By Stephen Lendman
November 21, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" - All sovereign
independent countries not subservient to US
interests are on its target list for regime change —
by preemptive wars, color revolutions, old-fashioned
coups, targeted assassinations, economic terrorism,
and/or other hostile actions.
Color revolutions are a US specialty. So-called
spontaneous uprisings are well-planned in advance by
the CIA, the undemocratic National Endowment for
Democracy, and other US agencies.
A color revolution was first used to oust
Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Opposition
elements were recruited and trained by the US for
what played out.
Toppling Milosevic was the prototype for similar
actions to follow in numerous countries — succeeding
in Georgia, twice in Ukraine, and against other
targeted governments, failing elsewhere, notably in
Violent street protests erupted after Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad’s 2009 reelection, CIA dirty hands all
over them. The so-called “green movement” failed, an
effort to return Iran to US client state status.
Iranian authorities accused the US, UK, and
Western media of fomenting unrest. Since the
country’s 1979 revolution, ending a generation of
US-installed fascist tyranny, the Islamic Republic
has been a prime US target for regime change.
January 2018 protests in Tehran and elsewhere in
Iran followed a similar pattern. Carefully planned
and staged, there was nothing spontaneous about
Armed insurgents were responsible for about 20
deaths, numerous injuries and disruptive violence,
President Hassan Rouhani saying at the time:
“The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are
angry with the glory, success, and the progress of
the Iranian nation, and they have vowed to get the
regional troubles into Iran, but, sure, the people
and officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran will
respond to them.”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry slammed what went on,
saying: “External interference destabilizing the
situation (in Iran) is unacceptable.”
Events were similar to late 2013, early 2014
Euromaidan violent protests in Kiev. The Obama
regime’s coup involved snipers, killing, and
injuring hundreds of civilians and police, firing on
them with automatic weapons from Kiev’s Philharmonic
US-installed fascist tyranny in Europe’s
heartland replaced Ukraine’s democracy, the country
used as a dagger aimed at Russia’s heartland.
CIA color revolutions involve
paramilitaries and/or other
anti-government elements, including
insurgents from other countries.
Tactics include orchestrated mass protests,
shootings, Molotov cocktail bombings, arson, and
other vandalism against state facilities, barricades
of burning tires and/or rubbish, blocking roads, and
other hostile actions.
On November 15, the National Iranian Oil Products
Distribution Company (NIOPDC) announced a gasoline
price increase from 10,000 to 15,000 rials per liter
(12.7 US cents).
Rationing was instituted, private autos allotted
60 liters a month, additional purchases to cost
30,000 rial per liter — taxis and ambulances to have
400 liter and 500 liter monthly quotas respectively.
Prices for compressed natural gas (CNG) and gas
oil remain unchanged.
According to head of Iran’s Plan and Budget
Organization Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, price hike
revenues will fund additional subsidies for 18
million needy Iranian families.
President Rouhani said additional revenues will
not be used to fund government activities.
Iranophobe Pompeo tweeted the following:
“After 40 years of tyranny (sic), the proud
people are not staying silent about their government
abuses (sic). We will not stay silent either,”
“The United States hears you. The United States
supports you. The United States is with you (sic).”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas
Mousavi blasted Pompeo’s hypocritical support for
orchestrated violence and vandalism in Iran, saying:
“The dignified people of Iran are well aware that
such hypocritical remarks contain no honest
sympathy, and the (violent) actions of a group of
anarchists and saboteurs who are supported by the
likes of him are by no means in line with the
conduct and behavior of the majority of the
understanding and insightful Iranian people,”
Pompeo “is sympathizing with the people who are
under pressure of the United States’ economic
terrorism. He had already explicitly said that the
people of Iran must be kept hungry until they give
in to ‘our demands.’ ”
Iranian authorities accused “trained saboteurs”
for committing violence and vandalism, including
public buildings, banks and shops set ablaze, along
with attacks on police deployed to restore order.
Iranian intelligence estimated that about 87,000
people took part in protests, most involved
“A large part of protesters were merely
present at the location of rallies and did not
cooperate with rioters, and many of them have
received warning messages on their cellphones
from security organizations to avoid further
participation in protests,” adding:
Others engaging in violence were “completely
trained…Out of 1,080 cities and counties across
the country, small and large protest rallies
were held in 100 locations nationwide with an
estimated attendance rate of 50 to maximum 1,500
These type disruptive actions are planned well in
advance of erupting, awaiting or arranging a pretext
to unleash them.
President Rouhani issued a statement, saying
people have a right to protest peacefully, not
violently, against higher petrol prices and
His government acted “in accordance with the
law,” measures taken approved by “the three branches
On Monday, Iran’s parliament Speaker Ali Larijani
accused US dirty hands of being behind street
violence and vandalism, adding:
Pompeo supports it. He “openly supports
immolation of the Iranian people’s properties
through foolish shamelessness and opportunism, while
calling it defending the Iranian people.”
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed
Ali Khamenei issued a statement, saying: “In such
incidents, hooligans, spiteful and evil people often
enter the field and sometimes some youths, driven by
emotion, accompany them and commit seditious acts.
Such deeds do not fix anything other than adding
insecurity to the problems.”
On Sunday, Press TV reported that Iranian
lawmakers intend taking actions to prevent the
petrol price hike from fueling price increases in
other products and services.
Note: Petrol rationing isn’t new in Iran, Press
It “was first introduced in 2007 with the aim of
reforming the subsidies system, reducing fuel
consumption and curbing large scale fuel smuggling.”
What’s ongoing in Iran has all the earmarks of a
CIA color revolution attempt to destabilize and
Longstanding US plans call for replacing its
sovereign independent government with pro-Western
For 40 years, Iranian authorities prevented the
scourge of a US imperial takeover, supported by the
vast majority of its 81 million people.
Lendman, born in 1934 in Boston, started
writing on major world and national issues began in
summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed.
Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on
the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly.
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discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner
and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international
journalism award recipient. Lendman’s newest book as
editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in
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