Last Friday, based on a request made by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, the UN Security Council weighed in on the Iran protests.
Enabling the voice of the Iranian people being heard in the Security Council is a strategic step forward for the nation’s uprising. It also provides a roadmap for the international community to find a practical and stable solution to the challenge posed by the rogue regime in Tehran.
This is doable without foreign military action; it is only necessary to stand alongside the Iranian people and their organized resistance — and stop appeasing the mullahs.
Since Ayatollah Khomeini took power in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, 120,000 Iranian have been executed by this regime. The Iranian people rose up against the Shah’s dictatorship, wanting to replace it with freedom and democracy. However, in the chaos, Khomeini was able to hijack the revolution.
The mullahs have since been able to maintain their rule through violent oppression. The international community’s silence and inaction in the face of Tehran’s crackdown against dissidents and meddling in other countries has played a key role in the regime’s survival.
The uprising currently spreading across Iran is tantamount to a pressure cooker ready to blow its lid. Although poverty, employment and economic hardship were the trigger to the current protests, obtaining freedom and democracy is its main objective.
Yet a view from the ground shows that the uprising is actually organized and directed. Today, more than 115 cities are voicing united demands for the overthrow of the regime.
An international effort is needed to support and provide internet access to the Iranian people. U.S. President Donald Trump and senior government officials have strongly supported the Iranian people’s uprising. This is a legitimate and correct move, as public support is necessary for the Iranian people.
These demands were expressed years ago in a 10-point plan presented by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. This plan is based on internationally-recognized principles of human rights, good neighborliness, gender equality and a non-nuclear Iran.
The plan enjoys vast support among Iranians inside the country and abroad, alongside an armada of international dignitaries, especially in the U.S. and Congress.
“Not only has Iran’s theocracy lost its legitimacy, but it has lost its ability to control the public through the instruments of violence. Unlike in past protests, countless Iranians have demonstrated that they will no longer participate in the political game of ‘reformist vs. conservative’ (better known as ‘moderates vs. conservatives’ in the West),” writes by Politico magazine.
The West needs to stop appeasing the current Iranian regime. It’s time to stop betting on a dead horse.