A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE MEK REPRESENTS

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On Monday in Yahoo News, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) was discussed.  Formed in 1965, it is the largest and best-organized Iranian opposition movement, and is the main component of the coalition, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which acts as the parliament-in-exile.

The NCRI and MEK, have been committed to a secular, democratic, non-nuclear republic; with gender equality; freedom of religion, thought, press, and association; support for peace in the Middle East; and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights high on their agenda, the report says.

The president-elect of the NCRI is Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who addressed a rally of 100,000 in Paris last July, which was well attended by dozens of prominent speakers from all over the world.

The MEK was critical in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb. By relying on a vast network inside Iran, they were instrumental in exposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. MEK revelations of the weapons program significantly contributed to the world peace and the national security of the United States, by triggering the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Heavy Water Facility in Arak in 2002 for the first time.  Since then, most of the visits by the IAEA inspection teams have been to the sites exposed by the MEK.

The role the MEK had played in getting the world attention on Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been repeatedly pointed to by Senior U.S. officials, including President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

President Bush emphasized that the MEK’s revelation of Natanz prompted an international campaign to stop the nuclear weapons program of Iran. “Iran has concealed its — a nuclear program. That became discovered, not because of their compliance with the IAEA or NPT, but because a dissident group pointed it out to the world.”

Many of the key front companies exposed by the MEK were eventually sanctioned by the Treasury Department.  They include Mesbah Energy, Novin Energy, Kalaye Electric, Kavoshyar Company, andFarayand Technique.

In July 2011, the MEK exposed the SPND, a new nuclear organization overseeing the entire nuclear program and run by the military. The U.S. Government designated that entity in 2014. In addition, many companies, key nuclear experts, and military institutions exposed by the MEK have been sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1737, 1747, and 1803.

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) told a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the MEK for bringing this information to the world, and causing the United States and the world to focus on the problem.”

The MEK played a key role in exposing terrorist operations by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its entity, the Qods Force. MEK’s intelligence on Qods Force operations in Iraq saved many lives, and thwarted many terrorist operations by the Iranian regime.  They documented the details of the Qods force production and shipment of advanced EFP’s (Explosively Formed Projectiles), which were the number one killer of U.S. forces in Iraq. The MEK also exposed Iran’s involvement in the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen.

The MEK has gained extensive support among a large bi-partisan group of members of congress over the past two decades. Congress strongly rejected MEK’s FTO designation, which it viewed as a goodwill gesture to Tehran, as 99 members (52 D and 47 R) called for the group’s delisting. Secretary Hillary Clinton revoked the designation in 2012, after being urged by the U.S. Court of Appeals- DC Circuit.

Congress held hearings in the House and the Senate supporting the safety & security of thousands of MEK members based in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, which were being subject to attacks instigated by Tehran. There were several pieces of legislations in support of MEK members in Iraq, e.g., H.Res.704 with 224 co-sponsors (126 D and 98 R).

Additionally, for the fiscal year 2016, the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Obama,became law, and included language in support of the “security and protection” of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq.

The resettlement of all members of “exiled Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK,” from Iraq to Europe in September 2016, was  lauded by Secretary of State John Kerry, who emphasized that “their departure concludes a significant American diplomatic initiative that has assured the safety of more than 3,000 MEK members whose lives have been under threat…I first became involved in this effort when I was in the Senate … I’m very proud that the United States was able to play a pivotal role in helping to get this job done.”

Also,  long before the group was delisted, the U.S. military fully protected all the MEK members in Iraq and recognized them as “protected persons” under the 4th Geneva Convention.

The MEK has been in the forefront of opposition to the regime since early days of the 1979 revolution, when it soon become the number one target of the Iranian regime’s repression. The rulers of Iran view the MEK as a threat because of its support at home, with its undermining of the regime’s Islamic extremist ideology among a vast majority of the Iranian population, especially the youth.

The modern, tolerant and democratic view on Islam held by the MEK opposes the Islamic fundamentalists and the velayat-e faqih system. They are a main victim of repression in Iran. By direct order of Supreme Leader Khomeini, the Iranian regime massacred 30,000 political prisoners, most members of MEK in summer 1988. Over 100,000 of its members have been murdered since 1981, and many of its supporters arecurrently jailed in prisons across the country. Most of those arrested and sentenced to death after the summer 2009 uprising in Iran, belonged to the MEK.

