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Europe's Betrayal of the Iranian People
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Michael Ejercito
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Europe's Betrayal of the Iranian People
by Guy Millière
January 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11750/europe-iran-betrayal

The alliance between Saudi Arabia and the United States seems intended to
contain the Iranian regime, and not, as falsely advertised by President
Barack Obama, to prevent a nuclear program.

Leaders of Western Europe know exactly what the mullahs' regime is, and what
its goals and activities are. They know it is the world's main sponsor of
Islamic terrorism. They know the disastrous state of Iran's society and
economy, but they prefer to play deaf and dumb. All they think about, it
seems, are the contracts they sign with the mullahs to get more money. They
do not care about the suffering of Iranians; the chaos, massacres and
destruction caused by the regime. They know that the nuclear deal is
constantly violated by the self-policing regime, and that a nuclear bomb is
in the making. They are aware that the regime has close ties with North
Korea, and that both are global threats.

The EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has hypocritically called "all
parties concerned to abstain from violence", as if there were a moral
equivalence between unarmed protesters and killer militias with weapons of
war. Meanwhile, in Iranian prisons, protesters were being arrested and
tortured to death.

Leaders of Western Europe like to boast how they respect human rights, yet
they are the ones trampling on them.

It is hard to know exactly the current situation in Iran, but the uprising
seems to be fading . The mullahs' regime might survive a little longer.

The overthrow of a totalitarian regime takes place when the security
forces -- which ensure the survival of a regime that has been ruling through
repression and fear -- begin to falter, or else when the number of angry
people becomes so big that a tidal wave sweeps away all in its path.

This time, Iranian security forces remained loyal to the regime and angry
people were too few. The regime could manage the situation by killing a few
dozen protesters, arresting four thousand

more, torturing and murdering some of them, and cutting off access to
digital networks. It is a defeat not only for the Iranian people, but for
all who defend freedom.

The defeat, however, is temporary.

What happened now was different from what happened eight years ago. The 2009
protests took place mostly in Tehran and opposed a rigged election. No one
questioned the system. This time, the protests spread throughout the country
and opposed the entire system. Slogans referred to Ali Khamenei and Hassan
Rouhani as dictators. Some protesters spoke favorably of Reza Shah, the
founder of the dynasty overthrown in 1979. The protests also overflowed with
fury that the regime had supported terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah
and Hamas. The $100 billion in assets unfrozen by the July 2015 nuclear deal
were expected to be used to improve the well-being of Iranian citizen. That
did not happen.

The regime can only calm the pervasive anger if it changes its policies
radically. That is the one thing it cannot do.

The mullahs' reign, born from an Islamic revolution, derives its
"legitimacy" from that and the promise of carrying it further. The regime
cannot stop supporting terrorism without ceasing to be itself. Iran's
"Supreme Guide," Ali Khamenei, constantly speaks of "apocalypse" and "holy
war against America and the West." He speaks about the urgent need to
destroy Israel and "liberate" Jerusalem. He cannot give a different speech
without undermining himself and being called an impostor by those who still
support him. President Hassan Rouhani has no real power; he is just there to
provide a "moderate" façade for people who still want to fantasize that a
moderate actually exists in a regime that is fanatic.

Even if the mullahs decided to give a few crumbs to the population,
politically they cannot do it.

Iran's economy is in terrible shape. Much of the infrastructure is worn out.
Water resources, badly managed, are vanishing. The banking system has
disintegrated: in 2017 alone, five banks and investment funds collapsed; in
coming months, others will, too. Pension funds are bankrupt: hundreds of
thousands of old people have lost everything they owned. Millions of young
Iranians, highly qualified, cannot find jobs; they are unemployed and
frustrated. Drugs and prostitution are widespread. Venereal diseases
proliferate. The birth rate is in free fall, condemning the society to aging
rapidly.

The vast sums of cash made available in 2015 by US President Barack Obama
have already been wasted or spent. They have sunk into the circuits of
corruption and bank accounts of terrorist organizations that the regime
supports. They have also been invested in deadly acts in Yemen, Syria and
Iraq.

No miraculous "savior" exists; even if one did, the regime would quickly
eliminate him. Iran is heading for a massive collapse. The regime's leaders
know it.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is more than ever the regime's
Praetorian guard and ready to defend it to the end. The IRGC would not
hesitate to massacre just about everyone. This year, more than twenty people
were killed; if things get worse, if the regime feels threatened, the number
will be far higher.

