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Iran: Surviving another attack supported from abroad

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The diplomatic and media storm is far from abiding with questions about the origin of the protests. What really took place in Iran at the very end of year 2017 and at the very beginning of 2018? Was it a ‘spontaneous rebellion’, an attempt to improve economic and social situation in the country, a revolt against ayatollahs, or both? Was it really a protest against Iranian-style socialism?

Or was it, after all, a bold and ruthless attempt from abroad to overthrow the Iranian system?

Many, including this writer, believe that it was yet another effort of Washington and its allies to trigger a 'Color-style revolution’ in an extremely important country that stands in the way to their geopolitical and economic interests.

Protests began in Mashhad on December 28, reportedly over rising food prices and growing unemployment. Within days, protesters in several other cities called for overthrowing the government and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“No country can create a secure environment for itself at the expense of creating insecurity among its neighbors,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, warning outside actors who sought to exploit the protests, without naming them.

Iran also has sent a letter to the UN, accusing the US of "grotesque" interference in its internal affairs.

It has been pointed out by Russia’s envoy to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia:

“The feeling is that there is some sort of inexplicable allergy to this country and it clouds the thinking about events in this country and leads to wishful thinking.”

Perhaps ‘such thinking’ could be described as morally ‘inexplicable’, but from the strictly pragmatic stance that is governing foreign policy of the United States, it is quite logical. There were just too many similarities with the events that during the last years and decades shook various areas of the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. Iran, as well as Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, China, North Korea, but even South Africa or Eritrea, to name just a few countries, is clearly on the list of America’s adversaries. Iran landed on that list for defending right to develop its own political and economic system, and for defending........

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