Rescue workers carry the body of a victim of a Ukrainian plane crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off from the Iranian capital’s main airport, turning farmland on the outskirts of Tehran into fields of flaming debris and killing all on board. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Things are getting worse in Iran, as multi-days of massive protests against the regime are taking place. Many of these center around Iran’s shooting down of a civilian airliner and their forced glorification of Qassem Soleimani, the former #2 that President Trump ordered taken out.
It was only a matter of time before the Mullahs responded and reports of violence breaking out are starting to flood in. Live ammunition, tear gas, and beatings have been posted on social media. There are also reports of deaths, including this video showing a woman who was shot by a shotgun.
WARNING: while the video doesn’t show the moment the woman is shot, the video is graphic. I feel it’s important for this stuff to be exposed to the light so people can stop obfuscating about what’s actually going on.
Watch this #Basij terrorist who used his shot-gun to kill an innocent woman who was protesting against #Iran's Islamic Regime over shot-down of Flight #PS752 by #IRGC. This terrorist is a #Basij militiaman, one of hundreds who are deployed to streets of #Tehran to kill protesters pic.twitter.com/0pv8K81LQE
— Babak Taghvaee – Μπάπακ Τακβαίε – بابک تقوایی (@BabakTaghvaee) January 12, 2020
The above Twitter account was at the forefront of leaking pictures of the Ukrainian 737 shoot down from inside Iran and I trust it as a source for further information.
The man seen running at the beginning is a member of the Basij Militia, which is a pro-Islamist, pro-Mullah group that serves as an enforcer within the country. Khomeini is actually the founder of the group and used it as part of the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
Here’s another video showing the use of live rounds by IRCG thugs.
When you see videos like this, it makes the contrast of responses even more stark. People are being gunned down, beaten, and imprisoned for simply standing against an oppressive Islamist dictatorship. The least Americans can do is stand with them in our rhetoric.
Instead, we’ve seen not a single 2020 Democrat aside from Joe Biden even offer tepid support. Leaders like Nancy Pelosi have spent their time making false equivocations and obfuscating from offering support (see Nancy Pelosi’s Response to the Iranian Protests is Absolutely Disgusting).
If there was any question left about whether the Democratic party has the fortitude and ability to steer American foreign policy, their latest machinations involving Iran answer it completely. They are so beholden to their partisanship that they’ll not only stick their fingers in their ears over atrocities like this, but they’ll actively shill for the regime.