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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:44 pm on 8 Apr 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: IRGC is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) by US 

    Washington DC, April 8, 2019 – US administration is designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, IRGC as the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). This step is aimed at increasing maximum pressures on the Mullahs’ regime.

    In a state department live press briefing, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo announced this designation.

    President Trump announced the designation Monday morning, saying “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

    The following is the complete statement by the US president:

    “Today, I am formally announcing my Administration’s plan to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.  The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign.

    “This designation will be the first time that the United States has ever named a part of another government as an FTO.  It underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.  This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime.  It makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC.  If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.

    “This action sends a clear message to Tehran that its support for terrorism has serious consequences.  We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior.”

    The White House sees the IRGC as an “active and enthusiastic participant in acts of terror,” according to a senior administration official

    “The Middle East cannot be more stable and peaceful without a weakened IRGC,” Brian Hook, US special representative on Iran said.

    Responding to the terrorist designation of the IRGC, NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi said: “The FTO (terrorist) listing of Iran’s IRGC is a just and long overdue desire of the Iranian people and Resistance and it also happens to be a prerequisite to peace and stability in the region and the world.”

    Iran opposition leader @Maryam_Rajavi in a message in this regard on her official Twitter account, she said:

    “FTO (terrorist) listing of Iran regime’s IRGC is a just and long overdue desire of the Iranian people and Resistance and it also happens to be a prerequisite to peace and stability in the region and the world.

    Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said:

    “FTO designation of IRGC is a necessity in ending war & terrorism in the region & the world. IRGC is an occupying force which has taken 85 million Iranians hostage & ruined the country’s economy & was a key factor in the recent destructive flood, the carnage of lives & damages created”.

    “If the IRGC was blacklisted years ago as the Iranian resistance had continuously called for, this regime and its proxies and pawns wouldn’t have had the phenomenal free hand in creating bloodbaths in Iraq, Syria, Yemen & Afghanistan”.

    “Policy of appeasement provided greatest service to #Iran regime in its internal suppression & export of terrorism/warmongering via turning a blind eye on atrocities of mullahs& IRGC. It’s due time for all IRGC members to be expelled frm Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen & other nations”.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 11:08 am on 6 Apr 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Finally, the United States is doing the right action that the people of Iran and the Middle East have long been waiting for: #BlacklistIRGC 

    By Masoud Dalvand

    According to a report published by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, the United States will designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as an Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) on Monday, April 8.

    Finally, the right action that should have happened many years ago, and the people of Iran and all the countries of the Middle East are waiting for it.

    The Revolutionary Guards are responsible for carrying out thousands of terrorist acts and killing innumerable innocent people not only in Iran, but also throughout the Middle East from Iraq and Lebanon to Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Africa to South America and Asia. Wherever terrorist action has taken place over the past three decades, the footstep of this terrorist force of the criminal mullahs ruling Iran is also seen.
    The explosion of the Jewish Center in Buenos Aires of Argentina, killing of people in the Middle East and the warfare in the Middle Eastern countries also the destruction of the Middle East peace process until the attempt to obtain nuclear weapons and the production and use of ballistic missiles is only part of the IRGC’s destructive and terrorist activities.

    Therefore, these terrorists must finally see the consequences of their criminal acts over the past 40 years against the people of Iran and other countries in the region and the world.
    Designation the mafia of corruption, assassination and warfare in Iran is a good news for all people of Iran and the Middle East.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:43 pm on 1 Oct 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    US Releases Report on Iran Regime’s Destructive Behavior 

    US Releases Report on Iran Regime’s Destructive Behaviour

    The US State Department has released an extensive report detailing the Iranian Regime’s “destructive behavior” at home and abroad shortly before the 40th anniversary of the mullahs stealing power.

    The report, entitled Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, goes into stark detail about Iran’s support for terrorism, illicit financial activities, abuse of human rights, environmental exploitation, its missile program, a threat to cyber security, and a threat to maritime security.

    The report starts with a letter from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who explains why the US withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and how the Iranian Regime will suffer as a result.

