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Terrorism as Statecraft By Dr. Shaheen Fatemi

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Terrorism as Statecraft

April 13, 2005
Iran va Jahan
Shaheen Fatemi
Source : http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news.pl?l=en&y=2005&m=04&d=13&a=3
Terrorism is like cancer, if not encountered it will grow and destroy everything on its path. It is generally defined as the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. By this or any other accepted definition of terrorism, the inception, growth and survival of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a system, is based on terrorism.

For the Americans the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, is the starting point for terrorist adventures of the Mullahs in Tehran. But for the Iranian people this evil practice long predates the nefarious act of hostage taking on that day.

For the Iranian people massive terrorist acts began in the summer of 1978, just a few months before the Islamic Revolution when Islamic terrorist closed all the exit doors of a movie house in the city of Abadan in southern Iran and set the building on fire. More than 400 innocent people were burned alive in this terrorist act. Subsequent investigations have clearly identified the present leaders of the Islamic Republic as the people responsible for the planning, authorization and implementation of this criminal act.

One needs to take note of how this regime employed terrorist tactics for gaining and consolidating power and how it has maintained itself in power with its unabashed use of terrorist behavior. The day after the revolution they began shooting people on the roof of the Mosque in which Khomeini had taken residence in Tehran. Anyone who could possibly resist them or not go along with their bloody revolution was labeled ‘combatant with God’ and done away with on the spot. They executed thousands indiscriminately while the rest of the world watched. This reign of terror was deliberate. They were trying to intimidate the public into submission. And it worked for them.

If it works at home, why not go after those who have sought refuge in foreign lands. Hundreds of Iranian dissidents were chased all over the world and assassinated. Only the famous ones were noticed by the international press. The next step in their road to success required setting up terrorist groups in the region and beyond.

The State Department calls the Islamic Republic of Iran the world’s “most active state sponsor of terrorism.” Iran continues to provide funding, weapons, training, and sanctuary to numerous terrorist groups based in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Looking at the IRI from the outside often the following acts of terrorism are among the most talked about:

In November 1979, Iranian student revolutionaries widely thought to be linked to the Khomeini government occupied the American Embassy in Tehran. Iran held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Observers belive Iran had prior knowledge of Hezbollah attacks, such as the 1988 kidnapping and murder of Colonel William Higgins, a U.S. Marine involved in a U.N. observer mission in Lebanon, and the 1992 and 1994 bombings of Jewish cultural institutions in Argentina.

Iran still has a price on the head of the Indian-born British novelist Salman Rushdie for what Iranian leaders call blasphemous writings about Islam in his 1989 novel The Satanic Verses.

U.S. officials say Iran supported and inspired the group behind the 1996 truck bombing of Khobar Towers, a U.S. military residence in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 U.S. servicemen.

Just within the past two weeks both governments of Egypt and Yemen have accused the Islamic regime of supporting the terrorists in those countries. In Egypt an Iranian diplomat has been convicted for involvement in a plot to kill President Hosni Mobarak.

This world-wide menace to freedom and democracy is no longer an Iranian problem. The region and the world needs to realize this fact and assist the Iranian people in their struggle for liberation.
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