One of the leading foreign policy problems for Western leaders the last 10 years continues to be the threat of Iran's steady progress toward a potential nuclear weapon. Our planet's powers' way of solving this challenge may be dedicated to appeasing the theocratic rulers in order to change its rogue behavior.
Nevertheless, the only real sober conclusion of the decade of appeasement and supposed constructive dialogue with the Iranian regime is always that Iran is closer than ever to having a nuclear weapon.
Free airline has focused on the nuclear threat to the detriment of other serious threats posed by this rogue regime, like domestic repression, engagement in and support for terrorism as well as the expansion of its fundamentalist ideology.
Neglecting these threats has allowed the ruling theocracy in Iran to bully and threaten the world as well as the Iranian people.
At the onset, the theocracy usurped power during Iran's 1979 revolution. It has strengthened its grip by silencing critics as well as the voices for a popular rule in Iran through overt reckless repression. The domestic crackdown has targeted Iran's main opposition, the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), which has a vast social networking in Iran.
The PMOI is part of the broader Iranian opposition coalition, the Nation's Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). This coalition may be dedicated to democratic change in Iran. The ruling theocracy has countered this threat by killing 120,000 supporters and members of the PMOI and NCRI during the last three decades. Most of the victims were executed in prisons, murdered under torture and targeted by terrorist attacks abroad.
Regardless of this, the sham election of 2009 prompted large nationwide uprisings with chants of "death to dictator." The regime admitted within the months following the uprisings that the PMOI supporters were the key force behind this popular dissent.
Since then, the world has witnessed popular resistance overthrow dictatorial rulers in many countries at the center East and North Africa. The phenomenon was known as the Arab Spring and experts, historians and politicians describe it as historical change for the region.
At the same time they warned that religious fundamentalism poses an imminent threat to the efforts of these popular movements.
The center of this religious fundamentalism sits in Tehran were the ruling theocracy, near acquiring nuclear weapon capability, behave as a model for like-minded groups at the center East. Its rulers have long used the means and privileges of the rich Iranian nation to mobilize, fund and support fundamentalist groups because they target the West with terrorist attacks and expand their clout of influence in the community.
Today, the winds of change blowing in the area is challenging the Iranian regime's closest ally in the area, Syria. Furthermore, the ruling theocracy is crumbling as a result of infighting between different factions from the government.
Meanwhile, the Iranian resistance is gaining momentum with recent popular protests in Iran over harsh economic conditions, the Iranian currency in a free-fall, inflation at 25 % and a rapid fall in the living standards of men and women.
The ruling theocracy has therefore accelerated the quantity of executions through new waves of mass hangings and has increased its support for the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria—a channel for terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.
There is a homemade choice for democratic change in Iran from the Iranian people and their legitimate resistance presented by the President-elect of the NCRI Maryam Rajavi.
In mid-2000, Rajavi also summarized the essence of the NCRI's platform in their 10-point policy for the way forward for Iran. A strategy that advocates a secular Iranian republic that depends on universal suffrage where the ballot box will be the only criterion for legitimacy.
During the Arab Spring, the West sided using the people and supported opposition forces and the popular demands for change.
Free airline must adopt the same position toward Iran and alter its current policy of appeasing the theocratic rulers in Iran, in the event the Western leaders want to avoid an Arab Winter when the Iranian regime acquires nuclear weapons.
The Iranian Resistance movement gathered in Paris last week to forward their democratic option for Iran. Backed by a solid following of international lawmakers and a large number of Iranian supporters, the wedding is viewed by many as being a new beginning for the Iranian opposition movement.
Speakers included high-ranking US politicians and prominent officials in successive administrations, for example, Rudy Giuliani, former NY mayor and US presidential candidate; Edward Rendell, former chairman of the Democratic Party and former governor of Pennsylvania; Tom Ridge, the very first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Patrick Kennedy; Michael Mukasey, 81st attorney general of the US; Gen. David Phillips; Robert Torricelli, former US senator; and prominent French and European officials.
For the West, the sole viable method to neutralize multiple Iranian threats would be to recognize the NCRI as the legitimate group associated with the Iranian people's aspirations and to give political and diplomatic support to the Iranian Resistance in their efforts to create a democratic alternative in Iran by toppling the existing religious dictatorship ruling the United States.
As Maryam Rajavi produced in her remarks in Paris, "The trend of developments inside Iran, the advances of the Resistance as well as the international developments all indicate the time for that mullahs' regime downfall comes."
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