A Solution at Hand for Iran

There is no doubt that the Middle East is the epicenter of many major crises in the world today, with Iran fueling many of these conflicts. Syria, Iraq, Yemen and supporting the Lebanese Hezbollah are the main pillars of these calamities, parallel to Tehran’s dangerous pursuit of ballistic missiles and highly controversial nuclear program.

As the Trump administration continues to weigh its comprehensive approach vis-a-vis the mullahs’ regime, the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held its annual convention in Paris on Saturday. The event hosted a massive gathering of the Iranian Diaspora and hundreds of influential and dignitaries expressing their support for NCRI President Maryam Rajavi and her ten-point plan for a future democratic and non-nuclear Iran.

Aside from the powerful speech delivered by Rajavi focusing the Iranian regime’s dilemmas escalating as never before, the tone of her movement’s international supporters have become much more forward-looking against the mullahs in Tehran.

“You, I, my government and your leadership, we see Iran in exactly the same way,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, known to be an adviser to US President Donald Trump, said. “The regime is evil and it must go.”

“Iran must be free,” emphasized former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another individual considered close to the US president. “The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender… The only practical goal is to support a movement to free Iran.”

“The capital since 1979 of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism has been in Tehran under this extremist regime, and that is why it’s got to go,” said former Senator Joseph Lieberman, representing a strong voice from the other side of the aisle in US politics.

Heard throughout the years are Tehran’s claims of lacking any opposition and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main NCRI member, being insignificant and even completely dismantled.

And yet each and every year the NCRI and PMOI, known more commonly as the MEK in the US, prove yet again how the struggle to topple the mullahs’ regime to bring about freedom and democracy in Iran continues stronger than ever before.

While claiming this organization is nothing but dismal, Iran’s own response pinpoints the very fact that this Iranian opposition, under Rajavi’s leadership, represents the main threat to Tehran.

“Our foreign minister met with [the French] just two days before and his plan had yet to leave that their ambassador in the United Nations Security Council describes us being in violation of the nuclear deal resolution,” said Mohammad Javad Larijani, a conservative politician with close relations to the inner circle of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“This was completely baseless and they insulted Iran. Then, they launched a completely ISIS-like rally with a new tag because the [PMOI/MEK] are no different from ISIS. The fact that they gather from all corners of the globe, and speak and plot against the Islamic Republic, and then for the French to say we have no connections with them resembles a political joke, which they should save for their own people,” he said, resorting to completely unprofessional and unorthodox language for a political figure.

“France’s behavior has been very aggressive and insulting… not only would I downgrade diplomatic relations with France, but also revoke contracts signed with the French regarding Peugeot and others,” Larijani added.

Such a response shows how truly terrified the Iranian regime is of its main opposition, represented by the NCRI. Furthermore, Tehran is in no position to be threatening to revoke economic contracts.

Due to Washington’s very strong position on the Iran nuclear deal and three rounds of new sanctions, there are no foreign governments, institutions or companies willing to wade very easily into economic waters with Iran.

In fact, considering the possibility of more sanctions on the way, and all parties realizing Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is very ill, it is crystal clear the days of the Tehran regime are numbered.

As anticipation grows for the Trump administration to declare its all-out Iran policy, more voices in Washington are heard advocating the necessity of regime change. The reason Iran is more terrified is that these calls are coming at a time when the Iranian opposition NCRI is more able than ever before to deliver the solution needed for Iran.

Iranian Resistance in Paris calls for regime change in Tehran

Originally published in the Dutch website OpinieZ Magazine

The Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held its annual convention on Saturday in Paris calling on the international community to adopt a firm policy vis-à-vis the regime in Tehran. Hundreds of influential political figures from across the globe joined a massive gathering of the Iranian Diaspora demanding an end to the mullahs’ rule after 38 years of devastation.

NCRI President Maryam Rajavi was the keynote speaker at the rally, voicing the strongest position and representing the only true alternative able to realize true change in Iran.

Other speakers included a strong American delegation led by former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, both known for their very close ties to the Trump administration. A very bold European presence was also seen voicing their support for the Iranian people and condemning Tehran’s belligerence.

Rajavi delivered the strongest speech of the event, signaling how the end of the mullahs’ rule is very much at hand.

“The regime’s overthrow is possible and within reach, and a democratic alternative and organized resistance exists that can topple it,” she emphasized.

