Right Truth's Sara Akrami (articles here), provides us with her recent interview on Canada's Sun TV about the terrorism of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. You can watch the video at YouTube here. Embedding has been disabled for some reason.
nuclear problem remains unresolved, and seems to be irresolvable, as the
Islamic regime is desperate for a nuclear bomb. Iran has not shown any
interest in the offers made by the international community. However,
there is a road not taken, and that is investing in the Iranian people,
experienced two major revolutions over the past 100 years.
years ago, the Iranian people showed that they are ready to take to the
streets and protest against Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. In
order to stop an apocalyptic fundamentalist regime from acquiring a
nuclear bomb, democratic states of the world need to change their
policies toward the Iranian government.
The goal should be regime change in Iran, and the point of this article is to show how such a policy can be successful.
This article explains possible plans that would lead to a structural change in Iran in the short term.
first step is to increase sanctions on the Iranian government. The
sanctions should be designed in such a way that within the coming year
the reserves of the Iranian government are reduced as much as possible.
Consequently, the Iranian government will have to choose between
assuring people’s costs of living and
bribing its supporters in order to maintain its status quo.
Iranian leadership has always used the deaths of its nuclear scientists
to weep copious tears and sputter outrage about the inequity of
terrorism as a political tool. Terrorism has been one of the outreach
tools of the leadership since the early days of the Islamic Revolution.
Since religious fundamentalists gained power in
1979, they have continually instigated violence internationally. An
immense weight of evidence and victims of various nationalities have
made the Iranian government one of the significant sponsors of
terrorism. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), especially its
external branch, the Qods Force, plays an important role in achieving
Iran’s foreign policy objectives. During the current uprising in Syria,
the Iranian government has sent many rank and file
members of the IRGC and the Qods Force including, members of the Basij,
plainclothes security guards, and militia volunteers to Damascus to
its main ally in the region, Bashar Al-Assad.
In recent years, especially under the gov't of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the IRGC has taken over many aspect of Iranian society.
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 “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.”
Aside from its primary goal, namely the protection of the Islamic system of Iran, the IRGC’s 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 nuclear program.
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 oppression.
By: John Thompson, Executive Director of the Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution, and Propaganda-Canada
and Sara Akrami, Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University-Canada
Canada has a fairly tough and effective set of anti-terrorism laws, provided that a terrorist belongs to an entity listed by the Canadian government to which these laws are deliberately applied. Canada has listed al Qaeda and Hezbollah, among other Islamic groups. Once the Tamil Tigers were added to the list in 2006, it helped to being about the end of that group by making it impossible for them to continue to fund-raise in Canada.
When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, its leader, Ayatollah Khomeini formed an organization called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.” Aside from its major goal that is the protection of the Islamic system of Iran rather than the Iranian people, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ duty is to prevent any uprisings or internal dissident. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps consist of:
1. Paramilitary Brigades; 31 “Corps” distributed throughout the country and who get first call on conscripts and new military equipment.
2. The Basij Militia: A paramilitary police force of 90,000 that are the ideological police of the Iranian Revolution.
3. The Qods Force: The terrorist element, and described exactly as such by many observers.
4. The Ansar ol Mahdi Force: The hard core of the IRGC, they are the bodyguard force for the senior members of the government and for the nuclear program and the rocket force (which they control).
John Thompson, Executive Director of the Mackenzie Institute for the Study of Terrorism, Revolution and Propaganda-Canada
Sara Akrami, Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University-Canada
The deaths of the Iranian defence scientists have allowed the regime in Tehran to weep copious tears and sputter outrage about the inequity of assassination as a political tool. One might think the more natural reaction there might be envy. Assassination has been one of the outreach tools of the ayatollahs and their regime in Iran since the early days of the Revolution. When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, it had two strategies to eliminate its opponents. At home, it killed its internal opponents – killing 7,900 of them in its first five years alone using techniques many totalitarian regimes have employed, such as, mass executions, tortures, disappearances, and “accidents”. Abroad, it used its embassies and cultural offices to host killers and sent them out after prominent critics. Many of these critics living overseas were Iranian intellectuals and activists who had escaped from Iran after the establishment of the regime. In addition to employing terror against its own citizens and émigrés, the Iranian government has also claimed victims from other nationalities. The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s most significant sponsors of terrorism. During its 33 years of existence, it has continually instigated violence elsewhere and pursued indirect war through the use of terrorism throughout the Middle East, Africa, and both North and South America.
