Maryam Rajavi and Mike Pompeo speak at a meeting in Ashraf-3

Paving the Path Toward Lasting Peace in the Region 

By: NCRIUS staff, February 6, 2024

In the January 22nd, 2024, Wall Street Journal article written by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the Deputy Director of the Washington Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, outlines how decades-long appeasement of Tehran by Western nations has emboldened the Iranian regime to step up terror and war abroad and repression inside Iran.

Mr. Jafarzadeh asserts that the West has long fed into the Iranian regime, giving them the means to continue their rule. “The Iranian regime was rewarded with $6 billion last year for releasing five hostages, unjustly captured as bargaining chips. Four decades of Tehran’s terrorism in the Middle East, the Red Sea, and even in the West were consistently met with political concessions and economic rewards to the regime, to the detriment of the Iranian people,” he writes.

Through the West’s appeasement and concession, Tehran rulers have been permitted to continue their brutal survival strategy, finding their worst enemies to be within their borders. “Driven by the specter of nationwide uprisings since 2017, the Iranian regime employs a brutal survival strategy, fearing its people more than any external military threat,” Jafarzadeh says, concluding that “Years of Western appeasement have demonstrably emboldened the ayatollahs.” 

Emerging through the iron-clad rule of Tehran, Iranian protesters have taken to the streets to seek freedom. Fearing this beacon of hope, Tehran has escalated repression. In 2023 alone, 834 Iranian prisoners were executed, among them political prisoners and imprisoned protesters, at the hands of the regime. At their mercy, 26 women and eight juveniles were executed. Seven executions were publicly performed in an attempt to frighten the Iranian people. These suppressive acts have far extended into 2024, bringing the total number of executions for January 2024 to 83 individuals.

The article also iterates that the West must make strategic decision-making. “Lasting peace hinges on strategic decision-making that recognizes the reality: The Iranian people, not the regime, hold the key to change.” Jafarzadeh emphasizes that the Iranian people “are fighting for their fundamental rights against the repressive terrorists of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

The author ofThe Iran Threat, Jafarzadeh, reiterates, “The U.S. must acknowledge the Iranian people’s legitimate right to confront their repressive rulers and achieve freedom,” as stated in the foundational principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Only then can a path toward regional stability and lasting peace truly be paved,” he concludes.  

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