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Have the winds of change started in #Iran?

| July 5, 2017 | 4 Comments

Tens of thousands of supporters of Iran’s main opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gathered in a massive convention hall in Villepinte, Paris over the weekend to call on the international community to back the Iranian people’s democratic aspirations and  recognize the NCRI as a real alternative to the mullahs’ theocracy, writes Hamid Bahrami.

The grand gathering of Iranians, which takes place annually in Paris, was this year attended by more than 50 parliamentary delegations from all around the world including the US and Middle East as well as the former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, the former Chairman of the US Democratic Party and former governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, member of the European Parliament, Gérard Deprez and many prominent political dignitaries.

The keynote speaker at the event was NCRI President Maryam Rajavi (pictured). In her speech that was also broadcast inside Iran, she underscored that “regime change [in Iran] is within reach because the mullahs have gotten themselves stuck in three wars of attrition in the Middle East. Their withdrawal from these conflicts in whatever form or shape will undermine their own existence.”

In the US an Iran policy remains unclear but it is obvious that the current White House does not want to appease the Iranian regime.

Regionally and internationally, the Iranian regime is in the worst situation because it has destroyed all bridges with the US and the neighbouring Arab countries. Today, the regime in Tehran is terrorising its own people and is a major threat to the Middle East and the world peace.

The NCRI is fighting to bring about democratic change by overthrowing mullahs’ theocracy. For over three decades, the Iranian Resistance has urged the internationally community to adopt a firm policy towards the regime, hence, it is not surprising that Mrs Rajavi welcomed the statement following the recent Islamic, American Summit.

“We have welcomed the statements made at the Arab, Islamic, American Summit in Riyadh against the Iranian regime’s terrorist and destabilizing activities. Nevertheless, we emphasis that the ultimate solution to the crisis in the region and confronting groups like ISIS, is the overthrow of the Iranian regime by the Iranian people and Resistance”, she said in her speech.

The realities on the ground in the Middle East show that Mrs Rajavi is accurate. As the campaign to destroy Islamic State (ISIS) is ultimately successful, the most serious threat facing the world and the U.S. president is to confront Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region for example in areas in Syria and Iraq that are liberated from ISIS. If Iranian regime is allowed to usurp these areas then it would pose even a greater danger to the US, Europe and Gulf countries.

Consequently, to protect their national interests, they are and should looking for a solution to stop the mullahs. Until now, their policy has been to accommodate Iran’s actions and evidently it has failed. They hoped to reform Iran’s behaviour by cosying up to President Hassan Rohani but on the contrary, this policy has increased Iran’s intervention in the Middle East. That is why the US and its Arab allies have taking steps to change their policy.

Hence, a few weeks ago, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced on 14 June: “Our policy towards Iran is to push back on this hegemony, contain their ability to develop obviously nuclear weapons, and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know.” It is an obvious fact that the NCRI and its democratic platform for future Iran provides a viable alternative for this policy. In this case, the former U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton highlighted a crucial aspect about this policy at the gathering in Paris. “There is a viable opposition to the rule of the Ayatollahs and that opposition is centered in this room today,” he said in his speech.

Yet the most vitriolic remarks at the gathering came from mayor Giuliani who pointed to the Iranian regime’s malign activities in the region stressing that the mullahs are the source instability and crisis in the region, and have kept their grip on power in the past 38 years through widespread repression and blatant disregard for human rights at home and the export of extremism and terrorism abroad.

“I am happiest to be here because finally I can probably say that the government of United States supports you, we are behind you, we agree with your values. Finally I can stand here and say that you, my government and your leadership, we see Iran exactly the same way. The regime is evil and it must go”, he said addressing the tens of thousands gathered in Paris.

How the Iranian regime can be overthrown with minimal risks?

It is time for the international community to make decisive decisions on Iran. Today, the only remaining way to end four decades of crisis in the Middle East. It is a known fact that Iranian regime is root of problems in the region. Therefore, it is necessary that Mrs Rajavi’s voice is allowed to be heard.

To end the mullahs’ regime in Iran, Mrs Rajavi made three recommendations, “Recognise the resistance of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. Expel the regime from the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and hand over Iran’s seat to the Iranian people’s Resistance. Designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and evict it from the entire region.”

If the international community wants democracy and human rights to root and progress in the Middle East, it should heed these recommendations.

Freelance journalist Hamid Bahrami was a  former political prisoner in Iran. He is human rights and political activist.


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  1. Kowalski says:

    Keep dreaming, the Iranian people hate the MEK or the NCRI even more than they hate the mullahs, so they will never be able to successfully replace them.

    Don’t forget that roughly 70% of Iranians eligible to vote cast their ballots in this year’s elections. This means the government still has a lot of support.

    • Sina says:

      Dreams are what make the world of the future. You have no bass for your claim but the propaganda of the Iranian regime. Let’s have an election under the supervision of the UN about the future of Iran! Why regime can’t stand it if they don’t have all people behind their government? Why we have highest number of public executions in world? Why we have more police/security forces per capita? So repeating a lie does not make it true! Stop jumping to the regime’s order! Think!

  2. Nayereh Habibi says:

    I wonder how much money Mrs. Rajavi (who persistently hides the death of her husband Massoud) has spent recently to compensate the bankrupted professional politicians (Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, John Bolton …) for their roles in her recent carnival in Paris. A woman of no morals and decency has no business whatso ever to speak about freeing Iran. The hands of her late sex-manaic husband and herself is stained with the blood of thousands of young innocent Iranian men and women. She has left so many families to live in misery in Iraq for so many years, while enjoying a king-like life in Paris. She talks about secular government, but she is more fanatic than the Ayatollahs in Iran, can you find any woman in her organization who does not wear a scarf? This couple have been the master of hypocrisy and deceit for so many years. Shame on them.

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