The Trump Administration recently made another move to apply further pressure on the Iranian regime. On the 35th anniversary of Hezbollah’s truck bombing attack on a barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 241 U.S. soldiers, President Trump signed off on new sanctions on the terrorist organization.
Hezbollah — which serves as a militia for Iran — is one of the most powerful Islamic terrorist groups in the world. Over the past decade, it has increased its influence throughout the Middle East in large part because of the failure of the Obama Administration to curb Hezbollah’s activities.
President Trump Announces New Sanctions
The latest sanctions on Hezbollah are the second imposed this year. They are part of an overall strategy to attack the terrorist group’s ability to bolster funding for its worldwide operations. After signing the legislation — which was co-authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — President Trump referenced the 1983 attack on U.S. soldiers. “It was the single deadliest day for the Marines since Iwo Jima,” he said. “The attack was carried out by Hezbollah, which Iran was instrumental in founding earlier to advance its radical agenda and remains its main patron today.”
The signing ceremony was attended by Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and survivors of the Beirut attack.
After pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, the White House reimposed the economic sanctions on Tehran that had been in place previously. This action comes before new sanctions are expected to take effect in November. These restrictions will apply to Iran’s oil industry and may block another source of revenue for the regime.
The people of Iran have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with their government.
The sanctions that were applied previously targeted Iran’s automobile trade as well as precious metals, placing enormous pressure on the country’s economy. “They are rioting in their streets, their money has collapsed, their lives are a lot different,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you what, they are not the same country they were when I took office.”
Will There Be an Iranian Uprising?
The people of Iran have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with their government, and their anger has motivated a number of protests. These demonstrations were not without incident. Protesters set police vehicles on fire and burned tires while shouting “Mullahs get lost!” and “Death to the dictator!” One of the protesters was shot and killed during the event.
With growing unemployment and poverty, there likely will be more protests against Tehran, which has not found a way to address the economic issues plaguing the country. The enmity toward the Islamic government originated from the time of the 1970s Iranian revolution, which propelled Ayatollah Khamenei to power. During that time, the regime made sweeping promises of employment and educational opportunities, freedom of speech, and a better quality of life. After 39 years, the citizenry appears to be losing faith in the government.
The Iran nuclear deal benefited the country’s economy because it removed some of the harsher sanctions on the regime. However, this boost was not enough to solve the nation’s economic woes. Now that Trump is reimposing these sanctions, life will get harder for the people, which may inflame tensions further. When Trump first reinstated the restrictions, Iran’s currency was devalued by about 40%. To make matters worse, the nation is enduring a debilitating drought, which has prevented hydropower plants from producing electricity.
Despite the fact that Iranians are no longer happy with their government, it may be some time before the people rise up against their leaders. While the mullahs’ power is weakening, they still maintain a firm grasp. However, it is possible that President Trump’s harsh approach will cause enough disarray to the regime that it will be easier for the citizens to overthrow it. While such resistance undoubtedly will result in many deaths, the ousting of the mullahs could bring about a better life for the Iranian people and a more peaceful the Middle East
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