• Tehran in Turmoil as ‘Cracks’ in the Regime’s Control Continue to Appear

    Surge Summary: Following the U.S. killing of Iranian terror-master Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the regime’s hold on its people may be waning — at least if some indicators on the ground are to be believed. 

    by Gary Bauer

    Protests against the Iranian regime are continuing, even amid reports of violent government oppression.  Yesterday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement putting Tehran on notice.  In the statement, I am quoted as saying:

    “I am deeply concerned for the welfare of religious minorities in Iran amid the government’s already violent response to the current protests.  The United States must closely monitor Iran’s treatment of religious minorities as protests continue and speak out strongly against any attempts to target these groups.

    There are additional cracks emerging, as a number of news anchors at official Iranian media outlets announced their resignations.  One journalist, Gelare Jabbari, posted on her Instagram account, “Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.”

    The Trump Administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran is clearly working.  For proof, look no further than this New York Times headline:  “Iran’s Grim Economy Limits Its Willingness To Confront The U.S.”  The article notes that Trump’s sanctions have decimated Iran’s economy, “which is now contracting at an alarming 9.5 percent annual rate.”

    Our European allies are also stepping up the pressure.  Reuters reports that Britain, France and Germany have “formally triggered the dispute mechanism in Iran’s nuclear deal,” accusing the regime of violating the terms of the 2015 deal.

    Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seemed open to replacing the Obama deal with a new “Trump deal” that actually prevents Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen Shot; the Telegraph; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r6jmLP3ukU

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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