    He wrote that the current US policy on Iran reflected that Iran is “not a normal state”, arguing that normal states don’t:

    • attack embassies and military installations in peacetime

    • hold hostage citizens of foreign nations

    • jail their own citizens or those of other countries on specious crimes

    • impose severe restrictions on basic freedoms

    • conduct covert assassinations in other countries

    • engage in torture

    • squander their own natural resources

    • proliferate missile technology to dangerous proxies

    • violently suppress legitimate protests

    • serve as a sanctuary for terrorists

    • call for the destruction of Israel and threaten other countries

    • aid brutal dictators such as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

    • fuel terrorist proxies and militias

    Pompeo said that the report served as “a full record of the Islamic Republic’s hostile behavior abroad and its repression at home beyond the continued threat of its nuclear program”.

    The report

    The report makes clear that the Iranian Regime’s support for terrorism has gone on since the start of the Regime, usually driven by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its Qods Force as well as the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

    The report read: “Today, the IRGC-QF is active across the Middle East and has plotted or carried out terrorist attacks in five out of seven continents. Where it is unable or unwilling to act directly, the Iranian regime has mastered the use of terrorist proxy groups like Lebanese Hizballah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Bahraini Al- Ashtar Brigades and the Iraqi Kata’ib Hizballah to conduct terrorist attacks.”

    This support for terrorist groups has been aided by Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles – in violation of UN resolution 2231 – and its “opaque and fraudulent financing activities”, which have undermined the integrity and security of the global financial system.

    As a result of all of this, the US considers Iran a threat to maritime security in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea and to cyber security, where they have been engaging in unsafe behaviours for a couple of years, mainly through the use of proxies.

    The Iranian Regime is also known to have ignored environmental crises that have led to drought and mass migration in Iran; something not surprising considering their “repeated and systemic abuse of human rights”. The report observes that the Regime’s human rights abuses extend far beyond its borders, with the murder of civilians in Syria and the arbitrary detention of Sunnis in Iraq.

    Pompeo wrote: “Iran is a society with so much greater potential. We want to reach a new agreement with Iran that ensures its nuclear activities are peaceful and that its role in the Middle East is constructive. We seek a deal that ensures Iran does not support terrorism around the world and provides for the greater opportunity to its own people. We are prepared to work with the Iranian regime, but only if it makes major changes. Until then, the Iranian regime can rest assured of our firm resolve to counter their destabilizing activities. Given the record we have published today, they should expect nothing less.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:31 am on 5 Aug 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Early Consequences of Sanctions Against Iran 

    Early Consequences of Sanctions Against Iran

    By Masoud Dalvand

    These days, the heated and controversial discussion of Iran’s sanctions has attracted attention and put the ruling mullahs in Iran at a deadly deadlock.

    Sanctions against Iran, in particular the sanctions on Iran’s oil, are actions taken by some countries in the world to propose a United States to prevent or restrict Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions are aimed at removing the mullah’s regime from oil revenues and forcing them to cooperate with the international community to stop the construction of nuclear weapons and nuclear warheads.

    These sanctions are imposed through an immediate solution, i.e. boycott of purchases or buyers, or indirect ones, such as boycotting tanker ships or boycotting banks, with the aim of eliminating the purchasers of the oil and turning them to other suppliers of this commodity.

    Following US withdrawal from Iran deal or JCPOA on May 8, 2018, the US Treasury Department announced that sanctions against Iran would commence again in the 90th and 180th days after the withdrawal of Iran deal.

    Accordingly, the first US embargo against Iran will begin on August 6, 2018, and after this deadlock, the Iranian regime will not be able to buy the US dollar or trade gold or other commodities.

    In addition, sanctions against Iran will be imposed in the area of ​​aluminum, steel, coal, Dollar exchange and automobile industry, and significant restrictions will be imposed on transactions with Rial outside Iran.

    Iran-Root-Cause-of-Economic-Crisis

    The second US sanctions package against Iran will be operational on November 4, 2018.

