Erfan Fard

Iran’s Cowardice Stance vs. US Self-Delusion

President Biden and Director of the National CounterTerrorism Center (NCTC) , Christine Abizaid, Mclean July 27, 2021 / Photo: Susan Walsh.
President Biden and the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christine Abizaid, McLean, VA, July 27, 2021/ Intelligence Community / Picture: Sasan Walsh, free for use on a commercial platform

The silent stance of Iran, reflective of a deep-seated cowardice, and the prevalent self-deception among certain circles in the United States, present a glaring dichotomy.

Forty-five years ago, Iran faced a devastating collective demise. The country itself was shattered, and Khomeini, a deceitful Shia mullah transformed a nation, rich in historical significance and beauty, into ruins. Amid the Cold War‘s peak, the United States witnessed the loss of its paramount ally and steadfast friend, the late Shah of Iran, a consequence of misguided policies and a profound ignorance regarding Islamic radicalism and terrorism within the ranks of American intelligence. Misinformed hostility from the State Department, fueled by opponents’ rumors and lies, coupled with disarray in the White House, propelled the 1979 turmoil to success. Absent Jimmy Carter‘s presidency, this disaster may have been averted, sparing countless Iranian lives and preventing the loss and capture of hundreds of American forces by this insurgent regime.

After four and a half decades, the Middle East teeters on the verge of explosion.

It is a grave mistake to assume that terrorists of Iran’s regime remain inactive or patient. Believing that Khamenei and the Quds Force play no role in this sinister conflict is the pinnacle of folly. Equally naive is the hope that the Tehran regime‘s existence could ever lead to regional peace and stability.

The most prudent measure is the global condemnation and isolation of the Iranian regime. Characterized by its terror, malevolence, barbarism, and insurrection, the regime lacks any semblance of credibility or legitimacy among Iranians, nor does it possess any honor or standing on the international stage. In essence, this pariah regime is defunct, its end imminent, merely awaiting interment by Iran’s youth.

When Biden, after squandering 3 years on the illusory goal of reviving Obama’s JCPOA, confronted the mullahs’ regime’s savagery, which resulted in American casualties post-October 7, public pressure mounted for a shift from mollifying mullahs to a stance that would reclaim American dignity and authority. This led to strategic meetings with security and military officials. Iran, interpreting these moves as threats, saw its IRGC commander brazenly respond.

The IRGC’s notorious figure, synonymous with cowardice and terrorism, has once again spewed baseless threats, continuously endorsing Islamic terrorism. In moments of trepidation, he cowardly shields himself with the name of Iran. His fate, hopefully, will mirror Soleimani’s. Salami proclaimed, “Sometimes, threats come from our adversaries, and recently, we’ve detected such threats in American officials’ statements. Our message is unequivocal: ‘You have tested us before, and it’s clear that we understand each other well. We leave no threat unanswered. We do not seek war, but we are far from intimidated by it. This conviction is deeply embedded in our society.”

Yet, following these proclamations, we encounter the IRGC officials’ cowardly silence, scarcely mentioning America. Domestically, they may act as ferocious wolves, but when faced with serious international confrontations, they reveal themselves as craven and despicable cowards.

It is essential to highlight a particular aspect of Islamic terrorism: ‘Ashura-making’ and ‘Karbala-making,’ strategies of portraying oneself as just and righteous while simultaneously adopting a victimhood stance, are fundamental to Islamic terrorist entities. These tactics are central to the propaganda efforts of Iran and other Middle Eastern entities.

Should the USA continue its passive stance, failing to decisively counter Tehran’s criminal mullahs, it risks escalating the regime’s bold maneuvers, potentially activating sleeper cells within its borders. Appeasement has shown to be futile, as the mullahs are impervious to diplomatic outreach.

Furthermore, as long as this regime wields power, expecting diplomatic understanding and political acumen from Iran’s mullahs is folly. Unless the White House adopts a firmer posture, the regime will persist in its unrest, maneuvering its terrorist proxies as if they were chess pieces. The narrative, propagated by certain media outlets under the sway of pro-regime lobbies, that the Iranian regime has no ties to these Islamic terrorist groups, serves merely to excuse criminality. Intrigu

Ali Khamenei, in brown robe with Iranian military leaders, has praised terrorists of Hamas for its cross-border attack on Israel. /ZUMA PRESS / free for use on a commercial platform

ingly, some in the current U.S. administration’s intelligence community cling to the belief that Tehran lacks full control over its proxy forces.

This stance is not only humorless but a profound self-deception.

Currently, a dangerous weapon rests in the hands of a reckless lunatic mullah, demanding immediate action. The day the atomic bomb becomes accessible to a ruthless mullah, the entire globe will face peril. In these tumultuous times, Iran‘s disorder is such that even a minimal response from the United States would shatter the mullahs’ fragile regime more thoroughly than any ephemeral structure, leaving no vestige of its existence.

Finally, I am pleased that the Biden‘s Department of Defense and DIA has ultimately determined that policies aimed at appeasing the criminal mullahs, seeking respect, & engaging in diplomacy with a bunch of terrorist criminal thugs are a waste of time. This regime in Iran has fallen; we should now focus on the post-collapse period to usher in a new Middle East.

About the Author
Erfan Fard is a counter-terrorism analyst and Middle East Studies researcher based in Washington, DC. He is in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran, Counter terrorism, IRGC, MOIS and Ethnic conflicts in MENA. \He graduated in International Security Studies (London M. University, UK), and in International Relations (CSU-LA), and is fluent in Persian, Kurdish, Arabic and English. Follow him in this twitter account @EQFARD
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