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To stop terrorism in the name of Islam, target its heart in Tehran


Professor Alejo Vidal Quadras

Following the death of Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al Qurayshi in a US military raid on Thursday February 3, President Joe Biden pointed out that “this horrible terrorist leader is no more”. While this victory should be applauded, has terrorism under the banner of Islam come to an end?

The Biden administration has indeed dealt a blow to IS terrorists. But its fight against terrorism stands in stark contrast to its weak approach to the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world today, as it attempts to revive the fatally flawed 2015 nuclear deal.

The 2015 agreement, commonly referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), provided the mullahs with a windfall of cash in return for Potemkin-like limitations on their clandestine nuclear program.

Iran’s ruling theocracy used the money to continue supporting Bashar-al Assad’s murderous regime, launch a sectarian purge in Iraq under the name of fighting ISIS, funding and arming the terrorist Hezbollah in Lebanon, and financing and training the Houthis in Yemen, whose targets have now overtaken Saudi Arabia.

Terrorism under the banner of Islam has become a global threat, but we must not forget where this threat originated. When Ruhollah Khomeini founded the “Islamic State” in Iran in February 1979, he explicitly called for the creation of a Shiite Crescent. The mullahs have institutionalized the export of “revolution”, which is their extremist interpretation of Islam.

Tehran protracted a devastating war with Iraq for eight years, killing millions on both sides and severely damaging infrastructure in both countries. Khomeini had vowed to continue the Iran-Iraq war “until the last breaking of a house in Tehran”.

Khomeini died shortly after the war, but his successor, Ali Khamenei, has continued his legacy to this day. Tehran formed the Extraterritorial Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1989 to pursue its warmongering policies. Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, killed in a drone strike in 2020, orchestrated the Iranian regime’s terrorist operations in the Middle East.

But Tehran’s endemic terrorism has not been limited to this region. February 5 marks the anniversary of the historic sentencing of Assadollah Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat from Tehran, who plotted to bomb the opposition rally in France in 2018. Assadi personally delivered the bomb to his other two accomplices, while a third agent was arrested. in France. The court in Antwerp, Belgium, sentenced Assadi and his accomplices to 15 to 20 years in prison, stressing that the failed attack was a sign of “state terrorism”.

The place Assadi was about to blow up in France was filled with nearly 100,000 Iranians and hundreds of international dignitaries, including current and former senior officials, and many European lawmakers. If the bomb had exploded, many of them, along with thousands more, could have been killed or maimed

Tehran has continued its terrorist activities since the conviction of Assadi and the network coordinated by Assadi throughout Europe remains intact.

President Biden and his team must remember that the Iranian diplomats they seek to meet directly are no different from Assadi. Hossain Amir Abdollahian, Tehran’s foreign minister, brazenly boasted that he would continue Soleimani’s path.

The rogue regime in Tehran has made it clear that it has no intention of ending its regional adventurism and remains determined to acquire an atomic bomb. To this end, it has produced uranium metal, the sole purpose of which is a weapon, and enriched uranium beyond the level allowed in the JCPOA. As Western officials drag their feet on nuclear negotiations and hesitate to punish Tehran for its belligerence, the mullahs’ Houthi proxies are targeting US allies in the region.

In a nutshell, without holding the Iranian regime accountable, the counter-terrorism claims are empty rhetoric. ISIS is the Sunni version of Iran’s ruling terrorist Islamic State, which has wreaked havoc in the region and killed Iranians by invoking “Shia” Islam.

Western governments, especially the United States, should adopt a firm policy towards the Iranian regime. Offering Tehran another windfall would only aggravate the crises in the region. The regime should not receive any sanctions relief. On the contrary, the mullahs should be punished for their actions. The head of the snake of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism must be crushed in Tehran.

Otherwise, innocent people in Iran and the Middle East, as well as citizens of other countries, would pay a heavy price for a bad deal with a terrorist regime that has no qualms about carrying out terrorist attacks to preserve his power. .

Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras

Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a Spanish professor of atomic and nuclear physics, was the first vice-president of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007. He is currently chairman of the Brussels-based committee International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ)