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There are basically three options to prevent the Islamic Republic in Iran (IRI) from obtaining a nuclear bomb: 1) Negotiations, 2) Military action to destroy its nuclear facilities, and 3) Regime Change (without direct intervention of the western countries.
The first 2 options are not feasible.
Negotiations - One must be very naïve to think that IRI would end its long standing ambitions and activities in pursuit of the atomic bomb, by signing any kind of an Agreement with the 5+1. Resorting to lies and hiding the truth is the essence and in the nature of IRI, whether at the 5+1 negotiations or lying to the Iranian people. For example during the past few years, IRI has continually lied to its own people blaming the country’s food and medicine shortages on the western sanctions, while at the same time using lies and other tactics to drag on the 5+1 negotiations in order to buy time and receive financial relief to further its nuclear ambitions for military purposes.
As admitted by some of IRI’s top officials including President Rowhani, by holding and extending numerous nuclear talks with the west, IRI has been able to buy itself time and space to increase the number of its uranium enrichment centrifuges, further its technological knowhow for building heavy water reactors, and increase its uranium enrichment levels closer to the 20% level.
Even if an agreement is reached with 5+1 it is not clear which entity and in what manner will be able to monitor IRI’s hidden nuclear activities. Let’s not forget that IRI was able to hide its uranium enrichment activities for 18 years before it was caught red handed. Even then, it was not the west that found out about IRI’s nuclear secrets; the secrets were exposed by one of IRI’s opposition groups in exile.
Military Action - Destruction of Iran’s nuclear facilities by military force can have dangerous consequences. Iran is not a small country with limited military capabilities. Many believe that any military attack on Iran with results short of complete downfall of the Islamic regime and the full destruction of its Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), will pull the whole Middle East into a major regional war which could last for a decade.
A Middle East regional war would have a serious negative economic impact throughout the world. As a minimum, the flow of oil to the East and Europe would be interrupted causing increase in prices of manufactured goods and high unemployment in the East. Therefore, any military attack on the nuclear facilities in Iran, given the present and the near future situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and ISIS, could be a disaster for the US and the rest of the world.
Since the takeover of Iran by the Islamic Shia in 1979, IRI has been the root cause of bloody battles among the regional Sunni and Shia powers, as well as the main sponsor of fanatic and terrorist groups which have caused havoc in the middle east and the world. The Iranian people have witnessed the devastations in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and have wisely decided that war, death and destruction is not the path they wish to choose in order to free themselves from the tyranny of the IRI regime.
Regime Change – The only viable solution with minimum risk to the west is to continue the sanctions and add additional sanctions, particularly targeted sanctions that would cause high economic impact to the regime and those closely related to it. The only western tactic that forced IRI to sit at the negotiations table was the sanctions; so why not continue and reinforce what has been working?
In order for IRI to stop playing its games in the negotiations and for the Middle East to become calm again, United States and the European Union (EU) will need to use targeted sanctions against the IRI regime and its top officials, while being careful not to allow the sanctions to negatively impact the Iranian people.
Furthermore, it is crucial that the west implement a mechanism to accurately monitor the use of any sanctions that have or may be lifted as a result of the 5+1 negotiations. For example, to date there has not been an official report itemizing the expenditure of the 400 million dollars in sanction relief that was to support the studies of Iranian students in the universities outside Iran. Meanwhile, there have been numerous reports on large increases in the import volume of luxury goods, including very expensive automobiles, since the recent sanction reliefs.
IRI has the support of those who economically benefit from it. Lack of funds will weaken this grip over the regime’s followers, particularly among the Revolutionary Guards. On other hand, empowering the Iranian people, who by a vast majority, are against the IRI will allow them to find their way to remove this regime and to replace it with a democratic government friendly to humanity and the West.
December 7, 2014
The New Iran
The Media Line
Written by Felice Friedson
The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to have been assassinated by Israel as part of an effort to derail the Islamic Republic’s drive to create nuclear weapons says her brother was murdered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRI) because he wouldn’t cooperate with the effort to divert nuclear activities from peaceful purposes.
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“This year’s Human Rights Day comes at a time of global remembrance for Nelson Mandela, one of the last century’s greatest champions of human rights. His unrelenting commitment to the cause was an inspiration to all of us, and in 2001 he became the first living person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.
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“That’s why this year we introduced the first-ever stand-alone resolution on child, early and forced marriage at the United Nations General Assembly. As many as 9.5 million girls are forced into marriage ever year—this practice flies in the face of Canadian values, and we make no apologies for speaking out about it.
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“Whether you’re a peaceful protestor in Kyiv, a political prisoner in Tehran, a persecuted citizen in Pyongyang or a victim of violence in the Central African Republic, Canada will do whatever it can to stand by your right to freedom and dignity.”
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