Tehran waged an international effort to have the MEK designated as a terrorist organization, after having failed to physically eliminate them. After all the designations were overturned in Europe and the U.S. with the help of over 20 court rulings, Tehran embarked upon a multi-million-dollar campaign of character assassination and demonization, which described the MEK as a cult. None of those efforts succeeded.

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Rule by terror: The Iranian regime’s history of brutality and violence

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By Tony Duheaume
Since it was founded by Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979, the clerical leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been kept in power solely by the sheer brutality and violence rent upon the population by its elite military forces, and the spy network of its ministry of intelligence service. They have together covered the entire nation in a network of spies, the sinister tentacles of which stretch from village to city in every province of Iran.

 


The brutality to which this regime will resort to is brought to light in the way its fanatically loyal elite military, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, and its subservient Basij militia, crackdown down hard on any form of dissent, in order to keep their beloved radical clerical regime in power, which in course enforces its draconian laws onto its powerless citizens at whatever cost.
Breathtakingly despotic, the Islamic Republic of Iran was founded on extreme brutality, with major human rights issues taking place right from the start of its violent takeover, which, as the revolution wound down, began in earnest with house to house searches, extrajudicial executions in the street, the mass slaughter of thousands of inmates in its prison system, and other terrible abuses including the mass torture and murder of dissidents who dared to oppose Khomeini’s new oppressive rule, which continues to this very day.


No sooner had Ruhollah Khomeini come to power in Iran 1979, proclaiming himself Supreme Leader, he found the need for a military force that would be completely loyal to him, and would act as an elite unit free of the command of the regular army, which would protect him at all costs, and that was when he formed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
This force would become the guardians of the revolution, preserving all of the founder’s ideals for years to come, much in the same way that Hitler had had in mind for his beloved SS, which acted as his private bodyguard, and guardians of his legendary Thousand Year Reich.
But not only did Khomeini get to work building up this powerful political military force, he needed to ensure that this new elitist unit would fulfil the role required of them, and so he saw to it that a “martyrdom cult” was developed within its ranks.


Khomeini needed committed idealists, soldiers who would give their lives to protect all aspects of his ideology, and who would sacrifice themselves without blinking an eye to further the cause of his beloved Islamic revolution for years to come.

A second revolution?
Then when Ali Khamenei took over as Supreme Leader after the death of Khomeini, always one to feel paranoid about being overthrown in a second revolution, he threw pots of money at the IRGC, offering its commanders lucrative deals such as the ownership of state assets to keep them close to him.

Just like Adolf Hitler’s elite SS battalions, the present day tasks of IRGC are numerous, both militarily and culturally. As with the SS in Hitler’s Germany, the Guard’s are a very active element in the country’s intelligence community, operating their own Intelligence Directorate, which keeps them well informed of any disruptive activity, and with their spies in every section of the security services, the military and political establishment, any grumblings of discontent or threats against the regime soon come to their attention.


The tentacles of the Guard’s intelligence arm are spread right across the nation, and working alongside the Ministry of Intelligence Service – commonly known as the MOIS – both groups are responsible for monitoring the activities of all citizens.
Its agents are constantly looking for any sign of subversive activity amongst the general populace, while at the same time enforcing the regime’s strict ‘Islamic codes’, including the policing of appropriate clothing for women, and that of moral issues.
The mullahs have always perceived any form of reformist opposition as a threat to their grip on power, and in their terminology, anybody opposing the country’s clerical rule in any way is guilty of a crime against the state, and by committing such a crime, they are also guilty of “waging war against the government of God.”

Source: Al- Arabiya, 23 November 2016

Source: Rule by terror: The Iranian regime’s history of brutality and violence

Childhood’s End: Forced Into Marriage At Age 10 In Iran

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At first, it sounds like a charming love story: Playmates who grow up side by side in an Iranian village go on to get married.

But when Leila was wedded to Ali, she was 10 years old. He was 15.

“It was nighttime and I was asleep. My neighbors rang the doorbell and came in and put a ring on my finger,” Leila, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda in an interview. “That’s how I got married.”

At 22, Leila has been married more than half her life. In a way, she’s not alone. There are tens of thousands of child brides in Iran, where the legal age of marriage for girls is 13 with parental consent — and girls even younger can be married with permission from a judge. For boys, the age is 15.

The National Organization for Civil Registration statistics registered 37,000 underage marriages in the Islamic republic in the last Iranian year, which ended in March. The real number could be even higher, as many families reportedly don’t register underage marriages.

Leila, who lives with Ali in his parents’ house, said that many girls in their village in East Azerbaijan Province are forced into marriage by their parents at around 10.
But that does not mean she was ready for it.

