Rezai is the son of a senior Revolutionary Guards commander named Mohsen Rezai who ran for president in 2009. Rezai turned against the Iranian regime and came to the U.S. in 1998, where he fathered a daughter. The regime refused to let him back into the country. The Foundation for Democracy in Iran reports that an unconfirmed account puts Rezai in the presence of two members of the Al-Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guards’ elite branch for covert operations, shortly before his death.
The Iranian regime’s actions over the weekend show why its nuclear weapons program is so dangerous. Iran is considering suspending all cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to its incriminating report. Iran also arrested two Kuwaiti citizens as spies, perhaps in retaliation for the Arab League’s suspension of Syria for the Assad regime’s murdering of at least 3,500 civilians since the uprising began in February.
The Arab League’s action was approved by all members except for Yemen and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon, which voted against it, and Iraq, which abstained. The Arab League also announced it would begin meeting with representatives of the Syrian opposition. Syria responded violently, with pro-Assad thugs attacking the Turkish, Qatari and Saudi embassies. The Turkish and French missions in Aleppo and Latakia were also attacked.
It is possible that the Iranian terror plot was hatched in retaliation for the Arab League’s pressure on Syria, but it could indicate a renewed effort by Iran to stir up trouble in the Gulf. In 2009, the Iranians heavily backed the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen who were at war with the Yemeni government and Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, Iranian officials talked of militarily intervening on the side of Shiite protesters against the Bahraini Royal Family. A website was even set up to organize volunteer fighters, which claimed to have signed up nearly 2,000 by late March.
The Iranian regime stood on the brink of armed conflict with Bahrain and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in May when it dispatched a flotilla to deliver humanitarian aid and messages of encouragement. Some Bahraini officials warned that it’d be an act of war if the flotilla violated Bahrain’s sovereignty, and Kuwait said its navy would “not allow any Iranian ship to approach the kingdom’s shores.” The flotilla turned around half-way and returned to Iran.
The documentary filmed by the Iranian regime titled The Coming is Upon Us makes it clear that it believes that it is tasked by Allah with bringing about the appearance of the Mahdi. The film states that the Arab Spring and rise of the Muslim Brotherhood are fulfillments of prophecy, and that Iran is destined to lead a new Arab coalition in destroying Israel.
This weekend’s events should serve as a reminder of why the IAEA’s report is so frightening.
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