Give Iran Nuclear Weapons, Says Quincy Institute’s New Iran Expert

Roxane Farmanfarmaian Says Tehran Would Not Use Nuclear Weapons Against Israel

Quincy Institute Fellow Roxane Farmanfarmaian/YouTube screenshot

Adam Kredo • September 16, 2022 4:10 p.m.

Iran should be allowed to build a nuclear weapon, according to Roxane Farmanfarmaian, a new recruit at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

Farmanfarmaian, a political analyst who focuses on Iran, earlier this month became a nonresident member of the isolationist think tank funded by billionaires George Soros and Charles Koch. During a political debate in 2013, Farmanfarmaian argued in favor of Iran building a nuclear bomb, saying the country would never use it to destroy Israel, even though the extremist regime has been threatening to do so ever since. years and sponsors the main jihadist terrorists who wage war against Israel. the Jewish state.

Farmanfarmaian joins a growing list of Quincy Institute scholars who have pushed for increased engagement with Iran and promoted anti-Israel conspiracy theories from their perch at the think tank. This includes Trita Parsi, who previously headed the American Iranian National Council, a group accused of covertly lobbying on behalf of Iran, and Stephane Walt, a longtime Israeli critic who pushed conspiracy theories on the Jewish state. Like many of his Quincy Institute colleagues, Farmanfarmaian downplayed the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran and argued that Israel should learn to live with the threat of an Iranian bomb.

“If Iran were to bomb Israel, it would destroy Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam,” Farmanfarmaian was quoted as saying during the debate, according to a news report published at the time. “It is inconceivable that Iran would bomb Israel because it would isolate it.”

Israeli leaders and a wide range of regional experts disagree with this assertion.

Farmanfarmaian also argued in a 2020 editorial published in the Nation that the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by then-President Donald Trump was “a colossal strategic error”. Like other Quincy scholars and pro-Iranian analysts, Farmanfarmaian argued that the assassination would trigger a wave of global terror from Iran, a fear that never materialized.

She also described the general, who led Iran’s regional terror operations, as “charismatic and very efficient.”

Soleimani, ‘largely immune to the ambivalence with which many Iranians view the ruthless Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, operated mostly outside the country as a respected head of the IRGC’s foreign wing , the elite Al-Quds force,” she wrote at the time. “Charismatic and highly efficient, he won admiration even among reformists for extending Iran’s reach across the Shiite Crescent, the land bridge connecting Iran to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. “

Farmanfarmaian went on to say Soleimani’s assassination had genuinely upset ordinary Iranians, even though the general was widely seen as the face of Tehran’s massive spending on foreign wars.

“The expressions of grief on the streets of Iran are genuine,” she wrote. “His assassination has brought the people closer to the leadership, despite recent protests, in shared outrage not only at Trump’s actions, but also at the administration’s apparent disregard for Iran’s sovereign rights and its insulting rhetoric demanding that Iran ‘changes its behavior'”.

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