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Get to know @milanimohsen, another #Iran apologist.

Instead of voicing support for the rightful #IranProtests, such figures seek to further strengthen the ruthless regime in power that is known for executions & human rights violations.
@milanimohsen first blows his cover in this line:

"...U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision in May to violate the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran and re-impose sanctions."

This is a trademark line of #Iran apologists, all yearning for the return #IranDeal's return.
@milanimohsen expresses his fear here.
Another trademark line of #Iran apologists.
@milanimohsen claims #Iran has a "sizable middle class"

With absolute poverty increasing to 50% of the country's population (according to an Iranian MP), there is literally no such thing as a "sizable middle class" in Iran...
@milanimohsen claims "Iran is not falling apart, but it is preparing itself politically and economically to cope with the renewed American sanctions and potential internal upheaval."

I beg to differ:
Interesting how @milanimohsen counter-argues himself:
@milanimohsen unveils his true intention:

"the protests had no leaders or agenda" in reference to the Dec/Jan uprising.

Another #Iran apologists hallmark is to claim this regime has no viable opposition or alternative.
Fearing the wrath of U.S. sanctions, @milanimohsen resorts to a known claim of sanctions hurting the people. His arguments direct the reader to reach the ultimate conclusion of leaving this regime in power would be best.
This is the ultimate goal of #Iran apologists.
@milanimohsen is right on this:

"For four decades now, the Islamic Republic has shown itself to be resilient and infinitely better at dividing, repressing and eliminating its opponents than improving the country’s economy."

The economy is wasted to eliminate opponents.
@milanimohsen says the "nuclear deal in 2015 held out the promise of change, as Iran’s economy grew at a healthy annual rate of about 5 percent, oil exports increased to 2.7 mn bpd ... & Western companies signed tentative, multibillion dollar deals in Iran. "
Of course, what @milanimohsen won't tell you is that the #IranDeal was planned to "positively contribute to regional and international peace and security."

What we have witnessed ever since has been anything but that.
Look at Syria, Yemen, Iraq & ...
”Rouhani’s first task is to unify rival political factions.”

Wishful thinking.
Rouhani is nothing but a puppet in Khamenei's masquerade.

Yes, "Rouhani has moved closer to hard-liners," revealing there are no "reformists" or "moderates" in #Iran.
Here @milanimohsen reveals his true nature:

"expect Iran to react much more confrontationally to U.S. interests in the Middle East"

If you ask me, Tehran's mullahs will not dare confront Trump.
Remember how U.S. treated Russian mercenaries in Syria?
Trump's offer to negotiate with #Iran - rejected by the regime - has left the mullahs in a very dire lose-lose situation.
-Going back on their slogans & negotiating with the "Great Satan"
-Or rejecting this offer & face crippling sanctions.
#IranProtests are also escalating.
To make a long story short, @milanmohseni's main intention is to depict the status quo as one with no solution & leaving the reader to conclude #Iran's regime must be accepted & appeased.
We experienced that with Obama.
No thanks.
Finally, read the article yourself & take a look at @milanimohsen's Twitter timeline.
I have reached my own conclusion.
However, I welcome any and all thoughts.

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My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

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Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
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Short Thread:

#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

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