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Rumblings in Iran

Jan 02,2018 - Last updated at Jan 02,2018

Thousands of Iranians took to the streets recently in Tehran and other Iranian cities to show their dissatisfaction with the Iranian government's handling of the economy. 

To be sure, Iranian demonstrators have a multitude of complaints against the Iranian establishment over other issues as well, but for the time being, high unemployment and rising cost of living appear to be the main bones of contentions for the demonstrators. 

The underlying factors that led to the many days of widespread demonstrations though could be deeper and include the fatigue with theocratic regime in the country that came to power in April of 1979 when the Pahlavi dynasty under Shah Mohammad Reza was overthrown by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini aided and abetted by a widespread populist movement.  

After so many decades of authoritarian rule though, it looks like the people of the country may have wanted a change of direction in their country. 

The adventurous policies of the ruling regime aiming to extend the hegemony of the Shiite order across the Middle East, most noticeably in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, led Tehran to deploy thousands and thousands of its military personnel including the so-called Revolutionary Guard militias across several fronts in the region. 

This was done at the expense of the national economy and other national priorities when huge amounts of money were diverted to prosecute regional objectives. 

What counts most, though, is the absence of a progressive democratisation policy that is able to faithfully reflect the mood of the country in modern times. 

The rumblings on the streets of Iranian cities can be expected to subside in the upcoming days when the message of the demonstrators is heard loud and clear by the authorities. 

 

A stable Iran is a regional concern that must not be allowed to get undermined, especially in these troubling times in the area. 

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Dear Sir, This statement "A stable Iran is a regional concern that must not be allowed to get undermined, especially in these troubling times in the area." is quite a loaded one, if it is meant as a form of support for the clerical regime to use an iron fist to crush the demonstrator whose demand is freedom and better economic opportunities, both failures by the current regime of the Ayatollahs.
The world is watching and hearing the slogans of the demonstrators: they are clear calls for a fundamental change -- BEYOND the CURRENT REGIME! The people of Iran are declaring their rejection of the "Islamic Republic," seeking its removal and replacement by a representative system of government.
Your opinion piece partially recognizes the plight of the Iranian people, stopping short however at calling it what it is.
Indeed, as you suggest, "the rumblings on the streets of Iranian cities can be expected to subside in the upcoming days" but NOT because the demonstrators will be heard loud and clear by the authorities, but because, in all likelihood, the "authorities will seek to save their skin be crushed the people, no thanks to those who would rather see short-term "stability" as in the "status quo," as opposed to long-term progress and modernity through a new democratic government by the Iranian people.

THE DRUM OF ANARCHY IS BEATING AGAIN. NO MATTER WHAT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THIS OR EVEN DIRECTLY / INDIRECTLY INSITING THIS, THEY MUST REMEMBER HOW THE ARAB SPRING TURNED THE ECONOMIC GROWTH, PEACE AND STABILITY
OF THAT REGION BACKWARDS. IS THIS THE DESTINY OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT REGION OR JUST A MECHANISM TO DIVID THE
ARAB WORLD? LIKE IRAN OR NOT, CREATING CHAOS IN IRAN WILL BENEFIT NO ONE OR COUNTRY IN THAT REGION. WHAT IS
HAPPENING IN IRAN TODAY IS ALARMING AND ANY SENSIBLE AND REASONABLE PERSON SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT INFECTIOUS
DISEASES KNOWS NO BARDERS. LAST TIME, IT WAS EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ AND SO ON AND TODAY, IT IS ONCE AGAIN BREWING AND WHO WILL BE NEXT. MEANWHILE, WE ALL SAW WHAT CHAOS CAN BRING. IT IS TIME FOR THE REGION TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE IN PEACE.

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