"The guardians of the Islamic revolution and the courageous Basiji together with the security forces following the orders of the supreme leader and following him unquestioningly, are determined to act strongly to return peace and tranquility to society ... and to clean the country of these plotters and hooligans." - The Islamic Revolutionary Guard
If you ever wondered what it would be like for us here in America if the Republican Party ever stole another election and we finally took to the streets in protest, look no farther than what's going on in Iran.
The Iranian Basiji ("massive mobilization", roughly translated) is a pro-government volunteer paramilitary organization that takes its marching orders from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. It can be safely said they have been responsible for most of the Iranian government's end of the mayhem since they are not a well-trained military or law enforcement organization but a militia.
Their job is to fan out across where ever they're needed to quell demonstrations and to use whatever tactics necessary to achieve the aim of protecting our own infrastructure, even if it includes outright murder. And they do so with the blessing of the government.
My new foreign readers (readers from at least 90 nations came in yesterday from Twitter to read my latest postings) may not be aware that we also have sort of a Basiji in place and it's called Infragard. Infragard is a cabal of Fortune 500 companies that are tied in with local and federal law enforcement to the point where they boast of being "geographically linked with FBI Field Office territories." What they don't say in their warm and fuzzy website is that in recent Infrgard meetings is that the declaration of martial law isn't a matter of if but when. They've also bragged that they have the right to kill with impunity with the blessings of our Justice Department. Essentially, it's state-sponsored vigilatism, plain and simple.
Infragard as of last June, when I began writing about them, had around 23,000 members. If you go to their website, you'll see they now have, just one year later, 31,265, which is an increase of about 8,000. At 8000 new members a year, Infrgard may swell to the size of Iran's own militia a lot sooner than we think.
Exactly the kind of thing we're seeing in Iran. So while the Obama administration is tut-tutting the violence and bloodshed in Tehran, keep in mind that we could be the next Iran, that we could have Nedas of our own the next time an election is stolen or we don't get the universal health care that we deserve or whatever reason we'll have to rise up against our own government that already has its own basiji in place to kill us with complete impunity.