Iranian human rights and political activist Nasser Razi left Iran for Britain shortly before the Shah fell, watched closely as events unfolded, noting how the West supported the Shah until the bitter end.

If there was any justice, that should have been the end of the tale. The Iranian people fought a despotic ruler and won. Sadly, the incoming Regime was not democratic. They were just as tyrannical as the Shah, but this time they dressed their suppression up as religion.

Razi wrote on Eurasia Review: “Tragically, a genuine uprising against a corrupt regime was derailed by a despot, Khomeini who exploited lack of democratic process and the people’s religious sentiments deceived the Iranian people who demanded freedom and democracy, and established a ruthless theocracy in Iran… The ayatollah’s rule brought devastation and misery for the Iranian people and made this great civilization and international pariah.”

In 2018, there is another uprising brewing in Iran, which is taking the West by surprise and shaking the Regime to its core.

Starting in late December 2017, nationwide, anti-regime protests broke out across Iran demanding an end to the mullah’s regime and using the slogan “Down with [Suprem Leader Ali] Khamenei”.

Khamenei blamed the protests on Iranian Resistance group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who have been the victims of a vicious campaign by the mullahs since 1979.

The MEK has wide-ranging support from the Iranian people so it’s not surprising that they would be able to incite this level of protest. Not only that, but the MEK is also part of a coalition (the National Council of Resistance of Iran) that is ready and willing to govern in Iran when the mullahs fall, meaning no chance of the country falling into the hands of despots. Their president-elect Maryam Rajavi has already laid out her future for a Free Iran in a 10 point plan.

So, how should the West react this time?

The West needs to end its appeasement of Iran and get tough on the Regime. There is no hope for reform or moderation from the mullahs, but regime change by and for the people of Iran. That’s just around the corner.

Razi wrote: “The West should have learned its lessons and not be caught in its delusions. The ayatollahs are besieged with crisis. There is growing unrest. Even the most apolitical strata of the Iranian society such as the farmers have started to stage protests and strikes. Despite the nuclear agreement the Iranian economy is faltering. Corruption is rampant and Tehran seems incapable of distancing itself from sponsoring terror and fomenting unrest and havoc in the region. They are predicates to one conclusion: The status quo is untenable and Iran is moving toward big change fast.”