“I didn’t know what I was doing. I remember well, my hands were shaking,” she said, adding that the 15-year-old groom “seemed to be very confident.”

“He wasn’t afraid at all. But I was very afraid,” she said.

I wanted to tell Ali that the game was over. Let’s go to sleep and tomorrow I would go back to my mother’s house and help her with sewing.

She said she has little memory of her wedding day, but that it seemed like a game. Once the ceremony was over, all she wanted was to go home to her mother and her life.

“I wanted to tell Ali that the game was over. Let’s go to sleep and tomorrow I would go back to my mother’s house and help her with sewing,” she said.

But her nightmare had just started. Ali was determined to consummate the marriage.

At 10, Leila had not reached puberty, and she said her first sexual intercourse was a very painful experience.

“Even now as I talk about it, my hands are shaking. You can’t imagine how hard it was for me,” she said.

‘These Things Happen’

The next day, she saw a doctor, who tried to comfort her but did nothing to protect her from further abuse.

“She said it was hard at first but that I would get well later,” Leila recalled. “She said I shouldn’t worry if I bleed again after sleeping with my husband.”

“These things happen,” she says she was told.

In fact, they happen a lot — and the United Nations wants it to stop.

Continue Reading…

Written by Golnaz Esfandiari based on reporting by Roya Karimimajd of RFE/RL’s Radio Farda

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Let’s getting to more Knowledge about the PMOI/MEK. Who is the MEK?

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If you want to get more information about PMOI/MEK , this is an excellent article for getting to know the PMOI.

Formed in 1965, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the largest and best-organized Iranian opposition movement, is the main component of the coalition, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which acts as the parliament-in-exile.
The NCRI and MEK, have been committed to a secular, democratic, non-nuclear republic; gender equality; freedom of religion, thought, press, and association; support for peace in the Middle East; and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The president-elect of the NCRI is Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who addressed a rally of 100,000 in Paris, well attended by dozens of prominent speakers from all over the world.
A. The MEK role was critical in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb
The MEK has been instrumental in exposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Relying on a vast network inside Iran, MEK revelations of the weapons program significantly contributed to the world peace and the national security of the United States.
These revelations triggered the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Heavy Water Facility in Arak in 2002 for the first time, and since then, the majority of the visits by the IAEA inspection teams have been to the sites first exposed by the MEK.
Senior U.S. officials including President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have repeatedly pointed to the role the MEK had played in getting the world attention on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In March 2005, President, George W. Bush, emphasized that the MEK‘s revelation of Natanz prompted an international campaign to stop the nuclear weapons program of Iran. “Iran has concealed its — a nuclear program. That became discovered, not because of their compliance with the IAEA or NPT, but because a dissident group pointed it out to the world.”
Many of the key front companies exposed by the MEK such as Mesbah EnergyNovin EnergyKalaye ElectricKavoshyar Company, and Farayand Technique were eventually sanctioned by the Treasury Department. In July 2011, the MEK exposed a new nuclear organization overseeing the entire nuclear program and run by the military, known as SPND. The U.S. Government designated that entity in 2014. In addition, many companies, key nuclear experts, and military institutions exposed by the MEK have been sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1737, 1747, and 1803.
If it were not for the MEK nuclear revelations, Tehran would have had the bomb by now. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) told a House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing “We all owe a debt of gratitude to the MEK for bringing this information to the world, and causing the United States and the world to focus on the problem.”
B. MEK exposed the terrorist network of Iran
The MEK has played a key role in exposing the terrorist operations by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and its entity, the Qods Force. MEK‘s actionable intelligence on Qods Force operations in Iraq saved many lives, and thwarted many terrorist operations by the Iranian regime.
MEK documented the details of the Qods force production and shipment of advanced EFP’s (Explosively Formed Projectiles), the number one killer of U.S. forces in Iraq. MEK also exposed Iran’s involvement in the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 American servicemen.
C. MEK enjoys extensive bi-partisan support in U.S. Congress
Over the past two decades, MEK has gained extensive support among a large bi-partisan group of members of congress. Congress strongly rejected MEK‘s FTO designation, which it viewed as a goodwill gesture to Tehran, as 99 members (52 D and 47 R) called for the group’s delisting. Secretary Clinton revoked the designation in 2012, after being urged by the U.S. Court of Appeals- DC Circuit.
Congress held hearings in the House and the Senate strongly supporting the safety & security of thousands of MEK members based in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, as they were being subject to attacks instigated by Tehran. There were several pieces of legislations in support of MEK members in Iraq, e.g., H.Res.704 with 224 co-sponsors (126 D and 98 R).
In addition, the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2016, signed by President Obama and became law, included a language in support of the “security and protection” of MEK members in Camp Liberty, Iraq.
Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the resettlement of all members of “exiled Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK,” from Iraq to Europe in September 2016, emphasizing that “their departure concludes a significant American diplomatic initiative that has assured the safety of more than 3,000 MEK members whose lives have been under threat…I first became involved in this effort when I was in the Senate … I’m very proud that the United States was able to play a pivotal role in helping to get this job done.”
Also, the U.S. military fully protected all the MEK members in Iraq and recognized them as “protected persons” under the 4th Geneva Convention, long before the group was delisted.
D. MEK has been leading the opposition against the regime at home and abroad
MEK has been in the forefront of opposition to the mullahs since early days of the 1979 revolution, when it soon become the number one target of the Iranian regime’s repression.
The rulers of Iran view the MEK as an existential threat due to its support at home, and undermining the regime’s Islamic extremist ideology among a vast majority of the Iranian population, especially the youth. MEK‘s modern, tolerant and democratic view on Islam has been the antithesis to the Islamic fundamentalists and the velayat-e faqih system. The MEK has been the main victim of repression in Iran. In summer 1988, the Iranian regime, by direct order of Supreme Leader Khomeini, massacred 30,000 political prisoners, most members of MEK. Over 100,000 of its members have been murderedsince 1981, and many of its supporters are currently jailed in notorious prisons across the country. Most of those arrested and sentenced to death after the summer 2009 uprising in Iran, belonged to the MEK.
After having failed to physically eliminate the MEK, Tehran waged an international effort to have the MEK designated as a terrorist organization, which eventually failed after all the designations were overturned in Europe and the U.S. with the help of over 20 court rulings. Eventually, Tehran embarked upon a multi-million-dollar campaign of character assassination and demonization, which described the MEK as a cult, to justify the policy of appeasement. None of those efforts succeeded.
CONTACT: Ali Safavi, 202-747-7847, www.ncrius.org
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SOURCE National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office

