The mullahs continue to isolate themselves from everyone with every move they make–from the West, from Arab neighbors and from the Iranian people.
–How did they expect to get away with this or keep it a secret?
–Who will get most ticked off by this news?
–Why won’t denials work?
–How rapidly will this report spread given the well-earned Iranophobia that already exists among almost neighbors? (The latter refers to local attitudes toward an ambitious regime and its tactics, not toward Iran’s people).
Like the British embassy attack or the effort to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington and kill a few dozen Americans in the process, the arrogant mullahs have made another boneheaded move. Here is a lnk to this story:
THE ARABS WILL BE TICKED OFF:
Neighbors already have so many grievances against the aggressive mullahs who constantly attempt to create new Hezbollahs everywhere. They also deeply upset by the Washington plot. And now there is this. Do you doubt Arab leaders will find the story credible in the context. of the regime’s other aggressive regional schemes, like the interception of weapons and capture of Al Quds trainers on the way to Yemen?
THE SYRIAN PEOPLE WILL BE TICKED OFF:
The story will spread rapidly and undermine Assad further. When Assad is gone, the Syrian people won’t forget the mullah’s treachery.
THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WILL BE TICKED OFF:
This special obstacle–this “We’ll help you if you help us” mutual assistance program the mullahs and their nearby surrogates in neighboring countries seem to have when they run in to trouble–is what creates special problems for Iranians seeking freedom and human rights, problems that most Arab Spring demonstrators don’t face except in Syria and eventually Lebanon and Iraq.
Iranians have long suspected, based on his known tendencies and past history, that Khamenei used imported Hezbollah types from Lebanon to stomp his people and enable the regime’s survival after rigging the election. They and his well-paid Basilj are ideal for such distasteful tasks that might alienate regular troops and lead to defections. I’d say the real surprise would be if he failed to use such imports against the Irnian people. Consider his pattern of sending or using similar types, along with weapons and trainers) to crush neighbors who would prefer not to suffer radical Islamist rule. The mullahs have done so in Iraq, Afghanistan, yemen, on as well as parts of Africa.
Hence, this report from a Syrian Army defector tends to confirm exactly what Iranians long have suspected. The more unpopular Iran’s mullahs become, the more such assistance they are likely to call upon. In turn, their own security forces become less dependable, much like Assad’s counterparts who despise such “imported help” and see in it one more motive for defection.
WHY ALL MULLAH DENIALS WILL FALL ON DEAF EARS
The FSA needs to capture a few of Khamenei’s “voluteers” and ship them off to Turkey for exposure on world media.
Khenenei’s regime has a public relations problem. It has been caught on camera and on blogs committing so many shameful and public crimes that no one believes anything from this regime anymore. The best example of such idiocy is how, after murdering a now famous female demonstrator, hard line mullah rulers ordered their media spread six incompatible but “true” stories lies about “who did it’–even blaming fellow protestors and her finance or suggesting suicide.
In the meantime Khamenei dispatched the usual thugs to beat up on the family, discourage a funeral and go after any mourners then and since. Attacks on families and funerals are a standard practice under these ruling “holy men,” these high models of moral behavior. No wonder this regime and its leaders are so deeply loved inside and outside the country.