The Iranian rebellion the world wants to ignore

Six hundred people have already been arrested and dozens killed. Civilians don’t stand a chance

If there is one lesson the world should have learned from Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’ of 2009 and the so-called Arab Spring that followed, it is this: the worst regimes stay. Rulers who are only averagely appalling (Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak) can be toppled by uprisings. Those who are willing to kill every one of their countrymen stay. So it is that after almost half a million dead we enter 2018 with Bashar al-Assad still President of Syria and with Iran’s mullahs approaching the 40th anniversary of their seizure of power in 1979.

  • Linda1000

    I’d say it’s up to the EU and Britain to do something for Iran. Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, etc. all have a quite a few billion in trade or import/export contacts with Iran.

    The big poobah Ayatollah has even had ex-President Ahmadinnerjacket arrested.

  • Brett_McS

    The number killed in public to date will be nothing compared to the number killed in private later. The Iranian government photographs the protesters, does nothing while the media attention is on them and then when things settle down goes after the protesters and their families, away from the cameras. That’s why a lot of the protests have switched to night time; to avoid the cameras.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I would like to see Trump tell the EU membership, “You can do business with Iran or you can do business with us, but not both. It’s your choice.”