    From now on, international restrictions will apply to the activities of the National Iranian Oil Company and the purchase of oil, petrochemicals and petroleum products from Iran will be subject to sanctions.

    The Iranian shipping industry, the activities of the Central Bank of Iran and the Western financial institutions, as well as those whose names were removed from the sanctions list on January 16, 2016, would be subject to further sanctions.

    The Consequences of the first phase of the sanctions

    At this point, those who came to Iran with a deal with sanctions are back to the sanctions list.

    It should be kept in mind that Iran was one of the world’s largest oil producers and issued billions of dollars of oil and gas annually. But Iran’s oil production, along with its GDP, fell dramatically with international sanctions.

    At the same time, it should be borne in mind that such sanctions will go beyond the scope of the relationship between Iran and the United States, in such a way that all non-US companies that interact with the Iranian market will aim at unilateral US sanctions.

    At a news conference July 2, State Department Policy Planning Director Brian Hook, said that Washington is “safe enough” to supply oil to replace Iran’s crude oil.

    The US goal is “to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime to cut its oil revenues and bring it to zero.”

    This equilibrium will be offset by OPEC, India and Saudi Arabia.

    The Consequences of the second phase of the sanctions

    According to US sanctions, the US Treasury Department will review the performance of the Iranian oil purchasers six months after the withdrawal from Iran deal (November 2018) and, if they have not complied with the sanctions law, countries banks that buy Iran oil and pay to the Central Bank of Iran (such as Chinese, Korean or Indian banks) are subject to sanctions. The United States has announced that all countries and companies that will cooperate with Iran after November 4, 2018 will be subject to US sanctions.

    What is the real solution to the crisis?

    Now and after all the sanctions and political and economic equations, the people of Iran say the last words. They want a government that, instead of investing heavily in terrorism, promote peace and prosperity and peaceful coexistence with its neighbors.

    As Mariam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), recently said in a statement:

    The disastrous state of the economy and the foreign exchange market is the direct product of the regime’s depravity. The free fall of the value of Rial to the world’s lowest is a consequence of the rule of the mullahs who have destroyed everything to preserve their power.

    The mullahs have no solution for containing the chaotic state of the economy and all their measures and plans have failed. Sacking the Central Bank’s president, arresting bazaar merchants, spreading lies and false pretenses are no longer effective.

    Iran’s crumbling economy cannot be saved unless by toppling the regime.

    Hence, in these days, more courageous than ever, the Iranian people in Tehran, Mashhad, Karaj, Shiraz, Isfahan and Rasht and other cities scream the overthrow of the religious dictatorship and say death to the dictator. It is the right of the Iranian people to live in peace and freedom and in a democratic country, with a prosperous economy. Enough of war and destruction, terrorism and corruption and poverty.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:44 pm on 21 Jun 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    A new factor emerges and takes center stage in Iran 

    IRGCTerrorists

    By Nikoo Amini

    For more than four decades the Iranian regime has been investing heavily in increasing its influence in the region, interfering in the affairs of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and even Yemen and North Africa. The US Secretary of State Mike Pumpou tweeted this, on, June 31: Iran’s corrupt regime has enriched IRGCHezbollah, and Hamas, and plundered the country’s wealth on proxy wars abroad while Iranian families struggle.

    In order hands, Pumpeo posted to other tweets yesterday as below:

    The wave of sanctions and the bankrupt economy has dropped the regime into the abyss and now Trump has told firms worldwide that they have three to six months to cut ties with Iran or face sanctions, too. Oil exports, which rose as a result of the deal, are already falling. While all these pressures are undoubtedly causing damage to the regime, it is the people of Iran and the Iranian resistance who will make the final statement about their country’s future. The change will be made in Iran by the Iranian people, and Western countries and the international community should be asking themselves whose side they will be standing on in this important development of history.

    via  A new factor emerges and takes center stage in Iran — Iran News Wire

     

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 3:57 pm on 22 May 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Understanding the US policy on Iran in light of Pompeo speech 

    Understanding the #US policy on #Iran in light of Pompeo speech. #IranRegimeChange

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    Iran Commentary

    Dedicating his first foreign policy speech to the grave subject of Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined the Trump administration’s new strategy vis-à-vis Iran on Monday, coming shortly after President Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Obama-era nuclear deal.

    Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Secretary Pompeo vividly explained how the US administrations is standing alongside the Iranian people and their aspirations for freedom and democracy, especially the ongoing protests across the country.

    The new strategy encompasses “a new security architecture” extending beyond Tehran’s nuclear program to also include its missile technology, support for terrorism and actions in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, amongst other countries.

    A long slate of conditions were set forth…

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  • Masoud Dalvand 6:12 pm on 4 Apr 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: Consequences Of US Pulling Out Of Nuclear Deal 

    Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

    With the announcement of a new Secretary of State and a new national security adviser, many have said that the odds of President Donald Trump pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement have increased.

    Furthermore, it seems very unlikely that the European parties to the deal – the United Kingdom, France and Germany – will be able to guarantee and address the changes that Trump requested.

    For one, the three European countries submitted a proposal to sanction Iran for its ballistic missile activities and its belligerence and interference in Syria. However, the proposal must get unanimous approval and there are already several countries that have expressed opposition, including Spain, Austria and Italy. Italy said that it was very concerned about its interests worth millions of dollars being put into jeopardy.

    Of course no-one can predict how Iran will react if Trump did announce that he was no longer going to waiver sanctions, however it can be safely presumed that the news will not go down well. Some have even said that Iran will immediately start carrying out illicit nuclear activities. The Iranian regime has previously tried to provoke Trump with acts of defiance.

    The regime could reinstall some of its centrifuges that have been out of use for months and it could continue to fine-tune other ones. It could also start to stockpile uranium instead of shipping it abroad or it could enrich it to 20 per cent.

    Some believe that there will be a race to the nuclear bomb. Others say that this is not possible – no matter how much the Iranian regime wants to.

    According to Reuel Gerecht, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, the main obstacle is the unfinished work on advanced centrifuges.

    Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), is an Iranian diplomat and academic who is probably behind Iran’s large-scale illicit dual-use import network. He has the support of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and, when President Hassan Rouhani became the president in 2013, he was able to make great progress on the country’s atomic infrastructure.

    Gerecht and Takeyh say that it would take years for the Iranian regime to reinstall the high-yield centrifuges. Furthermore, they are currently under surveillance by the nuclear watchdog that is in charge of monitoring Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). If Iran were to reinstall the centrifuges, it would not go unnoticed and there is a high likelihood that military strikes from the US would shortly follow.

    It has also been posited that the Iranian regime will not be quick to take any overly-drastic action if Trump announces a US pull-out of the agreement because it is nervous of the US administration. Especially now that new appointments have been made and the deal-sympathizers have gone.

    The United States is making it very clear that the “golden years” of appeasement are over and one can only hope that one day soon, the Europeans will follow.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:26 pm on 24 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Prospects for Change in 2018-US and EU policy on Iran- Senior U.S. Lawmakers meet Maryam Rajavi 

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    Senior Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, and Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade, met withMaryam Rajavi, on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

    In the meeting which took place at Maryam Rajavi’s residence in Auvers-sur-Oise, the two sides discussed the uprising by the Iranian people that began on December 28, 2017, its consequences and the options before the international community.

    The senior U.S. lawmakers condemned the Iranian regime for its brutal crackdown on the protests and underscored that the international community must break its silence and inaction vis-à-vis the atrocities perpetrated by the regime against its own citizens. They also urged the U.S. Government to impose comprehensive sanctions, including financial and banking sanctions on Iranian regime’s officials and entities, especially those involved in suppressing the protesters. They also called for measures that would enable the Iranian people to overcome the blocking of the internet and allow them access to communication systems. The lawmakers urged the U.S. Government to force the expulsion of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and its proxy militias from the countries in the region.

