Trump’s Sanctions are Just the Beginning
Under the current president, the US policy towards Iran has made a marked shift. The passive policy of appeasement that typified the Obama administration has given way to a firm and effective stance that the Iranian regime has come to fear and loathe in equal measure.
The American Thinker, in an opinion piece, writes, “the world has been challenged by Iran for at least four decades on various issues such as [the] illegal nuclear program; exporting terrorism; and, more important to the international community, “the deteriorating human rights situation.”
A Silenced Iranian Public
2018 saw the regime run roughshod on domestic human rights. As the Iranian opposition mobilized the population in a wave of protests spreading across all 31 of Iran’s provinces, the regime arrested political opponents, tortured detainees, and publicly executed citizens of falsified charges.
“For a rare moment,” the American Thinker article writes, “disregarded Iranian voices were echoed in the UN Security Council by former US ambassador Nikki Haley as she repeated Iranians’ anti-regime chants during a meeting.”
The article on the American Thinker referring to a recent book, ‘Dear God Please Bring Freedom to Iran’, argues that the only way the Iranian people can truly protect their human rights and individual freedoms is by overthrowing the Iranian regime.
“The book tells the stories of the victims of human rights violations in Iran…These atrocities, rarely reported in the press, are just the tip of the iceberg of the regime’s brutality. Unknown political and religious prisoners in Iran have suffered much more than the rare cases that are reported in the bylines,” the article adds.
Cases like that of Saeed Masouri who is serving a life sentence in regime detention for his affiliations with the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). His case has largely gone unnoticed in the international media.
Another prisoner, Vahid Sayadi Nasiri, who was arrested and imprisoned over anti-regime posts he put on his social media pages, died after spending 60 days on hunger strike. However, his case has escaped media attention.
Sanctions are Just the Start
The authors of the book ‘Dear God Please Bring Freedom to Iran’ have welcomed the Trump administrations firmer stance towards the Iranian regime. They acknowledge that the latest round of economic sanctions is a step in the right direction. However, they are also acutely aware that sanctions are just the beginning.
“Despite imposed sanctions,” Bakhtiari said, “the ruling regime still oppresses people.” The mullahs are still able to create an imposing and repressive atmosphere across Iranian society.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, recently recommitted the US government’s commitment to supporting the Iranian people in their fight against the mullahs. On his recent tour of the Middle East, he said, “our effort is to make sure that the Iranian people get control of their capital.”
However, in order to fully achieve this goal, the US must adopt some of the recommendations from the Iranian opposition.
Maryam Rajavi’s Recommendations
The American Thinker’s article concludes its article by referring to the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi,’s position on Mr. Pompeo’s stance saying. Maryam Rajavi has laid out detailed and specific recommendations for how international governments can lend their support to the Iranian people.
Following the remarks by @SecPompeo, I would like to once again reiterate –on behalf of a Resistance movement which has been seeking the oil and arms embargo of the mullahs’ theocracy since 1981—the need for taking the following steps:#Iran#FreeIranhttps://t.co/UkTU0HYwLz pic.twitter.com/ml9Yx1dV8T
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 11, 2019
Her recommendations include designating the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as terrorist entities; referring Iranian human rights abuses to the UN Security Council; expelling the mullahs intelligence agents from the US and Europe, and excluding the Iranian regime from the UN.