Instead of Reaching Out to Iranian Businesses, Europe Should Punish Its Top Officials
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that the European diplomats and business leaders at the beginning of March will conduct a 3-day virtual meeting with their Iranian counterparts to discuss commercial opportunities and trade ties in the future between the two regions.
Countenutions of the European appeasement policy
The event was supposed to take place last December but was canceled by the European organizer, after Iran’s execution of an opposition journalist Ruhollah Zam raised a worldwide outcry.
The key participants include the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, and Iranian regime Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. There is bound to be some criticism of Javad Zarif who tends to get a good reception from EU leaders.
Statements have recently been signed by regime critics urging the EU to think again about its Iran policy and in particular any relationship with Zarif. Despite the Europe-Iran Business Forum being connected to the Zam case and the continuous talk of Iranian human rights abuses, the statement is really all about the use of terrorism to reign in the opposition.
Iranian terrorists on European soil
Since the postponing of the business forum more evidence has come to light regarding the role of Iranian terrorists on European soil. Most notable is the trial of Assadollah Assadi who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the thwarted bomb attack of an opposition meeting taking place in Vienna.
When this conviction took place the International Committee in Search of Justice wrote to Josep Borrell and other EU leaders to offer some advice on the need to scrutinize the activities at Iran’s embassies, religious and cultural centers and the diplomatic relations with Iran should be downgraded unless Iran promises to not pursue terrorist activities on European soil.
Zarif needs to be held immediately accountable for the terrorist plot
The statement also demanded that Foreign Minister Zarif needs to be held immediately accountable for the terrorist plot. His position shows he was fully aware of what Assadi was up to and the shamed diplomat couldn’t have undertaken the thwarted bombing all on his own.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that the, which organized the targeted event reported that the orders for the 2018 terror plot had come from Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, which in turn had been approved by both from the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani and Zarif being involved in a terror plot in Europe
Rouhani and Zarif are known to support the moderate faction of Iranian politics. But these moderate credentials have been questioned time and time again by serious critics of the regime, while Western policymakers have struggled to find legitimate grounds for defending them. One might think that Rouhani and Zarif being involved in a terror plot in Europe would be the final nail in the coffin.
The Europe-Iran Business Forum organizers have clearly selected precisely the opposite path, and if Josep Borell takes part in the Forum, the message conveyed will be that Europe is open for business with the Iranian regime whatever that business happens to be. He and the EU won’t think twice about the politically motivated execution that caused the meeting to be postponed in the first place.