Like his nutty North Korean counterpart, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is reacting to growing civilian protests in Iran with all the signs of Dictator Disorder: paranoia, disingenuousness, deceit, dishonesty, delusion, despotism and more.
With no sense of irony or self-awareness, he’s blaming “enemies of Iran” for the long-needed protests over economic conditions and foreign interventionism – otherwise known as terrorism. It’s the old despot song-and-dance: “It can’t be me. It’s them, right? I’ll crush them.”
We’re not sure, other than undisguised ruthlessness, how a government with so little consent of the governed has maintained its stranglehold this long.
Similar protests in 2009 died out – or, more accurately, were tragically massacred – when the Obama administration offered the revolutionaries little to no encouragement. And then Mr. Obama personally gifted the terrorists of Tehran with a windfall in the billions, providing their flimsy promise not to go nuclear for 10 years.
There’s a new U.S. attitude today and, we hope, more than that behind the scenes. We pray the good people of Iran can somehow rise up against the theocratic, deranged regime that is menacing the entire region and world. They deserve our support in doing so.