Negotiating with the mullahs at all costs

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By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty

Last week, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama boasted that, “… it is American policy; backed by pressure that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.” He also made it clear that he would do anything to keep the mullahs ruling Iran at the negotiation table, even if it meant defying the will of Congress.

In this same regard, Zarif, the foreign minister of the Iranian regime, confidently dismissed the threats of further sanctions by the US Congress. “Because Obama has promised to veto,” he said.

Obama’s has sent a clear message: He is willing to turn a blind eye on anything the mullahs do as long as they are willing to continue the nuclear talks.

The result of this failed policy: an unprecedented rise in the number of executions in Iran and terrorist activities against the main opposition of the mullahs.

While Hassan Rouhani was flashing smiles and shaking hands with high profile politicians at DAVOS, two Iranian youth met their deaths at the hands of the Iranian regime’s agents in the prisons of Ahwaz.

While Zarif was meeting with Secretary Kerry in Munich on the sidelines of the security conference, the government of “Counsel and Hope” – as Rouhani styles his administration – continued to send people to their deaths in Iran.

Six prisoners secretly hanged in the prison of Urumiyeh; seven in the courtyard of a prison in Karaj, five others in Adel-Abad prison in Shiraz; Shahrood; Tabas; Kermanshah. There is virtually not a place in Iran where executions aren’t taking place, whether carried out in public or in the dark confines of the mullahs’ horrible dungeons.

Last week, the Iranian resistance issued a statement, revealing that in January alone, the mullahs’ regime has executed 83 people. That’s an average of about three executions a day, nearly doubling the execution rate in January 2013.

Amnesty international issued a statement, expressing concern about the worrying increase in the number of executions in Iran, 40 in just the first two weeks of January.

Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, also voiced concern at an increase in executions of political activists and individuals from ethnic minority groups.

Also, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister expressed his deep concern on drastic surge in execution in Iran. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement on Tuesday: “Canada is deeply troubled by reports of a drastic surge in executions in Iran.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Iranian regime don’t seem to be worried about these reports, for while US and EU states are sincerely concerned about the continuation of the nuclear talks, they seemingly don’t give a whit about the deteriorating state of human rights conditions in Iran.

And the mullahs are seizing the opportunity to cause fear and terror in Iran and also mount pressure against their main opposition abroad in order to escape the many crises and the inevitable threat of downfall that they are facing.

In Iraq, the mullahs took advantage of the silence of the west, and through their allies in the Iraqi government, conducted massacres against the members of opposition in camps Liberty and Ashraf, all of whom had received explicit promises of protection by the United States government. In 2013 alone, the Iraqi government has attacked these Iranian dissidents on behalf of the mullahs on five accounts – four missile attacks on Camp Liberty and a brutal raid on Camp Ashraf – which in total have left 66 dead. Seven others abducted by Iraqi forces on September 1st are still in the custody of the Iraqi government, and Prime Minister al-Maliki refuses to free them. To this day, no concrete action has been taken by US or UN to secure the release of the hostages, despite the many moral and legal responsibilities in this regard. Neither have they done enough to ensure the protection of the remaining residents of Camp Liberty from further attacks. Iraqi forces continue to persecute the residents of Liberty on a daily basis and there are threats of further attacks on the camp by the Iraqi government.

Many prominent figures and former politicians from across the world, including the US, have expressed their outrage at the shameful approach of the Unites States government toward this issue and are calling for a change in policy. In a conference in the US Senate which took place just one day after Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech, Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont, called on the US government to stand up to the mullahs and avoid sacrificing the lives of 3000 refugees who had been given promises of protection by the US for the sake of nuclear talks with the mullahs.

“We need to stand up to the mullahs,” he said “These are not people we ought to be negotiating with.”

In a couple of weeks P5+1 will meet with Iranian authorities again to resume the talks on the Iranian regime’s nuclear dossier.

Meanwhile, the mullahs continue to send Iranians to the gallows by dozens, the seven Camp Ashraf hostages continue to suffer in captivity of Maliki’s forces, and Camp Liberty residents remain under the threat of further attacks by the Iranian regime and Iraqi government.

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