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Ken’s Thought of the Week: Time to apply maximum pressure to Iran



By Ken Abramowitz, President & Founder, SaveTheWest

See the sources for this article and more research in the Additional Reading section.

The Trump administration has called for “maximum pressure on Iran” for nearly 2 years, to cause the terror-sponsoring regime to change its “malign” behavior. The administration has proposed 12 changes that Iran should make to join the family of nations.

Since President Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy began in late 2018, inflation in Iran has averaged 45%, the value of the rial (Iran’s currency) has fallen 20%, and its GDP has fallen 5%.

Screencap from this December 9, 2019 analysis by the BBC.

Recent protests for civil rights broke out in 100 Iranian cities, and an estimated 1,000 protesters were killed. Thousands more were arrested. However, the theocratic totalitarian regime remains in control, as does its worldwide terror organization, which it uses to “export” its messianic Islamist revolution. So what should we do?

The administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is only in its 3rd inning. It’s now time to move to the 6th inning, on our way to the 9th inning. Here’s how:

  • We should engage, contain, and dismantle the worldwide Iranian terror empire, which includes three distinct terror organizations, spanning physical, narco, and cultural terror.
  • We have numerous options to use over the next year or so, until the Iranian regime is bankrupt, an event that could, finally, lead to regime change.
  • Economically, we should seek to close Iranian-backed Hezbollah’s narco-terror organization, particularly in Latin America and West Africa.
  • We should cut off worldwide trade with Iran, by telling our trading partners, you can deal with us, or with Iran — but not both, and cutting off all trade with countries that seek to do both.
  • Culturally, as the Belgium government has done, the U.S. should outlaw Iranian sponsorship of mosques, madrassas and Islamic centers to prevent Islamist radicalization. Research shows they are terror-related political institutions, rather than religious institutions. The same phenomenon has been discovered elsewhere in Europe, where several governments have taken similar actions regarding Saudi-controlled mosques, schools and Islamic centers.  The U.S. could recommend doing the same in African and Latin American countries.
  • Physically, we should move more military assets to the Persian Gulf region, and prepare for a continuous low-level military engagement, as Israel does so well.
  • We should employ constant cyber-attacks to sabotage and paralyze Iran’s nuclear weapons and missile development projects.
  • Within Iran, we should arm the 50% of the population that are not Persians, eventually dividing the nation in half.
  • Diplomatically, we should strive to throw Iran out of the U.N., for preaching genocide against us, as its “supreme leader” chanted, during nuclear negotiations with President Obama, “Death to America!!!”
  • Eventually, we should set up a war crimes tribunal to investigate Iran’s leaders’ crimes against humanity, both against the U.S., as well as its own citizens.

It’s time to turn up the heat, to prevent the all-out physical war that we’re heading to, if the Iranian regime is not stopped.

Additional Reading

There are surprising signs that Trump’s maximum pressure on Iran could lead to talks – CNBC

Iran has been the #1 largest state sponsor of global terrorism – SaveTheWest

Saeed Ghasseminejad: Trump’s Iran strategy is working. Here’s why – Fox News

U.S. Lays Out Demands for New Iran Deal – WSJ

Iran Inflation Rate – 2019 – Trading Economics

A Rial Mess: Iran Tries To Reboot Its Struggling Currency Once Again – Forbes

IRR – Iranian Rial rates, news, and tools – XE

Six charts that show how hard US sanctions have hit Iran – BBC News

U.S. says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests – Reuters

Ahmadinejad and the Mahdi – Middle East Quarterly

Khamenei Announces Goals of 2nd Phase Of Islamic Revolution – MEMRI

REPORT: Iran Is Turning US Mosques Into ‘Terror Command Centers’ On American Soil – Business Insider

EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Mosques Linked to Iranian Regime – Clarion Project

Iran Has Sleeper Cells in U.S. Ready to Attack – Clarion Project Clarion Project

Pompeo: Iran, Hezbollah Presence in Venezuela Poses Serious Threat to U.S. – The Tower

South of the Border, a Threat from Hezbollah – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook – Politico

Tehran sets up terror cells in Africa as Western sanctions bite – Telegraph

U.S. to Seize Mosques, Skyscraper Linked to Iran – Fox News

Iranian Gov’t Front Group Funded Over 60 Islamic Sites in U.S. – Clarion Project

30 German mosques and cultural centers tied to Hezbollah: intel report – Fox News

EU seeks to bypass US sanctions on Iran with trade finance tool – Financial Times

Amid nuke talks, Ayatollah says ‘death to America’ – CNN Video