Imposing Pressure on the Government of Germany Is a Must

With the unconditional support that the German government shows toward the cleric government of Iran, the German government only portraits itself to the Iranian people as a partner in the Mullahs crimes.

The opponents of the regime, particularly in Germany, must expand their activities and awareness campaign to enlighten the German public opinion. We must make the German people aware of their governments cooperation with the Islamic regime, and the fact that the Rafsanjani government is using their country as a private hunting grounds.

After France who has closed its eyes to every act of terrorism committed by the Islamic Republic, Germany is in the same situation now. But no one can close their eyes to the current predicament. Since the American hostage crisis, these two European nations have established their foreign diplomacy based on cooperation with the Islamic regime, at any price. They wanted to gain a foothold in the Middle-East which was gradually turning into an American sphere of influence. This tendency, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union accelerated. The United States as the only super power dominated its European competitors. When it defeated Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, the US became the police of the region, from the Persian Gulf to North Africa.

The Islamic Republic of Iran was the only government in the Middle-East that had both a noticeable oil revenues and had adopted a hostile policy toward the United States. The French, the Germans, the Italians and the Japanese took advantage of the situation and became the major economic partners of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Among them, the Germans had the biggest share of the Iranian market and reached such a strong position in the Iranian market that they had never achieved before.

Given its global isolation, a petty government such as the Islamic Republic of Iran with a less than average intelligence, would naturally build friendship with governments who were willing to do commerce with it at any price. France and Germany had shown their willingness to sacrifice anything in order to sell their goods to Iran. Their attitude opened the doors to the Islamic Republics terrorist activities (several bombings in Paris and south of France are examples) or support of fundamentalist terrorists. They allowed the Islamic Republics hand of terror to intervene and did not pursue any criminal investigations or press charges against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Despite all of these instances, corruption and fraud in the Islamic Republic is so wide-spread that the Islamic regime could not avoid causing further public scenes in both Germany and France. In France, the Islamic Republic ran into a major legal tangle for barbarous slaughter of Shahpoor Bakhtiar. Although the French courts found the Islamic Republic of Iran guilty, the French government found a way to curb the issue. In Germany, the killing of the heads of the Kurdish Democratic Party by the Islamic Republic agents caused such an uproar in public opinion that the Islamic Republic could not escape the spotlight by using the same scheme.

In France the judicial masquerade surrounding incrimination of the Islamic Republic ended in public embarrasment for the government and a suicide by athe French Judge. But in Germany, the dimensions of this debacle have found new heights, even more than Bakhtiars assassination. In Germany, most of the accused have been identified and arrested by the government. A warrant for the arrest of the Islamic Republics minister of Information and Security (Mr. Fallahian) has been issued. Even the Foreign Minister of Germany with his reconciliatory attempts can not cover the bloody hands of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

With respect to the pressures that the US and Israeli governments are putting on the Germans -considering that Germans feel a sense of guilt towards them - doing business with the Islamic Republic is getting harder for Germany. Pursuing business as usual under the disguise of dialogue with criticism policy with the Islamic Republic was a ploy used by the German government to cover their transactions with the Islamic Republic. This policy can no longer be a cover for the German government.

Even if we consider the recent indictments of the Islamic Republic and its reluctance to release Mr. Fallahian to Germany, it is still unlikely that the Germans would join the US in an economic sanction. The Islamic Republic is no longer a significant business partner, but a country who is so dependent on exports, such as Germany would not ignore a market however as small as the Islamic Republic. Specially since the Germans want to maintain their stronghold in this traditional market.

But the future partnership that Germany has envisioned will not materialize, at least not with the current medieval government of Iran. Iran, even as a market will find importance only when the Islamic Republic is replaced with a democratic government. With the unconditional support that the German government shows toward the cleric government of Iran, the German government appears as a collaborator with Mullahs to the Iranian people.

This is a rare moment for those opposing the the Islamic Republic to capitalize on this opportunity in Germany. The other branches of the Constitutionalist Movement of Iran around the world either in cooperation with other opposition groups or even alone must expand their efforts in making the German people aware and influence the German public opinion. A large majority of the German population is already disgruntled with the lenient approach adopted by the German ministry of Foreign Affairs. The embarrassment that the German government is experiencing is not a small matter. We must make the German people aware of the fact that the Islamic Republic has openly threatened them and their government not to press charges against its terrorists in Germany.

We must put pressure on the German government, so it does not continue its exports to Iran. The Iranian people have always shared a deep sense of friendship and compassion towards each other. The Iranian people expect that at these difficult moments when Islamic Republics terrorism has spread to Germany, the German people support their cause.

Although the chances that Germany would impose economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic is slim, one can ask a question from the political circles: Given the atmosphere of terror that the Islamic Republic has caused, should we be satisfied with only issuing political bulletins, or should we put pressure on the Islamic Republic?

Should we request the German government to stop giving financial assistance and credit to the Islamic Republic? Or do the opposite, i.e. encourage the foreign nations to resume commerce with the Islamic Republic and continue plundering our oil?

Should we assume that by conviction of Mr. Fallahian the terrorist situation in Germany is ended? Or capitalize on the situation that the Anti-terrorism conference in Egypt (Sharm Al-Sheigkh) has created? Should we put more pressure on the Islamic government of Iran and continue this struggle to the end?

The world is moving to the same direction that the opposition to the Islamic Republic was wishing 17 years ago. The western governments are taking the same stand against the Islamic Republic that the majority of the regimes opposition have asked for. In the past these opposition groups would criticize the western powers for only thinking about their own interests and not to the fate of the Iranian people. Now that they have responded to our grievances, does it make sense to reverse our requests? Of course not.

After 17 years of struggle against the Islamic regime, now their is talk about isolating the Islamic Republic and cutting its oil revenues. This is the most effective weapon available to the rest of the world for crushing the Islamic Republic. But at the same time a few of the opposition groups speak against economic sanctions. They argue the hardship that the Iranian people will experience. They want to continue purchasing oil and trade with the Islamic Republic on one hand and on the other hand fight with this regime. What an anomaly.

This group of opposition does not share the same insight as the rest of us. They do not realize that any successful struggle against a dictatorship around the world has concentrated its efforts on cutting the sources of revenues to those authoritarian governments. South Africa and Burma are prime examples. At this point, only one opposition group wants the dual policy of open trade and commerce and at the same time wants isolation and fall of the Islamic Republic. We question, what kind of isolation and fight would that be?

What kind of pressure and isolation is this, when Germany, France and European countries like them pour billions of dollars into the Mullahs pockets? The world opinion may overlook this fact. However, if we are to play a role in the future of our country and a role in its political direction, we must treat these matters seriously. To treat these issues with seriousness mean that we are taking ourselves and our struggle seriously.

Even when we weight all of the arguments against economic sanctions, we find that the eventual results that the economic sanctions will bring about are more desirable. We can not believe that a struggle against the backward and medieval Islamic Republic would be without sacrifices, economic hardship and an all out struggle.