Iranian Protests – An Opportunity to Support Forces of Freedom

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In my article “U.S. must actively work for regime change in Iran” published in the Christian Science Monitor on September 12th, I revealed that the Iranian Intelligence Ministry had warned the officials of the possibility of riots due to the devaluation of the Iranian currency and the increasing inflation because of the recent sanctions against the Iranian Central Bank and the Iranian oil industry.

I suggested a path forward showing how the West could support the Iranians change from within this time around. This could help solve the Iranian nuclear problem without having to go to war.

Today riots are taking place in Tehran’s Bazaar to protest against the devaluation of the Iranian currency and the dire economic situation in the country. People are under immense economical pressure. In 2009, it was students and activists who dared to come out and demonstrate against the Islamic regime, which the majority resented. Now they are joined by the hungry masses from around the country.

This is an opportunity for the West to assist with a regime change in Iran, which would not only benefit the Iranian people, but the entire region and the world.

Without the Islamic regime, a moderate Iran would help stabilize the Middle East, weaken Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad in Syria, Taliban in Afghanistan and would halt the spread of terrorism around the world.

The Iranian people are some of the most Westernized in the region. Tens of thousands have given their lives to the cause of freedom and democracy. If we fail to help and support them this time, the radicals will get the bomb, will use the bomb, and humanity will see the greatest destruction and depression in its history.

A nuclear exchange in the Persian Gulf will stop all oil flow from that region and collapse the global economy. This will create chaos, havoc and provide the exact environment which the fanatics ruling Iran believe will accommodate the coming of Shiite’s twelfth Imam, “Mahdi,” who in their belief will then conquer the world and raise the flag of Islam across the globe. This, in effect, will create the Caliphate they are working toward.

[ad]I also believe that due to the current environment in the Middle East and the situation with the global economy, it is highly unlikely that America and the European Union will have the stomach for a conflict with Iran. Russia and China, Iran’s long term allies, have already objected to any action in response to Iran’s pursuit of the bomb, suggesting that the only viable solution is through negotiations.

Although a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fully knows the consequences if Israel goes at it alone.

Any attack on Iran by any entity, if not combined with a goal of regime change, will prove unfruitful. Hence the importance of getting the people of Iran informed and involved in a movement for regime change.

Today, it is imperative that we provide secure communications to the Iranian people so that information can be sent to them to help them get united and ready. They need to know that the West will stand by them and their aspirations for freedom.

Action Needed:

1= Start a HD radio program into Iran

Taken into consideration that the majority of Iranians get their news from the state-run media which is directly controlled by radicals ruling Iran and that the Internet communication is under the ultimate control of the Islamic Republic, it is of utmost importance to provide Iranians with a channel of information which is less likely to be blocked by the regime and which provides less of a risk to Iranians to access.

2= Provide secured communication to the Iranians

  • Provide technological tools to Iranian opposition which will allow them to independently unite every segment of Iranian society in their pursuit of a better life.
  • Utilize those tools to overcome current communications restrictions by the Iranian government including oppressive monitoring and imprisonment.
  • Enable free exchange of information on threats of Iranian leadership, and empower the opposition to independently guide the populace for a peaceful transition to full democracy.

3= Promotion of civil rights in Iran.

4= Promotion of civil disobedience, peaceful protests and national strikes.

5= Taking the Iranian leaders to International courts for crimes against humanity

6= Promoting defection of the current officers in the regime

Many within the regime are ready and willing to defect and provide valuable information. However there is no one certain channel that they can rely on or trust, we need to establish that channel and help the defectors with a safe passage to a secure location. Every defection will widen the current existing crack within the regime and will help with the fall from within.

7= Formation of a temporary government in Exile

8= Openly supporting the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom and democracy

Video of the protests today:

Anti-regime bazaar protest, “If you have dignity then close your shops”


Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and author of the award-winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior fellow with EMPact America, a member of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an advisory board member of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).

  • Enable free exchange of information on threats of Iranian leadership, and empower the opposition to independently guide the populace for a peaceful transition to full democracy.

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Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org