Iranian protesters have taken to the streets in a country where no one is allowed to speak ill of the government. Iran is not a democracy, and an uprising against the government is met with death. When Iran admitted to their mistake and miscalculations of hitting the Boeing 737 jet with one of their missiles during the attack last week on Iraqi bases housing American soldiers, it was the last straw for Iran’s citizens. The confrontations between America and Iran were tit for tat, but taking down a civilian plane, killing everyone on board, caused Iran’s people to rise up in protest against Iran’s Islamic regime.
Knowing that death is a punishment for protesters, President Trump sent out this warning on Twitter, “To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. The world and, more importantly, the USA is watching.” Iranians have no rights under the rule of Iran. Many are taught from a young age to chant, “Death to America.” These people have been brainwashed into believing we are the bad guys, but when they saw what was said on their local TV stations compared to what the truth is, they got angry. The cup overflowed when they found out the only deaths were those on board the jet, which was caught in the middle of the rocket’s path.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper was interviewed before President Trump sent out his tweet. He said Trump is still looking forward to talking with the leaders of Iran. Esper stated, “We’re willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country.”
Esper was asked, “And if something happened to the protesters?” His reply was, “The president has drawn no preconditions other than to say we’re willing to meet with the Iranian government.” This answer came before the President’s warning to the Iran government.
Much was discussed on the U.S.-Iran tensions, which skyrocketed after the beginning of the New Year. When Iran retaliated for the death of their top General Qasem Soleimani, it was hours later when one more rocket was fired off from an Iranian base that hit the plane, which departed from Tehran.
To add to the anger of the Iranian people, the Iranian government tried to cover up the missile attack but got caught in attempting to remove the evidence of the remanence of the missile. It was also reported that for a brief time, the British ambassador to Iran was arrested after the memorial service for the victims, which was held at Amir Kabir University. Mark Esper added in the interview, “I just think you see a very corrupt regime that the Iranian people are finally standing up and trying to hold them accountable.”
Esper was busy this past weekend with interviews with different show hosts. He told ABC’s “This Week,” They are reeling from their incompetence in this situation. And the people of Iran are just fed up with it.”
When asked about the attacks from Iran, he gave the impression for the time being there are no more planned attacks like the one last week. He stated, “We do not expect any further attacks. But if you look at what’s happening on the ground today, you have just yesterday in Tehran and other cities, Iranians chanting, ‘Death to the Ayatollah.'”
On another talk show from Sunday, Esper was interviewed with national security advisor Robert O’Brien. O’Brien explained the “Iranian regime was reeling from maximum pressure.” Both O’Brien and Esper defended the president and the information which they received, which led to the death of Soleimani. They both stated there were planned”imminent attacks on the U.S. troops and diplomats in the region.” President Trump released the information later in the week last week when the Democrats and the two Republicans would not shut up about the reasoning for the attack, which took out the known terrorist.
Whether or not an imminent attack was planned, the U.S. had a precise strike, and they took out a serious threat to not only America but the world. O’Brien went on an interview where he told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “We had exquisite intelligence, and the intelligence showed that they were looking at US facilities throughout the region and that they wanted to inflict casualties on American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, as well as diplomats. The threat was imminent. I saw the intelligence.”