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Control over Iran's government has shifted back and forth by revolutions and coups for much longer than the last 100 years, and it's all heavily influenced by control over the country's oil. Iran's pro-western monarchy was replaced by its current anti-western theocracy during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Since then, women have been subjugated as subjects/slaves of their fathers and husbands, forced to cover completely their hair and face and obey many other "religious" restrictions, or else face brutal punishments, including death. 

Many thousands of Iranians are revolting against their government today, led by women publicly cutting off their hair and burning their headscarves following the death of a young woman in police custody for not wearing a hijab properly. Dozens of Iranians have been killed after the authorities promised a brutal crackdown. The death toll was first reported in the 40s, then in the 70s, but many estimate the actual number to be much higher.  

The American CIA and the British Intelligence Service were involved in Iran's 1953 coup, which restored the monarchy to power under the Shah of Iran and was the last to precede the 1979 Islamic revolution. During the intervening years through the 1970s, many viewed the lives of the people in Iran as mimicking those in a relatively free society like those in the U.S. or Great Britain, with which the Iranian government maintained friendly relations. 

All that changed during the revolution in 1979. The U.S. Embassy in Iran was taken over, and our country's diplomats were taken hostage by Islamic revolutionaries. The U.S. hostages were not released until the day Ronald Reagan was sworn in as U.S. president in 1981, apparently because they feared what he would do to Iran if they were not released. 

The new Islamic regime in Iran then used its power and its resulting huge profits from oil to threaten the U.S. and other free countries while also bullying countries in the region. Iran also began to develop nuclear weapons to use against its adversaries like the U.S. and especially Israel. The regime cracked down on Christianity, other religions and all dissenters in Iran and reduced Iranian women to second-class citizens.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass supported the women's suffrage movement in America. He stayed steadfast in his conviction that women should be given civil rights equal to men. Speaking at the 1848 Women's Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, Douglass had this to say: "We hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man. We go farther and express our conviction that all political rights which it is expedient for man to exercise, it is equally so for women."

The U.S. maintained economic sanctions against the Islamic regime of Iran in response to their nuclear ambitions and belligerent actions until President Barack Obama saw them as a useful political ally. At that point, he and his chief perpetrator of the Democrat climate change hoax/war against freedom, John Kerry, released $350 million to Iran, which they have apparently been using to increase their bullying, threats and terrorism against us and the rest of the world. 

In the U.S. Declaration of Independence, our founders wrote that our freedom, our lives and our rights come from God, not government. They established the United States through the U.S. Constitution to SECURE our God-given freedoms and equal rights with a government of only limited powers, under control of the free people and our elected representatives and leaders.   

Our Constitution includes a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion and protects religious freedom. The fact that Democrats were able to maintain slavery and have fought their war against freedom and equal rights for so long against the U.S. Constitution doesn't change what we stand for as a nation. 

The U.S. government has no legitimate power to use the CIA or any other government agents to interfere in any other nation's internal affairs unless Americans' freedom and equal rights are assaulted or threatened by that nation. That's why President Donald Trump used our federal agents and troops sparingly and only in such limited circumstances. 

But "liberal" Democrats, now openly known as Communists and international crooks, have consistently used such powers that don't legitimately exist. President Joe Biden and his agent, John Kerry, are using them again today. Using them to support a totalitarian regime that abuses women and children under the guise of religion makes their illegitimate use of power doubly wrong. 

To contact KCarl or request him for a speaking engagement, go to www.diversityengagement.org. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of 1819 News. To comment, please send an email with your name and contact information to Commentary@1819News.com

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