For Iranian Mullahs' Mission in Iraq, History is repeated
by Hedayat Mostowfi
26 April 2004
would be a dangerous mistake to say we will not negotiate with terrorists
but try to use the godfather of international terrorism as mediators.
It seems that the
Iranian regime is now staging a new play in Iraq. The Godfather of international
terrorism is now acting as a mediator to bring peace and stability to its
neighbor. Why does the world need Iran to broker a deal between the coalition
forces and the insurgents? Iran has dispatched thousands of well trained
and heavily armed agents and funneled millions of dollars into Iraq right
after the fall of Saddam to wreak havoc in that country. Elsewhere in the
Middle East, the former FBI director stated unequivocally that Tehran was
behind the deadly bomb attack against the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.
On another front, the clerics are in hot pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance
of the international community. It simply does not make any sense to “save
the day” by asking Iran to be the arbiter.
In a recent press conference, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Richard
Myers specifically complained of Iranian meddling in Iraq. He also
warned Iran of the consequences of its actions. Michael Rubin, a Coalition
Provisional Authority governance adviser in Iraq for 16 months, also wrote
about his first hand observation of Iran’s involvement in Iraq.
According to the intelligence gathered by the Iranian opposition, Tehran
is trying to reach its goals in a calculated fashion. The First step was
to establish a network of charity organizations for recruiting and organizing
Shiite fanatics and insurgents. The second step was to mobilize the militia
all over the country to conduct attacks against the coalition forces and
civilians. The entire operation was coordinated in the new headquarters of
the Iranian Revolutionary Guard near the Iran-Iraq border in Ilam province.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards sent thousands of its well-trained officers
to Iraq with the prime goal of spreading terror among Iraqi people. Since
then, women are being harassed for not wearing the veil. Movie theaters have
been attacked for showing Western movies. These developments are strikingly
similar to what happened in Iran immediately after the 1979 Revolution.
It is ironic that what happened in Iran 25 years ago is reoccurring in Iraq.
I witnessed the events that brought the mullahs to power in Iran. They used
the same tactics to grab power after the fall of the Shah’s regime. They
used a network of mosques and charity organizations to mobilize their forces
to fill the void of power. The Iranian people have been living under terror
and fear since then. The mullahs have tortured and executed tens of thousands.
They have wasted Iran’s natural resources to finance international terrorism
and to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Now the mullahs are using 25
years of experience to erect another Islamic Republic in Iraq.
The cunning mullahs are known for using the victims of their terrorist actions
as bargaining chips. The Iran hostage crisis in early 1980s and the US and
French captives in Lebanon a few year later are case in point.
For their part, Europe and America chose to play into the hands of the mullahs
instead of sticking to their stated policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
The mullahs took that as a sign of weakness; we were the best tutors for
our enemy. They are now making Iraq another testing ground.
We should not underestimate the mullahs in Iran, where the heart of fundamentalism
and terrorism is beating. Unless the Tehran regime is dealt with first, the
world and Iraq in particular would continue to suffer from instability and
The Iranian regime is responsible for more than 80 percent of all terrorist
attacks around the world and has been condemned by United Nations for human
rights abuses, without ever being held to account.
It would be a dangerous mistake to say we will not negotiate with terrorists
but try to use the godfather of international terrorism as mediators. It
would be as if one would ask the wolf to guard the sheep. The road
to democracy in Iraq passes through Iran and not the other way round. The
mullahs in Iran are not the “cure.” They are the very “disease” that has
to be terminated in order to bring peace and prosperity to Iraqi people and
to the region. The U.S. could help its own cause by supporting the democratic
opposition to Tehran and the call for a referendum in Iran.
Hedayat Mostowfi is the Executive Director for nationwide Committee in Support of Referendum in Iran.
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