The research used to create the book was done by resistance group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, who were responsible for uncovering the Regime’s malign nuclear weapons programme all the way back in 2002, which speaks to the book’s credibility.
The book, released during the same week that Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, shows that the international community needs to expand its view on dealing with the many threats posed by Iran.
Rather than making flawed deals with the rogue regime, the world should take heed of the position long advocated by the Iranian Resistance: approach from a strong place and tackle all of the Iranian Regime’s issues at once.
This includes Iran’s nuclear ambitions, ballistic missile programme, support of terrorism, and human rights abuses.
Of course, many would point out that no one deal could do all of that. That’s very true, which is why the Resistance do not propose a deal. Instead, they want regime change led by and for the people of Iran and they’d like the international community to pursue policies that will spur this along.
In a statement last week, NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi said: “Eradicating the clerical regime’s nuclear and terrorism threats means getting rid of the regime in its entirety. A regime based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the clergy) cannot exist without terrorism, suppression, and weapons of mass destruction.”
This call may surprise some in the West who have been misled by talk of reformers in the Regime, but to be clear, there are no moderate Regime members and it is inacapable of change.
What’s more, the Iranian people are calling for regime change in the street in an uprising that began in December. Rajavi highlighted the people’s calls in a separate statement, advocating the Regime change is within reach.
These calls will be explored in more detail at the annual Iran Freedom gathering in Paris on June 30, with over 100,000 people in attendance.
The world should pay attention to this gathering as it will lead them to the conclusion that regime change is the only way forward for Iran.
Shahin Gobadi, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, wrote: “As the international community grapples with questions about the way forward for Iran policy, the least it can do is acknowledge that those demands are legitimate and that the NCRI, as the leading voice for those demands, is legitimate as well.”