Mullahs's Terrorism

Al Arabiya, by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin - In an interview with The New York Times, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, described the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as “the new Hitler of the Middle East”. The Crown Prince said: “We learnt from Europe that appeasement in such cases will not work. We do not want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat in the Middle East what was done in Europe.”

This assessment by the Crown Prince of the Iranian situation seems quite apt as, since the revolution, Iran has adopted a brutal ideology, namely Vilayat-e-Faqih (Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist), which is the legitimate cover for the continuation of the revolution and incitement of problems and terrorism in the region and around the world.

The Guardian Jurist, also known as Supreme Leader, is the ultimate authority in Iran, quite similar to the Papal States of the Middle Ages. The Papal States regarded the leader as God’s representative on Earth. Article five of the Iranian constitution expresses that as long as Imam Mahdi remains in occultation, the absolute guardianship and the leadership of the Ummah in Iran is given to a Jurist who is decent, pious, informed of the demands of the times, brave and qualified for leadership.

Sectarian view

In addition, Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist does not acknowledge nationalism as it has a sectarian view that claims the loyalty of all Shiites of the world to Iran.

The constitution says that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has the right to rule the “Shiite” nation since the original legitimate leader, i.e. Imam Mahdi, is in occultation. This suggests that the utmost loyalty of every Shiite in the world must be to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

Thus, Iran transformed sectarianism into constitutional texts by turning the Shiites of the world into an agenda under the rule of the Guardian Jurist. It turned them into armed groups, spy cells, militias and organizations with utmost loyalty to the Guardian Jurist with no account of their nationalism.

Many Shiite militias are operating on the directions of the Guardian Jurist including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq, Houthis in Yemen, and sleeper cells in the Gulf States or around the world.

Referring to its close ties with Shiites in Iraq including Sistani and other Iraqi Shiite clerics who studied in Qum, the Director of the Gulf and Middle East Center of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Hamed Reza Daghani, said that the Iranian “soft power” in Iraq was the key factor in achieving Iranian ambitions in Iraq and in the region.

Totalitarian ideology

Therefore, the Crown Prince’s description is profound and precise as the Iranian totalitarian ideology is no different to Nazi Germany or any totalitarian regime embracing expansionism, racism and disregard for all international conventions. Over the past eight decades of its emergence, containment and compromise only resulted in failure in dealing with the totalitarian ideology.

After decades of Saudi, Gulf and international patience, full confrontation is the optimal and final solution for dealing with such a regime, a main supporter of terrorism which continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and to destabilize their peace and security.

Only confrontation can give birth to those who choose to abandon the totalitarian revolutionary ideology and reject revolutionary concepts for the concepts of nationalism, national states, respect for international conventions and refrain from intervening in the internal affairs of other countries.

This is the only way to create a healthy political atmosphere that may contribute to the stability of the region and change its current chaotic reality.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on February 1, 2018.

Iran Focus - The war of words between the factions of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and conservative judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani within Iran is heating up yet again, after the leading mullahs publically criticised each other last week.

At a December 13 summit where he was supposed to address students, Larijani accused Ahmadinejad of trying to create “turmoil” and “sedition” after rumours about Larijani’s daughter being arrested for espionage surfaced.

He said: “The actions of those who are making [different] kinds of accusations against the judiciary are a type of sedition. Because whoever undermines [Iran’s] political system is actually committing sedition.”

Larijani continued: “In [a recent] Expediency Council meeting, [Ahmadinejad] asked the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council [Ali Shamkhani] about what’s new about the spying case of the daughter of [the judiciary chief]. [Shamkhani] replied that this story is completely a lie. [Ahmadinejad then] said, ‘You are not aware, yet we have exact information that she is in custody and we know her detention place, too.’ How is it possible that a human lies this much and has gotten so far away from the path of fairness and piety?”

He then accused Ahmadinejad and his faction of supporting jailed billionaire Babak Zanjani who was supposedly an intermediary who bypassed Iran’s sanctions.

Ahmadinejad responded via a video on Instagram on December 17, in which he threatened to disclose information related to Larijani’s performance as judiciary chief and asked for evidence to support Larijani’s claims against him within 48 hours.

