I should tell you that I come from Scotland. I live on the coast in South West Scotland. I can see Ireland from my window.
During my many years of collaboration with the Iranian democratic opposition PMOI or as they are called here MEK, I visited America on frequent occasions.
I remember joining a protest rally outside the White House where we demanded the removal of the PMOI and the umbrella coalition NCRI from the black list, one of the great injustices suffered by the Iranian opposition.
I was a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014 and President of the Delegation for Relations with Iraq during my final 5-year mandate.
I was able to learn at firsthand about the Iraqi government’s repeated attempts to annihilate the defenceless PMOI refugees in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, under the guidance of the Iranian regime, while the US, UN and EU stood back apathetically and watched, in a classic act of betrayal.
We are still spellbound by Iran. Many westerners and even some Iranians who live here, make a big mistake about the Islamic Republic of Iran.
After signing the nuclear deal, despite all its shortcomings, it has in fact made the regime weaker and its problems have increased.
A year after the deal, no major economic problems have been solved and the money the government of Rouhani has received, has been spent on exporting terrorism in the region.
The Iranians are already in breach of the nuclear deal. In March they test-fired two Qadr-H missiles in open defiance of a UN Security Council resolution tied to the agreement.
Now Putin, in a further flagrant signal of aggression to the West, has sent the first shipment of Russian S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran and last August he even reached an unprecedented agreement with the theocratic regime to use an Iranian airfield as a launch pad for Russian airstrikes in Syria.
Iran’s main export, now that sanctions have been lifted following the nuclear deal, will not be oil. Its main export is and always will be terror.
Despite the wishful thinking of some people in the West, the nuclear deal has not resulted to any opening in society because what we have in Iran is a theocracy, a religious dictatorship.
Any relaxation of their oppressive laws would result in a crack in the system, a fracturing of the atmosphere of fear and terror.
The mass executions, in jails across Iran, were carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Iran’s so-called ‘moderate’ President, the smiling Hassan Rouhani with whom the West believes it can do business, was Deputy Commander-in-chief of the regime’s armed forces at the time.
Indeed the West seems determined to overlook this perhaps one of the greatest human rights outrage since the end of World War II, so that it can sign lucrative commercial deals with the Iranian regime.
If the UN is to retain any shred of legitimacy it must immediately launch a full and independent investigation into this appalling crime and insist on the arrest and trial for crimes against humanity of Khamenei, Rouhani and all of the other murderers whose bloodstained hands the West continues to shake.
Tehran fears and loathes the PMOI and in particular the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, whom they recognize as their main opposition and the main threat to their power.
I must tell you about a recent bizarre event inside Iran that made the Ayatollahs mad. The regime reacted furiously to the printing of Maryam Rajavi’s photo in an important university magazine.
The regime continuosly says that the PMOI is an insignificant grouplet and that it has no support. If that is the case why did the mullahs become hysterical at a simple photo of the opposition leader?
It is time we woke up to the fact that as long as the mullahs remain in power there will be no possibility of peace in the Middle East. The mullahs will always be the problem. They can never be part of the solution.