I don't want to underestimate the feelings and the courage of the latest protests in Iran over the shooting-down of the Ukrainian passenger jet but they have been sparse, isolated and severely repressed. But the article is correct to insist that the indignation and fury towards the regime expressed by strikes and demonstrations over the last couple of years doesn't just disappear overnight. These are partly responsible for the tensions within the regime between what could be described as the Rouhani clique and, their "dear brothers", the al-Quds forces and while some of this is for show there are serious underlying tensions which have existed for some time within the Iranian state. Just before the passenger jet was shot down Rouhani was claiming that the subdued assassination retaliation was the "final answer" and the focus should be on getting US troops out of Iraq, while the Revolutionary Guard issued a statement that it was the "start of...(it)". The strengthening of the latter forces will make the region more volatile and feed the chaotic tendencies. While, as the article points out, there's a certain (downward) continuity that exists in US foreign policy in response to the development of centrifugal tendencies - which the US can only further contribute to. Even in the "sunny uplands" of the Obama regime the US kept its boot on the throat of the Iranian economy and more crippling sanctions have been imposed by it ever since.
The "anti-imperialist" protests in Iraq seem to be taking on a clearer form of the limits of Iraqi nationalism.
The hypocrisy of the moral superiority shown by the west over the shooting-down of the Ukrainian jet and the deaths of 170 of its passengers is rank. The reason why airline companies continue to fly their planes over and into war zones, there have been about half-a-dozen such incidents of civilian "collateral damage" over the past years, is because it costs them more money and fuel to re-route planes and disturbs their timetables, which also costs them money. The incident is reminiscent of the Iranian Air Flight 655, shot down by a ground-to-air missile fired from USS Vincennes, July 1988, while flying over Iranian territory; all 290 passengers including scores of children were killed. The US insisted that it was an "act of self-defence" in a "war-time situation" (President G. W. Bush). Though the US eventually settled claims it continued to defend its actions. The Iranians admitted their "error" almost right away but they didn't have much choice given the evidence and now there are reports of a "tussle" between the two Iranian factions over the issue.
The ICC has long maintained that elements of the situation in and around Iran are to found in the development of decomposition and are themselves expressions of it; the Iran-Iraq war for example. This is even more so today. The relationship of Iran and Russia is not very clear and there have been a couple of occasions in the past few years where Russian backing for Iran hasn't been automatic or has been ambiguous. There are questions to be asked about this relationship and that of Turkey which are increasingly prone to the effects of international disorder and everyman for himself. But the current escalation of Iranian and US tensions mark a further step in the generalisation of war and misery in the Middle East.