By Poorang Novak
As we have seen time and time again over the course of this year – and to be honest the past 40 years – the Iranian Regime has tried to attack the Iranian Resistance using terrorist groups and shadowy murder plots. This should frighten anyone with a commitment to human rights and especially freedom of expression, but how can the West – or indeed, the world at large – target the Iranian Regime and hold them accountable for their crimes?
Well, luckily, Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance, has a simple plan; one that she laid out for the world in a video message to the Brussels-based conference “Iran’s New Wave of Terrorism – The EU and US responses” in October.
Maryam Rajavi says that the only way to effectively counter the mullahs’ terrorism is to stand firm against the Iranian Regime, rather than being compelled into “silence and surrender”.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The mullahs have repeatedly announced that they can achieve victory through terror. As a result, imposing silence on western governments has been a significant achievement for them. Remaining silent vis-à-vis terrorism is the most damaging form of appeasement of the mullahs’ theocratic regime. Unfortunately, this is currently the prevalent policy in Europe. This is a mistake which costs not only the security of Iranian people but the security of Europe.”
Maryam Rajavi explained that the Iranian Regime is “highly motivated for terrorism” right now, especially as their domestic situation is so untenable; with nationwide protests, a failing economy, and a strong opposition. On the international front, the mullahs are also facing major trouble, with the end of the appeasement policy (which cultivated in the 2015 nuclear deal) and the reimposition of meaningful sanctions against the Iranian Regime by the US.
Maryam Rajavi said that the mullahs have increased suppression at home and are trying to “blackmail” the international community through its expansion of terrorist actions in order to return to the status quo they enjoyed in 2016. These are not rogue individuals, but the systematic actions of the Regime’s leaders; although they will try to shift the blame, even onto the victims.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The regime’s diplomats are systematically engaged in terrorism and espionage. In reality, terrorism is a key instrument for advancing their foreign policy. The decisions for terrorist operations are made at the National Supreme Security Council presided by Hassan Rouhani, and subsequently approved by [Ali] Khamenei.”
Maryam Rajavi issued a list of ways that European governments could confront and contain the Iranian Regime's terrorism, which are noted here:
1. Stand firm against the mullahs
2. Make the dossiers on Iran’s terrorist activities public
3. Close the regime’s embassies and other centres of espionage and terrorism
4. Don’t deal with companies owned or affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or Khamenei’s executive staff
5. Speak out against grave human rights violations in Iran, like the executions and torture of political prisoners
6. Prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in Iran
7. Enforce the EU declaration of April 29, 1997, in dealing with the MOIS intelligence personnel and agents, which calls for:
a. The suspension of official bilateral Ministerial visits to or from Iran under the present circumstances
b. Confirmation of the established policy of EU Member States not to supply arms to Iran
c. Cooperation to ensure that visas are not granted to Iranians with intelligence and security functions
d. Concertation in excluding Iranian intelligence personnel from EU Member States