PARIS — French and Belgian police in the past few days foiled what they say was a plot to bomb the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s “Free Iran Gathering 2018” here in Paris.
No matter the strength of the bomb, there would have been mass casualties, as the Paris convention hall was packed to the rafters with angry opponents of the mullahs’ regime, with approximately 100,000 people in attendance.
What is striking about the incident is that, along with a couple in Belgium, an Iranian diplomat in Austria was arrested for the plot and stripped of his diplomatic immunity. The Iranian regime of course expressed outrage: How dare they arrest one of our terrorists posing as a diplomat? A false flag operation to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal in Europe!
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to European capitals went forward this week, despite the brazen incident, in a bid to save the 2015 nuclear accord with Europe and the lucrative business deals Tehran hopes go along with it.
The alleged plot and Mr. Rouhani’s follow-up trip reveal two things. One is the recklessness (or perhaps tone-deafness) of the Iranian regime in the face of the most serious existential threat they have faced in their tortured history. The fact that the regime was so brazen as to use diplomatic assets to facilitate the plot is stunning, at the very time Tehran is trying to make Europe believe Iran doesn’t want a military nuclear program. In short, Iran’s leaders are liars, and this plot just shows that all the more. Most likely, the 2015 deal, even with Europe, is now dead; it’s all over but the shouting.