution. Iranians took to the streets 41 years ago with a desire for a better life, freedom, and democracy, but their revolution was stolen. The Iranian people have been held hostage for 41 years. They are now faced with a government whose economy has collapsed, unemployment and poverty and corruption have been institutionalized, and its international isolation is widening every day.
The regime that began by giving the key to paradise to children and promising them heavens to encourage them to go over the minefields in the Iran-Iraq war will have an end no better than its beginning. In the historical memory of future generations, what remains is that every year's regime exponentially continued with internal repression; executions; torture; and export of terrorism, instability, and insecurity across borders. The 41st year for this regime becomes a turning point for the world's understanding of the pernicious and destructive force of fundamentalism in Iran, the region, and the world.
Widespread protests in 191 cities following the crisis of the gasoline price hike were the beginning of the end and took the regime a few steps from its overthrow. But the regime's response to protests was a brutal crackdown. Snipers shot the protesters from rooftops. The regime set fire to a wetland because some protesters were taking refuge in it. Plainclothes police fired at the protesters' heads from close range. No words can describe such cruelty.
The regime is drowning in crisis. The anatomy of lies and transgressions of international law, tyranny, and despotism becomes obvious at its highest point in the downing of the Ukrainian plane. The 41st year becomes the point of strategic errors by the regime. The strong winds of opposition to the Iranian regime's intervention and the sweeping of its proxy forces in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon call into question the regime's strategic depth.
Tehran demonstrators call for the resignation of Khamenei following admission of shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner,January 12, 2020. YouTube screen grab.
President Trump said in his annual State of the Union address that in recent months that we have seen proud Iranians shouting at their tyrannical rulers. The Iranian government must give up its nuclear weapons ambitions, end terror, stop causing death and destruction. He further described Qassem Soleimani as "the world's top terrorist" and said Soleimani was the most brutal butcher of the Iranian government, a monster who killed or wounded thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq. As the top terrorist in the world, Soleimani oversaw the deaths of countless men, women, and children.
In January 2020, university students took to the streets in Tehran and some other major cities, chanting, "Death to Khamenei!" Others loudly condemned the regime for having killed 1,500 protesters in November 2019 protests. Chants continued with cries of "We neither want the Shah nor the supreme leader; neither bad or worse!"
In the 41st year, wrestlers, chess champions, judokas, and artists each seek any opportunity to leave the country and seek refuge in another.
In the 41st year, Khamenei's leadership is in a fragile state after the November uprising. The uprising in Iraq was a major blow to Khamenei's reign in the region. Disclosure of Khamenei's lie on the Ukrainian plane, not surrendering the black box, and the student uprising in January 2020 were more fatal blows that weakened Khamenei's status.
The Iranian people are now optimistic about one thing, and they have no doubt that this situation will further weaken the regime and cause a great step forward for the people of Iran and its resistance toward the final victory and establishment of peace.