Erfan Fard

Iran’s Islamic Fundamentalist Plague

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Expect not that the Islamic Republic shall engage in any context where principles of citizenship, humanity, ethics, or human rights prevail. Wherever it has exerted influence, it has solely bequeathed destruction, devastation, terrorism, darkness, and impoverishment. The past 45 years serve as vivid testimony to its actions.

1. Iran: After four and a half decades, Iran finds itself teetering on the precipice of annihilation, bereft of any semblance of economic vitality, environmental stewardship, developmental progress, water management, industrial growth, educational advancement, or health improvement. In stark contrast, the Taliban has shown greater attention to societal welfare, enhancing its economic value and credibility. It has significantly altered Afghanistan’s infrastructural landscape. Moreover, the frequency of executions and killings under its regime falls short of those in Iran, where oppression, poverty, violence, and backwardness pervade.

2. Gaza: Prior to the Islamic Republic’s intrusion, Gaza might have experienced moments of happiness and positivity, benefiting from interactions with Israelis. However, today, it is engulfed in wreckage, sorrow, poverty, and a pervasive network of terrorism.

3. Lebanon: Influenced by a dogmatic and absolutist ideology, Lebanon has been transformed into a bastion of terrorism, reminiscent of Hezbollah. This transformation has led to widespread corruption, ruin, and a climate of insecurity.

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4. Iraq: The aftermath of the 2003 invasion led by George Bush presented a pivotal opportunity for the establishment of democracy in post-Saddam Iraq. Nevertheless, Iran’s meddling — driven by an aversion to witnessing a neighboring democratic state — has resulted in Iraq’s degradation, corruption, insecurity, and instability.

5. Yemen: Absent Iranian intervention, Yemen could have potentially embarked on a path of development and prosperity, buoyed by its proximity to Saudi Arabia. A harmonious relationship with Saudi Arabia might have mirrored its affluence. Yet, the present scenario is dominated by the malignant expansion of Houthi terrorist factions and even instances of cooperation between the Islamic Republic, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Quds Force with ISIS in Yemen.

6. Sudan and Nigeria: Iran is poised to extend its legacy of poverty, misery, ruin, violence, and terrorism to Africa. It is expected to nurture radical elements and emulate models akin to Hezbollah.

These instances unequivocally illustrate the regime’s barbarous nature, systematically exporting despair, devastation, and tyranny across its spheres of influence.

However, for a moment, one must close their eyes and imagine that the Islamic Republic of the mullahs, meaning the Islamic Caliphate of the Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist, has come to an end, and then the countries of the region think about developing their relations and economy in peace and stability, without any threat. This can only be achieved through a change of regime in Iran. The existence of this regime is like a cancerous tumor that needs to be surgically removed, otherwise, it will infect everywhere.

Unfortunately, under the current global circumstances, there seems to be little inclination to decisively confront the regime in Tehran. Western governments appear to lack an effective strategy against the ruthless mullahs in Tehran and seem to have conceded. However, should Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pass away, the ensuing internal chaos might aid the Iranian people. And perhaps this plague will come to an end. It appears that there is currently little appetite worldwide for a regime change in Tehran.

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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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