Iran has taken advantage of Western powers every time they pursued appeasement and used terrorism and blackmail to get out of every single international and regional crisis they faced.
Some examples of this include:
- Bombing the US Marine barracks in Beirut
- Blowing up the Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires
- Taking hundreds of hostages from around the world
- Launching hundreds of missiles into neighbouring countries
- Hijacking several ships and tankers
- Assassinating tens of thousands of political dissidents at home and abroad
- Threatening European diplomats with the deaths of their soldiers in Iraq unless the Iranian nuclear program was allowed to continue
This was part of what the Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was supposed to deal with, but instead what we got is a watered-down agreement that only delayed Iran’s ability to legally pursue nuclear weapons for a few years.
Of course, mullahs’ apologists ignore Iran’s malign actions and dismiss the bi-partisan consensus that they need an agreement to address all these issues. They claim that the government can right itself if offered sanctions relief, but ignore that the same system had two years of that from 2016 to 2018 and they failed to change course or even actually abide by the JCPOA as evidenced by officials’ comments and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) findings.
And that’s just the nuclear issue. During that time, the Iranian government continued its destabilising activities in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, as well as trying to bomb a 2018 Free Iran gathering in Paris attended by 100,000 people using a senior Iranian diplomat.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) wrote: “There’s hardly any doubt that six UN Security Council resolutions brought the regime to its knees, forcing it to come to the negotiating table reluctantly. But the opportunity to put an end to the regime’s nuclear ambition was lost because of the feeble and misguided approach by the 5+1. The West must not fall for the mullahs’ posturing and blackmail now, particularly since the regime is reeling under the weight of the crippling sanctions and an increasingly furious and enraged population that, like a powder keg is ready to explode.”
They advised that the mullahs are at their weakest point now and that the West should stay the course, continue economic sanctions and pursue diplomatic isolation, to obtain a real change in Iran.