Righting the Wrongs of U.S.-Iran Policy

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By Heshmat Alavi
The world begins to digest the major development of business tycoon Donald Trump defeating former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Among the many questions regarding this unexpected election result is the new administration’s approach vis-à-vis Iran. Considering the Iran nuclear deal, viewed by President Barack Obama as his foreign policy crown jewel, there are inarguable mistakes that need urgent remedies. Iran considered the Obama presidency as a golden era. It is now on the shoulders of Donald Trump and the new Republican-controlled Congress to patch various wounds inflicted by eight years of mistaken Iran appeasement policy.

Iran nuclear deal

The Obama Doctrine, if you will, was based on extending a hand to America’s historical rivals. This stirred serious anger among traditional U.S. allies, especially in the Middle East, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. However, Obama managed to push forward his initiative at the expense of others. This policy envisioned Iran becoming a more responsible partner of the international community as a result of the nuclear deal, a premise now revealed as a wish-fulfillment daydream. The International Atomic Energy Agency recently reported that Iran has again exceeded the permitted level of heavy water, raising eyebrows across the board. This is the result of a weak stance adopted by the Obama administration after the nuclear deal.

Iran is also taking advantage of the opportunity to continue its gross human rights violations, enormous support for terrorist groups not only across the Middle East but even in the U.S. and Europe as well, and persisting in inflaming wars in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. The incoming administration in Washington has the opportunity to weigh a more serious approach against Tehran. Such a policy must force Iran to quickly wind down its nuclear efforts and bring an end to horrendous human rights violations and daily execution of its opponents.

Tehran’s terrorism and foreign intervention

The Obama administration took a turn for the worst from day one, pledging to pull out all American troops from Iraq. This signaled a major American policy shift in the Middle East, raising concerns for U.S. allies and providing a much-sought opportunity for the mullahs in Tehran. Obama’s White House argued Iran would play a constructive role in stabilizing the entire region, beginning with Iraq. Unfortunately, what the world witnessed has been anything but.

Obama turned his back to Iran’s meddling in Iraq in favor of pursuing the JCPOA at all costs — viewed as an unofficial pact paving the way for Tehran’s political/military infiltration of Baghdad and fueling the rise of Daesh (ISIS).

The situation calls for a Trump White House to work closely with the new Congress in adopting a firm Middle East policy by recognizing the root of all such crises. Iran must be brought to comprehend that a new administration in Washington means an end to an enormously profitable political period.

