- Posted by Maryam Namazie
- On February 23, 2012
- 11 Comments
- economic sanctions, revolution, war
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned about Iran’s ‘increasing willingness to contemplate’ terrorism around the world. He cited an attempt to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US, plus alleged involvement in recent attacks in New Delhi, Georgia and Bangkok.
Increasing willingness to contemplate – is that what they call it nowadays?
What about all the opponents assassinated over all these years whilst they went about their business as usual. Any serious opponent of the regime will have stories to tell you – from phone calls we have received threatening us with death to our loved ones being interrogated, threatened and imprisoned in Iran due to our activities as a way of exerting pressure.
The well known cases of assassinations abroad are that of Shahpour Bakhtiar in Paris and the Mykonos four in Greece where a German court found the regime directly responsible for the murders. But there have dozens more. Most will not know of the assassinations of Gholam Keshavarz in Cyprus or Fereydoun Farokhzad in Germany because of the cosy relationship western governments have had with Iran. And it continues to this day.
In 2010, Daryush Shokof was abducted in Germany and beaten and threatened for 13 days by the regime’s agents. Of course nothing was done.
That same year, Babak Shadidi, a member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran, confessed and thereby foiled an assassination attempt on my party’s leadership. Again nothing was done.
And just this month, there were reports in the Iranian press that the regime had put together a new list of assassinations. But that is not of concern to William Hague.
And even now, though they are pressuring the regime over the nuclear issue (mainly by threatening the Iranian population with war and via devastating economic sanctions), these governments still continue to flirt with the regime.
I read today in the Evening Standard that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is being sued for banning Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran or the National Council of Resistance, from entering Britain because it might upset the regime and damage efforts to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons!
Always ready and willing to appease the regime at the opposition’s expense [and whilst the PMOI is regressive it is still an opposition force].
Honestly, the appeasement never ends.
And meanwhile opponents abroad continue to face threats of assassination and people in Iran continue to be slaughtered…
The only way this will end well is not via military threats, war or economic sanctions but via a people’s revolution that will overthrow the regime. If these governments stop appeasing the regime and boycott it politically, the people of Iran will do the rest.