For many political observers, concerns over a new “axis of evil” have been brewing for several weeks involving North Korea, China, Russia, and even Iran.
The idea is simple: All of these nations have very poignant reasons to oppose the United States and President Donald Trump. North Korea’s beef is obvious: The Americans have always been allied with South Korea, making the U.S. a mortal enemy to Pyongyang and the rogue regime currently under the guidance of Kim Jong Un. China’s issues slide nicely into this little parable as well, with the world’s most populous country maintaining ally status with North Korea despite the hermit kingdom’s erratic and dangerous behavior. Case in point: The Chinese were caught just yesterday illegally selling oil to North Korea, wholly ignoring the recent UN sanctions forbidding such action.
Russia fits into this mess a bit more dramatically, with Vladimir Putin still angry over the Obama-era dismissal of several Kremlin ambassadors from the U.S. based on faulty intel being propagated by the doomed democratic party. When you add in threats emanating out of Moscow that warn the U.S. against taking actions in North Korea or Syria, the hair-bristling becomes angry snarling in a heartbeat.
Then, on top of all of this tension, you have Iran: A nation whose capitulatory relationship with the United States ended when President Donald Trump decided to reexamine another of Obama’s great blunders regarding the Persian nation’s nuclear program.
Today, however, it seems that Iran may have bigger fish to fry.
“Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran.
“Large numbers reportedly turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshah, in the west, with smaller protests in Isfahan, Hamadan and elsewhere.
“The protests began against rising prices but have spiralled into a general outcry against clerical rule and government policies.
“The demonstrations are the most serious and widespread expression of public discontent in Iran since protests in 2009 that followed a disputed election, correspondents say.
“Demonstrators were reportedly heard yelling slogans including ‘The people are begging, the clerics act like God’. Protests have even been held in Qom, a holy city home to powerful clerics.”
Iran’s clerical rule is a fairly new phenomenon in the country, where modern fashion and human rights were a major part of the culture just decades ago.
Could this be the first major battle in the war against Islamic tyranny in the once-sovereign nation, or will the powers that be in Tehran squash the will of the people? Only time will tell.