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WASHINGTON, DC – Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says the Iranian regime has the advantage of guns, which it has used against the freedom-craving people of Iran over the last two weeks of protests and uprisings.
The “obvious advantage the regime has is, it has the gun,” Bolton said at a panel discussion hosted by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) at the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday.
Guns - Artesh - Police - Service - Sepah
Guns are restricted to the Iranian military (Artesh), high-level police, and the secret service (Sepah Pasdaran).
So far, media reports have indicated that at least 22 people were either shot dead by Iranian regime operatives or killed since protests began on December 28, in what is seen as the largest uprising since the 2009 “green revolution” took place. A young man reportedly died while held in prison after he was arrested for protesting.
Iran - Days - Point - History - Bolton
“What has just happened inside Iran the past 10 days is a turning point in history,” Bolton, who is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute said. “I think it’s very clear that these outpourings of popular opinion present a dagger pointed at the heart of its mullah’s regime. They have crossed an important line here.”
He noted that this movement is a much greater threat than the green movement of 2009 adding, “there is no set direction or coordination yet which has its pluses and minuses.”
Surprise - Iran - Government - Sign - Opposition
He said that, while it came as no surprise that Iran’s government did not fall at the first sign of opposition, the growing dissatisfaction over economics and human rights issues were part of the larger equation that will ultimately cause the regime to come tumbling down. Bolton said, “economic dissatisfaction is a major element of it; not the dissatisfaction that the media in New York think.” He added, “I think what...
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