In recent weeks there’s been an uptick in the targeted strikes on Iranian regime military sites in Syria from alleged Israeli forces: three strikes in the span of four days, and nine strikes since the start of the year.
The targets? Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members, Iranian regime research sites, as well as weapons caches of Iran-backed proxy groups. These attacks may be small-scale for now, but the message is loud and clear for anyone paying attention, and the international community would do well to break their silence and support Israeli action in Syria.
On Saturday night, airstrikes in Syria near Damascus struck and killed 6, including two Iranian regime “advisors,” Meghdad Mahghani and Milad Heidari, who had been involved in planning terrorist attacks with the Islamic Republic’s proxy terror groups, in particular against Israel. The other four casualties were also members of the IRGC.
There are two takeaways the world should understand from the recent escalation. First, the fact that multiple casualties were Iranian regime “advisors'' and IRGC officials, shows that the regime in Iran is more determined than ever to wage war through proxy terror groups. The second takeaway is that Israel will not, under any circumstances, allow the Islamic Republic to build up a military front on its borders that threatens the security of the state of Israel.
This was always the case, but the evidence is laid out for all to see, and it would be unwise of anyone to think that the response will be any different in the event Tehran can secure nuclear weapons in Iran. The recent increase in activity in Syria against Iran’s export of terrorism is likely a precursor of further military escalation with Israel unless the people of Iran, along with the international community, can stop the Islamic regime once and for all, which while inevitable in the long term, will take a considerable amount of time.
As such, it’s incumbent upon the West (and frankly anyone interested in a stable Middle East and Europe), to take a stronger stance in support of Israeli action against Iran in Syria.
The idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran isn’t planning to carry out the same type of military destabilization tactics in Europe and throughout the Western world is delusional at best
Unlike when Israel defends itself against Palestinian terrorism, the response to the mysterious airstrikes in Syria has primarily been silence from the international community. While that’s certainly better than an emergency UN session condemning the only Jewish state, the world should be explicitly supporting Israel and condemning Iran’s colonialist occupations of multiple Middle Eastern nations, and here’s why:
First, and above all, the moral argument. The Islamic Republic of Iran behaves like a mafia regime, terrorizing and oppressing its people for 44 years and counting. They have no actual justice system, they routinely beat, sexually assault, imprison, torture, and execute civilians for protesting, including children.
They also divert all of their energy and resources to the spread of fanatic terrorism throughout the world, especially in the Middle East. No one should be turning a blind eye to the ongoing human rights atrocities they are responsible for in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and beyond. Expressing support for Israel flies in the face of everything the regime in Iran stands for, and sends a compelling message to the people of the Middle East and Iran as well.
If Europe can’t even hold the regime accountable for its crimes against humanity, how on earth are they going to defend themselves against a nuclear military threat from the terror-supporting Iranian regime?
Second, the military argument. The idea that the Islamic Republic of Iran isn’t planning to carry out the same type of military destabilization tactics in Europe and throughout the Western world is delusional at best, and the military might in Europe is woefully unprepared for a worst-case scenario.
Already, the regime has proven itself to engage in brazen acts of terrorism on European and American soil, including kidnapping and attempted kidnapping of foreign nationals such as Masih Alinejad and Jamshid Sharmahd, and the flat-out assassination of individuals such as what occurred in Holland. This is not an anomaly for the regime – it’s only the beginning.
The regime plays a long game and plans for contingencies, and when they expand economic ties today with European nations, such as what occurred after the JCPOA (Iran deal), they are doing so with the intent to blackmail Europe, first economically – but that is only the initial step.
If the European or American economy is heavily dependent on the largest market in the Middle East of 80 million people (Iran), it makes it difficult to hold the regime itself accountable for its funding of global terrorism, its nuclear program, and its human rights violations. Look no further than the cowardly balking at designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization in the EU today.
If Europe can’t even hold the regime accountable for its crimes against humanity against its own people, how on earth are they going to eventually defend themselves against a nuclear military threat from the terror-supporting Iranian regime?
It is Israel standing on the front line
The third reason the international community should support Israel’s actions against Iranian proxies in Syria (and beyond) is because it is in the long-term self-interest of the West. For years, the European community has spoken out both sides of their mouth on Israel, condemning Israel in the halls of the United Nations, all the while thanking Israel behind the scenes for ensuring we don’t have a nuclear Syria today, or a nuclear Iraq.
If Israel is forced to act, the same response may occur, but everyone knows that it is Israel standing on the front line defending not just our own country, but Europe and the United States as well. Even today, when Iranian regime terror attacks are thwarted in the streets of London, Greece, and beyond, they have Israel to thank for that, without them doing any of the dirty work to actively fight against the Islamic Republic and all its terror proxies.
Sadly, the escalation in Syria isn’t the end of the conflict between Israel and the Islamic Republic of Iran, but global support for Israel on this front can help bring about the end of this conflict sooner rather than later.
First published: 00:16, 04.03.23