Iran: Capitalizing on Idlib, Betraying its Citizens
Iranian forces appear upbeat as they prepare to attack the remnants of resistance to the Assad regime in Syria. Assuming the tasks and rewards of becoming a regional hegemon in the Middle East, Iran has become the most important ally of China and Russia. Some believe the Iranians are assuming logistical control in directing the attack against anti-Assad forces in Idlib, Syria.
As it embedded its own influence and power structure among Shi’a groups in Iraq, Iran has done the same with Baathist supporters in Syria. On the wars in Syria and Iraq, Iran is China and Russia’s key operative, mobilizing the IRGC, Hezbollah, and militant Shi’ite proxies on the Arabian subcontinent.
Aided by funds awarded in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran, specifically the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is backing terrorism and militant Islamist operations in Yemen, Syria, and Gaza. Hezbollah is firmly ensconced in Lebanon and has been struck by the Israelis on repeated occasions for amassing troops in the Golan Heights.
Iran seeks to aid China in its Belt-Road Initiative, constructing a railroad connecting Iran with Syrian ports on the Mediterranean. As Russia and Iran assist the Assad regime in reasserting control in Syria, Iran suggests that its private sector companies assist in the rebuilding of Syria. In addition, it plans to assist in revamping Syria’s military.
However, due to government corruption on the part of the Rouhani regime and the IRGC, in addition to U.S. sanctions, Iran’s economy is faltering. The sanctions have hampered advances of Iranian ballistics, the Quds Force, Hizballah, and shell companies financing these entities. Since last year, the Rial has devalued by nearly 70-percent and is currently at an all-time low.
India, the second largest consumer of Iranian oil has decided to drastically reduce consumption of oil from Iran. To further disable groups like Hezbollah and IRGC from funding militant and illegal activity near U.S. allies, some in the Senate have recommended taking Iran off the SWIFT banking network.
U.S. lawmakers are devising legislation to address growing Iranian control in Iraq, including identifying and sanctioning groups linked to the IRGC. Iraq may become an albatross for Iran. Recently, five days of demonstrations in Basra, Iraq have resulted in the Iranian consulate building, and a Russian-managed oil facility being vandalized and set on fire. If Iran presses the Abadi regime too hard, ISIS may reemerge. Sunni radicals in Iraq became militarized after the Maliki regime marginalized the Sunni power structure in Iraq.
Although the U.S. is adamant about sanctioning Iran for violating the JCPOA, and its use of proxies to support terrorism and embolden Western enemies, many in the West are ambivalent on sanctioning Iran. Germany stands in support of the JCPOA, giving Iran a financial support package of approximately $21 million.
Nevertheless, many Iranians are up in arms. Devaluation of the Rial has driven up the cost of food and other basic needs, including diapers, and other sanitary products. Despite many protesters remaining in custody from largescale protests in December and January, Iranians resumed protests in June. Although U.S. sanctions are virtually paralyzing Iranian oil distribution worldwide, the Rouhani regime threatens to increase nuclear proliferation.
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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