In recent weeks, the international community has witnessed a series of attacks by the Iran’s terrorist proxies in the Middle East. There is now a possibility for the war to expand to neighbouring countries and even to Europe. This article aims to shed light on the issues and propose a viable solution to deal with Iran.
Iran human rights abuses and warmongering activities
The Iranian regime’s record of human rights abuses is deeply troubling. The regime has shown no regard for human life and continues to engage in mass executions and corporal punishments, such as amputating limbs and gouging out the eyes of its victims. In 2023 alone, the regime executed at least 850 people, including 25 women, and since the beginning of 2024, more individuals have continued to be sent to the gallows almost daily, instilling fear in anticipation of the next uprising.
The cruel regime intends to remove the left eye of Mehdi Mousavi, a young protester who was arrested during the 2018 uprising. The regime has accused him of causing blindness to a state security forces colonel while defending himself against the violently repressive forces dispatched to suppress the protests.
The inhumane eye-gouging practice, which is also inflicted upon women, is a stark reminder of the atrocities committed during the 2022 uprising. During that time, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and security forces callously blinded the eyes of hundreds of innocent young women and men, yet not a single person responsible has been held liable for these actions.
Women continue to be flogged for removing their hijab, and the inhumane decree of amputation for minor offences is being carried out while the regime’s authorities, from top to bottom, are the biggest thieves in Iran’s history, embezzling billions of dollars of people’s assets.
Exporting crisis broad: Iran’s terrorist proxies
Additionally, the Iranian regime has engaged in terrorism, warmongering activities, and supporting proxy forces in the region. The use of proxy groups has proven highly effective for the regime. It enables them to expand their regional influence while denying involvement and evading accountability. It benefits the regime by making it difficult to address the root causes of regional instability.
The Houthis’ attacks on ships transiting the Red Sea have disrupted trade routes. When ships choose to avoid the Red Sea, a commonly used route connecting Asia and Europe, they will be forced to sail around the Horn of Africa, increasing fuel expenses. The ongoing attacks have caused insurance premiums for ships using the Red Sea to soar. These combined factors can potentially drive up inflation in the UK economy, resulting in increased prices for everyday essentials in our shopping carts, ultimately affecting us all.
To divert attention from the internal conflict between the Iranian people seeking change and the regime, the mullahs have resorted to creating crises abroad. In doing this, they aim to shift focus away from their oppressive actions domestically and further consolidate their power. This strategy has proven successful in the past. Due to the policy of appeasement towards Tehran, the West has been turning a blind eye to decades of terrorist activities by the regime, thereby emboldening it to continue such actions.
There are three options: first, to continue the current policy of appeasement, hoping that politely asking the regime to de-escalate. However, this policy has failed to bring about any change in Iran’s behaviour. On the contrary, it has emboldened Iran to continue exporting terror and destruction and has paved the way for more human rights abuses and executions within Iran.
The second option is military involvement on a larger scale. But we must consider lessons learned from the past when the US and Europe deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. These interventions resulted in prolonged conflicts, massive civilian casualties, and more destabilisation of the regions.
The third option involves investing in the Iranian people and supporting their organised movement. We should support the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its president-elect, Maryam Rajavi. Rajavi has proposed a comprehensive Ten-Point Plan for a democratic Iran, which seeks to establish a government based on the principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights.
This movement exhibits remarkable strength and organisation, boasting a vast network of resistance units dispersed throughout Iran. These units act as a driving force, rapidly transforming isolated protests into a formidable nationwide movement, effectively undermining the regime’s hold on power.
Iranian society is deeply discontented, as evidenced by the uprisings in 2022 led by courageous Iranian women and youth. However, the regime responded to these protests with brutal crackdowns and executions of arrested protesters. This uprising was not an isolated event, as there have been numerous other protests in the past. The West can make a significant impact by aligning with the aspirations of the Iranian people and their resistance movement for regime change and providing meaningful and tangible support for them.
The head of the snake
We should support the right of the Iranian people to self-defence against the suppressive forces of the IRGC. We should proscribe this nasty organisation that is the main apparatus of killings and oppression inside Iran and is behind training and funding terrorist proxies in the Middle East. By doing so, they cannot use their funds to operate, and they will effectively become crippled.
This cost-effective approach empowers the Iranian people and their desire for change, leading to a democratic and free Iran and lasting peace and regional stability.