One of the more odious aspects of the cornucopia of hypocrisy that is the Left’s “woke” ideology is how, after assuming its intellectual and moral superiority and “privilege” within society, the Left further assumed others cannot elevate their own status without the woke cult’s intercession and assistance. Not surprisingly, such a “top-down,” condescending ideology has consequences, though the affluent “woke” Leftists driving, voting, donating, and foisting these disastrous policies are often insulated from the consequences of their actions. Not so, however, for the “oppressed,” who through no fault of their own have been targeted for “liberation” by the woke cult’s offensive attitude and its injurious, unwelcomed “help;” nor for society as a whole.
For example, the woke cult’s “bail reform” has led to an increase in crime for residents of urban areas, especially those communities already suffering high crime rates. Other residents and tourists in these cities also are now at greater risk of being victimized by criminals. But this is of no concern to the self-congratulatory Leftists who imposed these perilous policies upon them – unless, of course, these elitists happen to emerge from their gilded communities and are accosted by the physical incarnation of their own smug imbecility.
Yet, the woke cult’s physical incarnations of their own smug imbecility do not end at the city limits or even the waters’ edge. And nor do the consequences of the woke ideology.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), “Supreme Leader” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Iran’s Channel 1 on November 1 and reiterated his less than nuanced position on bi-lateral engagement with the United States: “The situation between America and Iran is this: When you chant ‘Death to America!’ it is not just a slogan – it is a policy.”
After carping how this is not the first time he has had to publicly state the obvious and his historically revisionist complaints for it, Iran’s Supreme Lesion deigned to do so again; and, waxing homicidal, railed against the U.S., Israel, and current events:
“For many years, from the 1940s to the 1970s – that is 30 years – the Americans did everything they could do against the Iranian nation. They hit Iran in any way they could – financially, economically, politically, scientifically, and morally.
“If it were not for America’s support, if it were not for the support of U.S. weapons, the corrupt and artificial Zionist regime would have been destroyed in the first week. It would have collapsed. The Americans are behind this.
“In Western countries – in England, France, Italy, and various U.S. states – people took to the streets in large numbers, chanting slogans against Israel and in many cases, against America. This tarnished [Western] reputation. They really do not have any remedy for this. They cannot make excuses for this. That is why we saw some idiot saying that Iran was behind the rallies in England. Perhaps the Basij in London is behind this… Or maybe the Basij of Paris.” [The Basij is part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.]
You can already hear the Iranian apologists of the Obama and Biden administrations blithely claiming the Supreme Leader “doesn’t really mean it,” and is just posturing for domestic and regional advantage. If this sounds familiar, it is the same garbage their equally “nuanced” predecessors in the western diplomatic corps once said about the genocidal rantings found in Mein Kampf.
Failing – refusing? – to learn the lessons of history, the same heralds of the woke cult believe the Ayatollah’s regime is a suitable partner for a “nuanced” treaty, one capable of differentiating Iran’s “peaceful” development of nuclear power for domestic consumption and that rogue regime’s exportation of terrorism for international slaughter. In their hubris, the nuanced American and European foreign policy gurus believed that, once trust was “restored” with Iran, we could then work with them to curb their exportation and sponsorship of terrorism; and one day make the Supreme Leader’s Iranian regime a tent pole of the international order in the Middle East. Importantly, the trust to be restored was Iran’s in the West.
The Left’s imbecilic engagement with Iran is a case study in the woke cult’s condescension, its wish casting away of narrative crushing reality, and the consequences born by those caught in grip of their far from destructive policies. The Obama administration sided with the Iranian regime over the Iranian people during the Green Revolution, perpetuating and strengthening the tyrannical Ayatollahs. In their feckless chase of a suicidal nuclear agreement with a terrorist regime that we are again reminded, believe death to America is not a slogan but a policy, the Obama and Biden administrations continued to squelch the Iranian peoples’ cries for freedom; and recently led the Biden administration to lessen economic sanctions and release of even more billions of dollars to the barbarous regime, which will put in the service of their insidious aims. This has signaled weakness both to the Ayatollahs and to their sponsored and guided terrorist proxies, like Hamas.
Today, our ally Israel bears the brunt of the horrific consequences of such suicidal “woke” western diplomacy; and the rest of the world roils as the Iranian regime and its corrupt cohorts in the Authoritarian Axis press their advantages and intensify their menace of free peoples.
It’s a high toll to pay for these woke diplomats’ sense of superiority.
An American Greatness contributor, the Hon. Thaddeus G. McCotter (M.C., Ret.) represented Michigan’s 11th Congressional district from 2003-2012, and served as Chair of the Republican House Policy Committee. Not a lobbyist, he is a frequent public speaker and moderator for public policy seminars; and a Monday co-host of the “John Batchelor Radio Show,” among sundry media appearances.