Reported by PMOI/MEK
Washington DC, Feb. 14, 2019 - On Monday, as Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, the National Council of Resistance of Iran held a press conference at its U.S. Representative Office, where the current conditions in Iran and the prospects for change were discussed.
Ms. Soona Samsami, the U.S. representative of the NCRI, reviewed the Iranian regime’s 40-year history of crime and corruption and stressed that the regime is weaker than ever and its crises are unsolvable. “Since the time Khomeini hijacked the Revolution and imposed a medieval tyranny on the Iranian people, the resistance of the people started. During the past 40 years, this Resistance movement has stood firm against religious tyranny and has persisted on establishing a democracy and the rule of the people and a republic based on the separation of church and state,” Samsami said.
Samsami also stressed that the Iranian regime is sinking deeper into crises of its own making and is nearing its collapse. "The Iranian regime is weak and vulnerable. It lacks internal legitimacy. Its primary enemies are the Iranian people and their organized opposition. The regime’s internal policies, its human rights violations and economic mismanagement have depleted its strategic capital. It has no solutions to these massive crises and no way to curb the uprising,” she said.
Samsami also stipulated that the regime’s regional ambitions are also failing it. “Put simply, the regime is at a strategic dead-end. However, there is an alternative, the NCRI. The Iranian people, relying on the Units of Rebellion, and the organized opposition will be able to lead the true democratic change within Iran without foreign interference. However, for this change to happen, it is essential that the West recognize the right of the Iranian people to unseat their repressive rulers,” she said said.
Ambassador Adam Ereli, who also spoke at the event, reviewed the difficult history the MEK has had as different administrations engaged in appeasement with Iran’s mullahs at the expense of the Iranian opposition. Ereli also said that during the past 40 years, the Iranian resistance has persistently fought against the mullahs’ regime and has made many sacrifices.
“Their commitment to change the regime of Iran is very deep,” he said.
Ereli stressed that Iranian officials and its allies regularly acknowledge that the MEK and the Iranian resistance is the main threat to their regime. “To me, this is proof of the influence this organization has inside Iran,” Ereli said. “The best thing the United States can do is just get out of the way and let the people of Iran do what they’re inclined to do, which is take their country back.”
“When we talk about the West’s 40-year policy in dealing with the Iranian regime, we can find a common thread throughout the past four decades: An attempt to work with ruling theocracy, whether through carrots or sticks, in the hopes of moderating its behavior,” said Ali Safavi, member of the NCRI’s foreign affairs committee. “Everything begins with the regime and ends with it. Lost in this approach has been the Iranian people. In other words, the way the West has reacted to the regime’s repressive policies at home and its export of fundamentalism and terrorism abroad has been ineffective and counterproductive. Appeasement has actually helped prolong the mullahs’ rule.”
Safavi also reminded the audience that concessions western government have given to the Iranian regime emboldened it to pursue nefarious agendas such as ballistic missile and nuclear weapons. Safavi also stressed that there is now a unique opportunity for democratic change in Iran.
“[What] is what is needed to reverse the tragic course of events over the past 40 years and support a firm and realistic approach that leads to Washington’s stated policy objectives of freedom and democracy as well as peace and security in that part of the world,” Safavi said.