Influential Washington publication: West must abandon Rouhani; embrace the NCRI

The people of Iran are therefore “embracing” the idea that, “The only way for Iran to have a different future is under a different regime.”

“Growing opposition to Rouhani’s administration has,” The Hill reported, “paralleled a rise in support for the platform of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the theocratic regime’s democratic, Paris-based parliament-in-exile.”

An international gathering for democracy in Iran in Paris on July 9, the author said, “will be attended by tens of thousands of expatriate Iranians and their international supporters – including distinguished officials and academics from around the globe.”

The NCRI’s “skepticism” about Rouhani has “proved to be prudent”, The Hill reported.

The West, on the other hand, “ignored numerous warning signs – including Iranian negotiators’ ever-escalating demands and red lines, as well as a stream of information from the Iranian resistance regarding undisclosed Iranian nuclear activities.” 

The Hill contrasted the NCRI’s support for “a non-nuclear Iran that is at peace with Western powers” with the regime’s “non-cooperation with the international community on matters, including Iran’s stockpiling of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons” and its “repressive and destabilizing activities in Syria and Iraq – resulting in forced migration with global security implications.” 

One year on from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, rather than trying to hang on to the seductive power of “deceptive rhetoric and a narrative of moderation” peddled by Rouhani, or treating the Iranian regime as the “best of bad options,” the West should support “regime change from within via the organized Iranian opposition.”