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John Thompson and Sara Akrami

Trusting Tehran: It’s Chamberlain again

Since he took office as Iran’s president in 2013, Hassan Rouhani has been described as a “moderate” by Iranian lobbyists and apologists. While some of the world’s politicians and statesmen seem to have lost their logic in dealing with Iran, the G5+1 Negotiations continue to buy time for the regime in Tehran.   Those who think the G5+1’s joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) is a big step towards regional peace and security have forgotten or overlooked some fundamental facts about Iran. European leaders in the 1930s, who convinced themselves Hitler was a rational actor whose word could be counted upon, were deliberately refusing to consider some fundamental characteristics of ideologues, too. Iran’s leaders are not honest; ideologues seldom are. They can be expected to do everything they can to circumvent the proposed inspection system, and nobody can be certain that they have fairly accounted for everything their nuclear weapons program has produced thus far. The parallels between Iran and Hitler’s Germany are many: The network of paramilitaries and security forces that answered to Himmler’s SS are mirrored in the the Revolutionary Guard Corps, just as the Basij apes are in the Brownshirts. Even before the Second World War started, Germany was generating a lot of corpses in much the same way Iran has through quasi-legalism and the mass murder of prisoners. Iran’s true instincts and ambitions can be seen in the 36 years they have spent sponsoring terrorism and doing what they can to destabilize the Middle East. Yet the governments of the United States, Russia, China, the UK, and France are willing to stake lives on Iran’s good faith—the lives of Egyptians, Gulf Arabs, Iraqis, Israelis, Jordanians, Lebanese, Saudis, Yemenis, and others.  These are people who are not so sanguine about Tehran. Iran’s paramilitary forces, with aid of… Read More