    “The uprising marked a turning point in the struggle of the Iranian people to attain freedom and democracy,” Maryam Rajavi said, adding that the “chants of ‘death to Khamenei’ and ‘death to Rouhani,’ and ‘reformer, hardliner, the game is now over’ made it palpably clear that the Iranian people demand the overthrow of this regime.”

    She emphasized that this uprising will continue until the overthrow of the clerical regime because the underlying factors that propelled the uprising, namely economic mismanagement, rampant government corruption, increasing poverty and inflation, escalating suppression, and a whole host of other social and political problems cannot and will not be resolved.

    Maryam Rajavi added, “With the Iranian people’s uprising, the clerical regime has entered its final phase and as such any investment in this regime is doomed to fail. It is time for the international community to stand with the Iranian people and not with the clerical regime.” Maryam Rajavi also called on the international community to exert greater pressure on the clerical regime to secure the speedy release of all protesters.

    “The U.S. Government needs to officially recognize that the Iranian people reject the corrupt and repressive mullah regime in Iran. We, in Congress and the U.S. Government must make it clear that we are on the side of the Iranian people and not their Islamic, fanatic and corrupt allies who oppress them,” Rep. Rohrabacher said.

    Rep. Poe emphasized that the world community must hold the Iranian regime’s officials accountable for their atrocities and assist the people of Iran in their noble quest for freedom and democracy.

    Then two members of the US Congress and a number of European political figures attended a conference called: ” Prospects for Change in 2018-US and EU policy on Iran”

    Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, at the conference  said: “We’re at this meeting,bcz this is not just about freedom. There’s strong relationship BTW peace,freedom&prosperity.W/out Freedom its Iran‘s military adventurism that endangers the region.”

    Judge Ted Poe (R-TX), Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Trade at Conference said: ” There’re growing signs that the efforts of Iranian people are cracking the regime. The mullahs are nervous. The Iranian people are giving them nightmares.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:58 am on 30 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran: “Death to Khamenei” Slogan, Chanted in Major Cities 

    Death to Khamenei

    On its second day, the “No to High Prices” uprising, spread to vast parts of Iran. In Isfahan, the protesters chanted “Death to Khamenei“. In Rasht, the people rushed to the streets chanting “Death to the dictator”, “Death to Khamenei”, “Friday is the mourning day, the rights of our nation is plundered by mullahs”, ” shame on you mullahs, let go the country”, “We die, and will take back Iran”. When attacked by the police, they chanted “Hey Police, go get the thieves”.

    Uprising

    On Friday, December 29, 2017, on the second day of the “No to High Prices” uprising, demonstrations spread to vast parts of Iran. The people and brave youths in many cities, including Kermanshah, Qom, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Quchan, Sari, Qa’mshahr, Qazvin, Rasht, Zahedan, Hamadan, Khorram-Abad, Sabzevar and Bojnourd staged protest demonstrations.

    Kermahshah uprising

    During the uprising of the heroic people in the city of Kermanshah, the capital of the Western Kermanshah province on the morning of Friday December 29, people tore down the regime’s signs and banners, especially the Basij and IRGC banners. The anti-riot forces attacked the demonstrators with baton and severely beat and injured a number of people. The suppressive forces also began to disperse the people with the opening of high pressure water. The women with the slogan of “Shame, Shame, Police shame”, “Do not be afraid, we are all together,” challenged the mercenaries.

    Maryam Rajavi: Uprisings of Kermanshah and Mashhad and other cities are death knell for the corrupt dictatorship of mullahs, and the rise of democracy, justice and popular sovereignty

    Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, saluted the people of Kermanshah and other cities who rose up on Friday chanting “death or freedom”, “death to Rouhani”, “death to the dictator”, and “political prisoners must be freed”, and took part in protests against high prices, poverty and corruption.

    The NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chair: Iranian People Want Regime Change

    December 29, 2017. The principle plea of the Iranian people in their Uprising called: “No to High prices” is regime change, stated NCRI’s foreign affairs committee chair Mohammad Mohadessin

    And finally, President Trump and other officials In U.S. announced their supports of Iranian people uprising.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 10:03 pm on 27 Dec 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: One way to counter Iran’s aggression? Change the map of the Middle East 

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests

    Fox News, Dec. 25, 2017 – Iran’s geopolitical ascent is the most significant and dangerous development in the Middle East this century. But while the Trump administration’s new National Security Strategy properly identifies Iran as among the important challenges to U.S. security interests, it doesn’t offer a concrete strategy on how to counter Iran’s growing regional power.

