By INU Staff
INU - Nobel Prize-winning Iranian lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi openly called for regime change in Iran, which would include the removal of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the introduction of a democratic Iranian constitution, and criticised the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) for helping to keep the mullahs in power, in an interview with Bloomberg earlier this month.
As expected, the NIAC hit back, but interestingly not directly at Ebadi. Maybe because she’s a Nobel prize winner – the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to receive the honour – and they knew that she commands respect around the world.
Whatever the reason, the NIAC attacked Donald Trump, his new national security advisor, John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and accused the men of being “with pro-war advocates”. What was striking about the NIAC statement is that it didn’t disagree with Ebadi’s statements, not even her denouncement of the NIAC.
It’s no secret that since the Iranian nuclear deal was agreed in 2015, Iranhas proven false almost every claim that the NIAC made about it, from human rights advocacy to a broken economy to government corruption. This has meant that many mainstream media outlets no longer trust the group and has left it mostly isolated.
The NIAC needs to save the Iran nuclear deal if it has any hopes of remaining relevant, but even NIAC president Trita Parsi admits to being “pessimistic” about the deal remaining intact, in a recent interview.
Parsi tries to pin the blame for the nuclear deal’s failure on Trump’s rhetoric, which has put businesses off investing in Iran and, in turn, caused Iranian to riot over the failing economy.
This is a classic tactic of the Iran Lobby: blame anyone but the mullahs. We all know that the nuclear deal is failing because the Regime cannot keep their promises and the people are rising up against a corrupt and brutal regime that has oppressed them for far too long.
Luckily, the NIAC’s echo chamber is crumbling and so too will the Iranian Regime
Now the Iranian Regime is trying to ban the Telegram messaging app, which is used by almost half of all Iranians, because it was used by many to communicate during the protests. This reactionary move will only cause more people to rise up against the Regime.
Censorship, a failing economy, human rights abuses, and support for the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad who uses chemical weapons on civilians. Is it any wonder that the Iranian people are calling for regime change?