After a month since Hamas’s attack on Israel and the outbreak of war in Gaza, Spanish media reported a terrorist plot against Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a well-known political figure in the country, in the shadow of appeasement politics and the Gaza war. According to doctors, Vidal-Quadras, struggling to breathe due to swelling and inflammation from a bullet lodged in his jaw, identified the main suspect of this terrorist plot, stating, ‘I have no enmity except with the regime ruling Iran.
In this regard, Spain’s Gazette website wrote: Alejo Vidal-Quadras assured his relatives that this terrorist attack is the work of the Iranian regime. Maryam Rajavi, the (elected president) of the National Council of Resistance, stated in a message after learning about the shooting of this politician: The main suspect is the religious fascist ruling Iran, against whom Dr. Vidal-Quadras has dedicated a significant part of his life in the struggle. The National Court of Spain is investigating the attempt to murder Alejo Vidal-Quadras as a terrorist crime. In response to this news, Fars News agency, affiliated with the terrorist Revolutionary Guards, quoted an informed source from the Iranian regime, threatening Spain and stating: “The Islamic Republic officially declares to all countries hosting terrorist groups that hosting hypocrites and other terrorist groups will incur serious costs for them. Referring to the Alejo quadras assassination case, the informed source stated: Spain should also refrain from playing in the hypocrites’ puppet scenario. Spain must know that any hosting of hypocrites or involvement in their conspiracy will have serious consequences for them.”
Looking at this unsuccessful terrorist operation, it can be concluded that the Iranian regime, as the main suspect in this case, has exploited the European Union’s appeasement policy, the crisis and war in Gaza, and Spain’s lack of readiness and sensitivity to terrorist activities. The regime’s calculation was that the assassination of Vidal-Quadras would be overshadowed by other events.
However, Vidal-Quadras’ survival and his outspoken stance disrupted the regime’s calculations, and the reflection of this terrorist plot in Spanish and global media became a significant embarrassment for Western appeasement governments. These governments were still engaged in negotiations and bargaining over the release of citizens held hostage by the regime or handing over the regime’s terrorist diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, despite his eternal condemnation, disregarding the dual-handed law to the regime.
The terrorist intent against a prominent and well-known Spanish politician, who has served as the Deputy Head of the European Parliament for 14 years, is not a simple and insignificant act that can be ignored. The Iranian regime aims to silence politicians who support the MEK opposition movement against the Iranian regime through such malicious intent.
The Iranian regime engages extremists and criminals through its embassies to carry out such criminal acts. Three individuals involved in this terrorist plot have been arrested by the Spanish police, including the spouse of one who is a British national. However, the alleged triggerman, reported to be Tunisian, remains at large.
The response to terrorism requires swift action, decisiveness, and transparency. The first step in this decisiveness is identifying and apprehending terrorists and uncovering and exposing the role of the Iranian regime in this terrorist intent.
This terrorist plot is a warning signal not only for Spain but for all European countries, especially members of the European Union, where adherence to law and human rights takes precedence over trade. The Iranian regime, exploiting Europe’s weakness and greed, has turned it into a breeding ground for terrorism and extremism.
Closing all centres affiliated with the Iranian regime and proxy groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, severing diplomatic relations, designating the Revolutionary Guards as terrorists, and expelling regime officials and agents from the country are essential in the fight against terrorism and the hostage-taking tactics of this regime. However, a fundamental solution lies in supporting a policy of change in Iran and recognizing the opposition movement officially. Does Europe have such courage and determination, or does it still prefer to appease the dictatorial regime of the mullahs and engage in deals and compromises?