President Donald Trump has ignited another media frenzy with his latest tweeted message to Iran. Taken as an isolated outburst, it may seem that Trump is letting anger get the best of him, yet what few are reporting is that there is a clear backstory that the public is not being told.
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Strong words indeed. But were they inappropriate?
There are four matters happening behind the scenes that are not being discussed. It is far easier, and fits the leftist agenda better, to state that Trump’s words exist in a vacuum – they don’t.
#1 Iran’s Weapons
Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s outward support of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (also known as The Iran Deal), German intelligence services have released a damning report suggesting that Iran is still attempting to manufacture weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
Reports from Germany state that Iran is seeking:
“Products and scientific know-how for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well [as] missile technology.”
“Regardless of the number of national and international sanctions and embargoes, countries like Iran, Pakistan and North Korea are making efforts to optimize corresponding technology.”
#2 Rouhani’s Words
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has been making threats of his own. On Sunday, July 22, just hours before Trump tweeted his latest Fire and Fury, Rouhani said to a meeting of Iranian diplomats:
“Mr. Trump don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret… America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests.”
Rouhani is thought to be referring to U.S. broadcasts that are going out in Iran to offer support (in Farsi) to those who are being imprisoned and persecuted by the regime.
#3 Unprecedented Persecution
Right now, in Iran, mass arrests, imprisonments, and curtailments of rights are taking place. Arrests for breaking “modesty laws,” public beatings, and “unusually cruel” executions have ignited a strike-back against the ruling regime.
During 2017’s protests, internet services were shut down and violence hit the streets of Tehran.
It is not only President Trump who uses Twitter to get his point across. A new hashtag is gaining momentum, #IslamicRegimeMustGo. Iranian people who are tired of living under oppression use this hashtag to give their reasons why they oppose the ruling government.
One Twitter user perhaps best encapsulated the feelings of these Iranian people with:
“I can barely name a terrorist group/organisation which is not supported by Iranian Regime… Thats why #IslamicRegimeMustGo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
#4 Major Terrorist Backer
Iran has been a big sponsor of terrorist organizations over the last few decades. While some could argue that various groups only fit the U.S. definition of a terrorist organization, many of the groups that receive funding are considered by all nations to be terrorists.
What good is an agreement not to produce WMDs if the money paid to Iran is funneled out to other groups that will make and use them?