To create the perception that Iran is unified in its hatred for Israel and America, it has unintentionally created the opposite. Iran has painted US and Israeli flags on walkways and stairs where they would need to be walked on, but Iranians are going out of their way to go around them.
The effect of this is layered. In the pursuit of forced protest to strengthen their hand, the regime has not only activated a very visible counter-protest, but they have also covered their own country with the flags of their enemies.
There was a time – call it two weeks ago – when no one would have imagined the Iranian regime painting its territory over with the flags of the United States and Israel. Step back for a moment from the regime’s intent, which is to induce people to trample on the painted flags. What the regime is actually doing is obsessively painting those flags everywhere – on its own territory.
Is this dramatic or tragic irony? We won’t know until the latest round of protests comes to some conclusion. For now, Iran is at a crossroads.
The people appear ready to replace their tyrants with some other form of government. The tyrants, as is always the case, will fight to prevent that.
For our part, the President and Republicans have chosen to side with the people who long to be free, and the Democrats have planted themselves on the side of the tyrants.
As if that was any surprise.
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