The European Union is doing all it can to revive the nuclear deal and open the flow of funds to Iran, lift sanctions, and put the ruling mullahs on a legal path to becoming a nuclear state. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian bragged that he had "long but positive meeting" with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on June 25, and added that "What is important for Iran is to fully receive the economic benefits of the 2015 accord." Pictured: Amirabdollahian (R) receives Borrell in Tehran on June 25, 2022. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)
The European Union is doing all it can to revive the nuclear deal and open the flow of funds to the Iranian regime, lift sanctions against Tehran, and put the ruling mullahs of the Islamic Republic on a legal path to becoming a nuclear state.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell recently travelled to the Islamic Republic, a "top state sponsor of terrorism" according to the State Department, in order to "reverse current tensions" and seal the nuclear deal. Apparently, Borrell succeeded at resuming the nuclear talks. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian bragged that he had "long but positive meeting" with Borrell on June 25, and added that "What is important for Iran is to fully receive the economic benefits of the 2015 accord".
Intriguingly, Borrell's visit to Iran came after Turkey detained eight members of an Iranian cell who were planning to assassinate Israelis. "The hitmen in the assassination team," stated Turkey's private IHA news agency, "who settled in two separate rooms on the second and fourth floors of a hotel in Beyoglu, were [detained] with a large number of weapons and ammunition."
We're not only talking about the murder of innocent Israeli tourists," Israel's then Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned, "but also a clear violation of Turkish sovereignty by Iranian terror."
If the Iranian regime had succeeded at its terrorist plot in Turkey, imagine how many innocent Israeli civilians would have been killed. However, not a word of condemnation has been issued by the Biden administration or the European Union. Iran's regime looks as if it is going to be rewarded with its nuclear deal.
The EU and the Biden administration do not even seem to care about their own citizens, who would likely be a target for an emboldened and empowered Iran. An Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, was last year sentenced to 20 years in prison in Belgium, for his role in a 2018 terrorist plot. Assadi delivered explosive material to his accomplices with the aim of bombing an Iranian opposition rally in Paris. Had the plot not been discovered at the last minute, hundreds of people could have been killed, including international dignitaries and many European parliamentarians.
Tehran's assassination attempts and terror plots can be found in other European countries as well. Another agent of the Iranian regime, for instance, Mohammed Davoudzadeh Loloei, in 2020 was sentenced to prison by a Danish court for being an accessory to the attempted murder of one or more opponents of the Iranian regime.
On American soil, less than a year ago, the Iranian regime was caught plotting to kidnap a US citizen in Brooklyn, New York. Even The Washington Post pointed out that the attempted abduction should be a serious warning to the Biden administration:
"The message for the Biden administration, which has frequently proclaimed its intention to defend pro-democracy dissidents, is that Iran and other foreign dictatorships won't shrink from launching attacks inside the United States unless deterred....'"
The Iranian regime is not going to change until it has all the world governed under one Islamist regime -- or until it is stopped. This objective comes as a part of the theocratic establishment's core revolutionary principle: exporting its revolution to other countries. As the Islamic Republic's founding Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, famously stated:
"We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry 'There is no god but Allah' resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle."
The regime's key mission was also incorporated in its constitution, which states:
"The Constitution provides the necessary basis for ensuring the continuation of the Revolution at home and abroad. In particular, in the development of international relations, the Constitution will strive with other Islamic and popular movements to prepare the way for the formation of a single world community."
It is shameful that while the Iranian regime is carrying out terrorist plots to kill innocent people in other countries, the Biden administration and the EU continue to appease the ruling mullahs and reward the predatory regime of Iran for its malign behavior at home and abroad with riches, legitimacy, missiles and the ultimate gift: the nuclear deal, with which it can keep threatening its neighbors and destabilizing the world.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He has authored several books on Islam and US Foreign Policy. He can be reached at Dr.Rafizadeh@Post.Harvard.Edu