At first glance, it may not seem that Iran is way more dangerous than ISIS. After all, ISIS – with its brutal enactment of sharia law and its reign of terror – seems like the epitome of danger. However, for all the media attention ISIS gets, it pales in comparison to Iran, a state actor that many view as a legitimate world player.
Iran just fired six ballistic missiles into Syria, targeting an Islamic State (ISIS) base. The Islamic Republic claimed the strike was retaliation for an attack on a parade of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corp in Ahvaz (a city in southwest Iran), which killed 25 people.
As the world watched the events unfold, Iran first blamed America, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for supporting Ahvazi Arab separatist groups. Then, after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, Iran retaliated against the terror group in Syria.
The key word here is “state.” Iran is not a rogue entity. It is an established country with a fully-functioning government and a highly-developed military, including an advanced research and development arm.
These latest ballistic missiles sent to Syria (medium-range missiles which were able to fly over Iraq to hit their target) are part of that established force.
Since the signing of the nuclear agreement, which turned out to be a smokescreen to funnel money into a wholly unrepentant Iran, European governments and businesses have been tripping over each other to make lucrative deals with the Ayatollah’s business partners.
The nuclear deal freed billions of dollars in Iranian regime assets. The regime then took the money and poured it back into its military and terror enterprise.
Since President Donald Trump pulled out of the fraudulent agreement and imposed new sanctions on Iran, Europe has been working overtime to thwart him. Last week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced a “special purpose vehicle” to “keep trade with Tehran flowing while the U.S. sanctions are in place.”
In practical terms, this means the EU is now setting up a “legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran,” which will allow European companies to continue to trade with the Islamic Republic.
Russia, Turkey and Iran have formed a powerful alliance in Syria, an alliance which extends far beyond the war-torn country’s borders. This alliance — and the legitimacy it confers upon Iran — allows the ayatollahs to move forward with their expansionist agenda for the entire region. With this kind of backing, it is easier to buck resistance from Washington.
The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah – which controls Lebanon’s government – is a puppet of Iran. Moreover, with its advanced weaponry and thousands of fighters, Hezbollah’s military capacity is greater than that of the Lebanese army. Many believe it is the second-strongest military force in the entire Middle East.
Iran is poised to do the same in Yemen, where it is fighting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia (and hence, the U.S.).
Despite being a state fully run according to sharia law, Iran is accepted globally as a legitimate world power (except by the United States).
European and Asian countries don’t seem to mind the hangings, the political arrests, the hudud punishments meted out – public lashings, death for homosexuality, cutting off limbs for stealing, blinding for acid attacks (eye for and eye) and the like.
Women are forced to wear hijabs and long cloaks in public, musicians and actors are thrown in jail and foreigners (journalists, professors and the like) are routinely kidnapped by the government, charged with spying and oftentimes held for ransom.
Who needs an ISIS caliphate run by sharia law when one practically exists already and is recognized by most world powers as a legitimate state?
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