FIFA World Cup 2022: According to Major General Aharon Haliva, the “only thing” preventing Iran from carrying out an act of terror is anxiety about how host country Qatar will respond.
According to The Jerusalem Post, Iran pondered putting out a terror act during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in order to disrupt the event. According to the article, Major General Aharon Haliva stated at an Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) seminar in Tel Aviv that the “only thing” preventing Iran from carrying out an act of terror was anxiety about how host country Qatar would react.
According to the article, Major General Aharon Haliva stated that the Iranian regime is apprehensive about retaining its grasp on power while protests continue and sanctions are imposed by the West. Massive protests have raged in Iran since the death in September of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was imprisoned by the country’s “morality police” for not properly wearing her hijab.
“I am telling you that the Iranians are now considering attacking the FIFA World Cup in Qatar as well,” Haliva stated during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv.
Iran wants to keep turmoil as a constant. At a time when the rest of the globe is stable and growing, the opposite is true in Iran. According to sources, the FIFA World Cup is likely to be one of those events where it aims to foment unrest.
Protests against the regime erupted across Iran following the murder of Mahsa Amini. She was a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in the custody of the country’s morality police. Police had imprisoned her for improperly wearing her headscarf.
At this point, I do not see a threat to the regime, but as pressure on Iran mounts, including internal pressure, the Iranian response becomes much more hostile, and we should expect far more forceful responses in the area and around the world, Haliva continued.
Iran lost its first match 6-2 to England in FIFA World Cup on Monday. The FIFA game marred by controversy when its players declined to perform the Iranian national anthem. It is silent protest of their country’s circumstances. In the stadium, Iranian fans booed the song and held up signs criticizing Amini’s killing and the regime, as well as calling for women’s rights to be safeguarded, while in Iran, footage of individuals celebrating England’s victory in FIFA World Cup emerged overnight.
In one video, a man was riding on the back of a scooter while flying the Union flag. While others were cheering and dancing after the outcome. The protest movement has eclipsed football, said Kamran, a linguistics professor from northern Iran. I’d want to see Iran lose these games.
A few months ago, I would have answered, I want Iran to win over England and America, said Anusha. It’s strange right now. I don’t give a damn. Anusha is a 17-year-old girl from Tehran.
The reluctance by Iran’s football team… to sing the Islamic Republic’s national song in FIFA World Cup will be a decision the players will pay for dearly, said Catherine Perez-Shakdam, an Iran specialist at the Henry Jackson Society in London. Similarly, any Iranian fan caught booing the anthem will incur serious punishment. This is modern-day Iran’s harsh reality.
Today, Iran’s players may have surrendered more than their freedom. Their lives may not be the only ones at stake. Indeed, the dictatorship has shown a particular proclivity to attack dissidents’ families, discouraging others from speaking out.
It’s worth noting that the players and fans who now avoid the dictatorship were fully aware of the dangers. She went on to say that such bravery and decency in the face of absolute power deserved our complete support.
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