The regime has not stopped its race for nuclear might. It has already given
the terrorist groups it controls sophisticated weapons that many armies do
not own. Hezbollah has at least 150,000 long-range missiles and rockets; it
is, according to estimates, the world's "best-equipped non-state fighting
force."

If the regime feels near its end, it will fight. Europeans, nonetheless, are
trying to avoid a confrontation.

Western governments could limit the damage by telling the Iranian people
that they are not alone and pressuring the regime.

Unlike the Obama administration, US President Donald J. Trump seems to have
been going his better instincts and allowing his timid State Department the
benefit of a doubt.

The alliance between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf monarchies, Israel and
the United States seems intended to contain the regime, and not, as falsely
advertised by former US President Barack Obama, to prevent a nuclear
program.

Revising the nuclear deal with Iran opens the door to sanctions against the
regime, but enables the mullahs to buy more time in which to complete their
nuclear program.

President Trump's speech to the United Nations last fall denounced the
danger of the regime while reaching out to Iranians. During recent protests,
President Trump said, "the world is watching" and "that the good people of
Iran want change". Nikki Haley, America's ambassador to the United Nations,
said that "a long-oppressed people is rising up against their dictators,"
and that "all freedom loving people must stand with their cause."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also sees the regime as the main
threat to his country, the region and the planet.

Leaders of Western Europe are following a very different line. They know
exactly what the mullahs' regime is, and what its goals and activities are.
They know that the regime has been, and is, the world's main sponsor of
Islamic terrorism. They know the disastrous state of Iran's society and
economy, but they prefer to play deaf and dumb. All they think about, it
seems, are the contracts they sign with the mullahs to get more money. They
do not care about the suffering of Iranians; the chaos, massacres and
destruction caused by the regime. They know that the nuclear deal is
constantly violated by the self-policing regime, and that a nuclear bomb is
in the making. They are aware that the regime has close ties with North
Korea, and that both are global threats. Yet, they choose appeasement at its
venal worst. During the uprising, they were on the side of the oppressors.
The Europeans were just waiting for the mullahs to prevail, so they could
resume doing business as if nothing had taken place.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is planning an official visit to
Tehran. He did not have a single word of support for the people of Iran or
for the victims of the terrorist groups armed and financed by the regime. He
criticized neither Khamenei nor Rouhani; he focused all negative remarks
instead on the Trump administration and Israel. He said that by placing
themselves on the side of freedom for the Iranians, they were "creating a
risk of war."

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for "calm" in Iran and asked
the United States to "re-engage" with the men whom the protesters called
dictators. EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has hypocritically
called "all parties concerned to abstain from violence", as if there were a
moral equivalence between unarmed protesters and killer militias with
weapons of war. Gabriel and Mogherini decided to invite to Brussels Iran's
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He came and met them, along with French and
British Foreign Ministers, on January 11. Zarif said that the meeting showed
a "strong consensus" between all those present. Meanwhile, in Iranian
prisons, protesters were being arrested and tortured to death and their
families intimidated.


The EU's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has hypocritically called "all
parties concerned to abstain from violence" in Iran, as if there were a
moral equivalence between unarmed protesters and killer militias with
weapons of war. Pictured: Mogherini (left) stands with Iranian Foreign
Minister Javad Zarif, during her August 2017 visit to Iran. (Image source:
European External Action Service/Flickr)

Leaders of Western Europe like to boast how they respect human rights, yet
they are the ones trampling on them. The minute they think their interests
might be at stake, they are the first to practice pre-emptive surrender and
fraternize with the men shooting into the crowd if they think there is
something to gain from it.

This is not the first time that they reacted like this; it is exactly what
they did when Hitler showed up. Now, since Trump announced that Jerusalem is
the capital of Israel, they call to create a "Palestinian State" as quickly
as possible, meanwhile knowing full well that this "Palestinian State" would
be filled with terrorists. Their continuing support for the murderers of
Jews is not acceptable.

Nearly eight decades ago, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and
French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier went to Munich and came back with an
agreement they professed would bring "peace in our time". Winston Churchill
famously warned at the time: "You were given the choice between war and
dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war. "

Leaders of Western Europe have again chosen dishonor. They are betraying the
values they claim to embody -- and again increasing the chances of war.

Dr. Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris, is the author of
27 books on France and Europe.

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Nicolas Krebs
2018-01-26 19:56:14 UTC
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