Atrocious human rights record

Choosing not to support the 2009 uprising movement in Iran, Obama made it crystal clear to all his intention to pursue a policy of close engagement with Tehran. This emboldened the mullahs to take full advantage of such a change in attitude from Washington by significantly intensifying their domestic crackdown. Despite claiming to be a moderate, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has presided over 2,500 executions during his tenure. Scores more are on death row and Iran’s jails are packed with inmates like never before. While smiling to the outside world and claiming to seek reforms, Rouhani has remained completely loyal to the establishment by supporting a continuing policy of oppression, torture, and executions.

Congress rightfully introduced the Iran Human Rights Legislation and a new administration must build upon this initiative. Donald Trump has the opportunity to show his support for the Iranian nation and their thirst for freedom, democracy, and other values cherished also by the American people.

Conclusion

President Barack Obama made a strategic mistake in adopting a mistaken and already failed Iran appeasement policy. Iran continues to quietly cheat on the nuclear accord, inflame wars across the Middle East, and clamp down on human rights inside its own borders. This must end, and the wrongs of the Obama era must be made right. Donald Trump has the opportunity to create a completely new perspective on Iran. The Iranian people are begging for the new administration to support their struggle for freedom.

Obama failed to extend his hand to the Iranian people. Donald Trump should not. His White House and the new Republican Congress should work closely to adopt a firm Iran policy worthy of the values America stands for.

Source: Righting the Wrongs of U.S.-Iran Policy

Obama’s eight years of failure with Iran

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President Obama also decided to give leeway to the Iranian regime in pursuing its regional agenda, lest it walk away from the nuclear deal. This has cost the U.S. its regional allies and hundreds of thousands of people their lives. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

By AMIR BASIRI

Eight years ago, when President Obama took office, he chose to base his Middle East policy on reaching out to the Iranian regime and launching a new round of dialogue and rapprochement.

It was perceived that a policy founded on appeasement and concessions could transform a regime renowned for seeking nuclear weapons, a sponsor of terrorism, an exporter of fundamentalism and an outspoken enemy of the United States into an ally that could help Obama resolve the many crises riddling the Middle East.

The past eight years have proven this policy to be an utter failure. With Obama now heading out of office, his only achievement has been the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a tentative deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear ambitions in a limited way. The deal is reversible, lacks any reliable safeguards and is mainly dependent on a constant string of concessions to Tehran and the ruling mullahs’ promise to stay true to their word.

The rest leaves much to desire.

Narrowly focused on avoiding driving the mullahs away from the negotiation table and the nuclear deal, Obama opted to give Tehran a free hand in its other nefarious activities.

Therefore, as popular uprisings erupted in Iran following the rigged 2009 elections, the Obama administration chose to remain on the sidelines and avoid supporting the Iranian people’s cry for democracy.

While disenchanting the masses who expected the international community to stand along their side against injustice, the move also encouraged the Iranian regime to continue repressing its own people with impunity.

As a result, during Obama’s tenure, the human rights situation in Iran has declined steeply, under both so-called “hardliner” and “moderate” administrations. Iran has witnessed an unprecedented rise in executions under Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and remains the record-holder of executions per capita.

Obama also decided to give leeway to the Iranian regime in pursuing its regional agenda, lest it walk away from the nuclear deal. This has cost the U.S. its regional allies and hundreds of thousands of people their lives.

The gap left by the hasty and premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq allowed the Iranian regime to virtually take over the country’s political and military institutions, undoing all measures carried out to unite the country, driving a wedge into Iraq’s sectarian divide and paving the way for the re-emergence of the Islamic State.

Elsewhere in Syria, the people’s struggle to oust the dictatorship ruling their country has prolonged into a five-year crisis that has seen the deaths of 500,000 Syrians, largely because of the intervention of the Iranian regime and its efforts to shore up the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime with troops and supplies. Again, the Obama administration’s dithering and its retreat from the promise to intervene in wake of Assad’s horrible chemical attack against a Damascus suburb prodded the Iranian regime to redouble its efforts and also draw Russia into the fray.

Despite the presumption held by the Obama administration that Tehran would finally change course toward becoming a regional ally of the U.S. in the post-JCPOA era, the Iranian regime has continued its mischief with renewed fervor, fueled by the economic windfall it has obtained after signing the accord. Today, Iran-supplied missiles and Iranian boats are making the Persian Gulf unsafe for U.S. ships.

All in all, eight years of appeasement and concessions have left the Middle East in chaos and on the verge of an all-out conflict set to propagate across the globe.

Now, with a new president slated to take office in January, it’s time for a total revamp of the policy toward Iran and the Middle East.

If there’s one thing to be learned from the past eight years, it is that appeasing the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran will never yield positive results. Neither will a siloed approach which will only account for part of the problems caused by Tehran.

The Iranian regime must be recognized for the totality of its nefarious deeds, and concrete steps must be taken to hold it to account for its human rights violations and its terrorist agenda in neighboring countries instead of giving it ground to do as it will under the banner of fighting ISIS.

Meanwhile, the Iranian people must be supported in their plight to establish freedom and democracy in their country and be given their due credit as the true force capable of rooting out extremism in Iran and, by extension, the entire region.

Obama picked the wrong fights and the wrong sides to the detriment of the Iranian people, the Middle East nations and the U.S. itself. Let us hope President-elect Trump avoids repeating such mistakes.

Amir Basiri is an Iranian human rights activist.

Source: Obama’s eight years of failure with Iran

Iran to infiltrate Revolutionary Guard fighters into US, Europe

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By Rick Moran
An Iranian military commander was quoted in a government publication as saying that Revolutionary Guard assets would be placed in the U.S. and Europe “very soon.” The purpose of infiltrating these assets is to promote the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and detect plots against the regime originating from overseas.

Washington Free Beacon:

“The whole world should know that the IRGC will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon,” Salar Abnoush, deputy coordinator of Iran’s Khatam-al-Anbia Garrison, an IRGC command front, was quoted as saying in an Iranian state-controlled publication closely tied to the IRGC.

The military leader’s comments come as Iran is spending great amounts of money to upgrade its military hardware and bolster its presence throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran intends to spend billions to purchase U.S.-made planes that are likely to be converted for use in its air force.

Congressional leaders and others suspect that Iran has used a large portion of the cash windfall it received as a result of last summer’s nuclear agreement to upgrade its fighting capabilities war machine.

“The IRGC is [the] strong guardian of the Islamic Republic,” Abnoush was quoted as saying. “The Fedayeen of Velayat [fighting force] are under the order of Iran’s Supreme leader. Defending and protecting the Velayat [the Supreme Leader] has no border and limit.”

Iranian military and government officials have continued to advocate violence against the U.S. and its allies, despite the nuclear deal and several secret side agreements that gave Iran $1.7 billion in cash.

Iran accuses the U.S. of violating its end of the agreement by not helping the Islamic Republic gain further access to international banks and other markets.

Iran’s frustration over this has led to further accusations about a U.S. plot to foster unrest in the country.

“Our enemies have several projects to destroy our Islamic revolution, and have waged three wars against us to execute their plans against our Islamic Republic,” Abnoush said. “The IRGC has defeated enemies in several fronts. The enemy surrendered and accepted to negotiate with us.”

“And now all of our problems are being solved and our country is becoming stronger in all fronts. Some believe the holy defense ended,” the military leader added. “They are wrong; the holy defense continues, and today, it is more complicated than before.”

This is actually nothing new, except it appears that these assets will be permanent. Previously, an arm of the IRGC, the Quds Force, were infiltrated into Europe and other overseas destinations to carry out specific assassination missions. The Quds Force is suspected in almost a dozen murders and has been designated a terrorist organization by the Treasury Department for funding terrorism. The Iranian military leader appears to be altering the mission of the IRGC’s extraterritorial forces to include some permanent postings.

More recently, the Quds Force has been engaged in combat with Islamic State forces in Syria. But American experts on Iran are worried about this infiltration of hardened fighters:

Congressional sources and experts involved in tracking Iran’s increased aggression in the region and elsewhere told the Washington Free Beacon that these most recent comments are troubling given Iran’s very public efforts to assassinate political enemies and others across the globe.

“If we look at Iran’s previous terror attacks and assassination campaign around the world, such a statement is alarming,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Free Beacon. “The Islamic Republic has killed hundreds of Iranians and non-Iranians around the world in a coordinated campaign of terror. Iran may decide to restart the project now that many western companies are going to Iran and Iran feels its action in Europe may not be punished strongly.”

The IRGC can expand its operations thanks to the cash windfall Iran received by agreeing to the nuclear deal. It makes you wonder what else the Iranian military can accomplish now that it’s flush with cash.\

Source : Iran to infiltrate Revolutionary Guard fighters into US, Europe