The Iranian people have risen up once again against the theocratic regime that has brought nothing but misery for over four decades. This week alone, Iran entered its second week of massive nationwide protests while Iranian-Americans showed up in huge numbers to protest Tehran’s President Ebrahim Raisi’s presence at the United Nations in New York.
All signs point to the advent of a historic sea change in Iran and it behooves the international community to respond in kind.
On September 13, a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, was violently arrested by the regime’s “Morality Patrol” for not adhering to the clerical regime’s veiling laws. After being severely beaten, she fell into a coma and lost her life three days later.
This was the spark that ignited a powder keg of huge pent up social disenchantment resulting from state suppression, violation of women’s rights, rampant poverty, spiraling living costs, a rock-bottom economy, and a palpable lack of prospects for a decent future for the growing ranks of younger generations.
The protests started in western Iran, Mahsa’s primary residence, almost immediately after the news of her death broke. By the third day, the uprising began to bleed into neighboring provinces and beyond, including the outskirts