By: Amir Basiri
Leading international experts deliver speeches to a grand gathering calling for democracy and freedom in Iran
Senior former international officials from the United States, Europe, Arab and Islamic countries, and many more rallied in Paris on Saturday, July 9th, to join their voice with Iranian dissidents including expatriates, supporters and community leaders gathering from across the globe. The event attracted well over 100,000 participants and marked yet another major annual rally staged by the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran and its ecstatic supporters of change, democracy and freedom in their homeland.
This event yet again marks the Iranian opposition NCRI’s ongoing commitment to establish a democratic, secular and non-nuclear Iran. The Iranian opposition leading figure, Maryam Rajavi, known as the NCRI President-elect, strongly attacked the appeasement policy adopted by the West toward Tehran, stressing that the Iran nuclear deal has been a failure, yielded reverse result.
“International stakeholders assumed that the nuclear deal would bring tranquility to the region. But it rained down barrel bombs and 70,000 Revolutionary Guards on the people of Syria. It resulted in ethnic cleansing of Sunnis by the terrorist Quds Force in Iraq. And it led to the spread of extremism under the banner of Islam in the whole region” she said.
“On the other hand, the mullahs and Daesh are reading from the same script. Both espouse a similar reactionary ideology, which is diametrically opposed to the pristine teachings of Islam. They have a similar modus operandi when it comes to barbarity and savagery. They need to rely on one another to survive. For this reason, so long as the regime’s occupation of Syria, Iraq and Yemen continues, we cannot confront Daesh effectively,” Rajavi added
This event featured speeches and remarks from globally recognized experts and opinion leaders on the ongoing crises brewed by Iran throughout the Middle East, including its lethal support for Levant dictator Bashar Assad in massacring the courageous people of Syria with the Revolutionary Guards, Lebanese Hezbollah and a slate of other proxy groups. Iran is also deeply involved in causing mayhem in Iraq and continuously seeking to impose its will on the Iraqi people, under the pretext of supporting the Iraqi government in the fight against Daesh, or ISIS. After suffering a major policy defeat in Yemen, Iran continues to interfere in all international effort to bring peace and stability in this corner of the globe, knowing its regime will be the main loser.
Marc Ginsberg, US ambassador to Morocco from 1994–1998 and former Deputy Senior Adviser to the President of the United States for Middle East Policy, was among many officials attending this event. On Iran’s destructive role in region he said, “It is not by accident that there are three divisions of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fighting in Syria. It is not by accident that the Ayatollah has escalated ballistic missile testing and it is not by accident that the regime’s policy is to increase repression at home.”
“We must not, he advised, undermine the regime’s power and control. The regime is more powerful that can be imagined. For example, there is a crisis in Washington and Europe on how to deal with the Islamic State,” he added.
Additional speakers and delegations at the event included Jose Manuel Baroso, former European Commission president and Portuguese prime minister; Rita Sussmuth former president of the German Bundestag; Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the United States and United Kingdom; John Russell Baird, Giulio Terzi, Jon Baldin Hannibalsson, foreign ministers of Canada, Italy and Iceland, respectively.
Amir Basiri is an Iranian human rights activist and supporter of democratic regime change in Iran. Follow him on Twitter: @Amir_bas