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Iran got Reagan elected in 1980, Will they get Trump fired in 2020?

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Jimmy Carter's foolish and feckless opposition to the Iranian Islamic Revolution was perhaps the single-most important reason he was not re-elected in 1980. Nearly 40 years later, Donald Trump is on the brink of allowing Iran to decide yet another US presidential election.

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The Pahlavi dynasty was popularly overthrown in February 1979, just as monarchy was deposed in Russia's "February Revolution" in 1917. Carter's decision to harbor the royal criminal/US puppet Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was the main spark behind Iran's incredible occupation of the US embassy in November 1979. That was the "real" Iranian Islamic Revolution, because ending monarchy is a rather common historical occurrence (but certainly not common enough in the Muslim and Western worlds). Iran's historical pathway thus parallels the "real revolution" in 1917 Russia, which actually occurred later that year and is known as the "October Revolution":the near-bloodless acceptance of the mantle of leadership by the Bolshevik Party. That also created a system which was wholly unique (revolutionary), and which went beyond the mere ending of monarchy.

Let's remember why the occupation of the US embassy was so very "incredible" a similar long-term, popularly-supported occupation seems unthinkable today" and yet Honduras victimized by a coup orchestrated by Hillary Clinton in 2009 - set fire to the entrance of their US embassy in late May. That incident was hushed up by the Western Mainstream Media, of course, but it was impossible to cover-up the 444-day embassy occupation. It was such a face-losing event for Carter and his team of Iranophobes that the anti-imperialist event was the primary cause of Ronald Reagan's election.

Reagan proved to be no friend to Iran - even though they helped him get a job because Iranophobia, Islamophobia, and neo-imperialist doctrines reach across decades in Washington, far outstretching any one- or two-term president. Indeed, this constant policy of opposition to Muslim Democracy is why it is foolish to talk of "Trump pulling out of the JCPOA" rather, it was "Washington" which broke the law unilaterally" again.

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Trump's belligerence, missteps and fascistic stances now have him looking a lot like Carter.

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With their claim of having made an "aborted attack" against Iran last week, the US now has one less card to play a "near attack" can only be followed a "real attack", lest Washington look like the weak boy who falsely cried wolf. With their sanctions this week on Leader Ali Khamenei, they also now have one less person who will agree to sit at the card table.

The democratic structures of modern Iranian democracy are not complex but they are two things: unique (revolutionary) and totally under-reported in the West. Because there are checks and balances in Iranian democracy, the post (the branch, really) of the Supreme Leader must agree to major diplomatic talks proposed by legislative or executive branch politicians. Alienate the post of the Leader with laughable sanctions and he certainly laughs last at you: you will never negotiate anything serious with Iran.

But Washington has not alienated just one branch of Iran's government recently: also sanctioning the Revolutionary Guards, upcoming sanctions on a foreign minister (Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif) who had done all he could to further peace and diplomacy for years, an "aborted attack", illegal drone incursions getting shot down by Iran, $0 in oil sales and that is just the past two months! Combined with the illegal reneging on the JCPOA, pushing European signatories to essentially renege as well and sanctions on other countries simply for buying an Iranian carpet (which the world desperately needs more of),and it's clear that the US has alienated all of Iran.

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That is not hyperbole from an Iranian commentator on Iranian state media: even The New York Times reported this same widespread sentiment in a (rare non-Iranophobic) article titled, "Iran Greets Latest U.S. Sanctions With Mockery". They reported, in a surprisingly honest fashion: "An Iranian calling himself K. Jafari wrote in a widely circulated tweet: 'The only people left to sanction are me, my dad and our neighbor's kid. The foreign ministry should share Trump's phone number so we can call him and give him our names.'"

Therefore, Iranian officials recently saying that the path of diplomacy is now permanently closed is not reflecting just one key politician in Iran, but the apparent democratic majority of Iran.Unlike the US or Europe, Iranian policies actually reflect the democratic majority.

Washington has made suspending diplomatic efforts with the US seemingly a democratic necessity for top Iranian politicians, and that could make Trump a one-term president.

The closure of diplomatic talks necessarily implies war logically, if you reject the former you are only left with the latter. However, all-out war is impossible: Iran refuses it, and after 40 years of good governance, massive redistribution of oil wealth and vast defensive preparations, Iran is impossible to invade and also has scores of millions of willing defenders.

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Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has (more...)
 

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Why would anybody ever trust a deal with the US? The world is going to abandon the dollar more too, which will hurt US consumers, along with the tariffs. Tariffs are a tax on consumers, not on China or Mexico.

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Iran needs to hire a PR firm. The mainstream media almost never reports their position or response. I have even heard people on the msm question "why is Iran so quiet?"---as if that is an admission of guilt.

Of course my brother-in-law only watches Fox about 8 hours a day, and has no clue what this is all about. He actually thinks Iran attacked the tankers (lol).

Of course they do respond, as this report from Ramin show. Press TV has asked him to step up on his reporting on the US provocations, per this report.

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Here below is what appears to be a robot that can only repeat State Dept talking point. Rick Sanchez does a lightweight pushback. This just goes to show how phony the cause of US hostility toward Iran is.

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The unpatriotic, immoral, unethical Ronald Reagan and his band of most convicted Felons and others to operate the White House; met with Iran and agreed to them to hold the hostages till after the election, then Reagan would unfreeze Iranian held assets. If Carter's hostage rescue attempt had not met the weather and sabotage circumstance it had and brought the hostages back, he would have won re-election, but that was not the agenda made. Reagan would later sell weapons to Iran, as the Treason fomenting Iran-Contra weapons for cocaine scandal proved.

Now the Reagan War Criminals a part of the tRump administration have both their coup in Venezuela and accusations about Iran firing upon a Japanese bound tanker while Prime Minister Abe was in Iran not going to plan. About as successful as their lame attempt to overthrow Oretega of Nicaragua 40 years ago.

I would not put it past these chumps to create another False-Flag scenario in the USA and blame in on Iran in the near future, in order to kick-start their next illegal war in the M.E. It worked for the Reagan crew in the Bu$h Jr. administration and the PNAC 9/11.

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