MEK Iran: Dealing Policy will Fail
Three of the four offenders have now finished their appeals for their roles in plotting to detonate a fatal triacetone triperoxide (TATP) bomb at an Iranian Resistance demonstration outside of Paris in 2018. Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami, and Mehrdad Arefani hope to avoid being held fully responsible for their terrorist operations. Their sentences ranged from fifteen to twenty years in prison after their convictions.
Assadi brought the explosive from Tehran to Europe
The failed plotters then made the explanation that the parcel they received from their MOIS handler only contained fireworks, forgetting the adage that “telling the truth only requires the remembering of one storey.” Even that poor argument falls flat, as detonating fireworks amid a crowded event with tens of thousands of people inside a facility is not a smart thought.
The commander of a failed terrorist operation, Assadollah Assadi, is conspicuously absent from the appeals process. Assadi utilised his diplomatic status as the third-ranking member and security chief of the Iranian Embassy in Austria to smuggle the explosive device from Tehran into Europe under sealed courier status. He was able to deliver the explosive device and send commands to the sleeper cell once he arrived in Europe.
Assadi travelled all over the continent, joining up and coordinating with several sleeper groups, as investigations revealed. For Europe’s law enforcement and anti-terrorism communities, Assadi’s failure to follow effective information-operations protocols, including operations security and electronic communications security, raised red flags. The sleeper group was apprehended by Belgian authorities as they attempted to enter France. While attempting to return to Austria, Assadi was detained by German police. When the detaining authorities informed Assadi that he was on German soil, his claim of diplomatic immunity fell flat.
The scope of Assadi’s operation was revealed even more when his vehicle was searched and a green notebook containing information on scores of Iranian sleeper cells across Europe was discovered. If one cell or operation is compromised, it is a basic rule of terrorist operations to limit the exposure of other cells. The fact that Assadi has this green notebook with him is another example of his arrogance and incompetence.
Assadi refuses to ask for an early release
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who was the main target of Assadi’s failed scheme, is now the only person who might be able to spare him from the regime’s long-term vengeance. Mrs Rajavi devised a ten-point plan for a free Iran as the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which includes the abolition of the death penalty. Given how near the international delegation, including me, was to Maryam Rajavi, we should be grateful for the depth of Assadi’s incompetence.
Assadollah Assadi refuses to ask for an early release because he knows that by the time he is released from the Belgian prison, Ayatollah Khamenei will have died of old age. Assadi will serve the remainder of his sentence while waiting for the entire decrepit fundamentalist regime to fall.
The MOIS should be declared a terrorist group
In the short term, the Belgian court system is expected to stand firm in its verdict and punishment of the TATP terrorist cell. Unfortunately, in both Europe and the United States, the ultimate decision-makers in the executive branches are failing to reflect this same commitment to dealing with Iran. The important information is almost probably being used by Western intelligence agencies to trace the huge network indicated in Assadi’s green notebook. All identified sleeper agents should be sent back to Iran by political leaders. The MOIS should be declared a terrorist group by the same political leaders, just as the Trump Administration did with the IRGC in 2019.
Instead, western politicians perceive themselves as practising diplomacy by doing nothing. This is viewed by Iranian Islamists as Western naivety and weakness. Unfortunately, the fundamentalists are correct, and they are eager to exploit these flaws in order to threaten world peace and stability.
The important information is almost probably being used by Western intelligence agencies to trace the huge network indicated in Assadi’s green notebook.
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