In March 2019, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota sparked considerable controversy when she appeared to dismiss the significance of the 9/11 attacks – characterizing them simply as that time “some people did something” and then going on to complain that the real crime was the alleged widespread discrimination against Muslims that resulted from 9/11.
Critics rightly pointed out that 9/11 was not an isolated incident caused by a small group of individuals; it was part and parcel of a worldwide campaign of terror carried out by Islamic extremists. A Muslim woman serving as a lawmaker, who would be killed in horrific fashion by these extremists for her multiple violations of their interpretation of the Koran, should, it was suggested be leading the charge against fanatics – not trivializing the significance of the worldwide struggle against them.
As distasteful as Omar’s remarks were, however, they may pale in comparison to the craven nature of Nancy Pelosi’s recent remarks about the massive anti-regime protests underway in Iran. When asked directly by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday (12 January) whether or not she supported the anti-regime demonstrations, Pelosi bobbed and weaved and evaded. She offered every explanation for the civil unrest other than the obvious one – that the Iranian people want regime change.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you support those protesters, and would it be a good thing if they brought the regime down?
PELOSI: Well, the regime — the protesters are — are protesting, as I understand it, this brand of protesters, about the fact that that plane went down. And many students were on that plane. And these are largely students in the street. I think the Iranians should have not had commercial flights going off when there was —
STEPHANOPOULOS: They’re calling out the regime for lying. They’re saying death to Khomeini as well.
PELOSI: Yes. Well, whatever it is.
But the fact is this, the — there were protesters in the streets before against the regime. After the taking out of Soleimani, there were protesters in the street, joined together, as you know, against us. But there are different reasons why people are in the street.
It’s just not that hard, Nancy.
You may have become so lost in your world of partisan political advantage and moral equivalency that you can no longer see or speak the truth. You may be so consumed with your desire to destroy Donald Trump and take control of the White House that you are willing to dismiss the truth and sell out the people of Iran in the process.
There are, inconveniently enough for you, still people out there who believe in the idea of good and evil and who are willing to fight to see that evil does not triumph.
In Tehran, the people are marching. Brave women are confronting the security forces and shaming them for their actions against their own people. Regime posters with Soleimani’s face on them, put up by regime thugs, are being torn down and destroyed. Iranian citizens – faced with American and Israeli flags placed on the ground by the regime so they could be walked on – are refusing, out of respect for the United States and Israel to do so.
The protestors in Tehran are not outraged by Soleimani’s killing. They are outraged by the behavior of their despotic regime. They are calling for the end of the tyrannical, theocratic regime that has held power for forty years. They are openly chanting that they want the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dead.
The Iranian protestors are doing all this in the face of unspeakable violence on the part of the regime. At least 1500 people have been killed so far by regime forces. Some estimates say that number may be over 3000. Most of the people killed have died as the result of gunshots to the head, heart, neck and other vital organs. These people did not die accidentally. They were murdered.
No one has any real idea how many people have been wounded nor how many have been arrested. Individuals taken into custody are routinely subjected to hideous torture. The regime is not simply detaining individuals involved in protests on the street. It is also systematically imprisoning anyone who might foment dissent, including journalists, students and human rights advocates, labor organizers and members of ethnic minorities.
Security forces are also routinely raiding hospitals and other medical facilities in order to arrest demonstrators wounded in confrontations with the police. In some cases, individuals with life-threatening injuries have been dragged away and denied medical care. In other cases, medical personnel are being required to provide police with lists of individuals arriving with gunshot wounds and other traumatic injuries, so these individuals can be arrested.
The Iranian regime held our people hostage for 444 days after the takeover of our embassy in Tehran in 1979. It has held its own people hostage for forty years. The Iranian people, emboldened by the killing of Soleimani and the fact that after years of appeasement, we are finally standing up to Tehran, are demanding an end to the nightmare and a free Iran.
The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives ought to stand with these people, and all those seeking freedom worldwide. She ought to be championing their cause and calling out the ayatollahs for what they are -fanatics and frauds. She ought to be able to answer a direct question.
“Do you support those protesters, and would it be a good thing if they brought the regime down?”
“Yes, I support them. The United States of America supports them. And the day this evil regime falls, will be a great day for all mankind.”