Marking the 1979 revolution has shed light on this issue for the new generations of Iran. Despite heavily mobilizing for the event, the Iranian regime claimed that the “passionate and admirable presence of millions of people” would demonstrate their obedience to the rule. However, this still needs to come to fruition. Instead, the regime’s propaganda and the lackluster show resulted in a disaster, adding to its already-existing political instability and turbulence.   

Meanwhile, some of the defectors of the Iranian regime’s self-proclaimed reformist faction retain significant connections and cooperation with the administration. They have joined forces with the remnants of the overthrown Pahlavi dynasty to distract and divert people’s protests from their primary goal of establishing a democratic republic. Their actions involve stealing and subverting these protests for their interests.   

The celebration of the 1979 people’s revolution as the “ominous 22 Bahman (February 11)” by those hoping to mark it as the day of the resurrection of the Pahlavi dynasty is ridiculous. History has shown us that the past has no room to repeat itself.    

Before returning to Iran, Khomeini’s repeated his vision of political alliance, the so-called “altogether” approach. Those who also try to emulate him have failed to define the essential issues, such as the form of the government, the relationship between religion and the state, women’s and minority rights, democratic freedoms, and more.  

By failing to clarify these issues, they have left the people in a foggy atmosphere and postponed progress to an imaginary future.   

The remnants of the Shah and the spies of the mullahs’ regime have one common enemy: the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council Resistance of Iran (NCRI). MEK and NCRI uphold democratic values, people’s governance, and genuine ideals of the 1979 revolution, which Khomeini usurped in the absence of authentic leadership.   

From the regime’s perspective, the MEK and the Iranian Resistance are significant barriers and problems. They cannot be bought, deceived, suppressed, or silenced.   

The only wrongdoing committed by the PMOI/MEK and the NCRI is to halt the formation of a new dictatorship in Iran. They have thwarted the regime’s efforts to form a deceitful alternative and leadership to replace it. The MEK and NCRI have protected and defended the frontier between the people and anti-people elements. That is why they must be censored and boycotted.   

In contrast to these opportunists, the MEK and NCRI introduced a clear and detailed plan for Iran’s future some 40 years ago. They have renewed and updated it annually and made it public.   

This alternative has clearly stated that it believes in a democratic republic based on secularism, gender equality, respecting the rights of minorities, freedom of speech, and a non-nuclear Iran that lives in peace with its neighboring countries and the entire Middle East.   

In contrast to the ruling mullahs and the opportunists, MEK/NCRI have gained international respect and the trust of many dignitaries due to their relentless struggle and faith in a free Iran. Its members, from the farthest to the closest, have sacrificed everything to liberate Iran. Despite all the regime’s efforts, it has not been able to dispute or create conflicts among them.   

A woman whose 10-point plan for a free Iran has been approved by many prominent international figures as the best solution to the mullahs’ regime and any other form of dictatorship is leading the alternative.  

During the Resistance’s latest gathering in Paris, former Mayor Jacques Boutault said, “I spoke to Maryam Rajavi at the time. I admire her fight and struggle as a woman, a democrat, and a political leader.”   

Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, a Colombian presidential candidate, has said, “Our governments must acknowledge the transition to a democratic government led by Maryam Rajavi. The return to tyranny, whether in the form of another version of the mullahs’ regime or the Shah dictatorship, will be a betrayal to the people of Iran.”   

The truth is that the values of the 1979 revolution are neither dead nor turned to ashes. Instead, they continue to live on in the form of a democratic process.    

The defiant youths and Resistance Units inside the country who risk their lives every day to keep the flames of this democratic revolution burning are the actual manifestations of this revolution in its proper context.   

Therefore, it is essential to note that any alternative solution that denies a radical confrontation with this regime is in favor of the current rulers of Iran.   

The regime’s backing of the Pahlavi dynasty’s propaganda efforts with a disgraced foreign arm in the U.S., the NIAC, is self-explanatory. However, the ongoing uprising should be seen as a sign of the Iranian people’s maturity and progress. In this phase, all factions must reveal their true intentions and aspirations. It is now evident that no one can deceive or mislead the people again, as they are united in their struggle for a free, democratic, and just society.     

“From the overthrow of Shah’s dictatorship to the uprising for a democratic republic” is the proper dividing line between the People’s Front and any form of dictatorship by any means. The people’s key slogan in their recent protest of “Death to the dictator, whether it be the Shah or the mullahs.” attests to this insight.