14 April 2018-- The US policies of appeasement towards Iran have ended. When former President Barack Obama was in office, Iran was able to benefit from a complete lack of accountability. Obama, fearing that speaking out against the regime or condemning it for its belligerence would derail the 2015 nuclear deal, turned a blind eye much too frequently.
Obama’s appeasement of Iran didn’t just fail to bring Iran back into line with international standards, it actually made the situation worse. Iran became more brazen and bold in its malign acts – both at home and across the Middle East.
Current US President Donald Trump recognized that appeasement was not working and when he took office he declared that the so-called “golden years” for Iran were over.
Trump has openly criticised the nuclear deal, and after several threats to pull out, he has given the signatories of the deal the deadline of 12th May to make the deal stronger. Trump said that the major flaws in the deal need to be fixed and Iran’s ballistic missile program should be addressed otherwise the United States will exit the deal.
However, some experts are saying that taking a tough approach to Iran will not make much of a difference either.
Firstly, not all leaders are willing to take the same stance as Trump. The government of the United Kingdom staunchly refuses to list the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. The IRGC is not just vaguely linked to terrorism – it is an organizer and an instigator of terrorism. Dozens of MPs in Britain called on the Home Secretary to designate the group, but the government still refused.
Secondly, Iran has had many different policies applied to it over the years. All possible options and policies have been tested. And they all failed.
This leaves regime change. For years, the main opposition to the regime – the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) – has been saying that the only viable option is regime change. This is because of all the tried and failed policies and the incapability of the regime to reform. The regime has been claiming moderation and international leaders have been saying that it is in the process of reform at various times. Yet reform is impossible.
Regime change in Iran will be driven by the people. At the end of last year, millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest against the economic problems that are being aggravated by the regime’s mismanagement and corruption. But the protests quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations.
The leader of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who has been behind the people of Iran for years, believes that to achieve freedom, democracy, and human rights via regime change, it is essential for the Iranian regime’s income to be cut at the source with sanctions. One such example would be to stop it from selling oil.
The IRGC also must be designated as a terrorist organization.
But most importantly, the people of Iran need the backing of the international community in their continued resistance.