“The regime is not capable of reform because the so-called reformists who were in office for more than half of this regime’s rule, did nothing but serving the velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the clergy). This regime cannot be contained, because more than three decades of West’s concessions did not bring about any change in this regime,” the NCRI President said.

Rajavi underlined the plight of Iran’s population under the mullahs’ rule and hailed Iran’s political prisoners for backing the rally “from the depths of the regime’s torture chambers.”

It is high time for the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s struggle to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship, blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and bring an end to Tehran’s destructive influence across the Middle East.

The NCRI President went on to underscore her movement’s unwavering belief in the people’s free choice, separation of church and state, women’s active and equal participation in political leadership, and Iran’s various ethnic groups provided the opportunity to enjoy autonomy under the framework of national territorial integrity.

“As I have reiterated, repeatedly, we want neither money, nor arms. We urge you to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship,” Rajavi highlighted.

Europeans also voiced their views on any future relations between the Green Continent and Iran.

“We urge the EU and the European Member States, the US and the UN to condemn human rights violations in Iran, blacklist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and call for those who were involved in crimes against humanity to be brought to international tribunals. Any further expansion of relations with Iran must be conditioned to a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions,” reads a statement issued by 265 Members of the European Parliament.

The presence of Mayor Giuliani and former House Speaker Gingrich added enormous political weight behind the entire event.

“You, I, my government and your leadership, we see Iran in exactly the same way. The regime is evil and it must go. #FreeIran,” Giuliani emphasized, referring to the main convention hashtag.

“I think it’s fair to say that the Trump administration has much fewer illusions about the nature of the Iranian dictatorship,” Gingrich explained. “I think it’s fair to say that Secretary of Defense Mattis in his years in the Central Command understands exactly who the Iranian dictatorship is…I think it’s fair to say that the National Security Advisor, General McMaster, in his years of service in the Middle East, knows exactly who the Iranian dictatorship is.”

The Arab World’s main representative in the convention was former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal who called for the prosecution of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials for “crimes against the Iranian people,” who he described as the “first victims” of the Iranian regime.

Prince Turki described the Arab and Iranian nations as brothers through “not only geography, but the humanitarian relationships.”

“All the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and their neighbor Iran have always been living in harmony until the [mullahs’ regime] came into being in 1979,” Prince Turki added.

Faisal stressed elections in Iranian are undemocratic and illegitimate due to the regime installing a strict vetting system to filter all candidates. The mullahs’ behavior does not qualify it as a democratic system, he finalized.

Tehran has undergone a series of setbacks following last month’s Riyadh Summit where American, Arab and Islamic leaders established a strong coalition against the mullahs’ regime. That, parallel to the US overhauling its comprehensive Iran policy, are recipes of disaster for the future of the Iranian regime.



Iraanse oppositie roept in Parijs op tot machtswisseling in Teheran

De Iraanse oppositiebeweging National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) hield afgelopen zaterdag haar jaarlijkse conventie in Parijs met een oproep aan de internationale gemeenschap tot een stevige aanpak van het regime in Teheran. Honderden invloedrijke politici uit alle delen van de wereld namen deel aan een massale bijeenkomst van de Iraanse Diaspora waarin het einde werd geëist van de regering van de mollahs na 38 jaar rampspoed.

Titelfoto: Screenshot door redactie OpinieZ van YouTube-video, kanaal Iranncr

Maryam Rajavi
NCRI-president Maryam Rajavi was de keynote speaker op de bijeenkomst, waar ze in krachtige taal het enige werkelijke alternatief voor echte verandering in Iran verkondigde. Andere sprekers waren een zware Amerikaanse delegatie onder leiding van de voormalige burgemeester van New York Rudi Giuliani en de voormalige House Speaker Newt Gingrich, beiden bekend om hun nauwe banden met de regering-Trump. Een forse Europese delegatie gaf ook haar steun aan het Iraanse volk en veroordeelde de oorlogszuchtigheid van Iran.

Rajavi hield de stevigste toespraak van het evenement. Ze vertelde dat het einde van de regering van de mollahs steeds dichterbij komt.

