Omid Memarian

Thursday, August 16, 2007

"U.S. Weighing Terrorist Label for Iran Guards "

Declaring Iran ’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, by the US officials, is designed to apply financial pressure on the Islamic Republic to halt its nuclear program, but it is unlikely that it will have any such effect. This organization has been traditionally accused of involvement in terrorist activities and has hence prepared itself for any charges; they have kept themselves independent of financial ties to any western entity in light of potential sanctions. Therefore, financially they are quite protected.

Additionally, this organization has created a covert and complex network for its financial investments, making it virtually impossible to trace. However, politically they are far more susceptible since many of the Iranian officials from members of parliament to ministers have been members of this organization in the past. The major result on this group is that they will have great difficulty in traveling, investing, educating their children, or engaging in economic transactions in western countries. S

ince the US has not been very successful in gathering the international communities support against Iran to halt its nuclear program, they have shifted gears to label it a terrorist state and justify any actions against Iran . By labeling a faction within a government as a ‘terrorist organization’, the US is technically placing the government in the same category, and, therefore preparing their public and the stage for a serious confrontation with Iran .”


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