WASHINGTON, January 3, 2018: The political right is ecstatic at the outbreak of demonstrations against Iran and its ruling Mullahs. President Trump’s tweets in support of the reform-minded protesters.
The political left, that is to say the disgraced and discredited members of the Obama administration, have urged the president to remain mum.
The right and the left are wrong.
The Arab Spring fiasco
Those supporting a Persian Spring are as wrong-headed as those, which included President Obama, who supported the Arab Spring in places like Egypt.
You may recall that the regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was toppled and replaced by the despotic and very democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi.
When democracy and dictatorship go hand in hand
Morsi, like Germany’s democratically-elected Adolf Hitler, granted himself unlimited powers, forcing Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stage a coup d’état as a means to pacify the democratic impulses of those unschooled in the ways of pluralistic, civil societies.
Here in America, the Constitution crafted by our wise Founders takes a dim view of democracy. The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights prohibits American democracy from quelling free speech and religious conscience, while the Second prevents democracy from disarming those who would protect their free-speech rights, along with others, by force of arms.
The deadly democratic failures of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama
In other words, democracy, whose furtherance in the Middle East was the hobby horse of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, has been an abject failure. It may be a slap in the face to multiculturalists to suggest the obvious, but some cultures are incapable of producing enlightened institutions that further individual liberty.
Stirring the Middle East cauldron
During the Iran/Iraq war, which killed an estimated 1.5 million people from 1982 to 1988, the Reagan administration and Israel provided weapons to both sides of the conflict.
Back then, the U.S. and Israel didn’t fantasize about pluralistic, democratic Islamic states. They certainly didn’t think such a fantasy was worth shedding the blood of their respective armed forces to bring about.
And now for a little chaos
The realpolitik of the Middle East requires Trump to see Iran’s internal troubles as an opportunity to dust off the policies of President Reagan to apply in today’s Iran.
Arm Iran’s disloyal opposition and let the sparks fly.
Trump should play both sides against the middle, keeping the Republican Guards busy quelling armed mobs and American-funded terror cells targeting its fascist clerics. And while they’re at it, hunt down and kill their nuclear scientists and sabotage its atomic program.
“The battlefield,” said Napoleon Bonaparte, “is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his and the enemies.”
It’s time to stir up bloody chaos inside the borders of one of the world’s greatest enemies to liberty, Iran.