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Their name was not Khashoggi
Iran regime executes four Arab Iranian activists in Spidar prison
Iran regime executed four Arab Iranian political activists — Jassim Haidari, Ali Khosraji, Hussein Seylabi, and Nasser Khafajian — on charges of “waging war against God.” The execution took place quietly at the Sepidar prison, in the predominantly Arab city of Ahvaz in southern Iranian.
The execution of the four political dissidents came on the opening day of a three day conference sponsored by the UN and the European Union. The goal of the conference is to encourage European companies to invest in Iran, and brings together several European and Iranian governmental investment agencies as well as private companies.
While Western media and the US State Department were busy discipling Saudi Arabia over the horrible crime of Jamal Khashoggi, Iran’s execution of the four political activists went unnoticed, and was only reported on websites of Iranian opposition parties in exile. Meanwhile, America continued its backchannel effort to incentivize Iran to join nuclear negotiations, which Washington said is ready to join, but Iran has so far turned down.
As European capitals dream of Iranian contracts, and as amateur US foreign policy makers dream of decolonization and similar unrealistic concepts, Iran continues to oppress its own population in a brutal way. Had any other country practiced as much brutality against its people, the world would have stepped back and isolated Iran.
But with the Iranian fossil fuel wealth, French Total cannot wait to resume its $5 billion contract to develop the Pars 11 energy field, in the south, while Airbus and Boeing look desperate to see their contracts with the Iranian government — $30 billion each — revived.
The world is an ugly, unfair and horrible place. Those who pretend that — by going after Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi — they are standing on a higher moral ground, are in fact charlatans who are deflecting attention to do business with the Iranian regime, among the most brutal and destabilizing regimes in the world.