Revolutions in the name of the poor are always full of rhetorics, regurgitated by an army of useful idiots around the world who idolize and justify populist dictators. The reality however is very different. Three decades after the 1979 revolution in Iran and after a decade of incredible oil revenue, patients who can not pay their hospital bills in Iran are thrown out of the hospital and left by the roadside to die:
These pictures were taken by Iranian daily Jahan News. One of the patients suffered a broken leg and was unable to pay a $200 bill, the other was an elderly woman who had suffered burns to her body.
This is the Islamic Republic. In the current turbulent period of revolutions in the Middle East, lessons of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and the emptiness of rhetorics must not be forgotten.