Does Anyone Seriously Think that Giving a Bomb and Billions of Dollars Will Make the Mullahs Less Aggressive?

(Gatestone Institute) Dr. Majid Rafizadeh - Revolutionary and authoritarian regimes such as the Islamic Republic of Iran do not alter their malign policies through appeasement and concessions. If anything they regard these as green lights and double down, go twice as bad. One of the Islamic Republic's most non-negotiable and critical revolutionary ideals is exporting its ideology and system of Velayat e faqih (Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist) to other countries. This revolutionary notion in Islamic Shiite thought, introduced by the late founder of the regime, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, means an ayatollah should have power over the people across the world, should rule over people and be the final decision-maker. The regime calls this core mission "jihad," which has to be achieved through hard power and violence. Iran's constitution calls on the Army and the Revolutionary Guards to fulfill "the ideological mission of jihad in God's way; that is, extending the sovereignty of God's law throughout the world."

2022-05-04 00:00:00

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