Originally posted on World Security Network
Iran’s mullahs were caught red-handed – again – smuggling weapons to their proxies in the Middle-East region. An intercepted cargo of M-302 missiles, originating from Bandar Abbas, was bound for Gaza to stoke the fires of destruction and mayhem and further distance the region from peace and stability, the main beneficiary of which would be the Iranian regime, a dictatorship that thrives on terror and death and is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
This happens while the P5 + 1 readies itself for the next round of talks with the mullahs over their much-contested nuclear program scheduled within the next week.
This gross violation of UNSC resolution 1929 once again proves that despite Rouhani’s ridiculous “charm offensive”, the Iranian regime’s reliance on terrorism as the main pillar of its foreign policy has not lessened one bit. It also shows that despite Iran’s collapsing economy and the tragic state of poverty inside the country, the mullahs’ number one financial priority remains the expenditures of exporting terrorism and fundamentalism, aimed at preserving their diminishing hegemony in the region.
Neither has the Iranian regime relinquished its ballistic missile program. In a pathetic attempt at showing power, Dehghan, Rouhani’s defense minister and one of the masterminds behind the 1983 terrorist attack on the US Marines’ barracks in Beirut, recently announced great progress in approving the accuracy of Iran’s ballistic missile guidance system.
In fact, the mullahs haven’t given up on their nuclear ambitions either. And if they decided to attend the nuclear talks and drink the “Chalice of Poison”, it was solely because the many crises that surrounded them at the time Rouhani assumed office had left them with no other option, and they were desperately in need of a reprieve – albeit temporary.
All the facts indicate that this is the same regime, with the same ideology and the same strategy. The mullahs have only changed the pieces in their showcase in order to fool their international counterparts into easing the pressure on them. And unfortunately, they seem to have succeeded to some degree.
This regime will soon receive another $550 million in sanctions relief thanks to the interim deal forged with P5+1 last November. From the current state of affairs, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where the money will be spent.
Yet, while Obama strives to keep the mullahs at the nuclear negotiation table at all costs, he has deliberately decided to ignore their other endeavors, including the rise of domestic suppression and the export of terrorism to the countries of the region.
Rouhani is in fact trying to take advantage of the situation to elongate the life of the mullahs’ decaying regime for a bit longer by quelling the growing unrest inside the country and attempting to eliminate the Iranian opposition movement abroad, the two main elements that have the potential to bring change in Iran and put an end to the three-decade-long tyranny of the mullahs.
The recent surge in number of executions in Iran and terrorist activity against Iranian opposition members in Camps Ashraf and Liberty, Iraq, are proof of the fact. And given the concessions that the Obama-led diplomacy is willing to give to the mullahs, we can only expect the situation to exacerbate in the upcoming months.
At the end of the day, no amount of sanctions relief will save this regime – which is long overdue – from its inevitable overthrow by the Iranian people and their organized resistance. But as they near the end of their rule, the mullahs will definitely aggravate in their savagery and barbarousness, and they will take their toll on peace and stability in the region and across the world, facing the international community with the threat of an all-out conflict.
Only a firm policy in dealing with the mullahs can prevent such a disaster from happening. As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of the Iranian resistance stressed in her speech to the gathering of 300 Iranian communities in Paris, such a policy would include not only the total dismantlement of the mullahs’ nuclear program and unprecedented inspections of their facilities, but also addressing their serious history of human rights violation and removing their instruments of warmongering and terrorism in the region.
Unfortunately, the approach taken by the international community today isn’t nearly as firm as it should be.