After the re-enforcement of US sanctions against Iran, the regime has been facing crises from all directions.
By examining some of these developments, it can be seen that, despite the claims of its leaders that if they can tolerate the conditions, they can wait out the difficulties and sanctions, time is not on the side of the Iranian regime.
The unexpected impact of sanctions
The Trump administration has threatened to impose secondary sanctions against any company that trades with Iran if its European allies do not join US sanctions.
John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, in his recent trip to Israel, said that re-imposed sanctions on Iran have been more effective than expected.
This shows that the international community, and specifically the United States, do not have a comprehensive and correct picture of the Iranian regime’s economic situation and the regime’s lack of legitimacy from the standpoint of the Iranian people.
It’s important to note here that a number of mainstream media that are against a tough stance on Iran, such as CNN and the Washington Post, try to use misleading information to show that sanctions have led to the daily problems and social calamities Iranians suffer from. They are obviously letting the real culprit off the hook. They fail to mention that the regime has for the past 40 years looted all the wealth of the Iranian people and that poverty in Iran did not start with the sanctions.
In an article dated August 23, the Washington Post assumes that the Iranian people share the same sentiment as the regime and claims that they feel “isolated” from the sanctions.
Suffice it to say that the people have in the past eight months chanted during protests clearly making it known that “Our enemy is right here; they lie when they say it’s America”.
The regime’s vain attempts at saber rattling
One of the measures of the Rouhani government in demonstrating its “power” was the unveiling of the Kowsar Fighter Jet. A move that was ridiculed by the media and military experts.
Some considered it a bluff while others said it was some kind of a deception since the fighter jet was the exact replica of an old American model from the 80’s.
It’s clear that the Iranian regime desperately needs such “shows” as a means of deception; not to intimidate the US or its allies of course, but to boost the morale of its forces, namely the Basij Paramilitary Forces and the Revolutionary Guards Corps. Government forces are very concerned about the future of the Iranian regime with numerous reports circulating on social media showing military forces putting down their arms and refusing to fight for the regime.
The revelation of terrorism and Iran’s spies activism abroad
Earlier this week, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar, 38, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, were accused of acting as agents of the Iranian regime in the United States, tasked with spying on the MEK among other things.
They were arrested at a time when the US government had resumed sanctions against Iran to deprive Tehran of the money it needs to finance terrorism and fund its missile program and its forces in Yemen and Syria.
After that, Facebook, Twitter and Google closed down a number of accounts engaged with calculated misinformation campaigns for Iran and Russia. Google stressed that the accounts that it “identified and terminated” belonged to the IRIB, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
The IRIB is the only organization in Iran that has the legal right to broadcast television programs. The organization plays a major role in promoting the regressive ideology of the regime and its hostility towards the West namely the US. It also spreads pro-war propaganda trying to justify the regime’s actions in Yemen and Syria. Fortunately, the IRIB is very unpopular among the Iranian people and during protests, people were heard chanting, “our disgrace is the IRIB”