    President Trump should follow the example of President Reagan, who pursued an offensive strategy to undermine the Soviet Union that included supporting indigenous anti-communist insurgents around the globe. Today, America should support indigenous forces that oppose – and seek independence from – Iranian domination.
    Reversing the strategic threat posed by Iran will require a continued U.S. military presence and military aid to local forces in Syria and Iraq. It will also require greater support for our regional allies, such as Israel and Jordan, which must contain the provocative actions of Iran and its proxies. But this defensive posture will not suffice even to contain Iran, let alone transform its trajectory.
    The United States also needs to recognize Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen for what they are: failed, artificial constructs now dominated by Iran. Iran has taken advantage of ISIS’ crumbling caliphate to increasingly consolidate control over these four nations.

     

    The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests, and it’s time to upend it.

    Maintaining Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen in their existing forms is unnatural and serves Iran’s interests. There is nothing sacred about these countries’ borders, which seem to have been drawn by a drunk and blindfolded mapmaker. Indeed, in totally disregarding these borders, ISIS and Iran both have already demonstrated the anachronism and irrelevance of the borders.
    Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen are not nation-states as Americans understand them, but rather post-World War I artificial constructs, mostly created out of the ashes of the Ottoman Empire in a colossally failed experiment by international leaders.
    With their deep ethno-sectarian fissures, these four countries have either been held together by a strong authoritarian hand or suffered sectarian carnage.
    Indeed, the principal vulnerability of Iran’s regional strategy is its dependence on brutal regimes to rule lands riven by ethno-sectarian fissures. The United States should exploit this vulnerability by supporting those forces in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen that oppose Iran’s domination and seek greater self-determination or independence from their own capitals.
    The result could be transforming these failed states into loose confederations or new countries with more borders that more naturally conform along sectarian lines.
    Any redrawing of political relationships or borders is highly complex, and the United States cannot dictate the outcomes. But we can influence them. We would need to deeply examine each country for its unique qualities and histories, and consult closely our regional allies before deciding upon a policy.
    Here are some examples of policy conclusions that the U.S. government might draw:
    ·         We might cease supplying arms to Iraq and declare our support and strong military aid for an eventual Iraqi Kurdish state, once its warring factions unify and improve governance. We could support a federation for the rest of Iraq.
    ·         For Syria, we could seek a more ethnically coherent loose confederation or separate states that might balance each other – the Iranian-dominated Alawites along the coast, the Kurds in the northeast, and the Sunni Arabs in the heartland. We could also demonstrate we are not anti-Shia Muslim by improving relations with Azerbaijan, a secular Shia country bordering Iran that seeks a closer relationship with the United States.
    An added potential benefit of this approach could be a fomenting of tensions within Iran, which has sizable Kurdish and Azeri populations, thereby weakening the radical regime in Tehran.
    Some might argue this approach impractical, destabilizing and offers Iran new opportunities.
    Perhaps, but the region’s current trajectory is more dangerous. The burden is on the United States to adapt its policy to the dissolving of borders and responding to Iran’s aggression.
    Iran is not a status quo power content to consolidate its winnings; its emboldened radical regime is intended to dominate the region and destroy Israel. An Iranian-Israeli conflict looms ever closer as Iran establishes bases and missile factories in Syria, posing a second front in Israel’s north.
    In addition, Americans must concentrate on Iran’s continued development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could eventually reach the U.S. homeland.
    Artificial states have been divided or loosened before with some success, such as the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, which are all post-WWI formations. Bosnia and Herzegovina have also managed as a confederation.
    President Trump should take the offensive to Iran. The current political structure of the Middle East serves Iran’s interests, and it’s time to upend it.

     
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