Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Trump, Celebrate Anniversary Of Islamic Revolution
There was the now all too familiar sight of thousands of protesters stomping and burning the U.S. flag as well as trampling signs with President Trump on them, while the vitriolic masses cheered the hanging in effigy of the embattled American President. Only on Friday, the clamoring hordes were not the unhinged leftists comprised of fragile entitled snowflakes living in their parent’s basements, or the obnoxiously whining Hollywood elites and Pop Culture has-beens, nor the militant malcontents of modern American Academia. No, this time it was not the enemy from within, but perhaps the number one enemy from without.
The scene I am describing is the annual march in Tehran celebrating the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution which marked the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, by followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The Shah had been installed in a 1953 coup in which the United States had helped to overthrow popular Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. The coming to power of the Ayatollah Khomeini, a rigid fundamentalist Shiite Muslim, also prefaced the seizing of the American Embassy in Tehran by militant Iranian students and the subsequent taking hostage of 52 Americans for 444 days. The Iranian students were outraged that the U.S. government had allowed the deposed Shah to travel to the United States to seek medical treatment.
The two countries have had no formal relations ever since, weathering decades of strained relations, when relations were not downright hostile. And, just as much of Jimmy Carter’s presidency ended in failure, so too did his ill-fated attempt at a military mission to rescue the hostages. During the mission, three out of eight military helicopters failed, dooming the mission before it even reached its destination. Far worse, during the retreat, one of the helicopters crashed into one of six C-130 transport planes, killing eight soldiers and injuring another five. The Shah would die of cancer three months later in Egypt. Following the resounding disaster of the aborted rescue mission, the hostages would not be freed until President Ronald Reagan was Inaugurated on January 20,1981.
The enmity between the two wary nations has continued for decades, with multiple other Americans being taken hostage and some being killed in Iran. Enter the bowing Barack Obama and his merry man, John Kerry. Obama somehow became possessed of the inkling that it would be a phenomenally fantastic idea to engage the intransigent Iranians in nuclear armament discussions because, let’s face it, there was no more less likely partner to be had. Obama not only bent over to accommodate nearly every request of the radical regime (all merely to assuage his desire for some type of foreign policy “legacy”), but he also paid $400 million ransom in cash to attain the release of a few American hostages held in Iran, followed two days later by another $1.3 billion payment of taxpayer money.
Obama’s foreign ‘legacy.’
These actions were described by National Review contributing editor, Andrew C. McCarthy, as not only the extremely unwise breaking of long held U.S. policy to never negotiate with terrorists, but also profoundly and incontrovertibly unconstitutional. McCarthy summed it up very glibly: “It is a waste of time to debate that point further. The Iranians have bragged that the astonishing cash payment was ransom – and Obama has been telling us for months that we can trust the Iranians.”
With their unbridled confidence bursting from continuous appeasement of their every demand, and feeling ever so cash flush from the tremendous, yet misguided and malfeasant, financial windfall from America, both at the hands of Barack Obama, Iran is now the most formidable adversary that it has been in decades. It is now able to retrench and rebuild its military, acquire more deadly weapons and shift its efforts to achieve weapons of mass destruction into high gear, further securing its place as the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism by far, and expanding its sphere of geopolitical influence exponentially, ensuring it to be the dominant power in the region for the foreseeable future. This is the true Obama foreign policy “legacy.”
But, now there is the inimitable force of nature that we call President Donald J. Trump (who has criticized the Iran Nuke Deal relentlessly), in all his magnificent, non-politically correct, bold bluster, unfettered bravado, and plain-spoken glory. You send a boat or plane near one of our ships, here, how’s about some brand new sanctions! You want to shoot off another missile? We’ll slap a travel ban on you and, for good measure, we’ll let you know in no uncertain terms that “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” as President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, announced to the entire world recently. So, it is no surprise that President Trump’s very public castigation of Iran has gone over like a lead balloon on the streets of Tehran.
Hence, the duality of Friday’s revolution anniversary march. While the celebration of the Islamic revolution is always largely anti-American, there seemed to be an added zest and urgency to the proceedings on Friday. Large plastic replicas of the United States flag were placed along the roadway where the marchers would all be forced to walk over them, just as the Iranian regime had walked all over Obama in the extent of their dealings. Thousands of posters of the U.S. flag were handed out to be thrown on the ground and trampled, while actual American flags were burned and soiled.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Wasn’t Wasting Time
There were thousands of posters with a likeness of Trump on them also trampled, ripped to pieces and burned. Demonstrators hung likenesses of Trump in effigy while carrying banners emblazoned with “Death to America” on them. There were the classic, obligatory chants from the seething masses, such as “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.” Banners printed in English said “Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America” and others, no doubt aimed at the very vocal and violent American extreme leftists, stated “Thanks to American people for supporting Muslims.” Hundreds of thousands of marchers made their way toward the Azadi or “Freedom” monument for the main event at Azadi Square.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wasted no time in zeroing his sights in on President Trump, declaring that the new administration is “A problem.” He continued to the cheers of the jeering horde, “All of them should know that they must talk to the Iranian nation with respect and dignity,” promising “Our nation will strongly answer to any threat.” According to the ISNA news agency, Rouhani stated that Iranians will make the U.S. regret using threatening language, by making a threat of his own: “Anyone who speaks the language of threat to this nation, the Iranian nation will make him regret it.”
Will President Trump’s steering of this nation’s foreign policy back to one more representative of a Reaganesque “Peace Through Strength” philosophy actually wind up keeping the Iranian Islamic Mullahs in check and incapable of “going nuclear?” The gauntlet has been laid by the more traditionally ascribed leader of the “Axis of Evil.” How will Trump, an afore total political and governmental novice, fare among the trials and tribulations which will beset his journey?
One thing is for sure: at this rate, it won’t take long to find out …