Thank you thank, you thank you very much.
It is wonderful to return here at a time of great significance and a lot more hope for all of us then many of the other times that we've been here. We are now, I believe, very realistic in being able to see an end of the regime in Iran. We can see it. we've lived through this before in other oppressed countries, when the people take to the streets and they protest, day after day, like they've done in over 142 cities in Iran like they did the other day in Tehran, when they do that and no matter how much they're oppressed, no matter how much they're beaten, no matter how much they were arrested or no matter how many of them are killed. They continue to grow and grow with numbers that now threatened to topple the regime. When that happens then freedom is right around the corner.
It could have happened، it could have happened، could have happened hater nine years ago. With the uprising in 2009 the uprising that disgracefully my government turned its back on. Shame on that administration! However، this time، when it started back in December and January، just a few months ago، the President of the United States، about whom there's a lot of controversy whether he should tweet or not، checked out his little phone and he tweeted and he supported the protesters. Like Ronald Reagan did, for the protesters in Poland when solidarity marched against communism, and what happened there? Communism fell, Poland is free. The Iron Curtain evaporated and the Berlin Wall was chopped down. That will happen now.
I say to those countries, to those countries that continue to support Iran, to those countries that do business with Iran, you are you are paying for a regime that deprives women of their rights, that deprives children of their rights, and that murders people because they practice a different religion. How can you do that? How much better are you than the terrorists when you are giving them money and propping up this regime?
Women’s groups, in particular all over the world, should demand that those businesses, that continue to do business with this regime, should be boycotted and we should stop doing business with them.
We all know that the economy of Iran is in free-fall. It’s evaporating. That’s terrible for the people of Iran, for your brothers and sisters and your relatives and friends, but I believe it's a price that they're more than willing to pay, like our martyrs were willing to pay with their blood. It’s a price they're willing to pay because freedom from oppression always comes through economic want through human want. That’s what happened in the French Revolution. That’s what happened in the Russian Revolution, the original one and the second one. And that's what's happening right now in your homeland.
We saw a picture of a man that held up a sign and said he was willing to give his liver, his kidney rather, he was willing to sell his kidney for five hundred dollars. That’s a government on the verge of toppling. And what we need to do now is not to lose our determination. We’ve got to be more determined. This is the time to put on the real pressure.
Thank God, my president, who I can now be proud of, my president turned his back on that very dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran. He said no. we're not going to do business with the biggest state sponsor of terrorism. We’re going to re-impose the sanctions. Everybody said it wouldn't be enough. Just America stops doing business with you when all of Europe is doing business with Iran, and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Well, maybe when the greatest economic power, in the history of the world, stops doing business with you, you have the kind of economic collapse that you now see in Iran, and that is going to get worse because I guarantee you the sanctions will become greater and greater and greater. This president does not intend to turn his back on freedom fighters
We’ve seen this happened in other countries. Many times a very bad government is replaced by another bad government or maybe it's even worse. We’ve seen some of that in the Middle East, with Egypt. However, here we're not replacing one government with the government we don't know. You have an alternative. You’ve got an alternative that's built on a solid foundation of 12 principles.
Democracy, human rights, a non-nuclear Iran, separation of church and state, and the rights of women and of all minorities to be protected. my goodness that sounds like a full-fledged democracy.
That’s what the NCRI stands for. That’s what Madam Rajavi stands for. And that what your martyrs died for.
The era of appeasement is over. Those who practice appeasement are going to find themselves shamed in world history. The time has come to stand up to these bullies, and these murderers and these thieves. Never forget that government of mullahs is not about religion. That government is about stealing. The reason Iran is an economic free-fall, when it's been given a huge amount of money, is because that money is stolen. It’s not spent on the people the people of Iran should say to the mullahs and the Ayatollah give us the billions you stole
What have you accomplished! What have you accomplished with the tremendous pressure put on you! Since I've been working with you and all of my colleagues from the United States, we fought a worldwide battle to shed the unfair label of terrorism in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union. That label is now gone and you're seen as defenders of human rights, because that's what you are. And we won that battle.
Our people that were stranded in Iraq yes we lost hundreds of them, but we finally delivered them to freedom in Albania. And I thank the government of Albania. I was there this year. It’s a wonderful place to see. It a great hope for the future of Iran, and believe me those people are doing great work for us every single day. God bless them.
You’ve been able to form resistance units all over Iran. Those protests are not happening accidentally. Those protests are happening because they're being coordinated now. Unlike in 2009, they're being coordinated by many of our people in Albania, and many of our people here, and all throughout the world. And what it says is we have an alternative.
How much better would an Iran be? Instead of the dictatorial murderous Ayatollah as the face of Iran? Suppose the face of Iran was a brave woman, in a country that recently has had a history and a region of the world of treating women in humanely and this brave woman will be the face of the new modern liberated Iran?
Well it happened? Yes. When what happened? Now, and I want next year, at this time, I want us to have this convention in Tehran.