The terrorist organization behind the power of the mullahs (JERUSALEM POST OP-ED) By SARA AKRAMI, SAEED GHASSEMINEJAD 05/23/12)
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The establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 was the
beginning of horror not only for Iranian citizens, but also for the
process of peacemaking in the Middle East and the world.
After Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of
Iran, took power and put in place Islamic laws throughout the
country, he formed an opprobrious organization called the ďIranian
Revolutionary Guard Corps.Ē
Aside from its primary goal, namely the protection of the Islamic
system of Iran, the IRGCís duty is to prevent uprisings or internal
dissident. The IRGC consist of four distinct parts: Paramilitary
Brigades; The Basij Militia, a paramilitary police force of 90,000;
The Quds Force, a terrorist element; and the Ansar al Mahdi Force, a
bodyguard for the senior members of the government and for the
In addition, the IRGC is linked to terrorist activities around the
world, and supports terrorist organizations.
Like the Russian KGB or the SS of Nazi Germany, the IRGC are both the
agents of order for a harsh ideological regime and its agents of
In recent years, especially under the government of the inhumane and
Holocaust-denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the IRGC has taken
over many aspect of Iranian society; it has influence in the
political, social, military and especially economic systems. The
organization has turned into a business empire in Iran and is known
as one of the wealthiest organizations after the National Iranian Oil
During the early years of the Islamic Republic, the IRGC functioned
more like an intelligence service and militia organizer. It was a
vital organization for Khomeini, required to suppress his opponents.
Later, Khomeini realized that the members of the IRGC were more
interested in being involved in Iranís politics than in defending the
Consequently, he prevented members from participation in politics by
sending them to the front lines of the Iran-Iraq War. During the war,
the IRGC received great support, including vast sums of money and
supplies, from the regimeís clerics. During these years, Rafsanjani
(the former president of the regime) who was appointed as the
commander-in-chief of the war effort by Khomeini, developed close
ties with the IRGC.
It was after Khomeiniís death that the organization became
increasingly involved in Iranís politics and, to an ever-greater
degree, economy. When Rafsanjaniís presidency ended and Khatami, a
former president of the regime who had promised reforms, came to
power, the IRGC became one of the main players in the countryís
One of the most significant actions of the IRGC was to bring an
unknown political figure, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to power. Today it
plays a key role in important sectors of Iranís economy, such as oil,
gas and other profitable industries. In addition, the IRGC has a
great impact on Iranís foreign relations, and by its presence in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Palestine (West Bank and Gaza)
promotes various difficulties and creates obstacles for the process
of peacemaking in the Middle East.
When it comes to terrorist activities, the IRGC is training
terrorists in Lebanon and Yemen; sending paramilitary forces to shore
up Syria, fighting alongside Hezbollah, or protecting drug smuggling
operations in Latin America. Its Quds Force has worked with many
terrorist groups (including liaising with al-Qaida), delivered
terrorist attacks on its own and has murdered many Iranian dissidents
and exiles around the world.
Some of the significant terrorist activities of the IRGC include the
1983 United States Embassy bombing in Beirut, the 1988 Kuwait
Airlines hijacking, the 1992 Israel Embassy attack in Buenos Aires,
and most significantly, the explosion of the Argentine Israelite
Mutual Association in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.
In addition, the IRGC played an important role during the 2006
Lebanon War and was responsible for firing missiles at Israeli naval
It further assisted Hezbollah to fire rockets into Israel across the
CANADA IS among the countries that have so far not considered the
IRGC to be a terrorist organization. However, Canada has many reasons
to put the IRGC on its terrorist list.
1. Canada has evidence that Zahra Kazemi, the Iranian-Canadian
photojournalist, was raped and tortured before her 2003 beating death
in a Tehran prison. Iran has always refused to release her corpse so
an autopsy could be conducted. The IRGC runs Iranís prisons.
2. Iran supplied weapons and explosives to the Taliban in
southwestern Afghanistan, apparently since 2003.
Iranian-supplied material, under the auspices of the IRCG, has
probably killed some Canadian soldiers.
3. Hezbollah has used Canada as a base for fundraising and specialist
equipment, and their actions directly contributed to the death of a
Canadian soldier with the UN in South Lebanon in 2006.
4. Iran has made enough noise about having nuclear weapons for any
sober observer to conclude that once they have a working bomb, they
will use it. This is a direct threat to many of our citizens living
and working abroad, and an indirect threat to us.
5. On November 28, 2011, US District Court Judge John D. Bates handed
down a ruling that showed Iran had been responsible for providing
material support to al Qaida for the 1998 East African Embassy
Moreover, Judge Batesí decision pointed out that Iran had agreed to
provide training at Hezbollah camps for al Qaida as early as 1992.
Again, Iran would have operated through the IRGC. Al Qaida attacks
have killed Canadian citizens and caused massive economic harm to
Canada, which is why it is listed as a terrorist entity.
6. Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iran has done its utmost to
keep Iraq unstable by pumping in arms and support to different groups.
Again, the Quds force of the IRGC has been implicated in much of this
7. Using the Quds force and IRGC, Iran has stirred up the Shiíite
Houthi tribesmen in Yemen and got them to stage attacks into Saudi
Arabia in 2010 and 2011.
8. Members of the IRGC have been used to assassinate many Iranian
exiles and dissidents since 1979 in many countries and recently were
arrested in the United States for a planned assassination of the
Saudi ambassador to the United States.
Finally, although the IRGC plays a key role in the protection of the
Islamic Republic of Iran and suppression of Iranian citizens, it also
extends the existence of a government that has taken the lives of
many innocent individuals through its terrorist activities and brutal
Therefore, we suggest that the IRGC should be named a terrorist
organization by the Canadian government and other countries of the
world that have so far not done so. In addition, its commanders and,
more importantly, all the companies that are owned by the IRGC and
their financial managers should be put on the sanction list.
The writers are Iranian student activists in Canada. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 05/23/12)
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