TAKING Iran from the guardianship of the Islamic jurist is undoubtedly a difficult task for the Iranian opposition, which has managed to make major strides without causing the Iranians to pay the price for the conflict with the Mullahs.
However, such achievements would not have been possible without the decisive international position taken against the regime of terror – especially in cutting off oxygen pipes by escalating the international boycott against it and by supporting the opposition.
In the recent conference at the Albanian capital city of Tirana, interim President of the Republic of Iran Maryam Rajavi presented disturbing facts about the practices of the regime in Tehran.
These facts were presented to an audience of more than 3,000 – the representatives of 35 countries. The objective was to galvanize the global conscience through the mirror of truth in order to end the game of deals and compromises, and then strive towards rescuing a great nation which fell victim to a group of murderers who survive on blood and terrorism.
The things witnessed in that conference were considered the model of a civilized nation of Iranians who rejected all forms of systematic oppression practiced by the leadership against any voice opposing practices which filled the jails with political prisoners and scenes of gallows on the streets.
Nonetheless, the opposition spike continues to grow strong and persists in its resistance. In fact, its strength keeps on increasing.
Therefore, we have to look into the stances of some western countries, especially the United States of America which has taken upon itself to confront the evil regime; but it seems the electoral element has started taking effect in Washington which is hesitant in taking a stand.
Washington is also holding back in terms of responding to daily threats posed by the leaders of the Revolutionary Guard and the Mullahs; while its military mobilization remains as flexing of muscles, hoping that the regime in Tehran agrees to a dialogue.
Instantly, this hope appears as an indication of early defeat because the regime in Iran is dillydallying with the hope of change in the US administration through the presidential election. At the same time, it is blackmailing the European Union by breaching the nuclear deal with calculated steps to avoid detection of the actual problem – to end Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of its neighbors, and funding of terrorism in the region and the world.
The Mullahs have realized that these two conditions are difficult to fulfill because they entail the end of its influence in the Arab world, in addition to losing its weight globally. Based on this, Maryam Rajavi was on point when she said: “The regime wants to create tension in order to force the international community to hold back.”
If this procrastination is not dealt with decisively, the disaster of the nuclear deal between the six major countries and Iran will recur. This deal led to revival of terrorism through the billions which Tehran received and ended up using to fund its gangs in the region – in Lebanon, Iraq or Yemen.
When Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani set almost impractical conditions to return to the negotiation table, he had no intention to redeem his people from his punishment. Instead, he wanted to maintain the status quo – hoping for change in international balances.
Frankly, this will not happen as long as the opposition force is there. This force has street presence with the magnitude of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran whose leader threw the gauntlet at the Mullahs by saying, “Give way to the protesters and see the millions of people who will come out to reject your policies.”
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times