After years of delay, the European Union (EU) is finally moving forward with its plans to formally designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iranian regime’s main organization of terror, repression, and corruption, a terrorist organization.
Designating it as a terror organization will finally support and protect human rights in Iran and prevent further terror attacks around the world. The delay has had a grave impact on both the Iranian people and the international community who have suffered at the hands of the tyrannical regime over the last four decades.
On January 13, the French newspaper Le Monde wrote, “The European Union (EU) is moving closer to a decision. The 27 member states are considering putting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard on their list of terrorist groups at a time when the Iranian regime is increasing the number of death sentences and executions to suppress the current uprising.”
One of the main demands of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the Iranian people’s resistance group, following the regime’s victory in the 1979 revolution was to change the structure of the Shah’s army. However, Ruhollah Khomeini, the founding father of the tyrannical regime, did not agree. By prevailing the structure of the army, he intended to implement his repressive and hawkishness, but this was not enough for him. Instead, he formed the IRGC to have broader control to speed up the regime’s goals.
The IRGC is now the largest terrorist organization in the world. Its main goals are to defend the regime and its supreme leader and export the Islamic revolution abroad, mainly to neighboring countries, through terrorism and the expansion of any form of crime.
In the four decades since the regime came to power, aided by its proxy forces mostly created and controlled by the Quds Force as the exterritorial force of the IRGC, the organization carried out dozens of terror attacks around the world and has started merciless wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, putting heavy pain on the people of these countries.
Shortly after the fall of the Shah, by killing the people in Turkmen Sahra, Kurdistan, and Khuzestan, the IRGC showed its loyalty to the new religious tyranny. Launching death squads against political and freedom-loving people and assassinating political opponents inside and outside the country are among the other records of the IRGC.
The footprints of this terror organization are visible in every crime, calamity, and crisis. From auctioning Iran’s national resources to smuggling basic goods which increases prices and causes inflation, both of which have impoverished the people.
The IRGC’s other misdeeds include monopolizing exports and imports to narcotics trade; seizing the country’s economy to the destruction of the private sector; the seat-of-the-pants construction of dams and drying up the country’s water resources to the destruction of forests and the destruction of agricultural lands and pastures for self-benefiting projects; money laundering to the acquisition of banks and stealing the capital of depositors in credit institutions, etc.
In the statute of this criminal organization, repressing protests is clearly stated as one of its duties. In that situation, they are obligated to do what the police are not able to do. They are given free rein to use any force and tool to suppress the protests.
Therefore, its dissolution is an urgent necessity for the freedom of the Iranian people. Placing this organization on the terrorist lists of foreign countries has been one of the long-standing goals of Iran’s resistance.
Its designation by the United States and Canada is also the result of thousands of hours of tiresome work by Iran’s Resistance in enlightening public opinion in the US and Europe.
The issue of the necessity of ‘dissolving the Revolutionary Guards’ was raised for the first time by the leader of Iran’s Resistance Massoud Rajavi on August 15, 2020. After this message, the liquidation of the Revolutionary Guards entered the political literature of the opposition and became a necessity and the main goal.
Article 2 of the President-elect of the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan clearly highlights the need for the ‘liquidation of the Revolutionary Guards’ and other repressive institutions. It states, “Dissolution and disbanding of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the terrorist Qods Force, plainclothes groups, the unpopular Bassij, the Ministry of Intelligence, Council of the Cultural Revolution, and all suppressive patrols and institutions in cities, villages, schools, universities, offices, and factories.”
It is obvious that the regime will never disband the IRGC voluntarily. The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will never present freedom to the people of Iran on a golden plate. The only solution to get rid of this terror organization is regime change by the people of Iran and their organized resistance which is the National Council of Resistance of Iran.