In the past 37 years since the regime in Iran rose to power, I can say that the Middle East has been suffering from an intellectual and political tumor spreading its roots each day. The name of this illness is the terrorism cancer. Unfortunately, Western countries, with the United States leading the pack, have for short-term economic interests allowed this regime spread its influence across the region, especially in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait and others. Parallel to covertly expanding its roots across the Middle East, Iran has been quite busy taking steps towards obtaining nuclear weapons to maybe lift its flag of Islamic empire across the region.
Economic interests and fear of Iran’s terrorist attacks and bombings in their countries have led Western states, including the U.S., to adopt a policy of appeasement vis-à-vis this regime. Based on this very argument they care less about the Iranian people’s resistance against this regime, as we witnessed in 2009 when no Western country, especially the U.S., failed to back the Iranian people’s uprising and did not even condemn the massacres launched by the Revolutionary Guards. The problem has never been that this regime lacks an opposition or its opposition being weak. In fact, the main problem on the table is the appeasement policy of Western countries vis-à-vis this regime.
Only a few months after the February 1979 revolution Iran began threatening to occupy its neighboring countries, especially Iraq that is geopolitically much closer to Tehran; 8 years of destructive war with the loss of millions of lives, more wounded and left dislocated, and $1 trillion in damages. Khomeini, the founder of this regime, had said they would continue the war until the very last home in Tehran since he considered the war a “gift from God”, and peace being equal to “burying Islam”. This is exactly why this regime has never had peaceful coexistence with any country, and to this day in one way or another it is at war with all other countries.
Therefore, during the past 37 years there has been not one day when this regime has been in peace and friendship with a particular current or individual, domestically or abroad. This is the true nature of this regime that is founded on religious pillars, and especially the mullahs’ absolute rule. This is the worse type of dictatorship in the history of mankind. If we take a look at the so-called constitution of this regime it provides a very clear picture of this regime’s nature, and it easily allows the elimination of all dissidents and their crackdown.
The regime ruling Iran is neither “Shiite” nor “Islamic” as it has executed over 120,000 Shiites and Muslims, being amongst the most educated of Iran’s youths. Furthermore, all the measures taken by this regime is completely in contradiction to the Islamic mentality, mindset, principles and morals, and also in contrast to the context of the Quran and the teachings of God’s Messenger, Prophet Mohammad and the imams of both Shiites and Sunnis.
Terrorism, assassinations, fundamentalism, violence and the promotion of all these types of crimes, cruelty and crackdown constitute the true nature of this regime. During the past 37 years in Iran there has been no such thing as freedom, democracy or human rights. All newspapers and journalists critical towards the regime have been closed down and arrested. There has not been a single non-government organization, nor ever a free election. The dictatorship has taken control over all positions in the government and society. The regime ruling Iran has been condemned 62 times by the United Nations for its human rights violations, augmented by hundreds of similar condemnations by international currents. Yet none of this have even compelled this regime to even abide the slightest bit by human rights standards.
The regime’s factions have no difference regarding the ruling regime. The presidency is merely a part of the ruling mullahs’ regime system. From Khamenei, to Rafsanjani, Khatami, Ahmadinejad and Rouhani, they are all ponds of a single chessboard controlled by the supreme leader. There are no moderates inside the regime, nor any reformists or “soft” faction. Under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani who has introduced himself as a moderate, the execution ratio has increasedsignificantly, reaching above the 2,000 mark. Not one day passes where more people are not arrested and executed.
The truth is that the image of this regime inside the country and abroad are the sides of the same coin. The conditions inside Iran cannot be as described above with the regime to actually provide support and refugee for others abroad. For example, this regime’s actions in Syria, Iraq and other countries is the other face of its measures inside Iran. These two very much mirror each other. Iran never supports any faction that is not affiliated to itself or not in service of its own interests. Rest assured a group supported by Iran has nothing to do with democracy or principles, and many dark spots link it to Tehran. Nouri Maliki’s government in Iraq is the most significant example in this regard.
What is the solution?
Generally speaking Western governments have gone the limits in an effort to change Iran’s policy and behavior. They have even attempted to form an opposition group based on their own guidelines. Time and again this option has come on the table to attack Iran with foreign forces, similar to the Iraq scenario. However, this option was never placed into execution as the Western governments were seeking their policy of appeasement with Iran. Therefore, this regime does not sense any threat. If it weren’t for the appeasement policy there is no doubt that the Iranian regime could not have interfered in other countries’ affairs as it does today.
What is left to say is that the only solution is regime change by the Iranian people. To make this practical this regime must be isolated as soon as possible and Western countries bring an end to their appeasement policy vis-à-vis this regime. This is the very path that Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries are trekking in.