“Het omverwerpen van het regime is mogelijk en binnen bereik en er bestaat een democratisch alternatief en georganiseerd verzet om het omver te werpen”, benadrukte ze. “Het regime is niet in staat tot hervorming omdat de zogenaamde hervormers, die al de helft van de regeringsperiode van dit regime in functie zijn, niks anders hebben gedaan dan de velayat-e faqih (de absolute macht van de geestelijkheid) dienen. Dit regime kan niet in toom worden gehouden, omdat meer dan drie decennia van concessies door het Westen geen verandering in het regime hebben teweeggebracht”, sprak de NCRI-president.

Zwarte lijst
Rajavi onderstreepte het lijden van de Iraanse bevolking onder het bewind van de mollahs en prees de Iraanse politieke gevangenen voor hun steun aan de bijeenkomst “vanuit de krogten van de martelkamers van het regime”. Het is de hoogste tijd voor de internationale gemeenschap om de strijd van Iraanse volk voor het omverwerpen van de religieuze dictatuur van de mollahs te erkennen, de Islamitische Revolutionaire Garde (IRGC) op de zwarte lijst van terroristische organisaties te zetten en een eind te maken aan de destructieve invloed van Iran in het Midden-Oosten.

De NCRI-president vervolgde met het benadrukken van het onwankelbare geloof van haar beweging in de vrije keuze van het volk, de scheiding van kerk en staat, actieve en gelijke participatie van vrouwen in politiek leiderschap en de mogelijkheid voor Iran’s diverse etnische groepen om autonomie te verkijgen binnen het kader van nationale territoriale integriteit. “Zoals ik al vaker heb gezegd, we willen geen geld en geen wapens. We dringen er bij jullie op aan om het recht van het Iraanse volk te erkennen om het religieuze dictatorschap van de mollahs omver te werpen”, vatte Rajavi samen.

Europees Parlement
Europeanen maakten ook hun opvattingen bekend over de toekomstige betrekkingen met Iran. “We dringen er bij de EU, de Europese lidstaten, de VS en de VN op aan om de mensenrechtenschendingen in Iran te veroordelen, de Islamitische Revolutionaire Garde op de zwarte lijst te zetten en er voor te zorgen dat zij die betrokken waren bij misdaden tegen de menselijkheid voor internationale rechtbanken te brengen. Elke verdere uitbreiding van de betrekkingen met Iran moet afhankelijk zijn van duidelijke vooruitgang op het geboed van mensenrechten, vrouwenrechten en een einde aan de executies” luidt een verklaring van 265 leden van het Europees Parlement.

Giuliani en Gingrich
De aanwezigheid van burgemeester Giuliani en de voormalige House Speaker Gingrich gaven een enorm politiek belang aan het hele evenement.

“Jij, ik, mijn regering en jouw leiding, wij zien Iran op precies dezelfde manier. Het regime is kwaadaardig en het moet opstappen. #FreeIran”, benadrukte Giuliani, verwijzend naar de belangrijkste hashtag voor de conferentie.

“Ik denk dat terecht kan worden gezegd dat de regering-Trump veel minder illusies heeft over de aard van de Iraanse dictatuur”, verklaarde Giuliani.”Ik denk dat terecht kan worden gezegd dat minister van Defensie Mattis door zijn ervaring bij het centrale opperbevel precies begrijpt wie de Iraanse dictatuur is…Ik denk dat terecht kan worden gezegd dat de Nationale Veiligheidsadviseur, Generaal McMaster, door zijn dienstjaren in het Midden-Oosten precies weet wie de Iraanse dictatuur is”.

De belangrijkste afgevaardigde van de Arabische wereld was het vroegere hoofd van de Saoedische veiligheidsdienst prins Turki al-Faisal die opriep tot vervolging van de Iraanse Hoogste Leider Ali Khamenei en andere ervaren Iraanse functionarissen wegens “misdaden tegen het Iraanse volk”, dat hij aanduidde als de “eerste slachtoffers” van het regime.

Prins Turki beschreef de Arabisch en Iraanse naties als broeders “niet alleen vanweege de geografie, maar ook vanwege de menselijke betrekkingen”.”Alle Golfstaten en hun buur Iran hebben altijd in harmonie met elkaar geleefd tot (het regime van de mollahs) ontstond in 1979″, voegde prins Turki er aan toe. Faisal benadrukte dat de verkiezingen in Iran ondemocratisch zijn en onrechtmatig doordat het regime een streng controlesysteem gebruikt om de kandidaten te filteren. Het gedrag van de mollahs kwalificeert niet als een democratisch systeem, sloot hij af.

