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"Circumstances are ripe for regime change in Iran" says Maryam Rajavi, the president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran


Maryam Rajavi; Circumstances are ripe for regime change in Iran
Maryam Rajavi; Circumstances are ripe for regime change in Iran
Freedom in Iran is “completely attainable,” Maryam Rajavi said ahead of a major opposition rally in Paris.
In an exclusive interview with the Washington Times on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Maryam Rajavi criticized the current “policy of appeasement” pursued by western governments, which legitimizes the regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
"Through their policy of appeasement and giving concessions to the regime, Western governments have served as an obstacle to the regime’s overthrow," said Mrs. Rajavi.
She made the remarks days before a huge annual gathering of the NCRI scheduled to be held on Saturday in Villepinte, near Paris.
Mrs. Rajavi says she intends to trumpet a simple but aggressive message: ‘The religious dictatorship ruling Iran — which is based on the doctrine of velayat-e faqih, or ’absolute clerical rule’ — serves as the stimulus and epicenter of the menace of fundamentalism masquerading as Islam in the region and the rest of the world.’”
Mrs. Rajavi also talked about the regional crisis in the Middle East, in which the regime has played a major role by exporting terror and extremist ideology.
She told the Times that “Western governments, especially the U.S.” have made a mistake by "drawing a distinction between Shiite fundamentalism and Sunni fundamentalism" and thinking that Shiite Iran can be trusted to confront the recent rise of Sunni extremism in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
"The main objective of fundamentalism is to establish an Islamic Caliphate and to implement Sharia law by force," Mrs. Rajavi said, according to the Times. "This phenomenon does not recognize any borders and its Shiite and Sunni variants are essentially cut from the same cloth.
"The failure to prevent the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraq after the 2003 Iraq War, which morphed into the gradual occupation of Iraq by the Iranian regime, gave an unprecedented boost to the growth of fundamentalism," she added. "Similarly, the [Khamenei] regime’s crimes in Syria and Iraq and the genocide against Sunnis, which is accompanied by Western silence, have enabled the rise of [the Islamic State]."
The Times quoted Mrs. Rajavi as saying, "We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly," she said. "We respect all individual freedoms [and] we underscore complete freedom of expression and the media and unconditional access by all to the Internet.
"This is something that is completely attainable in Iran," said Mrs. Rajavi, who accused Western powers of "standing against the Iranian people’s will."


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