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Democratic change in Iran by people and PMOI, only solution to fundamentalist threats – dissident

ImageNCRI –  The following is the text of a speech by Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, chair of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee at a meeting organized by the “Union for Europe of the Nations Group,” at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 26:
We are gathering here while the Iranian people are suffering under a fundamentalist and suppressive regime which is not only our enemy but threatening the rest of the world, especially the Middle East through the export of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism and by insisting on obtaining nuclear weapons.
I would like to briefly touch upon a few issues. The first is the clerical regime’s nuclear program;
The clerical regime is pursuing a program to import or manufacture the parts necessary to produce a nuclear bomb. In dozens of known and secret locations, the Iranian regime is working to enrich uranium. At the same time, in Arak facility, it is working to obtain Plutonium which could be used in the production of a nuclear bomb.
Detailed information on the activities of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) on the trigger mechanism and detonation process and importing Tritium, Beryllium and other necessary parts clearly point out to a plan to achieve necessary elements for a bomb.
Since the very beginning, nuclear projects were placed under the control of the IRGC. When the Defense Ministry was put under the control of the IRGC, the Ministry became involved in the issue as well.
According to this report that was compiled by the experts of the Iranian resistance and sources inside Iran, four very large garrisons or large military complexes and several military and research centers are allocated to nuclear work.
 
These military complexes are as follows:
• Lavizan II, in east of Tehran,
• Parchin in southeast of Tehran,
• Hemmat complex in north of Tehran,
• A military complex in Isfahan.
In addition, there are two universities affiliated with clerical regime’s military apparatus that are extensively involved in nuclear related activities and research. These are Malek Ashtar University affiliated to the Ministry of Defense and Imam Hossein University, affiliated to Guards Corps (IRGC). They have branches in Tehran, Karaj and Isfahan.
Parchin, 30 kms southeast of Tehran has hundreds of buildings, workshops and laboratories. Work on laser enrichment and manufacturing nuclear warheads and nuclear capable long-range missiles is being carried out at that site. Much of Parchin’s nuclear facilities are housed in underground bunkers or tunnels dug in the mountains. IAEA has not been allowed to visit this site.
After the revelations by the Iranian Resistance in August 2002, the Ministry of Defense built a large number of underground bunkers and tunnels in order to conceal nuclear and missile activities.
Tehran never revealed its exchanges with AQ Khan. But the main partner in two trips AQ Khan made to Iran in 1986 and 1987 was the IRGC. The Guards’ commander in direct contact with AQ Khan was Brig. Gen. Mohammad Eslami, who is now the Commander of the Organization for Defense Education and Research at the Ministry of Defense.
At least 400 nuclear experts were transferred from the Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to the IRGC and the Defense Ministry.
Regarding the time line, I want to emphasize that were it not for NCRI revelations, especially the revelations about Natanz and Arak, today the regime would have reached the point of no return in its nuclear weapons program.
The clerical regime is working on all necessary parts for the production of a nuclear bomb. It has prepared the parts for uranium enrichment in dozens of declared and undeclared sites.
Arak Site will be producing Plutonium that could be used for the bomb beginning in 2007.
In a nutshell, specific information and technical assessments show clearly that if no serious action is taken to impede Tehran’s nuclear work, the regime needs no more than two or three years to acquire the bomb.
The Second issue I would like to address is Islamic fundamentalism
Some policy makers in the West argue that there is no other way than to recognize Iran’s right to acquire nuclear weapons and that a nuclear capable Iran would not be anti-western.
 
This approach has dire consequences for global peace and security. It would be a disastrous mistake to compare a fundamentalist Iran with Pakistan or India. Contrary to those countries, the export of terrorism and fundamentalism is the most important part of the Iranian regime’s policy as epicenter of a global Islamic rule.  
     
Today, the world is reaching a common understanding on the global threat that Islamic fundamentalism poses.  Last month, President Bush said that Islamic fundamentalists seek "the establishment of a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia."
Our resistance movement has been warning of the threats posed by Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism for more than two decades. But many parties in the West, are continuing these warnings and threats.
Without being in control of all the powers of a state, Islamic fundamentalists would lack the means to spread their message of hatred and terror. Fanatical and violent strands of Islam have existed for a long time. But Islamic fundamentalism became a threat to peace and tranquility only after the radical mullahs came to power in Iran a quarter century ago.
The global Islamic government is the common goal of fundamentalists. This common denominator overshadows their differences. Khomeini claimed to be a Shiite, but he repeatedly lamented the fall of the Sunni Ottoman Empire. Islamic fundamentalists look to Tehran not only as a state sponsor, but also as a model state.
As for the mullahs in Iran, they see the export of Islamic fundamentalism as the only means of survival, because they are hated by 95 percent of the Iranian people.
In a speech last week, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei unveiled the regime’s expansionist ambitions, saying that "a human being, a party, or a grouping cannot confront the challenges of today’s world. The only entity capable of challenging the hideous world order is a common international entity that is taking shape with the Islamic Republic of Iran at its core… We have strategic depth in other Muslim nations. We are able to challenge the condensed economic power that the evil entities have created for themselves. They must be challenged. Who can do this? A collective international entity."  
I think this is a very clear sign that sheds lights about the mullahs’ intention in pursuing a nuclear project.
    
