Daniel Halliday
Apr 10 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Why have the US named the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation?
Following the United States government designating the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation Iran has made similar claims about the US military and threatened to step up nuclear weapons research. This stepping up of sanctions against Iran comes at a time of humanitarian crisis in the country following recent flooding that has left tens of thousands displaced. What is behind this decision and is there a better solution?
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Iran’s sponsoring of state terrorism requires action to be taken
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US acting on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia
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Empty sanctions that are stifling humanitarianism
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Iran’s sponsoring of state terrorism requires action to be taken

The US strategy in the recent escalation of tensions with Iran is being carried out in order to address Iran’s support for terrorism, their ballistic missile program, illicit financial activities, and risk to maritime security, cyber-security threats, and other environmental issues. Iran directly supports groups such as Hezbollah, a Lebanese group widely recognised as a terrorist organisation and responsible for attacks on Israel as part of the Iran-Israeli proxy conflict in the Middle East. In recent years Iranian espionage on Western soil has also taken an upsurge, so further continued international dialogue and similar efforts to step up actions, sanctions and pressure against Iran internationally will hopefully address these issues, before the situation spirals out of control.

newsmax.com/raymondtanter/iran-aircraft-carrier-terrorism-irgc/2019/05/07/id/914965

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US acting on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia

Many have commented on this move as more about US military hegemony in the Middle East, spurred on by the massive benefits to Israel and Saudi Arabia in the event of a US-Iran conflict. US National Security Adviser John Bolton is known as a “war hawk” and is thought to be instrumental in these actions that take the US a step closer to war in the private interest's of individuals, not the American people. Furthermore, it’s is hugely hypocritical for the US to designate Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guard as terrorists, when they have been fighting ISIS, and arguably the US military-industrial-complex have acted in a much more terrorising fashion in many countries around the Middle East. This has also come at a time when the US seems to be struggling in its attempted regime change in Venezuela, could this just be the next effort to try and cause regime change in the name of US private interests elsewhere?

youtube.com/watch?v=Dg2vARqpysw&t=929s

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Empty sanctions that are stifling humanitarianism

This latest failure in US diplomacy in Iran just highlights America’s current foreign policy weakness, as they are sanctioning a country that has already being sanctioned, a decision that seems politically meaningless. Sanctions don’t work, they make the corrupt in power richer and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will probably take control of more businesses to maintain financial power against these sanctions. Meanwhile the people of Iran will be the ones that suffer, in a time of already wide spread suffering, following the recent devastating flooding. Humanitarian aid in a time of need like this will be a more powerful message of their government's failure to the Iranian people; sanctions will just hurt them more.

nytimes.com/2019/04/06/world/middleeast/iran-floods-evacuations.html

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