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May 2nd, 2017
There are some 300,000 people in Canada who came from Iran, many of them on the run from this despotic and cruel theocracy. Others merely immigrated to get to a better place where life is freer and the economy isn’t run with stunning corruption and incompetence.
There are Iranian critics of the regime – many of them outspoken and courageous women who have found their voice in Canada. Many of these Iranians might also be considered as ‘ex-Muslims’, having seen the perfection of Islamic rule for themselves and since deciding to have nothing more to do with it.
However, with so many Iranians in Canada, it should be no surprise that the partisans of their government are here too.
In the long years since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, we have been given many reminders of the respect and courtesy Iran has for diplomatic conventions. Foreign embassy staff do make for convenient hostages, while their own embassies have hosted assassination teams, supported terrorism, and have barely bothered to conceal their espionage efforts or the attempted intimidation of expatriates.
Even closing down Iran’s embassy in Canada – for the second time –was no bar to the sub-rosa activities of Iran’s agents (this writer having first-hand experience of the subject).
Nazi Germany used the German Bund as a front group to advance its interests and influences in places where their diplomats might not be welcome. The Soviets really ran away with the concept of front organizations – generating dozens during the Cold War alone. Iran is a totalitarian regime and one might well wonder about the role of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).
The ICC claims to represent the hundreds of thousands of Canadian Iranians – although it is a mystery how this authority is derived; but then self-aggrandizing claims from small groups are nothing new. What is more mysterious is the strong degree of coincidence between the ICC and Iranian national interests.
The ICC claims it is a non-partisan and non-religious organization (impossible to see how that could be), and is working to improve Canadian-Iranian relations. In short, we should restore diplomatic relations, open banking ties, and assent to Iranian moves in the name of ‘peace’. Uh huh….
Shouldn’t the ICC actually register itself as a lobby group then, and stop blustering with law-suit threats at critics of the Iranian regime? Actually, in our collective experience with Salafist/Wahhabi ‘law-fare’ it was strange to see how many law suits vanished once the Discovery Stage was reached and defendants could start raking through the financial and corporate records of the plaintiff. One wonders if the ICC would be just as shy?
Oh, and let us not forget that Iran still owes Canada a strict accounting for the brutal rape and murder of Zahra Kazemi in 2003 in an Iranian prison; not to forget the abuse of other Canadian citizens. Iranians are the heirs of an ancient civilization but their government is a barbaric one in every sense of the word. But if the ICC would like to defend Iran… please go ahead.
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