This week, it was reported that His Royal Highness Prince Charles was considering a visit to Iran in autumn this year. It would be the first official royal visit to Iran in more than 40 years.
The prospect of this visit is raising deep concerns throughout the UK. Many people have been speaking out, pleading with HRH not to legitimize the regime. A Jewish advocacy group in the UK started a petition against such a visit. In Scotland, Struan Stevenson, the veteran British Conservative politician and formerly a Member of the European Parliament, has made his concerns known.
Stevenson said that if the recent press reports were true, he hoped that the Prince could be persuaded to change his plans and should not visit the country.
Stevenson has previously written extensively on Iran due to its brutal repression. As yet it is unknown why HRH wants to visit Iran, but it is thought that such a visit would legitimize their brutality and assault on human rights.
Struan Stevenson, speaking about some of the terrible things the Iranian regime does, said “The Iranian regime is one of the most brutal and repressive in the world. They execute more people per capita than any other country. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have repeatedly condemned them for their wanton abuse of human rights and women’s rights. They regularly execute juveniles who were children at the time of their alleged offences. They conduct executions, public floggings and amputations in public. Only last month, two alleged robbers each had a foot and a hand amputated in Zahedan in the south-eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. Thousands of political prisoners are tortured, beaten and often executed fort opposing this barbaric, fascist, mullah-led regime.”
Since the lifting of sanctions, it may have been expected that the Iranian regime would do all it could to be a part of the international community. Unfortunately, nothing has changed other than the fact they now have a huge amount of money with which to carry on their nefarious activities. They are still hanging political prisoners, sometimes up to 16 per day, as well as mutilating common criminals by cutting off their hands and feet.
Stevenson said, “Iran’s international reputation is even worse than its domestic status. The Iranian government has backed Bashar al-Assad’s blood encrusted regime with money, men and equipment for the past five years. Without Iranian assistance the Syrian civil war would have ended. They back the brutal Shi’ia militias in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. Their main export is terror. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, was determined to build a nuclear bomb to boost his country’s dominance of the Middle East and only agreed to the sanction busting nuclear deal after the collapsing oil prices and Iran’s escalating military costs almost bankrupted the country.”
Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, the ever smiling front man for the repressive regime, is anything but moderate. Afraid of any dissent, and the propaganda it may generate against him, Rouhani cancelled a planned visit to Austria, at very short notice.
What Does Prince Charles Value?
Is it possible that Prince Charles values Rouhani’s smile more than the 2,300 people who were executed in Iran over the past two and half years while Rouhani has been in office?
Struan Stevenson is president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association. He says “I know from bitter first-hand experience how the Iranian regime has exploited the current fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq, to further its genocidal campaign against Iraq’s Sunni population. That is why we constantly call for the eviction of the Iranian-led Shi’ia militias from Iraq and the indictment of their commanders for crimes against humanity and genocide.”
Stevenson echoes the calls of many others who are worried a royal visit would deliver a propaganda victory to the fascist mullahs. Such a victory would mean the mullahs would have no reason to change their repression, no reason to stop fomenting violence around the world, no reason to stop killing their own citizens, and no reason to stop working out ways to humiliate the West.
“If there are serious plans on the table regarding a royal visit to Iran I would urge Prince Charles to think again.”
If Prince Charles does visit Iran this year, the Iranian regime would cast it as an endorsement of themselves. It would do nothing for the Iranian people and nothing for Iran’s neighbours.
In a sign that Iran’s evil is even acknowledged by the people they have supported with arms and money, Yemen’s rebel Houthis recently rejected an offer of assistance from Iran.
It is to be hoped HRH Prince Charles will not legitimize the terrorist-supporting regime, because nothing positive will come of it.