By Zaman Feyli
Creating crisis and chaos is in the Khomeinist regime’s DNA. The Khomeinist regime continues to survive by virtue of crises. Indeed, since its inception 40 years ago, the regime has generated one catastrophe after another. The nature of such a regime is based on both internal and external psychological manipulation, which aims to shift international public perception about its true nature, and in order to achieve this, they have inflicted horrific socio-economic pain upon the Iranian people.
The IRGC, the Khomeinist regime’s veritable arm used for terrorism and suppression, is tasked with carrying out its nefarious objectives.
Examining Tehran’s report card of terrorist activities committed over its 40-year lifespan is an enormous task; however, what is noteworthy is their modus operandi of ‘playing the victim.’ The fabricated terrorist attacks in Ahvaz and Tehran, which they attributed to ISIS, aggression against oil tankers, and piracy in the Persian Gulf, as acts of fear-mongering and power projection, are small examples of the regime’s violations. In order to cover up their crimes and buy time, the regime continually creates a chaotic atmosphere; thus, an examination of their other objectives in safeguarding their dominance, and ultimately their regime’s survival, is necessary.
The regime feels acutely threatened by the United States’ decisive presence in the Persian Gulf region, hence the decline in their terrorist activities, and their incitement of violence and unrest in Syria and Lebanon. The fact of the matter is that the terrorist regime in Iran dreads the United States’ presence in Iraq more than the American presence in the Persian Gulf, because Iraq is strategically more important to the regime, and it can foment proxy and civil wars, and create religious conflicts, there.
Since the fall of Saddam Hossein’s regime, Iraq has been an easy target for Tehran’s leaders, and they have been actively involved in acts of terrorism against U.S. forces there.
One of the border areas that the regime frequently and easily uses to send ‘legal mercenaries’ for smuggling weapons, as well as for circumventing sanctions under the shadow of Iraqi Kurdistan, is the Khosravi border crossing point, and its contiguous ParvizKhan border crossing point. These both serve as safe havens for regime-backed terrorists.
Nota bene: In 2003, at the Khosravi border crossing point, a shipping container full of different types of weapons and IEDs accidentally fell off a crane. That incident confirmed the Khomeinist regime’s role in terrorism, and led to a more direct scrutiny of the border crossing points by U.S. forces, and their ultimate closing.
The temporary opening of the Khosravi border crossing point, after the US forces left Iraq, culminated in the full-scale interference of the Islamic regime’s terrorists in Iraq. The return of US forces has become an utmost concern to Tehran’s leaders, who have perpetually tried to keep the border crossing point open. This issue is of paramount concern for them, to the point that in recent weeks, Rahim Safavi, the supreme leader’s top military advisor, was sent to the region in order to open the border crossing point, on the pretext of pilgrimage.
The truth is that the Iranian regime’s sanguinary rulers hugely benefit from an Iraq in turmoil; they will take great pains to create unrest in Iraq, by sending thousands of their terrorists there masquerading as Shia “mourners” attending the Arba’een Pilgrimage.
Eventually, both the Iraqi government and US policies can prevent the Iranian regime’s nefarious objectives, through implementing carefully planned security measures, and in so doing, neutralizing the Islamist regime’s terrorist activities.