Dr. Majid Rafizadeh/Gatestone Institute: Biden Administration’s Inaction Legitimizes Iran’s Brutality/د. ماجد رفي زاده من معهد جيتستون: تقاعس إدارة بايدن يضفي الشرعية على وحشية إيران

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د. ماجد رفي زاده/معهد جيتستون: تقاعس إدارة بايدن يضفي الشرعية على وحشية إيران

Biden Administration’s Inaction Legitimizes Iran’s Brutality
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh/Gatestone Institute/November 19/2022

Reports from the Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights state that in recent anti-regime protests, 326 people have died and 15,000 have been arrested. Executions have already begun.

The least the Biden administration can do to show support for the Iranian people is immediately to convene a session at the United Nations to address the ruling mullahs’ gruesome crackdown.

Is the Biden administration not taking action because they are concerned that it may scuttle the prospects of the reviving the nuclear deal with the ruling mullahs later?

Continuing to back the nuclear deal by refusing to declare it dead — permanently — sends the message to the Iranian people: that the West does not care about, or stand with, their struggles against a savage dictatorship.

The Biden administration needs to stop all negotiations that could lead to economic, financial or political benefits for the Iranian regime.

Another path that the Biden administration could take is immediately to initiate the process of restoring UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Reports from the NGO Iran Human Rights state that in recent anti-regime protests, 326 people have died and 15,000 have been arrested. Executions have already begun. The least the Biden administration can do to show support for the Iranian people is immediately to convene a UN session to address the ruling mullahs’ gruesome crackdown.

As Winston Churchill pointed out, “I never ‘worry’ about action, but only about inaction”. The Biden administration’s inaction has only been legitimizing the Iranian regime’s savage crackdown on its population, and sending a message to the Iranian people that Washington does not stand with them or with their aspirations for establishing a democratic system of governance; rule of law and justice; freedom of speech, of the press and of assembly; and human rights for all.

Iranians have been protesting for nearly two months while risking their lives every hour. They have been chanting “Death to the dictator”, “Death to [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei” and “This year is a year of blood, Seyyed Ali [Khamenei] will be gone”.

Reports from the Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights state that in recent anti-regime protests, 326 people have died and 15,000 have been arrested. Executions have already begun.

According to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

“Some sources suggest that as many as 23 children have been killed and many others injured in at least seven provinces by live ammunition, metal pellets at close range, and fatal beatings. A number of schools have also been raided, and children arrested by security forces. Some principals have also reportedly been arrested for not cooperating with security forces. On 11 October, the Minister of Education confirmed that an unspecified number of children had been sent to ‘psychological centres’ after they were arrested allegedly for participating in anti-State protests.”

The least the Biden administration can do to show support for the Iranian people is immediately to convene a session at the United Nations to address the ruling mullahs’ gruesome crackdown.

As Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, Heba Morayef, pointed out:

“The Iranian authorities’ reckless and unlawful use of firearms against protesters, including live ammunition, reveals yet again the tragically high cost of international inaction. All member states of the UN Human Rights Council must take decisive action now and immediately convene a special session on Iran in order to prevent further loss of life. Failure to act decisively will only embolden the Iranian authorities to further crackdown against mourners and protesters set to gather in the coming days during commemorations marking 40 days since the first deaths of protesters after the deadly repression began in mid-September. “

Is the Biden administration not taking action because they are concerned that it may scuttle the prospects of the reviving the nuclear deal with the ruling mullahs later?