In light of Tehran’s growing threats, the international community must adopt firm policies
The list of crises involving the Iranian regime that the international community is dealing with is getting longer and longer. Meanwhile, an organized Iranian opposition movement is offering clear recommendations for resolving those crises, with support from a politically and geographically diverse array of supporters from around the world.
At the fortified and recently upgraded nuclear site at Fordo, a senior advisor to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei claimed on Monday that the regime had already developed the capability to easily produce weapons-grade uranium.
Naturally, these threats were well-established in the weeks and months prior, but this does not seem to have stopped some Western organizations from attempting to appease the Iranian regime in an apparent effort to spark a trend of moderation that has been repeatedly unsuccessful for more than 40 years.
On June 30, it came to light that the Belgian government had secretly agreed to a treaty with the Iranian ambassador to the EU that would permit Iranian citizens convicted of crimes in Belgium to complete their prison terms there.
The shameful bill that supports terrorism and hostage-taking was approved by the Belgian parliament at midnight on Wednesday, July 29, 2022, and several plaintiffs immediately filed their urgent complaint with the court. After that, on Friday, the Brussels Court of Appeal ruled that the Belgian government could not extradite terrorist diplomat Assadollah Assadi to Iran.
The Iranian Resistance’s president-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, spoke to the media on Thursday, a day before that decision, and expressed that it “encourages further terrorism and hostage-taking.”
In addition to establishing Assadi’s guilt and the guilt of his three co-conspirators, the trial proved that some of the highest-ranking members of the clerical regime gave the order to attack the 2018 NCRI summit, which was attended by about 100,000 people, including a number of Western lawmakers. Some of those same officials were quick to object to Assadi’s detention, arguing that since he was working as a third counselor at the Iranian embassy in Vienna at the time, he ought to have been exempt from prosecution for any crime in any court.
This argument, along with the underlying terrorist plot, is an example of the sense of impunity that Tehran ascribes to many of its actions and which feeds the aforementioned crises. The significance of Mrs. Rajavi’s remarks on Thursday is that Assadi’s release may contribute to this impunity. Furthermore, her various supporters continue to reach out to Western leaders, explaining how her impunity is based on long-standing conciliation and appeasement strategies.
The international community should have understood a long time ago that the only effective way to end any of the numerous crises resulting from the Iranian regime today is through a regime change. The international community should also be aware by now that regime change is eminently possible, requiring only economic and political pressure on Tehran along with support for the alternative, which is currently in the form of the NCRI. This is in light of the continuously expanding international support for the organized Iranian Resistance movement.