Although the Islamic Republic of Iran officials claim that terrorism is strange to them, an immense weight of evidence shows that orchestrated terrorism outside Iran is a major factor in practice of the regime. The first victims of the Iranian government terrorism were Shahriar Shafigh, the Shah of Iran’s nephew who was assassinated in 1979 in Paris and Ali Akbar Tabatabai, the former press attaché of the Iranian embassy in the United States under the Shah of Iran who was assassinated in 1980 in Washington. The assassination of Ali Akbar Tabatabai was committed by David Belfield or Dawud Salahuddin, an African-American who converted to Islam and after the assassination fled to Iran. In 2001, Dawud Salahuddin acted as the major character of the movie Kandahar, directed by one of the Iranian regime’s filmmakers Mohsen Makhmalbaf. After the first assassinations, many other Iranian dissidents were killed in different parts of the world.
Democratic governments function as role models for authoritarian regimes and provide freedom and dignity in different aspects of life for those citizens living under authoritarian states.
As long as the priority of democratic governments is the establishment of freedom and democracy rather than financial gain, then the roots of authoritarianism will gradually dissolve throughout the world, and equality and justice will replace authoritarianism.
Democratic governments can help oppressed people achieve their goals for democracy by pressuring the authoritarian governments in the international arena, by supporting democratic elections and referendums, and by offering financial and political help to opposition groups and social movements who work for regime change against these governments.
One of the most significant examples of authoritarian governance is in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Despite its inhumane and terrorist nature, it has remained in power for 32 years. The wrong policies of western countries, including the United States of America, especially under the Obama administration, have helped the Government of Iran remain in power and continue to not only violate the process of peacemaking in the Middle East but to also endanger the safety of the entire world.
When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, its leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, formed a notorious organization called the “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.” Aside from its securing its major goal, the protection of the Islamic system of Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps works to prevent any uprisings or internal dissent. It has also been linked to terrorist activities around the world and supports terrorist organizations. In recent years, especially under the government of the inhumane and Holocaust denying President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the IRGC has taken over many aspects of Iranian society; it has influence in the political, social, military, and especially economic systems. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has turned into a business empire in Iran and is known as one of the wealthiest organizations after the National Iranian Oil Company.
At the beginning, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps functioned more like an intelligence service and militia organizer. It also played a decisive role in defeating the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Bani Sadr, in 1981. During the Iran-Iraq War, the IRGC received a lot of support, including vast sums of money and supplies, from the regime’s clerics. During these years, Rafsanjani (the former President of the regime), who was appointed Commander of War by Khomeini, had close ties with the IRGC. It was after Khomeini’s death that the IRGC became increasingly involved in Iran’s politics, and to an ever-greater degree, economy. When Rafsanjani’s 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 economy. One of the most significant actions of the IRGC was to bring an unknown political figure, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, and elect him as the President of Iran; before becoming President, Ahmadinejad was the mayor of the capital of Iran, Tehran. When Ahmadinejad came to power, he decided to recompense the IRGC’s help. Thereafter, many of Ahmadinejad’s cabinet ministers were chosen from members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. In recent years, IRGC has received about $25B in gas and oil contracts. In addition, when Ahmadinejad’s government privatized more than $60B of public assets, the majority of its valuable part went to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Despite the fact that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is a key role in Iran’s economy, this organization has been involved in various terrorist activities around the world. These terrorist activities 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. The explosion of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association was one of the deadliest bombings that has ever occurred in Argentina and resulted in injury and death for many innocent Jewish citizens. The Iranian government directed this terrorist activity through the terrorist group Hezbollah in order to take revenge on the government of Argentina, who had suspended its nuclear technology transfer agreement with Iran. In addition, the IRGC played an important role during the 2006 Lebanon War and was responsible for firing missiles on Israeli naval vessels. It further assisted Hezbollah to fire rockets into Israel across the Syrian border.
In addition, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has assassinated many Iranian political activists and opponents of the regime who escaped from Iran to various parts of the world after the Revolution. It is necessary to add that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is responsible for suppressing Iranian citizens who oppose the government. For example, during post-election events in Iran when thousands of Iranian dissidents of the government came on the streets, the IRGC assisted the police forces in arresting, beating, shooting, and even killing people.
