The people of Iran are taking this whole “new year, new me” thing awfully serious, as they rise up against their Islamic theocracy.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Iran was an up and coming player on the world’s stage. The nation was on a clear and concise path to first world importance when, in 1979, the Islamic revolution overtook the formerly democratic nation. Suddenly, the entire Persian landscape had shifted, skewing Iran’s entire cultural trajectory back into the grips of an orthodox clergy whose beliefs on subjects such as religious freedom and women’s rights would never mesh with modern civilization’s.
Now, nearly 40 years later, the people of Iran are lashing out at this theocratic government for its financial malpractice and the growing concerns over government corruption. The protests are entering their third major bout of action on New Year’s Day 2018, and two of the world’s most prominent diplomats are now weighing in to throw their considerable support behind the people of the embattled nation.
“President Donald Trump expressed support for ‘the great Iranian people’ on Monday morning as reports confirmed that 12 people have been killed in the Iranian uprising so far.
“Trump’s public affirmation followed that of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley who declared Sunday that the United States stands behind the Iranian people and that she prayed ‘freedom and human rights will carry the day.’
“’In the New Year, our hopes and prayers are with the millions of people who are suffering terribly from oppressive governments in North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, and especially in Iran, where the long-repressed Iranian people are now finding their voice,’ Haley said in her statement.
“’The Iranian government is being tested by its own citizens. We pray that freedom and human rights will carry the day,’ she added.”
This huge vote of confidence for the people of Iran will certainly ruffle feathers in the Middle East, where radical Islam has developed a rather sizable foothold.
The only big wonder now is how long the Iranian government will hold out against the will of its people, and whether or not they choose to escalate the situation into an inexcusably violent affair. Given Iran’s status as a lynchpin of conflict in the region, (especially when the U.S. is involved), there will be diplomatic repercussions for any involvement by the United States.
Here’s to hoping that this won’t come to that.