European Taxpayers Should Understand Iran Regime’s-Sponsored Terrorism in Their Countries
By Mahmoud Hakamian
Tens of thousands of members of the Iranian diaspora, their supporters, as well as elite political figures from across the globe, gathered together in Paris on June 30th for the annual “Free Iran” rally, hosted by the Iranian opposition.
Meanwhile, the Belgian police were arresting a group of terrorists in Brussels, and the German police arrested Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat. More people were arrested in neighboring European countries, as well — all linked to a terror plot against the Iranian opposition gathering in Paris.
The confrontation between the Iranian regime and its opposition just became a much darker state of affairs.
Citizens and politicians associated with the U.S. government were speaking at the gathering and might have been victims of what is being called a plot by the Iranian regime. The U.S. has declared that it will pursue this matter and it won’t go unanswered. Europeans should join the pursuit. European taxpayers should understand that the Iranian regime’s terrorists are active in their countries, which have actually become the centers of planning and staging terror plots.
In fact, at the rally, Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, reminded the attendees about another violent terrorist attack hatched by Tehran. “Although, things are changing around and under the regime, the regime's agenda of terrorism has not changed,” Freeh said in his speech. “Last Monday was the 22nd anniversary of the IRGC Saudi Hezbollah bombing of the US barracks in Khobar Tower. Since then, the regime has continued to export terrorism in Yemen, in Argentina, in Syria and all around the world. That has not changed. What has changed, however, is what's going on in the hearts and minds and on the streets and bazaars of Iran…”
Freeh was the director of the FBI in 1996, after the bombing of the Khobar towers. He dispatched an investigation team, who quickly learned that those behind the terrorist attack had been trained, armed, and financed by the IRGC. The matter was not pursued, however, because the policy of the U.S. administration at the time was rapprochement and appeasement toward the Iranian regime.
On October 23, 1983, the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was bombed. The attack was said to have been carried out by the IRGC and Hezbollah. 241 American and 58 French military personnel were killed along with 6 civilians. On July 20, 1987, Mohsen Rafiqdoust, the former IRGC Minister, officially stated, “Americans know that the explosive that combined with that ideology and sent 400 American soldiers and officers to hell, both the ideology and the explosive material came from Iran.”
Other notable terrorist attacks conducted in European countries in the past decades include the following:
- The assassination of Kazem Rajavi, NCRI member, and brother of Iranian opposition leader Massoud Rajavi, in Coppet, Switzerland, in 1990
- The assassination of Kurdish opposition leaders in Berlin, Germany, in 1992
- The assassination of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, NCRI member, in Rome, Italy, in 1993
- The assassination of Zahra Rajabi, NCRI member, in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1996
- The assassination Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou, the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party, in Vienna, Austria, in 1989
- The assassination of Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister of the Shah regime, in Suresnes, France 1991
The Tribune De Geneve newspaper published an article on June 17, 2004, in which it identified a bank account with a $200 million balance. It hinted that this money may have been used to fund 400 terrorist attacks in Europe. The TDG wrote that the account was linked to the terrorist bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires in 1994, where 86 people killed and another 200 were injured. The account was allegedly used to fund the team of 13 people, who were dispatched to Switzerland to assassinate Kazem Rajavi.
In an analysis by PMOI/MEK of the problem of what can be done about the government-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian regime, they write that the answer is clear: “Every center and facility that gives the Iranian regime a diplomatic cover to carry out its evil terrorist plots must be closed down.”