By Mahmoud Hakamian
In the West, it is widely believed that there two ways to deal with the Iranian Regime: appeasement or war. Since 1979, appeasement has won out and most countries have bent over backwards to ignore the Regime’s atrocities in order to avoid all-out war, which would have its own problems.
However, there is a third option, put forth by Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, which is supporting regime change in Iran that is brought about by the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance.
Maryam Rajavi advised that no concession would stop the mullahs from their disastrous path, as the Regime is “a medieval theocracy that lacks the capacity to reform”. After all, the principle of absolute clerical rule is a pillar of the constitution that cannot ever be changed, not that the mullahs would allow it anyway. This principle undermines any notion of democracy and solidifies the unchecked rule of the mullahs.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Let there be no doubt: European policies such as critical dialogue, constructive engagement and human rights dialogue will not change anything as far as the regime is concerned. Appeasement is not the way to contain or change the regime. Nor is the path to avoid another war. Appeasement only emboldens the mullahs.”
But war with Iran would threaten the lives of everyday Iranians, could leave the country vulnerable to malign groups wanting to take advantage of a power vacuum, and would undermine the legitimate Iranian opposition. After all, the mullahs already accuse the Resistance of being led by foreign interlopers.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The equation of “either a military invasion or appeasement” is an exercise in political deception. A third option is within reach. The Iranian people and their organized resistance have the capacity and ability to bring about change.”
The Iranian people have long been oppressed by the Regime, but as we have seen in the nationwide anti-regime protests of this year, the people are more than willing to fight back against the Regime, despite the inevitable brutal crackdown.
Maryam Rajavi said: ”The presence of protests in society reflects the Iranian people yearning for regime change. The presence of an organized resistance with 120,000 martyrs and more than half-a-million prisoners is indicative of the depth and the intensity of society’s rejection of the regime.”
The Resistance, which leads most of the protests, has the power to overthrow the Regime and the will to bring democracy and freedom to Iran. This is something the mullahs are terrified of, according to Maryam Rajavi, which explains why the mullahs are so desperate to repress the protests and attack the Resistance abroad.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Why in all their international interactions, the mullahs demand the exertion of pressure on the resistance movement? Are all of these not indicative of the mullahs’ paranoia over the third option?”
Maryam Rajavi explained that the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a coalition of democratic forces, represents a majority of the Iranian nation and is the sole guarantee for Iran’s unity after the fall of the mullahs and the peaceful transfer of power. The NCRI has committed itself to arranging free elections for a constituent assembly within six months of regime change and handing over the affairs to the people’s elected representatives, with respect to all international covenants.
Maryam Rajavi said: “We want to rebuild Iran, which the mullahs have ruined, through the people’s participation, the return of our experts and friendship with the rest of the world. We seek neither the West’s money nor weapons. We want them to remain neutral between the Iranian resistance on one hand and the ruling regime on the other.”