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Iran: A regime with no future

Originaly posted on Al Riyadh

The cabinet ministers of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received a confidence vote recently in this regime’s parliament. 16 out of 17 ministers were approved after many reports indicated Rouhani reviewed the list extensively with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

However, an evaluation of this slate of names proves this cabinet will render no alternations and represents the very impasse the entire regime is facing. The next four years will, in fact, be worse than the previous.

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Opinion: No war needed for Iran regime change

   The article posted on Al Riyadh Daily

The objective of Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the religious dictatorship under the pretext of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in establishing the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on May 5th, 1979, was to form a military force completely loyal to the mullahs’ Velayat-e faqih system.

This entity, set to be equipped with modern and heavy weaponry, would be tasked to protect the ruling institution.

This is exactly why the IRGC is this regime’s Achilles Heel and weak point. If comprehensive and immediate sanctions truly disarm the regime of this lever and expel the IRGC from the Middle East, the pillar protecting Iran’s religious dictatorship in the face of popular uprisings and international crises will crumble.

As the Ayatollahs began to establish their rule, the IRGC was tasked to oppress and eliminate dissidents, pursue Tehran’s warmongering and export terrorism. The IRGC has played a very active role in the execution of over 120,000 political prisoners during the past four decades.

The IRGC was behind the crackdown campaigns of Iran’s 1999 and 2009 uprisings, and the oppression of Iran’s religious and ethnic minorities, including the Kurds, Iranian Arabs in Ahvaz and Baluchistan.

A decade later, the IRGC was also placed in charge of the regime’s nuclear projects, ballistic missile drive, and the country’s economy.

To this end, the IRGC has become this dictatorship’s political, strategic and economic guardian.

Despite all this, warmongering and exporting terrorism is of the utmost importance for Tehran and the IRGC has monopolized such a role.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, relying on the IRGC, is on the verge of establishing a fundamentalist empire stretching from Tehran to Beirut and the Mediterranean, continuing to extend to Yemen and the Red Sea.

This empire is the necessity in safeguarding the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, which is utterly loathed by Iran’s people.

IRGC in the Middle East

The IRGC is missioned to fuel sectarians and exporting terrorism across the region.

However, these measures are not a sign of Iran’s upper hand and stability. It is quite the opposite, resonating from Tehran’s weakness and terrified of its rule being toppled.

If Iran actually enjoyed stability and power there would never be any need to resort to terrorism.

Exporting terrorism and instigating sectarian wars, considering the heavy political price on the international stage and isolations, would never be in Tehran’s interest if it enjoyed stability at home.

Meddling in other countries is aimed at cloaking the crises that currently endanger the mullahs’ entire existence.

“If the IRGC had not fought the wars in Syria and Iraq, we would now have been fighting in Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Khorasan,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is known to have said.

He recently took one step further and added, “If the IRGC were not present in the region who knows Tehran’s and streets nearby would be in whose hands.”

If this designation and comprehensive sanctions were imposed against the IRGC prior to this, and not delayed due to the West’s appeasement policy, we would not be witness to such humanitarian catastrophes, so many innocent lives lost in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, and the harsh oppression of the Iranian people.

Necessity of regime change in Iran

During the past three decades, the Iranian regime has profited immensely from the West’s appeasement policy, especially when faced with the 2009 uprising that, according to the regime’s own senior officials, shackled the very pillars of their rule. However, the Iranian people were abandoned by the West.

Despite all these concessions and engagement with the mullahs, despite all the neglect in the face of their terrorism and crimes, Tehran was not only never contained, but left to further its savagery.

During the past few months based an initiative launched by regional states, seen very vividly in the historic Riyadh conference back in May, and the new US government vis-à-vis Iran has brought to life new hopes.

Following the adoption of a new Congress sanctions bill – signed into law by President Donald Trump – targeting the IRGC and designating this entity as a global terrorist, all the articles of this initiative must be implemented immediately and without any loopholes.

The IRGC should subsequently be evicted from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Such actions will significantly weaken the IRGC. Only in such a scenario can Iran’s destructive meddling in the region be confronted, and Middle East peace and security guaranteed.

NCRI President Maryam Rajavi in a speech last month at the annual Iranian opposition convention in Paris emphasized on a very important matter.

“From the outset, the regime was at war with the people of Iran. All the other wars waged against foreign countries have been designed to cover up this main conflict.

But these wars are not an indication of the regime’s strength. They are an indication of the fact that no government in the region has ever attempted to prevent the regime’s belligerence,” she said.

For regime change in Iran, there is no need for war or military intervention by a foreign state. The international community needs only to end its appeasement, economic deals, and concessions to Tehran, which is literally maintaining this dictatorship in power.

The Iranian people and their organized opposition are fully capable of realizing this change.

Iran Opposition Leader’s Call for Regime Change Gains Moment

Here is my latest article posted on Practical Politicking

On Saturday the Iranian opposition held a very organized and massive meeting in a huge auditorium north of Paris. Members of the Iranian community outside the country gathered from five continents to support the Iranian opposition’s effort to establish democracy and freedom in Iran under the banner of #FreeIran.

Hundreds of political, religious, legal and military dignitaries were joined by human rights and women’s rights advocates delivered speeches in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman believing in a tolerant and democratic Islam.

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‘Condition Trade With Iran on Human Rights’

Posted on Clarion Project

As the international community rightfully focuses on Iran’s meddling in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen (in addition to its ballistic missile belligerence), one aspect that should remain under the spotlight is Tehran’s atrocious human rights violations.

Congress and the Trump administration are turning up the heat on Iran already. Concurrently, 265 members of the European Parliament issued a joint statement on Monday expressing their grave concerns about the mullahs’ “human rights violations, repression of women and minorities and the Iranian regime’s support of terrorism.”

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What Is the Right U.S. Policy on Iran?

My article posted originally on the Clarion Project

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson responded to a variety of very serious questions raised by House of Representatives members in a recent hearing focusing on U.S. policy vis-à-vis Iran. Representative Ted Poe (R) from Texas touched on what many believe is the ultimate issue when he said:

“I’d like to know what the policy is of the U.S. toward Iran. Do we support the current regime? Do we support a philosophy of regime change, peaceful regime change? There are Iranians in exile all over the world. Some are here. And then there’s Iranians in Iran who don’t support the totalitarian state. So is the U.S. position to leave things as they are or set up a peaceful, long-term regime change?”

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Iran and Middle East Instability

My article was originally posted on American Thinker

The end result of Iran’s presidential election has created further rifts and launched a more intense power struggle amongst the regime’s senior ranks. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, fearing a repeat of the 2009 scenario of nationwide uprisings, failed to “engineer” the election results with the aim of unifying his regime apparatus. Khamenei sought to prepare conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi as his heir by first placing him in the presidency, similar to the process he himself went through.

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What Iran Fears Most

Posted on Clarion Project

Iranians will be taking advantage of the May 19 presidential election to voice their apathy and respond to calls being made to boycott the so-called polls. They may also use the sham elections to spark an uprising against the regime.

The Iranian people have lost all hope in any form of real elections in Iran, knowing the theocratic regime vets all candidates based on their loyalty to the ruling establishment. This leaves no room for free and fair elections, and thus any expectation of changes inside Iran or in the regime’s foreign policy through elected officials is utterly naïve.

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