Protest in Iran and the Strange Islamist-Progressive Alliance

Donald Trump, in profound contrast to the mainstream media, is giving his entire support to the #IranProtesters. One brave and insightful man is using social media’s Twitter platform to undercut the entire Deep State media complex. Never have so many owed so much to one man.

By Sally Anne Jackson l January 15, 2018

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Why does the Left support Islam, even though it is manifestly homophobic, misogynistic and racist? Why does Leftist media not cover the Iranian Protestors, except to focus on the pro-government rallies?

The answer is that Islam and the Left are comrades-in-arms – anti-American and anti-West. Islam seeks to eradicate the culture of any country it conquers. It’s a cataclysmic force for destroying the fabric of the existing society. In the case of the Left, the goal is identical: destroying the existing culture of wherever the Left can take root.

True, Islam and the Left are working for a different outcome when the existing society is overturned, but along the way, they’re natural allies. However, in making common cause with Islam, the Left is willing to sacrifice what it says are its core beliefs (pro-women, pro-gay, anti-religion, anti-war) to support and ally with an adversary whose entire essence is opposite everything the Left represents.

We’ll get back to the Iran Protesters in a moment and how the media is covering the event, but meanwhile, a digression into the role of Trump in all of this. Along the way, we’ll take a look at why Trump tweets.

The Left hates Trump because he’s an existential threat to their attempts to increase the state’s power over the individual. For the Left, the family, religion, patriotism, and respect for the Constitution are competitors for state power. They need to denigrate and destroy these independent power centers.

How does it happen that for them this one man has become such a threat?

Dear Readers, the answer is power, but probably not the power most of us think about when we think of power. The manifestations we traditionally think of as power are all downstream from something more fundamental: attention. Without attention, you don’t have power.

The Currency of Power is Attention
• You can get power through military action. Examples include: Sun Tsu, Alexander, Caesar, Attila, Napoleon, or Hitler;
• You can get power through spiritual inspiration, as with: Vishnu, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, or Mohammed;
• You can get power through political ideas, such as those created by the authors of the Magna Carta or the Declaration of Independence or the Communist Manifesto, or Mein Kampf;
• You can even get power through economic channels, such as: Ford, Edison, Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs.

All of these, whether military, spiritual, political, or economic, can yield power. But, they are downstream effects of a single source: the beginnings of all of these sources of power is attention.

Power: Attention’s Siamese Twin

In each of these cases, power manifests itself in different ways; but it begins with attention. Without the initial attention, the power wouldn’t exist.

Today, the greatest master of getting the most attention with the least effort and at the greatest velocity and reach in the millions is: Donald Trump. With his signature outrageous but culturally relevant Tweets, President Trump has invented, mastered, and exploited an ability to live inside people’s heads on a scale never-before seen in the history of the world.

The attention the Trump Tweets bring along in their wake means people are focusing on them. Focus creates influence and this in the end brings along with it, the Siamese twin of attention: power.

This, by the way, is why the Left will do anything to try to delegitimize Trump’s Tweets. They hate the power his Tweets generate. But through a marvelous jujitsu (of which Trump is well-aware), the more the Left tries to do this, the more people talk about the Tweets and the more influence the Tweets acquire.

It’s an amazing phenomenon: The Left feeds the conflagration it’s trying to extinguish.

Let’s turn back to the Iran Protests. My sister and I spent hours combing through Twitter feeds on #IranProtests. The Tweets showed videos of protesters with slogans such as “Death to Khomeini” and “Spend our money in Iran, not creating bloodshed for our neighbors.” “Freedom!”

My favorite Tweet was a girl holding aloft her discarded hijab, and from that followed countless retweets of photo-shopped versions of the image but this time with her holding aloft an American flag. It was reminiscent of Tiananmen Square and the figure that so infuriated the Chinese government, a 10-foot tall Statue of Liberty.

My sister and I watch the protests with an awareness that we are watching history unfolding. If the Iranian protests succeed, it will mean that the world’s most diabolical exporter of terrorism may be disabled from within and even vanquished.

Possibly, Iran may no longer be able to supply North Korea with nuclear technology and atomic weaponry; in fact, it may cease funding Islamic terrorism throughout much of the world through its Shia-Islamist proxy, Hezbollah. Maybe it will no longer be on a glide path to becoming a nuclear state.

We don’t know the outcome of the protests. At best, it could take months or even years for all of this to come to fruition. After all, when the late Shaw of Iran fell in 1979, it was after almost a year of demonstrations. But whatever the outcome, implications are epic. Even if the Mullahs survive long term, the Iran Protests will guarantee that they’ll need to put more money and effort into keeping their own country from blowing apart. That means less money and energy for funding terrorism abroad.

We now come to a revealing question: how did the U.S. media outlets cover this?

They didn’t.

Or, if and when they did, the story was buried so that the average American didn’t realize the extent of these extraordinary events. They’re events that could reshape the world, just as surely as did the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If we stipulate that attention is a source of power, the media is applying a tourniquet to the blood flow of information. The media is strangling the protestors’ ability to communicate outside of Iran.

These courageous freedom fighters need the support of world public opinion, but they can’t get it if their story isn’t known. The mainstream media here and abroad is all but silent.

It’s as if they’re rooting for an anti-American regime that funds Islamic terrorism and exports nuclear technology. It’s as if they’re rooting for a regime that oppresses women and kills gays. It’s as if, above all, progressives and the Left favor a theocratic police-state dictatorship.

Donald Trump, in profound contrast, is giving his entire support to the #IranProtesters

One of Trump’s signature virtues is that he tells it like it is. He isn’t wishy-washy in his support. Take for example this New Year’s Day 2018 Tweet: Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!

Donald Trump, one brave and insightful man, is using social media’s Twitter platform to undercut the entire Deep State media complex.

Never have so many owed so much to one man.

Sally Anne Jackson, a writer and public speaker, is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis of the online-conservative-journalism center at the Washington-based Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.