Why does Europe allow Iran and its proxies to get away with terrorism?

It is high time European powers stop making excuses for Iran’s horrendous behaviour and get behind Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign until Tehran respects its obligations to peace and stability.
Sunday 16/06/2019
Hidden agenda? Armed British police officers patrol streets in London, May 23.(AFP)
Hidden agenda? Armed British police officers patrol streets in London, May 23.(AFP)

The Daily Telegraph newspaper exposed a cover-up in which the British government allegedly kept silent about acts of terrorism perpetrated in London by one of Iran’s most infamous and dangerous proxies.

The report stated that the Lebanese jihadist outfit Hezbollah, which openly celebrates its close and enduring ties with the Iranian ayatollahs, had been caught red-handed by Britain’s domestic intelligence service, MI5, as Hezbollah tried to perpetrate terrorism in the United Kingdom in 2015.

Hezbollah operatives reportedly had amassed more ammonium nitrate, a key chemical component in many explosives, than used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that claimed nearly 170 lives. Had Hezbollah executed its attack, one can only shudder at the thought of how many people would have been killed in Hezbollah’s cause of fundamentalist Shia jihadism.

With such a bust on their hands, one would think British authorities, then under Prime Minister David Cameron, would have decisively acted against a clearly hostile action against the national security and safety of the United Kingdom.

As Hezbollah obviously acts at the direction of Iran, one would at least expect the British government to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the Iran nuclear deal — and lobby the United States under then-President Barack Obama to act against such a heinous action in one of the Western world’s most prominent and important capitals.

Instead, and in what appears to be a clear dereliction of duty to the British public who voted them in and whom they rely on to keep them safe, Whitehall decided to not only not prosecute the Hezbollah agents but to cut them loose and hush things up to keep the atrociously flawed Iran nuclear deal alive.

It beggars belief just how far European powers will bend over backward to facilitate Iran’s rehabilitation into the international community at the expense of their own national security interests, ignoring serious acts of terrorism and assassinations all over Europe.

Not only has Iran committed these heinous acts in London but Tehran has often conducted operations to strike at its opponents in European countries either directly or indirectly via proxies.

Last October, Iranian agents attempted to assassinate an opposition leader from the Ahwazi Arab minority in Denmark. A year earlier, an Ahwazi dissident was killed in the Netherlands after Iran hired criminal gangs to conduct its dirty work. While Danish authorities called on the European Union to levy sanctions against Iran, eventually even Copenhagen returned its ambassador to Tehran.

The European Union’s idea of sanctions was to censure the Iranian Intelligence Ministry and to target only two officials they believed were linked to the attacks while condemning the assassinations. Such a mealy-mouthed response must have caused eruptions of laughter in Tehran as the ayatollahs rightly perceived themselves to literally get away with murder once again.

Nevertheless, the European Union pressed on with its pledge to keep the JCPOA alive after US President Donald Trump rightly walked away from the terrible deal.

Despite all these concessions to Iran, the mullah regime has continued to further its ballistic missile programme, announced that it will greatly increase uranium enrichment, orchestrated sophisticated attacks against international oil shipping off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and allowed its proxies to directly strike against Saudi Arabia, with the Houthi militants claiming the June 12 attack on Abha International Airport that led to the wounding of 26 civilians.

With such open hostility against Europe and Western allies in the Middle East that threatens energy markets and the global economy, it is high time European powers stop making excuses for Iran’s horrendous behaviour and get behind Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign until Tehran respects its obligations to peace and stability.

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