Four decades of the Iranian regime’s terrorism have been richly rewarded.
By Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director, U.S. Office, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Washington; originally published in the Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2024
Your editorial “Iran Doesn’t Get Biden’s Message” (Jan. 17) is mistitled. The ruling mullahs have long gotten the message coming from Washington: appeasement.
The Iranian regime was rewarded with $6 billion last year for releasing five hostages, unjustly captured as bargaining chips. Four decades of Tehran’s terrorism in the Middle East, the Red Sea and even in the West were consistently met with political concessions and economic rewards to the regime, to the detriment of the Iranian people.
Driven by the specter of nationwide uprisings since 2017, the Iranian regime employs a brutal survival strategy, fearing its people more than any external military threat. Years of Western appeasement have demonstrably emboldened the ayatollahs.
Lasting peace hinges on strategic decision-making that recognizes the reality: The Iranian people, not the regime, hold the key to change. They are fighting for their fundamental rights against the repressive terrorists of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The U.S. must acknowledge the Iranian people’s legitimate right to confront their repressive rulers and achieve freedom. Only then can a path toward regional stability and lasting peace truly be paved.