Biden’s olive branch to Iranian ayatollahs

For four decades, the US State Department has called the Islamic Republic of Iran “the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism”. For 40 years, US officials have claimed that Iran has continued to fund, arm, train terrorists and harbor several terrorist groups. Since its inception, the Islamic Republic has existed in an environment of conflict, isolation and sanctions.

Iran has a nuclear program which is not, despite its claims, for peaceful purposes. The country kept its nuclear program secret for several years. Its leaders intend to prolong the existence of the program just long enough to get their hands on the bomb so that they can feel invincible and continue their control over the unarmed Iranian people and ultimately export their Islamic revolution and terrorism to the whole world.

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The flags of Iran and the United States

Flags of Iran and USA

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Since 1987, the United Nations, the United States and the European Union, among others, have imposed significant economic sanctions on Iran. The purpose of these sanctions is to compel Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment and allow unhindered supervision of its nuclear operations.

During the previous administration, the United States exerted maximum pressure on the Iranian regime. Through economic sanctions, the United States was pursuing a campaign of extreme pressure to compel the Iranian regime to permanently abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its funding of terrorism. Meanwhile, US allies in the European Union have ignored US sanctions and responded by calling on countries to ignore Washington’s threats.

Consequently, US President Joe Biden’s recent appeasement move (already seen) to reinstate sanctions waivers against Iran, as US-Iranian indirect talks on revitalizing the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran enter down the stretch, is nothing new.

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World powers meet Iranian delegation on US return to 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna last April  World powers meet Iranian delegation on US return to 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna last April

World powers meet Iranian delegation on US return to 2015 nuclear deal in Vienna last April

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“The Obama administration has finally admitted to something its critics have long suspected,” Breitbart’s deputy national security editor John Hayward wrote in September 2016. Americans were released.

Recently, the Iranian parliament demanded that the United States remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list, as one of the necessary steps to renew the Comprehensive Plan of Action together, the Iran nuclear deal.

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Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran in December 2020 Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran in December 2020

Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran

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In 2019, then-US President Donald Trump’s administration put the IRGC on the FTO list, saying Iran is “an outlaw regime that uses terrorism as a key tool of war.” ‘art of governing’. The Biden administration, in a weak position, is considering the group’s withdrawal, just as the Obama administration deregistered the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) on September 28, 2012.

The Iranian mullahs only understand the language of force. They will take advantage of any perceived weakness and attack if they feel they are backing off.

The US administration’s double standard vis-à-vis Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran is shocking. While the United States calls Vladimir Putin a war criminal for committing genocide in Ukraine and imposes massive sanctions on the Russian economy, it allows Russia to negotiate on its behalf over Iran’s nuclear program.

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Iranian women hold photos of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in TehranIranian women hold photos of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran

Iranian women hold photos of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, during the celebration of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran

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Iran was dishonest about the old deal from the start and used its profits to destabilize the Middle East. He will do just that again, thanks to the worst new deal in history, brokered by Russia at the behest of the Biden administration.

When dealing with the ruling mullahs in Iran, what you see is not what you get, and what you hear is not what they mean. Transparency and honesty are not their forte.

The best predictor of future behavior is past performance. The record of religiously fanatical mullahs is one of deception, concealment, betrayal, violence, etc. They have perfected the art of deception.

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Fordow Nuclear Facility Fordow Nuclear Facility

Fordow Nuclear Facility

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The only viable approach is not half-heartedness, but a full court press of restrictive economic measures against the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Unfortunately, this would cause the people of Iran to suffer immensely, especially those who are not part of the ruling apparatus. But the Iranian people are ready to suffer a temporary wound of this nature to get rid of the scourge that is the Islamic Republic.

We have to ask ourselves, do these sanctions work? If sanctions are to be pursued, then selective sanctions are the best method to prevent nuclear proliferation. The purpose of sanctions is not to inflict pain and suffering but to influence a change in the policy or behavior of the targeted state.

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Iranian Atomic Enrichment Facilities Nataz Nuclear Power PlantIranian Atomic Enrichment Facilities Nataz Nuclear Power Plant

Iranian Atomic Enrichment Facilities Natanz Nuclear Power Plant

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The best strategy – the one with the greatest chance of success and the least risk of setting off a cataclysmic chain reaction – is that of a “coalition of the willing”, to use a phrase, to rally behind the opposition Iranian. Secular Iranians seeking democracy are quite capable of dislodging tyrannical mullahs.

Misguided supporters of negotiation with the mullahs should beware. The mullahs are on a fanatical mission. They are addicted to petrodollars and aim for nothing less than complete world domination under the Islamic ummah. They view America and the West as a dying system, while they believe their Islamism is the rising order. They are in no mood to negotiate for anything less than the total abandonment of democracy to Islamism.

Op-Ed written by Dr. Iman Foroutan – the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of The New Iran – republished with permission from The media line.

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