The Iranian Crisis: A Blessing in Disguise?

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Iranian police officers took position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran on Saturday to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. – (Photo: AP)

The Washington Post reported last Friday that President Donald Trump had called for a second assassination in what appears to be a broader operation to bring down the Iranian regime. The other targeted person was in Yemen; Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander in Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The operations continue to draw criticism from a mostly liberal audience.

Critics have consequently held Trump morally responsible for the Iranian regime’s incompetent downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which indicates that they hate him more than they despise a vicious theocracy that stupidly murdered 176 innocent passengers, lied about it, and tried to cover up the evidence, until that was no longer possible. And despite the Trump administration failing to provide solid proof of “imminent” attack to anyone, including members of Congress in a classified briefing, it appears what has been an “impulsive” and “reckless” assassination of Soleimani may be working in Washington’s favor. In other words, Trump’s eliminating Soleimani may potentially become the domino that brings down the ayatollahs’ tyranny.

At present the Iranian government is grappling with mass protests from its citizens. The demonstrations broke out after the Iranian military said Saturday that it unintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board, after denying for days that it was responsible. The protesters denounced what they called lying and incompetence by the country’s leadership.

Tehran metropolitan police chief Hossein Rahimi on Monday warned “abusers of the situation” that the country’s security forces would zealously defend the security of the Iranian people.

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Protesters carry an injured woman to the sidewalk’s edge near Azadi Square, in Tehran, in an image captured from video. – (Photo:UGC/AP)

A video shared by the U.S.-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and verified by the Associated Press appeared to show tear gas being used against protesters and gunshot injuries. But Rahimi denied that his forces had opened fire to quell the protests over the weekend, saying they had acted with “self-restraint,” according to the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Protests erupted across the country in November against austerity measures that raised fuel prices, aimed at shoring up government finances during a deep economic crisis, exacerbated by U.S. sanctions. Authorities responded with force, killing hundreds of people, rights groups and Iran-based reformist media say.

Senior editor at The American Conservative Robert Dreher said that “[a]nti-Trump Americans have to decide if they hate Trump more than they want Iranians to be free of the dictatorship. If the regime collapses, history will owe an extraordinary debt to President Trump. As someone [Robert Dreher] who criticized his Soleimani aggression, I feel the need to concede that.

Perhaps it may be wishful thinking, but it would be great of the Islamic theocracy could be soon overthrown with a democratic and laicized body politic that could peace and stability for Iranians and the region. And this would truly be a blessing!