The second term of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani poses many challenges, such as the fate of the nuclear deal, how further U.S. sanctions will affect the country, and ever-growing revolution from the people of Iran. Some have tried to paint Rouhani as a moderate but he is cut from the same cloth as every member of the Regime – one stained with the blood of the Iranian people, and he couldn’t change things if he wanted to.
“As long as the regime is formed around the supreme leader, known as the velayet-e faqih, the presidency and his executive branch will literally be functioning to his service and demands. In such a structure, the president in the Iranian regime, now Rouhani, literally enjoys no authority.” Heshmat Alavi, a political and rights activist, wrote in an article published by the Raddington Report.
The Iranian Regime wants all of the benefits that come along with the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with none of the responsibility, so at every turn, they side step international demands for inspections and continued to test ballistic missiles.
“Following the JCPOA signing Khamenei has to this day ordered the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to launch 15 ballistic missile tests, all in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and all supervised by Rouhani as chair of the Supreme National Security Council.” Alavi wrote.
However, with the Trump administration’s imposition of sanctions against the Regime and increased reluctance to certify Iran as compliant with the deal until all sites are inspected, the Regime may find itself out in the cold and shut off from the international markets sooner than they thought. Of course, Iranian aggression does not end with ballistic missiles.
“They [have been] collaborating with North Korea on nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests, instigating U.S. Navy warships in the Persian Gulf, continuing involvement in Syria and supporting Bashar al-Assad’s killings of innocent civilians, providing the Lebanese Hezbollah underground missile factories, and arming, equipping and financing the Houthis in Yemen. The message received by the outside world is the JCPOA has emboldened Tehran, its destabilizing measures must be contained and sanctions increased.” Alavi wrote.
At the Riyadh Summit, 56 nations, including the U.S., came together to place conditions before Iran, including ending their support for terrorism, ending the provocations in Gulf waters, halting ballistic missile test launches, and recalling troops from other countries in the idle East. However, it is unlikely that Rouhani will achieve even one of these objectives.
Neither he nor the Iranian Regime has the support of the international community or the people of Iran. The most senior foreign official in attendance at his inauguration was EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini, who merely attended as head of the JCPOA committee, and she has been widely criticised for supporting a Regime with such a poor record on human rights.
“There is literally no solution for Rouhani as the regime’s president. He is running a politically, economically and socially-failed administration. And this failure is of fundamental importance.” Alavi wrote.
That is why the international community, which has little hope of achieving change from the Regime, must support the Resistance.
“The average Iranian is completely opposed to the ruling regime, and those sitting on the throne in Tehran are no longer able to bandage the bleeding wounds of this corrupt system. Iran is heading for regime change and such a platform is gaining international recognition as we speak.” Alavi wrote.