In some ways, it was almost an instant replay of Egypt. Cell phones and text messages cut off, several websites had been shut down and tear gas was reportedly used. One difference, though, is that on Monday it was Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul saying that Iranian leaders ought to listen to the legitimate grievances of the people rather than Obama saying it, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
Though the demonstration allegedly started out peaceful, it was later in the day when a sizable crowd started to gather on Tehran’s University and Azadi Square that Iranian police and antiriot forces confronted protesters on the streets and told shop owners to shut their stores. Though Iranian leadership isn’t commenting, the article noted that, “The Fars News Agency, affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guards, reported that a ‘group of thugs’ commissioned by the U.S. and Israel had taken to the streets to cause riots. Fars News said protestors had shot and killed one person and injured several others.”
The revolutionaries are rioting in support of Egypt’s and Tunisia’s uprisings, as well as because of dissatisfaction with their own government and a belief that Ahmadinejad became president of Iran through fraudulent elections.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s take on the situation is that the Iranian government “over the last three weeks has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt, and now, when given the opportunity to afford their people the same rights…once again illustrate their true nature. We wish the opposition and the brave people in the streets across cities in Iran the same opportunity that they saw their Egyptian counterparts seize in the last week.”
It would be interesting to know if she and Washington would respond with the same amount of support for revolutionaries in the U.S. if demonstrations for the same reasons should occur here.
In what may be something of an eerie, prophetic warning and even an interesting turn-about, World Net Daily reported on Monday that Hamas is now insisting that the U.S. will soon be taking a tumble because of “the country’s ‘immorality,’ promotion of ‘open sexuality’ and political ‘injustice,’ argued Mahmoud al-Zahar, the chief of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.”
What makes it especially eerie is that on the very same day, Monday, “New Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker admitted he had to brief the state’s National Guard last week about potential unrest after union leaders expressed anger over his emergency budget proposal. That budget would effectively end collective bargaining rights for state workers in an effort to plug a $3.6 billion budget hole,” according to The Blaze.
Meanwhile, France is echoing the IMF’s demand to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. RTE News detailed on Monday that “France, as current head of the Group of 20 countries, will help the transition to a global financial system based on ‘several international currencies’, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said today. Lagarde, speaking ahead of a G20 finance ministers meeting in Paris on Friday and Saturday, said the world had to move on from the ‘non-monetary system’ it now has to one ‘based on several international currencies.'”
In light of all the amazing transitions that are taking place, one can only hope and pray that U.S. State House of Representatives’ Assemblyman Mike Morrell (CA-R) would be able to serve as a positive example for other state lawmakers. According to One News Now on Monday, he “has introduced an initiative that would require lawmakers in Sacramento to read an excerpt from the Constitution each day and to begin new floor sessions with a recitation of the entire Declaration of Independence.”
Morrell explained that, “It’s sort of our pathway, our guiding light to keep us to limit the power that government has over us as we represent citizens, because we were reminded that as government expands, liberty contracts, and freedom and prosperity soon cease to exist.”
As conservatives nationwide rediscover the amazing system of checks and balances originally built into America’s Constitution that have been designed to prevent the oppression of American citizens and bless them with freedom, perhaps they will also rediscover The Guiding Light that moved so amazingly through the Founding Fathers. That Guiding Light’s influence is desperately needed in these dark and parlous times for the survival and future of this nation.