Alliance for Public Awareness – Iranian Communities in Europe (APA-ICE, apa-ice.org) welcomes the new US policy on the clerical regime in Iran, which was announced by the US President on October 13. The fulcrum of the new policy was setting aside the policy of appeasement and adopting a firm policy in the face of the Iranian regime’s crimes at home and export of extremism and havoc in the region and to hold Tehran accountable.
The people of Iran were the primary victims of the policy of appeasement that was the bedrock of the policy of the former US administrations. The Iranian people have paid a very heavy price for this policy that only benefited the clerical regime and at crucial and determining junctures came to the assistance of the regime and acted as a major impediment to change in Iran. Over the years, the clerical regime has made maximum use of the policy of appeasement to pursue its sinister objectives.
The APA-ICE particularly welcomes the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity and the imposition of comprehensive sanctions against it. The IRGC should had been designated as a terrorist entity a long time ago.
The IRGC has been the primary tool of suppression, execution, and torture in Iran for more than three decades. The Iranian communities in Europe, whose members and their relatives have by-and-large been victims of the suppression of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, are the living proof of this reality and have personal experiences to this effect.
In addition to domestic suppression, the IRGC has been the main instrument of the Iranian regime’s export of terrorism throughout the world, belligerence, and warmongering in the region, drive to acquire weapons of mass destruction and increase in the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The IRGC and its affiliates control the major portion of the Iranian economy and directly reap the benefits of Iran’s economic relations, as was the case subsequent to the nuclear agreement known as the JCPOA. Those funds are either plundered by the IRGC or are used for domestic suppression, export of terrorism, fundamentalism, and belligerence in the region and the world.
Any patriotic Iranian who seeks a free Iran and the establishment of democracy, human rights, and annulling religious, ethnic, and gender discrimination and inequality would welcome the terrorist designation of the IRGC.
Only the clerical regime, its lobbies, and those who have a direct interest in the continuation of the suppressive regime are opposed to the adoption of a firm policy and the designation. While the IRGC is totally loathed by the Iranian people, Hassan Rouhani, the mullahs’ president brazenly defended the IRGC and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, described himself as a member of the IRGC. This reality once again proved the fact that describing the various factions of the regime as “moderate” and “hardline”, as is promoted by the regime’s lobbies in the West, is totally devoid of any reality and a total deceit.
We declare that the attitude towards the designation of the IRGC and imposition of sanctions on the Iranian regime is a vivid and undeniable yardstick in the demarcation between those who seek a free Iran and those who are in favor of the regime or are its lobby.
It is clear more than at any other time that the ultimate solution of the crisis that has engulfed Iran and the region since the inception of the clerical regime is the overthrow of the totalitarian regime by the Iranian people and the organized resistance.
Expansion and continuation of anti-regime social, economic, and political protests throughout the country have made this prospect more viable than at any other period.
The APA-ICE demands that all the individuals, entities, institutions, and companies affiliated with the IRGC and their trade counterparts immediately be placed under sanctions.
In addition, it is necessary that Iranian officials and IRGC commanders, who were implicated in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, most of whom were activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), be brought to justice and the IRGC and its mercenary militias be expelled from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Lebanon.