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Iraq Disintegrates
Afraid of the War Next Door, Iranians Praise the Revolutionary Guard

Only five years ago, millions of Iranians protesters swarmed the streets, denouncing Ahmadinejad’s government—and the demonstrations were brutally put down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Now, as sectarian war threatens to erupt in the Middle East, Iranians are expressing a newfound support for the Revolutionary Guard and Shia hardliners. As the New York Times reports:

On websites such as the reformist Entekhab news site, where in the past anonymous commentators rarely missed an opportunity to criticize the Guards [called Sepah in Iran], the group is now regularly lauded.

“Why doesn’t our army and Sepah destroy these wild groups?” a user named Dehdashti wrote as a comment under an article describing how ISIS men allegedly killed a man for watching a World Cup soccer game. “Just one unit of our Sepah or our army is enough to destroy these beasts forever.” […]

In one comment on the Entekhab site, an anonymous person cheered for Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the shadowy commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, which is said to be active in Iraq.

The shift in attitude appears to be due in no small part to the recent mass-killing of some 1,700 captured Iraqi soldiers by ISIS, which was documented by the group on social media. As fear convulses the Middle East, ISIS may be on its way to accomplishing its goal of provoking an all-out religious war.

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  • Gene

    This opens up new dangers for the Iranian government, I suppose. If ordinary Iranians are so unnerved by ISIS that they’re looking to the Guard for protection, what happens if we find out the Guard isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? What if the Guard turns out to be ineffective in Iraq? War is a terrible thing but it certainly brings inconvenient truths out into the open.

  • Breif2

    Oh, absolutely! I too am an Iranian reformist who has suffered under the Guards, but now I have realized the error of my ways. Praise Allah that we have those glorious heroes to protect us! Those brave warriors should go to Iraq to protect us from those ISIS monsters. I have full faith that our intrepid Guards will pay any price, bear any burden, to defeat these ferocious animals. And if, sorry, I meant when they achieve glorious victory in Iraq, they should pursue the infidels into Syria! And then onwards to Al-Quds! And then they should go to Washington D.C and burn down the White House! Yeah!!! Long live the Revolutionary Guard! And remember the well-known fatwa, Oh Valiant Champions: La Garde meurt mais ne se rend pas! Inshallah.

    (Is there a proper blessing for the Guard?)

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is wonderful for the innocent westerners which otherwise would have been murdered by the Jihadists, which now have most if not all of their resources focused on killing each other. The west should encourage this fight as much and as cheaply as possible (a timely word could save hundreds if not thousands of innocent westerners). “Divide and Conquer” is a time honored strategy used very successfully by the Byzantine empire and others.

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