MEK: More Terrorism if Iran’s Regime is Not Made Accountable
Terrorism outside Iran will become more public when on November 27th the trial of ex-diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, commences in Belgium. When he was in his position as 3rd counselor at Iran’s Vienna embassy, he attempted bombing of the Iranian Resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), rally outside Paris 2 years ago, right in the center of Europe, which might have led to the deaths of thousands of people if it had not been stopped.
Following Assadi’s arrest was the arrest of three other Iranians, two of whom were given explosive devices by Assadi. The worrying side of all this is the fact that the regime has these dangerous people spread throughout Europe who appears on no terrorist lists and can come out of hiding at any time to initiate terrorist attacks.
Le Monde writes of a bomb made with acetone peroxide that was controlled remotely. The Bomb targeted to explode on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte – #Paris
The blast wave could have spread 20 meters and claimed many lives #ExpelIranDiplomatTerroristshttps://t.co/z0gkNpd2QB
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) October 12, 2020
Last Thursday, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held an online conference on the topic of British and European policy in relation to Iranian terrorism. A former Member of the European Parliament who spoke at the event, Struan Stevenson, believed that Assadi’s actions in 2018 were sanctioned by the highest echelons of the Iranian regime. He mentioned that the plot to attack the Albanian compound that is home to 3,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK Iran / PMOI) was also sanctioned by the regime even though it was outside Iran.
.@RogerGodsiff: Terror is the means by which #Iran regime survives and stays in power. It’s how it carries out its policies and counters opposition The least we can do is to stand with the Iranian people and hold the regime to account. #DisbandIRGChttps://t.co/I5FXV7mP73
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 15, 2020
There are other cases, according to Stevenson, such as the capture of a terrorist in Denmark while the Netherlands expelled two more. These terrorists all operated in a number of European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, Italy, and Austria.
The online conference believed that terrorism initiated by the regime outside Iran will persist until the international community makes moves to stop it. The conference participants came out with a number of suggestions such as:
- more economic sanctions;
- terrorist status for the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC);
- closure of the Iranian regime’s embassies;
- stopping appeasement towards Iran.
In June 2018, #Iranian regime foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was responsible for a bombing attempt against the Free Iran rally of the #NCRI. The conspirators, including Assadollah Assadi, a regime diplomat are now on trial in Belgium. #MEK #Iran #FreeIran2020 pic.twitter.com/DwwQOpPiki
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 15, 2020
There was hope, according to British MP Bob Blackman, that the way Iran was being treated by the international community and Rouhani being selected as president would lead the Iranian regime to adopt more moderate policies. This may have been a move away from the theocratic doctrines that have persisted for decades. However, this hasn’t happened and repression at the domestic level has increased.
From 2017 and onwards
Nationwide uprisings took place in late 2017 with the demand being a change in the regime. At that time Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, gave a speech that admitted that the uprising involved MEK supporters. It was this that inspired the terrorist attacks in Europe against the MEK. This includes the Assadi-led plot in June 2018, targeting the annual NCRI gathering that attracts 100,000 participants from around the world. Some of those taking part in Thursday’s video conference attended the “Free Iran” rally in 2018.
https://t.co/fDw1tKXyUQ: On June 30, 2018, a sophisticated bomb should have exploded during a meeting of the #NCRI a coalition of movements opposed to the authorities in Tehran. The attack plan had been foiled by extremists. #MEK #Iran https://t.co/Vihck8lA6j
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 10, 2020
Continually appeasing Iran will just provide more opportunities for the regime to threaten the lives of its apposition wherever they are situated in the world. After Tehran failed to get Assadi extradited, the terrorist ex-diplomat allegedly decided that he could still escape a conviction by blackmailing the Belgian government by threatening more terrorist attacks. Transcripts of his conversations were recently published which revealed Iran’s terrorist activities throughout the Middle East and which mentioned armed groups were stationed in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Iran watching the outcome of Assadi’s trial closely.
If there is an increase in sanctions and diplomatic isolation this will alert the Iranian regime and those participants in the frequent uprisings which it is hoped will call for the downfall of the regime. This will help to promote the establishment of true democracy in the center of the Middle East.
The Iranian regime’s extensive two-year efforts to help its arrested diplomat in Belgium have so far proven futile, and the first public trial for Assadi will soon be convened. #Iran #ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists pic.twitter.com/Us5O1adofF
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) July 14, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), the Iranian regime’s extensive two-year efforts to help its arrested diplomat in Belgium have so far proven futile, and the first public trial for Assadi will soon be convened.