For John, BLUF: The Iranians may be fomenting trouble abroad (Syria, Iraq, Germany) but they also have trouble at home. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Well, they might be if they were Anglo-Saxon identifying folks♠ here in the US.
From Pajama Media, by Reporter Robert Spencer, 15 January 2018.
Here is the lede plus two:
“We should have an Iranian republic, not an Islamic republic,” said one Iranian protester. “Islam cannot address our needs.”Here is a further excerpt:
The protesters chanted: “We don’t want an Islamic republic! … Clerics, shame on you, let go of our country!” Some even chanted: “Reza Shah, bless your soul!”, referring to the former Shah of Iran who had set the nation on a secularizing, pro-Western course.
All of this raises the question: in the U.S., we are constantly told that opposition to Sharia constitutes bigotry and “Islamophobia.” So how did Iran come to be filled with bigoted “Islamophobes”?
Julie Lenarz of Britain’s Human Security Center observed in December 2015: “It is astonishing that the West cultivates an ever-closer alliance with a theocratic regime widely known for its abysmal human rights record and aggressive behavior in the region. They hang men for the ‘crime’ of writing poems; or engaging in peaceful protest; or loving someone of the same sex. Women are stoned for being raped and Iranian law even allows for juvenile executions. Iran is averaging three hangings per day at the moment and remains a pariah state with no regard for human life. In a despicable form of moral myopia, the gold rush for business, as the international sanctions regime begins to unravel, has made Western governments blind to the suffering of ordinary Iranians at the hands of the Ayatollahs.”While I won't try to characterize Iran, it is not a place I would wish to live. Would you?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff