'This is the beginning of a new era in Iranian politics'
Secretary General Abdullah Mohtadi, of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, told us that the JCPOA shows exactly what the Iranian people do not what to see; the fact that it actually went above and beyond to do more harm to the Iranian people,...
The events of December 2017 were a turning point in modern Iranian history. Incomparable to the protests in 2009, which were made up of “reformers” (known as Tehran’s educated, middle class), this recent demonstration was different as it was completely secular, civil and socially geared against the totality of the Iranian Regime — not religious. Unlike those of the past, this time around, at least 85 Iranian cities took part in the demonstration, making it the largest since the Iranian Revolution
Secretary General Abdullah Mohtadi, of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan, told us that the JCPOA shows exactly what the Iranian people do not what to see; the fact that it actually went above and beyond to do more harm to the Iranian people, the region, and quite frankly the world. The JCPOA has allowed Iran to increase terrorism and instability within the Middle East, even after the defeat of ISIS. The United States withdrawing from the deal is the start, but now, the rest of the international community must follow.
Russia has used Iran to advance its regional goals, including pressure on the United States. This one-sided relationship can be seen by Russia “urging” foreign fighters to get out of Syria — including Iran — showing that the Russian/Iranian alliance is not all that strong and have different views on Israel. It is clear that this relationship has been, and will continue to be an exploitative one.
It was important to understand that there is a belief among the opposition that Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries would be willing to play a vital role, supportive or otherwise in combating the Iranian threat, however they must have U.S. leadership. Mr. Trump began the leadership role with his participation at the May 2017 Riyadh summit by his call for an Arab NATO (aka Gulf and Red Sea Treaty Organization).
As we look forward to a regime change, it is important to have clarity as to what will replace it. Currently, opposition groups are working, but still do not have a clear picture of what the alternative will be. If the U.S. is serious enough to help in the fight for a true democracy, they need to support the new regime whenever it arises. The opposition is not looking for U.S. boots on the ground, but for assistance in peaceful change in Tehran
This can come through providing true access to the Internet, access and training in the use of social media, and providing alternatives to state-run television. The mobilization of new recruits is a big deal. “This is the beginning of a new era in Iranian politics,” says Secretary-General Mustafa Hijri.