Finally, although the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps plays a key role in the social, political, and economic life of Iran, it extends the existence of the notorious government of Iran, a government that has thousands of opponents inside and outside of Iran and that has taken the lives of many innocent individuals through its terrorist activities and brutal actions. We therefore suggest that IRGC should be named a terrorist organization. In addition, its commanders and, more importantly, all the companies that are owned by IRGC and their financial managers should be put on the sanction list.
Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at Youk University-Canada
By Sara Akrami, (President of Human Rights Activists Association at York University) and Adir Dishy(Former President of Hasbara Fellowship at York University)
For years, Islamic extremists and radicals have endangered the safety of various countries of the world, specifically in the Middle East, but also in European and North American countries. Through terrorist activities and inhumane practices, Islamic extremists have created numerous victims in their own Islamic countries, as well as in the countries to which they have migrated. Among other factors, the lax immigration laws, especially in Canada, have enabled the spread of terrorist activity. Canada has not faced a deadly terrorist attack yet; however, terrorist attacks have already been planned for Canada and prevented by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It is only a matter of time before the CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) is unable to prevent another attack from happening. On June 2, 2006, 18 Al Qaeda members plotted a series of terrorist activities in one of the more prominent provinces of Canada: Ontario. This case is known as the 2006 Ontario Terrorism Case or the “Toronto 18.” The terrorists planned to detonate truck bombs and to fire in crowded areas. In addition, they aimed to storm the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canadian Parliament building, and the Parliamentary Peace Tower. One of the major reasons that the terrorists had the Canadian Parliament in their agenda was that they planned to behead Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other Canadian officials. Some of the suspects of the Toronto 18 Case were Qayyum Abdul Jamal, Shareef Abdelhaleem, Steven Vikash Chand, Jahmaal James, Fahim Ahmad, Asad Ansari, Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, Zakaria Amara, and Saad Khalid. Aside from Steven Vikash Chand, who recently converted to Islam, the rest of the terrorists came from countries such as Pakistan and Egypt. They were also active members in some of the Islamic centers of Toronto, such as the Al Rahman Islamic Centre.
As student activists, we have experienced several incidents that have brought the reality of radical Islam and the teachings of jihad close to home. For example, on the York University campus, there are numerous Muslim students who show a tremendous amount of hatred toward Jews and deny the Holocaust and the right of Israel to exist. Some have openly said that Christians should hate Jews because they crucified Jesus. Many of these students were raised in Arab-Muslim countries, whose state-maintained media is horrifically anti-Semitic. More disturbing is that these students are seemingly sincere in their beliefs. They honestly and wholeheartedly believe that the Holocaust was made up by Jews to garner sympathy for one thing or another.
This past March, during Islamic Awareness Week at York, a Muslim student said that instead of the Christians United for Israel organization, there should be a Christians United for Sharia (Islamic) law organization. He was also a firm supporter of jihad against all infidels, and was proudly boasting about his belief in Sharia law and that Muslims would succeed in bringing it to North America. He specified his belief in jihad against Jews and anyone who did not believe in Islam. He also asserted that moderate Muslims were not true Muslims. When this man was asked for his name and an email address to continue the conversation privately, he refused to give any contact information. Later, it was found out that he was not a student at York, but rather came with a group of other men from a mosque in Toronto to preach their radical ideology to as many students as possible.
Proselytizing radical Islamist ideology is quite common in Toronto. On the streets of downtown Toronto, there are always numerous individuals from various Islamic centers who distribute free Qur’ans and promote jihad. When we spoke to some of them and asked their opinion about non-Muslims, they replied with: “Non-Muslims are dirty! Either they have to convert to Islam or they must get killed because when a non-Muslim get killed, Allah becomes happy.” They also added that “one day Islam will take over the world and the flag of Islam will wave everywhere, even on White House.”
Another concerning issue is the increase in the number of Islamic schools around Canada, especially in Toronto. Some of the practices that are being taught in these schools are completely against Canadian norms and contribute to radicalization of young children. For instance, in some schools, girls and boys are segregated based on their sex. Also, when it comes to prayer time, in some Islamic schools, girls have to pray behind boys. Aside from that, some of the hate teachings in these schools toward other religions and critics of Islam will inevitably lead students to the idea of violent jihad. This issue has already occurred in King Fahad Academy, an Islamic school in the United Kingdom. The nature of the Arabic textbooks that are being used in King Fahad Academy are extremely racist. For example, various textbooks include the following verse from the Qur’an: “They are the Jewish observers of Saturdays whose youth God transformed into monkeys and their elders into pigs as their punishment.” The author of the textbook explains that “the monkeys are the Jews and the pigs are the Christian infidels at Jesus’ table.”
