My name is Nader Nouri, I worked with the Iranian embassy in Paris in the early 80s. But then I resigned from office as it became clear that mullahs were declaring war; as it was very well explained by Senator Lieberman on Civilized World; as it became clear that they were sworn enemies of human universal values that all democrats cherish. So I resigned, I quit, and I created a society of Iranian graduates in exile in France.
I took courses in French institutions and I did a lot of activities in defense of human rights. And there, I had the privilege to collaborate also with the PMOI and the NCRI, with some international organizations. And today I’m working with a French think-tank, specialized in the Middle-Eastern affairs, and so as I speak to you it is both as a man of experience - an experience in the field, and not only in the embassy. In the field I mean in contact with fundamentalists and all that dealing all these years – and also a researcher in international relations.
I’ll briefly bring up two points about which I feel very strongly. And it has been clearly described by the President-elect Rajavi, but I would put the stress on two special points. I’m firmly convinced after all these years of studying and experience that in the west, what I’ve noticed has been two basic fundamental errors committed by both policy makers and some analysts: the first is the illusion that the Iranian regime was made up of two factions, the famous division between the moderates and the hardliners. And this continues today. This vision has led to some of the worst policies and decisions that have been made all these years with regard to Iran. Some of them have been explained by Madam Rajavi and also by Senator Lieberman on the nuclear issue. So all these are the consequences of this notion. The second wrong vision, in my opinion – that stems from the first one – is the notion that the Iranian people, even today, despite their opposition, strong opposition to this regime, they are resilient, they have accepted the situation, they’re content with the status-quo, they’re not willing to budge, to move and on the other hand, these people, the people who hold these notions are blind to the fact… about the fact of brutality, the harshness, that this regime oppresses its own people; and that an opposition force that has been capable of standing up and resisting to this much pressure could not do it without the social basis, with a strong, solid base.
So, this resistance… I didn’t know it before I came to Paris. I got to know it. These points have been very clearly… the resistance has been very clear about these points all these years. As with the second notion, we see that today, and with the 2009 revolt that was suppressed in blood, and these days we all witness the resistance we see in the streets, in factories, everywhere. And so, I firmly believe that this resistance represents an enormous potential for change in Iran. And it is best incarnated in the National Council of Resistance of Iran and also the PMOI. The potential for change is that if and when… when the change comes, the whole region, the whole world, the Europe, and elsewhere, we’ll all benefit from a nuclear-free and a peaceful Iran.