Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Does America fund anti-government movements in Iran?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
The US — previously through the CIA, later through the NEA, USAID, Soros foundations and clandestinely affiliated NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) — has been busy funding the attempted overthrow of governments everywhere that refuse to lick the US jackboots. They did this very openly in the Ukraine, supporting a violent coup that killed over 100 people but in the US was sweetly billed as a "peaceful uprising," and ultimately, as could have been expected, the officials whose candidacy they had supported practically ruined the country. They are trying it in Hong Kong, where the virulent violence they have sown is rampant and so far uncontrollable. They still fund subversives like US-funded Alexei Navalny in Russia. Navalny was trained in subversion at the World Fellows school at Yale, which specializes in regime change. His followers destroyed thousands of dollars’ worth of privately owned property in his last rampage through Moscow, which was billed as a “peaceful demonstration” in the US, where he is said to be a persecuted champion of democracy. Georgia is infested with US-tied activists who teach Georgians to hate and mistrust Russians and have sponsored an anti-Russian provocation in the country last year that led to the suspension of Russian tourist flights to and from Georgia that has cost the country millions. US NGOs and the White House openly supported puppet “interim president” Juan Guaido in Venezulea (who has recently been deposed of his leadership role in the parliament by his own partisans and has gone back to being a nobody). The US openly supported the overthrow of Evo Morales in Bolivia, whereupon he was forced to flee the country. That is how the US “promotes democracy.” So you have to be a special kind of naive to think they are not hard at work in Iran, where US-backed protesters have practiced extreme violence as usual to provoke police crackdowns that make for useful anti-Iran copy in US newsrooms.
BTW, many Westerners buy into the narrative that Russia persecutes Christians but the fact is, many US missionaries have tried to subvert the government there, acting not as evangelists bringing the gospel but as members of NGOs focused on regime change. (This is also happening here in Panama churches sponsored by US groups).
One missionary to Russia was booted out for holding meetings without notifying the local government. Americans fired up by the media were incensed. But the problem is, US missionaries are often there mostly just to subvert. There was a famous case a few years ago, where a missionary was thrown out of Russia. Before this he had taken his case to a higher court in Moscow, but that court did not uphold his appeal.
I had a sneaking suspicion about this guy and contacted his church in the US to get more information about his case. I was given the URL of his web site and found that, since his failed appeal, he was angrily demanding that the US government slap sanctions on Russia for not letting him stay. One angry missionary hoped to remake Russia! Is this what go ye into all the world has become?
This is exactly what I had suspected. American Christians are given to believe that missionaries go to foreign fields out of love for the people they minister to. Yet here was a US “Christian” who had such malice toward the Russians that, if he could have done so, would have persuaded his government to impose financial hardship on the people he purported to love in Christ simply because their government deprived him of the freedom to promote its overthrow. For him, politics had priority over the Gospel and his mission was to lead not so much by preaching the gospel but by changing Russian political thinking – something he did not understand in the least.
Americans are taught, subliminally, that they are morally superior and hence the entitled masters of the universe. Thus many of them believe that politics is rightfully intertwined with religion and see nothing wrong in using religion to promote political subversion abroad, impose on the world the infallible ideology of America – the country that has killed millions of civilians with aerial bombs and irresponsibly accrued an unpayable debt.
Without ever asking themselves WWJD? What would Jesus do?