Many regard Iran's regime as ISIS's godfather. The single-minded focus on ISIS by the West facilitated the expansion of Iran's destabilizing efforts in other countries and will continue to do so. The appeasement of Iran's mullahs has paved the ground for terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al Qaeda.
Assassination has been always one of the outreach tools of the ayatollahs and their government in Iran since the early days of the Revolution. One of the significant terrorist attacks by Iranian government agents occurred in a Berlin restaurant named Mykonos on September 17, 1992.
"A government which bombards its own population with chemical weapons must face the harsh consequences of it, just like Saddam
There's optimism now in Iran, but he history of the Islamic Republic is one of shattered dreams and broken promises. The fate of Mohammad Khatami and the reform movement should serve as a warning for what may be in store for the country's new president, Hasan Rouhani. Certainly, the new cabinet does not bode well for Rouhani's will or ability to "deliver" on reform, which will be hampered by the appointees in key areas such as political and economic liberties, human rights, and the nuclear issue. Worse, Rouhani may become another Khatami: the smiling and humane mask covering the grim face of an inhumane regime.
The sanctions noose around Iran fully tightened at the beginning of July as the European Union joined the United States to impose a total embargo on all purchases of Iranian oil and place severe restrictions on the country's central bank. As the likelihood of war increases it is important to ensure that the nuclear issue does not overshadow human rights concerns.
China and Russia are seen as the worst offenders when it comes to cyber attacks, but Iran is close behind. How is it that a country such as Iran has a cyber-warfare unit with a staff of 2,400 and a budget of $76 million, and Ottawa has only allocated $95 million for our country's defence against this new form of attack?
It is not unreasonable for Canadians to demand more stringent security checks to ensure that people seeking to enter the country do not have nefarious intentions. The Economist reported recently that Iran might be constructing its nuclear facilities with ultra-high performance concrete. The article also mentioned that a graduate of Tehran University is currently studying the molecular structure of cement at the University of Ottawa.
With Iran possibly on the brink of acquiring nuclear capability the time for incremental measures against the custodians of those nuclear weapons is over. Canada should list the IRGC as a terrorist entity without further delay.
This Iranian assassination plot is a major escalation in Tehran's war on America. Because Iran has never faced serious consequences for its hostility, it is now willing to run a lethal operation on American soil. The operation was likely authorized at the highest levels of the Iranian government.
The U.S. and EU pass travel bans to great fanfare, yet ignore them completely when sanctioned officials travel to meetings of international organizations. As Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) wrote, these measures are meaningless if loopholes allow sanctioned Iranian officials to travel freely.