This weekend, Iran erupted in protests over the downing of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 on Wednesday morning, which claimed the lives of 176 people. Initially, the Iranian regime had denied any wrongdoing in the plane’s suspicious crash, but Tehran has since admitted that it its military mistakenly shot down the plane with an antiaircraft missile. As a result of the confession, hundreds of Iranians took to the street in protest on Saturday, demanding that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down.
Late afternoon on Saturday, President Trump tweeted in Farsi in support of the protesters, the tweet roughly translating to “To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you. We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.” According to Saeed Ghasseminejad, a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, President Trump’s Farsi tweet was the most-liked Persian tweet in Twitter’s history.
This tweet by @realDonaldTrump with more than 100k likes is already the most liked Persian tweet in the history of Twitter. A strong show of support by Iranians for Trump's Iran policy, something the MSM does not and will not report. https://t.co/4tZ0IgDZmx
— Saeed Ghasseminejad (@SGhasseminejad) January 11, 2020
Whether it’s antisemitism or the oppression of the Iranian people, the left has no interest in drawing attention to any issue unless the problem can be attributed to President Trump. Furthermore, those on the left likely feel uneasy about the protests in Iran, as they are left scrambling to explain how President Obama’s crowning foreign policy achievement known as the Iran Deal could have possibly devolved into such a chaotic and murderous mess.
Admitting the righteousness of the Iranian demonstrators means admitting the wholesale malignancy of the very actors President Obama empowered. And given the partisan hackery that has infected most corners of the political realm, such a statement would be deeply uncomfortable.
Nothing showcases the gap in moral clarity between the American left and the Iranian people more than the attribution gymnastics Democrats and the media engaged in when addressing Flight 752. As I noted here, various prominent figures on the left and in the media have rushed to blame President Trump for the plane crash, desperately seizing on any opportunity to pin Trump. Meanwhile, protesters in Iran, despite limited access to information beyond state-controlled outlets, continue to offer a full-throated condemnation of the Iranian regime, laying blame for the crash squarely (and rightfully) on Khomeini. A recent video here shows university students in Tehran refusing to walk on the American and Israeli flags.
As noted earlier, these protests have been unfolding for months, and Trump has an opportunity to get right what Obama got so inexorably wrong. As our media and the larger left parrot Tehran talking points about the regime’s violence in the region, I encourage readers to question the “reporting” and “analysis” of U,S. national security elites, who have become infected with an insatiable need to protect Obama’s legacy at all costs.
These aren’t serious individuals. As their grandstanding over the past few weeks, masked as “concern” for the future of Iran, has demonstrated, they aren’t interested in providing any semblance of moral clarity. They’re just obsessed with Trump.
Iranian people, even with an oppressive regime and limited access to free media, show far more moral clarity than some in the west who have unlimited access to information. https://t.co/TpBSXCZcwo
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) January 12, 2020
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) January 12, 2020