Maryam Rajavi - The message of the Iranian people and Resistance is certainty of Iran’s freedom which is the main key to the crisis in the region. It is a message that we can hear today from the heart of Tehran, in the words of Iran’s brave men and women who are the voice of Iran’s nation. The voice of political prisoners, the voice of mothers of martyrs, the voice of the first president of Tehran University after the anti-monarchic revolution who calls on everyone to quest for freedom from cradle to grave. This is a courageous voice that will crush the wall of repression. It will shatter the silence and passivity the religious fascism has imposed on our people. It is a voice raised in defense of the mothers of martyrs and all combatants who fight for freedom.
Yes, our nation has not surrendered and is not silent. Our nation has not and will not surrender to the clerical regime and it will ultimately win freedom.
Our warmest regards and salutations to all these selfless men and women!
Today, in the first part of my speech, I referred to an issue of extreme urgency to the world. Because of its importance, let me further elaborate on it and of course on the solutions.
As you are aware, the November 13 tragedy in Paris did not remain within the boundaries of France but tolled the bells all over the world that the era has changed. The terrorist incident in California attested to this fact.
Today France and other western countries are hastily enforcing tighter security measures and adopting severer anti-terrorist laws. I must emphasize, however, that as long as the manufacturers of terrorism function in Syria and Iraq, such defensive measures, albeit necessary, will not be sufficient.
The first step to achieve the objective in this battle is to remove Bashar Assad’s dictatorship and put an end to the situation that incessantly breeds terrorism.
In fact, there are two opposing fronts lined up in the region today. The Iranian regime, Assad’s dictatorship, Iranian-backed militias in Iraq who have occupied large parts of Iraq and taken the country’s sovereignty hostage, the Hezbollah of Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen are on one side. Russia, of course, has also joined this front recently.
In the opposite front are a broad range of moderate Syrian forces, Iraqi Sunnis and national tribes, Turkey, some Arab countries, etc.
In such circumstances, the existence of Daesh has made things even more complicated and caused wrong policies to emerge.
Despite any conceivable differences with Assad and the Iranian regime, Daesh is in their front because it has inflicted the largest number of casualties on the moderate Syrian opposition.
The mere existence of Daesh has prevented the international community from giving full support to the Syrian opposition. In the least, it has provided an excuse for Western governments’ inaction.
Daesh’s terrorist measures outside Syria have also helped divert attention from the need to overthrow Assad. This is why Tehran and Damascus benefit most from Daesh’s terrorist operations. Because this has turned world attention away from Assad and his crimes.
Another obvious fact is that under Tehran’s direction, Bashar Assad and Nouri al-Maliki made significant contribution to the formation of Daesh by releasing some 2,500 prisoners which included a significant number of Al-Qaeda members and even commanders. Therefore, not only Assad benefits from the existence of Daesh but he also played a significant role in its expansion.
Presently, there is no dispute on the international level over the need to annihilate Daesh but the important point to note is that one cannot exterminate Daesh without killing its roots and by just cutting off the branches. The roots are the Assad regime and Tehran’s mullahs.
Therefore, I reiterate that the first step in confronting Daesh is to oust Bashar Assad who enjoys the backing of the Iranian regime.
Unfortunately, today the world is suffering from a wrong policy. Some reluctantly advocate engagement and cooperation with the Iranian regime and Assad under the pretext of real politics. This will provide even more opportunities for terrorism.
Some attempt to justify this erroneous policy by arguing that to counter Daesh ground troops are needed to be deployed since the Iranian and Assad regimes are the only parties that have forces on the ground.
This argument is also nothing but a mirage because neither Assad’s army nor the IRGC are able to fight Daesh and resolve the problem.
I would like to draw your attention to a very important point. If you have followed up on the process, the front of tyranny and genocide in Syria --namely Bashar Assad, Tehran regime and the Hezbollah—have been going down a phase of weakness since a year ago. This front has suffered numerous military and political setbacks at the hands of forces who seek Assad’s overthrow.
Iran’s clerical regime has got stuck in a deadly impasse. Assad’s overthrow would deal a strategic blow to the mullahs and undermine their existence. For this reason, the regime has to give even further support to Assad and boost the number of its forces in Syria.
In the meantime, Syria has turned into a quagmire for the regime. At least 100 IRGC commanders have been killed in Syria in recent months. The Quds Force commander has been wounded and his deputy was among those killed.
The number of corpses sent back to Iran every day has had an adverse impact on society, rendering the regime weaker and more vulnerable than ever. The Iranian regime is caught up in a quagmire and this is why it has resorted to Russia.
In such circumstances, a decisive policy vis-à-vis the mullahs’ regime can prove to be more effective than any other time.
