BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, November 3, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
It is becoming increasingly clear to the world that the head of the snake of Islamic fundamentalism, war, and instability in the Middle East lies in Tehran. It is also evident that this malign tumor must be removed by the Iranian people so that the nation can achieve freedom, and the region has a chance for long-lasting peace. This is achievable.
As aggressive and destructive as the ruling mullahs in Iran are, they are at the same time extremely vulnerable. Their stepped-up support for proxies to wage terror in the Middle East is an act of utmost desperation intended to keep the regime in power.
Let’s look at the power and resolve of the Iranian people. In successive nationwide uprisings in Iran since 2018, the people have sought the overthrow of the clerical regime as they chanted, “Down with the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Supreme Leader.” They have also chanted, “Neither Gaza, Nor Lebanon, I give my life for Iran.”
For four decades, a democratic and anti-fundamentalism alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the 10-point plan of its President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, have provided both the only viable alternative and the vision for the future of a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic in Iran, seeking peace and stability in the Middle East.
The NCRI would serve as a provisional government led by its President-elect Maryam Rajavi after the fall of the Iranian regime. Its primary responsibility will be to hold free and fair elections for a national and constituent assembly within six months to ensure the peaceful transition of power to the elected representatives of the Iranian people.
Iran’s largest, most organized opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also referred to as the MEK, is the principal member of the NCRI. The Resistance Units in Iran are affiliated with the MEK’s network and are spearheading the task of countering the IRGC’s machinery of suppression and terrorism.
The head of the snake in Tehran will be crushed by the Iranian people and the organized resistance. However, Western capitals, particularly the U.S. government, must end appeasement by adopting a decisive policy toward Tehran. They need to recognize the right of the Iranian people to resist the regime and the IRGC, to overthrow the ruling mullahs in favor of a democratic, free republic in Iran.