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February 6, 2017 9:09 am

Iran and Its Appeasers Are Terrified of US Policy Shifts

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Following recent tensions between the Trump administration and Iran, discussions are escalating over future White House policy vis-à-vis the mullahs in Tehran.

The United States had previously adopted an approach pivoting on engagement, and to a further extent, appeasement. Advocates argued such rapprochement would encourage a deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program and tame this regime’s meddling in foreign countries, its support for terrorism and domestic crackdown.

Eight years under the Obama administration, emboldening Iran throughout the Middle East and at home — where it continues to engage in severe human rights violations — proved how such a policy was nothing but a dismal failure. Such a record has made crystal clear the necessity for a major Washington policy shift where Tehran is concerned.

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The reaction of the Trump administration to Iran’s January 29 ballistic missile test illustrates the stark contrast between the current White House and its predecessor. The prospect of such a major shift in Washington has raised significant concerns among members of the Iranian regime, Iran-appeasement policy advocates and Tehran’s lobbyists. They are engaged in different efforts to undermine this new tough stance, labeling it “pro-war.”

There are also those who claim that there is no legitimate alternative to the mullahs, and work to discredit the democratic opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). NCRI, headed by Maryam Rajavi and consisting of a slate of Iranian dissident groups — including the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) — has gained the support of thousands of prominent political dignitaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Most recently, nearly two dozen former senior US government officials, in a rare act of bipartisanship, signed a hand-delivered letter to President Donald Trump encouraging his administration to “establish dialogue” with the NCRI and MEK. Unjustifiably blacklisted by the State Department in 1997, the MEK was delisted in 2012 after a 15-year legal battle and 20 different court rulings in its favor.

The letter states in part, “Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security has for many years impaired the exiled opposition by covertly spreading false and distorted claims through third parties in the West.” Among these was the claim that the MEK killed Americans in the 1970s, but these allegations have been debunked through extensive research conducted by American officials.

Renowned Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, a former State Department and Defense Department official, has even written a book that covers MEK history, casting doubt on claims of the organization’s ties to terrorism.

The point is that the “golden era” of Obama, as one Iranian figure close to former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani put it, has come to an end. And this spells disaster for the pro-Iran appeasement camp.

The NCRI welcomed recent sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran. The next step forward would be to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. This is especially vital, given its major role in domestic oppression and foreign military intervention, with an emphasis on Tehran’s involvement in SyriaIran’s nuclear program and ballistic missile drive.

After Obama turned his back on the Iranian people in 2009, the Trump administration’s blacklisting and sanctioning of the IRGC would send a strong message to them. As the 23 American officials put it: “…[R]ecognizing the basic rights of the Iranian people to exercise their sovereign franchise free of brutal repression would put the United states on the right side of history.”

 

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  • Jamshid Cavani

    Iran’s mullahs are afraid of change America’s policy strongly. Because by the end of Obama in America’s policy of appeasement has ended.
    Now they see in advance the consequences of their crimes
    With the overthrow of the mullahs in Iran by the Iranian Resistance
    The Iranian people are awaiting trial in the criminal mullahs

  • Ladan Badiany

    The NCRI welcomed recent sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran. The next step forward would be to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. This is especially vital, given its major role in domestic oppression and foreign military intervention, with an emphasis on Tehran’s involvement in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program and ballistic missile drive.

  • arghavani479

    All those who want to get rid of the Iranian regime, should contribute to the National Council of Resistance

  • arghavani479

    The Iranian regime is a dictatorial regime, topple this regime is near because people do not want him

  • Monir Akbary

    The NCRI welcomed recent sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran. The next step forward would be to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. This is especially vital, given its major role in domestic oppression and foreign military intervention, with an emphasis on Tehran’s involvement in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program and ballistic missile drive.

  • Parastoo Sepid

    After Obama turned his back on the Iranian people in 2009, the Trump administration’s blacklisting and sanctioning of the IRGC would send a strong message to them. As the 23 American officials put it: “…[R]ecognizing the basic rights of the Iranian people to exercise their sovereign franchise free of brutal repression would put the United states on the right side of history.”

  • Parastoo Sepid

    The NCRI welcomed recent sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran. The next step forward would be to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. This is especially vital, given its major role in domestic oppression and foreign military intervention, with an emphasis on Tehran’s involvement in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program and ballistic missile drive.

  • Parastoo Sepid

    Your article was excellent

  • Phil Lesh Fan

    Interesting article. Unfortunately, those who support Iran, if only tacitly supporting them through general reluctance to engage in destroying Islamic terrorism, include the Democratic Party. That party is supported, in all it does, no questions asked, by the majority of American Jews. Not only is President Trump battling Iran and and Islamic terrorism in general, he is being forced to battle the Democratic Party, the American Jews who support that party, and about 1/2 of the citizens of America.

    The task at hand, as I see it, is to figure out ways of having American Jews, at least, change their political paradigm of appeasement and unthinking support of the Democratic Party. They think that appeasement of evil works, and they do not think about the deadly, destructive and dismal track record of the party that they support.

    Fellow Jews! We have a real problem on our hands, and President Trump needs our support. Your practice of Orthodox Liberalism (NOTE: Not Orthodox Judaism, but Orthodox Liberalism) will not save your heads from the swords of Iran or the other Islamic terrorists.

    Note To Myself – nobody reads the words that I share here, and I have no influence on Jewish Americans in general.

    • Mike

      I share your views but we’re in the minority. I find that the leadership of my Temple campaigns for every leftist cause that is out of the mainstream.

    • renate

      Oh, but you make a lot of sense.

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