Forty years ago, when the Air France jet with Khomeini on board landed in Tehran, nobody believed that the French government would support and then send the godfather of terrorism, to Iran.
Iran, before the Islamist takeover, was, as Jimmy Carter himself described it: “An island of stability in one of the most troubled areas of the world and Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi a popular king among Iranians.” So, the fall of the Shah’s government suddenly plunged not only Iran, but the region into a situation that shocked the world.
The internal and external supporters of Khomeinism who chanted empty slogans and turned pens into weapons, started an inferno which still burns after four decades. Khomeini’s radical henchmen had made it their mission to export their and install their mafia’s brand of terrorism and rule.
The Iranian regime has been in a state of self-declared war against the West since it seized power in 1979. With its terrorism reaching far beyond Iran’s borders, into Europe and as far as South America, the European governments cannot seem to help themselves but to persist with the appeasement of the mullahs.
European countries in general have maintained a toothless, paradoxical and nonplussed policy vis-à-vis Tehran. They habitually cover up crimes committed by the Islamic regime, even against their own citizens. Ignoring gross violations of international norms, they smile for the cameras and nervously extend a hand to authorities who bully and intimidate them, when in fact their actual policy should be hold them accountable for those very principles.
Javad Zarif’s desperate and continuous trips to Europe portends the Islamic regime’s demise. Taking great pains at the behest of Tehran’s leaders to persuade European governments, he continues to play their intermediary between Iran and the United States in hopes of selling 700,000 barrels of oil per day.
During Zarif’s recent trip to Sweden, Iranian opposition groups who protested his presence in Stockholm, were viciously beaten by Swedish police. These actions communicate a lack of commitment on the part of Europeans, in persuading the mullahs to embrace democratic values, despite the fact that for four decades the Islamic regime’s extremism has seriously affected Europeans.
In 2017, the Swedish prime minister Kjell Stefan Löfven led a delegation to Iran that included 15 people, 11 of whom were feminist women. Those ladies, fully aware of the gender apartheid in Khomeinist Iran, chose to go to Iran and wear the hijabs despite their own feminist positions.
As of last week, in the G7 Summit in Biarritz, French President Emmanuel Macron, whose policies led to the anti-government protests by the “yellow vests,” bent over backwards to accommodate the Islamic regime, by receiving Javad Zarif on the margins of that event. Macron seems to believe that short term trade deals with Iran will help in mending the France’s failing economy.
Iranian political pundits have always admired Western values and cherish them as methods for modernism. However, contradictorily, attempts by Emmanuel Macron in supporting the Islamic regime changes the Iranian people’s overall perspective of France and undermines the Western values.
Macron and other European leaders should consider the fact that the freedom and democracy must not be confined to empty slogans and if they really care about this matter, they must regard those rights as universal and not just exclusive to Westerners.
In the mind of the Khomeinist leaders, by neglecting the basic rights of the Iranian people, the French president puts himself on par with and equates himself to them, rubbing salt into the wound that Jimmy Carter created by supporting Khomeinism.
The Iranian people don’t deserve the Islamic regime and have continually refused any accommodation of and support for the Islamic terrorist leaders. Yet the Macron and the French government do accept and accommodate them, thereby putting greed over their lofty principles.
Every day that goes by, the Iranian people suffer under the Islamic regime, but it is not only about the Iranian people, the appeasement of the Islamic regime endangers national security in Europe and the European leaders’ continual support for the Islamic regime will be etched on the collective memory of the Iranian people as unabashed hypocrisy.
Days after accusations of large-scale corruption in Iran’s car industry, the CEO of Iran Khodro was arrested in his office after being fired hours earlier.
Iran Khodro is one of the biggest vehicle manufacturers in Iran partnering with the French conglomerate PSA Peugeot Citroen. The reason for Monday’s actions of firing and then arresting Mr. Hashen Yekke Zare’e has not been announced. He has led the company for the past seven years and at the same time was chairman of Parsyan Bank’s board of directors.
This was the second case in recent days when managers of government entities are arrested right after they are fired from their jobs. The head of Iran’s Privatization Organization met the same fate on August 14. Reports say two other Iran Khodro managers have also been arrested in recent days.
Iran has been caught by a storm of corruption allegations against powerful people in August, some of whom have been detained. Others, such as the former head of the Judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani have been publicly discredited.
In addition to Iran Khodro, six managers of Saipa, another automaker are also in jail and its CEO is banned from leaving the country.
On August 18, the spokesman of a parliamentary commission asserted that “Widespread financial corruption has turned automakers in Iran into a powerful mafia”. He accused the government owned companies of mismanagement resulting in huge debts to government owned banks.
Five years ago, Iran’s parliament had issued a report saying that these car companies were run with heavy-handed government control and political interference. The report had assailed lack of financial discipline and transparency.
In a May 31st report, the Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco wrotethat former Obama administration officials have also been meeting with Khomeinist regime functionaries, most notably, Zarif. The article describes the Obama cronies’ message to Iran as “Don’t take Trump’s bait. Stay calm.” Other analysts would describe their message to Tehran as, wait out Trump’s term, once the Democrats retake the presidency in 2020, they’ll resume Obama’s policy of regime appeasement.
These former Obama White House staffershave willfully maintained regular contact with Tehran since the Democratic Party lost the 2016 US elections. Furthermore, they continue to brief Democratic members of Congress on their activities. “Three Obama officials who worked closely on the Iran nuclear deal, one of whom is still in touch with Iranian government officials, traveled to Capitol Hill to brief congressional Democrats about the situation.” The officials would not “say if they passed information from Iranian government officials to members of Congress,” the Daily Beast article stated.
