In mid-October, Donald Trump outlined a strategy to defeat the Iranian regime that was dedicated to countering Iran’s regional destabilisation, support of terrorism and use of ballistic weapons, as well as its illicit nuclear programme.
At the same time, Trump also spoke about the heartbreaking suffering inflicted
on the Iranian people by the brutal Regime. This was the first time in the
history of the Iranian Regime that the U.S. had adopted a comprehensive policy to
combat the mullahs’ malign influence.
Now America must turn Trump’s words into action.
Iran is currently waging war against the U.S. and its interests, combining cyber
attacks, assassinations, political subversion, bribery, corruption, terrorism,
and proxy warfare.
If Trump’s policy is to succeed, the U.S. must fight back- and on multiple fronts.
It is clear now that sanctions- although necessary- are not enough on their own.
• Politically isolate the regime,
• Militarily confront the regime
• Supporting and empower the Iranian people
• Bring European powers on board
The U.S. has already started its campaign against the Iranian Regime.
In September, the Treasury Department sanctions 11 entities and individuals for
supporting Iran’s militant Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its ballistic
missile program as well as supporting Iran-based networks that were responsible
for cyber attacks against the U.S. financial sector.
Then, in October, the House of Representatives issued sanctions against entities
and individuals that supported the Iranian Regime’s weapons programs.
Currently, Congress is working on amendments to the nuclear agreement which will
remove sunset clauses and improve inspections. They are also considering calling
on Europe to designate Iran-backed Hezbollah as a foreign terrorist organization
(FTO) and designating the IRGC as an FTO.
What the U.S. should endeavor to put at the heart of its policy on Iran is the
Iranian people and their legitimate resistance.
As Trump has noted in many of his speeches, the Iranian people are the biggest
victims of the Iranian Regime and they have far more in common with people
living under democracies than with the mullahs that rule them.
The Regime fears the power that their people have, which is why we should boost
this power wherever possible.
Adam Ereli, the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain and deputy State Department
spokesperson during the George W. Bush administration, wrote: “Iran is ruled by
a regime that is at war with its own people…Iranian activists who call for an
investigation and accountability for the massacre [in which the Regime
slaughtered 30,000 political prisoners in 1988] continue to be imprisoned and
their families persecuted. It is imperative that we listen to the voices of
these victims and support their quest for justice.”🔷