Famous for its support of global terrorism, the Iranian regime is continuing its threats and acts of blackmailing, without facing any serious firmness. The regime’s supreme leader often uses social media to represent the regime’s dangerous nature, as seen in a tweet about two weeks ago stating that the regime, with the help of its proxy forces, “is able to crush the enemy.” He has even publicly praised the slain mass murderer Qassem Soleimani, who was a prominent figure in the foreign wing of the regime’s global terrorism.
The regime’s support of terrorism is even worse than first thought. In an article published recently by Epoch times, Ms. Clare M. Lopez, a former career operations officer with the CIA, and Founder/President of Lopez Liberty LLC, revealed that the Iranian regime has significant ties with different terrorist groups.
In an exclusive interview with Epoch Times, she stated that “Ayman al-Zawahiri was Al-Qa’eda’s key contact with the Iranian regime since well before the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Documents captured in the Osama bin-Laden raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011 reportedly revealed much about the AQ-Iran-Taliban jihad alliance.”
Lopez also revealed that one of the Al-Qa’eda leaders, Seif al-Adl, is living under the regime’s protection, specifically the regime’s IRGC/Quds Force/MOIS.
It is no secret that the Al-Qa’eda has often led its operations mostly from Iran, but the strangest thing is the silence of the world, not only in regards to this fact but in reference to many other cases.
The Iranian regime has consistently shown that it has no fear of harming Iranian dissidents and the people of other nations on its soil. A clear example of this was the latest attack on Salman Rushdie in the U.S.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the U.S. Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said that the regime in Tehran will go to any lengths to try to kill dissidents, even at American soil.
Jafarzadeh said, “Since the start of the uprisings in Iran in 2017, Tehran stepped up its terror plots abroad, particularly against our movement because of the increase in its appeal among the protesters.”
Shortly before this comment, on August 10, the US Justice Department announced charges against a regime operative named Shahram Poursafi, a member of the IRGC, who attempted to assassinate John Bolton, following many of the regime’s threats to kill Mike Pompeo, the former U.S. Secretary of Department of State.
The international community’s wrong policies of soothing the regime and turning a blind eye to the mullahs’ malign activities have created a culture of impunity for the regime, which allows them to continue to spread its acts of terrorism beyond its borders.
Basic common sense suggests that instead of inviting the regime’s contempt, the world should demonstrate a modicum of firmness.
The US government, therefore, must deny the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi a visa to attend next month’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Permitting his travel and turning a blind eye to this situation will only encourage the regime to scheme more terror plots.
In his latest visit with Sweden’s ambassador to Iran, the regime’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian asked the Swedish government to release Iranian national Hamid Noury, a former prison official convicted by the Swedish court for his involvement in Iran’s 1988 Massacre. The sad part is that the Swedish ambassador instead, to express his firmness and defending justice and the independency of law, promised the regime’s foreign minister to deliver his message to his government, clearly highlighting a sign of weakness.
On August 22, in his latest press conference, the regime’s spokesman of the foreign ministry blatantly said that “in connection with Mr. Noury and Mr. Assadi, the same follow-ups continue at different levels and have never stopped. It is one of the priority cases and issues of the diplomatic system. It is necessary that both the government of Belgium and the government of Sweden act on their own responsibility in this regard.”
It is now a necessity that the Western powers need to intensify diplomatic, economic, and military pressure against the ranges of the regime’s malign activities.
The right message to the regime must be a firm policy, whether it will harm other people and nations, especially against Iran’s own people and their legitimate Resistance. This regime must feel the suffering and the higher costs of its terrorism, or else it will continue to expand its terrorism without mercy.