While the Daily Beast did not name the former Obama administration officials involved, this is not the first time Obama staffers have been caught colluding with Tehran to undermine Trump’s policies. Former Secretary of StateJohn Kerry is known to have had backdoor meetings with Zarifand other regime leaders. Inat least one meetingwith regime officials in 2018, Kerry was accompanied by former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who was the lead negotiator of the JCPOA, as well as Ernest Moniz, former Secretary of Energy.
President Trump has publicly rebuked Kerry’s actions as undercutting US policy, and called for him to be prosecuted under the Logan Act, which bans private American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without Washington’s approval. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has repeatedly asked theUS Justice Department to investigate Kerry, but so far, no action has been taken.
Meanwhile, Wendy Sherman, along with scandal-ridden former CIA director John Brennan, were invited by Congressional Democratsto brief them on Iran, in an explicit signal that the Democratic representatives do not trust, or want to work with, the current president’s national security team.
Teaming up with the Tehran mullahs was one of the Obama administration’s outmoded foreign policy goals, which Obama began implementing as soon as he took office. As theNew York Times described it,in an article about Obama’s foreign policy guru and spin doctor, Ben Rhodes:
“By eliminating the fuss about Iran’s nuclear program, the administration hoped to eliminate a source of structural tension between the two countries, which would create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. With one bold move, the administration would effectively begin the process of a large-scale disengagement from the Middle East.”
The primary losers, under the perpetually proven failed policy of the Democrats, have been the Iranian people, who saw their 2009 peaceful uprisingcrushed when the Nobel-Peace-Prize-Winner Obama wouldn’t support them, instead preferring to deal with the regime. To that end, Eli Lake writes that the CIA “has contingency plans for supporting democratic uprisings anywhere in the world,” but when it came to Iran, the (Obama) White House ordered it to stand down.”
Despite all that however, it turns out that not all of Obama’s former advisors are in accord with the Democratic party’s current actions involving Iran. General Jim Jones, Obama’s first national security advisor,said in a recent interviewthat he supported President Trump’s policy on Iran. “I think it’s the correct approach, Iran is undeserving of any sentiment that would lead anyone to believe that they’re trying to do the right thing,” Jones stated.
A decorated Marine officer, Jones’s initial appointment was seen as a signal that Obama’s policies would not be a radical departure from previous administrations’ conception of America’s role in the world. By his own admission, Jones did not know Obama well,only having met him twice,and he was stunned when the then presidential candidate mentioned his name in a September, 2008, presidential debate as one of his main foreign policy influencers.
Asone article notes, during his tenure with the administration, Jones became, “a West Wing wallflower.”He was kept largely out of the loop on key decisions, which Obama made in concert with his actual close advisors, among them Tom Donilon, Robert Malley, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, Valerie Jarrett, Ben Rhodes, and Joe Biden. Jones referred to this group as a “Politburo” and a “Mafia.” The former national security advisor was never allowed to meet with the president alone, and he left the administration in October, 2010, embittered by his experience. He later opposed the JCPOA, and has frequently expressed his support for President Trump’s stance on Iran.
Tehran’s leaders are hoping against hope that these allies will come through; they do not seem to want to come to terms with the fact that the pie-in-the-sky guarantees given by this self-interested circle, are no guarantees at all. Let’s not forget that under Obama, the Khomeinist regime’s foes, the Mojahedeen Khalq, or National Council of the Resistance of Iran (MEK or NCRI), the highly controversial Islamic-Leninist resistance group, were taken off the U.S. terrorist list, which left Tehran’s brass seething.
The only thing that the Obama administration actually did for Tehran, an action that will forever haunt that White House’s legacy, wasthe massive $1.4 billion cash injection– that actually belonged to the people of Iran – to the Khomeinist regime leaders in order to buy the freedom of several Iranian-Americans that Tehran was holding hostage. The Obama admin actually believed that that money was going to bolster the failing Iranian economy. But no; it was spent on keeping Bashar Al-Asad’s corrupt regime in power. And now the regime leaders dare to claim (and the international media accommodates by repeating those claims) that it is the Trump sanctions that has left Iran’s economy in shambles and Iranians hurting.
The key argument here is that the Obama administration cannot even agree within itself. Their mandate was clearly not only pre-planned but a political and unilateral one of unconditional support for the regime in Tehran, so that it could be ‘the’ feather in Obama’s foreign policy cap; the Messiah-President who brought the defiant Khomeinists to heel, so to speak. But that was a huge ego-based miscalculation on this group’s part, one which they still can neither swallow, nor leave well alone. So, they continue to sacrifice the Iranian people, an entire nation of 80 plus million, that has been unduly suffering the most heinous violations under the Mullahgarchy for 40 years, just so some DC bubble can shore up its legacy.
The tired old Democrat “Iran Policy” (which shamefully, a few Republicans have also subscribed to over the years) is repackaged like the Emperor’s new clothes, with every new Democrat flavor of the day. The Carter admin holdovers and their career politico protégés have proven to have completely perverted the Iran issue for over 4 decades. They have become the de facto aiders and abettors to criminals against humanity and it is now high time, that they backed off and allowed the people of Iran to finally, peacefully usher in a future that is acceptable to Iranians who are striving for a country where there is both, a clear separation of religion and state, and a prevailing rule of law.
Puneet Talwar, from 1995-1999 and 2001-2008, was the Chief Middle East Advisor to Vice President Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1999-2001, and was a foreign policy advisor in the House of Representatives. From 2009-2014, Mr. Talwar served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Iraq, Iran, and the Gulf States at the White House National Security Council. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on April 9, 2014.https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/sabanforum2006_bio_addendum.pdf