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European leaders flock to Iran to applaud its sham election

Conservative Review

European leaders are set to join some of the world’s most evil regimes in commemorating the “re-election” of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president.

Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Parviz Esmaeili told state media Tuesday that at least 92 countries will send delegations for Rouhani’s inauguration.

“The number of 25 delegations from countries in Asia and Oceania, 26 delegations from Arab and African nations and 30 more from Europe and Americas are expected to attend the ceremony,” Esmaeili told state-run IRNA.

Rouhani continues to be something of a celebrated figure in the mainstream media. Hailed as a “moderate” by the New York Times and much of the establishment press, the incumbent president helped Iran set the world record for most executions per capita. Rouhani is a Holocaust denier who has openly expressed support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Not surprisingly, not much has changed on the terror-supporting front under the “moderate” Rouhani. This year’s State Department report on worldwide terrorism found that once again, Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, a stalwart proponent of diplomacy with the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism, has confirmed her attendance. Additionally, France and Germany will send high-level diplomats to attend.

Mogherini has long been a proponent of bringing the terrorist regime in Tehran into the community of nations. As an EU representative, she often speaks to a "shared responsibility" of a nuclear deal with Tehran that is "fully implemented by all." She has consistently advocated for increased trade and relations with Iran, even as the regime there continues to arm and finance global jihadist terror groups.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is also scheduled to visit Tehran during the time of Rouhani’s inauguration. Le Drian, an avowed socialist, was recently appointed to his position by newly elected president Emmanuel Macron.

The high-ranking European officials will be joined by the likes of Kim Yong-nam, a senior official in the Stalinist North Korean government, and leaders from other authoritarian dictatorships.

Europe’s embrace of Iran appears to clash with its supposed democratic values, given that Tehran’s election was essentially a sham.

Iran’s election was not much of an election at all. Approximately 1,600 individuals filed to run for president of Iran, but only six of them were approved on the ballot for election day. They are vetted by a 12-man (unelected) Guardian Council, half of which is appointed by the supreme leader. This year, all 137 women who registered to run for president were disqualified by the council, which has never approved a female presidential nominee.

Ever since the radical Mullahs’ 1979 takeover of Iran, the supreme leader maintains unchecked veto power over all of the affairs of the nation. His influence completely dominates theological and foreign policy matters, leaving the president to handle some domestic issues.

Back across the Atlantic, the Trump administration seeks to separate itself from the European trend of cozying up to Iran.

The Iran nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 world powers (United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia) remains deeply unpopular in the United States. The Obama administration transferred billions of dollars in U.S. cash to Iran and allowed for the regime to continue to finance its terrorist proxies in the Middle East. President Trump is currently reviewing whether to re-certify the deal, which he has done twice since becoming president. However, reports indicate that the president may leave the deal behind in the next re-certification period.

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