At a congressional briefing in the Senate on November 6, both politicians addressed the rise of the Iranian Regime’s domestic suppression and regional aggression, which is happening at the exact same time that anti-regime protests are intensifying in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon.
Cruz (R-TX), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said: “The government of Iran has been under a shroud of darkness for decades now. Ayatollah Khamenei and the mullahs enforce brutal repression on the people. And I will say to the Iranian people, to the men and women of Iran: America is with you. America is with you and your struggle against cruel, oppressive, torturing, murderous tyrants. Freedom matters. I believe we can one day again have a free Iran, not with the Ayatollah in power.”
He continued by pointing out that the regime is afraid of its people and increasingly vulnerable to these freedom fighters as the US continues to find ways to cut off money from the Iranian Regime. The Regime may seem strong because they are attacking Saudi Arabia and oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, but this is a bluff designed to trick the world into a policy of appeasement that would throw the mullahs a lifeline. Cruz warned the world not to give in.
He said: “The Obama Iranian nuclear deal was the most profoundly fool-hearted foreign policy deal of the modern age, giving billions of dollars to an ayatollah who is laughing and proclaiming his intent to wage war with that money. The government of Iran is the world’s number one and leading state sponsor of terrorism. Those dollars under the Obama Iran nuclear deal went straight to murdering Americans, to murdering American servicemen and women, to murdering innocent civilians, and to murdering our friends and allies.”
While Boozman (R-AR), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, spoke about the great work of the Iranian community in Arkansas and their effort to raise awareness on the Iranian Regime by sharing their personal stories.
In addition to these senators, a number of other personalities voiced their support for the Iranian resistance.
Ambassador Robert Joseph, a former US Special Envoy for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, acknowledged that the Iraqi and Lebanese people “are fed up with the endemic corruption, the repression, and the malfeasance of the Iran-backed political order”.
Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, said that the “Iranian people will be the architects of the next Iranian Revolution”.
Soona Samsami, the US representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), emphasized how “the mullahs have stepped up repression and executions in Iran, and export of terrorism and warmongering in the region”, something they’ve been emboldened to do because of decades of silence and inaction regarding their crimes.