Iran will be put in a situation where it will have to make an ultimate decision with the adoption of the new sanction bill. Iran is experiencing widespread social dissatisfaction, economic and other serious crises. Maximizing pressure at this time may be the best course. Still, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, declared changing the regime’s behavior will ultimately bring the regime down, but meanwhile, the Iranian people are keen towards overthrowing this regime. The social conditions in Iran have become untenable and the opposition movement has the potential and an upper hand.
In its July 31, 2017 issue, The Resalat daily, a state-run paper, pointed to the change in the international affairs towards the Iranian regime, “Behind the sanctions belies a boycott campaign. There will be an overthrowing in a soft, sophisticated and silent way.”
Chairman of the Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati, also raised concerns. “[Khamenei’s] most important concern is the fear of overthrow,” and “the enemy is seeking regime change from within,” he said.
In Iran there is an organized democratic and powerful opposition. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a democratic platform which the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is a powerful force. The NCRI demonstrated its strength and abilities on July 1st by gathering hundreds of thousand supporters, all seeking regime change, at its annual rally in Paris.
The NCRI has demanded a boycott in international diplomatic and economic relations, the expulsion of Iranian regime representatives from international assemblies, and that the IRGC and affiliated proxies be evicted from the region.
US Secretory of States Rex Tillerson recently insisted on cooperation with Russia to tackle terrorism and end the Syria war. “Iran’s military influence, the direct presence of Iranian military forces inside of Syria, they must leave and go home, whether those are Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces or whether those are paid militias, foreign fighters that Iran has brought into Syria” he said.
Support of the NCRI and pressure through extensive sanctions may be the only means to have peace and stability in Iran and the Middle East. The NCRI issued a statement welcoming the new law imposing sanctions against Iran and the Revolutionary Guards, in fact, NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi underscored these sanctions must be implemented immediately against all individuals and entities involved in executing and torturing the Iranian people, especially those directly involved in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.
Mrs. Rajavi stated that the people’s right of resistance for regime change must be recognized, and that this will ultimately result in stability and peace in the region.