ISIS, Tehran Regime, Two Sides of the Same Coin
Over more than three-and-a-half decades, six U.S. presidents, under nine terms of presidency, one after another have been the bystanders to the crimes of the Mullahs’ regime against its own people, its active sponsorship of terrorism abroad, and its regional hegemonic role, and in turn have done nothing to confront and stop the evil act of such rogue state, Nothing! Zilch! Zero! On the contrary, they have cowardly sided with this evil. At some point one may think that the lack of bothered leaders by their conscience has sapped the will of governments in responding to these unprecedented acts of atrocity against humanity, but that cannot be the case, six presidents and all were inept leaders? No, that is not it.
The fact of the matter is that U.S. have been pursuing the long-standing policy of using the terrorist state (IRI) and non-state (ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc) as wrecking balls to demolish the Middle East infrastructure by creating the sectarian war among Sunnis and Shia faction. United States along with its European allies not only do not confront the terrorism but directly and indirectly provide it with all the necessary vital economic and strategic instruments to keep it alive and active in its role of destroying the regional civility.
Such bulldozing will force the migration of local intellectual and patriotic societies to outside the regional borders; make the territory ready for non-resistant and easy plundering of its natural wealth by the greedy World Powers. By the same token, the fearful demolishing war is also used as a scarecrow for the neighboring states to benefit the World Powers by ordering humongous number of arms sales under the pretext of defense, thus providing a vehicle to promote their economy. The destruction of the region will continue until at some point the world community (i.e., UN) is forced to step in and present a plan to divide the territory into smaller states by imposing new borderlines. The new landscape of the Middle East map will of course preserve the geopolitical interests of the World Powers. The funny thing is that at the end of this chaos, which probably take a decade or two, these Great Powers will come back for reconstruction of the ruins of war, another way of economical scam.
Imperialism changes its version of presence but never fades away as long as there is no sincere resolute to end it. It becomes maleficent when combined with unfettered capitalism, turns a blind eye on humanity and ruins everything on its way to develop into an inhumane machine. [DID]
The barbaric terrorist attacks in Brussels were a clear reminder of the growing threat of Islamic extremism. This vicious ideology continues to take new forms – once al-Qaeda, now ISIS, both with the shared goal of creating an “Islamic state” capable of enforcing Sharia law and undermining the achievements of the civilized world.
While the Sunni version of fundamentalism desperately seeks to achieve this objective, the Shiite version in Tehran has been in place for nearly four decades. It should be confronted, not appeased.
Syria, Iraq, and Yemen have become breeding grounds for ISIS, a blessing in disguise for Tehran because it conveniently justifies the mullahs’ extraterritorial maleficence.
Some in the West continue to pin their hopes on elusive “reforms” within the clerical establishment, despite the fact that the Iranian regime’s regional agenda is, in the words of its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, “diametrically opposed” to that of the international community. Their optimism is fueled by the misguided expectation of political reform in the aftermath of the nuclear deal. Neither the facts nor the evidence support this contention.
Rather than changing course, Tehran is ever more adamant that others should follow its destructive regional policies. It recently conducted several missile tests in brazen defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. And if improved human rights are a sign of moderation, the situation has gotten much worse under supposedly “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani.
Just this month, an independent United Nations human rights expert voiced serious concerns about the “extremely high rate of executions” in Iran, “especially for juvenile offenders.” The human rights organization Amnesty International has called Iran one of the last remaining executioners of children in the world. That is hardly a sign of reform.
In addition, women continue to be treated as second-class citizens. Last year, dozens were victims of acid attacks by government-organized thugs for violating the regime’s strict veiling laws.
The fact is the Iranian regime is controlled by an unelected cleric – equivalent to the “caliph” in the fabled “caliphate”- accountable to no one.
A few days after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, Khamenei warned, “We will never stop supporting our friends in the region and the people of Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon. Even after this deal our policy towards the arrogant U.S. will not change.”
He reiterated this radically anti-U.S. position in his Nowruz remarks on March 20. The eighty-five-minute address focused on the complexity of Western, and especially American, animosity against Iran, casting the United States as Iran’s “enemy par excellence.” He characterized recent post-deal rhetoric as a U.S. plot to inject the idea of political change into the minds of Iranians and the elite,and criticized Iran’s nuclear negotiating team for violating some of his redlines.
The attacks in Brussels this week should send a message to western capitals that the Iranian regime’s funding of terrorism and extremism will continue to threaten and destabilize the Middle East region and the world. The ruling theocracy cannot be reformed, because any retreat from its current policies would inevitably loosen its grip on power and open the door to fundamental change.
Many observers agree that the real hope for reform lies within the larger Iranian society and the ranks of the real opposition, and not within the shrinking confines of a decaying theocracy.
The curtain of communism finally fell in Eastern Europe when pulled down by that region’s restive population; so can the curtain of fundamentalism in Iran.
The international community and U.S. government, for that matter, can only solve the Iranian problem by focusing on the problem itself – the regime. Otherwise, efforts to instigate genuine change will fail. Removing Assad from power, and thus ending the Iranian regime’s involvement in Syria, would be a good starting point. It would also stop ISIS in its tracks.
Ultimately, the answer to Islamic extremism lies in the hands of the people, specifically the Iranian people and their organized opposition, who should be supported in earnest. The removal of the epicenter of fundamentalism in Iran will go a long way toward ensuring that the world is free of the vile threat of extremism.
April 08, 2016