November 20, 2019
I can’t keep up with all of the unrest popping up all over the world. This Iran thing looks to be the most extreme – if we can believe the reports that hundreds of people are being gunned down, that is.
Which, you know, let’s take with a grain of salt here.
At least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices, according to Amnesty International.
The human rights group made the allegation in a report released on Tuesday, citing “credible reports”.
Iranian officials have not made the death toll available since the unrest over a rise in prices began over the weekend.
Amnesty added that it believes “the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed”.
Well, let’s see those bodies then. Iran is not a hermit kingdom – you’ve got all sorts of international agencies crawling around Iran keeping check on their Human Rights Freedom Democracy ™ and their nuclear programs. So yeah, show me them bodies first.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have warned of “decisive” action if protests in the country continue after a least 100 banks, buildings and cars were torched, according to state media.
Internet has since been shut down across the country in a bid to stop protesters from sharing information and videos online, while police and anti-riot forces were deployed to quell the unrest.
Meanwhile, hard-liners in Iran suggested that those who lead violent protests will be executed by hanging as the unrest continues.
So here’s the thing about any riots that have to do with gas/fuel prices in Third World countries.
An increase in the price of fuel will have an increase on the price of food, but this is not mentioned in the news surrounding Iran, so we’re going to ignore this component for now because it doesn’t seem relevant.
Fuel prices affect the middle class and don’t affect the working class. Anytime you have fuel price protests, you know that it’s the middle class that’s behind it – because they can afford cars and poor people ride buses. I ride buses too, but that’s just to keep the other passengers safe, like Keanu Reeves does.
You know, just in case someone plants a bomb on the bus or something.
Selfless, I know.
Anyways, the middle class in all of these countries is causing a lot of trouble and will be the engine of the color revolutions going forward. See, more often than not, populist governments in the Third World prefer to rely on poor people for their votes – giving the population food subsidies and spending money on big public works and getting votes in exchange for that. It’s the same model in South America as it is in the Middle East, really.
The middle/educated class usually hates this and is almost always found in the opposition instead.
Now, they can’t win power through the ballot because they are outnumbered and they can’t win through popular revolt because they are despised – but they do have some tools and weapons that they can bring to bear against the government. See, the government needs the educated classes to run the country, and has a hard time making things work when these people are sabotaging things from the inside. Worse, the educated class is usually concentrated in the capital and it’s their kids who start rioting in the streets.
That means if the government shoots them, the country grinds to a halt. These aren’t peasants burning cafes in central Tehran, they’re under-employed college grads.
And of course, the educated classes have the money to afford cars, to riot in their spare time, to spend a semester abroad, to be recruited as an asset for the CIA during said semester and to get first-rate liberal educations that makes them hate their own country and agitate for the installment of a puppet foreign government.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
Solutions are out there – but I’m not giving them out for free. The Iranian government needs to start coughing up. We can have the Stormer A-Team deployed in Tehran with a whiteboard and a Dlive.tv account to start creating an alternative patriotic youth movement within 48 hours if necessary.
Hit me up, Rouhani. Time is ticking. You’ve got an Escape from Tehran situation brewing here.
Me, I flew the gullfire over Leningrad. So you know I know what I’m talking about.
Send me in before it’s too late, Boss.