Ahmadinejad said: “He [Larijani] attributed charges to me and my colleagues. He described us as seditionist, deviant and a supporter of Mr. Babak Zanjani, and accused us of these charges. However, Mr. Babak Zanjani has been in jail for almost four years and has been put on trial in closed sessions, and we don’t know what has been going on in there.”

Iranian Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, who was appointed by Larijani, promised to respond within two days from December 18 but it is not known if he has or not.

Calls to resign

On December 19, Ahmadinejad released another video in which he asked Larijani to resign but did not disclose the allegations against him.

Ahmadinejad said: “Now, [Larijani] lacks legitimacy due to frequent violations of the constitution, laws and the emergence of signs of his inadequacy. The continuance of his [responsibility as the judiciary chief] violates the rights of the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei], the Islamic Republic and the people as the main owners of the country and the revolution, and that is why he is a usurper.”

The judiciary responded by saying that Ahmadinejad should be responding to them rather than issuing threats and accused him of trying to escape trial and punishment.

Hassan Ghaffouri-Fard, said: “The judiciary is planning to review his case, and he is attempting to affect his case by [resorting] to illogical tools. He also may think that he can make the judiciary retreat and influence the process of reviewing his case by giving one or two speeches.”

Real Cause of the Fight

It should be noted that while Ahmadinejad may be attempting to avoid charges against him and Larijani may be covering for his daughter, the real cause for this prolonged infighting is not a difference in political affiliation nor is it even an attempt to evade justice (as members of the Regime are only punished if they disobey the Supreme Leader); it is a power struggle.

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is dying and soon his position- which affords unchecked power and incalculable wealth- will be up for grabs. Both Ahmadinejad and Larijani want to use the opportunity and their followers see spill over benefits coming to them if their man wins.

Iran Focus - The Iran-backed Houthis are quickly losing power in Yemen, as infighting between them and fellow rebel group the General People’s Congress (GPC) grows, and it is likely that they will take the Iranian Regime down with them.

This break up is not a sudden thing but was widely expected for a long time. Although the groups originally had shared interests, they no longer do, making an alliance fairly pointless.

The Houthis, who used the GPC in an attempt to gain some political legitimacy, are no more than an Iranian proxy and express far greater loyalty to the mullahs who kept them going for this three-year war than the Yemeni people.

While the Houthis wanted Yemen to essentially come under the Iranian Regime’s control, the GPC righty opposed this attack on Yemen’s sovereignty.

While some have suggested that it will be difficult to see what group, the Yemeni people will support, most Yemenis consider themselves to be Arab and, as such, will not accept the Iranian Regime’s rule and will support the GPC or the internationally-recognised government over the Iran—backed Houthis.

They see that the Houthi proxies have done nothing to benefit Yemen and instead have sent them to the brink of disaster. The United Nations has even described the current the situation in Yemen as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world”, for which the Iran-backed Houthis hold the majority of the blame.

The backlash against the Houthis and their Iranian masters has gotten even worse following the assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Houthi gunmen, working on the order of the Iranian mullahs, shot the 75-year-old as he attempted to escaped Houthi-held Sanaa and posted a video of his lifeless body on social media.

His assassination, on Monday, was two days after he broke ranks with the Houthis over a severe disagreement and tried to resume talks with the current President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

In response to the assassination, Hadi urged the people in Houthi-controlled areas to rise up against the Iran-backed militias and told them that the Yemeni army which surrounded Sanaa was prepared to support any actions against the Houthis.

A spokesman for the legitimate government said: “The act is further proof that these militias adopt an ideology of exclusion. We call upon the Yemeni people to make the assassination of Ali Abdullah Saleh a turning point in the country’s history and encourage all people to join ranks with the legitimate government and against the evil terrorists.”

Algemeiner - The landmark arrests and indictments issued in Argentina on Thursday — following a federal inquiry into the cover-up of Iran’s responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires — offer decisive proof that it was the Tehran regime which committed the crime, the president of AMIA said on Friday.

