By Javad Heirannia

Naming IRGC terrorist group will contribute to regional tensions: Entessar

April 12, 2019

TEHRAN - Nader Entessar, Professor Emeritus of Political Science from University of South Alabama says that the neocon and regime change operatives in Trump's foreign policy circles have been advocating this policy for many months now. 

He adds that “It appears that these elements, especially John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, finally managed to convince Trump to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.”

Entessar says “This is the first time in the history of international relations when the government of one nation-state single-handedly has designated a military segment of another recognized nation-state as a terrorist organization.”
Following is the full text of the interview:

Q: What was the goal of the designation of IRGC as a foreign terrorist group? 

A: The neocon and regime change operatives in Trump's foreign policy circles have been advocating this policy for many months now.  It appears that these elements, especially John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, finally managed to convince Trump to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group.  This is the first time in the history of international relations when the government of one nation-state single-handedly has designated a military segment of another recognized nation-state as a terrorist organization. The IRGC has already been under total and complete US sanctions. The main goal of Washington's latest move is to further bludgeon Iran and force it into submission.

Q: What will be the impact of this decision on regional security? 

A: At a minimum, this decision will contribute to regional tensions.  Iran's Supreme National Security Council has already reacted to this decision by issuing a statement designating the US Central Command (CENTCOM) and its affiliated forces as terrorist groups.  If this statement is operationalized; that is, if it becomes the official policy, then conditions for spiraling and uncontrollable conflict in the region will strengthen. The neocons have long argued that actions against Iran are "cost-free" because Iran does not take reciprocal actions against the US. For example, they point out to the fact that Iran could not and did not take any meaningful countermeasures when the US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA despite the fact that Tehran had issued statements about the dire consequences of Washington's decision regarding its obligations under the JCPOA.

Q: Is this decision according to the U.S. Constitution?  

A: Decisions such as designating a group as a terrorist entity falls within the purview of the US president and the US laws allow the president the authority to do so.  

Q: Can we see more sanctions from President Trump administration against Iran?  

A: Yes. Of course, even without the latest US move against IRGC, the Trump administration would impose a steady diet of sanctions against Iran.  For the Trump administration, sanctions are viewed as the only tool that can force internal chaos and regime change in Iran.   But the IRGC's new designation will make easier for the US to justify its future sanctions against Iran by portraying such sanctions under the rubric of fighting terrorist interests in Iran.
 

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