By Navid Felker
In both Iran and Iraq, protesters are taking to the streets with very similar goals. In Iran, people are holding anti-government demonstrations and making their desire for regime change loud and clear. In Iraq, the people there are protesting against the mullahs' regime in Iran, calling for it to be expelled to put an end to its meddling in internal affairs.
The regime is having difficulty dealing with the popular uprisings in both countries and it is increasingly resorting to crackdowns on dissent. The crackdowns are becoming quite violent and enflaming the situation even more.
In Iran, the country’s notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has been sending agents to the streets to disperse protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas. But rather than being intimidated into leaving the streets, the people instead are rising up and making it understood that they will never be silenced.
In the town of Lordegan where protests have erupted over the past week, several offices of officials have been set on fire and the demonstrators are burning huge posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The protesters in Iraq have also been met with violence, this time on the part of the Hashd-al-Shaabi militia that is funded and led by the IRGC. The militia has already killed and injured scores of protesters and demonstrators and it has sent gunmen and snipers to suppress the Iraqis.
The Iranian regime has been founded on, and its survival relies upon, two things – firstly, the export of terrorism and Islamic extremism and, secondly, domestic suppression. Iran is continuing to export terrorism and Islamic extremism across the region, going beyond Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
In fact, it would be very fair to say that Iran meddles pretty much everywhere in the Middle East. It has militias all over the region that it funds and controls in a bid to expand its influence.
The Iranian regime has proven itself, time and time again, to be unworthy of appeasement from the international community. Negotiations are also pointless because the regime cannot be trusted, as we have seen on many previous occasions. The people of Iran are only too well aware that the regime does not have a shred of moderation, despite claims from the Western world. The people know only too well because they have been on the receiving end of brutality, torture, discrimination and the denial of human rights for four decades.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described Iran’s regime as “thuggish” and has said that the notorious IRGC and the country’s Ministry of Intelligence are “the vanguard of a pernicious empire” that is spreading across the region.
It is time for the international community to stand behind the people of Iran – and the people of Iraq – and to make sure that the mullahs are not allowed to continue their campaign of terror. The people of Iran and Iraq are taking to the streets – risking everything, including their life – to protest against the evil regime.