After Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Blacklisting, It’s Time to Engage Iranian Resistance

CNS News | 4/17/2019 | Staff
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The Trump administration’s decision to designation the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization has prompted predictable debate. The president himself acknowledged that it was an “unprecedented” move, which leads some to assume that it will be dangerous to Western interests and to the future of American relations with countries where the Islamic Republic also wields influence.

But neither can we risk ignoring the fact that Iran’s malign influence is growing, or that it is ultimately imperative to Western interests that Iran’s imperialism be confronted and reversed. The IRGC terror designation has long been a possibility, though other administrations opted to focus their sanctions only on individual supporters and the special operations wing known as the Quds Force. But in recent years, an FTO designation has grown more imperative, due to the proliferation of IRGC funded and facilitated extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.

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This trend reflects what President Trump described as the Iranian regime’s commitment to using terrorism as statecraft, and the IRGC as the primary tool of that strategy. The Quds Force leads the effort to support foreign proxies, while its parent organization focuses on suppressing dissent within Iranian society as well.

For both of these reasons, serious critics of the Iranian regime were quick to embrace the FTO designation. Maryam Rajavi, as the leader of Iran’s leading opposition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement describing the measure as “long overdue.” NCRI’s main component, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has organized efforts to confront the IRGC and other repressive forces at home, and is credited with playing a leading role in the mass uprising that spanned every major Iranian city and town at the beginning of 2018.

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