On Thursday, Iran celebrated the 37th anniversary of its Islamic revolution with great fanfare. To mark the success of the reign of the mullahs, which began in 1979 with the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini from exile, Iranians took to the streets to chant “Death to America, Death to Israel,” while waving banners hailing the current despot-cleric, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Normally, this occasion involves a march to the defunct US Embassy, the site of the hostage-taking of American diplomats, to bask in the defeat of the Great Satan at the hands of students loyal to Khomeini.
This year, however, the regime in Tehran had additional and more recent reasons to gloat. The first was the lifting of international sanctions, made possible by Iran’s intransigence during nuclear negotiations. Understanding full well that US President Barack Obama would stoop to any low necessary to achieve a deal with the world’s greatest state sponsor of terrorism, the Iranian hegemons got what they didn’t even have to bargain for.