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DavidV

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The latest hacking incident by anti-regime activists:
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https://twitter.com/AlirezaNader/status/1004485501422919681
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A petition regarding Iran and the monarchy:

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-we-undersigned-pledge-to-the-above-principles-%DA%A9%D9%85%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%86-%DA%86%D9%86%DA%86-%D8%B1%DA%98%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87?recruiter=877112548&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition
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I think this might go well here. It's a thoughful piece about, on the one hand, the folly of idealism in foreign policy, whether liberal or neoconservative, and, on the other, how foreign policy realists shouldn't lose sight of morality completely:

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-foreign-policy-realism-isnt-enough/

"Idealism in foreign policy is, by definition, the pursuit of a dreamy vision of a better world that does not seriously ask whether the ideal is actually compatible with reality. Illusions set idealists up for terrible surprises. Addressing problems through, for example, the lens of Fukuyama-style Hegelian idealism, according to which the world is inexorably progressing toward liberal democratic values, would in today’s world be not only absurd but dangerous....

....Yet for all their sagacity, realist thinkers are not without their problems either. They tend to deny the moral nature of human beings and the role that this may play in world events. Because they have seen the great danger of moralistic idealism in foreign policy, they sometimes don’t think morality should be considered at all. Realist theory has a cold, inhumane quality that makes it inattentive to the moral dimension of human existence....

.....Ironically, it may be the work of Henry Kissinger that can show realists an intellectual path toward restoring a sense of morality in foreign policy.

For Kissinger, peace depends upon “a system of independent states refraining from interference in each other’s domestic affairs and checking each other’s ambitions through a general equilibrium of power.” The Peace of Westphalia and, to some degree, the Congress of Vienna embodied such an arrangement, offering the lesson that balance-of-power theory is indispensable in analyzing world events.

However, Kissinger was intellectually astute enough to recognize that, in order to create and maintain this equilibrium of power, something more than a mechanical balance is required: enlightened statesmen. Kissinger states explicitly that balance-of-power “does not in itself secure peace.” If world leaders refuse to play by Westphalian rules, the system will break down. He warns of the rise of radical Islamists, for example, who refuse to think in Westphalian terms.

Kissinger also says that enlightened leaders must not only recognize the realities of power politics and the hard Machiavellian truths of international competition, but possess a certain moral quality that he calls “restraint.” Without a willingness to restrain themselves and to act dispassionately, world leaders will be incapable of building an international order. When facing difficult challenges, enlightened diplomats and statesmen must have the moral courage to accept certain “limits of permissible action.” Implicit in Kissinger’s thought is that morality, though of a realistic kind, is essential in foreign policy. Only statesmen of a certain temperament and moral character can support the Westphalian model."

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Well the Congress of Vienna was all about bringing back some order after Napoleon's depredations. And for a century it worked, more or less, by restoring most monarchies to their rightful place. Which would be consistent with what we've been trying to achieve here.
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A good piece by Majid Rafizadeh on the Islamist mentality, and how the victim mentality of Muslims in the West plays into it:
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12390/anti-west-imam
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European governments' indifference on Iran betrays their lack of moral compass:

http://theconservative.online/article/for_european_action_on_iran_look_beyond_berlin
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A politically-motivated execution once more:

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/06/18/Iran-executes-Sufi-opposition-member-accused-of-running-over-police-officers-.html
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Security Studies Group offers its take:
https://securitystudies.org/game-iran-deal-mullahs/

Mike Pompeo offers his view on Iran's barbaric treatment of dissent:
https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1009900695246524416
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Amir Taheri's latest article:
https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1309216/exclusive-how-tehran-lobbyists-mislead-opinion-west

Some inspiring scenes in Tehran:
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1011186728361775105


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Tehran has been hit by a wave of protests. Foreign media are not reporting accurately on the extent and causes, but social media is:
https://usa.spectator.co.uk/2018/06/todays-protests-in-iran-suggest-revolution-is-brewing/
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1011516618223046656
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1011358220324147205
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1011357762943676416
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1011312688750874624

DavidV

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The regime's inhumanity reveals in threats to kill protesters:
https://twitter.com/KJTorrance/status/1011780680466993152

Regime change becomes a more realistic prospect:
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/the_specter_of_revolution_haunts_the_mullahs_in_tehran.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-signals-zero-tolerance-on-future-iran-oil-exports-1530028859
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In the south-west Iranian city of Khorramshahr, protests have exploded and are now facing brutal repression:
https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1013121043437965312

The south-west of the country is where a great part of Iran's oil wealth is found. Yet its people are enduring continuous hardships including water shortages.

 
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https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/06/25/iran-protesters-chant-death-palestine-tehrans-grand-bazaar/

One of the extraordinary things to come out of the Iran protests were anti-Palestinian chants. And why? Because the regime has made a hatred of Israel and the West the cornerstone of its existence, because they have squandered resources on the Palestinian cause, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe cancels a planned visit to Iran, a sign of the regime's growing isolation:
https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2018/07/04/Japan-PM-cancels-visit-to-Tehran.html
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http://thehill.com/opinion/international/395625-iran-is-unsteady-on-the-inside-time-for-the-us-to-squeeze-from-the

http://www.melaniephillips.com/iran-opportunity-european-infamy/

Ultimately it is the Iranian people who will decide the future of the country, and the sort of regime that will replace the Islamic Republic. They may ultimately decide to restore the monarchy, as monarchists and nationalists are at the forefront of the wide and varied resistance movement.

The movement on one hand has organisation and visibly figures to rally around, which sets it apart from other regime change movements in the region. On the other hand, it appears a sporadic, grassroots protest movement without centralised leadership.
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