Iran: The trouble within

Jul 12
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By Shahriar Kia, Arab News
Tuesday 12 July 2016

A grand July 9th rally in Paris became a major platform calling on the international community to begin shifting its Iran policy.

The regime of Tehran has no place in the future of Iran and the Middle East, and the West’s flawed appeasement policy vis-à-vis the mullahs has failed, leading to Iran’s expansionism across the region. Imperative now is unity among Middle East countries against Tehran and in support of the organized Iranian opposition, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President-elect Maryam Rajavi.
The Paris event demonstrated the serious steps taken to render such an alliance. Prominent political figures and MPs from all over the world and especially various countries in the Middle East displayed a colorful array of support for the Iranian opposition. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, the former head of Saudi intelligence, was among the special guests in this event. His voice symbolized the intention of Arab states to adopt a new perspective for change in Iran, establishing peace in the Middle East and condemning Tehran’s notorious meddling in the entire region.
The keynote speaker of the rally was Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, a leading advocate of unity among Arab and Islamic nations. The year-old nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has done little to deter the Iranian regime’s menacing activities in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, and other countries in the region. This has left no question why many governments in the region have severed ties with Tehran.
Rajavi criticized the West for its failed attempts at curbing Iran’s nefarious deeds through appeasement, stressing that the results have so far been the reverse of expectations. “In the year since the nuclear accord,” Rajavi said, “many of thesanctions were lifted and oil exports increased. But the generated revenues were poured into the Syria war inferno.”
Concerns among regional countries over ongoing crises in the Middle East preventing peace in the region is due to Iran’s continuing expansionism and focusing efforts to shore up the Bashar Assad regime, meddling in Iraq and the continue the war in Yemen. The West’s silence in the face of Tehran’s meddling is enabling the mullahs to commit further genocide throughout the region. This has rendered a similar modus operandi adopted by Iran and Daesh in reading from the same script and abusing the teachings of Islam to commit barbarity and savagery.
In his speech at the rally in Paris, Prince Turki denounced the Iranian regime’s role in destabilizing the Middle East and called for strong international ties to be made with the Iranian Resistance.
“Your fight and struggle against the Iranian regime will triumph soon and this is a matter of when, not if,” he said. “I want regime change, too,” Prince Faisal responded to the crowd’s slogans for the overthrow of the Iranian regime. “We in the Islamic world will support you from the depth of our hearts,” he emphasized.
As the Middle East continues to burn in turmoil, the international community is learning more than ever before of Iran’s leading role in fueling this blaze. Iran is allocating billions to safeguard its own interests across the region, coming at the cost of innocent lives and vast destruction in Syria, Iraq and beyond.
The innocent people of the region remain victims of the support provided by Tehran for the regime of Bashar Assad and financing its armed militia groups in Iraq. The Iranian opposition has become a leading voice loathing the mullahs’ campaign of dispatching tens of thousands of troops to various countries under the close watch of Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani.
This regime represents a challenge and a foe that can only be properly addressed through a firm action, such as the measures taken against its support for the Houthis in Yemen.
After a virtually endless string of failures in taming the Iranian regime through concessions and leniency, the world community now has before it the opportunity to adopt a firm policy of supporting the Iranian people and the organized NCRI opposition in order to deliver a strong message to the mullahs in Tehran.

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