The case of Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker and director of the movie “Submission,” which criticized the treatment of women in Islam, serves as an ominous warning for those who do not take seriously the threat of radicalization in the West. In an interview with Theo Van Gogh, the reporter asked him, “Don’t you think that someday there will be an idiot who wants to kill you?” He responded, “No, I can’t imagine that.” The reporter continued to ask, “So you believe in the goodness of man?” Van Gogh replied, “No, not in the goodness of man but in my own arrogance that has so much affect that a bullet will not come for me.” When Theo Van Gogh was murdered by Mohammad Bouyeri, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim on November 2, 2004, Mohammad Bouyeri stated that “if I had the opportunity to get out of prison and I had the opportunity to do what I did on November 2nd, I would have done exactly the same.” In addition, many other brave individuals who criticize Islam, such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Greet Wilders, and Salman Rushdi, have been threatened by Islamic extremists.
Some extremist Islamic practices have been seen here in Canada. One example is Aqsa Parvez’s case, a 16-year-old Pakistani-Canadian girl who became the victim of honor killing. Her refusal to wear the hijab caused her brother to assist her father in her murder, because they believed had brought dishonor to their family. Even recently, the Canadian police service has arrested one of the leaders of the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society in Toronto. Mohammad Masroor, 48, is charged with a series of sexual assaults. He is currently facing 13 charges, but the police believe there are other victims as well. The victims of the sexual assaults are both female and male.
Without adequate recognition, the growth of radical Islam in Canada, an ideology that is behind the majority of the terrorist activities around the world and promotes intolerance for everything non-Muslim, will put the safety of Canada in danger. It is time Canada takes this trend seriously, before more victims are needlessly added to the list.
Sara Akrami Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University-Canada
By Sara Akrami, Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University
When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established in 1979, it had two strategies to eliminate its opponents. First, it killed its internal opponents using mass executions and barbaric tortures. Second, it killed its opponents abroad using assassin-spies from its embassies around the world.
Many of these opponents living overseas were Iranian intellectuals and activists who had escaped from Iran after the establishment of this notorious government. However, the terrorism of the Iranian government was not only for its own citizens—or former citizens—it also claimed victims from other nationalities.
One of the most significant examples of this type of terrorist activity was the explosion of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994. The Iranian government was responsible for planning this terrorist attack, and directed it through the terrorist group Hezbollah. One of the deadliest bombings to have ever occurred in Argentina, it resulted in the injury and death of many Jewish citizens.
A major factor that seems to have motivated the Iranian government to perpetrate this atrocity was the suspension of a nuclear technology transfer agreement between Iran and Argentina. In response, the Iranian government decided to take revenge on the government of Argentina by killing innocent Jewish civilians. The final toll: 85 dead and 151 severely injured.
According to Argentine judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral, the terrorists who were involved in this act were six Iranians (including Ahmad Reza Asghari, the third secretary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Embassy in Buenos Aires, who used to work for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard before being posted to Argentina) and one Lebanese man. Evidence suggests that the terrorist attack was planned in 1993, when Ahmad Reza Asghari attended a meeting with the former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and his deputies.
When the Islamic Republic of Iran was established, its leader Ayatollah Khomeini referred to Israel as a cancerous tumour which must be destroyed. Similar threatening and anti-Semitic statements by leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have continued up until today, including by the current President, Holocaust denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has openly declared that “Israel must be wiped off the world map.”
This is an injustice, not only perpetrated on Israelis and Jewish citizens around the world, but also on Iranian families and children, whose money is being spent in Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon to support terrorist groups and Islamic extremists such as Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than on domestic programs such as healthcare and education.
The world has to understand that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a threat to the safety of the world, and is the primary source of conflict in the Middle East. A danger to Jews, a danger to Iranians, a danger to those who love freedom wherever they may live.
Sara Akrami-Founder and President of the Human Rights Activists Association at York University
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