The way to stop Iran is to brand it evil in Tehran: opinion

Many wonder what can be done to reverse the Iranian leap towards nuclear weapons. A fundamental measure would be to further delegitimize this evil entity. This should be done through a frontal informational assault on Tehran as the center of a truly evil empire, especially now given the Western stampede to renew the dangerous nuclear deal at almost any cost.

In a meeting in Jerusalem with the then MP Tzipi Hotovely, currently Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, I proposed launching the informational offensive against Ayatollah Iran as an evil Persian empire that oppresses its own huge ethnic minorities, half of the total population. . In other words, not only Iran today as a terrorist Shiite religious state, but also as an evil empire.

In fact, ethnic Persians make up only half of Iran’s population. Azaris, Kurds and Arabs alone make up at least a third of that population, with smaller minorities completing the picture. The actual size of each oppressed minority cannot be known due to the likelihood that Tehran will falsify its population statistics. And yet Iran’s ethnic Persian population is similar to that of the Russian ethnic component in the former Soviet Union.

Amnesty International wrote last year: “Ethnic minorities, including Ahvazi Arabs, Azeris, Baluchis, Kurds and Turkmens, face entrenched discrimination, limiting their access to education, employment, adequate housing and political positions. . Continued underinvestment in minority-populated regions exacerbates poverty and marginalization. Despite repeated calls for linguistic diversity, Persian remained the sole language of instruction in primary and secondary education.

“The authorities criminalized the peaceful defense of separatism or federalism and accused minority rights activists of threatening the territorial integrity of Iran. Ahvazi Arabs reported that the authorities restricted expressions of Arab culture, including clothing and poetry. “

The Iranian flag flies in front of the UN office building in Vienna (credit: REUTERS / LISI NIESNER / FILE PHOTO)

This situation is exacerbated by the oppression of women and religious minorities. In a sentence, the totalitarian Ayatollah entity would not survive if its minorities received their human rights. Renewing the evil-inducing nuclear pact with power-drunk Tehran would only solidify its oppressive rule with its blatant human rights violations. We hear nothing about this from the Biden administration, which hides under the cloak of defending human rights. As a retired US Foreign Service officer, I can assure each and every Foggy Bottom slogan that doing so would not be “helpful.”

Internal opposition among ethnic Persians has been demoralized by Western validation of the Iranian regime through the Vienna nuclear pact. Therefore, they are a less critical element in any future deal with Tehran.

Hotovely’s well-intentioned reaction to my proposal was to say, “Isn’t the government already saying everything it can against that evil regime?”

And the answer is: No, it is not. Iran is not described as a specifically evil empire.

Some may argue that such a policy would lose the support of the Persian people themselves, as it would challenge Persian rule over all of Iran, at least as a unitary state. But that rule is almost by definition oppressive, also depriving the great Persian people themselves of the benefits of democracy and human rights. This was the case in the Soviet Union, in which the great Russian people, also only half of the state’s population, suffered under the yoke of their own internal Soviet imperialism. Today they are all free.

Communism was the glue that sought to hold the dictatorial Soviet state together. The restoration of the past glories of Persian imperial rule over large territories was presented as the justification for the dictatorship of the Shah. So today, the Persian ayatollahs have replaced Shiite Islamic extremism to justify their rule.

For a head-on informational assault on the Ayatollah’s government, it would be necessary for the West to go on the offensive against the illegitimate Iranian entity itself, at least until Tehran realizes that it is risking everything, including the dismantling of its empire.

An expansive news attack would pull the guts of the regime beyond Tehran’s use of powers for imperial reach abroad. In fact, as was the case with the Soviet Union in its day, the external aggression of the ayatollahs is a direct byproduct of their illegitimate empire of terror within their own borders.

The current Iranian propaganda attacks on Israel would pale appreciably in comparison to the kind of offensive the West could mount to delegitimize Tehran. It shouldn’t be too difficult to persuade many of the human rights tricksters of anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) ringleaders to shift their focus to the most serious Persian violations of human rights and human lives. Ayatollahs smile over the piles of dead Sunni Arabs and the hordes of Arab refugees in Iraq and Syria produced by their deliberate ethno-religious cleansing policy.

There is a brilliant historical precedent applicable to the imperial ayatollahs of today. On March 8, 1983, the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, shocked politically correct thinking when he attacked the USSR as an “empire of evil.”

A paraphrase of those words thunders when applied to Iran today:

“The Persian ayatollahs preach the omnipotence of their totalitarian religion over the individual and predict its eventual domination over all peoples. They are the focus of evil in the modern world. Beware of the temptation to label both sides equally, to ignore the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, and to walk away from the fight between good and evil. “

With this one speech, Reagan undermined the very legitimacy of the Soviet state. He faced the conventional wisdom of “Convergence” at the time, that is, that the Soviets would somehow moderate and become more capitalist, while the United States would become more socialist and statist, both finding themselves in the middle to kiss. and reconcile. This is the essence of today’s liberal philosophy regarding Iran.

The end result was the exact opposite, with the USSR collapsing as a result of its own anti-democratic and economic internal contradictions. And so it can be today with Ayatollah Iran, despite the strong boot of the Revolutionary Guard.

The West should have learned that the nuclear deal with the new evil empire has only increased Tehran’s appetite for imperial subversion and expansion. Iran is now moving at full speed to develop its nuclear weapons capabilities and international ballistic launch systems. The renewal of the agreement and the elimination of sanctions, rather than their increase, will refill their coffers to better grease their global terrorist machine.

Let’s be very clear to ourselves and to others that when Tehran is ready, it will hang the West in every loophole in the deal in preparation for its complete violation to achieve a nuclear weapons breakdown. By delaying your return to negotiations, you may be preparing to place a nuclear device on the negotiating table as Exhibit A – A as in atom. At that point, the only thing that will recover will not be the promised sanctions, but the neck lashed by the West.

The proposed information offensive against the evil Iranian empire in the realm of ideas is therefore particularly imperative for the United States and the world today. President Biden should deliver his own “evil empire” speech to show that he really takes human rights seriously and to stop Tehran. And if not, the United States Congress should act in his place. It is high time the United States criticized its enemies with the human rights whip, not its friends.

The writer is a retired US Foreign Service official living in Jerusalem who served 13 years in Arab and Muslim countries. He is also the founder of the non-sectarian Jewish Covenant Alliance, which promotes a mission of Jewish service to the nations in the fight against the evils of regimes around the world. Website: in 14 languages.

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