Europe's Attachment to Iran's Regime
4:17 PM, Nov 4, 2011 • By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Ruprecht Polenz, the controversial head of the Bundestag foreign affairs committee, and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, also met with Farzin. In June, Polenz cordially welcomed a delegation of Iranian parliamentarians to the Bundestag.
The Iranian leaders have made it abundantly clear that they are not interested in playing by the rules.
European leaders face a choice. If they are serious about stopping the Iranian regime’s illegal nuclear program, its massive repression of the country’s pro-democracy movement, and its assassinations and terrorist activities abroad, they must end their support for the tyrants of Tehran. The first steps would involve sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). While the Bush administration sanctioned the IRGC in 2007 as a “global terrorist” entity, the EU, particularly Germany, has vehemently resisted penalizing the IRGC.
Benjamin Weinthal is a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.