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Senator Torricelli: There’s a choice for Iran

U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli speaks to Iran National Television (INTV)
U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli speaks to Iran National Television (INTV)

Reported by PMOI/MEK


 INTV, Feb. 23, 2019 - In the past two weeks, there has been a lot of discussions about the recent ministerial conference in Warsaw and the rallies held by the Iranian Resistance to draw attention to the threats posed by the Iranian regime to global peace and security.

In an interview with INTV, the broadcast channel of the Iranian Resistance, Senator Robert Torricelli, who attended the demonstration in Warsaw held by the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), discussed the importance of the event and the need for a united and firm policy toward the Iranian regime.

“The dictatorship in Iran is not simply a regional problem. And not only the quest for nuclear weapons, but the terrorist activities of the regime in Tehran is a global concern,” Torricelli said, a fact he underlined by Tehran’s numerous terrorist attempts in the past year, including a failed bombing attempt against the great rally of the Iranian resistance in Paris and another foiled terror plot against the New Year celebration of PMOI/MEK members in Albania, among others.

“Iran is a global problem,” Torricelli stressed. “And I think it would have been a mistake just to bring together regional nations. It was important to have a global look, what it is the international community does about first containing and eventually eliminating this regime.”

How does the international community view the Iranian regime and the threats it poses to the world? “I don’t have any doubt that the United States was talking about regime change. My guess is a lot of other nations that may have ambassadors in Tehran also support regime change but they’re more careful with their words,” Torricelli said.

But outside the conference, demonstrators, activists and politicians from various countries were more frank in voicing their beliefs. “We just said what we believed, and that is that time’s up. We’ve lost a generation of Iranian people. Generations have been born who’ve never had a free government. Kids going to school and having no jobs. Children without enough food. People can’t speak their minds, really choose their leaders, in the 21st century?” Torricelli said.

Detractors of regime change argue that revolutions and regime change in other countries of the Middle East has led to strife and chaos, and therefore there’s no choice but to engage in appeasement and dialog with the regime in hopes that it will tone down its nefarious activities.

“The case we were making is, yes there’s a choice. Look at the streets of the cities and towns of Iran. Look at the young people. Look at the universities. Look at those who are standing up. Look at the NCRI, the diaspora around the world, the NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi. Look at the people who put their lives on the line. They’re not thousands, they’re hundreds of thousands of Iranians around the world, who with the right government would come back and rebuild Iran, bring capital, great jobs,” Torricelli said. “When you watch the demonstrations in Tehran, you look at those young people. There’s your leaders. You see the conference we do in Paris every year. Mrs. Rajavi’s speaks. Look at her and the people around her. There’s your leaders.”