Terror in Tehran; will Western outrage and calls for unity follow?

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Terror has come to Tehran, where two attacks have left at least one-dozen people dead. According to Reuters,

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said.

Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one body, apparently dead, on the floor.

The Associated Press reports

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran’s state TV the apparently male attackers wore women’s attire.

The attack, which appears to be the first against Iran by ISIS, comes just two days after multiple Arab states cut off diplomatic and other relations with Qatar, an ally of Iran.

We in the West are quick to post our solidarity with Manchester, London, Paris and other cities that we know well. We consider the British, the French and citizens of Western nations to be like “us.”

We wouldn’t fall victim to that naive idea and not feel kinship with the Iranian people, right?

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