The Iranian regime’s birth of terrorism and expansionist policies

OPINION: The die has been cast for further expansionist policies by the regime. (File photo: AP)

As far as world terrorism is concerned, the defining moment came about when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini stepped triumphantly from a plane at Tehran Airport in 1979, and within hours, in a series of vicious, murderous acts, which would become the hallmark of his unique terror machine, he immediately ordered the elimination of all those that opposed him, in a wave of slaughter in which thousands died, using a process of production-line murder which is still in place today.

On the fateful day Khomeini arrived on the world stage, he immediately sparked off a wave of terror across Iran, with all those connected to the leadership or armed forces of the defunct regime of Shah Pahlavi, being hunted down across the country, and then brutally murdered. But such was Khomeini’s determination to consolidate his power, just to make sure that he had eliminated all opposition to his rule, many of the Islamic groups that had fought alongside him in the Revolution, ended up in his mind as potential threats to his newly formed Islamic state. As Khomeini strengthened his hold on power, many had begun to revolt against him, realising they had just replaced one despot for another, and as street protests became larger, these groups eventually suffered the full wrath of Khomeini.

Then as the dust settled on his revolution, with the country in the grip of oppression, the newly elected Supreme Leader turned his sights on the rest of the globe, and from that time on, the world began to get a taste of Khomeini’s hegemonic doctrine, as suicide terror began to be perfected at IRGC training camps, and due to the Iranian regime’s use of various proxies, its enormity will never be fully assessed in both number of attacks or death toll.

From setting up terror camps to train its foreign proxies, to supplying them with bomb-making equipment and automatic weapons, the Iranian regime has sent out its indoctrinated minions across the globe since the creation of its “Islamic” state, to cause mayhem and slaughter.

This path of terrorism was put in place by the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in an effort to export revolution to other states, its sole purpose to bring down neighbouring governments through acts of terror, or to indoctrinate Shiite communities with Khomeini’s extreme form of Shiite ideology, in an attempt to cause insurrection, and through revolution, create new Shiite republics. This is a path that the regime will always adhere to, as Khomeini’s doctrine is set in stone, and no future leader will be brave enough to deviate from.

During the regime's violent days in power, its brain-washed subordinates – from Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qods Force, the Basij militia, and its notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) - have slaughtered countless numbers of innocent people; even sending out death squads to track down dissidents living abroad. Many of these dissidents had escaped to Europe, where several of their number died terrible deaths, in which both men and women were horrifically mutilated, in an assassination spree carried out by MOIS operatives, the slaughter of which became aptly named the “chain murders”.

But back at home, imprisonment, torture and an overzealous use of the hangman’s noose took care of dissenters. While out on the streets, those taking part in peaceful demonstrations ended up facing severe punishment, some rounded up by the attack dogs of the regime, the Basij militia, who waded into protesters on motorbikes, dragging many of the ringleaders off to prison, while those that remained were beaten with batons or picked off by regime snipers using live ammunition, many arrests ending in execution.

Today, under the so-called "moderate" President Hassan Rouhani, a man who is in the pretence of reaching out to the world with the hand of peace, the Iranian war machine is building up in strength like never before. Using money returned under the agreement of the Iran Deal, the regime has acquired new military technology and weaponry, and has also bankrolled its military campaigns in Iraq and Syria, as well as supplying rebel groups like the Houthis in Yemen, and its faithful proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

While on Iranian soil, the hangman's noose is busier than ever, in an all-out drive to show its citizens that the regime hasn’t gone soft over its deals with the West, and that its iron fist is still firmly in place at home.

In Iran, all cultures perceived as non-Persian are suppressed by the regime, only the Persian language of Farsi is allowed to be taught in schools and used in printed word, and all but Persian ceremonies are banned. Poverty is still rife in many areas, mainly those inhabited by Arabs, such as the Iranian annexed state of Al-Ahwaz, renamed by the Persian administration as Khuzestan. With medical facilities in these areas virtually non-existent, those who break the strict rules on the printed word; teachers, authors, journalists, bloggers and academics, end up in the regime’s hell-hole prisons or dangling from a rope. This is the true face of the Iranian regime under Rouhani, an evil entity that the West is making deals with, in the hope of mass rewards through trade deals.

In recent years, while Sunni countries have been bombed by the West, suffering shock and awe with a multitude of casualties, Iran has always escaped its wrath. No matter what atrocity the mullah regime has committed, through the various acts of terror it has carried out since the regime came into existence, through its Quds Force or its proxies, its terror machine has continued to thrive.

While commanders of the regime’s elite military force, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, still continue to make threats against the West and Israel, it has also been carrying out the testing of long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, and at the same time strengthening its military forces with much more sophisticated modern hardware.

So with no certainty that any deal with the West will last, the regime has also been busily strengthening security around its nuclear and military installations, to protect against attacks from the air. By using air defence systems acquired from Russia, it would ensure that should it fall out with the West, it could successfully shoot down a large proportion of any US bombers sent to attack it.

All atrocities carried out by Iran, whether within its borders or across the world, have only ever been punished by sanctions as far as the West is concerned, and never by military action. In recent years, Western leaders have turned a blind eye to Iranian regime atrocities on home soil, as hangings have massively increased under the so-called “moderate” Hassan Rouhani, and just to ensure that the Iran Deal goes through smoothly, hardly a word of condemnation is ever uttered.

But where aggressive acts against its neighbours are concerned, as far as the Iranian regime stands, they are just on hold as it consolidates its grip on what it hopes will become its Shiite Crescent. With its acquisition of Iraq through infiltration of both administration and military, plus its hold over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who will need Iranian firepower to back up his battered regime, a combination of the two submissive regimes will ensure that its Shiite Crescent will become a reality, giving it access to the Mediterranean Sea, a land route through which to supply its proxy Hezbollah, and a springboard for future attacks on its neighbours.

So as far as further acts of terror are concerned, leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are already making provocative threats against states in the region, in support of the regime’s bid to further its hegemonic advancement. In a statement to the official Islamic Republic News Agency the deputy commander of the IRGC, General Hossein Salami commented: “The victory in Aleppo will pave the way for liberating Bahrain.”

With the Iranian regime having already claimed Bahrain as its14th province, in a statement by Ayatollah Khomeini when he first came to power, with this being later enforced in February 2009, by Ali Akbar Nuri, an advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the die has been cast for further expansionist policies by the regime.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53