“Islam wants to conquer the whole world.”
This is not a quote muttered by Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS or by al-Zawahiri the leader of Al-Qaeda.
Rather, it was said by Ayatollah Khomeini; the former supreme leader of Iran, who’s warning we should certainly heed, as his successor Khameini has echoed the same sentiments in recent years.
Certainly, Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis (who recently called Iran the biggest state-sponsor of terrorism), are right in maintaining their distance from the Iranian regime.
Since the US brokered the nuclear deal, they placed Iran on the road to economic recovery, after years of them trying to maintain a rickety economy. They freed up assets of $100 billion dollars, and lifted sanctions, which has slowly resulted in a re-engagement of Iran’s trade partners.
In doing so, the White House assumed this would help empower moderate forces within the Iranian government, and ease tensions between the two countries.
However, Iran has failed to do either.
Firstly, mass disqualifications of actual progressives within Iran’s elections, resulted in a moderate government overly compliant to the Ayatollah’s wishes.
Their government also overwhelmingly passed a resolution demanding the US to pay for 63 years of ‘spiritual and material damage.’
Iran recently conducted nuclear ballistic missile tests, in defiance of President Trump, UN Resolutions and agreements made in the nuclear deal.
No doubt, their actions deserve sanctions and condemnation, not foolhardy calls for alliance and partnership.
Furthermore, Iran, as designated by the State Department as the leading state-sponsors of terrorism, commit hundreds of millions of dollars a year to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas – organizations which murder innocent civilians while threatening Israel’s right to exist. Moreover, they have committed thousands of dollars to Palestinians who commit lone-wolf terrorist attacks against Israelis.
Iran also openly seeks to replace the current order in the Middle East – led by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states – with one centered on Tehran.
Moreover, they are one of the world’s worst offenders of human rights.
They execute the most people per capita out of any country – including minors, greatly oppress women, actively prosecute the Baha’i population strictly because of their beliefs, torture and imprison journalists and engage in many proxy wars that have left thousands dead in their path for Middle-East hegemony.
Simply said, until they change their ways, Iran should be held accountable for their words and actions. Once they head towards a path of de-radicalization, only then, should the US aim to form a partnership. In the meantime, the only thing Iran deserves is condemnation and sanctions.