The situation is Iran is beginning to spiral out of control this weekend, as government protesters continue to clash with authorities and hardline Islamic supporters.
Until the year 1979, Iran was a bright, modern nation whose vibe was far similar to The Big Apple than Baghdad. Women wore mini-skirts and paid for dinner, while the men took on a very GQ aesthetic. For all intents and purposes, the Iranian nation was on its way to becoming a first world nation of the highest order.
Then, just before we cracked dawn on the 80’s, an Islamic revolution occurred in the country. Suddenly, the Iranian people were under the rule of a strict, orthodox theocracy where clerical leaders shaped the culture and societal landscapes. The bikinis turned to burqas nearly overnight.
Just this week, however, the seeds of revolution have sprouted again, as the religious regime stands accused of exploiting the people over which they rule. These widespread demonstrations against the clergy have turned deadly today.
“The growing unrest over the economic woes plaguing Iran turned deadly as two protesters were killed at a rally amid warnings Sunday from the country’s government that anyone who disrupts order and breaks the law ‘must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price’ as Presdient Trump said the U.S. is ‘watching very closely.’
“The deaths were the first of the demonstrations, which began Thursday and appear to be the largest to strike the Islamic Republic since the protests that followed the country’s disputed 2009 presidential election.
“‘On Saturday evening, there was an illegal protest in Dorud and a number of people took to the streets responding to calls from hostile groups, leading to clashes,’ said Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of the western Lorestan province, according to Sky News. ‘Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed.’
“Khojastehpour told state television that ‘no shots were fired by the police and security forces’ and ‘foreign agents’ and ‘enemies of the revolutions’ were to blame.”
This return to the modern world for Iran would also behoove the United States, who has been in cold conflict with Iran for decades.
Should the nation return to its more contemporary cultural roots, it would allow for the United States and Iran to work together far more harmoniously – something that will be coming in handy as the middle east continues to react to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.