The arrests “confirm that Iran is the main party responsible” for the bombing of the AMIA building in downtown Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, in which 85 people died and hundreds more were wounded, AMIA president Agustin Zbar told the Argentine Jewish newspaper Iton Gadol. Iran has always dismissed the charge of responsibility, despite the issuing of “Red Notices” for six Iranian and Hezbollah operatives wanted in connection with the bombing by Interpol, the global law enforcement agency.

In the first move of a possible treason trial that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment, Argentine federal judge Claudio Bonadio on Thursday requested the country’s Senate to strip former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of her immunity from prosecution.

Former Foreign Minister Hector Timerman is also under house arrest, while several other Kirchner lieutenants have been detained by police or prevented by the authorities from leaving the country.

Bonadio’s inquiry into the allegations of collusion with Iran were based on the complaint against Kirchner and her associates assembled by former federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman — who spent a decade investigating the AMIA bombing, before being found murdered in his Buenos Aires apartment in January 2015. At the heart of Nisman’s complaint was the claim that, in January 2011,  Timerman signed a secret pact with this Iranian counterpart pledging both countries to a so-called “truth commission” regarding the AMIA bombing. Subsequent testimonies to Bonadio’s inquiry showed that increased trade and even the exchange of nuclear technology were approved by the pact.

Noting that 23 years had passed since the AMIA bombing, Zbar said, “We have consistently traveled a long and arduous path to demonstrate, with ample evidence, the intellectual and material responsibility of citizens and officials of the Iranian state and of the terrorist group Hezbollah, in the attack against the headquarters of AMIA.”

Zbar added that he was encouraged that the Argentine authorities were also investigating local complicity in the attack, following news that Carlos Telleldin, a businessman accused of supplying the truck used in the AMIA bombing, will face a retrial nearly two decades after a previous prosecution against him collapsed. Zbar said it was his hope that the coming Telleldin hearing and “the progress of the investigation into the death of Alberto Nisman” would eventually lead to the trial of the Iranians who planned and executed the AMIA atrocity.

“AMIA from the beginning strongly opposed the pact with Iran,” Zbar stated. “The search for justice has been our priority since July 18, 1994, and we will never give up until all those guilty of that crime against humanity are convicted and imprisoned.”

On Friday, thousands of Kirchner supporters staged a rally in Buenos Aires’ famed Plaza del Mayo to protest what they depicted as government-sponsored persecution of the former president. Kirchner has repeatedly claimed that Nisman’s allegations against her and her government are a fabrication.

Iran Focus - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently compared Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to Hitler, but far too many people are painting this comment are evidence of an escalating conflict between the two Middle Eastern countries, rather than as an accurate assessment of Khamenei and the Iranian Regime.

Let’s break it down.

The Iranian Regime, much like Nazi Germany, is hostile to both its neighbouring countries and the West. It is set on creating a superstate through its network of terrorist proxies- as the Nazis did to Eastern Europe before the Allied Forces united against them.

Today, Khamenei sends the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to countries like Iraq and Syria by claiming that they are important to Iranian national security and even they are practically Iranian provinces (although Syria shares no border with Iran). Then, he and his fellow mullahs brag about the fact that the whole of the Middle East will soon be under their control, as they strive for the creation of a Shiite Crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean.

They use their terrorist proxies- whether Shiite or Sunni- to create havoc across the Middle East and destabilise the region so that they can then swoop in and take power during a vacuum. In just the past decade, the Regime has backed or been heavily linked to Hezbollah, the Houthis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which have all started internal power struggles or outright wars in the regions.

The truth is that the Iranian Regime is led by fascists who seized power in 1979. If left to their own devices they will only do what other fascists throughout history have done; expand their control over other countries, repress the people living under them, and pose a threat to global security.

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, the former general manager of Al Arabiya news channel, wrote an op-ed for Arab News in which he declared that the problems that Iran has caused its neighbours could be fixed but the Regime will not work towards a compromise.

He wrote: “Tehran is not looking for solutions because it has built a state based on a partisan military expansionary project that is very similar to Daesh, a colonialist state that demands obedience from others. That was Hitler’s dream. Khamenei’s project is like fascist Germany’s, with disdain for people’s lives, be it their own citizens or those from other nations.”

The Iranian Regime is not willing to change, so for the sake of global security and the freedom of the good people of Iran, regime change is the only option.