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Ahwaz could be the Gateway to Peace in the Middle East

Almost one month after a foiled assassination attempt against one of the Ahwazi political leaders in Copenhagen Denmark, the ‘Ahwaz against Iranian Terrorism’ conference went ahead as planned. The conference drew international guests and media professionals from around the world to focus on discussion of the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities that have become a familiar hallmark of Iranian foreign policy towards dissidents.

Some argue that Iran uses terrorism as a tool to compensate for its military weakness, which would explain the rise in atrocities since the 1979 revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. Ever since that revolution, Iran’s regime has been at the forefront of spreading its policies of destabilization across the Middle East. The theocratic regime’s expansionist policies are a key element of its drive to ‘export the Islamic revolution’ across the Middle East and further afield; this is a focal point of its constitution with the objective of making Iran the predominant superpower both in the Middle East and in the Greater Asia region.

Conference committee members also highlighted the significant role that the people of Ahwaz, of all ethnic backgrounds, could play in countering Iranian terrorism regionally and globally.

Iran is classified as a rogue state due to the genuine threat posed by the regime to international security. This fact in itself requires significant international attention. An extremist theocracy that is attempting to destabilize the security of the region and the world by supporting terrorism, obtaining weapons of mass destruction and violating basic human rights is not simply an unpredictable primary source of instability, but is actively malign and cannot be trusted to play any positive role in the international community.

The Iranian regime’s security strategy hinges on projecting its power well beyond Iran’s borders while seeking to create an inhospitable security environment for economic growth and prosperity, weakening and undermining other nations to make them dependent on Iran. To advance this strategy, Iran has cultivated sectarian militias across the Middle East to compensate for its conventional military weakness, primarily by building, training, arming, and funding proxies and affiliates.

According to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies 2017, Iran’s regime spends $16 billion annually to support terrorists and rogue states. The largest chunk of this funding goes to support one of the most ruthless dictatorships in the world, the Assad regime. This costs the Iranian people over $15 billion per year, while the remaining $1 billion goes to Hezbollah, Shia militiamen in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen. The lack of any transparency in Iran makes it very difficult to know the extent to which these costs are reflected in official budget figures.

At the top of the Iranian regime sit the clerics and, even more importantly, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the de facto controller of the Iranian state and director of the regime’s foreign policy, bearing ultimately responsibility for the regime’s internal security as well as for Iran’s ever-expanding foreign policy, which includes arms and drug smuggling as well as supporting terrorist groups that span the Middle East region and extend to Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The IRGC is also a business concern, which according to some estimates, controls more than 40% of the Iranian economy, dominating the oil industry, infrastructure development, manufacturing, and electronics, as well as the most lucrative import and export contracts.

Support Ahwazis to oppose Iranian terrorism

The people of Ahwaz, including Turks, Kurds and other minorities, have a vision of peace and democracy without the extremist regime, which is to regain control of their beloved land and of its natural resources that are currently exploited by the regime, which uses the profits from the oil and gas located there to fund terror and proxy wars across the region and to destabilize the international community, even while brutally subjugating the region’s peoples and leaving them in ever-worsening conditions of poverty.  Unfortunately, for long-time regional geopolitics has not favored Ahwaz’s appeals for independence since the countries bordering Iran cannot interfere with internal issues within the country. Preservation of diplomatic trade ties between Iran and Middle Eastern countries is also something to consider, which means no country in the region has been willing to support the Ahwazis. With the rise of Iran’s terrorist activities in recent years, however, the world realizes that Ahwaz is a vital player in preventing Iran’s support for terrorism.

The Copenhagen conference, held by members of the ASMLA and other organized parties of Ahwaz, has unsettled Iran’s regime. Iranian state media reported the conference extensively, sharply criticizing the European Union for hosting what the regime, with boundless temerity, calls, and a “terrorist group”. Some analysts say that they have never seen the Iranian regime so confounded.

Ahwaz and Iran are locked in a constant battle between good and evil. For a long time, Iran has occupied Ahwaz, using its land and exploiting its natural resources to fund terrorist activities around the world as well as terrorizing and violating the basic human rights of Ahwazi and Iranian citizens. For the people of Ahwaz, establishing a democratic government that respects and upholds international laws and contributes to regional stability and world peace is essential to end this cycle of suffering and destabilization. The people of Ahwaz, who have suffered for too long from the regime’s systemic racism and deprivation of their political, cultural, societal and economic rights, will continue to work towards achieving liberation and joining the free world.

Meanwhile, as the world looks towards Ahwaz to counter Iran’s terrorist activities in Copenhagen, Ahwaz looks towards the international community for support.  The Iranian regime’s use of terrorism to destabilize nations across the Middle East is now expanding to reach Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The regime’s terror is a threat to stability worldwide which requires a coordinated global reaction. With international support, Ahwazis could play a better role in countering Iran’s terrorist activities and bringing moderation, security, and stability to the region while regaining their fundamental human rights in their own land.

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