Alireza Nader and Benjamin Winthal of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the US administration, and the European Union warned against ignoring Tehran’s malign policies at home and abroad to revive the nuclear agreement.
Brussels decided its position on Iran clearly when it sent the chief of staff of the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Enrique Mora, to the inauguration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
The move demonstrated Brussels’ intention to adopt a policy of communication and compromise with the Iranian regime instead of standing by the Iranian people in their struggle for freedom.
Rants for human rights
The two researchers at RealClearPolitics write that the European Union has sometimes paid lip service to advocating human rights issues, but its policy has always strengthened the Iranian regime.
European officials are disgusted with the pressure on the regime, tolerate the assassination of Iranian dissidents on European soil, and try to ignore notable events in Iran, such as major demonstrations, labor strikes, and the regime’s torture and imprisonment of dissidents.
The goal of European diplomacy is to revive the nuclear agreement with Iran at all costs. Mora’s attendance at the inauguration underscores this message. He is the man of Brussels in Vienna, and the coordinator of talks between the United States and Iran.
Among the leaders of terrorism
Mora’s behavior in Vienna has reinforced the Iranian regime’s effort to secure a legitimacy it does not deserve. The turnout in the presidential elections due to fraud has fallen to a historic level. Iranian voters learned that their new president was responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners.
The authors pointed out that pictures were taken of Mora sitting among the leaders of terrorist groups such as the head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, and the deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, Naim Qassem. Mora also posed for friendly photos with prominent regime officials such as Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqji.
Even in Vienna, Mora showed more sympathy for Tehran than for its victims. In June, Mora seemed to agree with the Austrian government’s ban on holding a peaceful gathering of Iranian dissidents outside the Grand Hotel to express their opposition to the nuclear talks.
At a time when the European Union fears that holding Tehran accountable for its behavior could undermine the talks, the Iranian regime has been busy kidnapping German, Austrian, Swedish, and British citizens of Iranian descent to force European leaders to make additional concessions.
The joint between Biden and Brussels
Reza Nader and Winthal assert that weakness strengthens the Tehran regime and gives it every possible reason to kidnap or even assassinate more opponents in the West.
Last December, the regime kidnapped and executed the Iranian dissident residing in France, Ruhollah Zam, after luring him to Iraq. And Tehran hanged Zam for running a Telegram channel that exposed rampant corruption within the regime.
At this time, the Biden administration did not take a position on Mora’s visit to Tehran when it should have issued a strongly worded statement of condemnation.
Biden did not suspend his efforts to revive the nuclear agreement, despite the FBI’s discovery of an Iranian plot to kidnap Iranian-American Masih Alinejad in New York. Like the European Union, the Biden administration seemed desperate to salvage the nuclear deal.
As a result of this policy, my president and his master, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, can rest assured that they will not pay any price for violence they believe is necessary to keep the regime in power, such as the killing of 1,500 people during major protests that erupted in November 2019.
Mora and his superiors would prefer not to challenge a weak and vulnerable but dangerous Islamist regime. The European Union and the White House may soon realize that returning to the nuclear agreement and appeasing the regime are losing strategies.
They will not stop the attacks while idly
The Biden administration chiefs are likely to push for tougher negotiations in the nuclear talks, knowing that Tehran’s provocations, including the July 29 attack on the Mercer Street tanker in the Gulf of Oman, will face no sanctions.
It is also likely that the regime will see Mora’s visit and the absence of any Western move as a green light to continue its hostility at home and in the region.
If European leaders want to protect their citizens and prevent terrorist attacks on European soil, they must act quickly to punish those responsible and organizations involved in the kidnapping and execution of European Union and British citizens.
They should also demand the immediate release of the surviving hostages and condition this as a prelude to the next round of nuclear negotiations in September.
It is time, the authors add, for European and American leaders to acknowledge that their unconditional commitment to nuclear diplomacy has led them to sacrifice human rights in Iran and even within their own countries. However, this concession did not secure a better nuclear deal, and instead, it encourages Iran to step up its repression and demand more concessions in the negotiations.