We begin tonight’s edition of A Window to the Fatherland with Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh reading one of his poems from the book of his collected works.
Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh:
The US government has now designated the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.
The delay in announcing this decision was due to consultations with some Iranians and I was among them. Voice of American had asked me to be present when Mr Pompeo and Mr Brian Hook were announcing the decision so I could at the same time provide some commentary on the subject and as to what the reaction of Iran would be.
Mr Hook is a one of the few American diplomats who are experts in the politics of the Middle East and he knows the Iranians and the country very well.
I used to visit Washington during the Obama era too and provide consultations to his administration, which was of the belief that within the Iranian regime there are two factions, namely the radicals and the moderates.
The Obama government followed a policy of deterring the bad guys and pinning its hopes on the good guys, without noting that even the best of the “good guys” within the regime, was the former president Khatami who had himself confessed that he is “nobody” when it comes to the regime’s policies at home and abroad.
I had advised the Obama people that forget about counting on finding a rational faction within the regime and do not waste your time.
We only had to wait for the arrival of the Trump administration to see a major shift in US policy towards the regime.
The US believes that many of its soldiers killed in the Middle East are the victims of the proxy groups that the Guards are behind them and has now decided to directly name them as people responsible for the chaos in the region.
At the end of the program we will watch a few footages from the flood-hit provinces of Iran to find out how desperate the Iranian people have become in face of this national disaster.