Regrettably, in the past two decades, Western governments lacked a clear understanding of the true nature of Islamic fundamentalism and its engine, Iran.
Also, for many of these governments their trade with Iran was more important than strategic considerations.
This policy helped turn the mullahs into the most serious challenge to the international community.
The European Union’s policy of appeasement gave Tehran the best opportunity to complete its nuclear projects. The Iranian regime’s officials boast that the two-year talks with the EU, gave them major economic, security and political concessions.
In this point I want to raise a very important issue that Mrs. Maryam Rajavi president elect of Iranian Resistance said in December 2003: "The danger of the mullahs’ meddling and terrorism in Iraq is a hundred times more than their nuclear threat".
Two years later, in the absence of a firm policy, the Iranian regime is playing a much more dangerous role in Iraq. Iranian agents have infiltrated Iraqi ministries, offices, army, police, and security forces. They are now in control of much of southern Iraq. They have used economic, political, religious and diplomatic resources to turn the political dynamics in their favor.
The mullahs’ new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said recently, “The waves of a new Islamic revolution will soon reach across the globe.”
Iraq is the first target of this wave. The rise of Iranian meddling in Iraq has alarmed not only the United States and Britain, but also Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries in the region.
Iraq today is the primary battleground for the mullahs as they seek to set up an Islamic Empire. They will never allow democracy to flourish in Iraq or anywhere else in the Islamic world. They make use of the democratic process to spread fundamentalism and terrorism.
The third issue I wish to address is the solution to this problem.
The policy of appeasement brought to power the most radical factions, led to a tougher nuclear policy and export of terrorism and fundamentalism.
The only realistic option is democratic change by the Iranian people and Resistance. The Iranian people have so far offered 120,000 martyrs in the confrontation with this barbaric regime. They are prepared to pay even a greater price.
The Iranian Resistance has deep roots in Iranian culture and society. It has an extensive network nationwide. It has a political alternative in the form of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. It has shown its great access to the mullahs’ tightly-guarded secrets. To sum up, the Iranian Resistance has the means to bring about democratic change in Iran.
The Iranian people are fed up with the mullahs’ oppression and deception. Iran is ready for change. In the first six months of this year alone, Tehran and other Iranian cities have been the scene of 1,300 antigovernment demonstrations, protests, strikes and sit-ins by different sectors of society. By boycotting the sham presidential elections, the Iranian people expressed their desire for change.
But there is a big obstacle in the way of change. That is the terror label against the main component of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). Eight years ago, senior U.S. officials acknowledged that this label was a "goodwill gesture" to the mullahs in Iran in the context of "opening up" to the Tehran regime.
The EU also blacklisted the PMOI at the behest of the mullahs. The terror tag, which lacked any legal basis or legitimacy, is the biggest concession by the West to the mullahs and represents the biggest obstacle to the Iranian people’s resolve and desire for freedom.
The United States government and other member-states of the coalition declared after 16 months of investigation into all PMOI members in Ashraf City, Iraq, that there was no basis to charge any of them. They were recognized as protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention. So this terror tag is no longer justified.
Some 2.8 million Iraqis signed a petition last April and called for the continuing presence of the PMOI in Iraq. They asked for the removal of the terror tag on the PMOI. The Iranian people have been making the same demand for years.
The PMOI advocates a democratic vision of Islam. It has been fighting against Islamic fundamentalism for 26 years. It is the antithesis to Islamic fundamentalism. But the terror tag has frozen a huge part of the movement’s powers and potentials. This potential should have been used to fight Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We want to create a pluralist democracy. We want the separation of Mosque and State, gender equality, and an end to all forms of discrimination against ethnic and religious groups.
As our president, Mrs. Rajavi, has declared many times, we want a non-nuclear Iran free of weapons of mass destruction. We want equal ties with the rest of the world. We want peace, democracy and security in the region.
 
The Iranian regime and its advocates are very well aware that NCRI and PMOI are the only threat to the existence of the regime. They have, therefore, embarked on a massive misinformation campaign, against PMOI and NCRI.
The effort is designed to justify the status quo and opposition to any change by demonizing the Mojahedin and keeping the organization on the terrorist list.  
The independent report by members of the European Parliament, who visited PMOI in Camp Ashraf, discredited those allegations. Published last month, the report confirmed that these allegations were false and unveiled the political motives of those who fabricated it.
The reports by Norwegian Parliament, House of Commons and Iran Policy Committee as well as testimony by US officers who spent at least a year in Ashraf  lead us to the same conclusion.
Let me sum up. As every day passes, the world loses another opportunity to confront the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. The mullahs need precious time to obtain nuclear weapons and dominate Iraq. The lack of a firm policy vis-à-vis the ruling theocracy in Iran gives the mullahs the time they need, making war inevitable. History tells us that this is just what happened when Europe appeased Nazi Germany.  
Therefore, allow me to ask, on behalf of the NCRI, the EU to adopt a firm policy vis-à-vis the clerical regime to prevent a catastrophe the mullahs are trying to cause. That policy must include the following:
1. Immediate severance of security, political and technological cooperation with the clerical regime and annulling formal and informal agreements which involve pressuring the Iranian Resistance.
2. Immediate referral of the clerical regime’s nuclear, terrorist and human rights record to the UN Security Council and the imposition of oil and technological embargo so as to not allowing the regime to use the Iranian people’s wealth against them.
In my view, those countries who hinder the referral of the mullahs’ nuclear case to the Security Council are not friends of peace. They are jeopardizing peace to save their own interests and business. In the long run, however, they will have the most to lose.
3. Immediate end to the so-called human rights dialogue, the tabling of a censure resolution at the UN General Assembly and the appointment of a special representative to monitor the situation of human rights in Iran.
4. The recognition of the right of the Iranian people to resist against religious dictatorship and the removal of the terror tag from the People’s Mojahedin.
Removing the PMOI from the terror list is the most serious step that must be taken to assure the Iranian people that EU is no longer siding with their oppressors.
If the obstacles that Western countries have created for the Iranian Resistance in the context of the policy of appeasement were removed, this Resistance has the necessary capacity to bring about democratic change in Iran. With that, the world would be rid of the nightmare of another war.