Iran and Institutionalizing Terrorism
Terrorism in Iran takes a different shape from that in all other countries. It has been institutionalized and politically covered under the state’s umbrella. While all Arab and Sunni countries renounce terrorism, Iran supports it institutionally and officially in the state’s organizations, annual budget, and agenda.
Iran has established cross-borders terrorist militias and supported them to resolve its political choices by force in its neighboring countries; Iraq and Syria and extended these activities to Yemen and Bahrain. In order to cover up the crimes of these militias and enhance the Iranian image before the Shiite people in the world, Iran supports a huge media empire to present it as a defender of “Al-Albait” legacy and the so-called wholly graves and promote slogans carrying implications to mobilize the Shiite public opinion. In this concern, the regime established the Iranian revolutionary guards following the revolution of 1979, especially Al-Quds division, which carries out the military operations and trains the terrorist militias outside the Iranian borders to destabilize the Arab world.
As part of its agenda, Iran established the so called Exporting the revolution Cells in the Arabian Gulf immediately after the revolution 1979 to create a state of fluidity and chaos in the Arab countries, the “Islamic Revolution” Organization in the Arab Peninsula, and the “Islamic Frontier” to Liberate Bahrain. It also maintained strong relations with the minor groups in some countries and supported them against their homeland. Iran did not believe in the official channels to build diplomatic relations with others; instead, it made direct contact with the armed groups in these countries and supported them by all means, breaking all international laws, constitutions, and sovereignty in order to impose a fait accompli in these countries through its proxies.
This model has been exported to the countries under the Iranian influence such as Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen. In Iraq, the Iranian surrogate militants and the Public Mobilization Forces are practicing terrorist and sectarian operations after Al-Qaida and the ISIS models and covered them with an official umbrella, which made them extend their sectarian operations to Mosul, Anbar, and to other Iraqi cities and provinces. In Lebanon Hezbollah, which is a terrorist organization has an official cover for all its terrorist operations inside and outside Lebanon. In Yemen, the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran staged a military coup against the legitimate government, appointed terrorist figures in leadership positions, and gave the militias official status in the army and security forces.
In fact, the Iranian regime’s practices in the region are institutionalizing terrorism and legalizing the terrorist groups through giving them a diplomatic cover to spread chaos and divisionism and break down independent countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. The question that arises her, where are the international organizations and the counterterrorism bodies from the Iranian terrorism in the Middle East region carried out by its revolutionary guards, militias, and mercenaries?