So ISIL claims to have made their first attack in Iran. The response in Iran appears to be: So what?
An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Fars News Agency, Omid Vahabzadeh via AP)
Despite an attack occurring near Tehran’s international airport there was no disruption in air travel. Citizens were asked to stay off the metro, but nothing went on lockdown. There was no martial law. Not even a state of emergency has been declared. No civil liberties have been restricted. No Patriot Act being prepared. There has been no executive branch power grab.
Despite an attack occurring near Parliament, lawmakers continued to go about their business, even as gun battles took place in surrounding office buildings. The live radio broadcast of the Parliamentary session did not even stop.
Pretty brave politicians, eh? I assume that their voters are thinking they made a good choice.
(People think it’s so brave to go to war armed with a gun: it’s much harder to be that guy who carried just a banner – all they have is belief and self-sacrifice.)
Foreign commentators are talking about how Iran has finally been successfully targeted by ISIL, as if we are supposed to be scared now.
The reason is simple: Most Iranians today either fought, survived or grew up during the deadliest conventional war ever fought between regular armies of developing countries – the Iran-Iraq War from 1980-1988.
Maybe I’ll be proven wrong, as I’m writing this just a couple hours after the attack was neutralized, but I doubt it. I know Iran and have faith that the terrorists won’t win by scaring us into submissive lives.
Give them time and I predict that Western commentators will eventually admit their befuddlement that the Iranian government isn’t using this terrorist act as a way to increase their own power and control the populace – after all, they’ve been so amazingly effective!
This attack helps the West: to show how disproportionate their responses are