By Bruce McColm, Originally Published in The Hill, July 11, 2022
This week, the Belgian parliament will be voting on a bill that paves the way for the repatriation of a convicted and imprisoned Iranian terrorist. Assadollah Assadi and three of his associates were arrested in 2018 by European authorities on terrorism charges and are now serving sentences of 17 to 20 years in Belgium. Now they stand to be freed and returned to Iran as some in Europe seek ways to appease and placate the mullahs in Tehran despite the risks of more terrorism.
What makes matters worse is that Assadi is a senior Iranian regime diplomat who personally delivered a deadly explosive in his diplomatic pouch to Vienna. He then personally handed over the TAPT explosive to his accomplices who were tasked with blowing up a major international rally near Paris, the Free Iran World Summit 2018, organized by the principal opposition movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Had the bomb exploded, there would have been massive casualties among the tens of thousands of people attending the rally along with hundreds of international dignitaries who were voicing support for a free Iran.
The regime abhorrently abused its diplomatic privileges to plot terrorism on European soil. If successful, it would mark one of the worst humanitarian travesties in Europe’s recent memory.
As the seat of the European Union, Brussels is known as the “capital of Europe.” It is carrying the weight of Europe’s proud traditions of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and justice on its shoulders. The fact that its current administration is even contemplating the signing of a treaty with the murderous Iranian regime in order to secure the release of a convicted terrorist is nothing short of a travesty.
The other party to the proposed treaty stands for everything that Europe is supposed to reject. Tehran is the “capital of theocratic terrorism.” It is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror. It carries out the highest number of executions per capita and is known as one of the most egregious rights abusers in the world. The regime’s leaders have wreaked havoc in the region and destabilized the world by pursuing a nuclear weapons program. READ MORE…