The Islamic Regime in Iran, tension for all seasons

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By Zaman Feyli

Since the United States’ withdrawal from the JCPOA (the Iran Deal), the European Union has taken great pains to preserve that deal, remaining steadfastly behind its’ economic ties with Tehran. As the United States enforces its new maximum pressure campaign on the Islamic regime in Iran, the EU continues to persist with its hands-off routine.

Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, along with Germany and France, among others, has made painstaking efforts to devise trade conduits. The European special purpose vehicle (SPV), known as the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), has been created in order to facilitate the circumvention of US sanctions, and maintain non-dollar trade with Iran.

Meanwhile, as Islamist regime officials keep up their intimidation tactics to ensure that European countries do not abandon the Iran Deal, most European companies have followed the U.S. lead, and left the Iranian market.

Europe’s weak stance vis a vis the Islamist regime even eclipsed the Japanese Prime Minister’s meeting with Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader. On the day of their visit, the regime escalated their threats by attacking a merchant ship, as well as stepped up uranium enrichment. Despite all that however, Mogherini remained hopeful about the JCPOA and downplayed the Islamist regime’s bullying, by stating she found no cause to disrupt the accord.

European Appeasement of Iran

With the failure of the European implementation of INSTEX for the Islamist regime, Germany and France appointed themselves as intermediaries. Emmanuel Macron’s repeated contacts with Hassan Rouhani, and Germany’s refusal to take part in the coalition against Iran’s threats in the Persian Gulf, resulted in President Trump issuing a statement to Macron. The statement read: “I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself.”

While the Khomeinist regime is getting weaker, and their subversive actions are in decline, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, announced his country’s commitment to peace, security and de-escalation in the region, willfully ignoring the fact that the Islamist regime is one of the main threats to world peace.

What is obvious to all is that countries such as Germany and France, who claim to want to alleviate tensions, have not presented practical solutions that would mitigate or control the regime’s chaos mongering.

The European countries still owe a great debt to the Iranian people, and the international community, for their excusing the Islamist regime’s deployment of assassins that murdered Iranian activists in Paris, Berlin and Bonn, during the ’90’s. So far, these countries have turned a blind eye to such brazen acts of terrorism, and in some cases, they have even released the perpetrators back into the hands of their masters.

The Islamic Republic and Tension Creation

The Europeans have chosen a policy of appeasement and short-term economic interests, where Iran is concerned. They are certainly aware of the fact that the Islamist regime does not function as a government should; so they employ their double-standard policies that lead to tension with their most important partner, the United States.

As a fundamentalist regime, the Khomeinists have always sought to sow chaos through their clerical sect, in order to further their political objectives. As such, the regime has always meddled in both Lebanese and Palestinian affairs, creating pandemonium at every turn.

After seizing power in Iran, and after the U.S. hostage crisis, Khomeini began to incite Iraqi Shiites. He and his emissaries proceeded to call upon Iraqis to overthrow their government, which led to the 8-year Iran-Iraq war.

To that end, Tehran’s officials continues to create tension in Saudi Arabia, inflaming the Shia population against the Sunnis, in the Arab peninsula during the Hajj annual pilgrimage. These acts of political sabotage culminated in the 2016 attack and ransacking of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.

Creating sectarian tensions in the Middle East in order to create the Shiite Crescent is in the Khomeinist lifeblood.

In light of these facts, one needs to ask the European governments how could this regime be tamed? Accords such as the JCPOA may bring about temporary, albeit feigned, peace and quiet, but what is certain is that Tehran clandestinely continues its malign activities.

The Khomeinist system is an alarming salvo that will not be easily quelled. Europeans should stand with the Iranian people, like the current US government, if they aim to aid the peace process in the Middle East. Considering their long-term interests is wiser than prioritizing short-term economic gains from a terrorist regime.

 

 

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