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Let’s talk about a recent @TheNatlInterest piece written by @tparsi & @Azodiac83 accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of seeking war with #Iran.
nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/…
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“The Trump administration’s pressure strategy on Iran assumes that the Islamic Republic is standing on its last leg. The White House believes a gentle nudge will cause its collapse in the next few months.”
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This is @tparsi & @Azodiac83’s main concern& the main distress of all #Iran apologists/lobbyist.

Why?

Ever since the Dec/Jan uprising, protests have been continuing alongside strikes by people from all walks of life. Teachers, truck drivers, farmers…
english.alarabiya.net/en/features/20…
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The mission of @tparsi, @Azodiac83 & other #Iran apologist/lobbyists are to sell you this notion that a firm Iran policy will strengthen the “hardliners” and weaken the “moderates” in this regime.
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A look at #Iran’s so-called “moderates.”
Mir Hossein Mousavi, dubbed as “leader” of the so-called “Green Movement” during the 2009 uprising, was the mullahs’ prime minister in the 1980s when Khamenei (now supreme leader) was president. He supported continuing the war w/ #Iraq.
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In this image, the “moderate” Mousavi is seen delivering a speech in the regime’s parliament.

The sign behind him reads:

“War, War, Until Victory”
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Then we have former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, dubbed a “moderate” after the Iran-Iraq War.

However, during the final years of the Iran–Iraq War, Rafsanjani was Khomeini’s de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military.
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Rafsanjani also presided over the deadly “chain murders” in the 1990s & the regime's clandestine nuclear program.
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Then we have former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, who presided over the 1999 crackdown & advancing the mullahs’ drive towards nuclear weapons.
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Then we have the very “moderate” Hassan Rouhani.

- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council during the 1999 & 2009 crackdowns

- Presided over Dec/Jan crackdown
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@tparsi & @Azodiac83 argue:

“… hardliners in charge of Iran’s policies in Syria and Yemen have benefitted from Trump’s belligerence.”

Here’s the “moderate” Rouhani on Yemen.
nytimes.com/2017/11/08/wor…
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And here’s the “moderate” Rouhani on #Syria.
algemeiner.com/2018/06/12/rou…
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Moving on:

“In the process, the United States will incentivize other countries to develop alternative financial transaction systems in order to protect themselves from what increasingly will be viewed as illegal U.S. financial sanctions.”
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Europe’s much-vaunted “special-purpose vehicle” for trading around U.S. financial sanctions, announced last month, is expected to be little more than a glorified barter arrangement with limited scope.
wsj.com/articles/europ…
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"…a plan by European nations aimed at maintaining trade with Iran was unlikely to help…"
“The European payment mechanism doesn’t shield you if you use the U.S. financial system ... you can pay but don’t expect to be on their Christmas card list,”
reuters.com/article/us-oil…
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Officials have said they are watching such engineering attempts closely, although few economists and officials in Europe believe such efforts will offer Tehran much in the way of sanctuary from American penalties immediately.
nytimes.com/2018/10/11/us/…
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At the end of the day, Parsi & Co. are favorable to bowing before #Iran’s bullying, or in other words, returning to the weak Obama appeasement doctrine.

Here’s a reminder of the Obama years…
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For the record, no U.S. administration has ever finalized a crippling #Iran policy. Obama had the chance & could have demanded far more from Tehran.

Yet he caved in during in the 2015 nuclear talks, just as he caved in on his “red line” in Syria.
businessinsider.com/obama-red-line…
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Of course, @tparsi loved the Obama years…
freebeacon.com/national-secur…
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@tparsi is now showing his true colors by becoming the spokesperson of #Iran’s threats.

Notice how he doesn’t voice opposition to such violent measures by Iran’s regime, reminding readers about “Imperial Japan,” citing a former IRGC commander, and using the word “rational”…
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As always, the conclusion is yours to make.

Thanks for reading!

I leave you with this question:

Should the Trump continue their firm policy vis-à-vis #Iran’s regime?
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ADDENDUM:
I think this last thread has gotten some people in #Iran's regime really angry.
But their trolls are too dumb & they're all using the same posts in their replies.
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