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History is replete with missed opportunities.

If Gavrilo Princip had failed in his assassination attempt of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, perhaps World War I might never have erupted, and more than 17 million lives might have been spared. If Neville Chamberlain had a healthy degree of suspicion against Adolf Hitler’s machinations, World War II might have been averted, sparing the devastating loss of approximately 45 million lives.

Today, the opportunity lies before us to be able, once again, to save millions of lives and cripple one of the world’s most tyrannical, brutal regimes.

Thousands upon thousands of brave Iranians have risked their very lives, taking to the streets against their repressive theocracy. Yet most of the world remains profoundly ill-informed, and most American media outlets are glaringly silent. Even more upsetting is that the Biden administration has not uttered a single word about these valiant dissidents.

Demonstrations have broken out across Iran, on the streets of the Khuzestan region, in the port city of Bushehr, in Isfahan Provence, and in the capital of Tehran, covering at least 20 Iranian cities. The protesters have been ruthlessly beaten and carted off to the notorious Evin Prison, often never to be seen from or heard from again. We know that as of last week, at least 140 people have been killed in demonstrations. We know that the Iranian security forces have fired live ammunition into the crowd. Those who haven’t been killed and were unable to avoid the vicious arm of the paramilitary secret police, the Basij, have been carted off to prison to be raped, tortured and many forcibly “disappeared.”

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Sarah Stern
Sarah Stern is founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET).

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