In his speech at the UN General Assembly, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke as though he were a peaceful leader yearning to see a world without violence, saying, “Iraq, Syria, and Yemen are all examples of crises being stoked through terror, extremism, violence, bloodshed, invasion
Perhaps understandably, Rouhani preferred not to mention the Iranian regime’s leading role in the terror, extremism, bloodshed and invasion, given its status as the world’s top state sponsor of terror, according to the US State Department. He remained silent on the regime’s military presence and proxy militias in all three countries and their slaughter of the peoples, with Assad almost totally reliant on Iran for ground forces in helping to kill and dispossess the Syrian people.
We cannot understand Iran’s regional role and objectives without examining the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the regime’s founding principles.
Since 1979 when Khomeini came to power after toppling the Shah, making Iran an Islamic Republic, “exporting the revolution” has been a primary and central tenet and slogan of the regime. The leaders of the Mashreq nations were well aware that the Iranian expansionism referred to as “exporting the revolution” extended across the region, most particularly affecting Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, with the Assad’s welcoming Tehran’s support in strengthening their own regime.
In his UNGA speech, Rouhani also said, “If we did not have the US military invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the US’s unwarranted support for the inhumane actions of the Israel regime against the oppressed nation of Palestine, today the terrorists would not have an excuse for the justification of their crimes.”
There is a deep irony in an Iranian leader lamenting the American ousting of the Iraqi regime and Afghanistan’s previous leadership, two of Iran’s regional enemies, which ushered in a golden age for the Iranian regime, giving it an unprecedented opportunity to seize control of the regional reins of power.
Going even further in terms of sheer temerity, President Rouhani used his speech to invite Arab countries to peace – while the Iranian regime continues sending troops and massive quantities of weapons to support sectarian militias across the region.
Iran’s “export of the revolution” has adversely affected all the nations in the Arabian Gulf since 1979.
– In 1987, an attack by Iranians on Hajj pilgrims in Mecca led to the deaths of 400 people and major problems in the holy land of Saudi Arabia.
– The threats to “export the revolution” have also raised fears in Bahrain, which Iran is keen to annexe, just as it did to Al- Ahwaz in 1925.
– In Yemen, Iran’s “revolutionary” endeavours have also caused chaos and misery, with Houthi rebels attempting to undo the Yemeni people’s gains in overthrowing the dictator Ali Saleh in 2011 and to re-impose dictatorship with the help of Iran and Hezbollah.
– In Lebanon, Iran’s “export of the revolution” led to the creation of Hezbollah, Iran’s sectarian proxies in the country since 1982.
– The untold misery caused by the export of Iran’s “Islamic revolution” to Syria in an effort to crush the Syrian people’s struggle for freedom continues to unfold, with the resulting tragedy now affecting the entire region.
Hassan Rouhani’s shameless efforts at the UN General Assembly to paint the Iranian regime as a force for regional peace demonstrate yet again that the regime has no understanding of the concepts of peace and human rights, which were, unbelievably, the central focus of Rouhani’s speech.
In the recent op-ed for the New York Times by Iran’s Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, he demanded that the world’s nations unite to “rid the world of Wahhabism”, writing, “We invite Saudi rulers to put aside the rhetoric of blame and fear, and join hands with the rest of the community of nations to eliminate the scourge of terrorism and violence that threatens us all.”
If Mr. Zarif and his regime – the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism according to the US State Department – are genuinely interested in eliminating the scourge of terrorism and violence, they should begin by ending the export of their toxic theocratic revolution, which has brought nothing but terror and violence to the region and the world since 1979.
In addition to all above that, the case of human rights violations perpetrated by the regime during all these years was overlooked by those Western powers who claim to have an unwavering commitment in protecting human rights worldwide. They assisted the regime to reinforce its encirclement and exert more punitive practices on the voice of Ahwazis, and all the dissident voices in the country.
The oppressed people in Iran cry out for justice while Rouhani who oversaw the execution of 2,500+, speak about ‘peace and justice’ at the UN.
By Adel Abdolrahim
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