President Trump responded Sunday night to some belligerent rhetoric from Iran by taking to Twitter and “yelling” in all capital letters that Iran was risking annihilation.
“To Iranian President Rouhani: Never ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before,” the president wrote, entirely in capital letters with the exception of the “greeting” to President Hassan Rouhani.
“We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death. Be cautious!” Mr. Trump concluded still in caps-lock mode, a gesture known in social media to be the equivalent of yelling in speech.
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President Trump was responding to reports that Mr. Rouhani had addressed the U.S. president at a gathering of Iranian diplomats with threats including “the mother of all wars.”
“Mr. Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the state Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” he said.
One other Middle East nation has threatened the U.S. with the “mother of all battles” before — Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
It was a mother of a battle for certain. A real mother for Saddam’s forces as they were reduced to drinking rainwater and eating grass as U.S. led forces relentlessly bombed Iraq for 30 days in a show of “Shock and Awe”, after which Iraqi soldiers were surrendering in droves, even to unarmed journalists.
Iranian lawmaker Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told The Associated Press that believes a military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is highly unlikely. He said Mr. Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani merely “express themselves through speeches since diplomatic channels are closed.” The two countries ended diplomatic relations in 1979.
All of this comes as the Iranian people have been holding protests across the nation against the repressive regime, and the nation appearing on the verge of collapse.
In signs of the imminent collapse, Iranian citizens have been protesting against the government constantly, and protests were quite frequent in 2017. Video below highlights 2018 protests in Tehran.
“The Iranian regime is already showing signs of economic and political collapse, although through the 40 years of its existence it has presented itself as a powerful regime that benefits from popular support, a prosperous economy despite the sanctions, comprehensive economic, technological and scientific capabilities and unprecedented military abilities,” explains the report by A. Savyon and Yigal Carmon.
avyon is the director of the group’s Iran Media Project, and Carmon is the MEMRI founder.
The nation not only has seen unprecedented demonstrations against its own government, but its currency, the rial, has been plunging, despite government efforts to prop it up.
“Trump’s May 2018 announcement about planned economic measures against Iran was enough to destabilize the country’s economy and cause resurgence, on May 26, 2018, of large-scale protests in central Tehran that lasted several days. In our assessment, even if the protests die down or are repressed by the regime for a while, they will eventually recur and intensify, because the Iranian regime can offer no solution for the economic crisis except by changing its regional and nuclear policies, i.e., by directing Iran’s national resources towards benefiting the Iranian people rather than promoting its goals outside the country.”
They explained that the renewed sanctions, including oil and banking sanctions, are scheduled to come into effect on Nov. 4, 2018.
“Only then will companies no longer be able to make transactions with Iran without incurring punitive measures by the U.S.,” the report said.
So, really, “there was no objective economic reason for the collapse of the Iranian currency four months before this date, especially considering that the European Union actively opposes Trump’s plans and is considering countermeasures to allow the Iranian regime to continue enjoying the economic privileges granted to Iran by the Obama administration,” the report said.
“Iranian officials likewise stress that there is no objective reason for the currency crash, and this is not inaccurate, since the crash apparently stems mainly from the Iranian public’s apprehensions. According to the officials, the protests and the public’s loss of confidence in the regime are the result of a plot by the Americans and the Zionists, who are employing psychological warfare against Iran since they are unable to confront it militarily,” they reported.
Among the chants at those demonstrations was “Death to the dictator.”
The regime, meanwhile, is staying its course, blaming “Americans and Zionists” for the nation’s declining strength.
“The officials stress that the regime has adequate reserves of foreign currency and stores of essential foods like oil and sugar, and urge the public not to panic. They also shift responsibility to the public itself by charging it to help the government overcome the currency crash,” the report explains.
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July 23rd, 2018