I pointed out earlier that there are two opposing fronts in the region. I must point out that the strategy of the front of tyranny and genocide, namely the mullahs’ regime and its allies, is based on three pillars:
First, suppression of the moderate forces to deprive Syria from an acceptable alternative;
genocide of Iraqi Sunnis and disintegration of national tribes;
and destruction of the Iranian Resistance as an existential threat to the mullahs. The deadly attacks on Camp Liberty were in line with such policy.
Second, protection of Daesh and taking advantage of its criminal operations to distract the world’s public opinion and prevent formation of an international consensus to help Syrian people in overthrowing Assad.
Third, extensive propaganda on the international level by the Iranian regime’s lobbies and apologists of the policy of appeasement to justify failure to help the people of Syria and practical acceptance of Assad even if it is for a limited amount of time.
Therefore, the first and foremost step of a correct strategy in the opposite front is to oust the Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad.
Although he is in a very weak position, but his overthrow will crush the axis of the Iranian regime’s regional front.
Now the question is what is the correct strategy?
The correct strategy is to support the Free Army of Syria and the anti-fundamentalist Sunnis in Iraq.
Simultaneously, the main destabilizing force in the region, that is the clerical regime, must be evicted from Syria, Iraq and all other countries in the region, once and for all. If it were not for Tehran’s interferences, neither Iraq, nor Syria, would have reached such a horrendous state today.
Significantly, in addition to a principled policy, a correct strategy needs a full-fledged cultural struggle against the evil phenomenon of Islamic fundamentalism.
I reiterate that despite ideological differences between Shiite and Sunni fundamentalists, the source of fundamentalism remains in Iran and under the mullahs’ rule.
The very fact that a fundamentalist regime is in power in Tehran and the West appeases it despite its outlaw conduct, signals Sunni fundamentalists that they can make the West kneel by resorting to extremism and terrorism.
We must also keep in mind that the regime’s interferences in the region, including the massacre of Sunnis by Tehran-backed militias in Iraq, significantly contribute to preparation of a fertile recruitment ground for Sunni fundamentalists including Daesh.
Today, many have concluded that Muslims playing their role is the most essential element in the fight against extremism under the banner of Islam.
Yes, there is a need for an alternative. But such an alternative is not just a theoretical solution. It must rather rely on a movement that
-Believes in tolerant and democratic Islam;
-Has fought the source of fundamentalism and has paid the price of its struggle;
-Has the potential to bring about change in society.
The Iranian Resistance enjoys the above characteristics. With sufficient social backing and the competence to create democratic change in Iran, it has been able to defeat fundamentalism inside Iran, both theoretically and ideologically.
The democratic Islam the PMOI espouses is in diametric opposition to the fundamentalist exegesis of Islam.
The PMOI rejects all forms of compulsion or coercion and emphasizes freedom. The PMOI calls for separation of state from religion. It emphasizes gender equality.
Based on the scripture of the Quran, the PMOI believes in the dynamism of Islam and the Quran. Accordingly, the PMOI opposed the so-called Sharia law from the onset, including the medieval law of Retribution.
Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, has declared:
The special character of the Islam we believe in, is that it is democratic. This Islam recognizes the rights of other religions, creeds and schools of thought. We have not made it up, but it has emanated from the common framework that embraces the deep thoughts spelled out by Moses, Jesus and Mohammad. And we can clearly find it in the Quran when it says: There is no compulsion in religion. It means that Islam has nothing in common with thoughts that promote compulsion in religion.
Since 1993, we have warned against “Islamic fundamentalism: The new global threat”. We emphasized that the answer to Islamic fundamentalism is a democratic Islam.
We remember the days after September 11, 2001. In those days, too, the world must have dealt with the roots of the problem and sought an alternative in addition to all the security and military measures.
This evil phenomenon should have been uprooted in Iran by giving support to the Iranian Resistance. Unfortunately, Western governments engaged with the central banker of terrorism and fundamentalism instead of standing with its alternative. And the consequences of this disastrous policy continue to prevail.
Therefore, if I want to sum up the answer to today’s challenge, I would summarize it in three sentences:
1.It is necessary to adopt a correct and comprehensive policy with Assad’s overthrow being the central piece.
2.The world must stand with democratic Muslims to disarm the fundamentalists and strip them of the means to take advantage of popular religious sentiments.
3.They must also recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism and support their resistance for regime change and establishment of democracy.
To this end, it is extremely important to defend the PMOI in Camp Liberty because they inspire the people inside Iran in their fight for freedom. At the same time, their steadfastness is a tremendous motivation both for the people of Iran and the people in the region to stand up to the fundamentalists and religious tyranny.