Europe has consistently been optimistic about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, which was signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany and the EU in 2015.
The EU’s foreign policy chief, Frederica Mogherini, even called the deal a “shared commitment to peace”, that would “make our world safer” apparently closing her eyes to the mullahs’ evil intentions and influence worldwide, particularly in the Middle East.
But three years after the deal was signed, is there peace in the Middle East? The answer of course is no there is not. This deal has only emboldened the mullahs in their expansionism and sponsorship of terrorism.
In Syria, Iran regime’s militias are helping to keep the Bashar Assad dictatorship in play, while in Lebanon, the mullahs are funding the Hezbollah terrorist group which has huge control over the country. In Iraq, the Iranian regime has fulfilled one of its goals to undermine the post-war stability there and its militias have launched attacks on the U.S. embassy and consulate in Baghdad and Basra.
Earlier this month, as a result of these attacks on U.S. government buildings in Iraq, the U.S. withdrew from the 1955 Treaty of Amity. Although it was already clear that there is no love lost between the nations, this still sends an important message that Iran cannot continue to attack American interests without repercussion.
But why is Europe, the target of at least two recent terror plots by the Iranian Regime, still sticking by Iran and showing unfounded optimism over the flawed nuclear deal?
When Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal in May and reinstated sanctions, Europe should have followed suit; instead they promised to save the deal.
They should know by now that there are no moderates in the regime of Iran and that the JCPOA only grants financial support to the mullahs’ worst behaviors both inside the country and abroad. In 2015, just after the deal was signed, the regime’s President Hassan Rouhani increased the budget of the militant Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by 145% thanks to the millions of dollars in unfrozen assets set to flood the country.
Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society in London, wrote in Washington Examiner: “Europe is weakening democratic principles by capitulating to Iran’s wishes. The unwavering commitment of European countries to the JCPOA means that they are forced to effectively turn a blind eye to the turmoil Iran has been sowing across the Middle East.”
The U.S. national security advisor John Bolton said Iran “has been a threat throughout the entire Middle East”, and Europe should heed these words and open their eyes to Iran’s evil influence worldwide.