Shabnam Assadollahi

Iran regime’s Covert Influence Beyond Borders

In the backdrop of a concerning geopolitical landscape, the convergence of Joe Biden’s open border policy and Justin Trudeau’s “liberal” approach to inviting hundreds of thousands of unvetted international students, refugees, immigrants, and illegal border crossers is setting the stage for a potential national security crisis in North America. Against this backdrop, the threat posed by the Iran regime’s covert influence, spearheaded by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), looms larger than ever.

Adding to this complex equation is the shadow cast by the tragic assassination of Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor investigating Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Nisman’s untimely death serves as a stark reminder of the lengths to which the IRGC and its affiliates are willing to go to protect their interests and maintain their grip on power. It underscores the urgency of addressing Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism and its pervasive influence beyond its borders.

Canada’s reluctance to confront the presence of IRGC operatives within its borders, evidenced by its deliberate omission from the list of designated terrorist organizations, is alarming. This reluctance, coupled with the influx of individuals crossing the border illegally, poses grave risks to national security. How many billions of dollars laundered into Canada by IRGC operatives will fuel further instability and pose a direct threat to the safety and well-being of Canadians?

However, despite the mounting evidence and the gravity of the situation, Canada’s stance remains troublingly passive. The deliberate omission of the IRGC from the list of designated terrorist organizations raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to national security. This reluctance, combined with the influx of individuals crossing the border illegally, not only compromises Canada’s sovereignty but also poses significant risks to the safety and well-being of its citizens.

Moreover, the implications of this lax approach extend far beyond Canada’s borders. It strains diplomatic relations with key allies who have unequivocally designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization. Canada’s failure to address the pervasive risks associated with the presence of IRGC members within its borders could have dire consequences for the security and stability of North America as a whole.

In light of these alarming developments, urgent action is imperative. Enhanced surveillance, intelligence-sharing, and targeted sanctions against individuals involved in illicit activities linked to the IRGC are not only necessary but also urgent. Furthermore, a comprehensive reassessment of border policies, coupled with robust security measures, is essential to mitigate the growing threat posed by Iran’s covert influence and to uphold the security and prosperity of the region.

Failure to address these issues proactively could lead to catastrophic consequences, jeopardizing the safety and well-being of Canadians and undermining the security of North America as a whole. As such, decisive action must be taken to safeguard against potential catastrophes and to ensure the security and prosperity of the region for generations to come.

About the Author
Shabnam Assadollahi is an award-winning Canadian human rights advocate and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.