Teheran heeft een reeks tegenslagen ondergaan na de top in Riyad vorige maand waar Amerikaanse, Arabische en islamitische leiders een sterke coalitie tegen het regime van de mollahs vormden. Dat, in combinatie met de herziening van het Iranbeleid van de VS, vormt een rampscenario voor de toekomst van het Iraanse regime.

Iran opposition convention pioneers call for regime change

A massive gathering of the Iranian Diaspora in a vast convention hall north of Paris voiced their compatriots’ demands for regime change in Tehran. The colossal and energetic event, staged annually by opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by its President Maryam Rajavi, brought together hundreds of former US, European and Middle Eastern officials and dignitaries.

Saturday’s rally was headlined by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi calling on the international community to acknowledge the Council as the legitimate voice and representative of the Iranian people, abandon once and for all the appeasement policy and adopt a firm strategy of standing alongside the Iranian people’s true demand of regime change.

American dignitaries representing both sides of aisle, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Governor Ed Rendell and a slate of many other political and military officials also added their voice.

“You, I, my government and your leadership, we see Iran in exactly the same way. The regime is evil and it must go. #FreeIran,” said Mayor Giuliani.

“This is a regime which thinks it’s justice to kill 30,000 people. This is a regime which thinks it’s justice to have an election where no one is allowed to run. This is a regime which threatens all of its dissidents, all of its critics with jail at best and death at worst,” said former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

“The capital since 1979 of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism has been in Tehran under this extremist regime, and that is why it’s got to go,” said Senator Joseph Lieberman.

“We must avoid allowing the regime in Tehran to achieve its long sought objective of an arc of control from Iran through the Baghdad government in Iraq, the Assad regime in Syria, and the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon,” said Ambassador John Bolton, former US envoy to the United Nations.

Decidedly vitriolic statements were also made by the high profile American delegation of influential figures. This significant slate of names issued a statement prior to Saturday’s convention emphasizing, “We believe that change is within reach, not only because the regime is becoming engulfed in crisis, but also because there is a large and growing movement organizing for positive change. A viable organization capable of ending the nightmare of religious dictatorship by establishing freedom and democracy, tolerance, and gender equality has steadily gained visibility, popular support and international recognition.”

A significant statement was the presence of a key Arab World figure, especially considering conditions simmering currently between Iran and its Middle East neighbors.

“The Iranian people are the first victims of Khomeini’s dictatorship,” said Turki Faisal, former Saudi ambassador in the United States and United Kingdom. “Your effort in challenging this regime is legitimate and your resistance for the liberation of the Iranian people of all ethnicities, including Arabs, Kurds, Baluchis, Turks and Fars of the mullahs’ evil, as Mrs. Rajavi said, is a legitimate struggle.”

A large Arab delegation consisting of many former and current officials from more than a dozen countries also placed their weight behind the NCRI’s platform to bring about change in Iran.

The Iranian opposition leader delivered the keynote speech of the event.

“Our people want a constitution based on freedom, democracy and equality. The time has come for the international community to heed the demands of the people of Iran,” she said.

Rajavi also referred to the wide range of extensive activities carried out inside Iran by the vast network of supporters affiliated to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the leading member of the NCRI coalition, emphasizing how the exiled opposition is very much linked to the restive powder keg society inside the country.

“The overthrow of the religious dictatorship is possible and within reach because of the regime’s inabilities, including its inability to contain the country’s economic disintegration and environmental disasters, the inability to provide for the most rudimentary needs of our oppressed people,” Rajavi added.

On a different note, the NCRI President said it is high time to make Tehran understand its crimes will no longer go unanswered.

“Khamenei and other leaders of the regime must face justice for violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, particularly the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, and for their war crimes in the region,” she said.

As the Trump administration continues to weigh its comprehensive policy on Iran, Rajavi called for sweeping sanctions targeting Iran’s belligerence, the blacklisting of the Revolutionary Guards, and supporting the Iranian people and their organized opposition in their quest for regime change.

“The mullahs’ time is up and the time has come to march forward,” she underscored. “This has also been stated in the American Declaration of Independence where it says, ‘whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of’ the people’s rights, ‘it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government’ of their liking.”

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