Friday, October 28, 2016

What's The Price Of Saving The Iran Deal?


By :Amir Basiri

After a months-long debate and meticulous preparations, the Obama administration finally proceeded earlier this month with further easing financial sanctions on the Iranian regime under the nuclear deal that came into effect early this year. The latest move, which facilitates for non-U.S. persons to deal with Iranian entities that are minority owned or controlled by sanctioned individuals or bodies.

While, like its predecessors, this latest round of concessions is meant to enable the Iranian regime to restore its ailing economy, the most likely outcome will be more money being funneled to the coffers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an entity that is already sanctioned by the U.S. government for its non-nuclear-related activities.

The IRGC has already achieved notoriety for its role in exporting terrorism at a global scale and is tied—among many others—to the plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to U.S. in 2011 and attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq. It plays a decisive role in continued strife and carnage in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries in the region. And it has a history of making the waters of the Persian Gulf insecure for U.S. vessels.

Of no less concern is the IRGC’s function as the Iranian regime’s main conduit for the violation of human rights at home. Since its inception shortly after the 1979 revolution, which led to the rise of the mullahs in power, the IRGC has been involved in cracking down on opposition and dissent, persecuting ethnic and religious minorities, arresting and incarcerating U.S. citizens, and suppressing women and youth.

Mr. Basiri is an Iranian human rights activist.
Source: What's The Price Of Saving The Iran Deal?

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